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Ian

New Orleans, LA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • A Good Year

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Peter Mayle
    • Narrated By Ben Chaplin
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Max Skinner is not exactly setting the London financial world on fire, and when his supervisor steals his biggest client, it's definitely time to inspect the vineyard in Provence that his recently departed uncle left him. Heartily and happily distracted upon his arrival by the landscape, the weather, and the food, not to mention the gorgeous notaire handling the estate and the stunning owner of the local bistro, Max almost forgets about his inherited property.

    Ian says: "A classic Mayle tale...but go unabridged"
    "A classic Mayle tale...but go unabridged"
    Overall

    The latest Provincial romp by Peter Mayle is full of food, fun and foolishness. It's great. But I recommend the unabridged version because this version seemed a bit, well, abridged.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2795)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (549)

    The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

    Tim says: "Some good ideas but, not so sure. . ."
    "Surprisingly good"
    Overall

    Yes, the reader is a bit drab. It took me a while to get past that. It doesn't fit with the "I am so cool - don't you want to be like me?" lifestyle stuff that fills the first 1/3 of the book. But his no-nonsense delivery really does well for the later sections of the book which are all "how to" and surprisingly good. I suspect his writing suffers from the same thing his other businesses do = a lack of pride of ownership that comes with an absentee CEO. He would probably agree ... from his beach chair in the bahamas.

    All-in-all it's worth the time to listen (maybe more than once) if you intend to act on his suggestions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Busting Vegas: The MIT Whiz Kid Who Brought the Casinos to Their Knees

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Ben Mezrich
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Semyon Dukach was known as the Darling of Las Vegas. A legend at age 21, this cocky hotshot was the biggest high roller to appear in Sin City in decades, a mathematical genius with a system the casinos had never seen before and couldn't stop, a system that has never been revealed until now; that has nothing to do with card counting, wasn't illegal, and was more powerful than anything that had been tried before.

    Jacob says: "A Flat Read"
    "Better than the other reviews"
    Overall

    A good follow-up to "Bringing Down The House" which I also enjoyed. This is not a how-to, but a simple adventure tale of the MIT student team. It's not edge-of-your-seat. But if you like blackjack, it's enough to keep your attention. Thumbs-up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3860)
    Performance
    (1592)
    Story
    (1612)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    The narrator does an exceptional job with this book. And the book itself is terrific. Simple yet very compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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