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  • Narconomics

  • How to Run a Drug Cartel
  • By: Tom Wainwright
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,388

What drug lords learned from big business. How does a budding cartel boss succeed (and survive) in the $300 billion illegal drug business? By learning from the best, of course. From creating brand value to fine-tuning customer service, the folks running cartels have been attentive students of the strategy and tactics used by corporations such as Walmart, McDonald's, and Coca-Cola.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, miscast narrator

  • By Felipe Alves on 12-15-16

Awesome book

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

Reviewed: 04-18-16

If you like Freakonomics or Gladwell, you'll love this book. I wish Tom Wainwright had written another book--I'd be buying it right now.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Bloody Lies

  • A CSI Scandal in the Heartland (Black Squirrel Booksy)
  • By: John Ferak
  • Narrated by: Rich Grimshaw
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

The remote farming community of Murdock, Nebraska, seemed to be the least likely setting for one of the heartland's most ruthless and bloody double murders in decades. In fact the little town had gone more than a century without a single homicide. But on the night of Easter 2006, Wayne and Sharmon Stock were brutally murdered in their home. The murders garnered sensational front-page headlines and drew immediate statewide attention. Practically everybody around Murdock was filled with fear, panic, and outrage. Who killed Wayne and Sharmon Stock? What was the motive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story that disturbs, yet, you relish in each twist.

  • By Ray McCurdy on 10-17-15

Interesting first half.

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

Reviewed: 08-23-15

Interesting first half, but the end drags. Despite the summary, there really isn't much of a twist in this story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • MASH

  • A Novel About Three Army Doctors
  • By: Richard Hooker
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,643

Before the movie, this is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth. The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to fight a war, too young for the job. In the words of the author, "a few flipped their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Wanted to Love it--and I DID!!

  • By Trish on 02-28-14

Watch the movie. Skip the book.

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

Reviewed: 07-09-14

What did you like best about MASH? What did you like least?

The narrator did an excellent job and the book was an easy listen. This is not a black humor book as much as it is a humor book. Terrible things are happening all around these characters, but they don't seem to take notice. I guess I expected a Catch 22 or a Slaughter House 5, but there is no indictment of war or anything else. If anything, this book even more light hearted than the TV show. It is OK book, but the movie is much better.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,852

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Finishing this book was a chore!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-21-16

If your not a Stephen King fan, don't buy this one

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

Reviewed: 08-06-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. There are two semi interesting novels here but the first part set in Maine isn't completely drawn out and the second is so long it just bored me to death.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting part of the novel happens in part 1- about 6 hours in. The least interesting part is that after part 1 ends you have another 22 hours to listen to.

Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

The narrator did an incredible job.

Was 11-22-63 worth the listening time?

I wouldn't have finished this novel at all except after listening to 16 hours I couldn't give up.

Any additional comments?

I know Stephen King is incredible author, but his editors clearly have no control over his writing. There is a least two novels in here, and a bunch of extra useless shit just slapped in there. There is a put of this novel where for three hours of listening time the protagonist is in Florida and New Orleans for no discernible reason.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eating the Dinosaur

  • By: Chuck Klosterman
  • Narrated by: Chuck Klosterman, Ira Glass, Errol Morris, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 613
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 418

In Eating the Dinosaur, Klosterman is more entertaining and incisive than ever. Whether he's dissecting the boredom of voyeurism, the reason why music fan's inevitably hate their favorite band's latest album, or why we love watching can't-miss superstars fail spectacularly, Klosterman remains obsessed with the relationship between expectation, reality, and living history. It's amateur anthropology for the present tense, and sometimes it's incredibly funny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Way To Spend 6.5 Hours

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 06-21-13

Probably my favorite audio book so far

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

Reviewed: 01-18-12

What did you love best about Eating the Dinosaur?

I found this book by looking up Ira Glass in the Audible search engine, and I then found out Cuck Kosterman was part of bill simmon's grantland network. As I love both Simmons and This American Life, I figured I'd give this book a try. It turned out to be a great decision--this may be my favorite audio book so far. Klosterman is a strange mix of the two above mentioned fellows with a bit of gladwell. I think Klosterman's insights are more interesting than gladwell's and if you like his works, I'd think you'd like this book. I plan to read his entire canon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful