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  • Jennifer Government

  • By: Max Barry
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 299

The irreverent author of the cult classic Syrup hits his target in this satire on the wages of big capital. In Max Barry's hilarious vision of the near future, the world is run by giant American corporations, and employees take the last names of the companies they work for; The Police and The NRA are publicly traded security firms, and the U.S. government may only investigate crimes if they can bill a citizen directly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Allegory

  • By Steven F Giovanni on 01-11-10

Delightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-09

A satirical approach to how far society has gone to sell something. Very funny and entertaining.

  • War on the Middle Class

  • How to Fight Back
  • By: Lou Dobbs
  • Narrated by: Lou Dobbs
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Through his nightly CNN show Lou Dobbs Tonight, his syndicated radio program, and his monthly magazine column, Lou Dobbs has become one of America's most visible, popular, and respected voices on business and financial matters. Now, with War on the Middle Class, Dobbs takes an impassioned and rousing stance on the all-out class war that is turning the American dream into a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lou Has Got It Mostly Right !

  • By Richard on 10-07-06

As pointless as his tv show

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-09

If you enjoy his tv show you will enjoy this book. I didn't enjoy either.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Nixon

  • The Triumph of a Politician 1962-1972
  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Michael Wells
  • Length: 29 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

On June 17, 1972, five well-dressed men carrying walkie talkies, cameras, and burglary tools were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington's Watergate Hotel. Allegations of high-level involvement in the crime led to President Nixon's resignation. In Nixon, Stephen Ambrose presents a balanced, unflinching portrait of one of America's most complex and puzzling chief executives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Caricature of Richard Nixon

  • By Craig M. Nelson on 08-11-05

Very boring - only for the hardcore history buffs

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-09

A factual account with many details regarding Nixon's rise and fall. The book is very long and tedious, and the reader is very monotonous. Otherwise it's ok.

  • Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

  • By: Julian Rubinstein
  • Narrated by: Eric Bogosian, Demetri Martin, Tommy Ramone, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber tells the hilarious and improbable true story of Attila Ambrus, the Robin Hood of Eastern Europe. He's the onetime pelt smugger, goaltender (possibly the worst in the history of pro hockey), pen salesman, Zamboni driver, gravedigger, church painter, roulette addict, building superintendent, whiskey drinker, and native of Transylvania who's decided that the best thing to do with his time is to rob as many banks as possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DUH

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

Very Funny And Entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-09

This book is very funny and on top of that, it's a real story. The reader is also very good. I highly recommend it.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Wal-Mart Effect

  • By: Charles Fishman
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 401

Drawing on unprecedented interviews with former Wal-Mart executives and a wealth of staggering data�including facts such as this: Americans spend $36 million an hour at Wal-Mart stores, this text is an intimate look at a business that is dramatically reshaping the American economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, Balanced View

  • By Michael on 05-01-06

Just Ok

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-09

A very light and superficial approach to the "Wal-Mart phenomenon". Gets into some of the history and mindset of this company, but avoids tough topics such as unfair competition, the encouragement of "economic cheaters" such as China (a country which cheats on environmental pollution, social obligations, intellectual property, etc.), and the addiction of American shoppers to "conspicuous consumption". A good introduction to Wal-Mart, but very light. Also, the sycophantic demeanor of the author does get boring after a while.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • China, Inc.

  • By: Ted C. Fishman
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

China today is visible everywhere: In the news, in the economic pressures battering America, in the workplace, and in every trip to the store. Provocative, timely, and essential, this dramatic account of China's growing dominance as an industrial super-power by journalist Ted C. Fishman explains how the profound shift in the global economic order has occurred, and why it already affects us all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • China status update

  • By Dave Larson on 02-16-06

Interesting but very light

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-09

The book is ok. A little superficial and the reader does get boring after a while. Don't expect anything too insightful, though. Just basic general trends behind China's emergence as "America's factory". On the downside, the author is awed by all sorts of banal trends and doesn't make the effort (or doesn't have the intellectual capability) to do significant research and present much more meaningful explanations and conclusions. Light reading for the non-business / non-economist.

  • The Age of Turbulence

  • Adventures in a New World
  • By: Alan Greenspan
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

"This book is in part a detective story. After 9/11 I knew, if I needed further reinforcement, that we are living in a new world - the world of a global capitalist economy that is vastly more flexible, resilient, open, self-correcting, and fast-changing than it was even a quarter century earlier. It's a world that presents us with enormous new possibilities but also enormous new challenges. The Age of Turbulence is my attempt to understand the nature of this new world." (Alan Greenspan)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tripled my understanding of our economy

  • By Terry on 04-01-08

Total nonsense from a con-man

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-09

If you are wondering why most citizens in the U.S. and even worldwide are hurting, you need look no further than the author. This is the biggest bunch of nonsense I've ever heard. Talk about trying to rewrite history and cover your tracks; he may fool some people, but not me. Lots of con-men have done this in the past, though none as eloquently as this guy. He belongs right up there with the thieves from Enron, Worldcomm, etc. Don't waste your time with this gibberish.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Rubies in the Orchard

  • How to Uncover the Hidden Gems in Your Business
  • By: Lynda Resnick, Francis Wilkinson
  • Narrated by: Lynda Resnick
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

POM Wonderful. FIJI Water. Teleflora. The Franklin Mint. Lynda Resnick's marketing triumphs read like an encyclopedia of branding. She is the smartest and hardest-working marketing brain in the business - the kind of marketer who can sell "ice sculptures to Eskimos". But her brilliant ideas aren't simply the result of random inspiration; they're the products of a systematic approach to marketing that any company - large or small - can adapt to achieve success.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not much rubies in this orchard

  • By Manuel on 03-05-09

Just ok

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-09

The book is ok. It's a somewhat interesting autobiographical work from a shameless self-promoter. What else would you expect from a marketer. There are no insights to be learned, but it can be entertaining for those who find the author or the subject matter (i.e. very superficial approaches to marketing) of interest. I probably would've found it interesting when I was in seventh grade...

  • Rigged

  • By: Ben Mezrich
  • Narrated by: Ben Mezrich
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

This is the startling rags-to-riches story of an Italian-American kid from the streets of Brooklyn who claws his way into the wild, frenetic world of the oil exchange. After conquering the hallowed halls of Harvard Business School, he enters the testosterone-laced warrens of the Merc Exchange, the asylumlike oil exchange located in lower Manhattan.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Another interesting story...

  • By Carey Patrick Ryan on 11-27-07

Not his best, but entertaining

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-09

I really like this author and have listened to Ugly Americans (one of my favorites) and Busting Vegas (another favorite). This book is less complex and doesn't reach the depth of the two books mentioned above. Nevertheless, it is an entertaining book, very well read, and I recommend it.

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,191

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kitchen Confidential

  • By Holly on 02-20-03

Very entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-09

The author is great at reading the book. He presents his autobiography in a very cynical manner, as per his real-life demeanor. At times it may seem juvenile, but nonetheless I found it entertaining. There are several great tips regarding cooking and eating out.