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Jason

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  • Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Engvall, Alan Eisenstock
    • Narrated By Bill Engvall
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    Blue Collar Comedy star Bill Engvall is just a guy. He's been one his whole life. He can't help it; he was born that way. And that makes him an expert on the subject. For the record, here's the official definition of a guy: a person who doesn't think before he speaks. He can't. He's not that deep. Because a guy has only three basic needs: eating, sleeping, and sex. That's it. Just a Guy chronicles a lifetime in pursuit of those needs.

    Christopher says: "The Man Behind The Signs"
    "Well-Worth the 1/2 credit I spent on it"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Just a Guy to be better than the print version?

    Bill Engvall's performance in reading this book is what makes it so personable and fun to listen to.


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

    It felt more like you were have a conversation with the man over a few beers.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (2200)
    Performance
    (1954)
    Story
    (1971)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "Especially interesting if you've seen both movies"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anne Hathaway does great voices (although some are laughable but fit with the theme of the book)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    The big story differences between the movie and the book


    Which character – as performed by Anne Hathaway – was your favorite?

    The cowardly lion


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Path of Destruction: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (747)

    Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy - until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

    Karen says: "Great Story, Fantastic Production"
    "Beginning=Awesome,End=stereotypical power fantansy"
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    Where does Path of Destruction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Okay, I really enjoyed the humble beginning story. Once Bane becomes a sith, the story becomes very bland and predictable as Bane has no real threatening adversary. Had the end been more like the beginning, I would have continued with the second book, but alas my interest with the under-satisfying origins of the rule of two ends here.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tom Mueller
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (145)

    For millennia, fresh olive oil has been a necessity - for food, medicine, beauty, and religion. Today's researchers continue to confirm the remarkable, life-giving properties of true extra-virgin, and "extra-virgin Italian" has become the highest standard of quality. But what if this symbol of purity has become deeply corrupt?

    dr says: "Well worth the listen - if you eat"
    "Oil spoken sensuously >10 per paragraph"
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    What disappointed you about Extra Virginity?

    Only got 40 mins into the book before I just couldn't go any further. The story spent so long sucking up to oil with flattering phrases instead of meaningful content that I got sick of it, lost interest, and returned the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang, Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (541)

    Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, Total Recall covers Schwarzenegger's high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema's most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.

    smartchickdina says: "Read by the author, my eye!"
    "Engaging, Entertaining, and Intelligently Written"
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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Can't decide between Arnold, the police chief's son panhandling as a small child, or Arnold making his first million in Real-Estate. Both caught me off guard and found myself sharing these facts with friends.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has 3 main phases as Arnold shifted careers with the book focusing equally on all 3, Weight Lifting, Acting, and being a Governor. Each segment in itself was fascinating as Arnold took you behind the scenes explaining worlds unknown to me as a good friend would, with a touch of humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jon Lee Anderson
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (201)

    Che Guevara was a dashing rebel whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America and the developing world through armed revolution. Jon Lee Anderson traces Che's extraordinary life from his comfortable Argentine upbringing to the battlefields of the Cuban revolution, from the halls of power in Castro's government to his failed campaign in the Congo and his assassination in the Bolivian jungle.

    Matthew says: "Encompassing and Fair Look at an Historical Man"
    "Like listening to a text book"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was written rather blandly, combined with the reader, it felt like it lacked emotion and failed to draw me in after 2 hours. I even skipped to the middle but that was no better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1486)
    Performance
    (1394)
    Story
    (1391)

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Jeff says: "Of superior quality! Worthy of Sci Fi prize"
    "Made me want to watch Phantom Menace Again?!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Star Wars: Darth Plagueis in three words, what would they be?

    Empire Origin Story


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

    There is a point in the book where Plagueis is sneak attacked by his enemies and changes the course of the book. I was driving at the time and caught so off guard, I'm glad no one did any sudden stops in front of me or there would have been an accident.


    Any additional comments?

    The book feels more like a political thriller as it sets up the stage for the fall of the republic. It tells an engaging back story for Plagueis, Palpatine, and to some extent, Maul and Dooku's fall while filling in the holes left by the prequel movies, achieving the near impossible; making the prequel movies better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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