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Louis Shaffer

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  • Private

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22153)
    Performance
    (19709)
    Story
    (19679)

    Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

    Wayne says: "Thanks to Audible and Hachette Audio for..."
    "Horrible. Bad writing, weak story."
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    I am very disappointed. Artificial characters, horrible dialogue, and retread premises. I usually like Patterson too, but I don't think is a good effort.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11476)
    Performance
    (7885)
    Story
    (7897)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Paula A Ford says: "Delightful!"
    "A great listen. "
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    Gaiman is very clever, but beyond that, he has a great ability to keep one interested, amused, and in suspense. Bravo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lead the Field

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Earl Nightingale
    • Narrated By Earl Nightingale
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (458)

    Hundreds of thousands of people have profited from the wisdom and savvy of Lead the Field! In fact, Lead the Field has often been referred to as the "Program of Presidents" because so many top executives have incorporated Earl's guidance and wisdom into their management philosophies. When you listen to this landmark program you'll be awestruck by the simplicity and timelessness of Earl Nightingale's words and ideas.

    Tracy Childers says: "Timeless Classic"
    "Best personal performance book ever"
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    Would you listen to Lead the Field again? Why?

    Yes, many times more. Because each time I listen, it reminds me of fundamental truths that are really useful in life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Earl is the character, but in his stories it is the farmer I like best. (You have to listen to it to know what I mean).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one where he overhears some "young folks."


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It inspired me and inspires me each time I listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a great gift for any young adult. It is one of those books that teaches you very simple things you wish you had known all along. I listened to it with my daughter driving, and she really liked it - and learned from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Grit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    Overall
    (4392)
    Performance
    (3384)
    Story
    (3384)

    Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

    Tommygaus says: "So worth it!"
    "A classic very well performed"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I liked both the movies, so expected to like the book and did. However, it was not too different from the movies and so not much suspense. Every once in a while the action was great, but there were long interludes. What made it all worthwhile was the fantastic job by the narrator. She made very believable characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The same as everyone else - Mattie Ross don't take no gruff!


    Which character – as performed by Donna Tartt – was your favorite?

    Mattie Ross


    If you could take any character from True Grit out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably the older version of Mattie Ross when she was all grown up.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised how much I did not like Rooster Cogburn. He was more realistic than in the movies, but his character was pretty low. He was not nearly so admirable as in the films.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5520)
    Performance
    (5061)
    Story
    (5075)

    When Shai is caught replacing the Moon Scepter with her nearly flawless forgery, she must bargain for her life. An assassin has left the Emperor Ashravan without consciousness, a circumstance concealed only by the death of his wife. If the emperor does not emerge after his hundred-day mourning period, the rule of the Heritage Faction will be forfeit and the empire will fall into chaos.

    debbie says: "A Great Short Novella that is Long in Story"
    "Great story and reading. Very enjoyable "
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    I struggle to find great sci-fi these days, so this book was truly a pleasure. Great idea, great characters, lots of tension, and I truly enjoyed it from start to the very lss

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Brad Stulberg, Steve Magness
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (2633)
    Performance
    (2302)
    Story
    (2281)

    The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities - from athletic, to intellectual, to artistic - with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, Peak Performance uncovers new linkages that hold promise as performance enhancers but have been overlooked in our traditionally-siloed ways of thinking.

    Jim Capps says: "Everything in this book is valuable"
    "Good Advice, coached as science"
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    This book is a good source of ideas and suggestions on improving performance. However, it lacks much in the way of evidence or data. Lots of examples of “people we know” and “studies suggest” and “scientists surmise “ type of statements. All in all a worthwhile read, and I hope more useful and/or convincing for others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10990)
    Performance
    (9997)
    Story
    (9991)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Very enjoyable "
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    I like Craig overall, but still think this could be his best so far. It is not so much the plot as the way he nailed the characters. Maggie has made me reconsider having a German Shepherd.

    Read or listen to this one. I think you will like it a lot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tim Tigner
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1269)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1165)

    Framed for murder and on the run, former Olympic biathlete Kyle Achilles is also in the crosshairs of assassins' guns. Why? He has no idea. He's fighting blind against two master strategists and one extraordinary invention - known as Brillyanc. Achilles' only ally is the other prime suspect, a beautiful Russian mathematician who is either the best or worst person to ever enter his life. Katya was engaged to Achilles' brother - before he died.

    Real Director says: "A fantastic author with best narrator. Get this!"
    "Nice book, but drags a bit "
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    I got all the way through it, but it could have been a lot shorter. Lots of wasted sidetracks and long pauses between meaningful plot advances. Still, if you like this sort of book, worth a read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Man Called Ove

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56501)
    Performance
    (51684)
    Story
    (51597)

    Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

    Bill says: "I Laughed and I Cried"
    "Wonderful."
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    I enjoyed this book tremendously. I must have laughed out loud 20 or more times, yet this is no comedy. Great story, great characters, fantastic narration. I only wish I could meet them all.

    Someone please turn this into a film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barking up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Eric Barker
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2399)
    Performance
    (2116)
    Story
    (2092)

    By looking at what separates the extremely successful from the rest of us, we learn what we can do to be more like them - and find out, in some cases, why it's good that we aren't. Barking up the Wrong Tree draws on startling statistics and surprising anecdotes to help you understand what works and what doesn't, so you can stop guessing at success and start living the life you want.

    Reggaws says: "Excellent presentation of cognitive research"
    "Give this book to anyone you care about"
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    It is rare to come across so much great information about life. It is even rarer for that information to be presented so clearly and entertainingly. Fantastic book. I have already sent it to my 20 year old daughter. This is only the second book of mine I have sent her. The other was Earl nightingale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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