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Gilbert J. Bradshaw

New York, NY
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  • Conscience of a Conservative

  • A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle
  • By: Jeff Flake
  • Narrated by: Milton Jeffers, Jeff Flake - preface
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

In a bold act of conscience, Republican Senator Jeff Flake takes his party to task for embracing nationalism, populism, xenophobia, and the anomalous Trump presidency. The book is an urgent call for a return to bedrock conservative principle and a cry to once again put country before party.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Liberal Gives Flake 5 Stars

  • By TLN on 08-04-17

Great book!!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

Awesome book. This is how politicians should act. I can’t believe our discourse has fallen so far.

  • American Sketches

  • Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Cotter Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

In this collection of essays, Walter Isaacson reflects on the lessons to be learned from Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, and various other interesting characters he has chronicled as a biographer and journalist. The people he writes about have an awesome intelligence, in most cases, but that is not the secret of their success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable and Insightful - Get it

  • By Gerardo A Dada on 09-02-13

Best book ever

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

But it makes you realize how insignificant you are.
You can get through this book. I did.

It caused me to have tons of emotional reactions. Such a great read

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,511
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,923
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,870

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Blew me away!!!

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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: 07-08-15

This book is so awesome it deserves the millions of five star reviews that it received. It made me so happy to read that book.

  • Wooden

  • A Coach's Life
  • By: Seth Davis
  • Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

No college basketball coach has ever dominated the sport like John Wooden. His UCLA teams reached unprecedented heights in the 1960s and '70s, capped by a run of ten NCAA championships in twelve seasons and an eighty-eight-game winning streak, records that stand to this day. Wooden also became a renowned motivational speaker and writer, revered for his "Pyramid of Success." The portrait that emerges from Davis's remarkable biography is of a man in full, whose life story still resonates today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wooden: A Man Who Transcends Sports

  • By Rob - Audible on 08-20-14

Very Balanced View of John Wooden

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

Reviewed: 09-17-14

I'm constantly surprised at the detail of this book. Seth Davis would tell you what Wooden had for breakfast on random dates in the 1960s. This was a very thoroughly researched book and since I didn't have very much exposure to Wooden, I was gripped by the storyline.

This book is well written and definitive. He also digs into the Samuel Gilbert so thoroughly that this book is practically a biography of Gilbert as well.

  • Extra Virginity

  • The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil
  • By: Tom Mueller
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 512

For millennia, fresh olive oil has been a necessity - for food, medicine, beauty, and religion. Today's researchers continue to confirm the remarkable, life-giving properties of true extra-virgin, and "extra-virgin Italian" has become the highest standard of quality. But what if this symbol of purity has become deeply corrupt?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For every foodie

  • By Marla on 05-27-16

Fantastic Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 01-14-12

What did you love best about Extra Virginity?

You will crave high-quality olive oil during and after reading this book. Fantastic narration, juicy history, and a nice dose of business and politics this book has it all. Olive Oil is such a rich topic, from mafiosos to Greek gods and models it is a truly rich subject. The author appreciates and is passionate about his subject.

What other book might you compare Extra Virginity to and why?

I compare this book to Onward (the autobiography of Starbucks founder) because the descriptions of the oil are much like the descriptions of the coffee roasts. They make you want to go to the nearest olive oil distributor!

Which character – as performed by Peter Ganim – was your favorite?

Peter Ganim is a fantastic narrator.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Selling America Short

  • The SEC and Market Contrarians in the Age of Absurdity
  • By: Richard C. Sauer
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

During his dozen years as an SEC attorney, author Richard Sauer opened and supervised some of its most notable financial cases-investigations that took him to a dozen countries and returned hundreds of millions of dollars to American investors. While a partner at a major law firm and, later, a hedge fund manager, he saw firsthand the follies and failures of our system. Now, in Selling America Short, he shares his extraordinary experiences with you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A standout -- informative AND entertaining

  • By Philo on 10-21-11

Very detailed analysis of the financial system

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-11

This book was great if you are an investment banker or securities attorney. I guess if you are a sophisticated investor it would also be of interest. Sauer gives a good explanation of short-selling hedge funds and gives the best defense of short sellers that I have ever heard: that short sellers create a self-regulating environment for the markets.

I was always curious about what exactly happened with Overstock and the CEO's crusade against short sellers. This book went into extraordinary detail on the whole affair. It also gave me insight as to the realities of an investigation by the SEC and the internal processes and politics that occur in the SEC.

