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  • Black Edge

  • Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street
  • By: Sheelah Kolhatkar
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779

The rise over the last two decades of a powerful new class of billionaire financiers marks a singular shift in the American economic and political landscape. Their vast reserves of concentrated wealth have allowed a small group of big winners to write their own rules of capitalism and public policy. How did we get here? Through meticulous reporting and powerful storytelling, New Yorker staff writer Sheelah Kolhatkar shows how Steve Cohen became one of the richest and most influential figures in finance—and what happened when the Justice Department put him in its crosshairs.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent story, if at times redundant

  • By Christopher Wesdock on 05-01-17

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

What did you love best about Black Edge?

This was Billions in real life. It was stranger than fiction. I couldn't stop listening. So many crazy characters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Boys Among Men

  • How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution
  • By: Jonathan Abrams
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

When Kevin Garnett shocked the world by announcing that he would not be attending college - as young basketball prodigies were expected to do - but instead would enter the 1995 NBA draft directly from high school, he blazed a trail for a generation of teenage basketball players to head straight for the pros. That trend would continue until the NBA instituted an age limit in 2005, requiring all players to attend college or another developmental program for at least one year.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad pronunciation

  • By K. Spearman on 07-03-16

Book great. Narrator meh.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

Book was amazing. Narrator didn't know how to pronounce most is the players names. Dick Vitale, for instance, is Dick Veetalee.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Play Their Hearts Out

  • A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine
  • By: George Dohrmann
  • Narrated by: Emily Rose Speer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

The NBA has returned to prominence on the backs of phenoms like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett. The media promotes them, the shoe companies pay them, and America applauds. But how exactly do such players reach the pros? What do they give up to get there? And what happens to those who fall short?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book, fantastic narration.

  • By Randy on 11-03-10

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

If you could sum up Play Their Hearts Out in three words, what would they be?

Fantastic book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Demetrius.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Too long for that, but I loved it.

Any additional comments?

Nope.

  • Dream City

  • Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington, D.C.
  • By: Harry S. Jaffe, Tom Sherwood
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

With a new afterword covering the two decades since its first publication, two of Washington, D.C.'s most respected journalists expose one of America's most tragic ironies: How the nation's capital, often a gleaming symbol of peace and hope, is the setting for vicious contradictions and devastating conflicts over race, class, and power. Jaffe and Sherwood have chillingly chronicled the descent of the District of Columbia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good DC hIstory

  • By Marie on 08-08-16

Great!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-14

What did you love best about Dream City?

In depth look at the history of DC and why DC is in its current form.

  • The Mormonizing of America

  • How the Mormon Religion Became a Dominant Force in Politics, Entertainment, and Pop Culture
  • By: Stephen Mansfield
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

Stephen Mansfield, the acclaimed New York Times best-selling author, has highlighted the growing popularity of Mormonism—a belief system with cultic roots—and the implications of its critical rise. Mormons are moving into the spotlight in pop culture, politics, sports, and entertainment via presidential candidates like Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, media personality Glenn Beck, mega-bestselling Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, and The Book of Mormon, the hottest show on Broadway.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Its pretty objective.

  • By Joseph on 07-17-12

Kind of interesting but mostly just boring

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

Reviewed: 07-23-12

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

If you've read Rough Stone Rolling, as I have, 3/4 of this book were a bore.

What was most disappointing about Stephen Mansfield’s story?

It's more a history of the mormon church rather than an expose on how it currently fits into the modern American landscape. I was hoping for the latter.

Any additional comments?

If you've ever been to Utah or know a lot of Mormons or read Rough Stone Rolling (I have done both), this book is not worth your time.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Mormon People

  • The Making of an American Faith
  • By: Matthew Bowman
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

In 1830, a young seer and sometime treasure hunter named Joseph Smith began organizing adherents into a new religious community that would come to be called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (and known informally as the Mormons). One of the nascent faith’s early initiates was a twenty-three-year-old Ohio farmer named Parley Pratt, the distant grandfather of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. In The Mormon People, religious historian Matthew Bowman peels back the curtain on more than 180 years of Mormon history and doctrine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Balanced and informed

  • By Joel on 09-11-12

Nice overview of the history of the LDS church.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-12

If you could sum up The Mormon People in three words, what would they be?

Enjoyable Easy Read

Who was your favorite character and why?

It was great to hear about the passion and zeal of the Prophet Joseph Smith. With all his human frailties, he accomplished a lot in his short time as leader of the LDS Church.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Hearing about the translation of the Book of Mormon in two months was amazing.

Any additional comments?

Bowman takes a holistic approach to outlining the doctrine of the LDS church and explains the core beliefs in an even way. It is a refreshing and historical view of the Mormons, as opposed to most contemporary critiques of the LDS church that isolate specific historical practices or quotes and/or focus on one or two experiences of unhappy former members, when the vast majority of those associated with the Mormons are living happy, fruitful lives.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • No Apology

  • The Case for American Greatness
  • By: Mitt Romney
  • Narrated by: Mitt Romney
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

In No Apology, Mitt Romney asserts that American strength is essential—not just for our own well-being, but for the world’s. Governments such as China and a newly-robust Russia threaten to overtake us on many fronts, and Islam continues its dangerous rise. Drawing on history for lessons on how great powers collapse, Romney shows how and why our national advantages have eroded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can like this book without being a Republican.

  • By michael on 01-12-12

Just ask for one apology

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-10

I was very excited to read this title and was very disapointed with the first third where Romney discussed his foreign policy ideas and bashed Obama but I had hope that the book would improve and it did. I was very intrigued as he discussed economic, health care and education issues and felt that he elaborated much better on these issues than on foreign policy where I feel he bombed.
I just wish the book would have had less Obama bashing as I'm tired of the same old rhetoric from conservatives.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful