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Dallas, TX | Member Since 2003

  • 20 reviews
  • 41 ratings
  • 196 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "One word after I finished, W O W!"

    Excellent narrarating, not just a mono tone educational listening, but shows character and personality. Flows from one subject to the next on nearly everything smoothly. This is one you may want to burn, definately does have high replay value. I plan on listening to it again in a few months myself. If your religion is against science, and have a rough time with evolution, this may not be for you though. It gets all five stars from me, thoughly enjoyed it.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Waiter
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

    Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

    Manmit says: "Read the blog first"
    "Totally Entertaining..."

    I found this book totally entertaining. The narrator does a very good job. He changes up tones to keep things interesting. Though trying to sound like a female at times was kind of funny. This book did open my eyes to some of what waiters go through when they pick this as a career path. I give this book all five stars without hesitation.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson

    This important and timely book delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes.

    Ronald says: "Compelling and important – highly recommend"
    "Very good..."

    This book is very much an eye opener when it comes to faith in religion. The information given used along side of common sense. And I believe between Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins, many will open there eyes to the truth in regards to following blind faith.

    The only problem I did have with this audio book is the narrator. He wasn't terrible, but he wasn't that great either. The narration put a picture in my head of a man staring down at a book in a classroom reading sentence after sentence. Kind of like a science teacher I had with horn-rimmed glasses.

    The narrator lacked emotion and flow while reading. So out of five stars, this book loses one star due to the narrator.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Attitude is Everything: 10 Life-Changing Steps to Turning Attitude into Action

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Keith Harrell
    • Narrated By Keith Harrell

    Keith Harrell, one of the world's most in-demand motivational speakers, shares the secrets that got him where he is today and provides you with a program for developing a healthier, happier attitude. Attitude is Everything can teach you to turn attitude into action by taking control of your life, re-framing your bad attitude, being pre-active, seeing change as an opportunity, and more.

    Jimyster says: "Could be better..."
    "Could be better..."

    Well, after I heard the other two hour book he has here on Audible. Thought I'd try this four hour book to see if it was as good. However, most of this audio seems to be his last audio, but just elaborates more on each story he tells. He uses personal stories to give examples of what a positive attuditude does. And these personal stories are the same on both books, with a few slight changes here and there. So if you heard the other audio book here by this author. Then you already heard this one as well. But if you didn't hear the other one. Then I'd recommend his two hour book over this one. The shorter one seemed more entertaining to me. And was a number of his seminars compiled. The audience laughter helped it along. As a narrator, he speaks well and isn't boring in tone. This book gets three stars from me, it was okay, but could have been better.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lies at the Altar: The Truth About Great Marriages

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robin L. Smith
    • Narrated By Robin L. Smith

    Dr. Robin Smith advises couples on how to take the wedding vows that were made in earnest and in innocence to a level where they can be used to build a happy, healthy, satisfying, and long-lasting marriage. Lies at the Altar is for couples who are planning marriage, are newly married, or who have been married for years.

    L. D. says: "A Good Start"
    "A worthy listen..."

    The author narrates well, and shows personality while reading this quick listen. It covers as the title might lead you to believe, lies at the alter. Though not intentional lies, but down the road they turn into lies. She covers various areas that cause problems in a marriage or commitment to another. Leans more towards mending a relationship than how to have a good wedding. Overall, a good listen for either male or female.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Emotions: Understand the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection That Can Heal or Destroy You

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Don Colbert
    • Narrated By Greg Wheatley

    Did you know that negative emotions can adversely affect your health? Depression, anger, guilt, condemnation, low self-esteem, these are only a few of the lethal toxins that threaten body and spirit. Best-selling author Dr. Don Colbert explores the deadly effect of negative emotions on the body, mind, and spirit, and offers techniques for releasing these toxic catalysts.

    Jimyster says: "Not what I thought it was going to be..."
    "Not what I thought it was going to be..."

    It's hard to tell from the sample where this book is going. The narrator is good, and shows personality when he talks. However, most all the talk is just quotes from the bible. This audio book lacks substance, and doesn't tell me anything new or original. I was rather disappointed that I used a credit for it. I give it two stars since the narrator reads well.

    28 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David Zinczenko, Ted Spiker
    • Narrated By Eric Conger

    Great-looking abs are more than just a way to support the mirror industry. In fact, strong abs and flat stomachs are the ultimate indicator of overall health for both men and women. Great abs will help you live longer, sleep better, prevent back pain, and significantly improve your sex life! (And, hey, they don't look half-bad in the mirror, either.) Unfortunately, you could spend years on starvation diets and extreme exercise programs that never unearth those elusive stomach muscles.

