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Jeff

Robbinsville, NJ, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert L Stevenson
    • Narrated By David Buck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    With buried treasure, treacherous buccaneers, a young hero, and Long John Silver, the one-legged villain, Treasure Island remains one of the most popular of pirate adventures.

    Gregory says: "Outstanding Book and Narrator"
    "Well read version"
    Overall

    This version was great. Best read fiction story I've ever heard. More like a radio play than a simple reading. Got to know the entire host of characters just from the voice, and found the story easier to follow with the narrator reading than when I read it on paper.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael A. Singer
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (776)

    Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

    Lea says: "Fabulous!"
    "A very valuable read."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Untethered Soul in three words, what would they be?

    Enlightening, useful, practical.


    What other book might you compare The Untethered Soul to and why?

    Two books I've read recently, the full catastrophe and the gift of imperfection.


    Any additional comments?

    The biggest negative was with the reader. He "dipped" at the end of the sentence often, as if trying to make you "relax" and fall into a trance. Hey, I get it . . . it's a book about relaxation and freeing yourself. But the dipping was very problematic (kept turning up the volume, then found it too loud for the rest).

    More importantly . . . the first section of the book was profound albeit simple. After reading, I found extra energy, better focus, renewed calm, etc. The concept of quieting your internal dialogue was powerful.

    The rest of the book was beneficial as well, though I feel like it dipped a bit toward the end. Overall, a great self-help book with some very practical strategies that can be put in play right away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11160)
    Performance
    (9649)
    Story
    (9619)

    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"
    "Must Read for Apple Fans"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a phenomenal book. It's filled with stories that you feel compelled to tell others about at every opportunity. I always admired Steve Jobs, and read another biography of his about 10 years ago. This was so much more.

    The research is unbelievable. By covering so many angles, interviewing so many subjects, you feel confident the author nailed the truth.

    It paints jobs as flawed, but endearing nonetheless. There were so many moments when I was shaking my head in near disbelief. Or smiling.

    Some of the prevailing "characters," Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Woz, are silicon valley icons, and the bits of insight into their lives is an excellent bonus. It fills in so many blanks for those who are interested in Jobs, of course, I can't recommend it more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3815)
    Performance
    (2232)
    Story
    (2262)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "Much Richer than the TV Series"
    Overall

    As a mild fan of the TV series, I gave TWFR a listen, hoping it would provide more insight into a world that seemed fascinating. I wasn't disappointed. It provides a great deal of depth and detail, a rich world that is familiar to those who have watched the series, but much deeper and darker.

    Although the prose was straight-forward and an "easy listen," please note that the subject matter can at times be extremely dark, even perverse. It's been a while since I've read a fantasy novel (or listened to one, I suppose) but this one really grabbed me. Especially the final 15 hours or so (second half of the book).

    As others have mentioned, well narrated. Recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Between Good and Evil: A Master Profiler's Hunt for Society's Most Violent Predators

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Roger L. Depue, Susan Schindehette
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    In this first-person account of becoming the FBI's top serial-killer hunter and a member of a religious order in an attempt to discern the true nature of good and evil, Roger L. Depue searches for an understanding of how evil develops. Between Good and Evil is Depue's look back at a life spent apprehending criminals, especially serial killers, first as a small-town police chief, then an FBI-SWAT team member, Behavioral Sciences Unit chief, and a developer of revolutionary law enforcement programs.

    Scott & Cissy Wolfe says: "Fascinating"
    "Great choice, well written, well read"
    Overall

    Roger Depue has led an interesting life, and at it's heart, Between Good and Evil is an autobiography depicting how he made his way from an ordinary upbringing to the head of the FBI's behavioral sciences unit . . . and beyond.

    It's peppered with case studies of depraved criminals. These studies are graphic without being pornographic. The victims are treated with respect, and the treatments are detailed, without being overwhelming. Some are disturbing, as they should be, but somehow the story allows the reader to leave without being emotionally drained . . .The subject matter is handled well.

    In full disclosure, this was my first "profiling" book. Looking for others now.

    Story - 3.5 stars
    Writing - 4 stars
    Reader - 4.5 stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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