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A. Hartwig

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iowa city, ia United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 229 titles in library
  • 58 purchased in 2014
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  • Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Rorke Denver
    • Narrated By Rorke Denver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (428)

    Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs - the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow’s soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed. Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees.

    AXiD says: "Wonderful autobio,but sort of deadpan delivery"
    "powerful, relevant story"
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    this blew me away. lately i've been on a spy-novel book kick, and somehow i saw "damn few". wow. just wow. i guess if i had to guess what the very best US warriors went through to be trained, and what they did in combat, this book spells it out and makes it real.
    i cannot relate, but i am thankful.

    this author is, dare i say, a true american. he's a gentleman and well read. he's also a killing machine and proud of it. proud to serve, that is.

    if this seems a little interesting - get it. you will not be disappointed!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things: Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (555)

    Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

    christopher says: "I love you man, but the book is bad."
    "Hate to criticize a good writer, but...."
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    painful. Soooo painful.
    See my full review on goodreads or Amazon.
    Really wanted to lIke it but I unfortunately really
    hated it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (910)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "very mixed review"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    it was well spent in light of the content & history that i learned. unfortunately it was also very painful due to the overly dramatic and affected narration.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Edoardo Ballerini?

    my high school classmate who was dyslexic and a terrible stutterer.


    Do you think The Swerve needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I would buy a book (by Greenblatt) where the tasty quotes from Lucretius were pulled out and given more explanation/examination.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skulduggery Pleasant

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Derek Landy
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: ace detective, snappy dresser, razor-tongued wit, crackerjack sorcerer, and walking, talking, fire-throwing skeleton, as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgely, a very unusual and darkly talented 12-year-old. These two alone stand in the way of an all-consuming ancient evil.

    Keith says: "This is more than a 5star book"
    "A fun story made better by an amazing narrator"
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    Any additional comments?

    The story is perfect for young readers, boys & girls alike. The plot & created world are unique, as are the main characters. The reader is really good. I cannot think of a better performance on any other Audible book I've heard, period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!: More Magical Tales from the Author of 'God, No!'

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (585)

    Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. Don’t believe it? Well, consider this: For nonbelievers, every day you’re alive is a day to celebrate! And no one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette - the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn & Teller - whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! will entertain zealots and skeptics alike.

    Marc Worley says: "Yes, he curses"
    "Thank You, Penn Jillette!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book isn't for everyone!!! Lots of explicit language & crazy stories. But it is also touching & honest. I lost track of how many times I laughed out loud listening to Penn's crazy stories. His thoughts on facing death (without the hope of an afterlife) are surprisingly helpful & reassuring. I'd like to hear Penn put together a thorough talk on his observations & criticisms of religious belief. I bet it would be powerful. In this & his other book on atheism he airs some of his views, but they are mixed in with many semi- & completely unrelated (usually laugh-out-loud funny) stories that only he could tell.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2863)
    Performance
    (1590)
    Story
    (1587)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "A classic that everyone should read once."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of God Is Not Great to be better than the print version?

    Hitch is a very good reader & since he's not with us any more, it's powerful to hear him narrate his book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of God Is Not Great?

    The tidbits about Joseph Smith (Mormonism) are funny & devastating.
    His comments on the Arabic language & how that impacts the Korans message were new to me.


    What about Christopher Hitchens’s performance did you like?

    His personality & intelligence shine through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Servant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (411)

    Gabriel is summoned once more by his masters to undertake what appears to be a routine assignment: travel to Amsterdam to purge the archives of a murdered Dutch terrorism analyst who also happened to be an asset of Israeli intelligence. But once in Amsterdam, Gabriel soon discovers a conspiracy of terror festering in the city's Islamic underground.

    Dan says: "One of the very best"
    "Yet another enjoyable Gabriel Allon adventure"
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    Would you listen to The Secret Servant again? Why?

    I might. I'm sure there were portions I didn't fully absorb, and the plot & characters are complex, which would make a second listen likely to be enjoyable.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Phil Gigante’s performances?

    He does a good job with the male characters & reading in general, but he is TERRIBLE at reading the female parts. His feeble falsetto is very painful to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (387)

    Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times best seller, Misquoting Jesus, left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches...and it's not what most people think. This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

    Paul says: "Excellent book"
    "Should be required listening for all Christians!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Supremely interesting and accessible look at the New Testament unlike anything you learned in Sunday school! Until you study this book, you will probably be sadly ignorant about the NT... the conflicting stories, the question of who wrote what when, the difference between the life Jesus taught and the religion created about Jesus. Whether you are a part time Christian, or hard core Evangelical, you may never hear a more interesting story! Highly recommended!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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