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Troy

Brandon, FL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 27 reviews
  • 266 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • The Quantum Story: A History in 40 Moments

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Baggott
    • Narrated By Mike Pollock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    Utterly beautiful. Profoundly disconcerting. Quantum theory is quite simply the most successful account of the physical universe ever devised. Its concepts underpin much of the 21st-century technology that we now take for granted. But at the same time it has completely undermined our ability to make sense of the world at its most fundamental level.

    John says: "Not for the Casual Reader"
    "Not the Disappearing Spoon"
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    Once you have read the Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean this book is difficult to sit through. It does flow well but lacks the lyrical smoothness of the spoon. Although, I liked it and did enjoy it, it was dense.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (329)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Troy says: "So worth the wait!"
    "So worth the wait!"
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    Unlike the other books that, although wonderful, are a little slow. This book cooks the entire way. A fantastic ending to an incredible journey.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Forecast: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (225)

    It’s said to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day, but Abby sees something darker than storm clouds on the horizon. She’s just had a disturbing premonition of her fianc’s murder. Her husband-to-be has been assigned to a case involving a series of suicide bombings, and Abby’s spirit guides warn her of imminent danger. FBI agent Dutch Rivers is keeping his cool, but Abby can’t quell her anxiety. After another suicide bombing at a local beauty salon, Abby vows to do everything in her power to keep Dutch safe and get him to the altar.

    Zeny says: "Wonderfully Thrilling"
    "Another incredibly suspenseful Psychic Eye Mystery"
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    I have loved all of the psychic eye books except Lethal Outlook. I was a little concerned Mrs Laurie was loosing her touch. That was a hollow concern. Deadly Forecast is one of the best, if not the best so far. The only one of the series that comes close, or surpasses, is Vision Impossible: I haven't decided yet. What I really like about this book is the dual timelines of each chapter. That approach, which is new to this series, makes for incredible suspense ... and of course Elizabeth Michaels' narration only enhances the drama. I Found myself laughing out loud several times. Deadly forecast is a must for fans of this series and anyone else wanting a funny, suspenseful, entertaining thriller.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of a Serial Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jason Moss, Jeffrey Kottler
    • Narrated By Thomas Fawley
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    It started with a college course assignment, then escalated into a dangerous obsession. Eighteen-year-old honor student Jason Moss wrote to men whose body counts had made criminal history: men named Dahmer, Manson, Ramirez, and Gacy. Posing as their ideal victim, Jason seduced them with his words. One by one they wrote him back, showering him with their madness and violent fantasies. Then the game spun out of control. John Wayne Gacy revealed all to Jason - and invited his pen pal to visit him in prison.... It was an offer Jason couldn't turn down. Even if it made him....

    Gregory S. Butler says: "Pulling the Covers back and Exposing True Evil"
    "WoW!"
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    Like the proverbial train-wreck, I could not put this book down. It is unbelievable the access this young man procured to some of the most notorious killers of our time. Unfortunately, the one-upmanship games he thought he was playing with these serial killers eventually contributed to his suicide. Some of the things he did for this access are mind-blowing and would affect anyone. In 2006, Jason Moss committed suicide likely as a result of the insight he gained into the killer mind. Fortunately, for us, he left an incredible look in the psyche of evil. I highly recommend it.

    As for the narration: because I listen to my books with the narration speed set between 1.5x and 2.0x, it was not that bad. I find that the faster narration speeds are more conversational. As a result, it was ok and, by a huge margin, far better than Allyson Johnson's narration of the Honour Harrington series which sounds like the old computer generated voices.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thy Kingdom Come: An Evangelical's Lament

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Randall Balmer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    For much of American history, evangelicalism was aligned with progressive political causes: nineteenth-century evangelicals fought for the abolition of slavery, universal suffrage, and public education. But contemporary conservative activists have defaulted on this majestic legacy, embracing instead an agenda virtually indistinguishable from the Republican Party platform.

    Cliff J says: "Historical Reality"
    "Powerful"
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    I was a little trepid at first, but WOW ... this is a book about following Christ and living by the Gospels. The religion of Jesus rather than about Jesus. This is one sentence that sums up his views "The wanton abuse of natural resources is fundamentally incompatible with a view of creation as God's handiwork." If more people had this in their heart, the world would be a better place. Amen. 5 Stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Near-Death Experiences: The Rest of the Story: What They Teach Us About Living and Dying and Our True Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By P. M. H. Atwater
    • Narrated By Tantor Studios
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Real-life stories of out-of-body experiences, encountering a special light, greeters from the afterlife, life reviews, tunnels, and 360-degree vision - are all part of this intriguing look at near-death experiences (NDEs) by one of the world's noted authorities, P.M.H. Atwater. Atwater shares her amazing findings, based on her sessions with more than 4,000 adults and children, and over 40 years of research; a breathtaking culmination to a successful and controversial career.

    D. Hoffman says: "Some good information but a lot of author theories"
    "2 Books"
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    I loved the first half. It was amazingly enlightening. The second half was very odd and far fetched.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Homosexuality: What the Bible Says & Why It Matters

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Gene Robinson
    Overall
    (11)
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    (9)
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    (10)

    Debates about homosexuality are based on what people think the Bible says about the subject – but is what we’ve been taught really what the Bible says?

    PeacefulSeeker says: "Sloppy Scholarship"
    "Just what I needed to hear"
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    I have been doing a lot of searching lately and although I still haven't come to terms with exactly what I believe, this book sure helped.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What a Ghoul Wants: A Ghost Hunter Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (182)

    Kidwella Castle in northern Wales is rumored to be haunted by a deadly ghost - the Grim Widow, who allegedly drowns unsuspecting guests in the castle’s moat. Not long after M. J. and her crew arrive at the castle to film their ghost-hunting cable TV show, Ghoul Getters, two new victims are added to the Widow’s grisly roster. Fear ripples through the castle, especially when it’s discovered that the victims may have had help into their watery graves from the land of the living.

    JEAN says: "love the series butttt Gilly has to grow up or go"
    "Series has run its course."
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    I loved the first 4 books of this series. In fact, I was down right addicted, but since Stephen was written out, the series just hasn't been the same to me. At least I still have Laurie's Psychic Eye series which is the best series ever. I love Abby Cooper and thought MJ and Gilley would be the same but it has not turned out to be.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4504)
    Performance
    (1981)
    Story
    (1971)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Amazing Character Development but Dull Plot"
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    I found myself addicted right from the start and the richness of the characters kept me reading. However, there was never a crescendo. No climax at all. I was very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (365)

    Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times best seller, Misquoting Jesus, left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches...and it's not what most people think. This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

    Paul says: "Excellent book"
    "You thought you knew your religion."
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    Ehrman's scholarship is impeccable. He will either strengthen, weaken, or change your ideas about your faith. Incredible 5 Stars

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (5879)
    Performance
    (3941)
    Story
    (3975)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "WOW"
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    An awesome ending to an incredible trilogy: the conclusion of a tome of lifes's lessons and spirituality. 75 + hours of masterful storytelling punctuated with amazing narration. 5 stars for the entire trilogy. I couldn't put them down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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