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Nicholas Castaneda

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  • Moneyball

  • The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

Moneyball is a quest for something that money can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected by a brotherhood of baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, and physics professors. These numbers prove that the traditional measure of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. This information has been around for years, and nobody paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A's.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audible Book Yet

  • By Steven on 06-15-03

Great for everyone

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-11

Brilliant job by a brilliant writer, He presents the analytically world of baseball in a way that the average soap opera loving housewife will find positively enthralling.

  • Radio Shangri-La

  • What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth
  • By: Lisa Napoli
  • Narrated by: Lisa Napoli
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43

Lisa Napoli was in the grip of a crisis, dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger presented her with an opportunity to move halfway around the world, Lisa left behind cosmopolitan Los Angeles for a new adventure in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan - said to be one of the happiest places on earth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little too much midlife crisis/angst

  • By WHP on 06-04-12

Good-ish

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-11

I am an NPR Addict and knowing that Lisa Napoli works at NPR really raised my expectations. I feel that this just lasts a little to long. I really could do without the last fifth of the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • SuperFreakonomics

  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,008

SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Your Time

  • By Rich on 01-04-10

enjoyed it but compared to freakonomics

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-10

Its sad when someone writes something really brilliant and must continually compete with the past. A good audio book that is well read but no where as good as its predecessor.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,815

Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Analysis

  • By Michael on 11-21-13

very interesting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-10

Well written with brilliant highly memorable colorful characters. My only qualm is just a little to objective with some of these anti heroes or anti villains.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Checklist Manifesto

  • How to Get Things Right
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,527

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Tad Davis on 01-11-10

apparently checklists arent interesting

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-10

An interesting subject but poorly written and really boring. Takes the entire book to basically say "Doctors should use checklists to limit their mistakes". 8 words.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Shock Doctrine

  • The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
  • By: Naomi Klein
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wiltsie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721

In her ground-breaking reporting, Naomi Klein introduced the term "disaster capitalism". Whether covering Baghdad after the U.S. occupation, Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, or New Orleans post-Katrina, she witnessed something remarkably similar. People still reeling from catastrophe were being hit again, this time with economic "shock treatment": losing their land and homes to rapid-fire corporate makeovers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING!!!

  • By Joel L Posner on 02-11-09

Like an unfunny Michael Moore Film

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-10

Super depressing and fact filled. I prefer to be oblivious.

0 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Wordy Shipmates

  • By: Sarah Vowell
  • Narrated by: Sarah Vowell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957

Sarah Vowell's special brand of armchair history makes the bizarre and esoteric fascinatingly relevant and fun. She takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, where "righteousness" is rhymed with "wilderness," to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. Throughout, The Wordy Shipmates is rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America's most celebrated voices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Sarah Vowell

  • By Audiophile on 10-25-09

enchanting and funny portrait of american history

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-10

Sarah manages to make old news topical. She is capable of relating American History with American news all the while making Anne Hutchinson a girl youd like to see drunk.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Too Big to Fail

  • The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System - and Themselves
  • By: Andrew Ross Sorkin
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286

A real-life thriller about the most tumultuous period in America's financial history by an acclaimed New York Times reporter. Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true, behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Revealing

  • By Laura on 01-11-10

Well written, performed and fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-10

This makes our recent financial history something between a spy novel and paulson biography. If you are interesting in contemporary issues and how our world is currently being formed READ THIS.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Born to Run

  • A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,447

Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not a runner ...

  • By B.J. on 09-01-09

great

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-10

Fascinating use of history and science in covering sport.

  • The Happiness Project

  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Gretchen Rubin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,874
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,093
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,077

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Story

  • By kensipe on 07-30-12

nahhh

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-10

This is a valiant if not vain attempt at trying to look into happiness. There is a bit of science mixed in with information but mostly self serving stories about someone trying to get attention for being happy. Unfortunately I didn't find this uplifting and although pedantic I didn't learn much. Regretful purchase.

16 of 23 people found this review helpful