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Chris

Avid Audio Book listener. Usual suspects are Leadership, Business, Philosophy, Biographies, and Random Fiction. But once every couple of months I choose a book I might not have picked...ever...but with good reviews.

FORT WAYNE, IN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Whodunnit?: Murder on Mystery Island

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anthony E. Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1381)
    Performance
    (1238)
    Story
    (1252)

    Ten excited co-workers arrive at the beautiful Avondale Resort on a remote island in the middle of the Caribbean, having been told that they are being rewarded for their hard work and productivity. But their relaxing tropical getaway soon turns into a murderous nightmare.

    AudioAddict says: "Surprisingly good for a free listen!"
    "A little transparent but still a fun story"
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    Really enjoying the Whodunnit series so far. Especially it combined with the TV show. This book keeps with the solid history of the two for a good mystery with solid characters brought together by Gildart Jackson's excellent performance.

    Lets begin with Gildart Jackson. His performance, in book and TV form, really brings the story together. He is the central figure in the world and seems to have moved from third party to active participant as he is realizing his bad luck is inescapable. He never relishes in his role as primary puppet but he does work towards cutting the strings and making it his own. A bit like Watson telling the story for Sherlock.

    Beyond that, the story he is given has pretty good characters and puzzles to solve. There are two minor week points in this story that isn't necessarily negative but does prevent a 5 star rating.

    First, the killer unlike the first book and TV show, was a little more obvious I found. Even though I found myself not really thinking about the killer through most of the book, he or she was easier to pick out. The person with the highest chance of winning quickly became obvious too which was also disappointing even though it did create a desire to pull for an underdog(s) and keep reading hoping my underdog was part of a twist.

    Second, the rule breaking. Part of what holds the series together previously is the following of the rules and consequences. While the story has nice twists but when the game is afoot, the game should be played. It felt this story, partially by its location, was a little too free with the rules by the end even though the beginning starts strong. Part of that falls on the fault of the killers overreaction/lack of patiences.

    Yet these are minor gripes in the overall story which is easy to be lost in especially for the people who like solving the puzzles along with the characters. The world feels alive and characters feel real. The idea of business retreat with characters familiar yet not was actually a creative setup. It is the most familiar yet unfamiliar environment working in a large corporate environment and opened up some fun scenarios and instant teams that the first book and TV show had to flush out.

    Overall, this book was a fun murder mystery. Outside of my few little plot points, you will find every mystery a chance to figure out howdoneit and you will enjoy the same guessing game as the previous novel and TV show.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jump at the Sun

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Kathleen McGhee-Anderson
    • Narrated By full cast
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    As the '20s roared and the Harlem renaissance thrived, a young woman from rural Florida became the toast of literary New York. Jump at the Sun chronicles the passionate life of Zora Neale Hurston (author of Their Eyes Are Watching God), who went from spinning tales on the front porch of a country store to writing prize-winning stories, novels, and plays. Imbued with the rhymes and rhythms of the Jazz Age, Hurston's story reveals a woman's ferocious appetite for life, literature, and love.

    Caro says: "Excellent"
    "The acting was better then the story"
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    This was a disjointed time hop through Zora Hurston's life which would have been better to see at times. But the acting made you loose yourself in the time and the music was just right. Would highly recommend this play to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Classic Love Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (2070)
    Performance
    (1849)
    Story
    (1767)

    For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 15 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

    vc says: "Wonderful recitation by Richard Armitage"
    "A little fast"
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    Poems reciting requires grace and inflections to be just right. While the poems chosen where beautiful, they felt a bit rushed in performance and between poems.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 36 mins)
    • By Ed Schmidt
    • Narrated By Ed Asner, Carl Lumbly, full cast
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (36)

    On a spring day in 1947, Mr. Rickey, the powerful General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, summons heavyweight champion Joe Louis, tap star Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and actor Paul Robeson to his hotel room in Manhattan. Rickey wants their support when he taps Jackie Robinson to be the Major League's first black ballplayer. But a power struggle ensues when the eloquent Robeson raises questions about Rickey's motivations to integrate white baseball.

    Cynthia says: ""Problems are the price you pay for progress.""
    "Great play"
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    The play is amazing! The actors are wonderful and the meaning in history is great. You will want to clap at the end of the play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Altucher, Claudia Azula Altucher
    • Narrated By James Altucher, Claudia Azula Altucher
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (237)

    "No" is sometimes the hardest word to say. It's also the most necessary. How many times have you heard yourself saying yes to the wrong things - overwhelming requests, bad relationships, time-consuming obligations? How often have you wished you could summon the power to turn them down? This program will help you take back your power by showing that a well-placed "No" can not only save you time and trouble, it can save your life.

    Amy M. Salberg says: "Authors who should not have narrated their book."
    "Say yes to no"
    Overall
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    This is a good book but not a great book. This is a book you can learn much from but only as a great study of self. Yet it is a book you should say yes to listening to.

