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Jordan

Liberty Township, OH, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Warrior's Path: The Sacketts, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By Jonn Curless
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (157)

    Filled with exciting tales of the frontier, the chronicle of the Sackett family is perhaps the crowning achievement of one of our greatest storytellers. In The Warrior's Path, L'Amour tells the story of Yance and Kin Sackett, two brothers who are the last hope of a young woman who faces a fate worse than death.

    Kellie says: "Another Good One"
    "Entertaining, as ever!"
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    Enjoyable and truly makes the time go by on a commute. Louis L'Amour is an American icon - every boy and girl should read his work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brad Feld
    • Narrated By David Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    "Startup communities" are popping up everywhere, from cities like Boulder to Boston and even in countries such as Iceland. These types of entrepreneurial ecosystems are driving innovation and small-business energy. Startup Communities documents the buzz, strategy, long-term perspective, and dynamics of building communities of entrepreneurs who can feed off of one another's talent, creativity, and support.

    Jordan says: "Great content, horrible narrator"
    "Great content, horrible narrator"
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    Brad Feld's book is a fantastic overview and insight into the important moving parts necessary for a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.

    But this is one of the few disappointing experiences I've had with audible.com. This narrator is worse than monotone, I could swear this was a machine-generated voiceover. What a HORRIBLE rendering of a topic that should be conveyed in a dynamic and passionate way. That's what the book is all about, after all: the dynamic and passionate nature of the startup community.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Rock
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1544)
    Performance
    (1144)
    Story
    (1123)

    Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

    Lindblad says: "An amazing insight to the brain"
    "Painful narration, excellent work by David Rock"
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    The subject matter was absolutely eye opening. And mind opening. I printed excerpts (found online) for my employees and have personally been working to include some of Rock's suggestions into my management (and life) style.

    The narration, though, was simply awful. Nearly monotone. On more than one occasion it reminded me of the character Mr. Smith, from the movie The Matrix. And this made for an unnecessarily tough slog considering the scientific nature of the book.

    So, I steeled myself against the fact that I'd have to listen and re-listen to the book as I knew my attention would easily wane due to the sleep-provoking narration. And it was worth the investment of time (and I did indeed listen through it twice and found that I'd missed things the first time around) as it has indeed changed my perspective on how much control I could actually have of my mind.

    By the way, if you Google this book and David Rock, you can find papers that he's written and You Tube videos of some of his lectures for Google Tech Talk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1901)
    Performance
    (1056)
    Story
    (1070)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

    Marv says: "a masterpiece!"
    "Perhaps the Pulitzer award was politically driven"
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    Although the craftsmanship of the author was excellent, I was left feeling entirely underwhelmed and even a little empty after listening to this work. There was no deep character development and at that, the characters all seemed simple-minded and even base - quasi animal-like. And perhaps that was the message, that we are all just simple, base, primary needs driven creatures. Having said this, I actually doubt that Buck was trying to make that the main point of the work. And so, was the main thrust that the land is virtuous in some way? If that was her point, then she fell short of explaining why.

    I believe there's a chance that this work rose to its Pulitzer prize winning status due to political/sociological events going on at the time, i.e., the depression and class struggles. I doubt it's an accident that this work, extolling the virtues of farmers and portraying the wealthy as entirely negative entities, sold well during the 30's and ultimately was chosen in 1938 to win the Pulitzer.

    Anyway, I would like to say that the narration was EXCELLENT! Bravo to Anthony Heald!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sackett's Land: The Sacketts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (264)

    Son of a feared fighting man, Barnabas Sackett inherited his father's fiery temper, sense of justice and warrior skills. Declared an outlaw in his native England, Barnabas set his daring sights on the opportunity of the New World. The ruthless piracy of the open seas and the unknown dangers of the savage American wilderness lay before him. And so did the thrill of discovery and the chance to establish a bold new future if he survived.

    Grace Barrett says: "Great Historical Adventure"
    "Entertaining AND I learned a little history"
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    If you could sum up Sackett's Land in three words, what would they be?

    I feel like I got a glimpse into the turn of the 17th century in England and The New World.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    You could do a lot worse than trying to emulate the character traits of Barnabas Sackett.


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

    I enjoyed the subtle changes in tone of tener of the voice so that not only could the listener more easily identify who was speaking, it was simply more enjoyable to have it "acted" out.


    If you could take any character from Sackett's Land out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Why, Barnabas Sackett, of course.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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