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Dann

My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • God Said,'Ha!'

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (110)

    In one year Julia Sweeney got a divorce (amicable), bought a small bungalow in Hollywood, and looked forward to a life that said, "Here dwells a happily single young woman!" But then the axe fell. Her younger brother, Mike, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and moved in with her. Her parents came to be with Mike and moved in with her, too. Julia was now on seriously intimate terms with the people she had spent half a lifetime growing up away from.

    Haley says: "Resonated Big Time"
    "Feeling good about being down..."
    Overall

    This is a bit more sober than Letting Go of God, but still keeps an up lift through it all. I see the lesson in keeping one's humor in the dull light of hell on earth. Life is tough enough, keep up the wit and sly grins, Julia. We all should.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David A. Price
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (408)

    The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it. With the help of visionary businessman Steve Jobs and animating genius John Lasseter, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others.

    Cameron says: "If you like Disney, Pixar, or Apple..."
    "Great behind the scenes of development"
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    Terrific if you're into how computer animation was formed. Something we take for granted these days had a very complex and expensive upbringing. This book doesn't get too technical but explains things in a way that you'll understand what's being said. Now I have to go back and compare Toy Story to more recent Pixar films to see how far it's come.

    Being part of the industry helped me relate to the process of development. Having made many of the scannable objects for computer manipulation in my time helped me understand their objectives.

    I think that computer animated cartoons has faired better than the computer animation for live action films. I still see MUD in a lot of the live action films, blurred scenes that shouldn't be blurred and flatness of dimensional objects. One of the things I'm glad for is that the special effects and prop building technicians are still needed even to render certain things in a computer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Garner Files: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Garner, Jon Winokur
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    After suffering physical abuse at the hands of his stepmother, James Garner left home at fourteen. He became Oklahoma's first draftee of the Korean War and was awarded with two Purple Hearts before returning to the United States and settling in Los Angeles to become an actor. Working alongside some of the most renowned celebrities, including Julie Andrews, Marlon Brando, and Clint Eastwood, Garner became a star in his own right, despite struggles with stage fright and depression.

    Marian says: "The Real James Garner"
    "A lot of insight"
    Overall
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    This is an eye opener for those who wonder what it's like to be a movie star of Garner's caliber. To the reviewer who thought there was too much emphasis on golf, it was mixed well with interesting incidences and insights. I don't like golf either but as with all human interaction he wrote more about the interactions during and around the game than the golf.

    Garner was one of my favorite actors and I like the fact that he proved to be a man's man, an actor with principals and not just an actor that knew nothing else. Good life experiences, told it like it is and didn't spare the things he stood for and believed in to be shaped by the process.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrea Lankford
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (151)

    The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks. For 12 years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.

    Charles says: "Cringeworthy"
    "Darwin Awards would love this ..."
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    Yeah, as other reviewers have pointed out, there are a lot of deaths in this book but the majority are on the level of the Darwin Awards. Like the guy that got stoned, got up in the middle of the night to pee and wondered off a cliff.

    This book also shows how the city dweller's experiences with being in a natural setting points to how unprepared we are to cope with what nature has been for millions of years. And it also shows how those who choose to live with nature as rangers learn to accept the beauty, the wonderment of our earth and the creepy crawlies and the wild life. This is a terrific book, but it's like nature, go into it with acceptance of this is how it is living with nature and trying to keep the unprepared public safe. This book is a must for those who plan to venture out into the wilderness. Be prepared and even when you think you are prepared, check again and always listen to the rangers. They know more about your person mixed with nature than you do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (609)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "Nice story"
    Overall
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    A little confusing at first but picks up and travels. One of Barry's better books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ryan Holiday
    • Narrated By Ryan Holiday
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (297)

    "You’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me. I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs—as much as any one person can."

    Book Mogul says: "Trust me, it's worth the listen, and I'm not lying"
    "Thought this might be interesting"
    Overall
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    But I had to quit listening part way through because the guy just reads it like he's trying to get done with a bad book. This guy can't even interest himself in his own book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Army of One: FREE Star Force Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (1652)
    Performance
    (1498)
    Story
    (1511)

    In BV Larson's "An Army of One" the Macros of the Star Force series invade from the skies, forcing a nanotized assassin into a deadly decision.

    Sami says: "Powerful scenario and smooth follow up"
    "Pretty basic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Campfire stuff. OK writing but didn't have much of an unpredictable punch. Mainstream story telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rollback

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    Thirty-eight years ago, Dr. Sarah Halifax earned worldwide fame by deciphering a radio transmission from an unknown intelligence reaching out from deep space. Now 87, Sarah receives news that, at long last, a new signal has been received, and her services are desperately needed once again.

    Crystal says: "He's Been Better- Characters Good"
    "A good story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    It's good sci-fi. Seems to go back to that old Twilight Zone episode about getting a younger body and the wife doesn't get one. But this story revolves around health being the deciding factor. This story continues where the TZ story left off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing 'Hoax'

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Philip Plait
    • Narrated By Kevin Scullin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (402)

    Dr. Philip C. Plait sets the record straight on many modern hoaxes and myths. Appalled that millions of Americans don't believe in the moon landing, or that an egg stands on its end only on the vernal equinox, Plait hilariously spills the truth and informs us of scientific inaccuracies in our everyday vernacular.

    Steven says: "Answers to the astronomy questions that matter."
    "Interesting, good science"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It had some interesting stuff and good explanations for curtain phenomenon which I didn't know before. If you like science over conspiracy/paranormal bullshit.

    If you woke up this morning thinking you saw Goofy in a cloud and thought it was a sign from God and really wanted to believe it, then this is not your book. This book will burst you imaginary bubble and bring you back to reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Callahan Chronicals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (250)

    This omnibus edition contains the trio of books that introduced the world to Mike Callahan, Jake Stonebender, Doc Webster, Mickey Finn, Fast Eddie Costigan, Long-Drink McGonnigle, Ralph Von Wau Wau, and the rest of the regulars of Callahan's Place, in the stories that helped Spider Robinson to win both a John W. Campbell Award and a legion of fans.

    Charles says: "Great listen"
    "I'm sorry but this just kept losing me ..."
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    Not being a BAR type person I couldn't get into the whole bar scene no matter how 'alien' it got. And the pun material just left me dry. There's very few puns that do anything for me but just make me want to walk away.

    I know this has a cult following, mainly people who think the bar actually exists and this should have been a clue for me. Unfortunately the mainstream story lines don't really do it for me. Give me sci fi with deep thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoom: From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees: How Everything Moves

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bob Berman
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    In Zoom, Bob Berman explores how motion shapes every aspect of the universe, literally from the ground up. With an informative and entertaining style and a knack for distilling the wondrous, Berman spans astronomy, geology, biology, meteorology, and the history of science, uncovering how clouds stay aloft, how the earth's rotation curves a home run's flight, and why a mosquito's familiar whine resembles a telephone's dial tone.

    rich says: "Fact Filled Fun Listen"
    "Good info"
    Overall
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    Some really interesting stuff in here. Some stuff bared repeating to get all the info and understand it. I liked it, good stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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