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Edmund W. Cheung

Playa Del Rey, CA USA
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  • Winners Take All

  • The Elite Charade of Changing the World
  • By: Anand Giridharadas
  • Narrated by: Anand Giridharadas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610

Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can - except ways that threaten the social order and their position atop it. We see how they rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; how they lavishly reward "thought leaders" who redefine "change" in winner-friendly ways; and how they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Profound.

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-10-18

TOO Preachy and Self Righteous. Just an opinion...

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

"People in glass houses should NOT throw stones..." This author is in his own glass house but can NOT even see it. Been an Audible subscriber since 1996 and read the WSJ daily for > 25 years. The book has some merits and does a decent job outlining the issues and problems with the wealthy. However, it is very opinionated and disparages good intentions efforts by others just because they do not "jive" with the author's premise. I honestly could not finish the book because it is very biased. I will say that as a society we are going to be in trouble as the middle class shrinks.

  • Power Moves

  • Lessons from Davos
  • By: Adam Grant
  • Narrated by: Adam Grant
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,518

Power is changing. Private corner offices and management by decree are out, as is unquestioned trust in the government and media. These former pillars of traditional power have been replaced by networks of informed citizens who collectively wield more power over their personal lives, employers, and worlds than ever before. So how do you navigate this new landscape and come out on top?  Adam Grant, Wharton organizational psychologist, went to the World Economic Forum in Davos, the epicenter of power, and sat down with thought leaders from around the world, to find out.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't pay for it

  • By Garry Schmidt on 01-17-19

Very Well DONE!!! Bravo

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

Excellent synopsis of the changing power shifts of the new age. Great Reporting by the author. Definitely worth the listen. Great insight.

  • The Snow Child

  • By: Eowyn Ivey
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart - he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone - but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read and excellent performance!

  • By Esteban Luis Soto on 10-19-18

WOW!!! A MUST Listen - even better than reading.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

Been an Audible Subscriber since 1996. This is truly one of the most beautiful fiction audiobooks I have listened to. It is even better than reading the book (I ended up borrowing the text because I loved the poetic imagery and prose). the narrator is amazing and the writing is out of this world. Warning will may you tear up (and I am NOT a sentimental person) multiple times throughout the story. A Must listen. I would expect this to eventually be turned into a movie. However, the audiobook I can guarantee will always be better because It lets your imagination run. Just get it and you will NOT be disappointed.

  • Oman

  • Under Arabian Skies
  • By: Rory Patrick Allen
  • Narrated by: Alan Pelz-Sharpe
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

The Sultanate of Oman is a land of oases,deserts, rolling sands, shifting dunes, and mountains upon which ancient cities have been carved from stone. A land that boasts the Queen of Sheba, Sindbad the Sailor, and The Lost City of Ubar buried for millennia under the Arabian Sands. A country that was heralded for its wealth in frankincense, and it is from here that ancient frankincense caravans began carrying their precious cargoes to the classical world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As an Omani, I thoroughly enjoyed this book

  • By Hilmi S Alkindy on 03-02-15

Sorry Could NOT finish this dribble.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

Going to visit OMAN soon and wanted to hear more about it. I have been an Audible subscriber since 1996. Sorry but this book is AWFUL. Writing is drab and the narration is boring. Could NOT finish the audiobook. Waste of a credit.

  • The Rules of Supervillainy

  • The Supervillainy Saga Volume 1
  • By: C.T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,234

Gary Karkofsky is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life living in an extraordinary world. Supervillains, heroes, and monsters are a common part of the world he inhabits. Yet, after the death of his hometown's resident superhero, he gains the amazing gift of the late champion's magical cloak. Deciding he prefers to be rich rather than good, Gary embarks on a career as Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy. But is he evil enough to be a villain in America's most crime-ridden city?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun!

