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Raymond R

North Ridgeville, OH | Member Since 2010

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  • Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall—from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Frank Brady
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (283)

    From Frank Brady, who wrote one of the best-selling books on Bobby Fischer of all time and who was himself a friend of Fischer’s, comes an impressively researched biography that for the first time completely captures the remarkable arc of Bobby Fischer’s life. When Bobby Fischer passed away in January 2008, he left behind a confounding legacy. Everyone knew the basics of his life—he began as a brilliant youngster, then became the pride of American chess, then took a sharp turn, struggling with paranoia and mental illness. But nobody truly understood him.

    Roy says: "A Trajedy"
    "great writing with absolutely brilliant narration"
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    If you could sum up Endgame in three words, what would they be?

    enthralling, moving, intriguing


    What did you like best about this story?

    while the story was wonderful, i think the best thing about this particular book was the narration from Ray Porter.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    THIS is the reason i love books from Audible. His delivery when speaking as various characters was brilliantly done. It felt like he was really speaking from each person's perspectives and angles. The different accents and tones he used while acting out each part was flawless.


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

    I didn't laugh or cry but i felt like i couldn't get enough of it, i think a big part of this was the excellent narration.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was a bit abrupt and leaves you hanging, i'm surprised i haven't seen any more comments on this. The book should have probably been a bit longer to finish properly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (864)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "good book, terrible narration"
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    If you could sum up Brain Rules in three words, what would they be?

    read, don't listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brain Rules?

    the narrator's terrible reading style.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    his voice squeaks, especially at the end of sentences, much like a pre-teen struggling with hormonal changes during puberty. it was very distracting and it is taking me a long time to get through the book because it is so irritating and annoying. he seems to do it on purpose and it just sounds awful.


    Any additional comments?

    due to the narration, i would recommend that anybody interested buy the hard copy and read the book themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tom Vanderbilt
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    Driving is a fact of life. We are all spending more and more time on the road, and traffic is an issue we face everyday. This audiobook will make you think about it in a whole new light.

    Joshua Kim says: "Driving Towards Traffic"
    "great listen with good narraration"
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    What made the experience of listening to Traffic the most enjoyable?

    this is one of those books where you expect to know a lot of the answers ahead of time and then the author delivers a lot of information that you didn't realize you cared about until he says it.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    lots of examples that are research driven.


    What about Marc Cashman’s performance did you like?

    Marc Cashman does an excellent job, i never got bored with his narration style and look forward to more books with his narration.


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

    yes, it was very captivating and much more interesting than i was anticipating. i listened to it as a recommendation from a friend and it exceeded my expectations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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