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Philip

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  • Daoism: Bolinda Beginner Guides

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James Miller
    • Narrated By Keith Brockett
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Spanning the centuries and crossing the globe, this engaging introduction covers everything Daoist, from the religion of the ancients to 21st century T’ai Chi and meditation. Complete with a timeline of Daoist history and a full glossary, Daoism will prove invaluable not only to students, but also to general listeners who wish to learn more about the origins and nature of a profound tradition, and about its role and relevance in our fast-moving 21st-century existence.

    Philip says: "Acceptable but very dry."
    "Acceptable but very dry."
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    There is a kind of subtle arrogance in the author that rubs the wrong way. This is a general overview and history, but comes off dry and boring, a sort of academic work without heart but also without the depth one usually gets as a tradeoff. There is nothing wrong with this book, but it is not fun, and wasn't for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Zoe Quinn
    • Narrated By Zoe Quinn
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (166)

    You've heard the stories about the dark side of the Internet - hackers, #gamergate, anonymous mobs attacking an unlucky victim, and revenge porn - but they remain just that: stories. Surely these things would never happen to you. Zoe Quinn used to feel the same way. She is a video game developer whose ex-boyfriend published a crazed blog post cobbled together from private information, half truths, and outright fictions along with a rallying cry to the online hordes to go after her.

    Tim Branann says: "Suffer a witch to live."
    "As much journalism as memoir."
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    This book is great, better than I expected, with lots of back ground information and context provided. Also, Quinn does a good job narrating her book, a move that's often a mistake. She's *almost* pro level there. Very impressed.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Doris L. Bergen
    • Narrated By Collene Curran
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    In examining one of the defining events of the twentieth century, Doris L. Bergen situates the Holocaust in its historical, political, social, cultural, and military contexts. Unlike many other treatments of the Holocaust, this revised, third edition discusses not only the persecution of the Jews, but also other segments of society victimized by the Nazis: Roma, homosexuals, Poles, Soviet POWs, the disabled, and other groups deemed undesirable.

    Angela says: "Agency - the capacity or state of exerting power"
    "Modern, reflective, and fairly brief."
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    This book does not go into great details as a dry academic text, as it says it is concise, and the description of the Holocaust is effective and much shorter than similar works. The thing that sticks out about this book to me, is the voice with which the subject is discussed. The book has a conversation with you, from our modern world, about the causes and implications. It has a contemplative, social-sciences angle, but chooses words carefully to ensure respect and accuracy is clear.

    The Narrator is easy to understand, has good inflection, and no annoying ticks. Collene Curran makes it easy to lose her voice and feel as if one was reading directly, which is all one could ask for in such a work.

    If you are looking for an exhaustive work, this is not for you. If you want the outline, important events, and some quality insights, I recommend it.

    -I received a free review copy of this work-

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Mercy: Obsession and Murder Under the Influence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Gary Provost
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (419)

    On any Sunday morning in the Florida Redlands, Dee Casteel might have served you pancakes at the IHOP. She was a hard-working, cheerful waitress, one of the nicest people you'd ever want to know. She was also a three-bottle-a-day alcoholic, hopelessly in love with the IHOP's manager, Allen Bryant. Bryant wanted his live-in lover, IHOP owner Art Venecia, dead. And Dee Casteel helped him to arrange it.

    Stephanie says: "I Thoroughly Enjoyed This Book"
    "A more human, compelling narrative."
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    Kevin Pierce provides his avuncular and gravelly narrative to another True Crime novel. He's personally my favorite narrator for this genre, because his readings lack arrogance and seem to strive for understanding.

    Gary Provost's Without Mercy is a slight twist on the TC formula, as he travels with those involved in the crimes more than the victims, and tries to piece together how their vile and/or tragic actions came into being, allowing the reader a wide angle from which to judge the scene. This books is just different enough that it's insightful, and while I can't call it a genre busting classic, it is definitely a good book and worth a read.

