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Doug of Silver Lake

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  • The Raven Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (739)

    It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain.

    C. ALLINGER says: "Stiefvater does it again!"
    "YA Novel + Will Patton + OA Reader= Fantastic Read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend The Raven Boys to most of my friends. I went into it with a preconceived notion that the book would be pretty much Harry Potter rehash. It is not. In fact, from what I can tell about The Raven Boys' characters, I would have to say the only thing that makes the book fall into that genre of Young Adult (YA) fiction is because most of the main characters are in high school. Apart from that, it reads like a really great book on the paranormal that is suitable to old guys like me (43). There's some rough language from time to time, violence, murder, child-abuse, and people literally falling out of their own skin. As an adult, I really loved the book and I can't wait for the next book if there is ever another sequel.OH, and most importantly, the narrator, Will Patton, once again brings his A-game to this recording. He definitely helps give the story a nice sense of depth without sounding forced. I think Will Patton is one of the best Audible narrators and I look forward to whenever he signs on to read another book


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    His voice sounds natural when reading for characters from the South. He has that downhome sound that sounds like he's just sitting out on his back porch, drinking lemonade and reading the book me personal.


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

    Yes, I wanted to listen all in one sitting, but it is so good, I forced myself to only listen to it while I was driving to or from work. Sort of a treat during a stressful drive on these Los Angeles highways.


    Any additional comments?

    More books read by Will Patton for sure. (His performance on Deliverance is a national treasure.) But I can me eager to read book 2 of the Raven Boys.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (513)

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in nine Americans works in sales. Every day more than 15 million people earn their keep by persuading someone else to make a purchase. But dig deeper and a startling truth emerges: Yes, one in nine Americans works in sales. But so do the other eight. Whether we’re employees pitching colleagues on a new idea, entrepreneurs enticing funders to invest, or parents and teachers cajoling children to study, we spend our days trying to move others.

    Joanne says: "Not for salespeople!"
    "Another Winner From Daniel Pink"
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    What made the experience of listening to To Sell Is Human the most enjoyable?

    The material was presented in a very straight-forward way.


    Have you listened to any of Daniel H. Pink’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I'm a big fan of his book Drive.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a lot of common sense material in this book regarding sales but it does a great job illustrating how each and everyone of us are salespeople, regardless of our career.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1483)
    Performance
    (1319)
    Story
    (1319)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    karen says: ""A river runs through it...""
    "Will Patton's Narration Is Amazing!"
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    This book is truly incredible and breathtaking. And Will Patton's narration of Deliverance is nothing short of amazing. In fact, I would argue that this audiobook is, perhaps, even better than the 1970's movie which is a great piece of cinema.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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