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cindilla

Hartford, CT | Member Since 2012

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  • Think and Grow Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
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    (21)
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    (20)

    This recording is an unabridged and unaltered rendition of the original best-selling blockbuster published in 1937. The book continues to be widely read and studied today. Mr. Hill spent more than 20 years following the careers of, and talking to, many of the most successful men in the country. What he discovered is that they all had certain ideas and attitudes in common. He was inspired in particular by Scottish-American businessman Andrews Carnegie who urged him to research and write a book on what it takes to get rich.

    cindilla says: "Still great."
    "Still great."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Think and Grow Rich to be better than the print version?

    Hard to say...never saw the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Think and Grow Rich?

    Really can't pick one...there were many.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Killavey – was your favorite?

    No characters - non-fiction. Reader was very good, though.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Think and Grow Rich?

    Wow....many, many insights in this book. Hope I can apply at least a few.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a life changing book. Sure, the references are dated but that really doesn't matter. The ideas are what count.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Voidhawk

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jason Halstead
    • Narrated By James Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
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    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Too young and naive to care about the tensions between nations, Dexter Silverhawk considered himself the luckiest man alive when he found a derelict voidship hidden amongst some asteroids. Making it void-worthy and finding a crew to sail it seem like minor problems when he ends up in a Federation prison. Rotting in a communal cell, his luck shows a fickle side when a mysterious elven woman is thrust into into his life. Helping her fend off an assault Dexter quickly learns that her mind and her tongue are weapons against which he has little defense.

    cindilla says: "Wild, Weird and Wonderful!"
    "Wild, Weird and Wonderful!"
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    Would you listen to Voidhawk again? Why?

    Yes...and I probably will. Because it's THAT good! Worth a second listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Voidhawk?

    Ah...really can't say because it would give too much away.


    What about James Killavey’s performance did you like?

    Excellent job with the many voices.


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

    Nope...too long. Really made some car trips fly by though.


    Any additional comments?

    My wife and I are both big fans of the all-too-short sci-fi series, Firefly. When listening to this we both noticed a lot of similarities to that show, which may be one reason we liked it so much. However it is also quite different in many ways. In this strange universe there are also dwarves, elves and other strange creatures...a little like The Lord of the Rings characters in space! It takes a big "suspension of disbelief" to accept many things in this universe but, once you get past that, there are wonderful characters and lots of "swash-buckling" space adventure. In short, we both loved it! This is the kind of book that could easily be made into a series...and we hope it is.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • One More Night

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mysty McPartland
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
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    Furious when the wild tempest swept into his conference room, insulted, and attacked him, Nate was more than ready to make her eat her words and apologize. However, the moment he set eyes on her again there was only one thing he wanted above everything else. And that was to get her into bed. What he never expected was to keep on experiencing the best sex he’d ever had in his life. He was positive if he could have only one more night with her he could wash her completely out of his system. Much to his horror, though, he realized it wasn’t going to be that simple; like an addict he craved her even more.

    cindilla says: "Good romance novel but...."
    "Good romance novel but...."
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    What made the experience of listening to One More Night the most enjoyable?

    Well written and "steamy"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main guy...forget this name...deep and sexy voice.


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

    Yes...He is one of my favorites and did his usual good job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Whole thing was pretty good.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are the prudish type...stay away. Excellent short novel but the sex is pretty explicit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stock Market Investing for Beginners: How Anyone Can Have a Wealthy Retirement by Ignoring Much of the Standard Advice and Without Wasting Time or Getting Scammed

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Richard Stooker
    • Narrated By James Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
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    (20)
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    (19)

    Many financial writers try to make you think you have to work hard at investing. You must study stock charts every night. Read annual reports. Thoroughly analyze a company's financial statements. Read the financial press. Buy special software. Hang out in online investing forums. Not so! Don't waste your time. This book takes modern financial theory to its logical conclusion. You can get the maximum long term benefit by following its simple plan. No tedious math or economics theory needed.

    cindilla says: "Great book and easy to understand."
    "Great book and easy to understand."
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    Where does Stock Market Investing for Beginners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What other book might you compare Stock Market Investing for Beginners to and why?

    None I can think of.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Non scenes - non fiction.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Stock Market Investing for Beginners?

    Wish I had read this when I was younger.
    For people who have 20 years or more to go before retirement..this book is a gold mine!
    For people close to retirement....insist that your children and grandchildren listen to this!
    Cuts through all the bull. VERY insightful.


    Any additional comments?


    Narrator was clear and concise. Just what this kind of book needs.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Witch of the Demon Seas

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Poul Anderson
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Anderson includes Wizards, Witches, Monsters, Fish-people, blackmail, battles and scheming, all taking place on a faraway planet in this fast-paced and engaging tale. No wonder he was the winner of seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards.

    cindilla says: "Great story by a master."
    "Great story by a master."
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    What did you love best about Witch of the Demon Seas?

