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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

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  • The Mark Inside: A Perfect Swindle, a Cunning Revenge, and a Small History of the Big Con

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Amy Reading
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    In 1919, Texas rancher J. Frank Norfleet lost everything he had in a stock market swindle. He did what many other marks did - he went home, borrowed more money from his family, and returned for another round of swindling. Only after he lost that second fortune did he reclaim control of his story. Instead of crawling back home in shame, he vowed to hunt down the five men who had conned him. Through Norfleet's ingenious reverse-swindle, Amy Reading reveals the mechanics behind the scenes of the big con.

    D. Littman says: "a scattering of interesting facts"
    "Another book that would make a good movie."
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    Loved it. It's amazing what happens to one's self made beliefs in life once it is punctured by thieves. One's core beliefs become anything but a mere shadow of their former selves in the pursuit of correcting the wrong. The years of dedication to finding these guys, right down to the very last guy, what the pursuit cost him and his family to find them all and what he had to learn along the way, especially that practically no man can be trusted - what an adventure.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1656)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (697)

    Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

    crazybatcow says: "Very very good story, very very "adult""
    "Good STUFF"
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    Altered Carbon was a better story but this one takes a good strong second. The Morgan and McLaren team work well together. Yes, this has the same gritty telling of a time in the future where humans can live as long as they like ... except Catholics.

    This story is more about war, Kovac's own war against whatever he sees as evil. That is the evil against others he feels are on the right side, whether they are or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Engineer ReConditioned

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Neal Asher
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Mysterious aliens...ruthless terrorists...androids with attitude...genetic manipulation...punch-ups with lasers...giant spaceships...what more do you want? A collection by the author of Gridlinked, The Skinner, In the Line of Polity, Cowl, Brass Man, and The Voyage of the Sable Keech.

    SciFi Kindle says: "Great into to Asher"
    "Blandly interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There were several stories in this book. The first story was interesting more than the others. In most of the stories I didn't feel much of a connection. The stories were OK but didn't have enough meat to carry them thru.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (229)

    At age 26, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. But he should have known better.

    Elizabeth says: "HILARIOUS"
    "POOP, the order of the day in this book."
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    I wanted to like this book but it had so many emphasis on poop and other related vomit wrenchers that I started to feel like this guy decided to see if he could survive living in a toilet. Frankly, I have seen these scenes and I never want to visit them again. I didn't find this story endearing at all, but just one toilet scene after another.

    If you've ever seen film of the poor sections of India, this book is just about that gross.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1521)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1374)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    A User says: "Stevan"
    "Penn, you're a crazy guy!"
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    You're a strange one, Mr. Jillette.

    This book give you an insight to Penn's psyche. I don't agree with everything Penn believes but I don't think you have to for this book. Strange beliefs on one hand but with a twist while telling them. Sometimes he's self-deprecating about his own beliefs and leaves the door open for other explorations of the same beliefs. This is like science - reaching an open conclusion ... until a better open conclusion comes along.

    He has odd observations which make you think about your own observations and how shallow you might be thinking about your own surroundings. It's not Grand Central, but the individual scenes inside.

    Sorry Penn, I won't be looking you up on YouTube to see you riding the Vomit Comet naked! I think I'd be scarred for life. Well ... I would if I could block you out and just see the girl you talked about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DisneyWar

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James B. Stewart
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (237)

    Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.

    Christine says: "Utterly fascinating"
    "AHHH! Left me hanging!"
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    I know the whole newspaper and media story of the Eisner era. I have many friends that worked at Disney during that time and told me some of the stories. But this gives you an insight from inside the offices point of view.

    Talk about Pirates of the Caribbean, WOW! The whole network of people created by the influx of Hollywood deal riders injected into the Disney head by Eisner was like a pirate movie gone bad ... for the pirates! Nobody trusted one another especially true of Eisner himself. He would hire his friends and colleagues and after a certain period of time he'd start feeling like they were out for his job. The amount of lies and deceit on his part alone is staggering. Eisner couldn't tell the truth to save his black soul. I'm amazed Disney survived the Eisner era, maybe it was in spite of him.

    The amount of arrogance displayed by Eisner and his recruitments towards each other launched infighting comparable to a third world nations' rebel coup of it's government. Everyone suspicious of everyone else in the coup. The leader constantly expecting that knife in the back from the dark corners of his regime, a product of his own paranoia.

    The reason I've given this a lower rating is - the book was recorded without editing out the mistakes and rereads. In fact I don't think any of it was edited at all. So you end up with the same lines being read over again here and there thru out the book. I thought I was hitting the rewind button.
    Another reason is this book was finished before Eisner was fired from Disney. I still want to hear how that all came down right up to, "Clear out your desk, dick head!" I felt short changed.

    I will say this, it moved along and was as fascinating as any fictional story of this type. I didn't expect it to be. I think that it really happened makes it even more compelling. There are sharks in the water and they eat each other.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3226)
    Performance
    (1443)
    Story
    (1451)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Mike Hammer lives ... in the future!"
    Overall
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    This was great! Todd McLaren is a great narrator. He gives this story a Mike Hammer flavor reading from first person. Lot's of twists and turns in the story.

    SEX, oh yeah and graphic too. So if you're put off by really bad and VERY descriptive language concerning sex, this might not be the book for you. But the scenes are few. So if you get the book and you're offended by this, fast forward!

    My only complaint is the descriptive nature of the story. It sometimes gets in the way of the action and the story, bogging it down. it's almost about the descriptions more than the story at times. In places it's fine if the story is at a bit of a stand still. I've found that some authors get overly descriptive right in the middle of an action or fast moving scene causing the scene to 'get lost' in describing every minute detail to the point of losing the thread of attention that should be taking place to keep the pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4129)
    Performance
    (1425)
    Story
    (1440)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Fast moving"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very fast moving. So fast you don't really warm up to any of the characters that well. It's a somewhat interesting story about the reaper bizz. I think my favorite characters out of the whole book were Minty Fresh and the hell hounds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Renegade History of the United States

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thaddeus Russell
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    American history was driven by clashes between those interested in preserving social order and those more interested in pursuing their own desires---the "respectable" versus the "degenerate", the moral versus the immoral. The more that "bad" people existed, resisted, and won, the greater was our common good. In A Renegade History of the United States, Russell introduces us to the origins of our nation's identity as we have never known them before.

    Rory K Gallagher says: "One of those books...that cause brain freeze!"
    "HOLD ON - not your classroom history book"
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    Performance
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    WOW, this is the back alley of history in the US. You'll learn things in here that nobody would dare teach in a classroom. This is tabloid type history lesson where nothing is held back. This is the greasy sh*t you want to know about and not the whitewashed facade we got in school.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By H. W. Brands
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (192)

    Many consider Franklin the most fascinating American man who ever lived. A scientist, businessman, diplomat, author, inventor, philosopher and politician, he is America's original Renaissance man. His remarkable and varied accomplishments include the discovery of electricity and the modernization of the postal system. Brilliant and bawdy, a master statesman and a cultural icon, Franklin was so important and popular in his day that, according to the author, "... only Washington mattered as much."

    William says: "History tends to bore but I couldnt stop listening"
    "Some interesting material"
    Overall
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    Looong on paperwork and letters. There were certain sections that chased interest with long, dull reading of his every letter that he wrote in between. I guess if you need to read a full history of the man then this is it. But if you'd like a brief history of Ben then this isn't what you're looking for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Company

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    Nestled among Seattle's skyscrapers, The Zephyr Holdings Building is a bleak rectangle topped by an orange-and-black logo that gives no hint of Zephyr's business. Lack of clarity, it turns out, is Zephyr's defining characteristic. The floors are numbered in reverse. No one has ever seen the CEO or glimpsed his office on the first (i.e., top) floor. Yet every day people clip on their ID tags, file into the building, sit at their desks, and hope that they're not about to be outsourced.

    Jacob says: "A Wonderful Experience"
    "Not sure about this one."
    Overall
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    Not his best work. I think you'd have to be an office worker to get behind this one. I kept losing track since I couldn't stay interested in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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