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jonathan

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  • Criminal Procedure: Perfect Study Tool for Every Law Student & Practicing Attorney

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Benjamin Morton
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    This three-hour audiobook will let you learn and review the core elements of criminal procedure, which apply in most states and local districts, as well. Morton covers the eight important areas: the fourth amendment, statesments, confessions, identifications, pretrial procedure, the sixth amendment, post trial, prisoner and juvenile rights, double jeopardy, and procedural considerations, and the criminal defendant. A must-listen for every law student, lawyer, and people interested in the law or involved in legal cases.

    jonathan says: "Terrible listen, possibly wrong"
    "Terrible listen, possibly wrong"
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    What disappointed you about Criminal Procedure?

    This is an outline, written with no thought whatsoever given to the fact that it would be read aloud. Imagine passages like this "Five. For a discussion of whether suspects have R-E-P in car containers, see section 1.3.2.a supra." Godawful. This would be a bad outline in text format, it is a crime in audio.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Deaver Brown’s performances?

    No. This should not really be called a performance, so much as reading into a laptop in Deaver's house, apparently, based on background noise. He should have had someone edit his reading to fix obvious errors, like reading the wrong word in a sentence, and then continuing on like nothing had happened. Very distracting. He also should have learned the difference between words like "peremptory" and "preemptory," This is like an advertisement for Sum and Substance, what an awful performance.


    Any additional comments?

    There are different interpretations of law, but several statements in the outline are directly contradictory to statements made in crim pro class at law school, and in textbooks from well known authors.. The law may have changed since publication, or, given the competence of the rest of the production, the author has the law wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gregory Zuckerman
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (297)

    Everyone knew it was crazy to try to extract oil and natural gas buried in shale rock deep below the ground. Everyone, that is, except a few reckless wildcatters - who risked their careers to prove the world wrong. Things looked grim for American energy in 2006. Oil production was in steep decline and natural gas was hard to find. The Iraq War threatened the nation’s already tenuous relations with the Middle East. China was rapidly industrializing and competing for resources.

    Chris says: "Balanced approach on controversial topic"
    "The uninteresting story of uninteresting men"
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    What disappointed you about The Frackers?

    There is not a story here. These are average men who won the lottery, with no drama, no passion, and nothing to interest the reader. If you have EVER read another biography, you need not listen to this paper thin piece of "journalism." I have no idea what possessed Mr. Zuckerman to waste years of his life writing this book, since there is literally nothing to set the subjects of his book apart from, say, your average restaurateur, or real estate developer. The topic is an interesting one, but Zuckerman has grasped failure from the jaws of victory by drafting painstaking portraits of men without character or distinction.

    Beyond the dryness of the biographies, there is no meaningful explanation of the science or technology behind hydraulic fracturing. In all fairness, I could not devote more than 2 hours of listening to the book, but in that two hours there was nothing to keep me coming back, so a more patient reader might find that somewhere in the bowels of this book are some specks of insight. I should note that I am a fairly prolific audio listener, I am on pace to finish around 70 audiobooks this year, many of them biographical or industry related non-fiction, and this is the worst I have heard in recent memory.

    Further, the policy discussion in the book is nonexistent. Again, I couldn't take it for more than 2 hours, but the teasers of any policy discussion were thinner than you might expect from a two paragraph description of the subject in "The Week." I bought the book on sale for $4.95, and have considered requesting a refund, an all around failure.


    Has The Frackers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I just finished a book about derivatives trading by Michael Lewis, (the Big Short) and he found a way to make a terrifically complex and boring subject into a nail biting edge of your seat narrative. The failure of The Frackers is in the author, not the genre.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator does a fine job. There is nothing wrong with his performance, and I would not hesitate to listen to another text with the same reader, but I purchased the book on the basis of its reviews, and I did not want someone else to see such an inflated number. My apologies to Mr. Pratt for the 3 star rating, it wasn't you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2792)
    Performance
    (2524)
    Story
    (2511)

    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    "Don't buy the interviews, bleak and depressing"
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    Would you try another book from Jim Gaffigan and/or Jim Gaffigan?

    I love Gaffigan's standup, and seeing him talk about his book on the Daily Show, I thought this would be lighthearted fun that looked at the funny side of fatherhood. As someone who doesn't have kids, someone who "hasn't joined the cult" as Gaffigan puts it in his book, this was not funny, not lighthearted, and deeply depressing.


    Has Dad Is Fat turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This book has turned me off of fatherhood.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The book is read by Gaffigan, so his timing is good, and if I had a way to access his humor in this genre, I'm sure I would have enjoyed it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boundaries

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend
    • Narrated By Dick Fredricks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (451)

    Christians often focus so much on being loving and giving that they forget their own limitations.

    Louise says: "Changed my life"
    "Helpful for some, irrelevant for me"
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    What could Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I could not identify at all with the overworked door-mat mother that is the central character introducing the valuable lessons.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Fredricks?

    Several reviews have talked about the negative cast female characters have when portrayed by the voice actor. Any female voice actor would have been a better choice, especially given the tone of the opening hours of the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you have difficulty setting boundaries in totally normal situations, with average people, as a result of your Christian guilt, this is the book for you. This is not the book for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (6935)
    Performance
    (6305)
    Story
    (6322)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Took a chance, very pleasantly surprised"
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    If you could sum up Hard Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Magical alternate history


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Magic?

    Several rich characters, awesome battle scenes, and a well paced story


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Made the characters of both genders come alive, you were right there in the room with each distinct voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (4129)
    Performance
    (1568)
    Story
    (1571)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "You can feel yourself get dumber"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Terribly researched book. Dan Ariely is a discredit to his university and social science generally.


    Has Predictably Irrational turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Jones?

    Yes, the reading is not the problem, he did fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration and disappointment. I was so hoping to like this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not read, you will not sound smarter at a cocktail party, you will just be less informed if you read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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