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P. Gagg

Mr. Sub

Member Since 2015

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  • 7 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 32 titles in library
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  • The History of Money

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (173)

    From primitive man's cowrie shells to the electronic cash card, from the markets of Timbuktu to the New York Stock Exchange, The History of Money explores how money and the myriad forms of exchange have affected humanity, and how they will continue to shape all aspects of our lives--economic, political, and personal.

    PHIL says: "Wide, deep, thoughtful, colorful"
    "Very interesting and thought provoking"
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    What made the experience of listening to The History of Money the most enjoyable?

    It was highly enjoyable because it gave me a greater understanding of the way the world works. He gave a story of a certain eb and flow of history that makes the listener more knowledgeable than before.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


    Did Victor Bevine do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, this is a non-fiction book but his tone of voice made it clear when he was switching topics.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would want to, theoretically but that is not very realistic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of the Wild Heart: A Map for the Masculine Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Eldredge
    • Narrated By Kelly Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    This audiobook, aimed at men, explains how God longs to complete their growth through the six stages of manhood. It also seeks to show God's desire to equip them as fathers to initiate their sons to manhood.

    Chris says: "Clarity, Focus, Purpose - Mystery's of Manhood"
    "Good Book"
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    What did you love best about The Way of the Wild Heart?

    The belief that there are inherent gender differences in people and that there is a prescription for how men should act to achieve a satisfying life.


    What other book might you compare The Way of the Wild Heart to and why?

    Wild at Heart because this is a sequel to that.


    What about Kelly Ryan’s performance did you like?

    His inflection and emotional quality.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No cuz it's 10+ hours.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jon Acuff
    • Narrated By Jon Acuff
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (558)

    There are only two paths in life: average and awesome. The average path is easy because all you have to do is nothing. The awesome path is more challenging, because things like fear only bother you when you do work that matters. The good news is Start gives listeners practical, actionable insights to be more awesome, more often.

    Peter says: "START made me STOP listening fast"
    "Uninsightful"
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    What would have made Start better?

    If the author gave better insight and understanding into the human condition and psychological workings. The book seemed like wild speculation.


    What could Jon Acuff have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Done some research instead of writing a book based on feelings and wild speculation.


    Have you listened to any of Jon Acuff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This is the only Acuff book I've listened to.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    I agree with another reviewer that said that if you're impressed by this book you're probably new to the genre of business/self help books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joel Fuhrman
    • Narrated By Joel Fuhrman
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (615)
    Story
    (616)

    When Mehmet Oz has a patient whose life depends on losing weight, he calls on Joel Fuhrman, M.D. In Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Dr. Fuhrman offers his healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding radical amounts of weight quickly, and keeping it off.

    Joseph says: "The facts of what's healthy, and what's killing us"
    "Very clear message, well researched and organized"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Eat to Live to be better than the print version?

    Yes because I prefer audio format to written ones. I seem to be able to retain it more and enjoy it more.


    What other book might you compare Eat to Live to and why?

    idk, Any diet book I guess.


    Which character – as performed by Joel Fuhrman – was your favorite?

    NA


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

    I'm didn't laugh or cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Narration was better, I believe because the author was the narrator. He spoke passionately at the parts that he was passionate about. There's no substitute for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Greg Thornton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (422)

    Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics - as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies.

    Darwin8u says: "A Masterpiece of Science Writing"
    "Very Interesting Content but Stale Reading"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reading of the book seems very old English, Shakespearean style performance. I would prefer someone reading it in common, modern style.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA, This is a non-fiction book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The reading of the book seems very old English, Shakespearean style performance. I would prefer someone reading it in common, modern style.


    Do you think The Moral Animal needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I am interested in other work regarding this subject, so yes a followup book would be fantastic.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2871)
    Performance
    (2591)
    Story
    (2579)

    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    "Gaffigan is Incredibly Funny on Stage but Not Here"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I've noticed a pattern that many people don't treat an audiobook performance as a PERFORMANCE. They treat it like a dry reading. Gaffigan's comedic timing is not present here. Timing is the essence of what comedians master on stage, if it's not present they aren't funny. That said, he's certainly better at reading this book than many audiobook performers.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    His family stories were the most interesting. His moral framework was the least interesting, the principles that he thinks define fatherhood, etc.


    Did Jim Gaffigan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This is not a novel but he certainly made it clear who he was talking about moment-to-moment.


    Did Dad Is Fat inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Positive Confrontation: The Skills You Need to Handle Conflicts at Work, at Home and in Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Barbara Pachter, Susan Magee
    • Narrated By Barbara Pachter, Susan Magee
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    When slighted, misunderstood, cut-in-front-of, annoyed, taken advantage of, or treated rudely, most people avoid their bosses, ignore co-workers, change hairdressers, complain to friends, shout and pound their fists. They often miss the most positive, effective alternative of all: confronting positively. Now, for everyone who was never taught, or never realized, that between "bully" and "wimp" is a range of behavior that is positive, dignified, and effective for dealing with life's bothersome situations.

    Tina says: "Overstating the Obvious"
    "Some good info but very stale and rigid"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Eh, so so. It's always good to examine your assumptions and develop your skills but this was hard to get through.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA This is a non-fiction instructional book.


    What didn’t you like about Barbara Pachter and Susan Magee ’s performance?

    The performance was so stale. I think that the one interpersonal point that she missed was that you have to be genuine. You can follow all the etiquette rules in the world but if you don't present as authentic and genuine you can't make connections with people, which is the point of this book. Their performance was a perfect example of stale, not charismatic and not genuine communication. Plus there are way too many lists. I would have preferred that the book be presented in a conversational manner.


    Could you see The Power of Positive Confrontation being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not in a million years.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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