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  • I Love Capitalism!

  • An American Story
  • By: Ken Langone
  • Narrated by: Ken Langone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 640

Ken Langone has seen it all on his way to a net worth beyond his wildest dreams. A pillar of corporate America for decades, he's a co-founder of Home Depot, a former director of the New York Stock Exchange, and a world-class philanthropist (including $200 million for NYU's Langone Health). In this memoir he finally tells the story of his unlikely rise and controversial career. It's also a passionate defense of the American Dream - of preserving a country in which any hungry kid can reach the maximum potential of his or her talents and work ethic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good autobiography

  • By D. C. Cooper on 05-22-18

Excellent lessons and entertaining stories

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-18

If you love stories about business and human nature this book is great. I enjoyed hearing Ken Langone tell his own story instead of a narrator. If a billionaire takes the time to do the audiobook himself you know he really cares about how his story comes across.Somehow I never heard of this man before but so glad I got the book.definitely worth the listen

  • A Sport and a Pastime

  • By: James Salter
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90

"As nearly perfect as any American fiction I know," is how Reynolds Price ( The New York Times) described this classic that has been a favorite of readers, both here and in Europe, for almost forty years. Set in provincial France in the 1960s, it is the intensely carnal story - part shocking reality, part feverish dream - of a love affair between a footloose Yale dropout and a young French girl. There is the seen and the unseen - and pages that burn with a rare intensity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful writing, plot failed to engage

  • By Jay Quintana on 01-12-16

Lots of sex but but otherwise quite boring.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Struggled to finish. I get the underlying message of the whole book but it sure took a long time to get there.

  • Scores

  • How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
  • By: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,085

Meet Michael Blutrich, mild-mannered New York lawyer and founder of Scores, the hottest strip club in New York City history, funded by the proceeds of an insurance embezzlement scheme. All Blutrich wanted was to lay low, make the club a success, and put his criminal acts behind him. But the Mafia got involved, and soon the FBI came knocking. Scores became wildly popular, in part thanks to Blutrich's ability to successfully bend the rules of adult entertainment. Unfortunately for Blutrich, it would all soon implode.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seductive narration about fortunes and betrayals

  • By Eugene on 02-06-17
  • Scores
  • How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
  • By: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich

Fascinating book with great narration.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-18

Loved this book. Easy to finish with incredible storylines. My best listen this year. Excellent!

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  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,414
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,381

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

Best audio book I have listened to!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-18

Great details to the story and a great narrator.
Kept me interested the whole way through

  • What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars

  • By: Jim Paul, Brendan Moynihan, Jack Schwager (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133

Jim Paul's meteoric rise took him from a small town in Northern Kentucky to governor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, yet he lost it all - his fortune, his reputation, and his job - in one fatal attack of excessive economic hubris. In this honest, frank analysis, Paul and Brendan Moynihan revisit the events that led to Paul's disastrous decision and examine the psychological factors behind bad financial practices in several economic sectors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Good

  • By Scott Morris on 11-08-14

first half of the book was great.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-18

the first half of the book was very entertaining. Lots of great Stories. The second half of the book had some good strategies but got very repetitive.

  • But Enough About Me

  • A Memoir
  • By: Burt Reynolds, Jon Winokur
  • Narrated by: Burt Reynolds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786

Burt Reynolds has been a Hollywood leading man for six decades, known for his legendary performances, sex-symbol status, and storied Hollywood romances. In his long career of stardom, during which he was number one at the box office for five years in a row, Reynolds has seen it all. But Enough About Me will tell his story through the people he's encountered on his amazing journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible life!

  • By Zeppy on 11-24-15

Great stories

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-16

Great Stories by a really good guy.
Would recommend speeding up the reading to 1.5 when you play this book. You will understand once you start the book

  • What Did Jesus Drive

  • Crisis PR in Cars, Computers and Christianity
  • By: Jason Vines
  • Narrated by: Matthew Curtis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Jason Vines takes listeners on a graphic, sometimes sad and often hilarious behind-the-scenes romp through some of the most publicized and studied crises in recent history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun listen

  • By Bill Rudder on 01-09-15

Very interesting story --- bad narration.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-15

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jason Vines - Very interesting career path.

What didn’t you like about Matthew Curtis’s performance?

A lot. There were many mispronounced names of both people and companinies. Does anyone proof listen to these things before they are published? Tempo was strange too.
it was just overall weird.

Any additional comments?

narration was not good.

  • The Zeroes

  • My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane
  • By: Randall Lane
  • Narrated by: Randall Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Magazine entrepreneur Randall Lane had a prime seat at Wall Street's biggest greed fest. The Zeroes is a memoir about the excesses and bad behavior of an outsider who got pulled into a crazy, self-contained world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Randall Lane is an excellent storyteller.

  • By James on 11-04-16

A very entertaining tale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-13

What made the experience of listening to The Zeroes the most enjoyable?

I have read and listened to many different books about Wall St. and the economic collapse. This book offered an insight from a different point of view than a reader is normally offered

What did you like best about this story?

The detail in which everything was described. Not only the successes but also the failures.
As an entrepreneur, I can relate to a lot of the struggles that Randall encountered.

Which character – as performed by Randall Lane – was your favorite?

This was probably a tie between Randall himself and Lenny "Nails" Dykstra.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me laugh and many different segments, especially the ones about "Nails"

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