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  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18410)
    Performance
    (8559)
    Story
    (8601)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Best of the 3"
    Overall

    For whatever reason, the writing is better and the plot is better in this book. The first book was pretty good, as it introduced the characters and the overall ideas. The second book was tedious and cliche'. In all books, the F-bomb is used way too much to be credible, sex is everywhere, and heaven knows why the author believes we need to know the microprocessor speed of every computer a character walks by in the stories; however, this book comes to a rather satisfying conclusion and was a fun end to the series. Not sure that the purchase of these three audiobooks was quite worth it, but it is very hard to find fiction that is well written, and this stuff is therefore well above average. It isn't Tolkien, Tolstoy, or Fennemore-Cooper (or really, even as good as Stephen King), but was still an enjoyable time listening to these books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Timothy A. Pychyl
    • Narrated By Timothy A. Pychyl
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (137)

    The new audio edition of the self-published hit, offering powerful strategies to end procrastination!

    Why do we sabotage our own best intentions? How can we eliminate procrastination from our lives for good? Based on current psychological research and supplemented with clear strategies for change, this concise guide will help listeners finally break free from self-destructive ideas and habits, and move into freedom and accomplishment.

    Gillian says: "A Better One Is—"
    "Disappointing"
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    What was most disappointing about Timothy A. Pychyl’s story?

    This book is so dry and academic that even shortening it could not hold my interest. The author is obviously a credible and intelligent person, but he is unable to hold my interest on the subject of procrastination. Not useful to me really at all.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I"m not sure what the author was trying to accomplish here. The first 3 chapters are focused on him, and frustrating to get through at all. After that, the book takes on a high-level academic tone that neither provides deep substance nor provides riveting or "ah-ha" moments. It is almost as if someone outlined an academic paper. No juice. No glitz. I think this would have been better as an academic book of greater volume. It is too dry and doesn't create the epiphanies I was seeking. Sort of like the teacher in Ferris Beuller's Day Off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Strategy: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lawrence Freedman
    • Narrated By Michael Butler Murray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    In Strategy: A History, Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of the world's leading authorities on war and international politics, captures the vast history of strategic thinking, in a consistently engaging and insightful account of how strategy came to pervade every aspect of our lives.

    Logical Paradox says: "Comprehensive 'Tour de Force' on Strategy"
    "I have to admit, I couldn't finish."
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    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the first 50% of this book and found it too boring to continue reading. I am an avid reader of non-fiction, management, leadership, self-help, spiritual, economic and other educational books. I'm sorry to say, this one just did not pass muster for me. This is one of 3 or 4 books, of the 50 or so I've downloaded from Audible, that I just couldn't wait to put down in favor of another book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (2023)
    Performance
    (1726)
    Story
    (1704)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Raw vegetables, eggs, meat and cheese"
    "Very comprehensive book."
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    Any additional comments?

    This book does a very good job of highlighting medical research and the author's own experience with excessive wheat in peoples' diets. This book expands on what I thought I already knew about excessive carbohydrates in our diets by delving into the genetics of modern wheat and providing the details as to why wheat bread has a higher glycemic index than table sugar. The revelation of ancient wheat available to us today does provide some hope that a smidgen of whole grains in the diet might still be possible for me. Most of all, this confirms my resolve to drastically reduce refined carbohydrates from my diet, and most particularly gives me a new-found respect for the ills visited on us by wheat. Well put together and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jen Sincero
    • Narrated By Jen Sincero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (889)

    Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good at times"
    "One of my top 20 recommended reads of all time"
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    Any additional comments?

    Jen Sincero takes you on a significant journey in just 5 short hours. I don't think I've ever read a book that packed more useful and important information into such a reasonable time span. She performs the audio version of this book with a good amount of irreverence and humor, and as the author, knows just when to slip into slang or alter her voice to make her point clearly (and usually humorously). This is the type of book that will offer something to everyone, while offending almost no one. I have already mentally developed a list of people I will buy this book for.