    The Power of No helps break a stigma we have in our society. It is a talk to discuss your right to a better self by allowing yourself to properly regulate yourself. That might seem a simple idea at heart but think about all the things you complain about doing, seeing, and experiencing when you could have just said no.

    The book is read by it's authors which can be hit or miss for the listener. I personally enjoyed their relaxed tone and conversational style, even when they talked over each other, but it also required rewinding once in a while. I would not change this because it adds charm to the book but I could see it rubbing some ears the wrong way.

    The lessons and practices in this book aren't earth shattering. It is more a combination of life and learning from the authors. However, if you are looking for self growth or reinvention, this book can be a useful tool in your list of books. Overall it is sold but not earth shattering and no, the authors would not have it any other way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jen Sincero
    • Narrated By Jen Sincero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1930)
    Performance
    (1686)
    Story
    (1681)

    Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

    Jedson3614 says: "Good at times"
    "Love yourself, READ THIS BOOK!"
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    Jen, I love you! And not in the stalkerish, crazy sort of way. But I love you because you basically said in comedic and simple way what you (the person reading this review) need to hear. You are a person who needs to love yourself (that might have been repeated a few times ;-) and you are, in fact, a badass. But you are your version of badass and that is where the book becomes special.

    It would be shocking to walk away from this book not ready to change your life. One practical tip alone has already started to help mine. The "10 things I am happy for" list at the end of each day. That is one of many small things that turn into big things Jen writes and speaks so well about in order to change your life. And she makes sure all tips are applicable to your goal. King of the world, stay at home parent (are those two sometimes the same?), world traveler, business owner, world class ping pong champion, or whatever you put your mind to. Her book will put you in a frame of mind to love yourself (I've heard that before...) and get there.

    So if you want to love yourself (because you deserve it) and move to the next level of _________________ (fill in the part of the next level yourself because you love yourself) then READ THIS BOOK! If you don't, then READ THIS BOOK! It just might help you achieve your maximum ability in either direction.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Susan McCarthy
    • Narrated By David Ackroyd
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    This engaging and authoritative portrait of animals' emotional lives is as groundbreaking as Darwin's Origin of Species in the facts and insights it presents about the animal kingdom. You'll meet an Indian elephant known for his facial expressions, a shy gorilla who is proficient in sign language and loves to play house with dolls, and an African grey parrot who, when left at the veterinarian's, cried, "Come here! I love you. I'm sorry. I want to go back."

    Elizabeth says: "Enter the mind of another being"
    "Beautiful discussion on all emotions..."
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    The book is a simple, straight forward look on where humans have viewed other animals historically, proof to point to not support and support the view, and how as a whole, animals feel. This will be a "well duh" but beautiful book for animal lovers. This may or may not challenge your view if you view humans as "top of the food chain" or to have "dominion over all animals". But it worth the quick read and shows real thought to subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg McKeown
    • Narrated By Greg McKeown
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (803)

    By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

    Jason Comely says: "Call me an "Essentialist""
    "Simple yet deep"
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    Stop and learn W.I.N. by reading this book. It is an excellent and practical guide to focusing on the essence and importance of life. It might take a few reads on your journey to help you the most; however, it can help all aspects of your life if you are ready. Highly recommended!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1661)
    Performance
    (1526)
    Story
    (1524)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    aaron says: "There is no way this book should be a give away!"
    "Hope this is a series..."
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    Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors so mystery holds a special place in my heart. When I read fiction, it is one of my favorite genres. Needless to say, even though the TV show has been decent, wasn't sure it would convert to a novel well. Boy I was wrong.

    Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor is a well written mystery that will keep you guessing and the performance is top notch.

    The story is similar to the TV show if you have seen it. If you haven't, 10 winners are surprised with a week of fun at a beautiful mansion but what they don't know is murder is afoot. And to make it worst, one of the 10 winners is the one who will kill until someone wins.

    This simple twist will keep you guessing. It took me all the way until the next to last murder to guess the killer and even then, the book through cool twists to make you wonder.

    The narrator and butler gives a great performance. He talks in first and third person yet it flows naturally. The voice acting is top notch to make out who is who and the chapter design is simple and straight forward.

    Couldn't put this book down. In fact, even if the TV show fails, hope this book becomes a series. If you like mysteries or a good performance, this book is right for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (746)

    Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

    Kim says: "Excellent, with one disappointment"
    "Interesting quick read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book would be an good book for a friend to read as long as they are not conspiracy nuts or are the type to diagnose everyone when they learn of a disease. It teaches you a lot of things to look for to help tell if deception might be present.


    What other book might you compare Spy the Lie to and why?

    Is not a current book I can compare it to.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration wasn't the best but not the worst. It is straightforward and informative but not particularly dynamic.


    What did you learn from Spy the Lie that you would use in your daily life?

    Learned to pay attention more to what people don't say as much as what they do. Plus learning different types of tells for deception and how to ask the right questions for truth.


    Any additional comments?

    The book also has some really great information for parents who want to grill their kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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