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dennis

MIRAMAR, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Rewire Your Brain: Think Your Way to a Better Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John B. Arden
    • Narrated By Phil Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (71)

    Not long ago, it was thought that the brain you were born with was the brain you would die with, and that the brain cells you had at birth were the most you would ever possess. Your brain was thought to be hardwired to function in predetermined ways. It turns out that's not true. Your brain is not hardwired; it's "softwired" by experience. This book shows you how you can rewire parts of the brain to feel more positive about your life, remain calm during stressful times, and improve your social relationships.

    Douglas says: "Important Work..."
    "Same old broken promise."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from John B. Arden and/or Phil Williams?

    Perhaps not unless it got great reviews. The best thing in almost all of these books is the tile and they never deliver unless yhour perhaps willing to change every single thing in your life.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    NO not at all. It was a miss mash of things. Yes we know that certain foods help to produce certain chemicals but eating that food doesn't always mean the depression or whatever goes away like the book implies so often. My car runs on gasoline but filling th etgruckl up with it doesn't fix all things that go wrong.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator sounds so mechanical and like a robot as so many of them do. I wonder why you people do it like that? No likes that mono-tone sound.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, I picked up some facts and figures I didn't know but NOTHING that will change my life and I already do everything I can to keep learning so the book didn't help in that regard either.
    Always false promises to get you to buy it and very little substance.


    Any additional comments?

    Just like most all these self help books...Here's the whole book okay...

    Eat right...get plenty of rest and relax. They all say the same thing and if it worked so well no one would need to read these books but the real truth is those things only help a bit and DO NOT FIX THINGS LIKE THEY IMPLY.

    12 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Brockman
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee, Michelle Ford, Peter Berkrot, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    In This Explains Everything, John Brockman, founder and publisher of Edge.org, asked experts in numerous fields and disciplines to come up with their favorite explanations for everyday occurrences. Why do we recognize patterns? Is there such a thing as positive stress? Are we genetically programmed to be in conflict with each other? Those are just some of the 150 questions that the world's best scientific minds answer with elegant simplicity.

    Gary says: "An ode to science by making you feel the science"
    "Terrible book...."
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    What disappointed you about This Explains Everything?

    No story at all, just compilations of other people thoughts about great discoveries.


    What was most disappointing about John Brockman’s story?

    Again there was no story and I LOVE science and still couldn't understand allot of the reports. I needed a dictionary to listen to this and this is the first book I've ever EVER said that about after reading over a thousand books I would guess.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    This book turned me off so badly I want nothing to do with ANYTHING from this book again.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from This Explains Everything?

    I would cut out the first 200 pages and then leave out the last 80 pages as well!!


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like this book at all.. as you needed a degree in language and 10 other sciences to understand this text and some of the chapters were embarrassing they were so poor.
    I got almost nothing from this giant grab bag of all kinds of things thrown together and couldn't follow most of it. Worst book...no ...second worst book I ever bought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grown at Glen Garden: How Golf Legends Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson Got Their Starts at the Same Course

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jeff Miller
    • Narrated By Liam O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Learn about these golf legends as they were learning to master the game on their home turf. In Grown at Glen Garden, the early friendship of Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson is shown, from their caddying days at Glen Garden Country Club to their chummy rivalry at the Masters decades later. With a peek at their family backgrounds, the story shows both the hardships and joys of growing up and learning to golf in Fort Worth, Texas, in the 1920s.

    dennis says: "Not A good Effort"
    "Not A good Effort"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Jeff Miller and/or Liam O'Brien?

    No


    What could Jeff Miller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Talk about people and not scores and shots.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Learn how to pronounce words correctly.


    Did Grown at Glen Garden inspire you to do anything?

    Yes...to be more careful what books I buy.


    Any additional comments?

    In all my years of buying books, I have never EVER heard a narrator pronounce so many words incorrectly in just one book. Perhaps 15 words are wrong in this book that he uses, and all of them have to deal with golf. CLEARLY this man never had the tiniest thing to do with the game of golf, nor does anyone around him in the production of this book and it shows.
    Not only are so many words mis-pronounced, but the tempo and rhythm of the book is very poor as he rushed through it, with no personality and makes it an un-enjoyable purchase for me. It's full of what scores they shot, and how they hit the shots that NO ONE cares about and even the background of so many of the fellow players that no one ever heard of or cares about just to fill up space and have enough words to print this book. I wish I hadn't gotten this one. It's not terrible, except for the narration, but it's not very good in any sense.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (998)
    Performance
    (915)
    Story
    (925)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "The Best."
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    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I've ever gotten at Audible. It brings tears of joy to my eyes as I see some people in this world that actually act and do, and spend money to help other animals like ourselves.
    The man that owns this reserve is so kind and generous, and spends his life saving animals rather than killing them all.
    A beautiful story of the connection that can be made with higher animals if people would try or take the time to watch and listen.
    It just does my heart and spirit good to see people like this still exist in a world that does everything it can to stamp out the large mammals.
    Just a wonderful fantastic book filled with love, insight and drama. Beautiful listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11188)
    Performance
    (9677)
    Story
    (9646)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Disgusting."
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    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Everything about this book is wonderful except the man Steve Jobs himself. I'm not sure I've ever known a more selfish despicable man in my lifetime and grew to dislike him more and more with each chapter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite man was Woz of course. A really good human being it seems.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    Great presentation and great writing to put this book together for a man that deserves much less in my mind.


