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Littleton, MA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (418)

    In his bravest and most challenging book yet, Seth Godin shows how we can thrive in an economy that rewards art, not compliance. He explains why true innovators focus on trust, remarkability, leadership, and stories that spread. And he makes a passionate argument for why you should be treating your work as art. Art is not a gene or a specific talent. It's an attitude, available to anyone who has a vision that others don't, and the guts to do something about it.

    Clay says: "Change the way you see work"
    "Yes another chicken soup for the soul. Yawn"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Seth Godin and/or Seth Godin?

    Nope, he is completely off my reading list.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this guy's work: Yawn


    What didn’t you like about Seth Godin’s performance?

    Seth should really have hired a pro. He is monotonous. It's hard to concentrate and understand his passion for this topic because his voice has no personality.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Icarus Deception?

    About 4/5ths would be cut. He drones on about how his vision is good because its good.
    He repeats the same message over and over. There are no practical examples but rather things analogous to "take the good road" and "This is good, the old is bad so follow the way". Some good advice, the 1/5th, but the rest just repeated dribble.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like books like "Chicken Soup for the Soul" then you will probably like this.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Enjoy Drinking Less Alcohol: Clinically Proven to Control Alcohol Consumption, and for You to be Happy About it!

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lyndall Briggs
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A collection of seven clinically proven guided visualisations, delivering you the tools required to control your drinking...and importantly, be happy about it. This particular collection is built around the control your drinking session, with the supporting sessions delivering you less stress, controlled anger, improved motivation levels, an ability to deeply relax, and access to your intuition. If you have a problem with alcohol, and you're ready to make the change and drink less heavily, this collection of clinically proven guided visualisations will get you there fast.

    Stephanie says: "I goofed. Should have noted this was "Hypnosis""
    "I goofed. Should have noted this was "Hypnosis""
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think those who feel that getting to the core of your problem and exploring the reason for you behavior is not the way to solve the issue will love this.


    What was most disappointing about Lyndall Briggs’s story?

    Come on: I will Hypnotize you and all your problems will go away.
    If you have a drinking issue then having someone just say soothing words
    is not the solution. The solution is to discover why you have this issue.
    My bad for picking this up.


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    She did good. I like her performance and the way she narrates


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Enjoy Drinking Less Alcohol?

    Well she has Stress and other things here. This is for drinking less so stay on target.


    Any additional comments?

    It gives you a good feeling for a while but sooner or later you need help facing your issue. This ain't it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (127)

    In today's information age, medical myths are all around us. And using them to make decisions about your own health can be harmful. Even deadly. That's why it's critical to understand the accuracy of medical information and discover the truth about everyday health and well-being. That's the core of this important series of 24 eye-opening lectures from an acclaimed neurologist, educator, and science broadcaster.

    Atheous says: "It just starts with myths."
    "Very well done and extremely informative"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Professor Steven Novella presents an entertaining and informative talk about our health. It is broken up into short chapters. Professor Steven Novella is a great speaker and has a good sense of humor. His medical knowledge and confident speaking style makes this an excellent audio book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Throne of Glass: A Throne of Glass Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sarah J. Maas
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (550)

    After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

    Fil says: "The World's Most Powerful Assassin is a Sap."
    "Immature"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Throne of Glass?

    I found that the characters did not really live up to their background or expectations.
    Everyone seem to be a 12-year-old adolescent.
    Whether it was the performer, writer or director the entire story was mostly annoying.
    I went through half of it and at the end all I could say was: wow what an annoying leading character this was.
    I simply would not recommend this storyline or series.


    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Frost
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Renowned novelist and screenwriter Mark Frost turns his eye for golf to an event so famous that it’s grown to the stuff of legend. In 1956, a casual bet between two millionaires eventually pitted two of the greatest golfers of the era—Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan—against top amateurs Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi. Frost recounts this dramatic tale from start to finish, detailing the match that vaulted golf out of the shadows and into the national spotlight.

