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Richard

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Chula Vista, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2304)
    Performance
    (1631)
    Story
    (1630)

    The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve.

    RGH says: "For Zombie Lovers"
    "So-So Sequel"
    Overall

    This book was entertaining enough to keep me listening but it had some problems the first book had and I had less room to forgive this time. Without spoiling anything I will say that the book changed it's format from evading the zombie hordes to hanging onto their new home. But all through the story it would drag on with what felt like filler and whenever it would touch on some interesting crisis or area worth exploring it would swiftly shove it aside and resume. After the book was done I had that "I should read the book." feeling after seeing the movie version of something since it missed so many opportunities to explore. It at least had some closure at the end this time.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Land of Difficult People: 24 Timeless Tales Reveal How to Tame Beasts at Work

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Terrence Gargiulo, Gini Graham Scott
    • Narrated By Terrence Gargiulo, Gini Graham Scott
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Once upon a time, people wrote fables featuring untrustworthy ravens, wicked wolves, insincere monkeys, and power-hungry lions. Told repeatedly through generations and spread throughout the world, classic stories abound in which noble heroes and heroines matched wits with these typically treacherous beasts. But what's that you say? You feel as though you're surrounded by just these sorts of characters at work? Well, you're not alone.

    Rosanne Purnwasie says: "Creative and Enlightening!"
    "Spellbinding!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to In the Land of Difficult People again? Why?

    This book's stories and the very relevant interpretations of make this something I would go back to if I ever need insight for people both in and out of the workplace.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how they chose stories from many cultures from around the world rather than sticking to just the more commonly known western stories. The variety of tales made the information given feel more relevant since it shows the problems encountered are the same for people from many cultures and not just our own.


    What about Terrence Gargiulo and Gini Graham Scott ’s performance did you like?

    The narrators did a great job, their performances were calm with just enough emotion at the right times to keep the tales exciting consistently throughout each reading. Being calm might sound like a bad thing but I hate it when people try make too much effort to put character or emote when reading a story, it just sounds so silly.


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

    I always divide books for reading but this is something I wouldn't mind listening to all at once due to the relevant information and length. I usually have to deal with difficult people and this book had very useful information that I can use now.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book because it reminded me of being read stories by my relatives when I was younger except now the stories are more grown up and workplace related. This book made me feel that the magic was still there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2360)
    Performance
    (1092)
    Story
    (1067)

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Trish says: "one new idea"
    "A Good Battle Plan for Success"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Eat That Frog! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was pretty much what I expect amongst other books I've listened to here.


    What other book might you compare Eat That Frog! to and why?

    This book was pretty much the abridged version of No Excuses! (Unabridged)


    Which character – as performed by Brian Tracy – was your favorite?

    There were no characters in this title.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    How to start on big projects that either have complexity to them or are just overwhelming.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was pretty much the abridged version of No Excuses! (Unabridged). It goes straight to the point on what to do and why for get started on what you want out of life. This is another book that you need to take notes on to get the full effect since there is definitely a lot of information that you will need to review afterwards and beyond.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Running Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (170)

    The year is 2025. The Running Man is America's favorite television game show. Ben Richards is the program's latest contestant-and the Hunters' latest target in a rigged game of death.

    Michael says: "Make sure you skip the first chapter"
    "Good book but lacked consistency."
    Overall

    The opening monologue from the author spoils the ending. Very weak Mr.King (or Bachman). :/ They probably should have left that for the end of the book. Skip like 12 minutes ahead if you have not read this book before!

    I enjoyed this book but I wish they kept bringing in the game show elements especially after action scenes. They only did it like once and it really added a great effect to the story but without it became a run of the mill fugitive story. Also, if they had brought hunters more into the story it would have been nice. It's always the police that are after him and after going on about hunters it was very disappointing that they played almost no part. If they were consistent with that it could have made this book much more exciting, I still enjoy it though.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5274)
    Performance
    (3268)
    Story
    (3295)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "A bit thin...."
    Overall

    The story is a bit thin and halfway though it felt like they were beating a dead horse since they kept going over pretty much the same situation over and over again. It substituted substance with tugging your heartstrings and they did it so often you could already predict how every situation was going to play out. The most annoying thing was how helpless (or useless) everyone ends up. Am I really to believe that a town will just waste away in the manner presented with all the knowledge, resources, and their backs to the wall? Even with all the modern technology gone it's not very believable that they would turn out so pathetic when they are working together. If that was going to be the case the writer could have at least given some better reasons like natural disasters, constant raiding, or a plague that thwarted efforts rather than just helplessly degenerating away. I don't regret getting this book but it could have been better.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3219)
    Performance
    (2312)
    Story
    (2309)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "A Tension Filled Experience"
    Overall

    I didn't find this book to have that many scary or action filled parts but instead it had an ongoing feeling of tension and suspense which I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters are hiding and sneaking from the hordes of zombies rather than fighting their way through (or back) which gave it a brilliant "cat and mouse" feel to the whole story.

    My only gripes are that aside from some basic information there wasn't that much character development even for the physical appearance for some of the characters. You meet the characters and get some tidbits about them then it won't elaborate that much and I really did want to get to know them. It made for generic feeling characters.

    Also, the story felt repetitive as it pretty much was: move, scavenge, repeat. Now, this wouldn't be a problem except that even though they went to unique locations it felt like they just did the same thing over again. They could have brought some unique elements at each location but moving to another place just felt like filler since nothing particularly interesting about the area was used. This included events, the carnage you'd expect in a zombie apocalypse just wasn't there, If they were escaping or trying to survive, you'd expect more raiders, other people trying to survive, or people trying to fight zombies but the vast majority of it was just somewhat eventful scavenging.

    BUT having said all of that, it still managed to keep me going and wanting to get the next installment ASAP. This is definitely worth your time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline for Success in Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (542)

    Most people think success comes from good luck or enormous talent, but many successful people achieve their accomplishments in a simpler way: through self-discipline. Brian Tracy knows this firsthand. He didn’t graduate from high school, and after working for a few years as a laborer, he realized he had limited skills and a limited future. But through the power of self-discipline, he changed his life.

    Steve says: "Highly Motivational!"
    "Very Useful"
    Overall

    I just got through it and it is a very useful guide to getting your affairs into organization. But getting the book as well would be a useful idea since there is a lot of notes to be taken.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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