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Jim

Chickamauga, GA, United States | Listener Since 2010

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  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (23690)
    Performance
    (17667)
    Story
    (17721)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Unpredictable Adventure With Great Storylines"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones?

    I think what I like most about A Game of Thrones is the unexpected directions the author takes. It's not the often overdone hidden twists found in some books, but rather a logical storyline that you just didn't expect to happen. At least, that was my experience.

    I also love the dialogue and wordplay. I'm often replaying a part of the story if I think I missed some witty comment or jest.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoy Roy Dotrice's reading. His voice seems to fit the genre. However, it is occasionally irritating when a character's voice takes on a different tone/sound than what you have been hearing earlier in the book. But then, they can't all be Jim Dale (Harry Potter series).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Would Google Do?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jeff Jarvis
    • Narrated By Jeff Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (292)

    In a book that's one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse-engineers Google, the fastest-growing company in history, to discover 40 clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by.

    Justin says: "A great place to start...."
    "Good, but not great...but still recommended"
    Overall

    I have listened to Jeff Jarvis for some time on the podcast "This Week in Google". I enjoy his insight and perspective on media, business, Google and our changing world. The book includes many of the forward thinking ideas I have heard him share on the podcast. I have to say that Jarvis understands the new media as well as anyone can. But the book seems a bit lacking in some ways. First, there was a lot of opinion that was not as well supported by examples as I would like in a book. This is fine for podcast discussion, but I was expecting more from the book. I also agree with the critics who have said Jarvis should have included more direct communication and insight from Google...instead of doing an arms length analysis of their operation and reasoning. Having said all this, I would still highly recommend the book. The shortcomings are minor in comparison to the insights and understanding that Jarvis shares.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bible of Unspeakable Truths

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Greg Gutfeld, Penn Jillette (foreword)
    • Narrated By Greg Gutfeld
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    Renowned fake conservative pundit Stephen Colbert may have coined the word truthiness, but it's Greg Gutfeld, real conservative political pundit and host of the Fox News Channel's Red Eye, who has made a name for himself by unabashedly pronouncing the actual uncomfortable truthiness of life that is sure to shock the P.C. The Bible of Unspeakable Truths is packed full of his most aggressive (and hilarious) rants, with each chapter devoted to a single "unspeakable truth".

    Bret says: "Positively Horrible... by that I mean Outstanding!"
    "Love the "truths", but hate the repetitive humor"
    Overall

    I love what Gutfeld has to say about politics, life and human behavior...and I even enjoyed how he said it, for about 20 minutes. But then the repetitive use of the same comedy techniques got a bit ridiculous. After an hour of the book I was almost able to predict his next humorous comment, missing only a detail or two. It seems that Gutfeld had much more truth content than he had comedic variety. I would say that the substance of the book deserved four/maybe five stars, while the style was only a two. Don't get me wrong, the humor was funny...just way too predictable and repetitive after about an hour.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26617)
    Performance
    (13261)
    Story
    (13304)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Great story, amazing readers, highly recommended"
    Overall

    Kathryn Stockett does an amazing job of storytelling though the voices of three women in Jackson, MS in the early 60s. The dialogue is wonderfully written and the use of humor and simple, yet excellent metaphors makes the book that much more enjoyable. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys good literature, wonderfully read...well, more like performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rework

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1609)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (640)

    With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It's time to rework work.

    Paul says: "Simple, Quick, Timely, Contrarian Advice"
    "Great read without the fluff"
    Overall

    If you're looking for a thesis on business operations, don't look here. The authors book is an example of their business philosophy...forgo the fluff and formalities and get down to substance. The book is narrated list of dos and don'ts for running your business. Some ideas are more challenging than others, but all will cause you to think and rework how you do business. I loved the book and would recommend it highly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready, Set, Sold!: The Insider Secrets to Sell Your House Fast - for Top Dollar!

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Corbett
    • Narrated By Michael Corbett
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Looking to sell? Help is right here! Before you put your house or condo on the market, read Corbett's latest well-written book, Ready, Set, Sold! Don't be turned off by the cutesy title. This is a serious book about the techniques Corbett used to profit from selling 33 of his houses for top dollar. In addition to being a TV actor and host of Extra's Mansions and Millionaires, Corbett knows how to maximize profits whether selling his personal residence or a house he bought to fix and flip.

    Jim says: "Good Advice After Lengthy Intro"
    "Good Advice After Lengthy Intro"
    Overall

    Before starting this audio book, grab a pen and paper so you can write down some of the great ideas that Corbett shares on how to get the most out of selling your home. The book is filled with wonderful ideas, some simple, other a bit more involved. Corbett teaches you to turn your home into a product for sale...maximizing your profit in the process.

    My only disappointment was getting pass the first several chapters of fluff to the real content. Corbett spends most of the first few chapters telling you what you're going to hear instead of getting right to the point. The motivational speech just repeats itself until you get further into the book.

    I do recommend this book to anyone selling their home. Great ideas from a man with experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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