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joe

belleville, IL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Star Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker, the Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (100)

    Lummox is not exactly the family dog. Big as a triceratops but more exotic in appetite (he once ate a Buick), "Lummy" has a decided penchant for trouble. Still, he's been part of the Stuart clan for generations, and his current owner, John Thomas Stuart XI, cares for him deeply. Just how deeply will be tested when Lummox's restless appetite starts a chain of events that turn his relationship with John Thomas upside down, and puts first John Thomas, and then the Earth itself, in peril.

    Kathryn says: "Teen main characters - fun twist to the story"
    "Fun, fun, fun"
    Overall

    What more can you say? Nothing deep here, but certainly a fun read and a good romp. Heinlein has always entertained and certainly does that here as well. I really enjoyed the full cast reading - I am going to look for more of their stuff!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Spock

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leonard Nimoy
    • Narrated By Leonard Nimoy
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (171)

    Best known to the world as the actor who created the legendary Mr. Spock in the cult television series that launched the Star Trek phenomenon, Leonard Nimoy has written the definitive Star Trek memoir. In this long-awaited autobiography, Nimoy opens up to his fans in ways the Vulcan never could.

    Mika says: "Excellent."
    "Wonderful. Better than I ever expected...."
    Overall

    I am not a memoires type of reader, however, this caught my attention right at the beginning and held it all the way through. At times almost too "playful" at first, the style quickly grew on me. I am looking forward to reading "I Am Not Spock" now that I have finished this.

    He really manages to bring 2 characters (Himself and Spock) too life....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ruth Reichl
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    Garlic and Sapphires is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review of the restaurant: first she ate there as Molly; and then as she was coddled and pampered on her visit there as Ruth, New York Times food critic.

    Kathleen says: "disappointing"
    "A wonderful, laugh out loud good time!"
    Overall

    The only problem I had with this was the many times I was forced to drive on past my destination in order to finish a chapter. It starts off good and only gets better. Nice afterword with Ruth Reichl as well.

    I have lately been reading/listening to many books by cooks/chef/restauranters -- this is a very interesting look from the "other side of the table" so to speak.

    Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Started in Options

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael C. Thomsett
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (39)

    Getting Started in Options arms you with the facts you need to make informed decisions about choosing stocks, tracking options, selling calls, understanding and controlling risk, and much more.

    K. Harirchian says: "'Getting Started in Options' is just that"
    ""where's the beef"?"
    Overall

    This thing JUST gets started (I know the name) but still...it has nothing except a very basic intro to optoins. It was worth the 7.00 however...but look elsewhere if you already know even the most basic about options.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An American Hedge Fund: How I made $2 Million as a Stock Operator & Created a Hedge Fund

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Timothy Sykes
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Timothy Sykes turned $12,000 of Bar Mitzvah gift money into $1.65 million by trading thousands of stocks from 1999 to 2002. He managed the number-one Short Bias Hedge Fund from 2003 to 2006, starred in the television documentary Wall Street Warriors, and appeared regularly on CNBC - all before the age of 26. It's been a wild ride.

    Jan says: "Ok but something is missing"
    "A wild ride, got me back into investing"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. Tim's honesty and humor really carried the day. I did learn quite a bit about trading, not the "how to's" -- there are plenty of resources out there for that -- but the mind set. His honest assessment of his accomplishments and mistakes is well done. Tim never misses a chance to poke fun at himself, and he also never misses a chance to brag -- although he pulls them both off in a light way. Bretty Barry does a excellent job reading the book. Highly reccommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Open and Shut

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1570)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (721)

    Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

    pewter says: "Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?"
    "Good -- not great -- but good"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book - a *little* predictable is my only complaint. Well read and entertaining. Worth the money.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Younger Next Year: A Guide to Living Like 50 Until You're 80 and Beyond

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Chris Crowley, Henry S. Lodge
    • Narrated By Don Leslie, Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    Younger Next Year is about how to turn back your biological clock. How to become functionally younger every year for the next five to 10 years, and continue to live with vitality and grace into your 80s and beyond.

    A. Stephens says: "Excellent information"
    "started me on the right road"
    Overall

    I am 41 years old and I absolutly loved this book. I have purchased 3 print copies which I have given away to friends (this is NOT someting I am prone to do) and they have all enjoyed it as well. I think the book is very well written and well read - I enjoyed both voices - although the person reading Chris's part does go over the top now and then. Remember, this is a book written in a "man to man" style - women - don't complain if it does not speak your language! Take a look at "younger next year for women" instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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