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M. Taussig

Louisiana
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  • Pirate Hunters

  • Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,005

Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men - John Chatterton and John Mattera - are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. While he was at large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the 17th century, Bannister's exploits would have been more notorious than Blackbeard's, more daring than Kidd's, but his story and his ship have been lost to time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Gold

  • By Mel on 06-24-15

Very Well Done

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

Kurson writes a book on par with Shadow Divers with great character development and suspense. Highly recommend.

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,755
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,148
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,142

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

Entrepreneurial Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

Mr. Knight was very candid and did a wonderful job describing the trials and tribulations of building a company from the ground up. Outstanding stories of victory and defeat with a great sense of humor and very inspiring. Also, personal development of the characters in the book made it very interesting.

  • The Best Game Ever

  • Colts vs. Giants, 1958, and the Birth of the Modern NFL
  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

On December 28, 1958, the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts met under the lights of Yankee Stadium for that season's NFL Championship game. Football was still greatly over-shadowed by the country's favored pastime - baseball - but the 1958 championship proved to be the turning point for pro football.

On the field and roaming the sidelines were 17 future Hall of Famers, including Colts stars Johnny Unitas, Raymond Berry, and Gino Marchetti, and Giants greats Frank Gifford, Sam Huff, and assistant coaches Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry.

The Best Game Ever is a brilliant portrait of how a single game changed the history of American sports.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Find

  • By Kathy on 08-10-08

Good History of Pro Football Legends

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-08

Bowden does a nice job of providing backgrounds for this interesting cast of owners, coaches and players. When I realized what an amazing group of people were involved in this game, on both sides, I understand why it was a pivotal event in sports history. The game play narration and timeline were well done. I have more respect for the teams talent and coaching after listening to this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Coach

  • Lessons on the Game of Life
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

There was a turning point in Michael Lewis' life, in a baseball game when he was 14 years old. The irascible and often terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis's ability that the boy had no choice but to live up to it. "I didn't have words for it then, but I do now: I am about to show the world, and myself, what I can do."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Nostalgia Tour of a Great Man

  • By Darwin8u on 08-23-14

Wonderful Lessons

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-08

Michael Lewis captures the exceptional experience countless athletes and students have had with coaches and teachers over the years. He relates his good fortune in having a coach who helped him realize he had something to contribute and emphasized the importance of hard work.

Lewis has an uncanny ability to clearly explain many aspects of life and this book is right on target. My entire family listened to the book and we all enjoyed the message.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lone Survivor

  • The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
  • By: Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231

In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive. This is the story of how team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Michael on 09-02-08

Excellent Writing and Inspiring

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-07

The book really brings the story to life and the narrator does a wonderful job of conveying the author's point of view. Difficult to stop listening because of the suspenseful twists and turns of this Seal's experiences. Gives you a greater appreciation for the courage and sacrifices of our military personnel. Also, the author writes extensively about brave Afghans willing to fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. I highly recommend Lone Survivor.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Florence of Arabia

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: Carrington Macduffie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

Christopher Buckley's comic thriller takes readers to the Arab land of Matar, where a philandering emir allays his restless wife by allowing her to start a TV network for Arab women. She is joined in this endeavor by a maverick American State Department officer known as Florence, who wants to use the TV network to start a revolution among Islamic women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buckley is at the top of his game

  • By Lisa on 04-15-06

Fascinating Novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-07

Buckley tells a story that has humor but also deals with serious topics in the Middle East. Florence is an interesting and inspiring character with great courage and integrity. Also, there are many different twists and turns in the plot which make the book riveting throughout.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow Divers

  • The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, deep wreck diving was more than a sport. Testing themselves against treacherous currents, braving depths that induced hallucinatory effects, they pushed themselves to their limits and beyond, brushing against death more than once in the rusting hulks of sunken ships.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who Knew This Book Would Interest Me At All?

  • By Ella on 01-06-09

Could not stop listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-07

Incredible adventure that expertly connects decades old and more recent historical events. Character development was excellent as it gave you insight into the various emotions driving the expedition. Detail was just right without getting too much into the technical aspects of diving. Highly recommend even if you are not interested in the world of diving.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Boomsday

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: Janeane Garofalo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

Cassandra Devine, a young Washington spin doctor and blogger, suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. This proposal catches on with citizens outraged about Social Security debt and a senator seeking the youth vote for his presidential bid. With the help of Washington's greatest PR strategist, Cassandra and the senator try to ride the issue of euthanasia to the White House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish Buckley picked lottery numbers!

  • By Vickey on 10-12-08

Buckley strikes again!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-07

Boomsday has excellent character development and many funny moments. At 10 hours it is a long book, but just when you think it can not make you laugh anymore, the book has new twists and turns. If anyone can find humor in the Social Security funding crisis, it is Christopher Buckley! Be sure to check your ego at the door because he skewers a wide range of characters.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • John Paul the Great

  • Remembering a Spiritual Father
  • By: Peggy Noonan
  • Narrated by: Peggy Noonan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

As the leader of the Catholic Church, the oldest continuing institution in the Western world, Pope John Paul II was a giant in every sphere he touched: personal, theological, political, ecumenical. In an age rich with heroes, Pope John Paul II was truly the great man of the past century, a man who personally confronted its tragedies, from Nazism to communism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Portrait of John Paul

  • By M. Taussig on 05-05-07

Good Portrait of John Paul

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-07

Ms. Noonan does a wonderful job reviewing John Paul's extraordinary lifetime and adds her personal religious experiences and meetings with the Pope into the story. Having her narrate really brings the book to life, and I found "John Paul the Great" both enjoyable and interesting.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Halsey's Typhoon

  • By: Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

December 1944, the Pacific Theater. General Douglas MacArthur has vowed to return to the Philippines. He will need the help of Admiral William "Bull" Halsey's Pacific Fleet. But at the height of the invasion, Halsey's ships are blindsided by a typhoon of unprecedented strength and scope. Battleships are tossed like toys, fighter planes are blown off carriers, destroyers are capsized, and hundreds of sailors are swept into the roiling, shark-infested sea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Weather and Naval History Masterpiece

  • By M. Taussig on 02-17-07

Weather and Naval History Masterpiece

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-07

This is an incredible story of courage and seamanship. It is even more amazing knowing the sailors were trying to avoid two foes (the Japanese and a major typhoon) at the same time with little available information. The authors expertly blend in the science of meteorology with the real life challenges of trying to keep these ships afloat and the struggle to survive in the open ocean. I highly recommend this book.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful