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D. Ramirez

Seattle, WA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5143)
    Performance
    (2912)
    Story
    (2931)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    Overall

    Usually I wouldn't write a review before I had finished a book, but I just can't help myself... I'm sure that you hard core WoT fans out there won't need any further encouragement to purchase this one, but for anyone who does... Get it, now! :-) Seriously, it's good. Perhaps I'm just not as perceptive as I ought to be, but I've not yet noticed much difference from the quality that I'd expect of a book in this amazing series. So far, I think that Brandon Sanderson has stayed true to the characters that RJ created, and I think his style just works for this series. Needless to say, I am thoroughly enjoying this audiobook so far. I've already noticed quite a few plot lines moving forward and am learning answers to questions that I've really been waiting to find out about. I'd like to thank Mr. Sanderson for his wonderful work in continuing this series, Robert Jordan for caring enough about his fans to leave behind enough content for Brandon to work with, and of course, his wife Harriet for making a great choice of whom to continue his work. Very respectfully, Dominique.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2832)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (583)

    The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

    Tim says: "Some good ideas but, not so sure. . ."
    "Of course it won't work for everybody..."
    Overall

    Honestly... People who are putting the book down for reasons like, "What if everyone starts outsourcing? Who will be left to purchase what you're outsourcing?" and, "If every one of us was able to have a 4 hour work week no human development and achievement will be possible." Are you retarded? OF COURSE IT WON'T WORK FOR EVERYONE... Mostly because not everyone will do it (not to mention that not "everyone" will read this book)... Who gives a damn what would happen if "everyone" started doing the things that Tim suggests? It's not going to happen so why even bring it up? It's not "for" everyone...

    To talk trash on this book just because it's not feasible for the entire population to do everything that's in it is just stupid. There are a lot of things that just about everyone could do, but that doesn't mean they'll do them. People have different goals, different desires, different lifestyles. Honestly, do you think that the entire human race is going to start implementing the suggestions in this book? No... Then why the hell would you even bring up the issue of "every one of us having a 4 hour work week," or it's impact on human development and achievement?

    This IS a good book. Worth the money... I've read it at least 4 times now, and bought the print version. Also, I started my own business based on the suggestions in this book. I've used a LOT of the resources that Tim mentioned in this book, and I learned a LOT of things that I've put to use in my own business from this book. Will everyone benefit from this book? Well, apparently not... Some people see it only as "Snake Oil" and "balderdash" (who uses those words, really?). But for those of you who aren't idiots, you should definitely give this book a read...

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Hannibal: One Man Against Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Harold Lamb
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (373)

    This is the breathtaking adventure of the great Carthaginian general who shook the foundations of Rome. In the world's first "global" conflict, Hannibal Barca marched up and down the Italian peninsula for 18 years, appearing well nigh invincible to a Rome which began to doubt itself for the first time in its history.

    Karen says: "Fascinating - not to be missed!"
    "I would never had known..."
    Overall

    From my history classes, I never learned the extent of the genius of this man. I cannot help but be amazed when I think about the things that Hannibal and his army endured. Throughout my educational history, I had gained a more than negative connotation to attach to the name, "Hannibal". After reading (listening to) this amazing accounting of not only Hannibal, but his brothers, father, and all of the Carthaginians for whom, Hannibal was a heroic champion, I have cast those thoughts aside. (Imagine, marching an army and elephants through the Alps to face the world's most feared Army!!!) I guarantee that you will want to hear this awesome story more than once!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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