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  • The Four

  • The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google
  • By: Scott Galloway
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,915

Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are the four most influential companies on the planet. Just about everyone thinks they know how they got there. Just about everyone is wrong. For all that's been written about the Four over the last two decades, no one has captured their power and staggering success as insightfully as Scott Galloway. Instead of buying the myths these companies broadcast, Galloway asks fundamental questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Smart and well written!

  • By Joe Walsh on 10-16-17

Snarky & Cynical

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

The author undermines his obvious expertise with snarky cynicism and unnecessary vulgarity. This book's title seems to offer a scholarly study of the four tech companies, but the author's condescending disapproval of how they have gone about their business (and continue to do so) compromises any hope of an objective overview.
On the other hand, we are provided with expert knowledge about business and success cycles, and the late chapter offering advice to college students and young job-seekers seems right on target and very useful.

  • Estate Planning and Administration

  • How to Maximize Assets, Minimize Taxes, and Protect Loved Ones
  • By: Edmund Fleming
  • Narrated by: Michael Coon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

The complexities of planning and administering an estate are clearly explained in this up-to-date and authoritative guide. From wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives to probate and administering an estate, it's all here in plain English.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • May be tough for the non-expert

  • By Philo on 06-10-15

Well-Organized, but Dry and Out-Dated.

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

Material is well organized and seems thorough. Narrator is professional, but the material is dry and there's not much he can do with it. Occasional mispronunciations are forgivable, given the nature of the subject matter.
Although recorded in 2012, the text dates back to 2004 and the estate laws have changed enough to render some of this information moot. Also, the text tends to quote Illinois laws specifically, without reference to any other states.

  • Pale Gray for Guilt

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 9
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

The men who killed Tush Bannon knew he was a nice guy with a nice wife and three nice kids - trying to run a small marina on the Florida coast. They also knew he was in the way of a big land development scheme. Once they killed him, they figured they were on easy street. But Tush Bannon was Travis McGee's friend, and McGee could be one tough adversary when protecting a widow and her kids.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book In My Favorite Series

  • By Doug on 05-09-12

No One Like Travis McGee

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

Reviewed: 11-25-16

It is a fine thing to hear Travis tell his story, and Mr. Petkoff does a reasonable job with the various voices. Unfortunately, he does not bring the gravitas; the wry, cynical irony; the hard-won wisdom that the late, great Darren McGavin brought to the original, albeit abridged original recordings. I am spoiled…
Nonetheless, I'm pleased that Audible saw fit to record these full leg versions

  • The Long Goodbye

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,226

Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He's willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA's Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I first read The Long Goodbye over 50 years ago

  • By Wayne on 08-22-15

Unlikable Characters Doing Unlikable Things

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

Good and interesting writing, and yet I realized part-way through this book that I didn't like, nor particularly care about, ANY of the characters. I respect the great Raymond Chandler, but in this case I was only mildly interested to learn the resolutions in this story, and those resolutions and accordant surprises weren't particularly rewarding.
The narrator does a good job with the various accents, but I grew tired of his intonation, various similar-sounding characters, and frequent 'arguable' interpretations of how the dialogue should be read.
I'm glad Audible produces classics like this one, but I wish this particular novel had been more satisfying.

  • Guys Read: Funny Business

  • By: Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Eoin Colfer, and others
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman, Kate DiCamillo, John Keating, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Funny Business is based around the theme of - what else? - humor, and if you’re familiar with Jon and the Guys Read Library, you already know what you’re in store for: 10 hilarious stories from some of the funniest writers around. Before you’re through, you’ll meet a teenage mummy; a kid desperate to take a dip in the world’s largest pool of chocolate milk; a homicidal turkey; parents who hand over their son’s room to a biker; and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • pertty good<br />

  • By Laura Kalmes on 09-26-17

Very Mixed Bag

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

I had presumed the negative reviews were exaggerating the inappropriate elements among these stories. While I am decidedly older than the target audience, the amusement I hoped to derive from these stories (and did in several cases), was exceeded by my serious discomfort over some of the painful incidents portrayed in others, especially the final story with the graphic description of the boy pulling a wart off of his foot with rusty pliers and the ensuing blood splatter. Glad my son was not listening along with me for that one.

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