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Michael

TAMPA, FL, USA

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  • On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Grossman
    • Narrated By Dave Grossman
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (303)

    The good news is that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to kill in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. The psychological cost for soldiers, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating.

    g says: "Adam G"
    "Deadly Accurate"
    Overall

    Col. Grossman is a dynamic speaker in person. He reads the book in a conversational tone. This book is packed with information on the psychology of making the decision to use or not to use deadly force, as well as the emotional response to the aftermath. He is the foremost expert on the psychology of killing. I read the book several years ago and was not dissapointed by the audio.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • So Cold the River

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (206)

    It started with a documentary. The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford's past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life. In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary past.

    Vicki says: "Incredible!"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    I generally don't read this genre, but I enjoyed the author's previous books. Michael Koryta takes writing to a new level. The narration was one of the best I have listened to in all my years of audible. The descriptions were crisp with memorable characters. At 13 hours, I thought there would be some slow parts, but the pacing was brisk with great suspense. If you like Stephen King, you will love an author who has nudged himself into the elite. He has a tremendous imagination. Enjoy!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Six Pixels of Separation: Everyone Is Connected. Connect Your Business to Everyone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mitch Joel
    • Narrated By Mitch Joel
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (17)

    At last, here's THE audiobook that 21st century entrepreneurs have been waiting for - the inner-secrets of how highly successful Internet capitalists make millions by knowing who to reach and how to reach them online. From viral loops to social networking to how to cut through all the cyber-clutter, Six Pixels of Separation is mandatory listening for anybody who wants to expand their business via the Internet.

    Darren says: "10,000 Foot View - No Real Meat or Potatoes"
    "Great Content"
    Overall

    You could feel the passion of the narator/author. Great content for the new business world and using the media technology model.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth About Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andy Shea, Steve Van Aperen
    • Narrated By James Wright
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    This compelling audiobook will change the way you look at people forever. Two well-respected experts examine how to distinguish fact from fiction in a wide range of contexts. Who lies more easily: men or women? Why does anyone lie in the first place? How can you tell? What do you look for? The Truth About Lies will help you separate fact from fiction. It will help you tell who's lying and who's telling the truth.

    David says: "About 1/2 Good"
    "Good Listen"
    Overall

    The book spends most of the time on the historical progression of the science behind detecting deceit. The reader with an Aussie accent was very good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of 13 children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school. And he has no serious experience playing organized football.

    Fang says: "not the complete book"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    I was dissapointed when the audio came to the end. I had seen the movie which was excellent, but the book was just as good. It is an inspiring story with some amazing characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Powell
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    In the minds of historians and the American public alike, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was one of our greatest presidents, not least because he supposedly saved America from the Great Depression. But as historian Jim Powell reveals in this groundbreaking book, Roosevelt's New Deal policies actually prolonged and exacerbated the economic disaster.

    David says: "Very Important"
    "Informative"
    Overall

    I was surprised by many of the similarities between current politics and the efforts of the New Deal policies. This book provided a great deal of insight into New Deal and the players involved. It was informative enough for me to listen a second time. The narration was very good.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jason Pinter
    • Narrated By Noah Plener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (30)

    "I moved to New York City a month ago to become the best journalist the world had ever seen. To find the greatest stories never told. And now here I am, Henry Parker, 24 years old and weary beyond rational thought, a bullet one trigger-pull from ending my life."

    Malle says: "Great audiobook!"
    "Enjoy the ride."
    Overall

    I took a chance and was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the writer's style. Some of the protagonist's escape techniques were original and plausible. I enjoyed the partnership between the protagonist and the unwitting accomplice, who had her own "baggage" and was well developed. The climax was a little on the Hollywood side, but keep in mind it is a work of fiction. Being over 50, I had no trouble identifying with the young college graduate. I enjoyed the ride and believe I found a fresh new voice in the mystery/thriller genre. The narrator's voice was reminiscent of the old private eye movie narrations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2054)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (465)

    In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

    teresa says: "no wonder it was on sale"
    "Uninspiring"
    Overall

    It could have been a jazzed up textbook for political science. There was no suspense and it certainly was no thriller. I could have stopped half way through and not cared. I never really figured out who the protagonists were. The ones we were rooting for were deserted for long periods of time while the author bashes the inequality of big business and politics. No surprises. Unfortunately, Grisham is trading on his name. I enjoyed the narrator who I thought did a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3427)
    Performance
    (2710)
    Story
    (2732)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    The story was very well written. The writer provided excellent descriptions of the characters and locations, but not over the top. I was somewhat disappointed that the mystery was a back-story. The real story was the main character with a lot of psychological baggage returning to her long ago hometown as a reporter and interacting with her dysfunctional family and acquaintances. The mystery aspect finally took on an edge in the last hour and a half. The female narrator was good, but had difficulty with male voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Lyman says: "the camel club"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    The narrator was good. I enjoyed the eclectic cast of characters. Suspend belief and remember it is fiction. I enjoyed the ride.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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