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Jim

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  • Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jacob Tomsky
    • Narrated By Jacob Tomsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (441)

    Jacob Tomsky has worked in hotels for more than a decade, doing everything from valet parking to manning the front desk. He's checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room service, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late check out, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your mini-bar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. And in Heads in Beds, he pulls back the curtain on the hospitality business.

    colleen says: "credit worthy"
    "great insight into the hospitality industry"
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    Dont pick it up if you are put off by adult language. Otherwise, it is great and it works in the context.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10875)
    Performance
    (9378)
    Story
    (9366)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    Allen T. says: "Amazing"
    "Just OK. See the movie instead"
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    I was disappointed in the audiobook. This was just a series of disjointed experiences. There is no story line. And the action scenes are not much more than "I shot a lot of bad guys." You do not get much of a sense of the drama.

    While I generally like books in this genre, this really left me flat. And although I usually find that books offer a different and deeper experience than the corresponding movie, this was certainly not the case with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clear and Present Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (560)

    Colombian drug lords, bored with Uncle Sam's hectoring, assassinate the head of the FBI. The message is clear: Bug off! At what point do these druggies threaten national security? When can a nation act against its enemies? These are questions Jack Ryan must answer because someone has quietly stepped over the line.

    T. Heidner says: "Terrific Book. Much better Narrator"
    "My first big disappointment with a Clancy novel!"
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    I have read or listened to so many Clancy novels and found something to love in every one of them. I have given them all high marks. But this was a huge disappointment. The story is slow and pointless for hours. The narrator was not very good. If you have not tried this, consider avoiding it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (4115)
    Performance
    (2260)
    Story
    (2294)

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Jim says: "Hmm"
    "Too much moralistic and philosophical diatribe"
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    I have really enjoyed the other books in the Ender series, but not this one. I found it slow and painfully full of the author's philosophical rantings. This was a real disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5944)
    Performance
    (5376)
    Story
    (5437)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Fantastic conclusion to a great story!"
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    If anything, this conclusion was even better than the last several books in the series -- one of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2330)
    Performance
    (1964)
    Story
    (1945)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Teddy says: "Barely Made It Through This One"
    "Promises a lot, delivers only a little"
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    Disappointing self puffery with little substance. I was very disappointed.

    This is a great subject. Writer's credentials are excellent. There are a few nuggets but they are hidden in lots of organizational fluff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7924)
    Performance
    (4259)
    Story
    (4316)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Karen says: "Not a King fan...BUT"
    "Not up to expectations"
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    I was very disappointed in the story. It really seemed to drag. I won't be going for the next in the series. Glad I just tried the first.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of the North: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Tom Sellwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (267)

    The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

    scott says: "Best on Audible"
    "A peg down from the first 2 Saxon Chronicles"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lords of the North the most enjoyable?

    The history is great.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bernard Cornwell? Why or why not?

    I already have the next 2 installments


    What three words best describe Tom Sellwood’s performance?

    OK, not great


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

    Wait for the sequel


    Any additional comments?

    This was a disappointment after the first two installments -- both in story line and narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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