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  • Team of Vipers

  • My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House
  • By: Cliff Sims
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May, Cliff Sims - introduction
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 23

After standing at Donald Trump’s side on Election Night, Cliff Sims joined him in the West Wing as special assistant to the president and director of White House message strategy. He soon found himself pulled into the president’s inner circle as a confidante, an errand boy, an advisor, a punching bag, and a friend. This is the story of what it was really like in the West Wing as a member of the president’s team. It's a story of power and palace intrigue, backstabbing and bold victories, as well as painful moral compromises, occasionally with yourself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bleeping out swear words? Really?

  • By Adam on 05-02-19

Don’t be fooled by the title

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

I was expecting another tell all on the Trump WH, but Sims writes as if he and Trump were best friends, as if Trump is a great president of all tomes, that Simms had a hand in getting him elected and was a part of some of Trumps “many” accomplishments. Problem is Trump denied ever knowing him and Trump has done nothing but undo everything Obama did in his tenure.
There are some interesting stories and the narration is good, but he comes at things from a christian perspective with rise tinted glasses. If you love Trump buy it. If you don’t I would mot recommend it.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,030

In his forthcoming book, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A principled man

  • By Andy on 19-04-18

Comey is a man with integrity

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

Sheds much needed light on the Trump/Comey situation, and on the sorry state of the US under Trump

  • Scalia's Court

  • A Legacy of Landmark Opinions and Dissents
  • By: Antonin Scalia, Kevin A. Ring
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

The sudden passing of Justice Antonin Scalia shook America. After almost 30 years on the Supreme Court, Scalia had become as integral to the institution as the hallowed room in which he sat. His wisecracking interruptions during oral arguments, his unmatched legal wisdom, his unwavering dedication to the Constitution, and his blistering dissents defined his leadership role on the court and inspired new generations of policymakers and legal minds.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Scalia likes the sound of his own voice

  • By jeffrey on 17-09-17

Scalia likes the sound of his own voice

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

Any additional comments?

I actually had purchased and returned this book years ago. I since became more interested in the Supreme Court, and having forgot about my earlier purchase bought it again. I started listening to it and realised my mistake. Unfortunately my feelings did not change. Though he has a great mind, he is so long winded and gets too personal regarding the other justices in his opinions that it was almost as hard as last time to listen to. As I said I had since became more familiar with some of these cases so thought I would be more interested, but this man loves to hear his own voice too much and lost interest 1/3 way into each of his drawn out opinions and was not able to finish it once again. I don't know if there is a famous person who said this or not but, "Do not say with many words what only needs a few". I dare not return it for a second time.

  • Cheech Is Not My Real Name

  • ...But Don't Call Me Chong
  • By: Cheech Marin
  • Narrated by: Cheech Marin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Cheech Marin came of age at an interesting time in America and became a self-made counterculture legend with his other half, Tommy Chong. This insightful memoir delves into how Cheech dodged the draft, formed one of the most successful comedy duos of all time, became the face of the recreational drug movement with the film Up in Smoke, forged a successful solo career, and became the owner of the most renowned collection of Chicano art in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dave's not here man

  • By Mr. Richard Ingram on 04-06-18

Get to know more about the funny guy

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

What made the experience of listening to Cheech Is Not My Real Name the most enjoyable?

I always enjoy biographies narrated by the author. What I did not realise is how much he did outside the Cheech and Chong duo.

Who was your favorite character and why?

What an absolutely stupid question!!!!

What about Cheech Marin’s performance did you like?

The narrator was Cheech

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

Any additional comments?

Why does Audible force you to answer questions instead of give you free voice. Any one who grew up with Sister Mary Elephant will really appreciate the man looking for "Dave"....

  • Bloody Lies

  • A CSI Scandal in the Heartland (Black Squirrel Booksy)
  • By: John Ferak
  • Narrated by: Rich Grimshaw
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

The remote farming community of Murdock, Nebraska, seemed to be the least likely setting for one of the heartland's most ruthless and bloody double murders in decades. In fact, the little town had gone more than a century without a single homicide. But on the night of Easter 2006, Wayne and Sharmon Stock were brutally murdered in their home. The murders garnered sensational front page headlines and drew immediate statewide attention. Practically everybody around Murdock was filled with fear, panic, and outrage. Who killed Wayne and Sharmon Stock? What was the motive?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scary to read this stuff is still happening

  • By jeffrey on 17-09-17

Scary to read this stuff is still happening

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

Where does Bloody Lies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the middle. Ok but not earth shattering. It is kind of lopsided, as most of the book is about a heinous crime and the rush to judgement, then there is a small bit left at the end getting to the point - the CSI mess.

What did you like best about this story?

