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Jean Le Lupi

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  • Deep Undercover

  • My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America
  • By: Jack Barsky, Cindy Coloma
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

One decision can end everything...or lead to unlikely redemption. Millions watched the CBS 60 Minutes special on Jack Barsky in 2015. Now, in this fascinating memoir, the Soviet KGB agent tells his story of gut-wrenching choices, appalling betrayals, his turbulent inner world, and the secret life he lived for years without getting caught.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Chad J Cargill on 03-30-17

This is not an spy story

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

Would you try another book from Jack Barsky and Cindy Coloma and/or Stephen Bowlby?

No, they are naive and non sensical

Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Barsky and Cindy Coloma again?

No

Did Stephen Bowlby do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

no

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

Narrator voice is smooth and puts you to sleep

Any additional comments?

This is a story of an East German man that came to US several times under several fake passports manufactured by KGB. However one of his biggest challenges here was to get a library card.?!?!?! You go through 70% of the book and not one US secret was stolen, not one american recruited. Bad fiction, very naive.

  • Operation Broken Reed

  • By: Arthur Boyd
  • Narrated by: Christopher Curry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

At the height of the Korean War, President Truman launched one of the most important intelligence-gathering operations in history. So valuable were the mission's findings about the North Korean-Soviet-Chinese alliance that it is no stretch to say they prevented World War III.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not sure what to believe

  • By Rodney on 02-06-14

Good book, but it divagates a lot

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

Reviewed: 02-26-14

I wish the author had a good editor. The story is rather amazing, providing that is all true, but the writer can not hold himself from going in pointless details that have nothing to do with the story.
Finally I bought a book about war and espionage and in the middle of the action, I have to listen to a description of his mom in Texas and her cooking.... Many other pointless parentheses drove me up the wall...

With the help of the skip forward button I finished it.
Well worth it.

  • Command and Control

  • Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
  • By: Eric Schlosser
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932

Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved - and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By S. Mersereau on 10-14-13

Eric gets lost in pontless details this time

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

Reviewed: 01-02-14

I liked this author a lot in some of his previous books, but now I simply lost my patience.

About 20% of the book is relevant to the title, the rest is just fill up. As an example, he will describe for pages the make and color and the layout of the news van that came to report on the "incident" for pages and pages. Then he'll give you biographies of all lowly employees involved.... Those details have nothing to do with what happened...

Most of the book is irrelevant like this. I guess some writers like to hear themselves talk forever....

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bismarck

  • The Story of a Fighter
  • By: Emil Ludwig, Eden Paul, Cedar Paul
  • Narrated by: Ken Maxon
  • Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 11

Otto von Bismarck was more than a politician and a leader: He was the single driving force that turned the disparate states of Germany into one cohesive empire. He then went on to lead Germany and the rest of Europe into an age of political peace that lasted from 1871 until the outbreak of World War I. Under his influence, Germany thrived. Bismarck’s use of statesmanship to fight for the interests of his country was legendary. As one of the most influential and powerful individuals in his country’s history, Bismarck became a symbol of leadership and pride for German nationalists.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • How badly the narration fits non-fiction

  • By Viviane on 04-19-13

Unbearable to hear

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

Reviewed: 07-01-13

The author follows no timeline or cause and effect progression of events. The whole book seems like a collection of unrelated sentences about Bismarck impossible to follow.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Signal and the Noise

  • Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't
  • By: Nate Silver
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,020
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,002

Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Learn About Statistics Without All The Math

  • By Scott Fabel on 03-09-13

You must have the patience for useless details

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

Reviewed: 12-02-12

While missing the point.
This book is very hard to follow. It feels like there is not enough material and the author is blowing time and filling pages with useless details.

I'd rather go for something by Michael Lewis or Malcom Gladwell

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Family Fortunes

  • How to Build Family Wealth and Hold on to It for 100 Years
  • By: Bill Bonner, Will Bonner
  • Narrated by: Brett Barry
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 207

From trusted New York Times best-selling author Bill Bonner comes a radical new way to look at family money and a practical, actionable guide to getting and maintaining multigenerational wealth. Family Fortunes: How to Build Family Wealth and Hold on to It for 100 Years is packed with useful information, interwoven with Bonner's stories about his own family's wealth philosophy and practices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, well researched

  • By Jean Le Lupi on 12-02-12

Well written, well researched

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

Reviewed: 12-02-12

The authors embark on a quest to answer a enormously complex question: How a family can achieve everlasting wealth, but more than that how can they pass the values and principles that will assure a sustainable structure for wealth preservation and creation.

