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Tim

My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.

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  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1639)
    Performance
    (1048)
    Story
    (1054)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Grandma Always Told Us"
    Overall

    My family is from South Korea. I am the first generation from the States. My grandma was from the Korea War era and she always told us story about North Korea. This book was very interesting. I learned so much. Thank you for the good rating for making me read this book.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Brad Stone
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    Overall
    (1032)
    Performance
    (911)
    Story
    (924)

    Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

    Brock says: "An amazing company with an amazing story!"
    "Can't Click Elsewhere"
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    People freaks out when Walmart take over their neighborhood, but what about Amazon? When the Internet got big in the hey days, there were many choices besides Amazon. Even though they might not had the best prices, consumers had a choice to click elsewhere other than Amazon.

    Now, Jeff Bezos is becoming another Sam Walton and taking over cyberspace by buying out or bullying other retailers. Bezos is not just a 10,000 pound gorilla, but he is the mother of all homepages whenever you need something to buy.

    "The Everything Store" is somewhat an okay read. I don't really consider it to be a business book because there is no technical detail on the business and you don't really learn anything other than Jeff Bezos laugh and bullying. There isn't really enough history in this book on the company. It was mostly about the guy almost always getting his way.

    We cannot click elsewhere anymore because its all "An Amazon Company."

    In 2008 Amazon bought Audible for 300 million and other than the public library, there aren't any other sites to purchase audiobooks anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (4379)
    Performance
    (3840)
    Story
    (3820)

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

    B.J. says: "Another terrific listen."
    "Less Tenderness"
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    Maybe because their son in-law is a minister now, Claire and Jamie has a lot less tenderness for each other? Maybe as they get older, they are starting to have a different level of passion for one another, instead of brute sex? Maybe Diana Gabaldon got some advise from her male friends that she should focus more on the history than on the love making?

    Whatever the case may be, the author had a mission in mind when completing "A Breath of Snow and Ashes." I really had a difficult time at finishing the previous book. I almost had enough with Outlander altogether, but with the coaching from my friends, they told me that #6 would be better. They were right and I am happy that I am listening to them. I thought that "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" thus far is second best to "Voyager." Very solid!

    As I get further into the Outlander series, I notice a progression in my discussions with my friends that already caught up. We no longer talk about time travel so much anymore, but we talk a lot more of the time frame. In most novels, the author spans their character's life rapidly and by the end of their books, the main character is either old and dead or old and wheeling off into the sunset.

    It's vastly different with Claire, Brianna and Jamie. Diana Gabaldon aged them gradually, as in day by day. For example, when you look in the mirror, many of us don't see ourselves aging until we see the imperfections on our bodies. The style that Gabaldon choose to write is almost like reality. We don't notice the flaws of the characters because they don't leap through years unlike in other stories.

    As I get caught up with the series, I hope that my reviews are being more insightful. I know that by discussing to my real life friends and asking questions about the Fraser Family, they too have new ideas about the stone that they haven't thought before.

    I really hope they time travel again. I really miss the parallel worlds. That is my biggest peeve in the later parts of Outlander. Diana Gabaldon focuses too much on the upcoming war and homestead, that the stone is another pebble on the beach.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free: You Have to F--king Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (471)

    Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcom in the Middle) follows in the exasperated footsteps of Samuel L. Jackson, giving voice to the long-suffering father whose indifferent child will just not eat in this hilarious follow-up to Adam Mansbach's international best seller, Go the F--k to Sleep.

    Rose R. says: "Hilarious!"
    "Eat"
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    I just wished that Samuel L. Jackson would had told me to eat. He sure told me to sleep.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Reviver: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Seth Patrick
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (94)

    Jonah Miller is a Reviver, able to temporarily revive the dead so they can say goodbye to their loved ones - or tell the police who killed them. Jonah works in a department of forensics created specifically for Revivers, and he’s the best in the business. For every high-profile corpse pushing daisies, it’s Jonah’s job to find justice for them. But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence. Something is on the other side watching. Waiting.

    Jennifer Beadle says: "Horror meets scifi and becomes mainstream."
    "Better on Screen"
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    Lately, I've been on a horror kick and so far I've listened to pretty jacked up stories that have given me goose bumps. I really had high expectations on the first book by Seth Patrick, but "Reviver" didn't really suit my needs. As the first book in a trilogy, it lacked information on the reviver process. There was too much dialogue between the characters that gave no depth into the paranormal world.

    I am a visual person and like to see scenes develop in my mind as I follow along, but maybe explaining the paranormal is better on screen than on print? The cover was more scarier than what was inside of the book. Very disappointed.

    The story would been better on film because the book should had been a mockumentary instead of characters just talking and acting on the "Reviver."

    Ghostbuster is one of my favorite movies of all time, but it would had been a terrible read because its hard to capture the visual into words. Seth Patrick's pages weren't vivid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jessica Hecht
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    What happens when, on a perfectly ordinary evening, all the things you believed in and took for granted are turned upside down? When her husband of more than 20 years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.

