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    • Alfred P. Sloan Jr.

    • Star of GM and Philanthropy
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Here's a biographical profile of Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., a fashionable dresser whose starched and pressed stiff-collared shirts, double-breasted suits, spats, and a pearl tie pin gave him the appearance of a dandy, of a playboy. But Sloan, who built General Motors into the largest corporation in the world through hard work and vision, and devoted the same zeal to philanthropy, had no time for play.

    Regular price: $1.74

    • Fred and Augie Duesenberg Made America's Greatest Car

    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Here's a biographical profile of the Duesenberg brothers, Augie and Fred, who built some of America's most famous cars, cars that today sell for millions at auctions. Jay Leno, owner of an extensive classic car collection, calls the Duesenberg SJ his favorite car. He feels it is "probably the greatest American car" ever built. The Duesenberg name evokes images of a European heritage, an automobile built in the image and traditions of iconic stalwarts such as Mercedes, Benz, Bugatti and Ferrari.

    Regular price: $1.74

    • The Fabulous Fisher Brothers: The Rothschilds of America

    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Several prominent brother teams pioneered the American automobile industry: Horace and John Dodge, Charles and Frank Duryea, Francis and Freelan Stanley, five Studebaker brothers and James and William Packard. However, the seven burly Fisher brothers were not only the most numerous of all the families, each one extensively involved in developing the famous "Body by Fisher" brand and subsequently General Motors, they were also among the most successful of the automobile titans.

    Regular price: $1.74

    • John M. Studebaker

    • Largest Wagon Maker Turned to Cars
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Here's a biographical profile of John M. Studebaker, one of the largest wagon manufacturing concern in the U.S. who foresaw a new mode of transportation. Although five Studebaker brothers were involved at one time or another in the wagon and car business, the evolution of the company from wagons to cars and its enormous success is largely attributable to one brother, John Mohler Studebaker.

    Regular price: $1.74

    • A Road Well Traveled

    • Profiles of America's Great Automobile Pioneers
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    A Road Well Traveled offers many lessons to be draw from the pioneers of the automotive industry and the fascinating lives they led. Some became fabulously wealthy; others died in obscurity. But they developed America's largest industry in the space of one generation and demonstrated the skills and characteristics necessary to achieve such success.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 5 Hours of Listening Pleasure!

    • By C. Dean Waterman on 01-29-13

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Henry Martyn Leland: The King of Luxury Cars Cadillac and Lincoln

    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Here's a biographical profile of Henry Leland, one of the less well-known American automobile pioneers, but who's cars are top named brands and his imprint on the development of the American automobile industry is with few parallels. If Leland had named his cars in his own image, like Ford, Chrysler, Dodge or Olds, he would be renowned - he founded Cadillac and Lincoln. When General Motors nearly went bankrupt in 1910, Leland's Cadillac division kept the company afloat.

    Regular price: $1.74

    • Harvey Firestone

    • Rubber and Tire Magnate
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Here's a biographical profile of Harvey Firestone, founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. Once upon a time there were four friends who called themselves the Vagabonds. They took summer trips together, shared their thoughts, dreams and visions, and forever changed the world we live in. They were born into simple farming families but set their horizons well beyond their pastures. They were inventive and industrious, and they achieved extraordinary success.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • industrial snippet

    • By Mary T. O'Connor on 06-08-18

    Regular price: $1.74

    • Charles Goodyear

    • The Great Vulcanizer
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Here's a biographical profile of Charles Goodyear, the man who gave the world one of its most useful products - vulcanized rubber. Natural rubber, the milky sap of rubber trees, is not a very practical commodity. It melts in hot weather or cracks and freezes in cold weather. In 1839, Charles Goodyear came across a process that made rubber so useful it changed the world we live in. A century later there were 122 rubber factories in Ohio.

    Regular price: $1.74

    • J. Edgar Hoover: The FBI and the Power Behind the 'Seat of Government'

    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    J. Edgar Hoover called the FBI the "Seat of Government", and in many way it was. He was one of the most powerful men in American history and while he was at the helm of the "Seat of Government", few dared to defy him. He was a law onto himself, the self-anointed protector of American security and virtues. Hoover's career with the FBI spanned 10 presidents, eight while he was the director. Trying to understand J. Edgar is like trying to solve a Rubic's cube with both hands tied behind the back.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Speed Reading!

    • By Paula on 01-09-15

    Regular price: $4.89

    • Elon Musk

    • SpaceX, Tesla, and the Holy Grail
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    Elon Musk is the man behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, multi-billion dollar companies he founded. Although he is now a multi-billionaire, his objective has never been to amass great wealth, but to save humanity. Writing in the Smithsonian, Carl Hoffman noted: "He does not laugh or crack a smile when he says this. There is no hint of irony."