I thought this book was exciting and intellectually engaging. Usually I listen to books at 1.5-2.0 speed. This book was way too complicated to do that. That's not to say that it wasn't well-written. Sauer explains complicated ideas in a relatively simple and readable format, but it's not a light read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The Facebook Effect

  • The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World
  • By: David Kirkpatrick
  • Narrated by: David Kirkpatrick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 352

In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great history, poor analysis. TERRIBLE recording.

  • By Kenneth on 08-22-10

WOW! Fantastic Book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-10

Let's be clear, this is a business book. This isn't an instructional book about how to use facebook, nor is it a technical jargon-laden book for programmers and aspiring developers.

If you are still interested in a business book about Facebook, then you will love this book. Kirkpatrick gives the history of Facebook according to inside sources and also reviews any third-party publications about the company's origins (and he made a thorough review of all litigation proceedings as well).

Kirkpatrick is obviously a cheerleader of Facebook and Zuckerberg, but he is pretty honest about their weaknesses as well. This is a very straightforward account of significant events in the development of facebook as product as well as facebook as it was being managed. Very insightful about the youth at the company and how it both helped and hindered the Company's progress.

The book is well-organized and if you don't care about Facebook's litigation, you can skip the chapter, as well as management, product development, and financing. I really understand a lot about the company's inner-workings now and I appreciate this carefully written book. I couldn't put it down.

Great narration too.

I really enjoyed the exclusive interview Kirkpatrick gave at the end of the audible.com version, even though I was annoyed at how shameless Zuckerberg's sister was when she interviewed Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick's part of the interview was awesome though.

Criticism: Kirkpatrick didn't deal with the original Facebook lawsuits which were settled with competitors to my satisfaction. Kirkpatrick also didn't delve as deep into alleged privacy violations or directly deal respond to some of Ben Mezrich's obvious dramatizations of the scandals that took place. The reader is forced to believe Mezrich's account on some scandals.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Live Strong

  • Inspirational Stories from Cancer Survivors-from Diagnosis to Treatment and Beyond
  • By: Lance Armstrong Foundation
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson, Alison Fraser
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

While heartbreaking at times, these powerfully honest stories are ultimately uplifting and extremely reassuring to patients and their families. They offer the wisdom and hope that only survivors can give. Live Strong is a remarkable testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great 4 Everybody

  • By Gilbert J. Bradshaw on 01-30-06

Great 4 Everybody

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-06

This audiobook is fantastic. I have never had cancer, but listening to this audiobook gave me a respect for how remarkable cancer patients really are. This book gave me a unique insight into how to deal with cancer and how to help others deal with cancer. I learned how people of all ages, stereotypes, and athletic ability were able to beat cancer. The stories will change your life and give you a different perspective. I learned tips to help me if I ever receive cancer, and ways to help out friends and family who will be diagnosed in the future. As far as I am concerned, this title is a must for anybody who is close to their friends and family--especially people who have recently been diagnosed with cancer.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ugly Americans

  • The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions
  • By: Ben Mezrich
  • Narrated by: Ben Mezrich
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Ugly Americans is the true story of John Malcolm, a Princeton graduate who traveled halfway around the world in search of the American dream and pulled off a trade that could be described as the biggest deal in the history of the financial markets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-09-05

Great book with an entertaining reader!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-05

This book was captivating. The plot was awesome and the story is almost unbelievable, I found myself really hoping that every bit of it was true. The reader was one of the best that I have heard and it wasn't too long of a book--I found myself wanting more in contrast to other 12-15 hour unabridged books that I have listened to. Really the only downside to this book was the fact that there was so much unneccessary swearing. The narrator would even swear sometimes, which kind of turned me off. I appreciated the cultural lessons that I learned and felt like it had the perfect combination of intellectual stimulation and relaxation. I highly recommend this book to anyone--but maybe not for to anyone's mother.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Leaving the Saints

  • How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith
  • By: Martha Beck
  • Narrated by: Martha Beck
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Leaving the Saints is an unforgettable memoir about one woman's spiritual quest and journey toward faith. As "Mormon royalty" within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Martha Beck was raised in a home frequented by the Church's high elders, known as the apostles, and her existence was framed by their strict code of conduct.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it and decide for yourself

  • By Sandi on 07-03-05

Not very good

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-05

I don't have much to say. I thought that the reader was great, and I love Martha Beck--but this book was not written at the standard of "Expecting Adam." In fact, I kind of got the impression that her story was a little bit on the bogus side. I was quite disappointed.

18 of 37 people found this review helpful