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Brett

I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I like them.

Owatonna, MN, United States

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  • Lynch: A Gothik Western

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nancy A. Collins
    • Narrated By Lucas D. Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    For years Johnny Pearl tried to escape his demons by being a gunslinger. With his killer's cool and famous pearl-handled pistol, he made a name for himself in the years following the Civil War as an outlaw. But fame has proved hollow, and Johnny finds himself on the outskirts of the Wyoming Territory, on the verge of taking his own life after one gunfight too many, until he finds redemption in the smile of Katie Small Dove.

    Brett says: "Frankenstein's monster as a gunslinger"
    "Frankenstein's monster as a gunslinger"
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    Lynch is about a man who has become an outlaw after losing his family while he served for the Confederate Army. He meets a young woman and becomes a settler in the west. This marriage is short lived when he watches his young bride trampled by cavalry with their unborn child and his house burned to the ground-

    and then, himself lynched.

    he is revitalized from his "inconvenience" by a medicine man and seeks revenge on the men who "inconvenienced" him.

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. It is a sort of western Frankenstein story. It was not the type of story I normally enjoy but the plot was interesting, the writing was well done for the most part, a couple of times I stopped and thought, "Wait, where did that come from?" or "How did that come about? Did I miss something?" but without making it an epic 20-40 hour audiobook I thought it was great.

    Lucas Smith's voice is-

    unique

    to say the least. he has a deep, rich, and somewhat grough voice that is perfect for the main character, Johnny Pearl, and the more you got to know Pearl the better the voice fit him. Smith's voice does not lend it self to other voices, however. most of the time it worked out but I had to use my own imagination when he got to the 13 year old boy and female voices...those were however very rare.

    There was also a part or two that could have been more suspenseful, more dramatic, if he had chosen to read it differently. It was partly the writing in a spot or two.

    If you like zombies, Frankenstein, or westerns, you will probably like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2084)
    Performance
    (1893)
    Story
    (1901)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "Card's Sequel is satisfying yet leaves you wanting"
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    Okay, yeah, I pre-ordered this book last fall...and waited anxiously...

    and I was NOT disappointed!

    Orson has written another fantastic fantasy, a world filled with mages who were once so powerful they became the gods of mythology. But since the Gate Thief began stealing the great gates which allowed the mithermages to travel back and forth between worlds, their power has been fading.

    A new Gate Mage has been born on earth and has defeated the Gate Thief only to discover a different, more powerful threat.

    This book was exciting, full of tense precipices of decisions. Orson is a master storyteller, he is amazing at developing detailed three dimensional characters, worlds and, in the mithermages world, a system of magic and mages.

    Another thing I love about Card is that he started his career as a playwright, and LOVES audiobooks. This come out in his stories. With the idea of never using unnecessary words and expecting his stories to be read aloud.

    And Stefan Rudnicki is the man to read them. every time I pick up a book narrated by Stefan I cringe for the first minute or so. His voice is...unusual at first...but I quickly get caught up in it and for the rest of the book I am completely enveloped in a well narrated book. I've never heard Emily Rankin before this one but I must say she fit this story well.

    I very much enjoyed The Lost Gate and was excited for this book and probably one of my favorite things about this one...I was captivated u[p until the satisfying conclusion...

    BUT I was expertly set up already longing for the next book.

    In short-

    Read it, you'll love it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3763)
    Performance
    (2082)
    Story
    (2134)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Well worth the time investment!"
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    To be honest this book sat in my library for a while before I got around to listening to it. The 47 hour long classic can be a little bit intimidating. But I finally picked it up and stuck to my 'once started it must be finished before moving on' rule. Let me just say-
    Boy I'm glad I did!
    This story is amongst some of my favorites.
    The epic story of justice both for revenge and reward is captivating and moving. Mr. Dumas has done a great job with plot in this book. With seemingly random characters and surprise twists galore, what seems lengthy before reading is actually building superb suspense that you may not even know is there
    until it is relieved.
    John Lee does a great job with the narration also, I took some time picking the narrator when I purchased the book and I think I did well. I especially liked his portrayal of Gaspard Caderousse, creating a aural picture well suited to the character.
    If you have started this book but put it down after the first hour or so- PICK IT UP AGAIN!.
    If you haven't started it yet, I highly recommend doing so.
    It is worth finishing.
    I'd recommend with this book:

