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Ben

Eau Claire, WI, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • The Teeth of the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (462)

    Charged with spotting terrorist threats, the top-secret "Campus" has its hands full when Middle East thugs and Colombian drug lords join forces. New Campus recruits include Jack Ryan Jr., son of master spy John Patrick Ryan, now President.

    John says: "NOT CLANCY'S BEST"
    "Good start, abrupt ending"
    Overall

    This was a typical Clancy book. I very much enjoyed it. That is until it abruptly and inexplicably ended. It was as if there were other parts to the download that I didn't have. I literally checked for missing parts twice. It wasn't until I pulled my hardcover off the shelf and looked at the ending that I really believed that the book had ended this way.
    I would recommend it if you like Clancy's spy novels and if you are willing to be entertained for 16 hours and then left hanging and disappointed (with the ending) at the conclusion of the book.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3386)
    Performance
    (3100)
    Story
    (3105)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Great SciFi book for high school reader."
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book was below average compared to most books I listen to. That said, it kept my attention and interest enough not to stop listening. I have no interest in investing resources in future books in this series.


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

    I believe there are other books in the series. I will not read them....


    Any additional comments?

    As I recall, I bought the book on sale. It was worth a few bucks but would not have been worth a full credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Socrates in the City: Conversations on 'Life, God, and Other Small Topics'

    • ABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Eric Metaxas
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    The Greek philosopher Socrates famously said that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Taking this as a starting point, Eric Metaxas founded a speaking series that encouraged busy and successful professionals to attend forums and think actively about the bigger questions in life; thus Socrates in the City: Conversations on “Life, God, and Other Small Topics” was born.

    Smart to Finished says: "Thought Elixirs"
    "I wish I were there!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I very much enjoyed the thought provoking topics and rationale that was presented by most of the speakers. Unlike a print version of this "book," the audio version is actually digital recordings of guest speakers and short Q & A sessions that followed. I would love to hear additional speakers in a sequel. I would suggest that Eric edit his introductions. I very much have enjoyed Eric's books and have learned a lot about great leaders (I would recommend any of his books to you). However, before each speaker Eric spends nearly TEN full minutes introducing them and telling jokes. I appreciate a brief introduction so that I know the background of the speaker. A joke or two would be fine. However after the first few introductions I started skipping the intro all together (saving myself 10 minutes per speaker) and jumping right to the meat of the topic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (811)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "Excellent Story"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Innocence the most enjoyable?

    Well told story. The main character reminded me of Odd Thomas but in a fresh storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    I very much enjoyed listening and continually wondering what made the main character so different. What an amazing and interesting twist/revelation that completed the book. I hope there is a follow up to this book.

    I would highly recommend this book to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Arbinger Institute
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (124)

    Through an intriguing story of parents struggling with their troubled children and with their own personal problems, The Anatomy of Peace shows how to get past the preconceived ideas and self-justifying reactions that keep us from seeing the world clearly and dealing with it effectively.

    Colleen says: "Everyone Should Read This Book"
    "Great ideas (although nothing new)"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the first few chapters (or so) of this book. After that the author seemed to simply rehash the same idea over and over and over. I would not consider this book a waste of time or money but would recommend when you note that the book is becoming redundant that you stop and consider it done.


    What could Arbinger Institute have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Great concept but too redundant and long for the idea presented.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy's Op-Center: Tom Clancy's Op-Center #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Steve Pieczenik, Jeff Rovin
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (359)

    A terrorist bomb explodes during a South Korean celebration of the anniversary of the election of its first president. Alarms are raised in Washington. No one is claiming responsibility. The first suspect is North Korea. Could it be making a power play against South Korea and unification? If so, how will the U.S. respond? Paul Hood, Director of the Op-Center, must answer these questions. The Op-Center, a largely autonomous new agency which takes on the government's toughest security problems, is only six months old, and has never been given a foreign crisis until now.

    Aaron Kynaston says: "Excellent listen"
    "Good Read"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Tom Clancy's Op-Center the most enjoyable?

    Thrilling military (special forces) story.


    Any additional comments?

    Back in the day, I actually read a few of these books--holding the printed page. I found them enjoyable so I thought I would give it a try again. If you like Tom Clancy's work, you will likely enjoy this book. It is important to note that Op Center books are not as detailed (complex story lines) as Tom's full novels. That said, the more complex story lines can be a bit to keep track of unless you are staying steadily with the book.

    I would recommend this book and will buy others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andy Stanley
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus started a movement that has grown like wildfire throughout the past 20 centuries. Author and pastor Andy Stanley brings to life from Scripture and over 25 years of pastoral experience the irresistible nature of this movement known as the Church. Stanley identifies some of the key decisions and strategies that helped the church begin by the power of the Holy Spirit many centuries ago and continues to flourish today.

    Daryle says: "Good Content"
    "Amazing insight!"
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    What did you love best about Deep & Wide?

    This book would serve as a great resource for any church leader. In general, there are many life lessens to take away from this book. As with most books, there will be parts that may not be applicable to everyone's situation. However, you will not regret the time spent listening. This, like many good books, was compelling to the point that I subsquently bought the print copy so that I could go back and study it in depth! Enjoy.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (3994)
    Performance
    (1632)
    Story
    (1679)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall

    I highly recommend this book! It is the first book that I was tempted to start reading again as soon as I finished it! I read a paper copy of this book and I am very interested in listening to the audio version.

    I bought multiple copies of the book to give as gifts!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2048)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (478)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "An Interesting read!!!"
    Overall

    While this book may not be of unending layers of depth, nor is it shallow. I found it to be entertaining. I was not disappointed and if you are looking for entertainment I doubt that you will be disappointed.

    Some reviewers have complained about the content and if it is correct or factual. The author gives references (amazing for a book of fiction)! Some times books are for enjoyment. This certainly fits the bill, regardless of your scientific or political views. Enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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