    Poul Anderson is one of my favorite authors but I had never heard of this novella.Glad I got it. A bit different than Anderson's usual type of story...more "Conan on another Planet" than straight sci-fi but, as usual for Anderson, well written and a good story.Narrator did a good job, too.


    What other book might you compare Witch of the Demon Seas to and why?

    Conan books by Robert Howard


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

    Yes..Does his usual good job.


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

    Ah....I've leave that to the movie makers. Would make a good one, though.


    Any additional comments?

    A bit odd that a review talks about the Kindle version having a format problem. I've got it...and it doesn't. Maybe they fixed it after the review.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Time Pawn

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (6)
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    (6)
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    Time Pawn first appeared in Thrilling Wonder Stories in June ,1954. Under pressure from his publishers, Dick expanded the story into a full length novel - Doctor Futurity. The original is an excellent story but most critics agree that the expanded version was not a success.

    cindilla says: "Great book"
    "Great book"
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    Where does Time Pawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What about Jim Roberts’s performance did you like?

    Very good narration.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan of Philp K. Dick. However, one of the few books of his I did not like was Dr. Futurity. Now I see why. It's a "padded" version of this original with lots of stuff thrown in that gives it a rambling effect. This is a much tighter and better story. Glad I came across it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Best of Pulp Sci-Fi: Volume 1, 1952-1955

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brian Killavey (editor)
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    Science-fiction fans rejoice! Killco Publications has collected some of the best pulp fiction stories for your listening pleasure. During the heyday of science fiction pulp magazines (1930-1963) many excellent stories by "one shot wonders" and writers who went on to become giants in the field of science fiction were first presented.

    cindilla says: "Great Collection..Well read."
    "Great Collection..Well read."
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    What did you love best about The Best of Pulp Sci-Fi: Volume 1, 1952-1955?

    These is an excellent collection of sci-fi stories. They are from the 50's but the "updating" mentioned in the intro must have worked well because they did not seem dated at all.
    To each his own, I guess, with the narration. I thought it was excellent. Since another reviewer did not, I suggest you listen to the sample...it's almost 5 minutes long...and judge for yourself.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Color Out of Space

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Christopher Strong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
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    (23)
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    (23)

    This is one of Lovecraft's most beautifully written and frightening stories. It is written from the perspective of a surveyor, who, while surveying a rural area that is to be flooded near the town of Arkham, comes across a mysterious, abandoned farmstead, which is completely devoid of all life. At the center of the farmstead is an old well. The site fills him with an unnatural sense of dread, and, as it turns out, there is good reason for that feeling.

    cindilla says: "Great story and very good reader"
    "Great story and very good reader"
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    What did you love best about The Color Out of Space?

    Very dark and spooky.


    What other book might you compare The Color Out of Space to and why?

    Anything by Poe


    What about Christopher Strong’s performance did you like?

    Deep voice - perfect for this story of thing. Didn't notice any kind of "breath" thing like another reviewer did. To each his own, I guess.


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

    Horror from Space


    Any additional comments?

    Looking for more from this reader but haven't seen much of my type of books. Hope he does more Lovecraft soon.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The House of a Thousand Candles

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Meredith Nicholson
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Jack Glenarm never liked architecture. He preferred adventure and excitement. His grandfather adored archeticture and lived in a strange incomplete mansion he called "The House of a Thousand Candles." Jack returns from his travels just in time to hear the reading of the old man's will. Jack is instructed to live in this odd out-of-the-way dwelling for a full year without leaving it in order to inherit it. With few other options he decides to move in.

    cindilla says: "Exceptional story"
    "Exceptional story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Very suspenseful story. Was hard to stop listening once I got started.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The twists and turns of the plot made it a real page turner. ( if there were pages in an audiobook! ) The twist at the end was a complete surprise.


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

    Voices he gave to the characters were very distinct.


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

    Wanted to cry when it was over. Book really "grabbed" me.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story well read. Highly recommend

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Good Jobs America: Making Work Better for Everyone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Paul Osterman, Beth Shulman
    • Narrated By James Robert Killavey
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    America confronts a jobs crisis that has two faces. The first is obvious when we read the newspapers or talk with our friends and neighbors: there are simply not enough jobs to go around. The second jobs crisis is more subtle but no less serious: far too many jobs fall below the standard that most Americans would consider decent work. A quarter of working adults are trapped in jobs that do not provide living wages, health insurance, or much hope of upward mobility.

    cindilla says: "Amazing!"
    "Amazing!"
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    Would you listen to Good Jobs America again? Why?

    Yes...Needs more than one listen to digest it all.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Backed everything it said up with real studies and statistics.


    Have you listened to any of James Robert Killavey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes...He's one of my favorite readers. Did his usual outstanding job.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Not a tidbit...a biggie..It's just that I wish ( or fantasize ) that some of our politicians..from both parties.. would read or listen to this book. It is possible to cure the jobs problem...but it takes concerned people willing to listen and cooperate...not an easy thing these days


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful book with practical solutions. Getting our narcissistic politicians to listen to such common sense and yet profound advice...a whole other story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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