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  • Facts and Fears

  • Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence
  • By: Trey Brown, James R. Clapper
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 18 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498

When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence advisor for six and a half years, longer than his three predecessors combined. He led the US Intelligence Community through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia's influence operation on the 2016 US election.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Speaking Straight, Unbiased Truth to Power

  • By Cynthia on 05-29-18

Pretty Mundane

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

Was hoping to get an inside look at how the intelligence community works. All I got was press clippings of Clapper's storied career. Just read his Wikipedia page and save yourself some time. Should've known an intelligence officer wasn't going to totally transparent.

  • The Box

  • How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
  • By: Marc Levinson
  • Narrated by: Adam Lofbomm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

In April 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried 58 shipping containers from Newark to Houston. From that modest beginning, container shipping developed into a huge industry that made the boom in global trade possible. The Box tells the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By -E on 07-23-14

Thinking outside 'The Box'

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

If the book were 30-50% shorter, it might have received higher ratings from me. Summation: Economy's of scale make sense. Global transportation, infrastructure and logistics require government subsidies and with that come government control and restrictions. You could fast forward to the last 6 minutes of the book to garner 80% of the knowledge in the book.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,795
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,937
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,530

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Isaac Asimov squared

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

a great romp through the near future where our personas are projected through avatars. it gets you thinking about what image you project to others.

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  • Spaceman

  • An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
  • By: Mike Massimino
  • Narrated by: Mike Massimino
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,600
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,596

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Likable guy, great storyteller

  • By Joy Woller on 10-09-16

The Mundane

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

What did you love best about Spaceman?

The underlying tone; If you persist and trudge ahead with the mundane, you can accomplish great things. Eye on prize mentality. He had a clear vision and pursued it to make it reality. It embodies Louis Pasteur's axiom, "Chance favors the prepared mind"

What was one of the most memorable moments of Spaceman?

After all the trials and tribulations; After plowing ahead towards the goal. After giving himself the best possible chance to be a Spaceman. His elation and wonder at looking back at Earth from space. Often times when we accomplish a goal, the feeling is underwhelming. No so for "Mass". You honestly feel that he it was beyond his expectations.

Which character – as performed by Mike Massimino – was your favorite?

n/a

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

His decision to effectively eliminate his career as a space-walker. he chose to see his kids through the formative transition from high school to college. Class act. He accomplished his goal and then decided to support his son and daughter in theirs.

Any additional comments?

Give it a listen. You won't be disappointed.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Highest Duty

  • My Search for What Really Mattered
  • By: Chesley B. Sullenberger, Jeffrey Zaslow
  • Narrated by: Michael McConnohie, Chesley B. Sullenberger
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

In this inspirational autobiography, Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, the airline pilot whose emergency landing on the Hudson River earned the world's admiration, tells his life story and talks about the essential qualities that he believes have been so vital to his success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life time of preperation

  • By Robert on 11-21-09

Not a Hero - Courage by Circumstance and Training

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great story. Well narrated. Terrific ending. This book exemplifies that dedication and training pay off - "Chance favors the prepared mind"

What did you like best about this story?

It's the back story of an event most Americans are aware of. It is the reflections of a man that had heroism thrust upon him and how he got there. Ditching in the Hudson is small part of the bigger picture.

What does Michael McConnohie and Chesley B. Sullenberger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Michael is an excellent narrator. To hear the prologue from Sully demonstrates what an extraordinarily, ordinary man he is.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Overall the story is told with sincerity and modesty.

Any additional comments?

Put it on your reading list, even if you think you know the story.

  • Everybody Writes

  • Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content
  • By: Ann Handley
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 274

Everybody Writes is a go-to guide to attracting and retaining customers through stellar online communication, because in our content-driven world, every one of us is, in fact, a writer. If you have a web site, you are a publisher. If you are on social media, you are in marketing. And that means that we are all relying on our words to carry our marketing messages. We are all writers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great writing, good story, TERRIBLE narration

  • By Ann F. Bauer on 11-12-15

Awesome Resource

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

Would you listen to Everybody Writes again? Why?

I found myself replaying whole sections because of all the valuable information. I will order the text version to have as a desktop reference. Ann does a great job of covering every aspect of writing in clear terms.

  • Internet Business Shortcuts

  • Make Decent Money Online Without Taking Years to Get There
  • By: Buck Flogging
  • Narrated by: Matt Stone
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41

Everyone wants to make some money online, and making enough to be able to throw your alarm clock off of a tall building without remorse is the new American dream. But there's a problem that most don't want to face - it can take an eternity. And no one wants to quit their job and travel the world five to ten years from now. You want to do it by no later than yesterday!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing you don't already know

  • By Bushido Eternal on 07-18-15

No BS approach to online success

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

What made the experience of listening to Internet Business Shortcuts the most enjoyable?

Quick, down and dirty roadmap for your online success. The author gives you multiple methodologies to help self-promote your book, product, service, or blog.

What did you like best about this story?

No nonsense approach and no bloat or filler. It's narrated as if it were two guys were sitting at a bar strategizing about business.

  • Uncle John's Bathroom Reader

  • By: Bathroom Readers Institute
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Thousands of readers told us they wanted Uncle John in their cars. Of course, he couldn't visit each of them personally, so here's the next best thing: an audio version, jammed with interesting, helpful, and humorous trivia and information from the Uncle John backlist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just plain fun facts in a easy to listen to format

  • By Berrett M on 05-09-05

Great conversation starter

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

Reviewed: 02-26-14

Where does Uncle John's Bathroom Reader rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks among the top 20%.

What other book might you compare Uncle John's Bathroom Reader to and why?

It's like any other esoteric book on trivia. It prevents "facts" about stuff and to it's credit, cites the resource it was derived from.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

A little quick at times. Or, maybe I'm dim-witted

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No. All interesting in it's own right.

Any additional comments?

It's fun, well narrated, though faced-paced at times. You need to rewind frequently to absorb some of the facts presented.