I love a good they got the wrong guy story

Have you listened to any of Rich Grimshaw’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

  • New York Times Co. v. United States

  • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

In what became known as the "Pentagon Papers Case", the Nixon Administration attempted to prevent the New York Times and Washington Post from publishing materials belonging to a classified Defense Department study regarding the history of United States activities in Vietnam. The President argued that prior restraint was necessary to protect national security. This case was decided together with United States v. Washington Post Co.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Incomplete!!!!!!

  • By jeffrey on 21-02-16

Incomplete!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 21-02-16

Warning, this is a live recording of the supreme court hearing. Though interesting on historical and fly-on-the-wall perspectives, there are parts that are hard to hear, but worst of all, it is incomplete and stops in the middle of the hearing.

  • Busting Vegas

  • The MIT Whiz Kid Who Brought the Casinos to Their Knees
  • By: Ben Mezrich
  • Narrated by: Ben Mezrich
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

Semyon Dukach was known as the Darling of Las Vegas. A legend at age 21, this cocky hotshot was the biggest high roller to appear in Sin City in decades, a mathematical genius with a system the casinos had never seen before and couldn't stop, a system that has never been revealed until now; that has nothing to do with card counting, wasn't illegal, and was more powerful than anything that had been tried before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story, well written and well read

  • By Colin on 14-06-08

No one busted Vegas, vegas busted them

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

Reviewed: 17-07-15

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I was expecting some interesting explanation of a complex scam that netted millions of dollars. Instead I got something that sounded like something the author was making up as he went along. There is no excitement, no intrigue, no insight into the mechanical aspects of how these people were supposed to have "busted vegas"

What was most disappointing about Ben Mezrich’s story?

it was dull, it was boring, nothing happens except everywhere these people go they get kicked out within an hour or beaten up. No casino lost anything as far as i was able to tell.

Any additional comments?

not recommended

  • No Limits

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Ian Poulter
  • Narrated by: Paul Mendez
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

Ian Poulter is one of golf's most charismatic figures, with an appeal extending way beyond his sport. Here he tells his inspirational story, from his early rejection as an Spurs youth player, right through to his match-winning contributions to successive European Ryder Cup Triumphs. Poulter went from an Assistant Professional staffing the club shop to a global superstar, turning pro when he still had a handicap of 4 but the drive and self-belief to make it to the top.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poorly read

  • By david wells on 15-03-19

All it lacked was Ian as the Narrator

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

Reviewed: 25-03-15

Any additional comments?

Great story, but I wish Ian took the time to narrate. I assume that some of the problems he mentions in his story prevented him. Good news is, the narrator sounded so much like him, I soon forgot it wasnt him. Highly recommended!

  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

  • By: Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Wolfson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

"It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics. After that, you'll follow along as Professor Wolfson outlines the logic that led to Einstein's profound theory of special relativity and the simple yet far-reaching insight on which it rests. With that insight in mind, you'll move on to consider Einstein's theory of general relativity and its interpretation of gravitation in terms of the curvature of space and time.From there, you'll embark on a dazzling exploration of how inquiry into matter at the atomic and subatomic scales led to quandaries that are resolved-or at least clarified-by quantum mechanics, a vision of physical reality so profound and so at odds with our experience that it nearly defies language.By bringing relativity and quantum mechanics into the same picture, you'll chart the development of fascinating hypotheses about the origin, development, and possible futures of the entire universe, as well as the possibility that physics can produce a "theory of everything" to account for all aspects of the physical world. But the goal throughout these lectures remains the same: to present the key ideas of modern physics in a way that makes them clear to the interested layperson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitched at just the right level, very engaging.

  • By C. Mccartney on 07-08-13

Very technical - its not light listening

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

Reviewed: 25-03-15

Any additional comments?

I like these lecture series. In some cases the material is repeated many times across lectures, and It would help to have some of the material that may be referenced in the lecture. In this case there was lots and lots of repeating, and I really could have used some visual aids. All in all, I learned quite a lot. I recommend this to anyone who likes to learn about stuff....

  • The Story of Light

  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

From the creation of life to the exploration of the heavens and the stars, from the origins of the earth to the possibility of life on other planets, Ben Bova unveils the beauty and science behind this phenomenon. Bova masterfully explains how light affects us every day of our lives, from our religions to our sex drives. He examines how we use light in art, science, industry, entertainment, cosmetics, jewelry, and in a myriad other ways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I was expecting, but I liked it anyway

  • By jeffrey on 25-03-15

Not what I was expecting, but I liked it anyway

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

Reviewed: 25-03-15

Any additional comments?

I was looking for a more scientific discussion of light regarding the physics of light and its relationship to theories like Relativity, however, I was pleased with the technical and scientific narrative and found it very rewarding. I recommend this book to those who like to learn about stuff...