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Caylene J. Vincent

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Ballarat, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding the Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    Another extraordinary business fable from the New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni. This new book in the popular Lencioni series shows what it takes to gain a real and lasting competitive edge.

    Marty says: "Stripping Down for Transparency and Collaboration"
    "A Treasure Chest"
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    What did you love best about Getting Naked?

    Once again, the simplicity and delivery of the message


    What other book might you compare Getting Naked to and why?

    Havent read anything comparable to what Lencioni dellivers in this book


    What does Dan Woren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not necessarily, it is that I prefer to listen to books like these, and when they are this good, I then go and buy the book anyway


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Dennis Olsen
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (159)

    It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings.

    HDJ says: "Ignore the teen classification!"
    "Over Rated!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, it was a poor story actually, it finished leaving the reader up in the air. I hate this kind of endings


    Would you be willing to try another book from Markus Zusak? Why or why not?

    No, and I wouldn't get the DVD out to watch either


    Did The Book Thief inspire you to do anything?

    Not at all!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2629)
    Performance
    (2120)
    Story
    (2121)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "Gets you until the end"
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    Where does On Target rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mark Greaney is a compelling author, he really knows how to write a book that keeps you guessing how its going to turn out, right until the very end of the book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Target?

    That's what so good about this book, there wasn't just one memorable moment in the book, there were many of them


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As above


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it in 2 days, fortunately I was on the road for one of them, and the good thing about these types of books, is that you keep busy doing things while you are listening


    Any additional comments?

    Cant help myself, I have just bought the 3rd book in the series, I am sure I wont be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1276)
    Performance
    (1129)
    Story
    (1150)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "Couldnt stop listening!"
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    Would you listen to FREE The Gray Man again? Why?

    Audible, you are sneaky here, I loved Mark's book so much I wanted to know if he had written more, and it was then that I discovered he had a series of these books, so yes, I have purchased another one. So if nothing else, have to say, what a great way to introduce readers to a captivating author, well done, and thank you Audible :)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of FREE The Gray Man?

    Some how he just seemed to get out of the trouble he was always finding himself in


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    Great Narrator, I have to say a book can be made or broken on the narrator, so I really appreciate when someone like Jay is the front man for such an important role


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but couldn't physically do this, mind you, great story to keep me on that un-motivating task of house work :)


    Any additional comments?

    Have to say I am looking forward to book no.2

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    David and Goliath is the dazzling and provocative new book from Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw. Why do underdogs succeed so much more than we expect? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising journey through the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty.

    Rahul says: "Brilliant"
    "What a Winner"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of David and Goliath to be better than the print version?

    I simply find listening a whole lot easier than reading, as I can undertake tasks at the same time, so there is no guilt associated with this pleasure


    What other book might you compare David and Goliath to and why?

    How can you compare anything Malcolm Gladwell writes to anyone else, his style is quiet unique and is so well researched, you cant but see him as a "prophet" in his writing style


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    Every bit of the journey of learning he takes you through in his book


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    What surprised me most of all was the research into smaller vrs bigger class sizes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (267)

    Based on seven years of ground-breaking research and hundreds of interviews, I Thought It Was Just Me shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we're all in this together.

    Kari says: "Love the book, not the narrator"
    "Dissappointing"
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    Would you try another book from Brené Brown and/or Lauren Fortgang?

    Not at all, in fact, I didn't even finish listening to this one


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The book I am listening to simply labelled "Just Listen" a whole lot more value than this book


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Elanor Rooservelt comment still prevails "No one make you feel inferior without your consent" You have to have a thought, about something before you can have an emotion to it, which is in direct opposition to Brene's thoughts.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Spies

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (181)

    Ann Blake, a rare-book expert and conservator, was imprisoned for a drunk-driving accident that she doesn't remember, one that resulted in the death of her husband, a famous rare-book expert. But she is freed from prison by CIA undercover agent Tucker Anderson in exchange for her help and expertise on the Library of Gold, a legendary collection of books that have been lost to the world for over a century.

    Meggin says: "Another copycat book"
    "Captivating"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book kept you engaged in the story right until the end


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes it did, because of so many twists and turns


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    The main character, all through the book you never knew who she really was, and of course, the story didn't end with the damsel falling in love and following the hero


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1846)
    Performance
    (1686)
    Story
    (1681)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Gripping"
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    If you could sum up Pines in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing
    Captivating
    Fantastic


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not knowing how it was going to end


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael Garcia – was your favorite?

    Cant really say, there was a favourite, he did a great job overall


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

    No, just that it was good enough to write about and share with other people, although this format does not really give you that opportunity.


    Any additional comments?

    You wont regret taking the time to read or listen to this book, he is definitely a writer I will look for more books he may have or will write in the future. Great imagination is all I can say. As the book was a "freebie" for me, I wasn't all that motivated to listen to it, but it was so good, my house and garden got cleaned :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3553)
    Performance
    (1987)
    Story
    (1997)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Captivating"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lightning the most enjoyable?

    I am a first time Koontz listener, got the book in one of the specials, and it held me the whole way through the story


    What other book might you compare Lightning to and why?

    Couldn't compare, he is very much an individual writer, that was probably why I enjoyed the book so much


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    He had a good suite of voices and kept you knowing which character was talking when by the different tones he was able to call upon


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

    No, just enjoyed it, which is why I am writing the review


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dr. David R. Hawkins
    • Narrated By Dr. David R. Hawkins
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (200)

    The publication of Power vs. Force by Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., reveals to the general public secret information heretofore only shared by the author with certain Nobelists and world leaders. Analyzing the basic nature of human thought and consciousness itself, the author makes available to everyone the key to penetrating the last barrier to the advancement of civilization and science and resolving the most crucial of all human dilemmas.

    Greg says: "Good book – poor narrator"
    "Good Message, Poorly delivered"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    David is a good author, but a lousey narrator. Unless its pitch black and there are no visual distractions, David is very, very hard to listen to! Having bought his audio cassett many years ago, if I had looked and seen he was the narrator, I would have never bought the book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    David provides many fine details about his core subject


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dr. David R. Hawkins?

    The same guy that Bryce Courtney uses. David has the same monotone, no infliction and toneality differences in his voice and a poor narrator


    Do you think Power vs. Force needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It does have a follow up book, An Eye for an Eye, I havent read it as yet


    Any additional comments?

    David, if you want ot sell more audio books, get someone else to Narrate!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Danny Dunn

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (211)

    At just 16 years Danny Dunn has everything going for him: brains, looks, sporting aptitude - and luck with the ladies. His mother steers him towards a university education, but with just six months of his degree to go, he signs up for the AIF, driven by a desire to serve his country and plain wanderlust. Danny serves in South-east Asia, spends three and a half years as a POW, and returns a broken man, embittered and facially disfigured. He is scared and overwhelmed by the need to sort himself out, to find out who the hell he is....

    Eddie says: "Oh Danny Boy!"
    "It's Too long, but not long enough"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Becasue Bryce is never predictable, nor is this story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny's Mum, I am sure you could write a book on Brenda alone


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great, as usual


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, the book was not centred around any "one" moment, the book had a number of these present


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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