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Could learn more from Google

    • By Frank on 08-18-15

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Ransom E. Olds

    • America's First Automotive Pioneer
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Here's a biographical profile of Ransom E. Olds, regarded as the first of the great American automobile pioneers. He not only sold the first car manufactured in America, his company was the first of the great automobile enterprises, a model and training ground for the Dodge brothers, Henry Ford, Henry Leland (founder of Cadillac and Lincoln), and other automotive trailblazers.

    Regular price: $1.74

    • The Stanley Brothers: Steam Cars and the Rocket

    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Here's a biographical profile of the Freelan and Francis Stanley, identical twins who developed the Stanley Steamers, cars powered by steam engines. In 1897 the brothers, dressed alike in overcoats, bowler hats and sporting thick black beards appeared on Maple Street in Watertown, Mass., driving a horseless carriage that was nearly soundless. Spectators were stunned by the quick pace and eerie silence. One observer later recalled: "It was like watching a pair of pants run down the street with nobody in them."

    Regular price: $1.74

    • Howard Hughes

    • The Mysterious Billionaire
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Howard Hughes was a mysterious billionaire, heroic, tragic, brilliant, mad, pathological, and extraordinarily wealthy. He was a great businessman or a terrible one; the jury is still out. But his life was fascinating and disturbing.

    Regular price: $3.49

    • Walt Disney: The Man behind the Mouse

    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Biographical profile of Walter Elias Disney, the man who built an empire on the back of a mouse. Imbued with an iron-like drive to succeed, Disney pushed, prodded, and pressed those around him, as he did himself, to succeed. He was always on the edge of vision and technology. An unmitigated risk taker, Disney constantly flirted with financial ruin, seemingly bent on a mission to remain in debt while his brother Roy's ambition was to harness Walt's financial excesses.

    Regular price: $3.49

    • Henry J. Kaiser

    • First in War, First in Peace
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Here's a biographical profile of Henry J. Kaiser, a great industrialist and philanthropist who had a profound impact on America's ability to prevail in World War II. People tend to regard the great American titans of the past as robber barons, men who made their fortunes off the backs of the oppressed, flaunting laws and living like nabobs while others had to scratch for a living.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Pithy Tribrute to an Amazing American

    • By James on 03-26-12

    Regular price: $1.74

    • Charles F. Kettering

    • Self Starter to Inventor Extraordinaire
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Here's a biographical profile of Charles F. Kettering, a man who always sought solutions to great problems. A philosopher, engineer, master salesman, scientist and genius inventor, Kettering, Delco's founder and major shareholder of GM, gave us many things: electric automobile starters, electric headlights, Freon, automatic transmissions, incubators for premature babies, premium gasoline, car generators, electric cash registers, and much more.

    Regular price: $1.74

    • John and Horace Dodge

    • Automotive Pioneers
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Here's a biographical profile of John and Horace Dodge, the fabulously wealthy Detroit automobile pioneers who reveled in yachts, estates and producing great cars. Unfortunately, John and Horace's lifestyles were unacceptable to the social elite in Detroit; they regarded the brothers as uncultured, crude and boorish. And they probably were, but it bothered the brothers not at all.

    Regular price: $1.74

    • Henry Ford

    • King Henry the First, a Driving Force
    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 8

    Henry Ford, an American folk hero to many, was a man with several faces. He was a genius who revolutionized the automobile industry, irrevocably altered American culture and commerce, developed mass production, and helped the middle class emerge in America. He was also an anti-Semitic autocrat who hated Wall Street, bankers and financiers with unmitigated passion.

    Regular price: $1.74

    • David Dunbar Buick Left His Name and Nothing Else

    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Buick is one of the best known automobile brands today as it was more than a century ago. But unlike other automobile pioneers, Ford, Dodge, and Olds, who became rich and famous with their car companies, Buick prospered not at all from his namesake. Although Buick was a visionary and an outstanding engineer, he simply did not have all the tools to succeed, lacking management sense among other things.

    Regular price: $1.74

    • John D. Hertz: Yellow Cab, Trucks, and Rental Cars

    • By: Daniel Alef
    • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
    • Length: 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Here's a biographical profile of John D. Hertz, a prolific industrialist and founder of several famous companies. Yellow cabs are as prosaic to America as black taxis are to London. In 1915, Hertz formed Yellow Cab in Chicago and painted his taxis yellow after the University of Chicago determined it was the most distinct color at a long distance.

    Regular price: $1.74

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