    Cynthia says: "Did she know?"
    "Buy Full Dark, No Stars"
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    If you are looking to read "A Good Marriage" and "Big Driver", you should buy "Full Dark, No Stars" instead. Both short stories are apart of that book and you will get two more other novellas. I forgot that I already read "A Good Marriage" after I saw the movie. That's why I bought this story again. I was about to buy "Big Driver" after I saw the commercial on Lifetime, but glad that I did some digging because I already read it. Hopefully, they will make "1922" into a film from "Full Dark, No Stars". That is the best story out of the four. As for "A Good Marriage", the movie comes close to the short story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (981)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "His Father's Traits"
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    I was asking my friend if she read "Horns" by Joe Hill and she suggested that I should pick it up and give it a try. Joe Hill is an offspring of Stephen King, which is awesome because it's another generation of horror. I've read Hill's other book about the Rolls Royce and I wasn't too impressed, but with "Horns", I really enjoyed it and couldn't stop listening. For those who knows his father's work, there is always a demented side in his readers and that's why we keep reading. In his son's writing in Horns, Joe Hill carries his father's traits so good it should made his old man cry by raising him as an excellent writer. It makes me what to read more of his son's work then the King of horror.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Man’s struggle against the sea is a theme that has created some of the world’s most exciting stories. Now, in the tradition of Moby Dick comes a New York Times best seller destined to become a modern classic. Written by journalist Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm combines an intimate portrait of a small fishing crew with fascinating scientific data about boats and weather systems.

    Glitter says: "Riveting Book, Mediocre Narration"
    "Eyewitness Reporting"
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    "The Perfect Storm" is a good book. It's not like the movie and all about the big wave, but the book is very technical, where you don't have to know anything about boating or fishing. Everything that you need to know is explain for you, like how to operate a Bilge Pump or what your body goes through when drowning. It's very well written for someone that hasn't experience sea legs. The majority of the second half is about the storm, but instead being narrated in the first person, the author gathers up interviews from eyewitnesses and document the report.

    Sebastian Junger could had wrote "The Perfect Storm" as a story with lots of characters rotate through this once in a life time hurricane, but he doesn't. This book has good history and numerous facts. I really think that the author was trying to be apart of the crew that was being saved. Don't ask the unnecessary drama and just report facts and educate the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof: The Science of Booze

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Adam Rogers
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (103)

    A spirited narrative on the fascinating art and science of alcohol, sure to inspire cocktail party chats on making booze, tasting it, and its effects on our bodies and brains. Drinking gets a lot more interesting when you know what's actually inside your glass of microbrewed ale, single-malt whisky, or Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. All of them begin with fermentation, where a fungus called yeast binges on sugar molecules and poops out ethanol. Humans have been drinking the results for 10,000 years. Distillation is a 2,000-year-old technology - invented by a woman - that we're still perfecting today.

    Atila says: "Great listening to all about booze"
    "Liquid Substance"
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    The reason why I read "Proof" is for the science of alcohol. Basically, you are taking something fermented and drinking for pleasure or as an addiction. However you take your pleasure or poison, its pretty interesting how ethanol has so many combinations for booze. Adam Rogers covers it all, from the yeast to the common hangover. Good explanations what your body goes through with liquid substance. Just don't drink rubbing alcohol. Mouth wash taste better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4769)
    Performance
    (4230)
    Story
    (4221)

    The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

    Lorrie says: "LOVE THIS"
    "Rolling Tongues"
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    "The Fiery Cross" is the fifth book in the series and this is a mix review from me. Although I like the Outlander series thus far and want to catch up by the end of the year, I just think that Diana Gabaldon missed the stone on this one. I still think that Ms. Gabaldon is an awesome writer, but in "The Fiery Cross", she goes on too much of a tangent, where I felt lost in the story.

    In this book, it became a murder mystery and it got too far fetch from its center. The author lost focus of the Homestead and went on going on a mouse chase. The Homestead part was excellent. I really liked listening to about the hardship with the settlers, but I just couldn't get over Claire being a doctor, mother, grandmother, wife, definitely a lover and now a detective? It's getting to be a tad bit ridiculous and I really hope that the author will scale back to the story in the next book.

    There is no time travel in this book. Very disappointing. Mother, daughter, father and son in-law is a nuclear family. I kinda got tired of hearing about them altogether. They need to separate and use the stone a lot more.

    Here is something to think about. 1771, American Revolution. 1776, George Washington. It would been fun if Claire and Jamie cross paths with the General.

    Also, how come Brianna is the only child when Claire and Jamie constantly FUN-icating? I know that Brianna is on birth control because of her mom, but is Claire on the herbal medicine too?

    It doesn't makes sense. Claire is not too old to give birth and Jamie is a stud. Why only one kid?

    Like I mentioned before, I hope to be caught up with the series before the year ends. I just think that "The Fiery Cross" was out of sync from the rest of the previous books. My biggest disappointment that none of them used the stone. Instead of having two different timelines, this one became only one.

    I'm hoping that my review will change as I catch up to the leaders. I got trapped in the middle of the pack and couldn't see the front runners.

    The last few hours in the audiobook is pretty painful. Diana Gabaldon tries to fix too many loose ends. The end just ruined #5 for me. She should had saved it for #6.

    Seriously, rolling tongues?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Adam Cohen
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Nothing to Fear brings to life a fulcrum moment in American history - the tense, feverish first 100 days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency, when he and his inner circle completely reinvented the role of the federal government.

    R.S. says: "Important contribution"
    "FDR, No Strings Attach"
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    The first 100 days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency are what leaders are made of. Out with the old and in with the new. FDR brought back confidence to the American people by backing up banking from the federal reserves, implemented labor laws, establishing unemployment and Social Security as an insurance by boosting morale for many Americans. It takes a keen ear to build up good leadership to listen. Herbert Hoover was from a different era and didn't knew how to change. Roosevelt was from the new generation and saw a need for better leadership by asking for advise from his cabinet.

    "Nothing to Fear" is something that our current administration should read. Instead of having lobbyists and corporations running the country, FDR was his own puppet master with no strings attach and not just another talking head. FDR showed true leadership in the White House that has been lost many presidents after him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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