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Richard

Writer, Reader, Former Bookseller (RIP Borders)

Weaverville, NC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 27 reviews
  • 68 ratings
  • 191 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Unleashing the Power of Marketing (Harvard Business Review)

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Beth Comstock, Ranjay Gulati, Stephen Liguori
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    How to overcome deep-seated behaviors that block organizational change.

    Richard says: "So... marketing is good. Got it."
    "So... marketing is good. Got it."
    Overall

    Marketing is important, in case you didn't know that already, which apparently GE didn't. So, here's 30 minutes of how they learned the hard way what every text book in every business class says in chapter 1. That said, it was enjoyable enough to listen to, and there are some good reminders, and its a cheap buy... so why not.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3109)
    Performance
    (2875)
    Story
    (2878)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Good, fun story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Joyland is a good, fun story. King avoids his typical pitfall of over writing. The story advances at a good pace, and is over almost too soon. Ironically, I thought it lacked depth, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. The ghost-y elements are good and creepy, but never exploitative. Kelly's performance matches the characters and the tone of the story well. He crafted unique voices for each character and plays them so well that you never lose track of who is talking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (915)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (813)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "A Balanced and Reasonable Argument"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not what you would expect, given the source. It's actually the most balanced and reasonable argument I've heard amidst the current fervor. Direct, but not preachy. Definitely worth 45 minutes and whatever the token cost.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1104)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "An excellent study - Journalistic and engaging"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very engaging. Well researched. I like the way he laid out his case and the order that he presented the information. A fascinating study that I found thoroughly intriguing.

    Narration is perfect.

    The author successfully demonstrates the oft forgotten truth that members of cults are victims, not wackos-- and he shows the process by which intelligent and reasonable people are ensnared into brainwashing institutions, and why they choose to stay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carrion Comfort

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (412)

    The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

    Robert says: "Simmons at his best"
    "Long.... and not interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's not terrible. It's not great. Mostly, it wasn't engaging. I didn't care about the characters-- they lacked depth and believability. The concept had potential, but the scary aspects weren't promoted. More thriller than horror, but even in that, not very effective at suspense. Mostly, it was overwritten and could be twice as good at half its length. Prose was borderline amateur. Quit listening two chapters from the end because the path was obvious and I didn't care if any of the characters lived or died anyway. Disappointed-- I expected more from Simmons. Read like Koontz.... but reeallllyyy long.

    Narration was good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4456)
    Performance
    (2149)
    Story
    (2174)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Lives up to the hype! Very engaging."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Brick (narrator) is well paired with this book and does an excellent job. The story brings to life a rarely highlighted but extraordinarily important time in the development of the American culture, and that's only the background to the real story! Fantastically done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27184)
    Performance
    (13806)
    Story
    (13852)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narration makes the story come alive in a really special way. The story itself is enchanting, compelling, deep, and yet lively and light hearted. I recommend this highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1256)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (783)

    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Reagan says: "Fascinating book marred by production errors"
    "Really cool book; fascinating!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It is a volume of fun, useful, cleverly told, fascinating information that is useful, if for nothing else, at making me look smart at social gatherings. Honestly, it is one of those books that I wish I could force on people "hey, you, read this! Right now!".

    What you want to know is whether it is worth the credit and can you tolerate the narration. The answer is an emphatic YES to both. I enjoyed the perfectly paired narrator's presentation of the gruesomely enthralling subject matter, and I'm sure you will too!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7468)
    Performance
    (4001)
    Story
    (4035)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Get this for fun."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It is a very enjoyable, lively read. Unique and quirky. It was well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Arika Escalona
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, send for a boy orphan to help them out at the farm, they are in no way prepared for the error that will change their lives. The mistake takes the shape of Anne Shirley, a redheaded 11-year-old girl who can talk anyone under the table. Fortunately, her sunny nature and quirky imagination quickly win over her reluctant foster parents. Anne's feisty spirit soon draws many friends - and much trouble - her way.

    Shakya says: "Great story, classic I have always loved"
    "Classic for a reason. Narration was fine, but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have been in love with Anne since I first heard her story at age 10. The characters are so real, tangible, and lovable that it doesn't matter that the story has no real plot. It's just about being human at certain age, and it is beautiful.

    The only trouble is that Escalona has great reading voice, but clearly no chops as an actor. The dialog was read all wrong (generally with the same voice and inflection as the general narration) and it did a great disservice to what makes the book so good; the characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11760)
    Performance
    (7141)
    Story
    (7031)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "Duh, this is awesome"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's Samuel L Jackson narrating a children's book for grownups that includes everything except the olive martini.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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