    Andrew says: "Must Read"
    "Well worth the listen to even if you don't play"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The Match is a fascinating history of an era in golf that is long gone. The author does a fine job at bringing it all back to life mixing the player's biographies with the game.The After Word is not really needed but interesting.The Appendix is really depressing and the final word leaves you on a down note.I wouldn't bother with it if I knew.One complaint is Audible.After a touching final word from the author there is literally no pause between the finalwords and "the end!".Come on, Guys. Give us a moment to reflect on the story before jumping in with the last word.Otherwise a fine book and history lesson. Who'd a Thunk that Bing Crosby ... well I've said enough. ;)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Cards I

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (editor), Walter Jon Williams, Melinda Snodgrass, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (511)

    In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.

    Joseph Rispoli Jr says: "A True Classic!"
    "Entertaining enough but very depressing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Have one author. Take the original story arc then go through it to a conclusion.
    After a while, the same old 'poor fellow' concept gets tiring very quickly.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The original idea was very good. I wish the follow up stories took better advantage of it.


    What about Luke Daniels???s performance did you like?

    Good voices, characterizations, pace and style.
    Why can't Men stop the falsetto when speaking as a woman?
    All they need to is stop the vibrations in their voice box and speak a half octave higher.
    His "girl voice" needs work.


    Could you see Wild Cards I being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sure just like all the other depressing series we see on tv.


    Any additional comments?

    The story idea is very good.
    However the story arc is then given to a number of authors who feel it is their job to show how horrible things can turn out.
    Although entertaining, about half way through the 'book' you get the idea it's the same old same old.
    The reader is very good.
    But I won't bother with Wild Cards II nor any other in the series.
    Just one original idea then a whole bunch of 'I'm so creative' writers who aren't.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (470)

    For over three decades, the great inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine.

    Sean Gately says: "Great Idea, terribly slow and painful listen"
    "don't bother"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Ray Kurzweil and/or George K. Wilson?

    This is all speculation not taking economics, politics, current sociology or true logics into account.The book violates dozens of fallacies and merrily proceeds to its conclusion.If you believe in the paranormal, then sure, enjoy the fantasy ride.But be aware that the monotone reader and real lack of true evidence will attempt to sway you to a fantasy world similar to those of spiritualism, belief in spectors and mystism.Just total crap.Save your credit or donate it to a worthy cause.Did i also mention boring? *yawn*


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3445)
    Performance
    (3056)
    Story
    (3059)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "Another very good Sookie Story"
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    If you could sum up Deadlocked in three words, what would they be?

    I was worried that with "True Blood" the timber and pace of the Sookie stories would change. Nope. They are nicely verbose and laid back.
    Another Excellent story that is a delight to listen to.
    Keep up the GREAT work, Charlaine.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1830)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1045)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Amazon Customer says: "Sci-fi Comdey of Manners"
    "Wow Connie Willis' historian series are the Best"
    Overall

    Amusing, witty and charming.
    Connie Willis' characters and plots and twist, in this book, are extremely entertaining.
    And to get a glimpse of these parts in history told by 'actual' characters just makes her Historian books some of the best to read...to say nothing of the dog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen Hayes: My Life in Three Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Helen Hayes, Katherine Hatch
    • Narrated By James MacArthur
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Helen Hayes, acclaimed "First Lady of the American Theatre", has been on stage, screen, and television for more than fifty years. In that time she moved among the world's most famous and talented: actors, film stars, writers, businessmen. She speaks with wit, wisdom, and candor on topics both public and private.

    Jane says: "A Modest Yet Captivating Portrait Of A Great Lady"
    "A man narrates a woman's biography"
    Overall

    Yeah...I'm having trouble with this and I think they simply missed the boat by having a man, an excellent narrator, read a woman's biography. The story is excellent and interesting. But be prepared for Helen Hayes with a very deep voice. As much as I was finding it interesting to listen to, I had to simply stop.
    It's sort of creepy.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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