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Pete C.

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  • Silicon States

  • The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future
  • By: Lucie Greene
  • Narrated by: Esther Wane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Silicon Valley is imperializing the planet. With nearly bottomless supplies of cash and ambition, a small group of companies have been gradually seizing symbolic and practical civic leadership in America and worldwide. But Silicon Valley does not answer to the electorate; nor have they been voted into office. And the perils of their influence are only now making themselves known.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fact filled monotone with a British accent

  • By Pete C. on 11-14-18

Fact filled monotone with a British accent

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

There is a lot of information and facts in this book. There was also much anticipation for analysis and "what it means for our future", but the book doesn't deliver on that score. There is no "story" here, just a train of historical information. But there is a lot of information.
A big negative for me was the unrelenting monotone and complete lack of inflection or pauses in the reading. Compounding this is a strong British accent which is interesting at first, but soon becomes very tedious. It was hard to keep awake.

This book is big on content but weak on engagement, a missed opportunity.

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,223
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,363
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,344

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes' worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By Greeny on 05-29-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

As others have already said, the story is amazing. I found myself muttering out loud, "No, how is that possible?" many times throughout. You can't make this stuff up. I had to pull myself away from listening several times it was so hard to put down. Instead of becoming the new Steve Jobs, Theranos became the new Enron. So hard to believe it could happen again. Can't wait to see how this story palys out in court.

  • Tearing Down the Wall of Sound

  • The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector
  • By: Mick Brown
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Phil Spector, born in the Bronx in 1940, grew up an outsider despised by his peers. But he formed a band, and had a number-one hit with "To Know Him Is to Love Him". He quickly became the top producer of early rock and roll and the originator of such girl groups as the Ronettes. Hit followed hit, and for all of them he used a new recording style called the "wall of sound". But the reign of the boy-man who owned pop music was doomed, and Spector spiraled into paranoid isolation and peculiar behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Descent Into Madness

  • By Chris on 06-11-12

Very informative

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

This was very informative and was read in a very factual and matter-of-fact manner. I not only learned much about Phil Spector, but also so much about the popular music business of the 60's and 70's. The book ends just before his trial begins, so you have to go to other sources to learn about the actual murder trial itself,,, but it is a very comprehensive tome leading up to the trial. He is a most unique character who was right about so many things but so wrong about so many others, a deeply flawed character who gave so much to the world, but demanded so much more in return.

  • The History of Rock & Roll

  • Volume 1: 1920-1963
  • By: Ed Ward
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Ed Ward covers the first half of the history of rock & roll in this sweeping and definitive narrative - from the 1920s, when the music of rambling medicine shows mingled with the songs of vaudeville and minstrel acts to create the very early sounds of country and rhythm and blues, to the rise of the first independent record labels post-World War II, and concluding in December 1963, just as an immense change in the airwaves took hold and the Beatles prepared for their first American tour.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious, monotone tome

  • By Pete C. on 11-09-17

Tedious, monotone tome

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

This is much more like an encyclopedia (in chronological order) than a story. It is an endless recitation of names of people, songs, record companies, etc. There is no story interest or emotion whatsoever. How can rock & roll be told in a 14 hour monotone??

If you are looking for a reference guide this may be it, but I recommend it in print form where it would be easier to look up references. Otherwise, the reading of this book is great for insomnia as I have used it with great effect.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Play It Loud

  • An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar
  • By: Brad Tolinski, Alan di Perna, Carlos Santana - foreword
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 136

For generations the electric guitar has been an international symbol of freedom, danger, rebellion, and hedonism. In Play It Loud, Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna bring the history of this iconic instrument to roaring life. It's a story of inventors and iconoclasts, of scam artists, prodigies, and mythologizers as varied and original as the instruments they spawned. Play It Loud uses 12 landmark guitars - each of them artistic milestones in their own right - to illustrate the conflict and passion the instruments have inspired.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great history lesson for electric guitar enthusia!

  • By c on 12-27-16

Great story, well written, well told

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

Reviewed: 09-23-17

I got this book to learn some facts, but was pleasantly surprised to find it a very well written and immensely interesting story that was well researched, well written and well told. Surprisingly it was hard to put down. You don't have to be a guitarist to really enjoy this story telling while learning so many fascinating inside stories. Enjoy.

  • One Way Out

  • The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band
  • By: Alan Paul
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

One Way Out is the powerful biography of the Allman Brothers Band, an oral history written with the band's participation and filled with original, never-before-published interviews as well as personal letters and correspondence. This is the most in-depth look at a legendary American rock band that has meant so much to so many for so long. For 25 years, Alan Paul has covered the Allman Brothers Band, conducting hundreds of interviews, riding the buses with them, attending rehearsals and countless shows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Book!!

  • By Joseph S. Wentz on 08-16-15

A nice history but lacks emotion

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

This is a nice history of the band's many incarnations and challenges and triumphs over adversity to achieve longevity and greatness. But don't expect any emotion or intrigue, just the facts ma'am.

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,663

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

Help for insomnia

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

What was most disappointing about Margaret Atwood and Valerie Martin - essay ’s story?

The beginning, middle, and end.

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

I was able to imagine I was watching an episode of Homeland instead of listening to this book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I found myself listening to it when I was having trouble falling asleep. It helped.

Any additional comments?

This book is 2% plot and 98% descriptive narrative. If you are "shocked" by this story, then you must have been living under a rock for the last thirty years.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Killing the Rising Sun

  • How America Vanquished World War II Japan
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,291
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,252

Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. Killing the Rising Sun takes listeners to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice voice, just fine! *****

  • By Gramofalot on 11-25-16

Amazing history lesson

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

Any additional comments?

This is a great history book that captures your interest throughout. Not for the faint of heart as some of the history is very honest and graphic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,431

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

Was not worth the effort

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

Any additional comments?

This book is endless imagery, metaphor, and descriptive language. Unfortunately all this flowery language significantly hides the plot which is very hard to follow. After all the effort to stay with the book, the ending was disappointing and ultimately not worth it.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,781

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

A bit superficial.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

A nice beach book. Not much depth, but entertaining for a light listen. Narration was too Joe Friday matter of fact with little variation or inflection. The story was a bit contrived but held my interest enough to carry me through. Kind of like a made-for-tv movie.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful