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James W. Fox

Bealeton VA USA
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  • The Man Called Cash

  • By: Steve Turner
  • Narrated by: Rex Linn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Johnny Cash was a poor sharecropper's son from Arkansas who became one of the most influential figures in American music. In the 1950s he embarked on a music career that took him to the heights of fame and wealth but also to the depths of addiction and despair. From these tensions Johnny Cash created a haunting music, exploring the dark side of himself, and others, in a voice that sometimes sounded as old as the Grand Canyon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story - poor reader

  • By Dave on 03-13-12

a fascinating guy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-08

A fascinating guy, and the introduction by Kris Kristofferson was wonderful.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • iWoz

  • How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way
  • By: Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,381
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,331

Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Another Apple History!

  • By Daniel Dennis on 04-08-08

Irrepressible

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-08

Steve Wozniak is clearly himself in this book, a shy, puckish, kid who is still a quasi-adolescent at an advanced age. Yet he is clearly brilliant. One is amazed at the companies that turned down his design that became the Apple. A case of casting pearls before swine. Overall, a great listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Banker to the Poor

  • Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
  • By: Muhammad Yunus
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

In 1983, Muhammad Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with miniscule loans. Believing that credit is a basic human right, not the privilege of a few, Yunus aimed to support that spark of personal initiative and enterprise by which the poor might lift themselves out of poverty forever. Grameen Bank now provides over $2.5 billion in micro-loans to more than two million families in rural Bangladesh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will change the way you think about the economics.

  • By R. Hilton on 01-18-08

People matter

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-07

This is a wonderful book that illuminates life (especially for women) in one of the poorest countries of the world, and one man's largely successful struggle to change things. He exaggerates and misstates some things, but everybody with a conscience should read it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Planet India

  • How the Fastest Growing Democracy Is Transforming America and the World
  • By: Mira Kamdar
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

With in-depth research, interviews, and provocative analysis, Mira Kamdar offers a penetrating view of India and its cultural and economic impact on the United States and the world. From Bollywood to the Indian diaspora to India's effect on global politics, she reports on the people, companies, and places shaping the new India. Kamdar examines the challenges India faces while celebrating India's tremendous vitality and the opportunities this Asian democracy has to shape its own and all of our destinies.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Blah, blah, blah

  • By James W. Fox on 07-09-07

Blah, blah, blah

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-07

There are a few interesting tidbits that from time to time spice up this catalog of vapid nostrums. Find something better to read about India. I highly recommend Shantaram, or something by VS Naipaul.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Undercover Economist

  • By: Tim Harford
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

Author of the extremely popular "Dear Economist" column in Financial Times, Tim Harford reveals the economics behind everyday phenomena in this highly entertaining and informative book. Can a book about economics be fun to read? It can when Harford takes the reins, using his trademark wit to explain why it costs an arm and a leg to buy a cappuccino and why it's nearly impossible to purchase a decent used car.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone needs to know this.

  • By Paul Norwood on 04-24-06

economics rules!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-07

A great read, which uncovers many things about the world that will clarify them for the ordinary reader, and even for the ordinary economist (like myself).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Looming Tower
    Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
    
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    Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
    2,550 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Looming Tower

  • Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
  • By: Lawrence Wright
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693

This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting... Sobering... Chilling...

  • By John on 09-06-08

Essential!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-07

Every literate American needs to read this fascinating book about Osama bin Laden, about Islam, about US intelligence, and ultimately about why our government failed us in not stopping 9/11 before it happened.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A History of the Middle Ages

  • By: Crane Brinton, John Christopher, Robert Wolff
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 310

A History of the Middle Ages is the amazing story of European man in transition. It is a dramatic chronicle of 1,000 years of political, social, and economic transformation beginning with the dissolution of the classical Mediterranean civilization and ending with the first flowering of the Renaissance. It is also the story of two new religions, Christianity and Islam, both of which were destined to dominate the mind of every person in those new civilizations arising in their wake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent

  • By Aaron on 12-04-04

real history

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-07

This is beautifully done, using music and other sound effects to transition from one section to another of this extremely well-written volume. But the expert in history will value it more than the amateur, for the detail will likely cause the mind of the ordinary reader to wander.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism)

  • By: Christopher C. Horner
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

The big media have spoken on the question of global warming, and the debate is officially over. "Be afraid, be very afraid", warns Time magazine. But have Al Gore and his environmentalist allies really proven their case? Not even close, says Christopher C. Horner.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not great for Audio

  • By Jay M. on 09-14-07

Incorrect, period

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-07

The author is right that there is much exaggeration by environmentalists. But he thinks the remedy is exaggeration on the other side. It is no help in sorting out the conflicting claims on this issue.

22 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • No Excuses

  • Concessions of a Serial Campaigner
  • By: Robert Shrum
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 22 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

With wit and humor, rare candor, and a wealth of detail, Shrum vividly recounts the real personalities and real forces that shaped the outcome of the closest and most important elections of our time. We are there with him in the back rooms, on the planes, and in the motorcades with Ted Kennedy, Al Gore, John Kerry, John Edwards, and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • and interesting look at whats behind the curtain

  • By sam on 04-30-12

campaigns

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-07

Everything you wanted to know about political campaigning and more. A great read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful