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Mark C Walker

Toney, AL United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 71 reviews
  • 328 ratings
  • 463 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • Giant Steps

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Anthony Robbins
    • Narrated By Anthony Robbins
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (123)

    Based on the finest tools, techniques, principles, and strategies offered in Awaken the Giant Within, best-selling author and peak-performance consultant Anthony Robins offers daily inspiration and small actions (exercises) that will compel you to take giant steps forward in the quality of your life.

    steve says: "Part 1 is better"
    "Should have been included with Awaken the Giant"
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    The content is inspiring, however a lot of it seems to be a regurgitation of the Awaken the Giant Within. The primary difference is the format of this offering is more along the lines of a daily devotional. Anyone looking for a motivational book will not be greatly disappointed, I just think the Awaken the Giant Within was much more in-depth in inspiring people to take positive action. Robbin's is an excellent narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse.

    Aaron says: "Detective Noir at its finest"
    "Decent, but a little disappointing"
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    I was very excited to see that many of Ray Chandler's books were now available with Ray Porter as the narrator. Ray Porter is one of the aces among narrators and Ray Chandler a pioneer among detective novelists - would seem to be a slam dunk for an audio book but it really turned out to be only mediocre. I think the way Chandler writes didn't sync well with the way Porter reads, which made it one of those books that was difficult to follow. I found myself perpetually re-listening to a part trying to figure out what had just happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1889)
    Performance
    (1690)
    Story
    (1677)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not up to par"
    "Time for Harry to retire"
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    Over the years I think the Harry Bosch series has been my favorite detective novel series. I think though that the series probably peaked a few years back and has slowly been in decline - after finishing "the burning room" I wish he would simply retire the character before ruining the series. Surprisingly, the Bosch of the most recent books no longer has a lot of depth. Connelly seemed to have been at his best with the Bosch series when he wrote "City of Bones" and on through "the Narrows". I would rate all of those books during that stretch of time to be five stars. The storylines and the things going on in his life outside of the case made them all very easy listens. Always found his music interests to be interesting and most of those books seemed to have parts in the book that were very humorous.

    This book, like the prior one, is simply a cop out. The character isn't really interesting or likeable anymore. In my opinion the most recent books in the series are mediocre. I think Connelly is looking for a way to focus on Haller but Bosch is his cash cow.

    The problem with the series is Bosch has got to be in his mid sixties at this point. The LAPD ought to give him "freeway therapy" and let him move on.

    Like most of the other reviewers I agree that the narration in this one is lame. I am not sure though that even Len Cariou could have made this one more than just average, simply not a lot to work with.

    If you are a Bosch fan then I am sure you will want to get the book regardless. If you are new to the series don't start with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jack Finney
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (158)

    On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovers an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms are taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loves, and the world as he knows it.

    Jenna says: "Warning!"
    "Excellent Sci-Fi Thriller"
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    While I was looking for a new book I stumbled across this one and I remembered seeing the old movie, so I took a chance - and I am glad I did. I cannot say enough about how excellent both the story and the narration were - I was completely absorbed from the first sentence all the way through to the end. Set sometime in the 20th century, a lot of the content seemed quaint, yet nevertheless intense. The length of the book was just right for this story - about 6 hours. If you enjoy Sci-Fi you will not be disappointed. Following the book there is a discussion with the narrator that is very interesting as well - he is the son of the director of the first movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Thinking Big

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David J. Schwartz
    • Narrated By David J. Schwartz
    Overall
    (1585)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (742)

    Millions of people throughout the world have improved their lives using The Magic of Thinking Big. Dr. David J. Schwartz, long regarded as one of the foremost experts on motivation, will help you sell better, manage better, earn more money, and - most important of all - find greater happiness and peace of mind.

    Brittany says: "Life-changing literature."
    "Motivating"
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    I came across a recommendation for the “The magic of thinking big” while reading the “4 hour workweek”. The first thing that struck me was the narrator – he seemed very enthusiastic, but also seemed to be older. The more I listened though the narration really seemed to be the perfect complement to the content of the book. There is a great deal of really good information in the book and it is delivered in such a quaint way that it is almost like listening to someone you trust giving advice. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, found the information to be very informative. I would say the content is more focused on motivational and somewhat less focused on entrepreneurial content. Dr Schwartz passed away nearly 30 years ago, and yet the messages he conveys are as relevant today as they were then. I would highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Commanders: Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Horatio Nelson, Napoleon Bonaparte, Ulysses S. Grant, Georgi Zhukov

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Phil Grabsky
    • Narrated By Phil Grabsky
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    The Great Commanders is a masterly portrait of six men - Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Horatio Nelson, Napoleon Bonaparte, Ulysses S. Grant and Georgi Zhukov - whose military genius changed the course of world history.

    Mark C Walker says: "Broad, and High Level History"
    "Broad, and High Level History"
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    I picked up the Great Commanders primarily because the title seemed to cover such a diverse group of Military Leaders, many of whom I knew little about. The book was very enjoyable and one that I would recommend for World History buffs. The author treated each of the Commanders in a very even handed manner - noting good and bad character traits that they appeared to exhibit. Of particular interest to me was what seemed to be the motivating factor for each of the Commanders that are detailed in the book - some were fighting simply for glory, some for their very survival, and some for an ideal or a particular vision that they held. The book was enjoyable and one that I would recommend, but I will say that the content is high level and not incredibly detailed. If you are looking for detailed information of the individual commanders themselves then I would probably recommend reading biographies in lieu of this one. The narration was enthusiastic and for the most part above average.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (865)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "Great Characters, Great Story, Great Book."
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    I stumbled onto this one as I was searching for books narrated by Frank Muller, one of my favorite narrators. What I found was a wonderful yarn about a humble, but determined Engineer that is singularly focused on doing the right thing, even at the peril of himself and his family. If you are looking for mystery, suspense, or jaw dropping plot twists then I would say that this isn’t the book for you. However, if you are looking for an excellent human interest story with likeable characters then I would highly recommend this one. I had never heard of Nevil Shute before reading this book but I found this book to be so enjoyable that I plan to try another one of his. The narration was exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5352)
    Performance
    (4025)
    Story
    (4054)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "10 hours of substance crammed into a 45 hour book"
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    There were portions of this book that were scary, but the vast majority of it wasn't. This book reminded me of the adage "hours and hours and hours of total boredom interrupted every now and then with a few moments of stark terror". After listening to it I wished I had skipped many sections as they seemed to be a total waste of time. This Audio book would probably lend itself more to an abridged version, if one existed. Narration was above average. If you like Stephen King Books you probably wouldn't be too disappointed in this one, but be prepared - it is an extremely long book that develops very, very slowly. I was very underwhelmed by the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Constantine and the Conversion of Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Arnold Jones
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    By the end of Diocletian's reign in the opening years of the fourth century, the pagan world had collapsed into the arms of a multicultural religious movement which had spread from the eastern Mediterranean. These were the "mystery religions" which had been in competition with one another for a century. By the time of Constantine, they had spread everywhere within the empire. But one of these religions, Christianity, was chosen by the young emperor.

    Denis says: "Absolutely Spellbounding"
    "Interesting, but a little misleading"
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    While there is actually very little in this book about the conversion of Europe, it is nevertheless an interesting portrait of Constantine. The book focuses on Constantine's conversion and his subsequent push towards making Christianity the formal religion of the Empire. The book has a few sections that get a little dry when it focuses on the schisms and sects that began to emerge within Christianity is it grew within the Empire. Most of the focus in this book is actually on North Africa and the near east.

    Constantine, and the actions that he took had huge impacts that can be felt to this day. His decision to make Constantinople a Capitol for the Eastern Provinces I believe created a divide in Europe that can still be seen. Western Europe and the religion that evolved there is to this day very different from the Orthodox Christianity that exists in Easter Europe. And the fact that the Roman Empire, and later Europe became the bastion of Christianity was certainly impacted by the actions of Constantine. The book points out many flaws and strengths that he seemed to have, certainly he was no Saint but he was markedly different from previous Emperors.

    Charlton Griffin is one of the premier narrators for audio books and does an outstanding job in this one. I would recommend this book if you enjoy Roman History, it is however very slow in some parts, particularly those focused on the various infighting among the sects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Servants of Twilight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (210)

    An ordinary parking lot in southern California. Christine Scavello and her six-year-old son are accosted by a strange old woman. "I know who you are," the woman snaps at the boy. "I know what you are." A scream, a threat - and then a grotesque act of violence. Suddenly Christine's pride and joy, her only son, is targeted by a group of religious fanatics. They've branded him the Antichrist. They want to kill him. And they are everywhere.

    Linda says: "Narrator horrible"
    "Intense from start to finish"
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    I had read this book years ago and forgot how intense it really was. There is no slow build up, this one is a thrill ride for the entire book. And in the end, you are left wondering. I found myself looking forward to my commute to hear more. Really, it is one of Dean Koontz' best books, along with "Lightning" and "the Watchers". The narration takes some getting used to, it was almost annoying at the beginning but ended up decent. If you are a fan of Dean Koontz then I would say this is one you will really enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5183)
    Performance
    (4731)
    Story
    (4731)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Complicated, implausible and too many characters"
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    I read the first offering in this series, The Cuckoo’s Calling, and thought it to be the best new detective series I had read in several years. The chemistry between the characters was top notch. This book, the Silkworm, is the second book in the series and was kind of a disappointment. I still like the main characters, the chemistry between them is in the same league as Mulder & Scully or Kirk & Spock, but the storyline on this one can best be described as being weak and farfetched. It had so many characters and potential suspects that it really didn’t lend itself well to an audio version in my opinion. The narration was again top notch, there just simply wasn’t a lot to work with and that is why it fell way short as compared to Cuckoos Calling. I would probably still recommend it to people that enjoyed the first one simply to keep up with the evolving interactions between Strike and Robin. I hope the next one is closer to the original.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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