    I was provided a free review copy of this work.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Salt of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack Olsen
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (455)

    Joe Gere said he died on the afternoon his 12-year-old daughter Brenda disappeared. It was left to Brenda's mother Elaine to sustain her stricken family, search for her missing child, and pressure the authorities for justice. From the first minutes of the investigation, suspicion fell on Michael Kay Green, a steroid-abusing "Mr. Universe" hopeful, but there was no proof of a crime, leaving police and prosecutors stymied. Tips and sightings poured in as lawmen and volunteers combed the Cascades forest.

    IndyMcDuff says: "You are the proverbial 'fly on the wall' ..."
    "Kevin Pierce and Jack Olsen, need I say more?"
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    This is a weaker turn for Jack Olsen, but that isn't much of a knock, by true crime standards in general I'd probably give this five stars, but for Jack it's only four. This combination of author and narrator is, or at least should be, legendary. Kevin Pierce is the best narrator of the serious and haunting, and you won't be let down.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By D. H. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Katherine Littrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Lady Chatterley's Lover is D. H. Lawrence's last novel. First published privately in 1928, Lady Chatterley's Lover was banned from wider publication in the UK until 1960 and was the subject of censorship and book banning in the United States and elsewhere. Its erotic subject material, colorful language, and discussion of interclass relations were deemed obscene.

    . says: "A Good Reading of a Famous Classic"
    "Brilliantly honest and difficult."
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    This is an infamous book that has had endless professional revues and if you seek plot details or deep commentary you will find no lack of them online. It's rightfully famous for being a breakout example of honest character study, disclosing aspects of society that we still tend to keep to ourselves -- and even from ourselves. It's a deep character study, and the extreme honesty make it a work of art.

    There's not much to say about the LCL itself that you can't find better said elsewhere. If you're here, you're likely here on purpose to find this book.

    The narrator Katherine Littrell is a skilled voice talent, has several inflections and voices, and vanishes into the background of your mind as you continue to listen. In the early chapters, the aussie accent is apparent against the english background, but it disappears over time. Some of my fellow americans might not notice at all.. I give the narration 4 stars because the accent did temporarily throw me, but it is otherwise perfectly done.

    *I received a review copy of this work in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath the Dark Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1501)
    Performance
    (1341)
    Story
    (1345)

    When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing a massive cave beneath, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost. Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained squad of commandos are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong - and to follow up the detection of a vast underground reservoir.

    Aaron says: "Jules Verne meets X-man."
    "Amateur and you can tell."
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    Bad writing and worse science. Only listen if you have a high tolerance for both. I did not make it through, not even close, so I can't give a more comprehensive review. I quick this book, quite annoyed, after the first chapter -- which no other book has gotten me to do in recent memory.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Imager's Challenge

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (648)

    Still recovering from injuries received in foiling the plots of the Ferran envoy, Rhenn is preparing to take up his new duties as imager liaison to the Civic Patrol of L'Excelsis. No sooner has he assumed his new position than he discovers two things. First, the commander of the Civic Patrol doesn't want a liaison from the infamous Collegium and soon has Rhenn patrolling the streets of the worst district in the city.

    Lydia says: "interesting concepts"
    "Okay."
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    A less personal book than typical of this author, Imager's Challenge focuses on mystery and politics but at a slow pace that defuses tension, and not as much on personal growth and character development. It disappointed me, but only because I have such high expectations of Modesitt Jr.

    It is a well written book, the narration is okay. The pace and subject matter hurt each other, however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cyador's Heirs: Saga of Recluce, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (188)

    Decades after the fall of Cyador, its survivors have reestablished themselves in Cigoerne, a fertile country coveted by hostile neighbors in less hospitable lands. Young Lerial, the second son of Duke Kiedron, lives in the shadow of his older brother Lephi, the heir to their father's realm. Lerial's future seems preordained: He will one day command his brother's forces in defense of Cigoerne, serving at his older sibling's pleasure and no more.

    S. Johnson says: "Another solid entry to the series"
    "Good Turn"
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    A return to classic Modesitt world building. Learn about the remnants of Cyador, three generations after the fall, who have settled in Hamor, predating the Empire of Hamor. Instead of a crafter or merchant, expect here to focus more about skirmishing and warfare. The world building makes it a great read for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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