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James

Rockland, MA., United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 7 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 32 purchased in 2014
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  • America's Great Depression

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Murray N. Rothbard
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    The Great Depression was not a crisis for capitalism but merely an example of the downturn part of the business cycle, which was generated by government intervention in the economy. Had this book appeared in the 1940s, it might have spared the world much grief. Even so, its appearance in 1963 meant that free-market advocates had their first full-scale treatment of this crucial subject.

    Damon says: "required reading- hard to capture over audio"
    "Too much to listen to."
    Overall

    I thaught this would be a simple expliantion on the major causes of the gret depression. It was more like a doctorial thesis. I might read this book, but listening to it is extremely difficult. It's way too complicated to passively listen to. Your always losing track of the details. It may be a good reference book for school.

    4 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (444)

    What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

    Amazon Customer says: "There was trepidation ..."
    "An overall good read."
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    Would you try another book from Ben H. Winters and/or Peter Berkrot?

    Yes, It was entertaining and surprising. He does leave you enough clues, but you don't believe the ending until you get there.The book was never boring. Each page turned itself. You just want to find out a little more until the end.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. He did a good job.


    Do you think The Last Policeman needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    A follow up book may ruin the premise of this book. Sometimes knowing ruins the story like catching your parents playing Santa Clause.


    Any additional comments?

    My complaint is only the style of story. The hard nose detective feel of the story annoyed me. Otherwise, this was a good reed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10467)
    Performance
    (9506)
    Story
    (9523)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A good old fashion mystery"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was a good old fashion monster movie with a modern dialog. If you want something that will keep your attention while bonding to the characters, this book delivers.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    It had to be when they turned on the control panel in the control room. We were no longer in Kansas anymore.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Fighting the squails, and its hordes was intense. I found myself re-listening to some of it so I would not miss a single part of it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Kept me wanting more until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good clean book. There was only one part that had a little sex. It should be harmless enough for younger readers. I'm recommending it to my son.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (677)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "Not for the faint of heart."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    Brutal, intriguing, and exhausting. You don't realized that you ran a marathon until you take a breath, then you seen how long you been on this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense keeps me hooked. I find myself reacting physically to the action in the story.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    She was fine. I forgot she was reading through most of it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had a hard time not listening to this in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firestorm: Destroyermen, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (933)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (819)

    Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker find themselves caught between the nation they swore to defend and the allies they promised to protect. For even as the Allies and the Empire of New Britain Isles stand united against the attacks of both the savage Grik and the tenacious Japanese, the "Holy Dominion" - a warped mixture of human cultures whose lust for power overshadows even the Grik - is threatening to destroy them both with a devastating weapon neither can withstand.

    Waldo O. Berry III says: "A smashin good read and an excellent performance"
    "Another link in a good chain of a story"
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    Where does Firestorm rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    It's entertaining. I find myself not wanting to stop listening when life invades my listening. It keeps me wanting to hear more.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Taylor Anderson? Why or why not?

    Yes. His stories keep my interest. It doesn't always go as I thought it would.


    What about William Dufris???s performance did you like?

    He's very good. You forget you are listening to a story. He really brings it alive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It kept me wanting more. A smile or 2 might have escaped during the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand the need to recap in every book, but it gets exhausting. i would prefer that the author spent more time telling the current story and less time retelling the previous books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2615)
    Performance
    (1615)
    Story
    (1614)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Informative"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The author started becoming emotionally caught up in her subject. Given that her subject is a nasty person, she still started to apply characteristics to the subject that she could not possibly know. Although the sociopaths do not care for other people, it doesn't mean that they are perpetually board and looking for ways to use people. A lot of her venom is understandable, but she make political assumptions that are more bias than science.


    Would you recommend The Sociopath Next Door to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. It clears up some questions on the subject.


    What three words best describe Shelly Frasier???s performance?

    I forgot she was reading this.


    What character would you cut from The Sociopath Next Door?

    Not applicable.


    Any additional comments?

    Understand that not all of it is true, but enough is to help understand the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3116)
    Performance
    (2213)
    Story
    (2209)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "A Zombie book that keeps you reading."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Day By Day Armageddon? What did you like least?

    Despite the fact zombies have been done to death, I kept reading. I had to find out the ending.


    Would you be willing to try another book from J L Bourne? Why or why not?

    Yes. He paints a picture without becoming tedious. He keeps the action moving without loosing the reader.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jay Snyder?

    Sure.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not sure. Books don't always translate well. It seems to lend itself well to the medium though.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was unfinished. I would like something a little more final.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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