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Casey Helmick is a 21 year old male who dedicates his time to writing his own fiction and studying self help and psychology.

Leavittsburg, OH, United States

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  • The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chris Hardwick
    • Narrated By Chris Hardwick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (663)

    Nerds: Once a tormented subrace of humans... Now captains of industry! You don’t have to be a stereotypical geekwad to appreciate the tenets of Nerdism and to make your innate talents for overanalysis and hyper-self-awareness work for you instead of against you. Join Nerd superstar Chris Hardwick as he offers his fellow “creative-obsessives” the crucial information needed to come out on top in the current Nerd uprising. Success is the most satisfying - and legal - form of vengeance there is. And you can achieve it when you follow the Nerdist Way,

    Melody says: "I am a Nerd at heart"
    "A Great Commedian, Mediocere Teacher"
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    Chris Hardwick is an amazing comedian and awesome speaker, all throughout the book he keeps a "hey buddy" relationship with the reader and this is probably the only reason I finished the book. However I found the content of the book to be very lacking. The book is divided into three sections, each representing an aspect of life that you must perfect to achieve happiness. The only section of this book that was even worth listening to was the first. He lays out a very good, creative, and fun model to help you better yourself, the character tomb, however never really comes back to it. Where as the majority of the first section talks about things to add to this tomb, exercises, and makes it sound like this is going to be your clean cut method for improving yourself, the later sections barely even mention it.

    Although there are a few good nuggets in here they are buried under loads of advice we have already heard time and time again, usually I can deal with this as the best advice is advice all self help guru's give, however unlike other gurus he didn't elaborate, or even put his own spin on most of them. I would advise those of you looking for good self help books to pick up How To Live In 24 Hours, or any of Carnagie's work, also The Secret and The Road to Babylon. All of these books take specific ideas Chris mentioned, and really put them into the spotlight allowing you to get the full use.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1935)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1084)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "A classic through and through"
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    I picked up Lolita for the simple fact that it's a classic, and I haven't read it. I knew vaguely what it was about however found myself stunned at exactly what it was. I had no clue that it was non fiction, or the memories of HH. Lolita proved to be a very challenging read, like most classics the style was very dry, filled with random rants that last so long you find yourself wondering what exactly was going on before this inner monologue started. This, paired with the dark subject matter makes reading this book long and tedious, definitely not for pleasure reading. The book however is not without it's high points, there are a few sections in the book in which HH shows that he was an educated man and brings some good points up regarding society and their somewhat conflicting views on under aged sex. I would suggest this book to those eager for a bit of undirected study and who can keep an open mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34198)
    Performance
    (25355)
    Story
    (25698)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "An awesome light read with a serious feel"
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    Hesitant to jump on what seemed to be the days fad, I eventually broke down to give it a try. Suzanne's writing style seemed a little hard to get into at first, the narration and inner monologues seemed force at the beginning but a few chapters in her unique style grows on you. The plot doesn't waste time getting bogged down with filler or boring periods and instead each event thrusts you forward into the next pivotal moment of the book. I think the thing that appeals the most with this book is that it is a light read, it's something anyone can pick up and easily read without the burden of a more serious college level book, however the plot will keep even the more complex readers intrigued long enough to finish and start eyeballing the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    Overall
    (1881)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (875)

    Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. In trying to avoid the deep suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes - who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac (which, of course, he is) - Dexter has had to slip further into his foolproof domestic disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his girlfriend, Rita, and her two children. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher?

    Jacqueline says: "Horror Mixed With Humor"
    "Darkly Hitting All Ends of the Spectrum"
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    Dearly Devoted Dexter was a light read that somehow touches all ends of the spectrum ranging from darkly demented and serious to light and humorous. This easy read makes for a really quick and yet entertaining read. It provides a significant shift from what many readers will probably know as their HBO favorite series as their characters are thrown into slightly different roles that throws a whole new spin on the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9899)
    Performance
    (4828)
    Story
    (4857)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Under the Mediocracy"
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    Under the Dome is another novel you can read once and set in your bookshelf that you've dedicated to Stephen King but will most likely never pick up, or even think about after your first read through. King has a habit of starting things off by hurling his reader face first into the thick of his plots with vivid details and exciting narratives. I was captivated after the first few lines and found myself growing attached to the myriad of characters that made up this story. Each one fleshed out into their own believable characters which Raul Esparza hit dead on. This fast paced book has almost no "down time" or slow points and continues to build and build into the 'edge of your seat' thriller that Stephen King is so known for. However He completely axed what could have been another King masterpiece with a rather cope out ending. The ending of the main arc, the dome, came almost as expected and in such a way that readers of From a Buick 8 might feel a sense of deja vu, however one of the plot arcs that the entire book had been building on and pitting the characters against is almost entirely forgotten about. Yes, it does end, but in such an unsatisfactory, anticlimactic way that leaves a sour taste in my mouth upon finishing the book.

    Don't get me wrong, it was an enjoyable read, and this loose end for lack of better words did not ruin the book for me, however if asked to recommend a Stephen King book to a fellow reader I'd much sooner recommend other masterpieces such as The Shining, The Stand, Dark Half, The Talisman, and Cell before this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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