    Endurance
    by Alfred Lansing

    and

    Pirate Latitudes
    by Michael Crichton

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 48 Days to the Work You Love

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Miller
    • Narrated By Dan Miller
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (90)

    In 2009, the U.S. unemployment rate approached ten percent. Today, when new work is found, it may not be traditional. Studies estimate half of the American workforce will soon consist of freelancers, consultants, independent contractors, entreprenuers, "electronic immigrants", and so forth. Are you ready for the new normal? Dan Miller has seen it coming for years. But 48 Days to the Work You Love, is not so much about finding a new job as it is learning about who we are really called to be.

    Brett says: "More than one way- Useful"
    "More than one way- Useful"
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    I found this book to be very helpful, I tend to be at a job for about a year and then I get discouraged by something or someone. I start to look around for some other job, I mean there must be something better out there right? I find a job that promises better pay, better benefits, whatever.
    A year later, I'm out looking again.
    This book asks great questions about what you like to do, and in different ways than the typical-
    "What would you do if you didn't have to go to work?"
    kind of questions. So there I was, at my workstation, trying to figure out what i wanted to do with my life. and i looked back on my little scrap of paper and realized-
    I am DOING work that I love.
    Now, it might not be this job but Mr. Miller makes a great point in separating job, career, and vocation.
    He gives great information on how to decide what you enjoy doing, and then how to find a way to
    DO IT.
    Whether it is to start your own business, start several "side jobs", or how to land the job at the company that you really want to work for.

    Couple this book with

    Quittter
    by Jon Acuff

    or

    Entreleadership
    by Dave Ramsey

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey
    • Narrated By Dave Ramsey
    Overall
    (2735)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1123)

    Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

    Gladis says: "Awesome advise"
    "Great information"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Total Money Makeover to be better than the print version?

    No, this is a book where the information is probably absorbed better when seen. Plus I believe the print version has budgeting forms and the such.


    What does Dave Ramsey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dave Ramsey for one is a world-class speaker. Also I believe the author of a book can often emphasize and express their own thoughts best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Songmaster

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (64)

    Kidnapped at an early age, Ansset has been raised in isolation at a mystical retreat called the Songhouse. His life is filled with music, and having only songs for companions, he develops a voice that is unlike any other. But Ansset's voice is both a blessing and a curse, for it reflects all the hopes and fears of his audience, and, by magnifying their emotions, can be used either to heal or to destroy.

    Sean says: "Terrible and Beautiful"
    "The only Card book I haven't liked so far"
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    What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

    He spent to much time describing physical acts and seemed to spend a lot of focus trying to make the reader uncomfortable than making the story interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (780)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "Exquisite Narration"
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    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    George Guidall is probably my favorite narrator, his voice is expressive, rich, and he develops fantastic voices for various characters. Couple his narration with this epic of a story and you have a real winner.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stuff Christians Like

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jonathan Acuff
    • Narrated By Jonathan Acuff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Using the same humor and honesty that galvanized 450,000 online readers from 199 countries, blogger Jonathan Acuff brings his insightful take on Christianity to the book world with Stuff Christians Like. From prayer shot blocks to Metro Worship Leaders, no stone is left unturned in this hilarious look at faith.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "I liked this stuff"
    "Fantastic thoughts, writing, and humor!"
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    Would you listen to Stuff Christians Like again? Why?

    I would listen to this again, I have listened to it several times and will listen to it more.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the Chapter called "Who told you you were naked?" I laughed, cried a little and laughed again in a five minute section.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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