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Tim

Putting books on the back burner.

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  • The Intelligent Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Murphy
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (495)

    In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs and left their mark on the world. The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders did it.

    Lorena says: "HBS promotional material"
    "Not Hypothetical Examples"
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    I was a little worried when I bought this book. I just thought that it will be another business book with hypothetical examples and trying to solve a math problem as a final exam. I was wrong. This book has three real life examples and their life and passion for their companies. It is almost like taking a class in college on Business 101. It's like being in school, reading their stories and having a followup lecture on what we learned and at the end of the semester, having the real entrepreneurs in class as a guest panel for question and answer.

    This title is well written. The author did a great job at telling their stories and going in depth on what just happened. Good concept on a business book.

    I just wished that there were more of this book and it kinda felt like a infomercial for Harvard Business School.

    I just wanted more, but good and interesting read.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
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    Overall
    (3703)
    Performance
    (3330)
    Story
    (3332)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "Explanation and Follow Through"
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    I wasn't expecting a book about zombies when I bought "The Girl with All the Gifts." I'm not a fan of walkers and find the whole genre humerus, but when I started this paranormal fantasy, I got so into the book. Can't really say why I like this book so much. Maybe it's less teen inspired and gears toward more to the normal? Maybe M. R. Carey just wanted to write one great horror story, instead a series of nonsense? Whatever the reason might had been, I found this book to be very creepy and extremely intelligence why they are Hungries. Good explanation and follow through from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (6020)
    Performance
    (3915)
    Story
    (3952)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "I Must Be Dumb"
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    After spending the majority of this month at reading "Atlas Shrugged", I still don't have any ideas what I just read from Ayn Rand. Let me make myself clear that I'm not a supporter of Rand's views and I'm not a follower. Rand's rhetoric is like putting a red dye in a glass of water and as you stir it up, the water loose its clarity. At one point, I started having canker sores in my mouth because of this book was stressing me out. Even after half way through it, I couldn't figure out the message.

    Rand's characters are pretty horrifying. They have no individualism. If her characters goes against her beliefs, you might as well put them in a pen of pit bulls and see them chopping on their flesh. Ayn Rand was a bad writer. There is no diversity in her materials at all. She was the puppet master in a factory of robots.

    I must be dumb because I don't get the popularity of this novel at all. Helping a fellow man for our selfish desires is better than nothing. Capitalism is far better than laissez faire state. How can we help people without greed? Greed what drives most of us to be better and our motivation helps more people. Such as hiring more employees, better wages and overall, a better life.

    I did not get any message in "Atlas Shrugged" that is worth noting.

    Many of my friends are educators and they warned me to not to read this book because it goes against our better judgement for man. I regret wasting my time on this one. Ayn Rand was an evil lady. She ran her cult for mindless people with no backbone.

    "Atlas Shrugged" is the Bible for hipsters because this book was written for the immature.

    Honestly,I hope, I never see this book on a coffee table at my friends' because Ayn Rand is scary.

    One star from this dummy. 63 hours of crap!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rape of Nanking

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Iris Chang
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
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    In December 1937, in the capital of China, one of the most brutal massacres in the long annals of wartime barbarity occurred. The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking and within weeks not only looted and burned the defenseless city but systematically raped, tortured and murdered more than 300,000 Chinese civilians. Amazingly, the story of this atrocity- one of the worst in world history- continues to be denied by the Japanese government.

    Douglas says: "Powerful"
    "Maybe Worst than the Holocaust"
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    A good friend of mine suggested that I should read "The Rape of Nanking." Many times I get great reads from my friends, even though I may not be interested. We all have different taste and different options, but that is what is so great about reading. Between my friends and I, we have read almost all books on the Holocaust, but never on Nanking. I couldn't stop listening to this one.

    It's horrifying as heck what the Japanese soldiers did to the Chinese. I almost lost my lunch when I heard about the raping and torture in Nanking, but I couldn't stop listening.

    Iris Chang drove the subject matter in my brain, wanting me to read more and more. I never heard about Nanking until I bought this book.

    After reading "The Rape of Nanking", I understand why The Bird was so punishing with Louis Zamperini in Unbroken. Laura Hillenbrand never explained why the Japanese was so hard on their POW's. She never gave us an insight of their soldiers. Unbroken was all about Zamperini's life.

    Iris Chang shed some light on the culture and the mindset of the Japanese and the hatred of the Chinese during the massacre.

    As I kept reading, I was cross referencing in my mind between the two books and I understand why Zamperini went through hell in the prison camp. At that time, the Japanese had so much hate for all other races. In a way, Nanking was worst than the Holocaust simply because Adolf Hitler over shadow the world.

    Unlike the Jews, Nanking hasn't been retold from its survivors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
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    Overall
    (21549)
    Performance
    (17933)
    Story
    (17920)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "What is the Hoopla"
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    Ever since "Gone Girl" there has been a surge of books with the word "Girl" in their titles. They all tries to mimic the best seller from Gillian Flynn. I don't like when I'm reading the synopsis of a book that they keep referring to another book from a different author. They are trying to ride on the coat tails from other authors' success.

    "The Girl on the Train" was very disappointing to me and I found it to be sluggish from the first word to its last. Base on my friends' recommendations, it wasn't a page turner for me. I found that the main character to not be intriguing at all and if I really wanted to listen to a drunk, divorce, middle age women (or men), I can entertain myself by going to weekly meetings at my local chapter.

    Maybe I miss Amy in "Gone Girl", but Rachel in "The Girl on the Train" wasn't so much of a mystery in my ears. It lacks in that psycho thriller that keeps you guessing at every page. I found the pace of the storytelling to be so slow. It barely held up to my attention. I did not care what happens next and how it ended. I just wanted to get to the end and move onto my next read.

    I really don't understand what is all the hoopla about over this book. I bought this book because of my friends and Audible kept showing the cover on their front page. Many of my friends has told me that they finish this book in a matter of days, so I was excited to start on it, but after the first few hours, I needed to force myself to listen.

    I really hope that the publishers will stop referring to Gillian Flynn's work, just because other authors' has a female character. It's getting really annoying and unnecessary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next America: Moving Beyond a Fragile Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Don Holbrook
    • Narrated By Brian Daniel Young
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The economic chaos that has created so much destruction of wealth for regular Americans is far from over. This book examines problems and possible solutions within national, international, and local realms that will help us navigate these times and set a course toward calmer waters. While some clamor for more taxes to cover our government's programs, The Next America shows how we can restructure our tax code so it positively affects all aspects of our communities.

    Tim says: "Talking Out of His Rear"
    "Talking Out of His Rear"
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    I'm not too keen on Don Holbrook's ideas in "The Next America." Some of his ideas are great, like regarding education, but most of his ideas are so far fetch that they will never come true. You can't rebuild America base on theories. There has to be action, reaction, and leadership and Don Holbrook is just talking out of his rear without any examples.

    I almost couldn't finish this one. At one point, I had to stop and listen to something else because Brian Daniel Young speaks in waves. He is the worst reader that I have yet to listen to. Avoid his voice as much as possible. His vocal folds is poison.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
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    Overall
    (3279)
    Performance
    (2973)
    Story
    (2993)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "An Epiphany on SK"
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    I purposely waited to read the newest one from Stephen King, "Revival." I wanted to wait for the fan fair to be over and give this book a chance. Many Constant Readers agrees that Stephen King is a much different writer than before. He hasn't wrote a gripping story since "11/22/63" and that was in 2011. All of his novels after that have been sub par at best where I don't consider myself as a Constant Reader anymore. He has become my least favorite author to follow.

    Before you find this review to be not helpful, please read on to my theory of the great King of horror.

    I really think that Stephen King is trying to make amends and perhaps throughout his recent books, he is writing an autobiography through his characters. Besides "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft" and interviews, we know that SK had a problem with alcohol and drugs. He even say that he was high on booze and dope, when he wrote "Carrie."

    All of his characters has some kind of addiction and trying to find redemption. It's always the same pattern in most of this books, especially recently. Maybe that's why many of his fans has lost their faith in horror from the King.

    "Revival" follows the same pattern. Stephen King is trying to explain his past in the most arcaded way that I don't understand, but somehow it all fits. SK is trying to tell his life in pieces throughout his novels. The main character is also an drug addict and an musician. He meets a pastor that cure people through electricity and playing God. There is a dilemma from right or wrong and let's not forget the constant message from SK on smoking. Maybe the shadow is a metaphor from King's past.

