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  • Mastery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1068)
    Performance
    (948)
    Story
    (942)

    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.

    Gare&Sophia 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
  • 299 Days: The Preparation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Glen Tate
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (242)

    299 Days: The Preparation, the first audiobook in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come.

    Les says: "The most accurate "PREPPER" story ever written!!!"
    "Complete series review"
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    If you are into the idea of taking care of yourself and your family first, if you are a conservative, you like fox news, and generally agree that the democrats have it wrong, you will like this series a lot. If you believe Democrat philosophy includes (1) trying to take "care" of everyone on earth (not possible), (2) favor unreaonable environment protection and fringe group rights over jobs and majority rights, (3) implement social programs regardless of whether they work and whether those they "help" generally deserve it, (3) dems' social programs often keep lower class citizens dependent on govt and usually reduce their incentive to better themselves, and (4) tend to garner popular vote majorities through social programs regardless of whether we can afford it, then ... you will like this series.

    I liked the down to earth description of the action. Somewhat simplisitc writing style, but when I'm driving and listening, I like that because its easy to stay up on what is happening and I'm not into long boring descriptions of scene, constant switching of context and dangling cliffhangers (the unexpected shot rang out in the battle...suddenly the scene switches to some boring crap about some other story thread -- it never happens here).

    All but the last book were excellent, but yes, expensive to listen to them all. The last book in the series was not my favorite, for sure. It was a total switch from timeline story telling to a long speech ceremony honoring the heroes. It was interesting for a bit but grew tiresome.

    This series is for conservatives and plain reasonable people that work for a living, are not looking for handouts, do give to charities, but also hate most social programs beause they are not effective and too expensive. It's for people that love their country (as dems do to I think) but also believe we are going in the wrong direction. LIberals will of course hate it. It characterizes almost all of them as greedy, lazy, naive, and on the govt dole.

    I will say the dem/repub pigeon holing was a bit too black and white. Not all Democrats are as unreasonable as this series casts them, and there are conservatives that ARE too extreme as well. But it did serve to clearly illustrate the different philosophies of left vs. right politics, how dem policies could truly lead to a disaster, and graphically exposes how each side can be unreasonalbe in their judjements of the the other.

    Summary: narration great, story great, overall good - splitting the series into so many parts was uh, perhaps greedy?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2183)
    Performance
    (1776)
    Story
    (1790)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
    "good story, but..."
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    After an hour of listening, I found myself copying the narrator's HEAVILY enunciated words in a half mocking, half joking tone. But then the chance to make fun came on more and more frequently, and the joking tone left... I couldn't focus on the story, instead I kept hoping he would stop. If anything though, it is getting worse. When I looked and saw I still had 9 plus hours to go, I briefly thought I would not be able to finish it. That's just me though, you be the judge, narrators are a taste thing, I believe, not a firm "good" or "bad" reality for everyone. I think the story is interesting so far, I like the characters and it is drawing me in. But the narration is tough. I'm going to ignore the way the words are v-er-eee care-full-eee s-p-o-k-en, and listen to the story line instead.

    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
    (104)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    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.

    Buffy says: "Overall it has everything this genre should have!"
    "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
    (469)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (427)

    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
    (926)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (866)

    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!

    4 of 4 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
    (3343)
    Performance
    (3033)
    Story
    (3024)

    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.

    T. Edwards says: "Tremendously Enlightening, could not put it down"
    "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
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    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.

    3 of 3 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
    (2118)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1783)

    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.

    John says: "Exciting Nelson DeMille novel with great narration"
    "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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (230)

    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.

    Taliho says: "Outstanding!"
    "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

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