I have been struggling with those questions a lot, and I have not found too many writings on the subject matter. I guess we live in the age of "right here, right now" where instant gratification precedes any sense of heritage or legacy.
It is very refreshing to find like-minded thinkers that contemplate a bigger sense of ourselves. I think that multigenerational wisdom has been essential to our evolution as specie. Imagine each one of us trying to re-invent plowing or animal raising... Where would we be?
However today, grandparents embark on cruises, parents work long hours, and the guidance of the youth is left to the TV set.
I have a lot of respect for the authors candor and their frankness in recognizing that they don’t have all the answers. At times they even expose their disagreement on certain principles.
Weather you’ll agree with the book or not, the material is guaranteed to make you think, therefore I recommend it wholeheartedly.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • America's Great Depression

  • By: Murray N. Rothbard
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

The Great Depression was not a crisis for capitalism but merely an example of the downturn part of the business cycle, which was generated by government intervention in the economy. Had this book appeared in the 1940s, it might have spared the world much grief. Even so, its appearance in 1963 meant that free-market advocates had their first full-scale treatment of this crucial subject.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • required reading- hard to capture over audio

  • By Damon on 09-26-08

Unbearable repetitious, dry economic theory

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

Reviewed: 11-08-12

I pride myself as a economic theory geek, but this was beyond anyone's ability to digest. The first two chapters simply dont contain any events, characters or real life facts. Instead, a robotic voice tells you the relationship between the savings curb and the investment curb in a deflationary environment. Then a lot of these dry axioms are repeated in different words 2-3 times, as if the author is struggling to fill up time.
All these theories are presented as gospel, no point and counterpoint, and there are no real life examples of how they apply.

About one third in the book, you start getting characters, presidents from the 30ties and other officials. The same theories start repeating, but now there are some events and people put them in practice.

A very strange book, I just could not bear it...

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Lords of Finance

  • The Bankers Who Broke the World
  • By: Liaquat Ahamed
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 18 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729

It is commonly believed that the Great Depression that began in 1929 resulted from a confluence of events beyond any one person's or government's control. In fact, as Liaquat Ahamed reveals, it was the decisions made by a small number of central bankers that were the primary cause of the economic meltdown, the effects of which set the stage for World War II and reverberated for decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • interesting insight into interwar period!

  • By Toru on 11-27-09

Finally a complete, impartial investigation

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

Reviewed: 09-27-12

The 20ties and the 30ties were often avoided by historians. Finally I found an author that really reveals the misguided policies of the "Peace of Versailles". Polices that lead to the great depression and the second world war... A must read.

  • Idiot America

  • How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
  • By: Charles P. Pierce
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 513

The culture wars are over and the idiots have won. This is a veteran journalist’s caustically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States. The three Great Premises of Idiot America: · Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units; anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough; "fact" is that which enough people believe. And "truth" is determined by how fervently they believe it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Get What You Paid For

  • By Vargas on 09-19-11

A bunch of unfocused, pointless text

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

Reviewed: 08-19-12

Be warned, this is not about the stupidity of America, but about converting you in an extreme secular, atheist. Everyone that is not that is an idiot according to the author. Even the believers in the "intelligent design" theory are dumb. For him evolution is a perfect theory that has no holes and no questions un-answered. The fact that 95% of the people believe in divinity is compared with a survey on gravity. " If 95% of us would vote that there is no gravity would that make it so?" he asks. Therefore there is no creation and you're stupid if you're not an atheist.

Next chapters go totally la-la discussing John Adams and his misdeeds but never connecting his actions with the "Idiot America" as if he forgot completely what his book was about. He makes no other point either, so you feel that after he called creationists idiots, he just had to fill the manuscript with random talk in order to finish the book.

Here my patience ran out. Life is to short to put up with this.
I cant believe he got published...

12 of 52 people found this review helpful

  • When Money Dies

  • The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar, Germany
  • By: Adam Fergusson
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

When Money Dies is the classic history of what happens when a nations currency depreciates beyond recovery. In 1923, with its currency effectively worthless (the exchange rate in December of that year was one dollar to 4,200,000,000,000 marks), the German republic was all but reduced to a barter economy. Expensive cigars, artworks, and jewels were routinely exchanged for staples such as bread; a cinema ticket could be bought for a lump of coal; and a bottle of paraffin for a silk shirt....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • informative

  • By Parola138 on 02-27-11

Useless details, missing the big points

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

Reviewed: 07-04-12

The subject matter is fascinating and very little covered by history books. It is obviously very touchy for an English author since it might point to the unfairness of the Versailles treaty.
So this author is endlessly beating around the bush by telling you the price of eggs, train tickets and other data that makes your head spin but he's not developing enough the big picture.

So yes, there was inflation in the 1920s but how did they get there? Why did the Kaiser abdicate? Who took power? What was the mechanisms of tax collection and why did they collapse?
The treaty of Versailles and the subsequent adjustments to the war reparation are mentioned in very few sentences, but very under developed...

So if you want to know how much was an egg in Berlin during 1920, 1921, 1922... etc go ahead and get this book.
The author is incredibly proud of this data and he assumes you know all the other details of the Weimar Germany.
Well, I didn't so I expected a lot more...

8 of 9 people found this review helpful