    Christian says: "Not really within six weeks"
    "Taking the Mystery Out Of Fitness"

    This is an excellent listen, and look forward to hearing the unabridged. It comes with eight PDF files you'll want to download that illustrates exercises, and shows recipes. The exercises are ones that can be done at home using barbells, dumbbells, and body weight. With shelves filled with womens fitness books and DVD's. It's nice to finally see a fitness book geared towards men, though this program still can apply to women as well. This is not just a trendy diet, but a long term fitness program. I ended up ordering the book as well for a referencing, as well as the DVD. This audio book gets all five stars from me.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Self-Coaching: The Five Essential Steps to Creating the Life You Want

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Luciani
    • Narrated By Joseph J. Luciani

    Nobody is born insecure, angry, bored, or depressed. The fact is, happiness is our natural state and, as psychologist Dr. Joseph J. Luciani explains in this warm, witty, and empowering guide, chronic unhappiness is just a bad habit, a habit that can be broken.

    Jimyster says: "Have an opend mind when listening to this..."
    "Have an opend mind when listening to this..."

    The narration is good, keeps your attention, not the same mono tone that doctors seem to have when talking. It will make you think, if your currently going to therapy, you may find offense to this, and perhaps take it personal. Like a previous reviewer wrote, he does kind of knock the classical idea of mental help. However, he is also a doctor himself, and walks his talk. He does tell his patients as well, they are expected to figure out there own problems, and he is not to be there mental crutch. Because ultimately, it is the patient that has to resolve the problem for good, not the doctor. The doctor is merely support and to help guide.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Way of the Peaceful Warrior

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dan Millman
    • Narrated By Dan Millman

    Dan Millman is a world-class athlete who is haunted by a vague sense of dissatisfaction with everyday life. Then one night, unable to sleep, Dan goes for a walk and meets an old man named Socrates. The peaceful warrior guides Dan on a spiritual odyssey that leads toward a confrontation that will either deliver or destroy him.

    Patrick says: "100% embarrassed to say this..."
    "You need to buy this book!"

    I listened to this book for days on my daily commute to and from work. Initially, listening to this book, the first 45 minutes appeared somewhat slow to me, or perhaps was hard to put the pieces together. But it quickly drew me in and couldn't wait to hear what the next lesson or words of wisdom were going to be taught. This gets to the core of living, but is put in an entertaining story line. You have a teacher that works in a gas station by career, and an eager student that is a full time gymnast, but has some voids in his life. His journey to wisdom (and mine) is very eye opening. This one gets all six stars from me, the sixth star is you when you purchase this great book ;-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sly Moves: My Proven Program to Lose Weight, Build Strength, Gain Will Power & Live Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sylvester Stallone, David Hochman
    • Narrated By Robb Webb

    In Sly Moves, the man behind legendary screen characters shares never-before-told stories about his childhood, his early days at the gym, the long and winding road to success, and the many movie parts that demanded intense physical training. Drawing on the various health regimens he used for different roles throughout his acting career, Sly has created a unique training plan that will have you feeling healthier, more alive, and ready to rise up to any challenge.

    Shaun says: "good but incomplete"
    "A pretty good listen..."

    Overall, I enjoyed listening to this book. Sly did good by choosing someone else to narrate this. He touches on the reality of fitness, and offers some good advice. Like most fitness and diet programs, if you've used a few in the past, you'll find yourself picking and choosing what will help you. Comparing it to Bill Phillips talking on the Body For Life program, it's not near as motivating, even leaving you with a little dry feeling. But it will get you solid advice, and it's pretty straight forward. A quick listen at just under three hours. I'll give this book four stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Attitude Plus Self-Confidence: The Cornerstone for Personal and Professional Success

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Keith Harrell
    • Narrated By Keith Harrell

    If you are not where you want to be in life, renowned motivational speaker Keith D. Harrell is here to share the secret of making successful change and having the life your desire, and it all begins with attitude and self-confidence. Keith boils down a lifetime of lessons learned from his family, experience as a college basketball star, and a career at IBM, and peppers his core messages with the wit and wisdom of his live public talks.

    Monica says: "Excellent!!!"
    "A feel good while driving to work audio..."

    I listened to this a few times. Like all motivational audio, I pick and choose what advise I consider realistic. To be positive all the time I do not consider realistic, but rather lying to ones self. It did point out a that attitude is always a choice though, which did make me think. He has some funny stories that he ties into his teachings. What loses a star in this audio for me was how it cuts in and out of various seminars. It's not like a standard audiobook, but rather a bunch of different speeches and seminars pasted together in one long audio. And there are even gaps of a few seconds dead air in between. But still worth downloading for the listen, it is entertaining, and may point out a few good things to you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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