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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Mastery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (818)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (719)

    What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

    Chlo-bell says: "Mastery is both a goal and a destination..."
    "One of the best ever"
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    I absolutely loved this book, not much more to say. The stories about great historic figures and the explanations of the takeaway and life lesson provided by the stories are tight and super interesting. In the end, it provides great advice and insight on how to live a fruitful life. Narrator was top notch as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winner Take All: John Rain, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    John Rain has disappeared to Brazil to escape the killing business and the enemies encircling him in Japan. But the CIA isn't willing to lose its premier "natural causes" contract killer, and they force Rain to take on a high-risk assignment: eliminate a ruthless arms dealer operating in Southeast Asia. The upside? Financial, of course, along with the ongoing chimera of moral redemption. But first, Rain will have to survive the downside: a second assassin zeroing in on the target; the target's consort, an alluring and dangerous woman with an agenda of her own.

    Mark says: "Good stuff"
    "Good stuff"
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    Barry Eisler does a good job narrating his own books, I prefer his versions over the others. Rain is a fun hero character, and the stories are always exciting. It's easy to get tired of a series if you keep listening to the same one book after book, so I take breaks and go elsewhere, then return. This series is as entertaining as Mike Connelly, Vince Flynn or Brad Thor material, great authors but I can also tire of them. It's like anything else I guess. This idea targets a review that said Eisler's series was same old, same old. They all are after a while. Anyway, glad I found John Rain! If you like thrillers, give this a whirl, you won't be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jon Acuff
    • Narrated By Jon Acuff
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (359)

    There are only two paths in life: average and awesome. The average path is easy because all you have to do is nothing. The awesome path is more challenging, because things like fear only bother you when you do work that matters. The good news is Start gives listeners practical, actionable insights to be more awesome, more often.

    Peter says: "START made me STOP listening fast"
    "very honest and informative"
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    Hooray for John Acuff, I believe this book is more original, honest, and inspiring than most new motivational books out there currently. His book Quitter was also good, but this one was even better, I think he has grown wiser since then, since his message was a little more upbeat and delivered with more conviction, I feel. It helped me a lot, thanks John! BTW, I'm pretty sure he reads these reviews, based on his comments about them in the book! :-)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Crystal Shard: Legend of Drizzt: Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (657)

    Drizzt Do’Urden has settled in the windswept towns of Icewind Dale. There, he encounters a young barbarian named Wulfgar, captured in a raid and made the ward of a grizzled dwarf name Bruenor. With Drizzt’s help, Wulfgar will grow from a feral child to a man with the heart of a dwarf, the instincts of a savage, and the soul of a hero. But it will take even more than that to defeat the demonic power of Crenshininbon, the fabled Crystal Shard.

    Christopher says: "Another Epic Drizzt Saga"
    "great book"
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    I listened to the first 3 Drizzt books, And now I am glad to find this new series that carries on his adventures with other heroic characters. I ignored these books back when I used to actually read scifi/fantasy, now I wish I hadn't, excellent yarns. And by far, Bevine is the best narrator for the genre, not a fault can be found -- clear, good tone, his voice adds enthusiasm and excitement during exciting scenes, he does enough voice imitation for different characters to make it clear who is talking, but not corny either. And of course, the story was very good, else I wouldn't give it 5 stars. Highly recommended!

    3 of 3 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
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2858)
    Performance
    (2585)
    Story
    (2579)

    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. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "What a life"
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    I only realized this was the American Seal that was murdered on Feb. 2012, AFTER I had bought and listened to about 2 hours of it. It changed the listening experience in a major way, making it feel much more personal and...surreal I would say. It is an engrossing book, ultra patriotic, very funny, often sad, never boring, and educational, all rolled into one. I found myself wishing I had joined the military as a kid, and had such adventures in my life as well. When I realized who he was and what had happened at that ranch, it really made me think about my own mortality, you just never know how long you have on this earth. After living through so much in war, to be shot while trying to help others is just a huge tragedy.

    The narration was dead on, I don't know what Chris Kyle really sounded like, but I don't think you could have found a better voice. The narrator even choked up at places in the book, and I think it was genuine emotion, because I choked up a bit as well. One of the best books I've ever listened to.

    And I have to say it here, Thanks to Chris and all the others in the military that have given so much for our country!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death's Apprentice: Grimm City, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By K. W. Jeter, Gareth Jefferson Jones
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Built on top of the gates of Hell, Grimm City is the Devil's capital on earth. A place where every coffee shop, nightclub and shopping mall is the potential hunting ground for any of the supernatural entities that inhabit the Grimm City world. Death's 17-year-old apprentice, Nathaniel, comes into his own as he leads an uprising against the Devil with the help of a half-dead wraith and a giant hit-man. What results is a bloody, brutal revolt that calls upon the loyalties of both the living and the dead.

    Mark says: "Excellent story and narration"
    "Excellent story and narration"
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    I took a chance on this, the preview sounded good so I went for it. I usually don't buy something with ZERO reviews, but I was looking for something new. I was NOT let down at all. Engrossing story line, never boring, and a powerful delivery by Michael Kramer, who played evil characters particularly well. It even had some thought provoking ideas about good, evil, willpower, fear, and the soul, if you pay attention. I loved it, and am looking forward to the next one. I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1991)
    Performance
    (1678)
    Story
    (1673)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Parusski says: "Good Corey Story"
    "Great as always"
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    I love John Corey the hero, and Scott Brick the narrator is the best. I sincerely hope DeMille continues writing for the series, keep John alive!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Cal Newport
    • Narrated By Dave Mallow
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (169)

    In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed - preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work - but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping. After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do.

    Jason From Boston says: "I Was Stuck For 10 Years, And This Book Saved Me!"
    "Good Listen"
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    I took a chance buying this since it is a new book with few reviews. It is a refreshing break from the "passion" based literature that is popular now. It teaches what has become uncommon sense these days - you get out of life what you put into it. Its backed by some research and good anecdotes, and gives needed perspective if you start thinking that you have to "find your calling". Few people find it without investing time, effort, an open mind, and patience, first. Saying that, I still find lots of motivating and helpful ideas in the passion based approach, so its not all black and white to me, but still this book adds a refreshing perspective.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24080)
    Performance
    (18024)
    Story
    (18081)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "good but complicated story"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I may be simple minded here, but, the audible of this was too much for me. I can tell the story would probably rock with detail and twists/turns if I hung in there. But, too many characters with little happening, I lost interest. I know others liked it, maybe my listening needs are different, my listening time is limited. I need a story to pick up and GO. This doesn't GO for a long time, and if you wait too long between listens, you forget and it doesn't make much sense. And it was easy to wait between listens since it never captivated me. Honest moment: I didn't complete the listen, I did get a few hours in, I believe. To me though, if it doesn't hold my interest, its not a good listen.

    For someone who can concentrate fully and can dedicate long swaths of time, I think it would be very good.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (5451)
    Performance
    (5030)
    Story
    (5022)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "excellent"
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    Where does Tricked rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The 3nd book in the series was good but not as great as the first 2, so I held off on this, the 4th. I should not have, it rocked! More Oberon!! Love that dog, I use the voice now for my own dog, I may even name my next one after him! Can't wait for the next in the series, coming November 2012.

    Summary of story to me: its hugely FUN. The light friendly telling of the story is GREAT, It makes Atticus feels like a friend of yours, I want to find out what happens next throughout, and I kinda wish Druid-as-a-career could be an option in RL! I would sign up in a minute, lol.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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