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Jeffrey A. Sherman

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  • 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 21,983
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,986
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,945

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “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 fund-raising 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
  • Shocking story of a meteoric rise and fall

  • By Jeff Koeppen on 08-14-18

Amazing journalism, well told

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

This was captivating, enraging, and eye opening. I have since purchased this book for several friends and colleagues. It is outstanding! Thank you John Carreyrou and your brave sources for telling this story.

  • Who I Am

  • By: Pete Townshend
  • Narrated by: Pete Townshend
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729

From the voice of a generation: the most highly anticipated autobiography of the year, and the story of a man who wanted The Who to be called The Hair; wanted to be a sculptor, a journalist, a dancer and a graphic designer; became a musician, composer, librettist, fiction writer, literary editor, sailor; drank too much and nearly died; detached from his body in an airplane, on LSD, and nearly died; planned to write his memoir when he was 21; and published this book at 67.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Cow Poke McGhee on 10-11-12

Poorly edited, top of the waves memoir.

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

What did you like best about Who I Am? What did you like least?

I loved Pete's narration. I also enjoyed hearing details about his life and writing process. I disliked the poor editing. He jumped from episode to episode with no transition. People entered and left his life with no explanation. His drug and alcohol problems came and went just as mysteriously.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have liked more detail about every aspect of his life.

Have you listened to any of Pete Townshend’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no.

Was Who I Am worth the listening time?

Yes. It was good, as far as it went.

  • Dynamite Road

  • A Weiss and Bishop Novel
  • By: Andrew Klavan
  • Narrated by: Andrew Klavan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

A routine investigation into corruption at a North Californian airport sets in motion shocking events that lead hard man Jim Bishop and world-weary ex-cop boss Scott Weiss into the center of a massive criminal conspiracy. The trail of blood that ensues brings them dangerously closer to Weiss's old nemesis, an expert gun-for-hire known only as Shadowman and to a plan set to climax with an act of audacious violence and a murder that would be impossible for any killer but one....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Read

  • By Peter Gage on 02-20-09

Awful

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

Reviewed: 08-11-12

What would have made Dynamite Road better?

Dynamite Road would have been better if the small sliver of a plot had more to it.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I am now listening to Predictably Irrational.

What does Andrew Klavan bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

I thought Klavan was a very good reader. He acted out the character's voices well and in a non-distracting way. He was among the best readers I've heard.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dynamite Road?

I think Dynamite Road had enough real meat to be a short story, which is a shame. The characters, though stereotypical, were fun. He created a huge build up to what was ultimately a wafer thin story.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoy Klavan's political writing and enjoyed Empire of Lies.

  • The Last Supper

  • By: Charles McCarry
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

To Paul Christopher, the world of espionage had become a region of the mad, in which men and women lived without conviction and were compelled by a craving for conspiracy. But now, he has to find the "mole" in the Outfit and demand justice from enemies, past and present. As he follows the twisting path of this secret American intelligence group, he discovers a trail of betrayal and violence that leads backward to the horrors of the Nazi era and plunges forward beyond the Vietnam War's labyrinth of lies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich and intricate

  • By Cayce on 08-24-06

Love, love, love it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-09

I absolutely love McCarry's novels and this one is among my favorites. I took long walks with my dog, just because I couldn't stop listening to this one. If you enjoy Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, Alan Furst, etc..., McCarry is someone you should check out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Liberty and Tyranny

  • A Conservative Manifesto
  • By: Mark R. Levin
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755

Conservative talk radio's fastest-growing superstar is also a New York Times best-selling phenomenon: the author of the groundbreaking critique of the Supreme Court, Men in Black, and the deeply personal dog lover's memoir Rescuing Sprite, Mark R. Levin now delivers the book that characterizes both his devotion to his more than 5 million listeners and his love of our country and the legacy of our Founding Fathers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just. Wow.

  • By MonumenT on 04-09-15

Really disappointing. A wasted opportunity.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-09

I had high hopes for this book. I like Mr. Levin's writings for National Reivew (and love that publication). But, this book seems unlikely to persuade anyone to join the ranks of conservatives nor for conservatives to adopt his manifesto. I was glad to see a conservative book high on the best seller list (particularly one that isn't a screed a la Ann Coulter). But, this one is so filled with conclusory statements and devoid of persuasive argument as to render it not very useful. He seems to transition from one contemporary issue to the next without rhyme or reason.

8 of 38 people found this review helpful

  • Supreme Courtship

  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: Anne Heche
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

President of the United States Donald Vanderdamp is having a hell of a time getting his nominees appointed to the Supreme Court. After one nominee is rejected for insufficiently appreciating To Kill A Mockingbird, the president chooses someone so beloved by voters that the Senate won't have the guts to reject her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comic Relief

  • By Jim on 09-14-08

Fun, but feathery

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-08

I really enjoy Christopher Buckley's novels. Supreme Courtship was much like his others-satirical and fun, but not particularly hard hitting. This one was particularly light in terms of plot. Because the main character is vying for a spot on the Supreme Court, Buckley's lack of legal knowledge becomes a little distracting. I thought Anne Heche did a terrific job narrating. In sum, I think this was a great idea and could have been executed better. It was still fun though.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stumbling on Happiness

  • By: Daniel Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Daniel Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,960
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,937

A smart and funny book by a prominent Harvard psychologist, which uses groundbreaking research and (often hilarious) anecdotes to show us why we're so lousy at predicting what will make us happy, and what we can do about it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!

  • By Jaxx on 06-09-06

Not a self help book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-08

I really enjoyed Stumbling on Happiness. It reminded me a great deal of Freakonomics. It is a highly entertaining piece psychology writing designed for mass-consumption (rather than a scholarly journal). It's title makes it sound like a self-help book. It is not. It is a science book (though a fun one).

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Bridge of Sighs

  • By: Richard Russo
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 26 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Louis Charles ("Lucy") Lynch has spent all his 60 years in upstate Thomaston, New York, married to the same woman, Sarah, for 40 of them, their son now a grown man. Like his late, beloved father, Lucy is an optimist, though he's had plenty of reasons not to be: chief among them his mother, still indomitably alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Victoria Wright on 10-08-07

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-08

I love Richard Russo and I think this might be my favorite book of his. I enjoyed the humor of Straight Man and the inner turmoil of Empire Falls, but I found this book most particularly affecting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 1

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465

Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science-fiction and fantasy works. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near-future scenario: a new American Civil War. The American Empire has grown too fast, the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point, and the war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Says the Oracle

  • By Eddie D. Moore on 06-13-17

Great idea

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-07

I really enjoy Orson Scott Card's writing and this book is no exception. The writing pulls you along and is generally very entertaining. The main idea of the book is really very interesting and provocative. Unfortunately, the storyline does not quite live up to the idea. This book is still better than 70% or more of what is written, but I felt a little let down.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Six Days of War

  • June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
  • By: Michael B. Oren
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121

In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really 2 Books in One . . .

  • By Tim on 04-05-06

Great book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-07

This is a terrific book. It gave me a ton of new insights into this war and the events leading up to it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful