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Allyn B Jacobs

30+ IT/Geek Male. Used to read lots, but now the "reading" is best done via audible.

Des Plaines, IL United States

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10
REVIEWS
9
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
2

  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3369)
    Performance
    (3052)
    Story
    (3115)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Good book, but not great!"
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    I overall enjoyed this book, it's great for a quick escape, but nothing about this book stands out, either positively or negatively.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ian Kerner
    • Narrated By Ian Kerner
    Overall
    (964)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (308)

    As women everywhere will attest, when it comes to understanding female sexuality, most guys know more about what's under the hood of a car than under the hood of a clitoris. And while it seems that men have struggled valiantly since the dawn of time to find ways to reliably elicit the female orgasm, rare is the guy who has the modesty to ask: "What do I do?" Ironically, the answer has always been right there on the tip of his tongue.

    Adam says: "Really Good for What It's For"
    "Informative, but I think as a supplement.."
    Overall
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    The book might be required here. I don't know if there are any illustrations in the book, but I find that by text alone this is not the greatest of investments. It has some common sense ideas, but the narrator's voice, while that of the author (great in that regard) has this very Fran Dresher Nasal type voice. So, I hit the performance score low.

    I think that if you got the book, and wanted to "read by listening" your first time thru it's great. But plan on buying the book, (and not a kindle text only version) if you want to get it's full benefit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (10913)
    Performance
    (9885)
    Story
    (9966)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "OMG....OMG....OMG.... the ending..."
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    So, this book... This boook was even better than Divergent. Without a doubt this is the best book of the series. Emma Galvin as before is fantastic as Tris, and HOLY CRAP!!!! I mean seriously, my mouth dropped and I ran inside (from the car where I had to finish listening to the last few minutes) - to post about this on Facebook and tag all my teacher/reader friends at once. THIS BOOK makes Divergent a must read, so you can have the joy of this second book. I powered thru this book, finding excuses everywhere to just keep listening. Do yourself a favor, and pick up this series!! --- Just don't be too mad when the pacing changes in book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7527)
    Performance
    (6906)
    Story
    (6976)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "So, I haven't gotten to the end yet....."
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    So I have heard that not many people are big fans of the ending, so I am posting this now, roughly 2/3's thru the book. I just don't like Aaron Stanford as Tobias. I Still Love Emma, but I find that knocking the performance by two stars is worth it, because I have to keep "selling myself" on Tobias voice acting, where as I don't doubt for a second that I am listening to Tris. --- This book has a totally different pacing and feel from the other two books. If you made it thru the first two, it's requisite to finish the story I feel, but I don't think you will eat it up the way anyone did Divergent and Insurgent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1635)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1111)

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Mark says: "too much focus on academic in-fighting"
    "It might cause more questions, than answers..."
    Overall
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    This is a look at primates, and other cultural sexual norms outside of "Mainstream" it's a great book in terms of giving you backstory, but it's certainly not going to give you spoon-fed answers. This is more the supporting information in your own personal belief's if they happen to be centered in a non-monogamous sexual world. If you have no interest in non-monogamy then to be honest, the book isn't a worthwhile listen, but if your curious, and wanted some "supporting information" it's here in this book. The narrators are quite entertaining, and makes it much more enjoyable to listen to the book, This is why the Performance get's a five star rating.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ramit Sethi
    • Narrated By Ramit Sethi
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (219)

    At last, for a generation that's materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi's 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds. A completely practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what Sethi says, it is based around the four pillars of personal finance - banking, saving, budgeting, and investing - and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship.

    Dusty says: "The content is much better than the title"
    "Common Sense advise, financials back on track!"
    Overall
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    So he's got a great speaking voice, and this feels like a large collection of his much previous blog posts stitched together, regardless it works. This is all relatively common sense, but in a world that seems to lack it, he brings plenty of it to the table. It comes up with a great strategy for managing money, and planning for your "non earning years" as I would like to call it. This is highly suggested for any high school students starting their first job, and secondly to anyone that buried their butts under too much debt. Seriously, I think that first job high school student, is the one that *NEEDS* to listen to this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2434)
    Performance
    (1464)
    Story
    (1467)

    This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

    Jason says: "My favorite book for encouragement!"
    "If you have ideas, this is the 'framework""
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    I would suggest this as one of those package deals with the written book. There really is too much to the framework to get it from the listening alone. I suggest the first listen, is done end to end without the book. Then listen to each chapter, a second time, when you get to the "questions and actions" pull out your book and start working thru it all. Now is the time to make friends with evernote or some other workflow solution for arching information digitally. I really would suggest evernote, once it's paid, the ability to also OCR index the scanned text, and pdf text, is a powerful tool. :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (16829)
    Performance
    (15226)
    Story
    (15352)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "I didn't know this was even a "kids book"!!"
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    Ok, so the above headline is a compliment. Other than the rather heavy use of the word "cheeks" indicating those on one's face, this was an awesome book! I am looking forward to the next two in the series! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10456)
    Performance
    (9740)
    Story
    (9740)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Only Half way thru, and love the book."
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    What did you love best about Ready Player One?

    The story line is wonderful, and I have become really engrossed into the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the 80s pop culture references were very cool, especially given that they are all tied into gaming and geek culture as well.


    Any additional comments?

    The reading of the IM conversations can get a bit "long", However, beyond that it was great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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