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Charles

Denver, Colombia | Member Since 2010

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  • What Makes Love Last?: How to Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John M. Gottman, Nan Silver
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Dr. John Gottman, the country's preeminent researcher on marriage, is famous for his Love Lab at the University of Washington in Seattle where he deciphers the mysteries of human relationships through scientific research. His 35 years of exploration have earned him numerous awards, including from the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Psychological Association, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Now, Dr. Gottman offers surprising findings and advice on the characteristic that is at the heart of all relationships: Trust.

    Ken says: "Really Good."
    "Read by Quagmire from Family Guy..."
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    What made the experience of listening to What Makes Love Last? the most enjoyable?

    Gottman is a seasoned expert on the subject of successful relationships.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What Makes Love Last??

    The samples of dialogue between the therapist and various couples helped illustrate principles to me.


    Did Peter Berkrot do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No :( His tone and inflection were the same for all samples of dialogue - but that's not really a big deal to me. What continually took me out of the book was how much he sounds like Quagmire from Family Guy.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Want to know if you're going to get divorced? The answers are inside...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeff Ryan
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (296)

    Nintendo has continually set the standard for video game innovation in America, starting in 1981 with a plucky hero who jumped over barrels to save a girl from an ape.

    Steve says: "Great read! Very informative."
    "Nostalgia strikes like a super smash brother"
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    Story
    What did you love best about Super Mario?

    The writing was top notch, but it was the performance from Ray Porter that really elevated this book for me. I've listened to it multiple times now as if it's a favorite movie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was told with nuance, wit, and balance. It never felt like a piece of Nintendo propaganda, and it never felt like a chance for an outsider to tear the big N to pieces. Combined with the fact that it makes genuinely insightful observations into all kinds of elements of pop and video game culture, I was riveted while I listened and reflective after I pushed pause.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    He has such a dynamic, engaging voice, and he reads with all the flourish and confidence of a seasoned actor. This wasn't just someone reading words off of a page. This brought the words to emotive life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did! I laughed out loud several times - and I don't doubt that it came from a combination of the excellent writing and the superb performance from Ray Porter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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