Johnny Heller narrates 12 detailed essays on the history of business, written
between 1959 and 1968 for THE NEW YORKER. In measured tones, Heller covers such topics as the 1962 stock market crash, IRS code codification, Texas Gulf oil, the Xerox machine, the creation and failure of the Edsel, the Piggly Wiggly supermarket chain, General Electric, the New York Stock Exchange, Tennessee Valley Authority administrator David Lilienthal, BFGoodrich, the Federal Exchange versus the pound sterling, and more. Affecting a newscaster’s matter-of-fact tone, Heller reports the events as if they occurred yesterday. This audiobook is the perfect gift for listeners who love the history of business and want to understand how technology evolved to what we know today. M.B.K.
Bestselling author Anne Lamott narrates her collection of new and selected essays with a serene and convincing voice that supports each teachable moment on grace. She shares her personal stories on spirituality, relationships, and sobriety in a tender, appealing tone that aims to help others through her lessons learned. Her honesty and self-deprecating wit add character that charms the listener. Lamott gently incorporates scripture and political views when necessary without being judgmental or pushy, making for a refreshing activist stance that the listener is sure to appreciate. The wise points in each autobiographical essay radiate hope that listeners can triumph over the pain and disappointment that are part of the human condition. D.Z.