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John Mckenzie

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  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,950
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,112
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,024

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

About Ethical Leadership, Not Trump

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Everyone who has not read this book seems to have a strong opinion. They say, "I wouldn't waste my time." They think this is a book about Trump.

But those who have, know this is a book on ethical leadership. Comey, in crystal clear language illustrates why the ethical leader is so despised by politicians. He has no trouble finding and displaying examples of the distaste of ethics from leaders of both parties.

Comey is open and honest about his failings of the past. And those who have struggled to lead ethically for more years than he will recognize a few he makes here, which he will regret later. He is a work in progress. But in the end you will likely agree he is driven by the passion for truth and the practice of ethics.

Don't be swayed by those who only have time to follow the hoard. Read this book and be inspired to risk Comey's fate for the future betterment of society.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Atomic Adventures

  • Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder - A Journey into the Wild World of Nuclear Science
  • By: James Mahaffey
  • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829

Whether you are a scientist or a poet, pro-nuclear energy or staunch opponent, conspiracy theorist or pragmatist, James Mahaffey's books have served to open up the world of nuclear science like never before. With clear explanations of some of the most complex scientific endeavors in history, Mahaffey's new book looks back at the atom's wild, secretive past and then toward its potentially bright future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific at Times but Flawed at Others

  • By David Foster on 08-14-17

Good but better if you're a scientist.

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

This book has many interesting stories but if you are not a nuclear scientist, parts will be over your head.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rising Tide

  • The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America
  • By: John M. Barry
  • Narrated by: Barry Grizzard
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society, and the Mississippi River, Rising Tide tells the riveting and nearly forgotten story of the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known, the Mississippi flood of 1927. The river inundated the homes of nearly one million people, helped elect Huey Long governor and made Herbert Hoover president, drove hundreds of thousands of blacks north, and transformed American society and politics forever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Where is the rest of the book?

  • By Karen on 10-21-13

Should be unabridged

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

Great book but the unabridged version in print is much better. Still worth it. Good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,563

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Worth it but a bit dry.

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

This book is like a joke you have to explain. A subtle change and it could have been really good. The message is there but who only get it when the author explicitly spells it out to you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Short History of Ireland

  • By: Dr Jonathan Bardon
  • Narrated by: Frances Tomelty
  • Length: 22 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

In the wake of its 30th birthday celebrations in 2006, BBC Radio Ulster marked the beginning of a new broadcasting era by embarking on the station's most ambitious project to date: a recounting of the history of Ireland.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Three and a half?

  • By Anne on 07-06-08

Only if you really have to.

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

Reviewed: 12-23-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

After reading other reviews, I purchased it anyway because it was the only Audible on this topic. I struggled through and found some useful information. But this production is really annoying. It is a bunch of short segments that hard to connect. It seem very British-centric. But as other said, the part that makes you want to give up is the constant breaks so you can here that intro that says the same thing over and over except for the segment number.

What three words best describe uncredited’s voice?

ok

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Between the World and Me

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,680
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,017
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,939

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

  • By T DeMon Spencer on 07-30-15

One word: Pulitzer

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-15

Curious about race, your answers are here. Love great writing? In either or both cases this is the book you must read.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Idiot America

  • How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
  • By: Charles P. Pierce
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 511

The culture wars are over and the idiots have won. This is a veteran journalist’s caustically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States. The three Great Premises of Idiot America: · Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units; anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough; "fact" is that which enough people believe. And "truth" is determined by how fervently they believe it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Get What You Paid For

  • By Vargas on 09-19-11

Good but repetitive

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

Reviewed: 01-02-13

This book could have been much shorter. The author makes the same case over and over. It still worth reading.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Unintended Consequences

  • Why Everything You’ve Been Told about the Economy Is Wrong
  • By: Edward Conard
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

According to Unintended Consequences, the conventional wisdom masks the real causes of our economic disruption and puts us at risk of a slew of unintended—and potentially dangerous—consequences. It’s a fascinating and contrarian case for how the economy really works, what went wrong over the past decade, and what steps we can take to start growing again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FOOD FOR THOUGHT

  • By DS on 12-18-12

To much like a textbook - Dry and Complex

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

Reviewed: 08-08-12

I struggled to understand the deep thoughts Conrad is trying and often failing to convey. There are plenty of "I never thought about it that way" moments. But, he could have made them much more accessible and reached an audience beyond the economic scholars that will be able to wade through his dry explanations.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Innovator's Dilemma

  • When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
  • By: Clayton M. Christensen
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 957
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 724

Great companies can fail: not because they do anything wrong, but because they do everything right. Meeting customers' current needs leads firms to reject breakthrough innovations, "disruptive technologies", that create the products and opportunities of the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • See "The Innovator's Solution" Instead

  • By 3.14 on 09-10-10

A bit of a text book feel but worth it

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

Reviewed: 12-19-11

I started this book because it was mentioned in the Steve Jobs bio. While the writing sounds a bit like it is supposed to be a textbook, the concepts are fascinating and important. It is a must read for anyone with a business or managing a group.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Poorly Made in China

  • An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game
  • By: Paul Midler
  • Narrated by: Paul Midler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

It was a world gone wrong, one in which manufacturers thought little of manipulating product quality levels in order to save the smallest amounts, where savvy foreign business leaders were made to feel in control while they were taken for a ride by their partners, where entire manufacturing facilities sometimes vanished right into thin air... Welcome to Poorly Made in China!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours of jaw dropping amazment

  • By John Mckenzie on 04-13-10

Hours of jaw dropping amazment

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-10

Midler is direct, pulls no punches and leaves you with a clear understanding of the hows and whys behind all those news stories you hear of yet another recalled product that was made (poorly) in China. I can truely say, I could'nt put it down and listened every moment I could until the end. Having just investigated a the recall of a life-protecting and China-made spring for Scuba Diving that corroded in salt water, this book made it all clear as to the likely scenario.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful