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Thomas

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  • The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hank Haney
    • Narrated By Hank Haney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (196)

    The Big Miss is Hank Haney's candid and surprisingly insightful account of his tumultuous six-year journey with Tiger Woods, during which the supremely gifted golfer collected six major championships and rewrote golf history. Hank was one of the very few people allowed behind the curtain. He was with Tiger 110 days a year, spoke to him over 200 days a year, and stayed at his home up to 30 days a year, observing him in nearly every circumstance....

    E. L. Robertson says: "Very Mixed Feelings"
    "Good Book - Poor Tiger"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Big Miss the most enjoyable?

    Hank Haney did a good job of explaining what is was like to be around Tiger.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hank as the story is told from his viewpoint.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he realized he was done with coaching Tiger.


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

    No, I have never been able to do that with any book. I need a break from time to time.


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to this book you will come away with a whole new perspective on what it is like to be around Tiger and how difficult that can be. You will also get a better idea of what it takes to be a successful professional golfer and how difficult that can be. Even though this book is written from Hanks view point, you will have a better under standing of who Tiger Woods is and maybe gain some insight into his self destructive tendencies and demeanor recently seen on the golf course and TV.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7459)
    Performance
    (2224)
    Story
    (2213)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "Very Interesting - First impressions matter"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Blink to be better than the print version?

    Never read the printed version but the audio version is very captivating. My buddy started listening to it along with me in the car and bought the printed version just so he could finish the book. He liked it that much.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blink?

    In introduction where they talk about the art auction and what transpired around that purchase.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but this one is a winner.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Your first impressions should not be discounted so much because there are many, many things our brain picks up on that we are not conscious of because our brain is that good.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will give you the freedom to trust your intuition a little more and to stop questioning your first impressions so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who's Your Caddy?: Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rick Reilly
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    Rick Reilly has been a senior sports writer for Sports Illustrated for the past 17 years, and has been named "Sports Writer of The Year" seven times. Now, he pokes his nose into the world of golf. How does he do it? By caddying ("looping") for top players, celebrities, and some really bad run-of-the-mill golfers, Reilly gains insight into the minds of golfers, their winning or less-than-winning ways, and what they actually mutter when they're in the middle of play.

    Patrick says: "Absolutely Friggin' Hilarious!!!"
    "Funny Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Who's Your Caddy? to be better than the print version?

    Yes, This book is a good listen, excellent for the driving and will put you in a good mood.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His story of looping for Bob Newhart


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this is the first


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Real Caddy Shack.


    Any additional comments?

    Good Book, Good stories told well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4699)
    Performance
    (2455)
    Story
    (2493)

    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.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "50 Mile + races in bare feet? Unblievable"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, because I learned that there really is no limit to what the human body can endure


    If you’ve listened to books by Christopher McDougall before, how does this one compare?

    This is the first one. If flowed pretty well.


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    Yes, but it was hard for me to listen for more than 15 to 20 minutes at a time.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not. It was interesting but not to the point where I would go see it in the movie theaters.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading the book I ended up buying a pair of minimum running shoes to see if it will improve my running performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imperfect: An Improbable Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jim Abbott, Tim Brown
    • Narrated By Jim Abbott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    In Imperfect, Jim Abbot retraces his remarkable journey. Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott as a boy dreamed of being a great athlete. Raised in Flint, Michigan, by parents who saw in his condition not a disability but an extraordinary opportunity, Jim became a two-sport standout in high school, then an ace pitcher for the University of Michigan. But his journey was only beginning. By 21, he’d won the gold medal game at the 1988 Olympics and cracked the starting rotation of the California Angels....

    Brady says: "For Love of the Game - Part II"
    "Good book about baseball, life and resilience"
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    What did you love best about Imperfect?

    Actually I liked the fact that Jim read the book. He was a very good narrator and because of that I felt more connected to his story.


    What other book might you compare Imperfect to and why?

    "The Big Bam". I highly recommend this book also because it is about baseball and the life of Babe Ruth. Even though Jim Abbot never achieved the status of Babe Ruth their paths through baseball were similar. Both had highs and lows in their careers, days when things went their way and days when they did not. I think Jim would have done himself some good to have read this book when he was younger as he might not have been so hard on himself when he got older.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Abbott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I think he did a wonderful job at narrating and I would like to see him narrate more.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "1.5"
    Only because I thought that was a funny endearing nickname he was given on one of is teams.


    Any additional comments?

    Good Book. Hope Jim narrates more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6596)
    Performance
    (1910)
    Story
    (1931)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "A Literary "Chick - Flick""
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    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or Khaled Hosseini?

    Probably not


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Don't have any suggestions, its not a bad book, its just not the kind of book that interests me that much.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, slow


    Did The Kite Runner inspire you to do anything?

    I don't think I want to visit Afghanistan any time soon, as even the main character ends up in the United States.


    Any additional comments?

    Good story and somebody will probably make a movie from it. However, I would wait until it comes out on DVD.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in Brentwood

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Fuhrman
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    For O.J. Simpson to get away with murder, an innocent cop, a brilliant detective, had to be destroyed. That was the cynical strategy of the Simpson defense. But as certainty about Simpson's guilt grew, so did the outrage about the scapegoating of Mark Fuhrman. Now the former LAPD detective tells his side of the story in a damning expose.

    Larry says: "Concise Presentation of the Overwhelming Evidence"
    "Interesting insight into this crime"
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    What did you love best about Murder in Brentwood?

    It brought a new perspective to me about how and why the trial was a complete failure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder in Brentwood?

    The step by step analysis of what took place the night of the murders.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Fuhrman goes through his analysis of the crime scene and puts together how he thought the crime unfolded. Very interesting and it all makes sense.


    If you could give Murder in Brentwood a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A Travesty of Justice


    Any additional comments?

    If you think OJ was innocent then this book is not for you because it is hard to argue with the facts. If you are curious about what happened the night of the murders then this is the book to read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3473)
    Performance
    (3108)
    Story
    (3138)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Puts the period at the end of the sentence."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really, we all knew the ending before we bought the book.


    Would you recommend No Easy Day to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, because it offers additional details leading up to the event that have not been shared in other media and film coverage.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    No it was well read and he kept it interesting.


    Do you think No Easy Day needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope,this book put the period at the end of the sentence. No need to dwell further on it.


    Any additional comments?

    To all who have served, a big thank you for your service and our freedom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11650)
    Performance
    (7620)
    Story
    (7654)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Unbelievable life and really good book - REALLY"
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    What did you love best about Unbroken?

    I just kept getting better and better and better. What some people go through in their lives is unbelievable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    When they were in the ocean trying to survive.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Yes, the book was well read.


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

    I can't listen to one book for that long but I cut through it pretty fast as I wanted to know what was going to happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    They should really make this book into a movie. It would win big across the board.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1182)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (471)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "Flipping Fantastic"
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    Where does The Looming Tower rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. It really spells out how 911 came to be right from the start. Who would have thought the depth of it all.


    What other book might you compare The Looming Tower to and why?

    No Easy Day. Because that book put the period at the end of the sentence for the Looming Tower and 911.


    Which character – as performed by Alan Sklar – was your favorite?

    I have no preference.


    If you could give The Looming Tower a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Things you never knew about the road to 911.


    Any additional comments?

    My friend was listening to the book in my car and liked it so much he bought a copy so he could finish listening to it. He also was amazed and his eyes opened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unstoppable Golfer: Trusting Your Mind & Your Short Game to Achieve Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dr. Bob Rotella
    • Narrated By Bob Rotella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    It is no secret that more than two-thirds of the shots a golfer makes are shorts ones: putts, chips, and pitches. Long drives may garner applause, but whether a golfer wants to win the Masters or just five bucks from a friend on Saturday morning, it’s the little shots that make the difference. In The Unstoppable Golfer, Dr. Bob Rotella takes the same wisdom and experience that have worked for clients like Davis Love III and David Toms to help you master this special art of short shots and avoid all the frustration out of this increasingly challenging element of the game.

    Richard Hong says: "Good for first time readers"
    "Good book for someone trying to improve their game"
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    Where does The Unstoppable Golfer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks about in the middle as I purchased it for instructional purposes to improve my golf game and not so much for entertainment. With that said it was well put together and I thought Bob did a good job with narrating it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    For me it's more like what I found interesting about the book and its contents is that it actually works IF you can do it, which is not so easy. For the longest time I have fought over thinking my game and found it really hard to just relax and let it happen. The first time I tried it, after I listened to the book, I was able to shoot 2 under for the first 5 holes and then my brain kicked in again and I went back to 2 over after nine. Anyway, it is work in progress and thanks Bob for putting into words how to disengage my brain. To bad I didn't know about this 25 years ago when I was in my 30's but now I'm having fun playing around with it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is no favorite scene as I liked the whole book for its informational content.


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

    No, I never listen to a book in one sitting. I don't have that long an attention span.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book for someone trying to improve their golf game.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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