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

    Who wouldn't have extreme reactions to a man that doesn't bath, and washed his feet in the toilet or shouts obscenities at employee's in front of rooms of people to take all pride away. Who wouldn't have a reaction to lying about so much to so many and even trying to pretend this isn't his child as he branded the mother as trash and a whore and sued her.

    Do human beings get lower than this, and all the time pretending it has nothing to do with money as he hoards in all the cash to himself and helps almost no one. Dying with billions in the bank says all you need to know about what a jerk and crummy human being this was and everyone let him get away with his bizarre act because he knew how to make money, and they all hung on to get their piece of the wealth.


    Any additional comments?

    A marketing genius and fantastic design engineer and thief by trade still makes this man a rotten human being in my book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anger: Handling a Powerful Emotion in a Healthy Way

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Anger is a universal human experience. For many of us, it is the single greatest challenge in every area of our lives. We have been taught that anger itself is a sin and should be avoided at all costs. However, anger is also understood to be 'nature's way' of preparing man to respond in times of danger. How then do we go about bringing this volatile emotion under the Lordship of Jesus Christ? Gary Chapman gives us the perfect tool to answer this and many other questions in The Other Side of Love.

    Josmon says: "Wonderful"
    "Just Terrible."
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    Would you try another book from Gary Chapman and/or the narrator?

    No...not at all.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book on anger that tells us to give the anger to God, and let Jesus take care of things. If we could do that, we'd not have to read the books on self help.More techniques are to tell the person up front whats on your mind, and if they don't respond, take them to the church and expose them and all kinds of things like this that are not relevant in most situations for today. I HAVE NO PROBLEM with people that go to church....those people are not the issue!!!! Almost nothing was of any value here for me, and in fact made things even worse as I became angry I ever bought this foolish book, that would be nice in another world, but not this one we live in.I felt no better after reading this at all.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Izzo
    • Narrated By John Izzo
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    John Izzo interviewed over 200 people, ages 60 to 106, each of whom was identified by friends and acquaintances as "the one person they knew who had found happiness and meaning".

    Christine says: "Discover the secrets before you live another day"
    "poor!"
    Overall

    here's the book, be yourself, and make friends. not one thing even close to a revelation of any type, and nothing we all dont know or have heard on talk shows a hundred times. this book is a total waste of time and money.

    9 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory Doctor

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Douglas J. Mason, Spencer Xavier Smith
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Before you read this, think for a moment: Do you know where your keys are? What was the name of that last visitor to your office? We rely on memory every moment of the day, but many of us constantly complain that we're losing it faster than we ever imagined.

    dennis says: "try to forget it."
    "try to forget it."
    Overall

    this is simply a terrible book. here it is in a nutshell. pay attention when your trying to remember something, and carry a notebook to write things down, thats it. no science of how anything works, no research. i could write this book by simply reading articles off the internet. i wish i could forget this worthless dribble.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Shenk
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Why has one game, alone among the thousands of games invented and played throughout human history, not only survived but thrived within every culture it has touched? What is it about its 32 figurative pieces, moving about its 64 black and white squares according to very simple rules, that has captivated people for nearly 1,500 years? Why has it driven some of its greatest players into paranoia and madness, and yet is hailed as a remarkably powerful intellectual tool?

    Bob says: "a must-read for all chess lovers"
    "really surprised"
    Overall

    i had to talk myself into this one. i was afraid of a dull book of all chess annotation and not much on the human side. i was so wrong. this book actually helps make you a better player while at the same time providing great entertainment. perhaps the best chess book i have read. well written and all the antidotes make for great reading. a terrific book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2336)
    Performance
    (1332)
    Story
    (1357)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "good read"
    Overall

    this book is a fine way to pass some time. it is both entertaining and informative. the author creates every opportunity to point out how smart he is and how others are not, but it works because ther are other things to balance it all out. steve jobs is the cheating no class man we thought he was. i was surprised to find that "WOZ" is a man with a great heart and a teriffic human being. not what i had guessed prior to the read. good book, left me feeling upbeat and wishing more people were like him.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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