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Roland

Wood Dale, IL, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • 16 reviews
  • 378 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids: How a Gang of Geeks Beat the Odds and Stormed Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By David Kushner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    If you think a gang of real-life geeks can't take on the world and win big...think again. And whatever you do, don't sit down across a gaming table from Jon Finkel, better known as Jonny Magic. Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids is his amazing true story: the jaw-dropping, zero-to-hero chronicle of a fat, friendless boy from New Jersey who found his edge in a game of cards and turned it into a fortune!

    Glenn says: "A nut flush"
    "Extremely interesting"
    Overall

    One of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Billy Connolly's Route 66: The Big Yin on the Ultimate American Road Trip

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Billy Connolly
    • Narrated By James McPherson
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Billy Connolly, music-lover, biker, and scourge of the beige and bland the world over, has dreamed about taking a trip on the legendary Route 66 since he first heard Chuck Berry belting out one of the greatest rock 'n' roll records of all time. And now he's finally had the chance to do it, heading out on his custom-made trike in search of the real America that can still be found beyond the nation's freeways.

    Roland says: "Wish I could give zero stars"
    "Wish I could give zero stars"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This isnt so much about route 66 as it is of the authors agenda.
    He constantly bashes religion and people he mets along the way (if
    they don't have his beliefs). The author is supposed to be a comic
    , but he isn't funny in the least.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    • Narrated By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Overall
    (1399)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (568)

    Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses.

    Martin says: "Gary delivers!"
    "Good book, but can't stand the author"
    Overall

    The message of the book is good, I just had a real problem with the author (since he read the book), he annoyed the heck out of me.

    10 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2059)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (540)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "I Wish I could give this Book More Stars"
    Overall

    This is my favorite audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Woods

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2296)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (561)

    After 20 years in Britain, Bryson returned to the U.S. and decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is his humorous, inspiring account.

    Jeff says: "Wonderful book, but hardly abridged"
    "Bill Bryson is great"
    Overall

    This is my favorite Bill Bryson story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Busting Vegas: The MIT Whiz Kid Who Brought the Casinos to Their Knees

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Ben Mezrich
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Semyon Dukach was known as the Darling of Las Vegas. A legend at age 21, this cocky hotshot was the biggest high roller to appear in Sin City in decades, a mathematical genius with a system the casinos had never seen before and couldn't stop, a system that has never been revealed until now; that has nothing to do with card counting, wasn't illegal, and was more powerful than anything that had been tried before.

    Jacob says: "A Flat Read"
    "Busting Vegas Rocks"
    Overall

    A great tale of some MIT students making some money in vegas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1300)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (519)

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "A Great Story"
    Overall

    I'd have to say this might be my second favorite audiobook. A great story of trying to find yourself and doing what you want.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1979)
    Performance
    (803)
    Story
    (819)

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    "Awesome"
    Overall

    This was a riveting tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4943)
    Performance
    (1650)
    Story
    (1639)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Very good Stephen King Book"
    Overall

    I really loved this book until it got close to the end when I felt it went from great to good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3472)
    Performance
    (1388)
    Story
    (1379)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "Very interesting"
    Overall

    This was one of the better audiobooks I've listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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