  • By erobbins33 on 11-29-16

WOW! Non-Stop Action, Deus-Ex-Machina, and Fun!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Have been a Audible Member for over 20+ years now. This really does rank near the top of all books for pure fun. Slick and Quirky Sci-fi and adventure. Just my style to pass my commutes.

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  • Medium Raw

  • A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,121

In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly tender.

  • By Sparkly on 10-09-12

LOVE the RANTS! Hillarious, wry and scarcastic.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Would you listen to Medium Raw again? Why?

Yes extracts of it are just hilarious. Anthony Bourdain can swear and make up analogies better than the Ritz Carlton's Pastry Chef.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Medium Raw?

All the stories

Which character – as performed by Anthony Bourdain – was your favorite?

He himself

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Each Chapter has its own subject. Great book to listen in parts between sittings

  • The Botany of Desire

  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693

Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Listen - Thoroughly Satisfying

  • By Dominique Hackett on 01-17-09

Has its good points and interesting but verbose

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

Reviewed: 02-27-15

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

I would recommend extracts of the book.

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

The history of the apple and potato.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

narrator is fine. the book is too verbose and repeats itself in 3 different way over and over again.

Do you think The Botany of Desire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no

Any additional comments?

great ideas and thoughts and concepts. wish it was about half as long. It seemed like a thesis paper that was trying too hard with too much flourish.

  • Rip-Off!

  • By: John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Mike Resnick, and others
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, Scott Brick, Christian Rummel, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 741

In Rip-Off!, 13 of today’s best and most honored writers of speculative fiction face a challenge even they would be hard-pressed to conceive: Pick your favorite opening line from a classic piece of fiction (or even non-fiction) - then use it as the first sentence of an entirely original short story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not just for sci-fi fans

  • By carmen on 01-04-13

Some Great, some good, some to skip

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

Would you listen to Rip-Off! again? Why?

Yes just for the few great stories. you can tell which ones after the first 3 minutes of listening.

What did you like best about this story?

John Scalzi as always. Although Short, this has to be one of his best stories every.

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  • Think Like a Freak

  • The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain
  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,310

The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not much new

  • By Bobbie on 05-24-14

Great Nuggets of Wisdom - take from podcasts?

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

What made the experience of listening to Think Like a Freak the most enjoyable?

Love the Authors' unconventional thinking. Love their podcast. However, if you have followed and heard all their Freakanomic's Podcasts, then you have heard about 2/3 of this book.

Have you listened to any of Stephen J. Dubner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

if you have followed and heard all their Freakanomic's Podcasts, then you have heard about 2/3 of this book.

  • Big Data

  • A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
  • By: Viktor Mayer-Schöberger, Kenneth Cukier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 954
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 948

Oxford professor and author Viktor Mayer-Schönberger joins Economist data editor and commentator Kenneth Cukier to deliver insight into the hottest trend in technology. "Big data" makes it possible to instantly analyze and draw conclusions from vast stores of information, enabling revolutionary breakthroughs in business, health, politics, and education. But big data also raises troubling social and privacy concerns sure to be a major talking point in the years ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty light stuff on Big Data

  • By Michael on 09-01-13

Decent & Interesting but Story Flow OFF.

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

Reviewed: 01-26-14

Where does Big Data rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have been Audible member since 1998 with overt 600 audiobooks. This one ranks about 400 overall. Among non fiction and computer genres, it ranks probably 20 out of 75 that I have listened to.

What other book might you compare Big Data to and why?

Extracts parts from Power of Habit and Malcom Gladwell type boods

What three words best describe Jonathan Hogan’s voice?

Sonorous and clear but perhaps a bit dry

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

not really a movie type book

Any additional comments?

Overall good ideas and interesting, but the flow of the story is off. hard to settle into the story and the first chapter seems to be redundant. Some really interesting ideas but they are scattered throughout and are difficult to piece together. Probably would be better as short chapters or short stories by themselves. I am curious if they got an actor instead of a narrator to read the book if it would have flowed a little better or been more interesting.