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Tim

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  • A Face in the Crowd

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Stewart O'Nan
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (202)

    Dean Evers, an elderly widower, sits in front of the television with nothing better to do than waste his leftover evenings watching baseball. It’s Rays/Mariners, and David Price is breezing through the line-up. Suddenly, in a seat a few rows up beyond the batter, Evers sees the face of someone from decades past, someone who shouldn’t be at the ballgame, shouldn’t be on the planet. And so begins a parade of people from Evers’s past, all of them occupying that seat behind home plate. Until one day Dean Evers sees someone even eerier….

    Tim says: "Perfect Match"
    "Perfect Match"
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    After listening all of Stephen King's books that have ever been published, I am still excited to read another title from SK, even if its just a very short story. As a SK's follower, the constant reader knows that King have a passion for baseball.

    I even read the "Faithful", about the Red Sox winning in 2004. It's not a surprise that he would write a story on the game, but what is surprising, that he had a co author for "A Face in the Crowd." Maybe because Stewart O'Nan was a co author of the "Faithful" also.

    It is a perfect match between the two authors because they are both die hard into baseball.

    Nevertheless, SK's novels and his novellas never gets old.

    Unless you are a huge Red Sox fan, skip "Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season", because its a baseball diary between Stephen King and his friends.

    As for "A Face in the Crowd", its a classic writing, short and demented.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Matthew D. Lieberman
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    In Social, renowned psychologist Matthew Lieberman explores groundbreaking research in social neuroscience, revealing that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental, more basic, than our need for food or shelter. Because of this, our brain uses its spare time to learn about the social world-other people and our relation to them.

    Douglas says: ""Bowling Alone" For Your Brain..."
    "Being Social"
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    Growing up with a disability, I always had a hard time being social no matter how many friends I had. I always felt like that I stuck out like a sore thumb. Ironically, I overcame my fears and more people knows me than I know them. At some point in my life, I became a rolling billboard for most people because of my unique ability to use my feet. I only have a handful of friends that I'm close with, and rooms full of names that I choose to not to know. I also choose not to have a social media status because I find posting to be counterproductive to the real thing. I don't need thousands of followers that I will never meet other than reading their texts.

    By the way, I don't Tweet, Posts and unless we met in real life and have a common interest, I don't Friend either.

    "Social: Why Our Brains are Wired to Connect," by Matthew Lieberman, is a remarkable study how our brain is wired at being social. Outstanding information how being social betters our society in every way. This book really hit home when he tries to explain that being social is like a smoker having two packs of cigarettes a day. Really interesting on human beings needs to be social and how the act of communicating can can teach, learn, and encourage others. There are many more examples from Lieberman and they are all well explain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Sutter
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    747 is the thrilling story behind "the Queen of the Skies" - the Boeing 747 - as told by Joe Sutter, one of the most celebrated engineers of the 20th century, who spearheaded its design and construction. Sutter's vivid narrative takes us back to a time when American technology was cutting-edge and jet travel was still glamorous and new. With wit and warmth, he gives an insider's sense of the larger than life-size personalities - and the tensions - in the aeronautical world.

    Jean says: "What a beautiful plane"
    "747"
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    I'm not into aviation, but if you are going overseas, you will most likely be traveling on a "747." Very interesting story how the aircraft became about. The book reads more like an autobiography for Joe Sutter. He was the head engineer for the aircraft at Boeing. 747 changed how we fly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ben Urwand
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    To continue doing business in Germany, Hollywood studios agreed not to make films attacking Nazis or condemning persecution of Jews. Ben Urwand reveals this collaboration and the cast of characters it drew in, ranging from Goebbels to Louis B. Mayer. At the center was Hitler himself - obsessed with movies and their power to shape public opinion.

    M. S. Cohen says: "Making mountains out of molehills"
    "Poorly Bounded"
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    I always learn something new when I read about Hitler, but Ben Urwand tries too hard in "The Collaboration." Hitler's links to Hollywood over one reel, (All Quiet on the Western Front) was a bit of a stretch for a book. The author just tries too hard on hot Hitler had a strong hold on Hollywood.

    After a while, I lost interest in the book because I couldn't connect the dots. It's an interesting subject, but not well explain. This book is poorly bounded with loose information. It lacks in structure.

    The subject needs to be redone by an historian.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Amy Alkon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (192)

    We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us through this this miasma of modern manners, syndicated columnist Amy Alkon - The Advice Goddess - gives us a new set of manners for our 21st-century lives.

    G. House Sr. says: "Hilarious and a Direct Hit - Must Listen"
    "Where is the F Bomb?"
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    I was looking forwarding at reading "Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck" because I am human and I use the F word when I'm frustrated, happy, or sad, but I couldn't stop swearing as I listen to Amy Alkon ongoing rants. She is just a complainer. Do's and Don'ts. After a while, I found her rules to be nonsense. F*ck, this book was just bad. Can't believe that she got popular from her Ask Amy columns. Her humor supposed to be funny, but I found this book to be annoying. Not my kind of read at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Neal Gabler
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (283)

    Seven years in the making and meticulously researched - Gabler is the first writer to be given complete access to the Disney archives - this is the full story of a man whose work left an ineradicable brand on our culture but whose life has largely been enshrouded in myth.

    Amanda says: "Diane Disney"
    "Disappointing Ride"
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    The biography on "Walt Disney" by Neal Gabler is tedious, dull, and boring. I was expecting more of Mr. Disney's life and the magic kingdom, but too much detail on the business, going broke, and the making of Snow White. I almost couldn't finish this book because there were too many footnotes after footnotes. I bought the wrong book because I learned nothing on the creator, other than being a tyrant. It was like waiting in line and being disappointed with the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows: An Outlander Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (817)

    Available for the first time as an audiobook in this original Outlander novella, Diana Gabaldon reveals what really happened to Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents. Orphaned during World War II, Roger believed that his mother died during the London Blitz, and that his father, an RAF pilot, was killed in combat. But in An Echo in the Bone, Roger discovers that this may not be the whole story. Now, in "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows," readers finally learn the truth.

    sandy says: "I miss davina porter"
    "Why #8.5?"
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    I'm not sure why "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows" is book #8.5 in the Outlander series. I understand that this is a short story about Roger's parents, but how come this novella was after "Written in My Own Heart's Blood?" #8 was publish in 2014 and #8.5 was published in 2012 after "An Echo in the Bone." I'm not sure on the numbering on this one. It doesn't make sense. Shouldn't the story of Roger's parents come before #8?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter of Frankie Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (366)

    Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront. An affable Italian with a love of people and life, he's a stand-up businessman, devoted father, and a beloved fixture in the community. He's also a hit man - specifically, a retired hit man. Back in the day when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine.

    Surf City Swami says: "The Winter of Frankie Machine is a ray of sunshine"
    "Similar Authors"
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    Don Winslow is a similar author to Johnny Shaw, but Winslow has less humor than Shaw. Due to the holidays, I couldn't devote my time with "The Winter of Frankie Machine.." I read this book in between meals, sports, naps, and talking to my aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. I should read this book again to get the full scope of the San Diego, surfer, murder mystery. I read this one sporadically.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4280)
    Performance
    (3990)
    Story
    (3974)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Bloody H. Christ, Good"
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    Over the last five months I've been consumed with the Outlander series. Ever since Audible had the first book as one of their Daily Deals, I've been addictive with Claire, Jamie, Brianna, Roger, and Frank. Now that I came to the end of the journey, I find myself going through withdraws and hope that the author will write just one more, #9 and hopefully #10. While we are at it, let's make it a baker's dozen, #13.

    In the meantime, I will try to listen to all of the novellas to keep the urge at bay. I've been told from my friends that the novellas are like Methadone for Diana Gabaldon addicts. I'm getting ready for daily meetings, my new sobriety birthday and rehab because this is one of the best series that I've listened to.

    "Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Moby)" is Bloody H. Christ, Good! I almost couldn't get through "An Echo of the Bones", but "Moby" just had it all for me. #8 and #3 (Voyager) are my favorite books in the series. They really stood out.

    I really enjoyed how Gabaldon introduced General Washington and General Lee during the Revolution War. The wedding night with Ian and Rachel is probably the best scene that I've listened to in my entire library. Auntie Claire giving Ian advice was classic, "Oh God." Very funny.

    Let's not forget the explanation about the time travel from Brianna, fire, deaths and finally, Claire facing her predator.

    I need to thank my friends for forcing me to read this series. We had many discussions in our book club with numerous theories on what will happen next. Perhaps, Diana Gabaldon will write another series with Jem and Mandy to get a childhood prospective of the stones? Or maybe Claire will time travel 60 years in the future and be apart of the Civil war?

    Whatever the next story might be, we don't want it to end at "Moby."

    It was a pleasure at listening to Davina Porter's performance. During the last four hours of #8, I put the audio back onto normal speed to save the last bits of words as long as possible.

    As I mention before, this is one of the best series that I have listened to and if Dr. Fraser was real, I would want her to be my PCP.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By P. D. Smith
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    For the first time in the history of our planet, more than half the population - 3.3 billion people - is now living in cities. City is the ultimate guidebook to our urban centers - the signature unit of human civilization. With erudite prose, this unique work of metatourism explores what cities are and how they work. It covers history, customs and language, districts, transport, money, work, shops and markets, and tourist sites, creating a fantastically detailed portrait of the city through history and into the future.

    john zaitz says: "Worth it"
    "Jumble Together"
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    The information that is presented in "City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age" is jumble together. The author has no organization skills. The book jumps from topic to topic with no cohesiveness. I don't mind text book writing, but I would hate to see the index of this book because the audiobook wasn't well put together. I don't know what Peter D. Smith was thinking, but the information of the topic is so random, that you feel that you are playing Trivial Pursuit. Poorly written in all counts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Space Between: An Outlander Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (669)

    Joan MacKimmie is on her way to Paris to take up her vocation as a nun. Yet her decision is less a matter of faith than fear, for Joan is plagued by mysterious voices that speak of the future, and by visions that mark those about to die. The sanctuary of the nunnery promises respite from these unwanted visitations...or so she prays. Her chaperone is Michael Murray, a young widower who, though he still mourns the death of his wife, finds himself powerfully drawn to his charge.

    Kathy says: "A Delight!"
    "Getting Ready for #8"
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    I think if I didn't read the last 7 books in the previous months, I would had appreciate "The Space Between" more, but I'm getting ready to start "Written in My Own Heart's Blood" very soon. So, I don't really have the excitement to wait for #8 to come out since its already published. There is a 5 year gap between "An Echo in the Bone" and this novella. I would had been ecstatic to get "The Space Between" if I needed to wait for Diana Gabaldon to continue on with Outlander, but I'm about to be caught up with the entire series within 6 months. Not too sure how important is #7.5 or Joan MacKimmie has any role in Moby. I give this one 3 stars because I like seeing Diana Gabaldon writing more side stories from Outlander.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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