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Quin Dwyer

Central NJ
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  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,823

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Stormcatching Unwound

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Without being preachy or pedantic, this tells the passionate story of the neglected world of ... government data!

Cynical companies like Accuweather rip off the Weather Service (and take credit or charge extra for its service) while the Weather Service cannot legally take any credit for what it does. The eclectic mix of "island of lost toys" professionals who come in contact with this service and is parent, the Commerce Department, is fascinating. It made me see things so much differently.

Lewis, of course, is an engaging narrator. It's as if he's speaking directly, and engagingly, with the listener.

A good read/listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Freud

  • The Making of an Illusion
  • By: Frederick Crews
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 25 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Drawing on rarely consulted archives, Crews shows us a man who blundered tragicomically in his dealings with patients, who never produced a corroborated cure, who promoted cocaine in one decade and was deluded by it in the next, who misunderstood the psychological controversies of the era, and who advanced his career through falsifying case histories and betraying the mentors who had helped him to rise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A contemptible fraud exposed

  • By Quin Dwyer on 09-26-17

A contemptible fraud exposed

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

For years I've read how the legacy of Freud contained ugly and perverse elements, while Freudian apologists covered up and smoothed over rough edges of some kind. It's a lot more than insensitive comments filled with contempt for women such as "Anatomy is destiny." Because so much was hidden by apologists t was hard to tell. This book assembles the facts, and the case is damning. Apologists ignore, for example, how Freud considered child molestation to be simple seduction leading to a neurosis condition to be cured by his patented talk therapy. Case history notes that do survive illustrate how Freud lied and manipulated facts, publishing theories that were not grounded in science. Those who stood up for truth were ostracized and ridiculed.

In short, Freud proves to be a charlatan, a liar and a creep, an egotist with little professional integrity, and with contempt for his patients and even his slavish "see no evil" followers (likely using the same rationales as those who shielded child molesting priests). The author is passionate and angry at this fraud of a human being and the damage he and his followers perpetrated. The narrator is skilled, and you feel the passion and the outrage.

One warning: this book can shake your sense of trust in Freud, his deceitful therapy, and those who perpetrated the decades-long cover-ups of this contemptible creep and the abuses he fostered. If anything, the author does not lambaste these hypocrites enough.

I note this is a long listen. Be prepared. At the end, the author covers various of the deceitful dogmas of the unscientific "Freudian therapy," which is a good chapter to make you realize how many toxic falsehoods this creep and his disciples spread.

Overall, well worth purchasing and listening to.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Hitler

  • Ascent 1889-1939
  • By: Volker Ullrich
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 34 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

For all the literature about Adolf Hitler, there have been just four seminal biographies; this is the fifth, a landmark work that sheds important new light on Hitler himself. Drawing on previously unseen papers and a wealth of recent scholarly research, Volker Ullrich reveals the man behind the public persona, from Hitler's childhood, to his failures as a young man in Vienna, to his experiences during the First World War, to his rise as a far-right party leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new view of the man.

  • By Paul on 12-05-16

Timely Story

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

Just after I hear about the Nazi machinations in Munich the Charlottesville crisis with American Nazis marching and chanting anti-Jew slurs takes place.

This book proves relevant especially if you think like many Germans did back then- that it can't happen here, were too civilized a country.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Pure Voice Audio Bible - New International Version, NIV (Narrated by George W. Sarris): New Testament

  • By: Zondervan
  • Narrated by: George W. Sarris
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

Here is the complete, unabridged New Testament from the New International Version Bible, digitally produced to bring the Bible's stories to life. A vivid recording of the NIV in a single voice that will help you hear the Bible again... for the first time.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Holy Bible in 260 Generic Chapter Titles

  • By Quin Dwyer on 10-28-14

The Holy Bible in 260 Generic Chapter Titles

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

Reviewed: 10-28-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The reader's voice is excellent. I regret purchasing this version, however. Forget Matthew, Mark, Luke and John -- you get Chapter 1 through Chapter 260 here. Zondervan has "improved" the Bible by discarding names of Bible books, replacing each Bible book name with a generic number. It is difficult to confidently find different sections without being able to navigate generic Chapter number by generic Chapter number. How frustrating.

What was one of the most memorable moments of NIV Audio Bible, Pure Voice: New Testament?

Finding the Bible book I wanted to read after 5-6 attempts navigating generic chapter names that have noting to do with the actual names of the books of the Bible.

Any additional comments?

I see various Bible books are available as one-off individual purchases. If I had known better, I would have explored purchasing that way to avoid the hassle of generic chapter numbers. Who would think a reputable Bible publisher like Zondervan would make such an amateur move? There should be a warning that users cannot navigate Bible content by actual names of the books of the Bible.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful