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Trent

Seattle, Wa USA | Listener Since 2005

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  • 106 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015
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  • Forever Odd: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4007)
    Performance
    (1615)
    Story
    (1636)

    He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

    Bill says: "Great narration, disappointing story"
    "Good, but not as good as the first."
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Odd Thomas. The characters in the first book were interesting and refreshing. In this book you are reintroduced to a lot of the same characters and the plot of the first book, so you waste a little time in that regard. It seems he may have rushed this to market to capture the appeal of the first book, but it's still decent.

    That aside the book is a good listen, and it keeps you interested like most of Koontz's books. The plot-line of this book revolves around black magic, and Koontz must have done a lot of research. This makes it interesting and lends a degree of "trueness" to it that makes you wonder if the black magic mentioned in the book is really out there.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming Economic Collapse: How You Can Thrive When Oil Costs $200 a Barrel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dr. Stephen Leeb, Glen Strathy
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    In The Coming Economic Collapse, Dr. Leeb shows that the U.S. economy is standing on the brink of the biggest crisis in history.

    As the fast-growing economies of China and India push global demand for oil beyond production capacity, Americans will experience a permanent energy shortfall far worse than the one in the 1970s. The result will be severe financial hardship for most people, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for investors to become incredibly rich.

    This is an urgent call-to-arms to avert an all-but-certain catastrophe and a survival kit for an era that offers us only two financial choices: poverty or wealth.

    Christopher says: "Interesting but painful."
    "Conflicts itself"
    Overall

    The book spends the first 90% going through doomsday scenarios. It recaps the fall of past civilizations and energy shortages to try and scare the reader into believing what they say will occur to the world economy when oil runs out. It preaches full economic collapse, sending the US back to villages where individuals farm for their own food.

    Then, when it starts discussing investment it somehow changes to be not so doom and gloom, but rather the writer believes the stock market will function, all sizes of companies will still exist, and alternative energies are all available who can meet much of the demand. It seems the writer is trying to scare people into taking the problem seriously by telling the worst case scenario (oil runs out overnight). However they seem to agree it will be gradual and at worst a depression when you consider their investment advice.

    What I take from this is yes: I think oil will increase in cost. But no, there won't be the economic collapse predicted. The investment advice is probably sound for when the oil does increase in cost. However, I doubt the returns mentioned will be realized, as I think the market will continue to develop alternative fuels the more expensive oil becomes. It won't occur overnight--or even in this decade as the book claims--and therefore returns will be spread over a longer period of time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lisey's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1673)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (694)

    Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

    A. Jack says: "Vintage, Mature SK"
    "The First King Book I couldn't finish"
    Overall

    I've been a fan of King for years. I've read a high majority of his books. This is the first book I just couldn't finish. I gave it about 10 hours of audio before just giving up. The story goes practically no where and the character isn't interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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