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TOM WORKING

Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada
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  • Casino Moscow

  • A Tale of Greed and Adventure on Capitalism's Wildest Frontier
  • By: Matthew Brzezinski
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Having awakened from its communist slumber, Russia in the roaring '90s is a place where everything and everyone is for sale and fortunes can be made and lost overnight. Into this maelstrom steps rookie Wall Street Journal reporter Matthew Brzezinski. Assigned to make sense of the financial markets, he is instantly plunged into the crazed world of Russian capitalism, where corrupt Moscow bankers and American carpetbaggers preside over the greatest boom and bust in international financial history. Brzezinski knows he's in over his head; what he comes to realize is that "so is the entire country".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wild east, a country rebuilding

  • By Daryl on 06-06-14

Excellent listen. Brzezinski is a pro.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-19

Fantastic book about an amazing time in Russia. As far as corruption goes, little has changed in 20 years eh? Perhaps we was Westerners can learn from this and just leave people alone to do their own thing. Let Russia be Russia. Who gives a fuck if they are corrupt and steal from themselves? If we keep our greedy paws out of their business, we have nothing to fear from these people.

  • Tinseltown

  • Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
  • By: William J. Mann
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,462

By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America's new favorite pastime and one of the nation's largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence; yet Hollywood's glittering ascendancy was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies - including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everybody's a dreamer...

  • By Steven on 01-08-15

Top Shelf

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

Not a fan of Hollywood crap or the vacuum of humanity known as California , but I am a huge fan of the narrator. Turns out that the book was incredibly well written and very, very entertaining. Christopher Lane is simply wonderful.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Smartest Guys in the Room

  • The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron
  • By: Bethany McLean
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256

The definitive volume on Enron's amazing rise and scandalous fall, from an award-winning team of Fortune investigative reporters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Past is prologue

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-11-10

Bethany Mclean is a genius

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Simply outstanding. I'm not suggesting Communism works, or that I would like to live under it, but this book clearly shows that Americans aren't capable of responsibly using capitalism. My loathing for these people makes me almost physically ill.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rust

  • The Longest War
  • By: Jonathan Waldman
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

In Rust journalist Jonathan Waldman travels from Key West, Florida, to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to meet the colorful and often reclusive people concerned with corrosion. He sneaks into an abandoned steelworks with a brave artist and nearly gets kicked out of Can School. Across the Arctic he follows a massive high-tech robot, hunting for rust in the Alaska pipeline.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost too geeky for geeks

  • By Norman B. Bernstein on 03-26-15

You better be mustachioed to read this

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

What a treat to listen to. Johnny Waldman did a fantastic job luring me into a scientific world that I had no idea existed. Witty, sharp, and incredibly easy to follow and enjoy. Christopher Lane is perfect for this, and like usual, does a wonderful job narrating. Rust was a a fantastic listen, and I look forward to more from Johnny Waldman!

  • Berlin Diary

  • The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934–1941
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501

By the acclaimed journalist and New York Times best-selling author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, this day-by-day eyewitness account of the momentous events leading up to World War II in Europe is the private, personal, utterly revealing journal of a great foreign correspondent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Real Rise and Fall

  • By Robert on 02-26-14

Excellent, but why not Grover?

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

William L doesn't need me to tell anyone how good his writing is. It speaks for itself. I am just confused about why Blackstone Audio (who owns the copyright thereto - ha!) wouldn't have had the great Grover read this? Grover was an incredible narrator for The Rise and Fall, and if you listened that, you might agree that it would have made Berlin Diary better with the same voice. Maybe you wouldn't agree. If that's the case, well, you're an idiot. Perhaps I'm the idiot? Regardless, excellent book, but in my expert opinion (I went to University for one semester, 22 years ago) it would have been perfect had Grover read it.

  • Gomorrah

  • A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System
  • By: Roberto Saviano
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

A groundbreaking major best seller in Italy, Gomorrah is Roberto Saviano's gripping nonfiction account of the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, an organized crime network with a large international reach and stakes in construction, high fashion, illicit drugs, and toxic-waste disposal. Known by insiders as "the System," the Camorra affects cities and villages along the Neapolitan coast

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opener

  • By Roy on 02-20-09

excellent book. excellent narration..

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

Best of Saviano's work. That is all I have to say. Why does this review have to ne 15 words?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb

  • 25th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Richard Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 37 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,889

Here for the first time, in rich human, political, and scientific detail, is the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan. Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly - or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity, there was a span of hardly more than 25 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow... Grade A+ ... Exceptional.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-15-16

Wow. Nuf Said

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

Spectacular, utterly spectacular. Mr. Rhodes is a wonderful writer., and can even make me understand Nuclear Physics! Best book I have ever read and listened to, hands down. Grover Gardener would have been the best choice for narrator, but Holter did really well too. Grover is just my favorite, that's all.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Tulia

  • Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town
  • By: Nate Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: James Boles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Early one morning in the summer of 1999, authorities in the tiny West Texas town of Tulia began a roundup of suspected drug dealers. By the time the sweep was done, over 40 people had been arrested and one of every five black adults in town was behind bars, all accused of dealing cocaine to the same undercover officer, Tom Coleman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By JOHN on 03-23-08

Great story.... Mispronounced name though

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

Reviewed: 09-17-15

Excellent book and narrator , only he pronounced the Swisher County DA's name incorrectly and each time I heard it, it made me cringe. I'm picky though.. He was excellent overall.

  • Devil in the Grove

  • Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
  • By: Gilbert King
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,314

Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Arguably the most important American lawyer of the 20th century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life. Despite death threats, the clan, and the urging of his associates, Marshall knew he had to defend "the Groveland Boys".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning history of the Jim Crow south. Essential

  • By Bill on 06-08-13

Excellent Base Story, but too Meandering

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

Reviewed: 09-14-15

Excellent topic, but the author went off on way too many tangents. Annoyingly so.

  • Rothstein

  • By: David Pietrusza
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

The model for The Great Gatsby's Meyer Wolfsheim and Nathan Detroit from Guys and Dolls, Arnold Rothstein was an underworld genius, racketeer, rumrunner, and mastermind who, as F. Scott Fitzgerald observed, played "with the faith of 15 million people with the single-mindedness of a burglar blowing a safe."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Time well spent

  • By Michael on 07-15-04

Awesome all around

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

Reviewed: 12-26-14

Excellent writer, excellent narrator, amd simply well done. Fans of Mob history amd the 20's will like this. Add Grover Gardner and you get a home run. fantastic