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  • The Oregon Trail

  • A New American Journey
  • By: Rinker Buck
  • Narrated by: Rinker Buck
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 691

In the best-selling tradition of Bill Bryson and Tony Horwitz, Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail is a major work of participatory history: an epic account of traveling the entire 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules - which hasn't been done in a century - that also tells the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Little About The Trail - All About Him

  • By Harold Stone on 08-07-15

giddy up team

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

What did you love best about The Oregon Trail?

One of most inspiring and fascinating book I'd read in awhile. Witty, funny, informative, and inspiring. The authors background story about his father added depth to the book (I personally can related to and it brought me to tear). The historical background (with a right dose of social comment) is appropriate and insightful. All around, a wonderful read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Oregon Trail?

Rinker chasing the mules with a Walmart moccasin.

What does Rinker Buck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

At the end, there was an interview of the Brothers. That was a plus

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

Definitely a great idea... The book is highly visual.... A documentary with actual image would be grand...Also, some of the hero of the story should be recognized for their contribution to preserve this great natural treasure.

Any additional comments?

I was some what lost with the technical data/terminology of the wagon and ranger life style.

  • Four Fires

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 29 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296

The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His very best!

  • By Dave on 08-26-10

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 02-24-15

Any additional comments?

This make me laugh, this make me cry.... just a wonderful book with charming Australian narrator

  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street

  • The Time-Tested Strategy for Succesful Investing
  • By: Burton Malkiel
  • Narrated by: Kerin McCue
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 274

More than a million copies of this indispensible investment classic have been sold since its first publication. This fresh version is completely revised by author Burton G. Malkiel to reflect modern financial concerns and trends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enlightening, but parts are hard to listen to

  • By ike9898 on 09-12-09

Retirement lost and saved

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

Reviewed: 06-22-12

I had been aggressively save for my retirement in my late 20s. Experimenting with several way to improve the portfolio with not so successful result, now in my 40s, I certainly can related to many idea and follies the author had mentioned in his book.
I found this book to be empirical, practical, and informative. Strongly recommended for anyone who serious about saving for retirement,

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Post-American World 2.0

  • By: Fareed Zakaria
  • Narrated by: Fareed Zakaria
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512

Here is the New York Times and international best seller, revised and expanded with a new afterword. This is the essential update of Fareed Zakaria's analysis about America and its shifting position in world affairs. In this new edition, Zakaria makes sense of the rapidly changing global landscape. With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, he draws on lessons from the two great power shifts of the past 500 years - the rise of the Western world and the rise of the United States - to tell us what we can expect from the third shift, the rise of the rest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but dated.

  • By mike on 08-20-12

Very Comprehensive

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

Reviewed: 05-15-12

A very comprehensive account of state of nations. Read this to cut to the core of issues and to find the clarity of rational thining. Strongly recommended.

  • What Technology Wants

  • By: Kevin Kelly
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 277

This provocative book introduces a brand-new view of technology. It suggests that technology as a whole is not a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. Kevin Kelly looks out through the eyes of this global technological system to discover "what it wants." He uses vivid examples from the past to trace technology's long course and then follows a dozen trajectories of technology into the near future to project where technology is headed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sprawling scope, an ambivalent thesis

  • By David Everling on 04-09-11

An important read

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

Reviewed: 03-15-12

As a technology professional, I found this book to one of the more important books I had read (Steven Pinker, Malcolm Gladwell, Nassim Taleb). It provides an extrapolation of the speed, the pattern, and the vision of humanity future (albeit not a good one).
I will take the blue pill...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • China Road

  • A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
  • By: Rob Gifford
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

National Public Radio's Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world's most populous nation. Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford's 20 years of observing first-hand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China's border with Kazakhstan. As he takes listeners on this journey, he also takes them through China's past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation's potential future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book

  • By Anonymous User on 10-20-07

Very insightful

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

Reviewed: 10-04-11

As an Asian-American with Chinese heritage, I surely touched by this insightful "sea-people" author. He had expertly exposed the spyche of the Asian race. Our oppressive desire to be respected/expressive is constantly tampered by the practical reality of external constrains. IE, as an Asian in America or as a Chinese/Vietnamese in a communist regime. Well done... Thank you.

In audio format, however, it is hard to visually related to the mentioned locality/demographically. Hope your written book include some of that.Spell checkResume Words: 84 | Characters: 521

  • The Blank Slate

  • The Modern Denial of Human Nature
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 22 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397

In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits, denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as expected

  • By Carolyn on 05-30-14

The Primer of Human understanding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-11

This is one of the most important book that had read.... I read many....

With a broad spectrum of topic, the author systematically deconstructed the force behind human and social behavior that shape our society today. Truly is a classic...

The Emily Dickinson verse, at the end, is an exquisite touch.

If there ever be a missing point in the book, it would be a discussion of modern society self-destructive/unsustainable path.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • King of Capital

  • The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone
  • By: John E. Morris, David Carey
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 256

The financial establishment---banks and investment bankers, such as Citigroup, Bear Stearns, Lehman, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley---were the cowboys, recklessly assuming risks, leveraging up to astronomical levels, and driving the economy to the brink of disaster.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story Ruined by Monotone Reading

  • By Marc on 04-23-13

The next Goldman Sach?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-11

I own BX stock (not an emplyee), thus, this book presents a special personal interest -- read it twice.
It provides fascinating detail into the deals and the people behind them.
With an abundant pool of interlectual and capital, Blackstone is the contender to be the next great financial institute.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Way of Shadows

  • Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,769

For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly good.

  • By Jake on 08-25-09

skip it....

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-11

A childdish, drawed-out, disconnected plot that leaving you scratching your head. By the 8th hour, stop listening and deleted it from my collection. What's a waste of time and money

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Virtue of Selfishness

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: C.M. Hernert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 527

Ayn Rand here sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds human life - the life proper to a rational being - as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with human nature, with the creative requirement of survival, and with a free society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Luck!

  • By John on 12-12-05

Good intentions those often misunderstood

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-11

An excellent guide to understand the modern American minds. Add a dose of human compassionate and intuitiative moral compass... Enlightement

5 of 11 people found this review helpful