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  • Star Trek, The Next Generation: Q-Squared (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Peter David
    • Narrated By John de Lancie
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    Captain Picard has never encountered an opponent more powerful than Q, a being from another continuum who is dangerous, obnoxious, mysterious and seemingly all-powerful. But now, Trelane has tapped into an awesome power source that makes him more powerful than the entire continuum. Q warns that Trelane has become unspeakably dangerous - this time the stakes are all of creation. Read by John de Lancie!

    Amazon Customer says: "Big Problems"
    "Great Short Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Star Trek, The Next Generation the most enjoyable?

    John de Lancie is engaging as he reads this fascinating exploration into the Q continuum. He provides more than Q's whimsical charm demonstrating his ability to build dramatic tension, touching character moments, as well as suspense throughout the book. While this is only a short story, Peter David offers a compelling Next Generation tale that finds links to Original Trek through the fan favourite character Trelane. Dealing with alternate realities is difficult enough, but David goes further and offers multiple alternate realities collapsing into one. David demonstrates a deep knowledge of the Star Trek universe writing characters and events that are faithful to the television series. This is a great addition to the Star Trek universe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    Overall
    (1614)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (915)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "Insightful, funny, practical and charming"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to several friends. Specifically I recommended it to my teacher friends who would benefit from the many educational insights. This is not only a book to help you with your personal life, but one that can assist with your work place.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brain Rules?

    The studies and touching stories told brought the book to life. I was particularly moved by the stories Medina told of his mother. These helped make the book inspirational as well as educational.


    What about John J. Medina’s performance did you like?

    Fun, light and engaging, Medina's passion is evident in his work as well as his presentation.


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

    I listened to this book one chapter a day and did it in a little over a week. It gave me time to take note, process and digest on my learning.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone with a passing interest in neuroscience can't pass this one up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline for Success in Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    Overall
    (980)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (562)

    Most people think success comes from good luck or enormous talent, but many successful people achieve their accomplishments in a simpler way: through self-discipline. Brian Tracy knows this firsthand. He didn’t graduate from high school, and after working for a few years as a laborer, he realized he had limited skills and a limited future. But through the power of self-discipline, he changed his life.

    Steve says: "Highly Motivational!"
    "Good book for review"
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    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Brian Tracy keeps a nice calm pace yet offers little variety to his voice. The humour he writes into his text is lost through his reading. It would be hard to image him doing seminars and presentations in the same way and remain successful as a public speaker. There is nothing particularly distracting about his reading, but it does lack variety allowing you to drift off at times if you do not remain focussed.


    Any additional comments?

    It does not provide ways to be disciplined so much as explain how being disciplined can change your life. This book is best read as a refresher of what you have learned in previous self-help texts. It offers little in the way of new material, but encourages you to persist with the strategies and skills you may already have. If I was new to the self-help regime I would want more than just a prescriptive text that tells me what to do, something this text tends towards. This book does not always go into the "why," which means that people listening would not necessarily understand the purpose of some of his suggestions or have the ability to be creative with those strategies. It is worth a listen, but not as a first time reader of self-help, or if you are looking for new insight. It works as a book to keep you motivated and focussed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman, George Guidall
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in apparently adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr. Wednesday, claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god, and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town.

    Ian says: "A Benchmark Title"
    "Perfection in Story Telling"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is one that will be recommended to anyone and everyone I think holds any interest in fantasy, mystery, superheroes, horror or just the peculiar and interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Gods?

    Most mystery novels lack the ability to be read more than once. Not so with this book. There is so much that goes into this book, knowing the end would not distract from the powerful imagery, depth of exploration into myth, and the gripping character relationships. So much happens in this book that one listen would not be enough. I genuinely loved every moment of this well told story.


    What about Neil Gaiman and George Guidall ’s performance did you like?

    The reading is spot on that provides the right pacing for the story.


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

    Remove your shoes, this theatre is sacred ground.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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