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  • The Power Broker

  • Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 66 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,581
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,592

Robert Caro's monumental book makes public what few outsiders have known: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of our time in the City and in the State of New York. And in telling the Moses story, Caro both opens up to an unprecedented degree the way in which politics really happens - the way things really get done in America's City Halls and Statehouses - and brings to light a bonanza of vital new information.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A spectacular history of New York City

  • By Paul on 01-01-13

Very interesting and well written

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Not only is the story very interesting, and the tenacity of the research laudable, but the book is also very well written.
Even when the author follows some side story that would only tangentially add to the core premise of the book, it does so masterfully.
As other have pointed, the one aspect not discussed at length is Moses’ family and family life - the mention of a second wife only happens towards the end of the book.
I didn’t expect I would enjoy so much a book for a parks commissioned, in a city I only have cursory knowledge about, at a very different time.

  • The World as It Is

  • A Memoir of the Obama White House
  • By: Ben Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Ben Rhodes, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264

For nearly 10 years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration - first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Brief, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now, he tells the full story of his partnership with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A work for posterity, not tomorrow's talking points

  • By Josh on 06-14-18

Good insight on day-to-day Obama

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

I got the book for the first-hand experience of Obama and the Obama years.
The book focuses more on foreign policy, a fact that I liked.
At some points, the author shares thoughts as happening at the time of that event, but I couldn’t tell they were not filtered by hindsight.
Nothing that he mentions about Obama is out of line with what one expects - and I’m ok with that. I guess I struggled a little with the full justification of foreign policy “failures” on moral or political grounds - it would be nice to acknowledge that probably not everything was done right.
Overall an enjoyable book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • War on Peace

  • The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
  • By: Ronan Farrow
  • Narrated by: Ronan Farrow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028

American diplomacy is under siege. Offices across the State Department sit empty while abroad, the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We're becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later. In an astonishing account ranging from Washington, DC, to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and North Korea in the years since 9/11, acclaimed journalist and former diplomat Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gifted Author

  • By JAL on 05-06-18

Well written & interesting accounts

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I found the book captivating. It’s an account of major US foreign policy failures in the last 20-30 years, sprinkled with personal stories and memorable characters
The premise of the book is that foreign policy has been left to the military, and that is to blame for the failures. I don’t think it manages to fully prove that point, but it successfully points to failures that a (literal) diplomatic approch could have prevented.
Farrow’s narration takes some time to get used to - it’s pretty bad at the beginning of the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 9,256
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,393
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,375

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

A pageturner

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

A captivating story, really well said.
The author creates a narrative out of scattered data and information.
I enjoyed it as much as American Kingpin.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,517
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,487

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

Never listened to a book that fast

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Never listened to a book that fast.
Great story and beautifully written and narrated. Had a great time .

  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,291
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,066
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,065

[Contains explicit content] Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pros and Cons of free porn.

  • By ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) on 08-11-17

Interesting book

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

Good production, and some good new points and tangents.
The writer/narrator's accent and enunciation made it hard at times, especially when he was trying to be more dramatic, or "act" the part.

  • The Dictator's Handbook

  • Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics
  • By: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,868

For 18 years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the "national interest" - or even their subjects - unless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Think you understand politics, think again!

  • By Michael on 07-01-14

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

Excellent book, uses a simple framework to analyze policy decisions and leaders' actions.
It would be interesting to see a similar read dedicated to corporate leaders.

The narrator takes some time to get used to - my only complain about the book.

  • Team of Teams

  • New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
  • By: General Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, and others
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,010

Former general Stanley McChrystal held a key position for much of the War on Terror, as head of the Joint Special Operations Command. In Iraq he found that despite the vastly superior resources, manpower, and training of the US military, Al Qaeda had an advantage because of its structure as a loose network of small, independent cells. Those cells wreaked havoc by always staying one step ahead, sharing knowledge with each other via high-tech communications.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Beth on 06-30-15

Better than expected

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

Presents a great approach while connecting/contrasting elements of that approach to other theories, examples, historical events etc.
Really really well written

  • Linchpin

  • Are You Indispensable?
  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,326

There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe you missed the point...

  • By John on 09-01-11

Great idea, a bit too long

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

The ideas are great, no question. And Godin's passion comes across. It sounded though like it could use some editing - it would be denser and easier.