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Jeff

Hyde Park, UT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    Overall
    (4514)
    Performance
    (2388)
    Story
    (2415)

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    David says: "full of passion"
    "Excellent"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    OSC is an excellent writer. I am not looking for high action all the time. Sometimes I just want a good story and Xenocide is a good story. Of course OSC becomes philosophical, that's a large part of what Science Fiction is after all.... Listen to this book to listen to a good story where drama builds and characters are developed. He presents a great moral dilemma and looks at all sides of it. This is a very natural next book after Speaker for the Dead.


    What did you like best about this story?

    OSC sets up a great dilemma that has no seemingly good outcome for anyone. High action? No. Interesting? Yes. Is Ender the boy hero? No (you've read enough reviews to know that already though). Ender here is what we would have expected Ender the boy hero to grow up and become - a wisened older man. In addition, I liked how OSC developed Valentine; she is integral to Ender and her perspective on the Hive Queen made the buggers very real.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoy all of Rudnicki's performances. What I especially like about OSC books, is that they are as entertaining as a movie. Many audio books are straight content and that is fine but not always entertaining. Rudnicki and OSC have captured the essence of a Readers Theater.


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

    Not really. It would be too much.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (176)

    A New York Times best seller, Founding Brothers is an engrossing work of nonfiction from National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph J. Ellis. It is a book that uncovers the substance behind many of our most cherished historical tales. Here are six fascinating, well-researched chapters involving such icons as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.

    Vernon says: "Remarkably moving book"
    "Changed my view of Politics"
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    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in politics. This book helped me understand where the two-party systems originated and why we cling so tightly to our ideals. If you've never read anything about American history post revolutionary war and pre War 1812, then this would be the one to read. It captures the fragile state of our country and how it rested on the backs of a few men. It also shows how those men were true statesmen (but not without weakness) and dedicated to the virtuous beginning of the country.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1612)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1095)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "Incredible Inspirational A Must Read"
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    No Washington = No America. Period. A legend in his own time.

    I now understand how he is the Father of our country and probably one of the greatest people to have ever lived. I don't say that lightly either; I have read many biographies on many people and Ron Chernow leads us through Washington's life to demonstrate that without Washington, the Revolutionary war would have collapsed, how the constitutional convention would have floundered, and how he molded the first presidency to create a cohesive union of states. Washington was a good man to his core and was so respected by his peers and loved by the people that he was able to create unity where heated differences of belief existed. His presence enabled the very best from all these competing philosophies to emerge and take root in a young, fragile nation.

    Thank you Mr. Chernow for writing this book; I appreciate great writing. Also, Scott Brick is great to listen to as well - good choice on a reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Transformative CEO: Impact Lessons from Industry Game Changers

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jeffrey J. Fox, Robert Reiss
    • Narrated By Jeffrey J. Fox, Robert Reiss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Best-selling author Jeffrey Fox literally wrote the book on How to Become a CEO, and radio talk show host Robert Reiss has interviewed several of the world’s top CEOs. In The Transformative CEO, they have boiled down the characteristics it takes to become a transformational CEO—the kind that takes problems and transforms them into opportunities for growth and profit. With research based on first-hand interviews with superstar CEOs, The Transformative CEO provides valuable strategies that any manager, business owner, or executive can use.

    Jeff says: "If you like rehashed platitudes...."
    "If you like rehashed platitudes...."
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    I was astonished; this book offered very little in the way of useful insights. Basically, it looks like the authors sent each CEO a questionaire, the PR dept filled out the form, included their marketing materials from the website, sent it back and the authors organized the book into short, snappy chapters intended to proffer transformational insights.

    As you can tell, I do not recommend this book, UNLESS you have never read a business book and this is the first one, then you might like it. I recommend Good to Great, Execution, The Innovator's Dilemma, Built to Last or Seven Habits of Highly Effective People instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (5744)
    Performance
    (3814)
    Story
    (3845)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "The series get progressively better"
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    I didn't think book 2 would be better than book 1. But it was. Then I thought 3 couldn't be better than 2. And it was. Each book got better as the story evolved. I love the surprise ending which throw me every time and how the mystery unfolds. When it finally concluded, I just wanted more Mistborn...

    I read a lot and listen a lot. This series has been my favorite; Sanderson takes story telling to a new level.

    Also, the narration was excellent. Great voices and easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7659)
    Performance
    (5141)
    Story
    (5173)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "This book kept me in my car!"
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    I usually don't give five stars on books but this deserves it. I highly recommend this book if you like fantasy or science fiction. The story line is excellent, the character development is rich, the excitment is fun, the twists and turns in the plot make this book an excellent listen. I also liked Michael Kramer - what a marvelous job he does on voicing all the characters; he is expert in his craft. He is up there with Stephan Rodnicki in the Ender's Game series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1785)
    Performance
    (1476)
    Story
    (1488)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Layman's terms of what happened in Europe"
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    I enjoyed listening to this book. Easy to understand; it was funny in parts but most of all, it's scary how much debt these countries have accumulated. The narrator is fine, but sounds a little smirkish at times. If you want to be able to talk intelligently about the European debt crisis, this book is a great start to understanding how it started, how the countries are dealing with it, and the magnitude of the problem.

    I do wish it were a little longer and went into more detail on more of the countries. But, Michael Lewis has a knack to taking the complex and making it simple and entertaining. I have recommended it already to all my work colleagues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (3545)
    Performance
    (1747)
    Story
    (1779)

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Jim says: "Hmm"
    "Awesome - entertaining and wonderful conclusion"
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    I don't care what anyone has written - this was an awesome book. Of the four in the set, it was my second favorite - Ender's Game still is the best. I loved his philosphical take on life's questions and I liked the way OSC used sci-fi to give complex theories form and substance. I don't need action to enjoy sci-fi because much of the time, action can be contrived. But the theory and philosophy, well, that's something to think and talk about and explore further.

    The Rodnicki cast is also terrific. When I listen to other sci-fi books, I wish Rodnicki and his group could do them as well as they bring to life the characters and events much more vividly than single narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33870)
    Performance
    (25060)
    Story
    (25404)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Intense & Entertaining"
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    I listened because my children had all read the book; it was a great listen. We had a great time discussing it together. Many times I would find myself just waiting to drive again so I could jump back into their world. I am in my late 40's and enjoyed this as much as any sci-fi book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2099)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1193)

    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    "Useful and Practial business book"
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    Where does Talent Is Overrated rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better and more useful business books I have read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Talent Is Overrated?

    I especially liked how Geoff applied the lessons of sports and music to business and how a person can practice deliberately to dramatically improve performance. We put so much emphasis on those who are so talented when the reality is that hard


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator could have read a little slower. I liked his voice, but it was a little rushed.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The tagline if this book were made into a movie would be: Anyone can be great


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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