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  • Frankenstein

  • By: Mary Shelley
  • Narrated by: Erica Collins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Written by Mary Shelley (1797-1851), "Frankenstein" is the best-selling horror classic about an experiment that goes horribly wrong, and a monster who swears revenge on his creator. Swiss student Victor Frankenstein uncovers the secret to bringing life to what is lifeless, and in assembling body parts to create a monster, ultimately sets the stage for his own destruction and that of everything he loves when the monster is rejected by society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Early chapters repeat themselves?

  • By Carlene on 08-14-18

Now I understand

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I have watched the movie many times never realizing it was a byproduct of Mary Shelley’s work.
The book is very thought provoking. She raises issues of life and death...and of man’s relationship to God.
I will now see the movie in a very different light.

  • The Road to Casa Piedras

  • A Chick Bowdrie Story
  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: William Bogart
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

In the midst of a lively country dance, gunshots ring out at the stagecoach station and Texas Ranger Chick Bowdrie finds the station's master sprawled in a pool of his own blood. Twelve thousand dollars are missing. And an innocent man has been murdered. And it's up to Chick to bring the killer to justice. With the unerring instincts that make him one of the best trackers in the Texas Rangers, Chick locates the killer's camp - and his lifeless body, courtesy of a double-crossing accomplice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A historian of the American West

  • By Jim on 11-10-18

A historian of the American West

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

L’Amour is amazingly knowledgeable of the American frontier. His writing style and his knowledge of the place and time bring the characters to life.
Beyond the entertainment, this work is a history lesson.

  • An American Sickness

  • How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back
  • By: Elisabeth Rosenthal
  • Narrated by: Nancy Linari
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

It is well documented that our health-care system has grave problems, but how, in only a matter of decades, did things get this bad? Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn't just explain the symptoms; she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. Rosenthal spells out in clear and practical terms exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship, explaining step by step the workings of a profession sorely lacking transparency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Researched, Outlined, and Presented

  • By Craig Schorling on 06-17-17

Boring!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Too long. Too much information. Convoluted. Not well written. I could not make it very far.

  • Crashed

  • How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
  • By: Adam Tooze
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Adam Tooze
  • Length: 25 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Crashed is a dramatic new narrative resting on original themes: the haphazard nature of economic development and the erratic path of debt around the world; the unseen way individual countries and regions are linked together in deeply unequal relationships through financial interdependence, investment, politics, and force; the ways the financial crisis interacted with the spectacular rise of social media, the crisis of middle-class America, the rise of China, and global struggles over fossil fuels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A vaccine against substance free deceivers

  • By Gary on 08-19-18

Don’t bother!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

This is, by my measure, a biased and dull work by a European liberal elitist. I had heard him speak of his book and thought it might be interesting. I was wrong! I could not get more than fifteen to twenty minutes into his bashing of America and conservatives. Written like it came from an academic who has never held a real job.

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  • The American Spirit

  • Who We Are and What We Stand For
  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801

Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough has spoken before Congress, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume designed to identify important principles and characteristics that are particularly American.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's college commencment day, most of the time.

  • By Jordan Poer on 04-25-17

Great!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-18

David McCullough is a national treasure. He has taught us so much about ourselves. He researches extensively and then articulates his findings in the manner of the great storytellers who handed down information to the next generation.

  • I Love Capitalism!

  • An American Story
  • By: Ken Langone
  • Narrated by: Ken Langone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 528

Ken Langone has seen it all on his way to a net worth beyond his wildest dreams. A pillar of corporate America for decades, he's a co-founder of Home Depot, a former director of the New York Stock Exchange, and a world-class philanthropist (including $200 million for NYU's Langone Health). In this memoir he finally tells the story of his unlikely rise and controversial career. It's also a passionate defense of the American Dream - of preserving a country in which any hungry kid can reach the maximum potential of his or her talents and work ethic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good autobiography

  • By D. C. Cooper on 05-22-18

A great book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-18

This book is a gem. Ken Langone, the author, is one interesting man who has had...and continues to have...one interesting career. He is a deal-maker and an entrepreneur in the finest sense of those terms. His writing and narration relate his ability to make a deal and create jobs for a multitude of people.
He is also a philanthropist in the finest sense of that term. He has not forgotten his origins.
I have read my share of books about business and this one may be the best of all.

  • Skin in the Game

  • Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,968
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,948

In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one's own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliance smothered by Condescension and Petty Squabbling

  • By Jeremy on 03-11-18

Worthless

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Undoubtedly, the worst book I have ever TRIED to listen to. A waste of time and money!

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  • American Lion

  • Andrew Jackson in the White House
  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Richard McGonagle
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 687

Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. Jackson's election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • When the time for action has come, stop thinking.

  • By Darwin8u on 05-21-18

Good, but long

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

This is a scholarly and comprehensive relating of Andrew Jackson, but more than I ever wanted to know about him.

  • 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 2,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,168

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

Worth reading.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

The book is informative. It helps the reader to better understand digital companies and their place in the economy.
I must add that I feel the off-color language is unnecessary.

  • The Money Game

  • By: Adam Smith
  • Narrated by: David Rapkin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as "the best book there is about the stock market," this timeless classic by the creator and host of the Emmy Award-winning TV show Adam Smith's Money World is still relevant more than 40 years later.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Analysis of the human condition more than money.

  • By Almir Rizvanovic on 10-19-15

Don’t bother!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-18

I have no idea what the author was attempting to convey. I cannot recommend this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful