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Mike

Ocala, FL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Art Markman
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (173)

    Think smart people are just born that way? Think again. Drawing on diverse studies of the mind, from psychology to linguistics, philosophy, and learning science, Art Markman, Ph.D., demonstrates the difference between "smart thinking" and raw intelligence, showing listeners how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use knowledge to get things done. He then introduces his own three-part formula for listeners to employ "smart thinking" in their daily lives.

    Tad Davis says: "Research-based tips on thinking"
    "Good, informative, but not page turner"
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    I enjoyed the listen. But like many of the books in this genre it does get a little tedious. Worth a credit, just not a book to rave about.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9794)
    Performance
    (9112)
    Story
    (9112)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Entertaining, especially if you grew up in the 80s"
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    I enjoyed the story. I don't expect it to become a classic but the author made you care about the characters and kept the story line moving. It was interesting the way the story referenced the mood and music of the 80s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2558)
    Performance
    (2290)
    Story
    (2296)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "almost as good as daemon and freedom"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I enjoyed the book but not quite as much as the predecessors. As for the narrator, well it's the same guy. He may be unique but I didn't find it difficult to listen to at all. I thought Daemon and Freedom were wonderful. By comparison, this book is good but did not enthrall me like the others. Worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1425)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1252)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    Dan Harlow says: "Almost more relevant now than when it was written"
    "There's a reason it's a classic"
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    It is amazing the parallels of today's society. The story is sad but very gritty and oh so real. The harmonica is something that will grow on you.

    And yes, the narration is first rate. When I looked up the narrator's biography I was pleasantly surprised that I knew him from other roles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1906)
    Performance
    (1656)
    Story
    (1652)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Unexpectedly entertaining"
    Overall
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    Story

    There were a couple of dry points but all tolled a good book. If you enjoy knowing a little of the details of history and the interplay of some of the great names we've heard about all our lives it is a very good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2098)
    Performance
    (1612)
    Story
    (1602)

    Returning from a covert mission, Mitch Rapp was publicly hailed by the president for his role in the fight against terrorism. After years of working in the shadows, Rapp was caught in the media spotlight - and marked for death by virtually every terrorist in the world. Now a CIA advisor, Rapp is ready to battle terror far from the front lines. But when a Navy SEAL team in the Philippines is ambushed, all evidence points to a leak within the U.S. State Department. And a greater threat lurks....

    Annie says: "A great wow!"
    "Good adventure, kept me listening"
    Overall
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    Good story and charicters. I liked the development of the story and charicters. I doubt it will be a clasic. But it served the purpose of keeping me entertained and interested in the next development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2940)
    Performance
    (1918)
    Story
    (1947)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "I'm glad I took the time"
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    Wow what a story. I was a little daunted but the size of the book but it was one of those stories that you didn't want to see end. I understand why this is a classic. The story seems to keep you going and keep you interested in the characters throughout the read. As a person who has grown up in the south, I also think this is where most people get their bias for the whole North/South attitude. Quite enlightening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    Two women who bear an uncanny resemblance to Dr. Kacey Lambert have been murdered. Kacey believes it is nothing more than a terrible coincidence, but the deeper she digs, the more worried she becomes. Soon, more victims emerge—all bearing a physical resemblance to Kacey—and she begins to wonder when the brutal killer will come hunting for her.

    epeep says: "terrible narration"
    "If you liked the first two, you'll like this one"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Some have complained about the narrator. It is the same as the first couple of books. He may not be what you're expecting but I believe he does a good job. I am not distracted from the story by the narrator. The story is engaging and keeps you going. It may not become a classic but it is a good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1737)
    Performance
    (1482)
    Story
    (1461)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Stacey says: "The program works, but the listen is technical"
    "Enlightening Reading"
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    Very interesting book. I'm convinced. It does get a little bit deep at times, but I'm not sure we would take the case seriously otherwise. I have been wheat-less for several weeks now. The one greatest change is, I pay attention to the ingredients. I definitely feel better. I have lost some weight and I have not made any other efforts except the wheat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5016)
    Performance
    (3028)
    Story
    (3054)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Should be required reading"
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    This is an eye opening experience. We all have an idea of what might happen in this scenario. This book does a great job of making you understand the nuances of such a disaster. If you saw the movie Red Dawn and thought "That could happen." This is a modern version of that same feeling.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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