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Nick T

Nick

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  • Wait: The Art and Science of Delay

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Frank Partnoy
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (83)

    A passionate polemic in favor of pausing to think, not blink. What do these scenarios have in common: a professional tennis player returning a serve, a woman evaluating a first date across the table, a naval officer assessing a threat to his ship, and a comedian about to reveal a punch line? In this counterintuitive and insightful work, author Frank Partnoy weaves together findings from hundreds of scientific studies and interviews with wide-ranging experts to craft a picture of effective decision making that runs contrary to our brutally fast-paced world.

    Ray says: "Interesting"
    "Starts strong, but loses its way"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Stick to the premise of the book--waiting--more closely throughout the discussion.


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

    Most interesting was the discussion of athletes and high-volume traders.


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

    The ability to "read" it on my way to work.


    Was Wait worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The book starts off with a very interesting few chapters about the importance of waiting on the micro-scale. Thematically, the book is very tight in the first few chapters, but towards the end the author seems to get further and further away from the real premise of the book. He always tries to tie it back to the premise, waiting, but in a much less connected way. At some points in the book I just didn't know if I was listening to the same book anymore.

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  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9281)
    Performance
    (8360)
    Story
    (8368)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Slow, slow burn"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's not that the book was bad, it was just too slow and too linear. So much back story and character development ends up being basically irrelevant. I think the book could have been half the length with the same impact.


    What could John Grisham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Increase the pace and develop more of the side stories to keep things interesting while waiting for the ultimate conclusion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finally telling Ansel's story.


    Did Sycamore Row inspire you to do anything?

    Probably avoid future John Grisham books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3208)
    Performance
    (1889)
    Story
    (1916)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Excellent read, err, listen"
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    If you could sum up The Fountainhead in three words, what would they be?

    Pain is gain


    What other book might you compare The Fountainhead to and why?

    Many similar themes and characters as Atlas Shrugged


    What about Christopher Hurt’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job of distinguishing characters with his voice


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

    I really loved it because it is so dense and thought provoking.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3754)
    Performance
    (3284)
    Story
    (3303)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Great action novel from beginning to end"
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    Performance
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    Where does Threat Vector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of the best action novels I have read, err, listened to.


    What other book might you compare Threat Vector to and why?

    Robert Ludlum books.


    What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?

    I thought he had a good range of voices for the various characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28030)
    Performance
    (21796)
    Story
    (22008)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "The Trilogy Limps Home"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you have already made it through books one and two then yes, you should definitely finish with this book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Keep the pace up and don't kill off 90% of the characters.


    What three words best describe Carolyn McCormick’s performance?

    Monotone


    Was Mockingjay worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    It's not that it's a bad book, but it just doesn't live up to the first. If you haven't already read the second book, then just leave it after the first book and be happy with that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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