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Carlos Pacheco

Toronto, Ontario
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  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,738
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,710

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

I thought I wouldn't like it...

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

I honestly thought I'd be bored reading this book but to the contrary, I was hooked right from the start and devoured it faster than any other audible book I had read before it.

  • The Attention Merchants

  • The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads
  • By: Tim Wu
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

In nearly every moment of our waking lives, we face a barrage of advertising enticements, branding efforts, sponsored social media, commercials and other efforts to harvest our attention. Over the last century, few times or spaces have remained uncultivated by the "attention merchants", contributing to the distracted, unfocused tenor of our times. Tim Wu argues that this is not simply the byproduct of recent inventions, but the end result of more than a century's growth and expansion in the industries that feed on human attention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Been Sold

  • By Mr. Ess on 10-24-16

A must for media geeks

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

I had heard of this book but wasn't prepared for the amount of information this book has. Its a history lesson on the birth of media and advertising and a must read for anybody who works in media.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 101,523
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94,050
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 93,614

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I started with very high expectations, got bored multiple times during the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-16-18

Getting to know Noah

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

Loved every minute and loved hearing about Noah's childhood and the experiences that made him who he is. Highly entertaining, I could have used 2x more story!
Kudos to Noah for doing the actual reading of the book.

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  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,998

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Great performances

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

Been an old (comic book) Gaiman fan for years and never read any of his books. I wanted to read it before watching the show.

The story is pure Gaiman which shouldn't have surprised me so much. The highlight of this audiobook for me was the voice cast which did a brilliant job

  • The Princess Diarist

  • By: Carrie Fisher
  • Narrated by: Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,371

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fireworks at Midnight

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-25-16

Short and bittersweet

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

This was my first book by Carrie Fisher, its obviously bittersweet to hear her voice on the book. It shed light on a side of her that I had heard of but never really knew much about.

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  • Powerhouse

  • The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency
  • By: James Andrew Miller
  • Narrated by: James Andrew Miller, Kirby Heyborne, Ann Richardson
  • Length: 25 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570

In 1975, five young employees of a sclerotic William Morris agency left to start their own strikingly innovative talent agency. In the years to come, Creative Artists Agency would vault from its origins in a tiny office on the last block of Beverly Hills to become the largest and most imperial, groundbreaking, and star-studded agency Hollywood has ever seen - a company whose tentacles now spread throughout the world of movies, music, television, technology, advertising, sports, and investment banking far more than previously imagined.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good info..bad structure

  • By Anonymous User on 11-30-18

Openeded a new behind the scenes perspective

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

What did you like best about this story?

The crazy world of agents was unknown to me so learning about the deal making and packaging of projects was an eye opener.

What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

I'm not sure about the interview style of this book. It's the first time I've ever read a book like this and there were many times where I didn't understand who was speaking or that they're story was uninteresting.

Any additional comments?

Near the end of the book, when Ovitz has left I would say things got much less interesting and the stories were just boring. Also and the story of how CAA got into sports wasn't as interesting as the stories of the deals they managed. That might be just my lack of interest of the space.

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,288
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,635
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,625

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

Highly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

Like many of us I'm a fan of Nike but didn't know the story of its making. The book was highly entertaining from start to finish.

  • The Caped Crusade

  • Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture
  • By: Glen Weldon
  • Narrated by: Glen Weldon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

Since his creation, Batman has been many things: a two-fisted detective; a planet-hopping gadabout; a campy pop-art sensation; a pointy-eared master spy; and a grim and gritty ninja of the urban night. For more than three-quarters of a century, he has cycled from a figure of darkness to one of lightness and back again; he's a bat-shaped Rorschach inkblot who takes on the various meanings our changing culture projects onto him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Batman Thesis for Nerds and Normals Alike

  • By Joseph Kucharski III on 05-02-16

Entertaining take on the history of Batman.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

Which character – as performed by Glen Weldon – was your favorite?

Comic Book guy

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

The Caped Crusade

Any additional comments?

This was my first ever audiobook and really enjoyed it. Having been a Batman fan for almost 3 decades I really liked how Glen's recounted the character's history and fandom. Initially I liked Glen's impressions of the people he quoted however as time went on it started feeling a little like he was making fun of them. Not a huge gripe but it got old...

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