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Kathleen Catasus

Tampa, FL | Member Since 2004

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  • Throwing the Elephant: Zen and the Art of Managing Up

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanley Bing
    • Narrated By Philip Bosco, Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Throwing the Elephant: Zen and the Art of Managing Up artfully, clearly, and concisely provides a thorough grounding in the Zen Buddhist attitude you will need in order to move forward and control the people you work for. This book guarantees personal enlightenment while providing literally dozens of helpful, specific exercises and solutions to the most common problems of professional life.

    Jerry says: "In response to David from Lafayette"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I have listend to this book several times (rented from the library) and liked it enough to buy it. I think the reader is humorous and the content is very good, if you listen to what he is saying. The Zen attitude for corporate culture was refreshing and helpful. I would recommend this book to anyone (working for an elephant) who wants to learn how to accept the Zen way of thinking and apply it in the business world and help yourself have a better attitude about life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2311)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1063)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Mixed"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Stephen King. He is my all time favorite novelist. However, these stories were all too

    0 of 0 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
    (25561)
    Performance
    (19408)
    Story
    (19476)

    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"
    "Excellent"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    I don't think I can sum this book up in just 3 words. I love the complicated storyline, the many characters and subplots, and the lessons and trial each character goes through and how they are all interconnected. This is the first of a series, so it is a good introduction and forshadowing to what may come in subsequent books. I will say I watched the HBO series and it was excellent. I would recommend watching. Usually, I'm disappointed with the book-made-into a movie, but the beautiful scenery, the actors chosen to play the characters and the visual beautity of the clothing etc really helped bring the novel to life. They didn't leave anything out!


    What about Roy Dotrice???s performance did you like?

    I thought the narrator did a good job with the book.


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

    I couldn't stop listening, but since it is about 48 hours long, it couldn't be done in one sitting. However, I carried my ipod/iphone around with me non-stop so I could listen at every opportunity. I had already watched the HBO program, so it wasn't like I didn't know what was going to happen next, but I still wanted to listen to it!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mount Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1351)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (653)

    Guy Carson is a brilliant scientist at GeneDyne, one of the world's foremost biochemical companies. When he is transferred to Mount Dragon, GeneDyne's high-security genetic engineering lab, his good fortune seems too good to be true.

    Carson soon finds that it is. He learns that GeneDyne geneticists are tinkering with a common virus with an eye on the enormous profit to be had from a cure for the flu. Their cure involves permanently altering DNA in humans. What's more, Mount Dragon harbors another secret that puts the world at horrifying risk.

    Kathy says: "Great grab-you-in-plot!"
    "Very much enjoyed the listen!"
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    What did you love best about Mount Dragon?

    I liked the detailed storyline, the knowledge and research on the subject matter, both about gentetics, computers and surviving in the destert. Also, it sent a moral message about alterning human genes without being too preachy.


    What other book might you compare Mount Dragon to and why?

    I would compare it to a Michael Crichton novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7877)
    Performance
    (3049)
    Story
    (3106)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Great traditional fantasy story"
    Overall

    I love fantasy and really enjoyed this story. I think it is a wonderful pick for young readers, althought you don't have to be young to enjoy it. I didn't like the reader's voice all that much, but got used to it after a while. All in all, very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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