    I'm pretty confident in recommending this book to just about anyone. It offers some timeless advice about feeling sorry for yourself, whining, enjoying life, letting go of bad feelings and judgment. Yeah, many of us have "heard it all before", but Ms. Sincero condenses it all into the type of book that is entertaining and not full of a bunch of wasteful fluff. What a lucky thing for me that I stumbled upon the book in the 2-for-1 sale, as I'm not sure I'd have bought otherwise. Please consider adding it to your library and sharing with your friends, children, parents and anyone else you love.

    Now I'm off to see what else this author has written....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (617)

    Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

    Richard says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Nostalgic and funny ride!"
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    This book is very funny and entertaining. I think for me it was nostalgic and giving me insight into how my parents grew up. A lot of great moments captured. If you are over 40 this book is a safe bet but if you are younger it will give some insight and maybe open up some new and rich experiences for you. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2862)
    Performance
    (2159)
    Story
    (2206)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "Powerful and very worthwhile. A book to share."
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    Would you listen to Heaven Is for Real again? Why?

    I have listened to it twice so far, and read it as well. Yes. Because the story is so powerful and worth hearing over and over.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heaven Is for Real?

    The child's interaction with his sister in heaven.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about as safe a recommendation as I can make to people. It is well written and concise, with a PROFOUND story line. I cannot imagine this being anything other than an authentic recounting of events, and if so, they will affect you deeply. Not everyone is open to this message, but I'd sure encourage any of you who are unsure about this book or your spirituality to go ahead and take this small leap of faith. I believe you will be happy you did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2162)
    Performance
    (1945)
    Story
    (1952)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    Marci says: "Great story with a couple of flaws"
    "Prescient and fun listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Along with the rest of the Jack Ryan series, yes.


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

    Not exactly, but it was good enough.


    Any additional comments?

    Tom Clancy almost nailed it with regards to Crimea. This is a fun book to listen to and is almost another version of what is going on In February of 2014. Amazing. Worth the read, and Lou Diamond Phillips does an excellent job in his performance as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Krauthammer
    • Narrated By Charles Krauthammer, George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (497)

    A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer's intelligence, erudition, and wit are collected in one volume.

    Alan says: "Charles K, author and narrator ..... enuf said"
    "Something for everyone."
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    Would you listen to Things That Matter again? Why?

    I absolutely will listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very insightful group of essays. You don't have to agree with each one, but each is well argued and stands on its own merits. I was very pleased with this book and found it more entertaining than say, talk radio, and maybe a touch less entertaining that your favorite novel. This man is very smart and he offers a point of view that all can see. There is something profound in this book for everyone. Highly recommend. I wish the author had read all chapters, not just a portion of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7140)
    Performance
    (6616)
    Story
    (6633)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "This is a great Stephen King book. Whew!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    As with every Stephen King book, the characters are so well developed you feel like you know them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Dan and Abra. Very good interplay between the characters. Very believable characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent Stephen King book. I've read 80% of his books, and I'd put this one in the top 30% for sure. I enjoyed the twists and turns, the plot, the characters, and the ending. Thanks Mr. King for a very thrilling and enjoyable listen. The performer was a little distracting at times, in his character voicings, but not all that bad. The rest of the performance was exceptional.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: The Future of a Radical Price

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Chris Anderson
    Overall
    (2531)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1260)

    The New York Times best-selling author heralds the future of business in Free. In his revolutionary best seller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that, in many instances, businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.

    Joshua Kim says: "Valuable"
    "Thought provoking and sensible"
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    What did you love best about FREE?

    The concept of price tending toward zero for information that has a cost of production tending toward or at zero.


    Any additional comments?

    The darned book was free! What did I have to lose? Nothing, but I'm sure glad I listened. This is a thought-provoking and useful book that helps you to digest the future trends of many things. A very interesting listen (I've played it twice already). Nothing to lose!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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