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James

Albuquerque, NM, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11130)
    Performance
    (9623)
    Story
    (9594)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "The unabridged version is not long enough."
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    Abridged or unabridged was my question to the audible chat guy. He said he usually just gets the unabridged version of the book. This was great advice for this book. I didn't want it to end.

    I am old enough to remember most of the things that went on in computer development since before the Apple computer. Much brought back memories and helped me relate to Steve Jobs.

    Jobs makes the easy things seem difficult like disagreeing without being mean and nasty. He makes the hard things seem easy. He made billions from Pixar with seemingly little effort. Of course, this is partially because of what the author emphasized.

    There is talk of making this book required reading for business schools. It is much too fun to be allowed in a business school.

    Some reviews did not like the reader. I saw no problems at all with the reader. He was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (970)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (898)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Non-stop action excitement"
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    When I was a young boy my dad would read safari books to me. I assume for that reason I love most anything about animals in Africa. In my slightly biased opinion this book will not disappoint you. Once the book gets rolling which doesn't take long you will not want to do anything except hear more.

    The narration is fantastic, absolutely fantastic. I bought the printed book for a friend who likes true adventure stories. He will love it but unfortunately he won't get to hear the narration.

    The story evokes every emotion with fear being prominent. I kept trying to imagine what it would be like to face down a huge African elephant or even a spitting cobra. How would my senses change when having to be aware of every movement in the environment? Could I ever completely relax?

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5488)
    Performance
    (3444)
    Story
    (3453)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "A wide range of emotions for the reader."
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    Anger, laughter, tears and just about every other emotion comes into play. I found myself laughing out loud and cursing under my breath with the author's change of focus.

    The book starts off a little slow but gets better and better with each new chapter.

    I still laugh about Enzo's lament of not having opposable thumbs. Even if you are not a dog lover now you will be after reading this book.

    It might make you think about the way you treat your pet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28827)
    Performance
    (22051)
    Story
    (22195)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Good but not great"
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    Book 2 was similar to Book 1 but not quite as exciting. I don't know how I would have changed it to make it better since it is a nice lead-in to Book 3. I haven't listened to Book 3 yet but Book 2 makes me want to move on to Book 3.

    After listening to Book 2 I was a little burned out on The Hunger Games. It has been a week since I finished Book 2 and now I am ready for more. I sandwiched another type of book between Books 2 and 3. I wanted a break from all the murder and mayhem.

    A memorable scene in the book is the stadium. It was strange to visualize. Also the ending was unexpected which made it a little hard to follow at first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michael Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (256)

    This book is Moore's most personal to date - and will be irresistible to fans and foes alike. A sort of anti-memoir, Moore breaks the autobiographical mode while he hilariously presents 20 far-ranging, irreverant vignettes from his own life. This book is a wild, revealing, take-no-prisoners ride through the early life of Michael Moore. Alternately funny, eye-opening, and moving, this is a book Michael Moore has been writing - and living - for a very long time.

    David says: "So that's how he got that way"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
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    I am a fan of Michael Moore but I have never seen one of his movies or read one of his books. Once I got started listening there was little stopping.

    My favorite part was when he had to hire Navy Seals as body guards. When someone hires Seals you know they are in deep trouble and could be killed. Old ex-cop security was not an option.

    There was not a dull moment in the book. This was unusual for me but I went back and listened to many chapters again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (910)
    Story
    (918)

    Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

    Gordon Lamb says: "Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit"
    "Not what I expected"
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    Brad Pitt trailers for the new MoneyBall movie give the wrong impression of the book. The book is about how statistics are interpreted when choosing and using baseball players. You have to really love baseball to keep on listening while the book goes on and on about statistics.

    When I went online and watched the movie trailers again I had the background to know what what was happening. This surprised me a little. Do not expect an action-packed adventure about baseball. It is more like a story of a brilliant chess player.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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