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G. P. Reed

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  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7396)
    Performance
    (6442)
    Story
    (6430)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Thriller meets romance"
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    Good thriller becomes a bit of a romance novel for about 20 pages in the middle. Good thriller anyway. Highly enjoyable. Looked for another, but it's not a series. :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It's Not Luck: Marketing, Production, and the Theory of Constraints

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Eliyahu M. Goldratt
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Using the unique business-novel format, It's Not Luck continues the story of The Goal protagonist Alex Rogo as he navigates a new set of challenges facing the now over-diversified and under-profitable UniCo, where he has risen to the rank of division manager.

    G. P. Reed says: "Great book. Poor narration."
    "Great book. Poor narration."
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    It's Not Luck is a wonderful book that provides an approachable introduction to the Theory of Constraints and the thinking processes. It is one of my favorite books.

    When I first read it twenty years ago, I thought: "Here we go. Another author found one solution and thinks it solves all problems." But, I was wrong. Goldratt -- who I had the honor to meet later - did have something new that can help almost anyone analyze almost any problem. I can't recommend this book (in print form) highly enough.

    So, I've been waiting for 20 years for the audiobook. Unfortunately, the narration is not up tot the standards I had hoped for.

    The main problem is that pretty much all the characters other than Rogo sound like they are whining all the time, especially the women and children. Many characters sound alike, including the two board members and the plant managers. Even when one character is identified as having a British accent in the text, he has no accent in the narration. UGH!

    Finally -- and I know this may be petty -- he pronounces Hilton Smyth's name wrong. I guess I was spoiled by the wonderful narration (dramatization, really) in The Goal.

    To give the narrator a little credit, somehow he does describe the diagrams in the book such that you can visualize them. Not an easy feat.

    OK. I still highly recommend this book based on it's content. Narration could be improved. You may want a non-audio edition nearby to review the diagrams, but it's really not necessary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (823)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Better than expected"
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    Not schmaltzy. A little slow in the middle, but it picks right back up. Not as predictable as expected. Very enjoyable. Good performance although the cockney accent gets a little tiresome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1598)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1342)

    Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume. The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.

    M. R. says: "Good Business Education"
    "Excellent"
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    Mr. Kaufman is exceptionally well versed in virtually all business topics. I have an MBA and highly recommend this book as an excellent resource for business owners and any others wanting to learn or get a refresher with regard to managing business . This is one of those books that I will listen to many times over.

    I'm also a Jonah, so I am especially impressed that Mr. Kaufman covers (or, at least mentions) Goldratt's Theory of Constraints. Like I said, he is exceptionally well versed. . .

    BTW, Mr. Kaufman's narration works. Period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Through Walls: Breaking Through Walls for Uncommon Success

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Goss
    • Narrated By Mike Goss
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Breaking Through Walls is a business novel about leadership, courage, teamwork and success. Joe Wilson, a regional sales manager for Phillips Software, will be fired unless he can raise his team's sales within 30 days. It seems like an impossible task. Joe has leadership and selling skills, but that may not be enough. His boss and two of his teammates are eagerly awaiting his failure.

    G. P. Reed says: "The One Minute Manager Does Sales"
    "The One Minute Manager Does Sales"
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    In Mike Goss's "Breaking Through Walls", you will find a parable in the spirit of "The One Minute Manager" with a generous dose of kumbaya.

    If you're a supportive manager wanting (or in need of) moral reinforcement, this book will be just what the doctor ordered. For you, I give it five stars. Otherwise, this book won't change anyone's mind. For them, it's only two or three stars.

    Aimed squarely at the sales function (and perhaps the CEO's office), this story is a bit over the top with some plot elements can only make you smile. Of course, that level of enthusiasm may be perfect for the intended audience. (You weren't expecting a twist ending were you?)

    Regarding Mr. Goss's narration, I say: "UGH!" However, self-narration was probably the only feasible way to create an audio book, so I can't fault him for it. Nor, can I deduct anything from my overall score for his narration. Who knows? Some may even like it.

    In the end, I'm glad I read it. I applaud Mr. Goss's effort and hope it's a success for him and brings success to everyone who reads it.

    Overall - Four Gold Stars

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (210)

    In life she was a high-profile model. In death she is the focus of a media firestorm that's demanding action from Lucas Davenport. One of his own men is a suspect in her murder. But when a series of bizarre, seemingly unrelated slayings rock the city, Davenport suspects a connection that runs deeper than anyone had imagined - one that leads to an ingenious killer more ruthless than anyone had feared....

    Pat C says: "Disappointing for Sandford"
    "Easy Prey - Not an easy read"
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    One (or three) too many potential villains make Easy Prey a difficult read. I love the series and am reading all the books in order. Unfortunately, this one is not up to the level of the rest.

    Read/listen for completeness. Otherwise, skip it. You won't miss it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2371)
    Performance
    (2025)
    Story
    (2016)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "As good as the best books from most other authors"
    Overall
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    Not as much action as previous Reacher novels. Hence the 4 stars.

    As usual, Dick Hill is Jack Reacher. Gave his performance only 4 stars because I found Reacher's broken-nose voice to be off-putting. I know he had little choice due to it being mentioned in the book, but it was a bit grating.

    At the end of the day, this one is as good or better than the best books from most other authors.

    Hope Reacher's nose heals for the next one. (For which, I eagerly await.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private: #1 Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (879)

    Since former Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world's most effective investigation firm--sought out by the famous and the powerful to discreetly handle their most intimate problems. Private's investigators are the smartest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world--and they always uncover the truth.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Listen"
    "Repetitive and dull in words and performance"
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    The author(s) keeps repeating himself and summarizing, as if you are just joining the story without having read the previous chapters. Meanwhile, the narrator uses the same monotone voice for all the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1552)
    Performance
    (1192)
    Story
    (1199)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    "Slow to get going, but well worth the wait"
    Overall

    The first 20% of this book is a little slow. The slow pace of the narrator doesn't help. Once it gets going, however, it is excellent. I look forward to the author's next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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