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william

chalfont, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 80 titles in library
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  • Flanagan’s Run

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tom McNab
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (112)

    During the Depression the ebullient American entrepreneur Charles Flanagan assembles 2,000 runners from all corners of the earth, to run from Los Angeles to New York for prize-money of $150,000. Flanagan’s Trans-America runners face 3,000 miles, across the Mojave desert and the frozen Rockies, running a daily average of 50 miles for three months.

    Tracy says: "Loved it"
    "Don't need to run to enjoy, great story !!"
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    Chose this book because I thought it would be great to run and listen to since its based on a long distance run. Turns out shortly after downloading I broke my foot running.

    Thought about holding off and waiting until my foot healed but I started listening and was instantly hooked. While being interested in running wouldn't hurt, its definitely not needed. What really sucked me into this book was the amazing stories along the run across America (The Transamerica). Most were completely unrelated to running rather the struggles to keep the run going in depression era America and focusing in on a subset of key runners through the race. The narrator (Rupert Degas) is by far the best I have experienced taking on male and female characters from all over the world (Scottish, Mexican, French etc ...)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (680)

    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

    Ryan says: "How it was"
    "Never heard of Doom but capitivated by the story"
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    When these games were coming out I was playing Nintendo. That being said I was totally into the book. Great story around taking an idea and growing it into a big business against all odds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9410)
    Performance
    (8476)
    Story
    (8483)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Grisham still has it"
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    Haven't listened to or read a Grisham novel in some time but have always been a fan. My expectations are always high with Grisham, I was not left disappointed with this novel. If you are into Grisham get it, if you are new to Grisham its not a bad place to start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18652)
    Performance
    (16604)
    Story
    (16564)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Awesome book"
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    Story, performance, and characters are all amazing. I am a recent convert to King Novels having listened to 11-22-63, It, and Shining. I was least impressed with the Shining but the former two are truly great. I am in my 30's so the book was for the most part before my time but after listening I was left with a better sense of America, late 50's early 60's, than anything I have seen or read before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (2501)
    Performance
    (2224)
    Story
    (2244)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Ok but not captivating"
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    Felt the subject matter lacked the depth needed to make this into a full length novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    Overall
    (7378)
    Performance
    (4382)
    Story
    (4415)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Followed up with the sequel (Freedom) right away"
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    I am not a complete tech geek nor do I normally read anything that could be considered Sci-Fi. That being said I thought the story was incredible and somewhat plausible. I HIGHLY recommend !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4173)
    Performance
    (3518)
    Story
    (3512)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ron says: "Very Enjoyable Grisham"
    "Decent Grisham"
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    What did you like best about The Racketeer? What did you like least?

    Though the story came on too slow.


    Would you recommend The Racketeer to your friends? Why or why not?

    Depends, if they are new to Grisham I would recommend other books ..


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Thought the narrator was a bit slow.


    Was The Racketeer worth the listening time?

    Yes, second half was much better than the first, so hang in there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (5307)
    Performance
    (4494)
    Story
    (4466)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Well organized book with great insights into Habit"
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    The author breaks habit into three key areas: Business, Social, and personal. The author also reviews the science behind habit in a way that translate well into an audio format.Section relating habit to addiction and personal accountability was eye opening for me, didn't give it much thought prior to the book. Is a compulsive gambler really accountable for the addiction ? Some of the tricks that businesses use, utilizing habit, to market products was well done. How would you market Febreeze to customers ?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Janson Directive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (241)

    Peter Novak, one of the world's greatest men, has been kidnapped! Running out of time and hope, Novak's people turn to Paul Janson, legendary covert operative and assassin. Janson is retired, and nothing could lure him back - nothing except Peter Novak, who once saved Janson's life. "Ludlum's best since The Bourne Identity," raves Kirkus Reviews.

    A Grady Williams says: "Captivated me from the beginning"
    "Ludlum at his best with a great Narrator"
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    Detailed story line with compelling plot twists and a great mix of action (but not too much action). Narrator was amazing, took on many difficult accents as the story traversed across a few continents. If you were a fan of the original three Bourne novels you should like this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3673)
    Performance
    (3274)
    Story
    (3285)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Didn't know hacking could be so interesting......"
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    What did you love best about Ghost in the Wires?

    The story or Kevin's life just got more and more interesting as the story unfolded. Its amazing how interesting a book about a hacker could be. Alot of the intereset came out of a critical part of the hacking process,


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about the power of Social Engineering and appreciating Kevin's devotion to hacking just for the sake of hacking.


    Any additional comments?

    You don't need to be a computer geek to enjoy. As long as you have some general interset in computer / IT technology I think you will appreciate the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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