    I was about to give this book a bad review because after time travel and JFK, Stephen King has been a total disappointment for many because all of his books has been lack luster before his horror days. After having an epiphany on why SK changed his style all of a sudden, I finally understand what he is doing.

    I will read more from Stephen King to see how he redeem himself from his vice.

    I hope that this review was helpful to the Constant Reader that miss the young author that freaked us through the night. Hopefully, he will have one last horror before he meet his maker.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (1261)
    Story
    (1251)

    Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

    Mark says: "A History of the Ancient Geeks"
    "History of Bits and Bytes"
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    "The Innovators" is a history book of bits and bytes of computing and the Internet. Walter Isaacson does an excellent job at explaining the technology and introducing the great founders such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Paul Allen, and many others. Also, the history goes into the first social network, The WELL. You don't have to know how to write code to enjoy this book. This author does not dwell on one subject over and over. He tells you the history of the person and their invention and then moves on to the next item. Over 50 years of computing in this book.

    I like to know how things work, like a diesel engine. Nothing is smoke and mirrors. There is always a process behind it. There are no hamsters running on a spinning wheel behind the curtain. Every line of code has a purpose. There is a reason why your cursor blinks and why your searches appears instantly before you type.

    "The Innovators" is an important book to my generation and the future. It is like our almanac, but instead of keeping track of the weather each year, we are always updating to the newest technology.

    I haven't read this good of a book on technology since I read "The Master Switch" by Tim Wu.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Quantum Murder: The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (581)

    Dr Edward Kitchener, a brilliant researcher into quantum cosmology, lies dead with his lungs spread out on either side of his open chest. Only a mercenary or professional killer could have breached the premier-grade security system - but why would a professional waste time in ritual slaughter? Greg Mandel, psi-boosted ex-private eye, is enticed out of retirement to launch an investigation into a past which - according to Kitchener’s theories - might never have happened.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Excellent sci-fi murder mystery"
    "Great Combo of Sci-fi Murders"
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    Science fiction murder mystery makes a great combo when you have Peter F. Hamilton writing. "A Quantum Murder" is the second book in the Greg Mandel trilogy. I read the first book sometime last year and I have forgotten to continue on with the series. The first few chapters was confusing because I forgot all about the main character, who is a sci fi detective. There is less action in the second edition than in the first book, "Mindstar Rising."

    "A Quantum Murder" is better because Hamilton is known for his space opera. He goes more in depth into the high tech world and trying to solve the murder case. I need to write myself a reminder to finish the trilogy soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Judy Melinek, MD, T. J. Mitchell
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (581)

    Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

    R. Milam says: "Great story - but not for the faint of heart!"
    "262 Stories"
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    262 stories of dead bodies from a Medical Examiner. Old age, suicides, murders and even malpractice cases, Dr. Judy Melinek has seen it all as a forensic pathologist. She was even there when the Towers fell and had to examined the incoming bodies from the terrorist's event.

    "Working Stiff" is her story about being a forensic pathologist in New York City. An real life CSI doctor, but without the lights, cameras, and bad scripts. Fascinating book on autopsies. Pretty wild how they can trace back the cause of death by examining the corpse.

    This book is not for the faint of heart, but Dr. Melinek explains her career thoroughly. I highly suggest to not to Google "dead corpse." The pictures are much more horrifying then this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Football 101

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Gilbert Klein
    • Narrated By Jack Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    This is an entertaining, informative beginner's guide to understanding football. Also, I guarantee* that this is the most enjoyable introductory audiobook ever about football, and that after listening to this audiobook you will know and love the game.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "A great introduction to football"
    "Yellow Flags"
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    "Football 101" is kind of disappointing. I wanted to know more about the penalties in the game. Don't really care about the different positions because throw the ball, catch the ball, and run the ball. Football is actually a simple sport, but when the ref throws the yellow flag, the game gets confusing.

    Too much field talk and not enough about the rules. Unless you never watch football, you don't really need this guide book. The game is easy to follow if you have a favorite team. Just watch the game.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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