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Steven

Tempe, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Bergner
    • Narrated By Charles Pasternak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    When it comes to sex, common wisdom holds that men roam while women crave closeness and commitment. But in this provocative, headline-making book, Daniel Bergner turns everything we thought we knew about women's arousal and desire inside out. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with renowned behavioral scientists, sexologists, psychologists, and everyday women, he forces us to reconsider long-held notions about female sexuality.

    Keith says: "Useful, but not for me!"
    "Perverted"
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    Has What Do Women Want? turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from What Do Women Want??

    This book is not about what women want. It is about what perverted women want, and the author wants people to think this is normal.


    Any additional comments?

    Disgusting

    0 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Ultramarathon Man: Confession of an All-Night Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dean Karnazes
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (189)

    Karnazes reveals the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada.

    Andrea says: "Not as self-congratulating as others have said"
    "Entertaining and informative. Ignore the critics."
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    Any additional comments?

    A lot of people have criticized this book as being "self-glorifying," but I completely disagree. The book was very human, and it is easy for the reader to relate to Dean.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, an Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ed Ayres
    • Narrated By Richard Waterhouse
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    First and foremost a book about running, The Longest Race takes listeners alongside ultramarathoner Ed Ayres as he prepares for, runs, and finishes the JFK 50-mile race at a then record-breaking time for his age division - 60 and older. But for Ayres, this race was about more than just running, and the book also encompasses his musings and epiphanies along the way about possibilities for human achievement and the creation of a sustainable civilization.

    Mark says: "Should have been called The Longest Book"
    "Running Info and Liberal Propaganda"
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    What did you like best about The Longest Race? What did you like least?

    This book did have some good moments and interesting running information. However, the book was overall a little boring and contained a lot of liberal politicizing. I also didn't like the way the author keeps subtly attacking Born to Run and barefoot running.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once a Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John L. Parker Jr.
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (105)

    Once a Runner captures the essence of what it means to be a competitive runner; to devote your entire existence to a single-minded pursuit of excellence. It has become one of the most beloved sports novels ever written. Originally self-published in 1978 and sold at road races out of the trunk of the author's car, reading the book became a rite of passage for many runners, and tattered copies were handed down like sacred texts from generation to generation.

    Rick J. Mitchell says: "Spellbinding!"
    "This book is awful."
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    Any additional comments?

    I love running and have read a lot of books on running, and this is one of the very worst ever.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3520)
    Performance
    (2134)
    Story
    (2154)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Very entertaining and interesting"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Temujin, who is, of course, the main character. His childhood and early life were especially fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book to listen to for the educational value, but it ended up being very entertaining and fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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