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  • Crash Course

  • The American Automobile Industry's Road from Glory to Disaster
  • By: Paul Ingrassia
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

In Crash Course, Ingrassia answers the big questions: Was Detroit's self-destruction inevitable? What were the key turning points? Why did Japanese automakers manage American workers better than the American companies themselves? Ingrassia also describes dysfunctional corporate cultures (even as GM's market share plunged, the company continued business as usual) and Detroit's perverse system of "inverse layoffs" (which allowed union members to invoke seniority to avoid work).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Contemporary History at Its Best

  • By Roy on 04-19-10

Thorough, worthwhile story

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

Reviewed: 11-11-16

I found the timespan and depth of this book to be spot-on and I highly recommend it to other readers. Thanks.

  • Flashpoints

  • The Emerging Crisis in Europe
  • By: George Friedman
  • Narrated by: Bruce Turk, George Friedman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

George Friedman has forecasted the coming trends (politics, technology, population, and culture) of the next century in The Next 100 Years, and focused his predictions on the coming ten years in The Next Decade. Now, in Flashpoints, Friedman zooms in on the region that has, for 500 years, been the cultural hotbed of the world - Europe - and examines the most basic and fascinating building block of the region: culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important Reading: Old Grievances Do Not Go Away

  • By John on 02-21-15

Must better than what I expected

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

Reviewed: 09-12-15

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The thoroughness of the writer's dig into history was impressive. I learned so much from this book and yearn to determine what else he wrote that comes close to this book in terms of quality and interest.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Billion Dollar Spy

  • A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal
  • By: David E. Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,195

While getting into his car on the evening of February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA's Moscow station was handed an envelope by an unknown Russian. Its contents stunned the Americans: details of top-secret Soviet research and development in military technology that was totally unknown to the United States.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling as historical thriller, character study

  • By Mr. Pointy on 08-25-15

Simply perfect

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

Any additional comments?

Just get it. You won't regret it. The narrator is first-class. The length is appropriate.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Psychic Warrior

  • Inside the CIA's Stargate Program: The True Story of a Soldier's Espionage and Awakening
  • By: David Morehouse
  • Narrated by: David Morehouse
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

David Morehouse was already a highly decorated third-generation army officer when a routine training operation radically changed his life. He was hit by a stray bullet, and after recovering he began to have out-of-body experiences. With his newfound psychic abilities, he became one of the top "remote reviewers" in a CIA espionage operation called "Stargate."

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a believable story

  • By Happy Gaby on 12-17-13

Good story. Absolutely horrendous up-down volume!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

Any additional comments?

This is an interesting book. It appears that the author himself read the book. His manner of speaking was fine, but he would go from normal speech to a whisper for a while, then raise his voice enough to blow your speakers, then back to a calm whisper. You will burn calories while listening to this audiobook while dialing the volume up and down. Again, good story, but absolutely horrible volume control. Note to editor of the audio: there's this neat invention called "normalization." Check it out and consider using it next time.

  • Tell Me What You See

  • Remote Viewing Cases from the World’s Premier Psychic Spy
  • By: Major Ed Dames, Joel Harry Newman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Decorated army officer Major Ed Dames tells the shocking true story of his time asoperations and training officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency's top-secret Psychic Intelligence Unit. Together with his PSI Spyteam, Dames used the practice of remote viewing to uncover accurate and verifiable military intelligence by going where no intel operatives on the ground could go - into the very mind of the enemy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story. Outsized ego.

  • By Computer Nut on 07-27-15

Good story. Outsized ego.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-15

Any additional comments?

There were some intriguing details but the author's ego kept getting in the way, like he had a continuous need to beat his chest about how exceptional he is. Whatever. Let's get back to the story. I still recommend it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Keepers of the Garden

  • By: Dolores Cannon
  • Narrated by: Jane Sellers, Titus Stone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943

A young man wanting to explore past-life regression discovers this is his first lifetime on Earth. All his other existences were on alien worlds and in other dimensions. As this unique case is explored further, he finds out that his association with extraterrestrials did not cease with these other lives. The interaction with UFOs and aliens has continued during all his present life, although the information was protectively hidden by his subconscious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb

  • By paul on 05-06-15

What an awesome book

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

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I had to break it up a little, like by listening to other smaller titles in between chapters, because it was a constant pounding of new, valuable insight. This is one of those few titles I'm inclined to listen to again. Very good work...

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Losing the Signal

  • The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry
  • By: Jacquie McNish, Sean Silcoff
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

Losing the Signal is a riveting story of a company that toppled global giants before succumbing to the ruthlessly competitive forces of Silicon Valley. This is not a conventional tale of modern business failure by fraud and greed. The rise and fall of BlackBerry reveals the dangerous speed at which innovators race along the information superhighway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Gerardo A Dada on 09-05-15

Boring book about boring people in boring company

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

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The first five chapters can be skipped once you're clear that Lazaridis was good at fixing toasters and obscure hardware. This book totally glossed over the PlayBook fiasco. This book could have been so much better unless perhaps indeed they were as boring as I fear.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Becoming Steve Jobs

  • The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
  • By: Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,755

There have been many books - on a large and small scale - about Steve Jobs, one of the most famous CEOs in history. But this book is different from all the others. Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. The conventional, one-dimensional view of Jobs is that he was half genius, half jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contextual, Insightful, Inspiring

  • By Douglas Vincent on 03-30-15

This should be considered the REAL biography

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

Reviewed: 04-14-15

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I was not impressed by the other, more popular biography. This book hits the ball out of the park. I was especially impressed by the thorough background provided concerning Jobs' competitiveness with Bill Gates. I learned many, many new things in this book that had never been covered before. I've read everything since Jobs' and Sculley's books in the 1980's. Great audiobook!

  • Never Argue with a Dead Person

  • True and Unbelievable Stories from the Other Side
  • By: Thomas John
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

Manhattan Medium Thomas John has been hailed as "the Hollywood psychic with the highest batting average" by The Hollywood Reporter and a psychic medium with "an impressive connection that impresses even the most skeptical minds" by The Examiner. Now he shares what he's seen and heard on the Other Side.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Collection of Anecdotes

  • By GrandMom7 on 07-30-15

Very much worthwhile

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

Reviewed: 04-14-15

Any additional comments?

It was amazing to hear about how the author handled situations when he was sure he was correct yet his clients felt strongly otherwise, at least until they... Favorite quote (something like this): "You come into this life having forgotten everything about the afterlife and who you really are just to have to figure it out all over again during this life and during your current circumstances." (Excuse the inexact wording...)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wizard of Lies

  • Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust
  • By: Diana B. Henriques
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

Who is Bernie Madoff, and how did he pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history? These questions have fascinated people ever since the news broke about the respected New York financier who swindled his friends, relatives, and other investors out of $65 billion. Many have speculated about what must have happened, but no reporter has been able to get the full story - until now. Diana B. Henriques of the New York Times has written the definitive book on the man and his scheme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of 3 madoff books

  • By Angela willis on 03-18-13

In need of an abridged variant

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

Reviewed: 03-22-15

Any additional comments?

Never before have I recommended an abridged version of anything, but about three-quarters of this book could be eliminated without reducing the story's lead-up and conclusion. This book is like reading the whole story through court records. There is simply too much detail.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful