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Juan

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  • His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Willard Harley
    • Narrated By Wayne Shepherd
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (163)

    For over 15 years, this insightful best seller has helped couples meet each other's most important needs and reignite their romance.

    Michael says: "Practical"
    "great information"
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    What did you love best about His Needs, Her Needs?

    This will help anyone identify and understand yours and your partners needs. I helped me to understand that its important to talk about your needs as well as understand that your partner will have needs you have to forfil.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Undead Sublet: A Free Story from 'The Undead in My Bed'

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (1581)
    Performance
    (1397)
    Story
    (1395)

    In "Undead Sublet" by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from "exhaustion". Choosing a random rental house in Half-Moon Hollow to spend time in, she's unaware that the house comes with a strange man. Even though Sam Masden's ex-wife has rented the house out from under him, the divorce settlement allows him access to it for another ninety days. With Tess unable to go anywhere else, and Sam unwilling, a war of epic proportions is declared - and romantic sparks and heavy pots fly.

    Taryn says: "Completely awful"
    "Don't judge a book by it's cover, funny &endearing"
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    So l thought this was going to be one of those harlequin novels...Look at the cover. I would consider maybe changing the cover. I think that the only reason I even gave it a chance was that it was free. Thanks for Valentines day email Audible.

    This short story was great. The main character Tess Maitland is a Chef from Chicago, who goes crazy and needs to take some time off. She spends some time down south and ends up sharing a home with a Vampire. Just like Edward Cullin.

    This is a great story. Forget the cover and give it a chance you will love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8500)
    Performance
    (4930)
    Story
    (4987)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "I was on the fence,.but I made my decision read on"
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    I got a ton of mixed messages from the other reviews. I wasn't sure if I even wanted to keep going with the series. I'm glad I did.

    While I now understand some of the other reviews, I understand why some people where a bit disenchanted with Speaker of the Dead. Everyone was expecting this to be the next chapter in Enders life. But like another famous boy we all know ...Jesus Christ, we only got to know Ender Wiggins as a child.

    In Speaker of the Dead, we fast forward to Ender as an adult, just like Jesus and his missing years. There are a ton of unanswered questions. No Ender didn't become a carpenter. Instead he became a Speak of the Dead. Basically, he was a homicide detective. He gave a voice to the dead. Oh I almost forgot. There's a twist.. Speaker of the Dead takes place 3000 years after the bugger war. Your probably thinking that Ender was a human being and how the heck is it possible that he's still around 3000 years later and he's only 30'ish.

    Answer: Einstein's Theory of special relativity. Basically, if a person can travel at or close to the speed of light. For every year they travel, 100 years would pass on earth or something like that. So basically Enders been traveling the universe through time.

    So after 3000 years Ender is no longer a hero, he's now basically like Hitler. After the war ended and time passed. No one named their kids Hitler and no one named their kid Ender. He was that hated. ...People are so ungrateful, he saved the world and now he's like Hitler. Earlier I said he was like Jesus. What a fall for Ender. Luckily by the end of the book Ender is able to reconcile what he did to the Buggers to a small community on the planet of Lusitania.

    I will warn you that the story starts out a bit slow but its a slow and solid build to the story of Ender Wiggin aka the Speaker of the Dead.





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23197)
    Performance
    (14530)
    Story
    (14681)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Ender Wiggins supreme commander. And he's only 11!"
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    This my first OSC book. Apparently this is an old story, OSC first wrote a short story in 1977, and developed it into a novel in 1985. And in November of 2013 it's being released in theaters.

    This book reminds me of a movie starring Kurt Russell, "Soldier" released in 1998. A soldier raised from birth to follow orders. In Russell's movie, he becomes obsolete after serving his planet and is replaced by a newer and better model.

    In Ender's Game, Andrew "Ender" Wiggins, is recruited at an early age of 5 years old to learn the ways of war. Similar to the way Roman boys where trained to serve Rome. Considering that OSC, Enders Game pre-dates Solider. The guy who wrote that movie must have read Enders Game when he was a kid and the movie had to inspired in spirit by OSC.

    I love the fact that each character is well developed, there are so many of them that its easy enough to relate to one or two of them. Some of the other reviews said that this was a great series and as successful as Harry Potter. I just downloaded the Second book in the series. But if OSC is able to do repeat what he did in Enders Game then, expect to see a 4-5 movie series.

    If your thinking of getting this book, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3627)
    Performance
    (3142)
    Story
    (3145)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Maybe Tom Cruise really is an Alien!!!"
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    This was a great listen. John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton do it again. The dynamic duo pull off yet another favorite for me. A keeper.

    This book fun and imaginative, Thomas Stein the books main character is a Hollywood junior agent who's world in turned inside out and upside down. He's tasked with taking on the biggest client he'll ever have.

    The story is well written, I just wish that it wasn't so short, I dreaded the end after listening to the first few chapters. I was enjoying myself as the story moved along and hating that it was going to be over in 10 hrs.

    If you have enjoyed Scalzi/Wheaton as a team, then you'll love this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: The Future of a Radical Price

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Chris Anderson
    Overall
    (2535)
    Performance
    (1270)
    Story
    (1264)

    The New York Times best-selling author heralds the future of business in Free. In his revolutionary best seller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that, in many instances, businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.

    Joshua Kim says: "Valuable"
    "Free: the future of radical price...was FREE!"
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    This was actually a great book. Its amazing that companies can be built on the idea of giving everything away for free. But really nothing is free.

    This book while free to me was probably paid for by some internet company probably Google. The book should be called how Google gives everything away for free and became the largest company in human history.

    As I write this. The information I provide is collected and sold to companies. They now know a little bit more about my likes and dislikes. That knowledge while worthless to most people, is collected on the internet and sold. Google is the largest information collection agency in the world. Amazing that billions and billions of dollars are made each year from the "1`s" and "0`s" collected on the internet.

    Nothing is free, but if you don't mind having some of your information out there, its probably not a big deal. The alternative is that your information is still out there, short of living off the grid. So enjoy what ever you can and careful because nothing is truly free.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2686)
    Performance
    (2159)
    Story
    (2143)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    james d. thomas says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Just when you thought you knew this story!!!"
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    Give this a chance, just when you think you already know the story. Elijah Wood delivers a spectacular performance. The story has not been butchered. This story is as Twain intended, with the political correction movement, this story was at risk of being cleaned up. The story uses language that we may not use and like. But I liked the fact that it was used by Twain to represent a time in our past that we are not proud of. I'm glad that it was not white washed. I hate watching a movie that was edited for television. Its just not the same.

    So I appreciate this old story for what it is. The characters seemed authentic as people. Huck Finn is a good leading character, innocent and on the side of what's right. Willing to do what he needed to do during a time when it was a lot easier for him to fall in line.

    give this story a second chance and you'll see that you'll want to go back and listen to the entire collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4326)
    Performance
    (3817)
    Story
    (3818)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Fuzzies are people too!!!"
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    I really enjoyed this story from the beginning to the end. Scalzi made some creative changes from the original. In the original Jack Holloway was a simple prospector and Scalzi made him into a more youthful and more enjoyable character with a sense of humor. I enjoyed Carl, Jack's faithful 4 legged friend who enjoys using explosives.

    The "Rip off" was like an episode of Law and order. It got me thinking what if a superior beings came to Earth, would they think that we where just simple animals and treat us like we treat animals?

    John Scalzi did a great job keeping with traditional story by H. Beam Piper. I was easy to listen and appreciate the original story from 1962. 51 years later John Scalzi brought a great story back from the dead. I would never have had a chance in finding the orginal had it not been for the "Rip off"

    Great book!

    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
    (2406)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1152)

    "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!"
    "Creepy and weird. it made my skin crawl."
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    If you could sum up Full Dark, No Stars in three words, what would they be?

    worried for women


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tess. I'd hope that if anything like this happened. To someone I know. I'd hope that they would get the closure Tess got. Plus this story plays out where I live. So this story seemed a bit more real. I live in Springfield Mass just a few minutes from Chicopee Mass and Connecticut where Tess lives. So I felt it was close to home sort of.


    Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson and Jessica Hecht ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I heard Stephen Kings 11-22-63. Craig Wasson was the reason I got this title and of course Stephen King. What happened in each of these stories bothered me and I don't think I want to listen a second time. I have a wife and I can't help but to picture her in these situations. So I won't listen again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The stories made worry about the women in my life. I couldn't help but to think of her when I listened and it bothered me a bit. These stories where a bit graphic and I can't say that I've had such a reaction to a story. But I guess that what Stephen King does best. I'm sure there are a ton of people who would love it. I liked it the first time around but not going to take it for a second trip.


    Any additional comments?

    Big driver and his family got what they deserved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3183)
    Performance
    (2815)
    Story
    (2814)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Can the future be like this?"
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    Where does The Android's Dream rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top five this year. Scalzi does it again. He's a great futurist.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brian Javna is my favorite character. I like the idea of becoming an A.I . Computer based on a real person. I think that would be great.


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

    Wil Wheaton does a great job. I first heard Ready Player One, which brought me to The Androids Dream and then to Red Shirts. Something about Wesley Crusher telling you about the future is pretty cool.


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

    If I had the time to listen to it in one sitting yeah. I would have knocked it out. I usually listen on my drive to work. Two hours each day. But then I got a promotion and now I'm 10 minutes from home. Now I regret not having such a long drive.


    Any additional comments?

    Scalzi's words and Wil Wheaton's acting what a team.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6262)
    Performance
    (5832)
    Story
    (5835)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Our futures can be what we make it!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Redshirts to be better than the print version?

    Never read the actual book. But the audio book was a great listen. I find that listen to an audio book engages the imaganation more then reading it. After all your brain is engaged in creating the characters, scenery and environment.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    I really enjoyed that moment where the future and our realty conveurg. I think that most sci-fi nuts would love to think that this could happen. Scalzi put together a story and characters that you find yourself caring for at the end. I found myself wanting to know more about the characters in 2012.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There where several scenes I enjoyed but my favorite scenes had to be when the crew from the Intrepid met the cast of the Cronicals of the Intrepid.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I experienced extreme disappointment that it had to end. This is a keeper and I will certainly listen to this one over and over.


    Any additional comments?

    So far I've experienced two of Scalzi`s works this one and Androids Dream. I think this guy has a direct link into my imaganation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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