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Richard

Eugene, OR, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 22 ratings
  • 200 titles in library
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  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9789)
    Performance
    (4459)
    Story
    (4444)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "Still The Best Self-Help Book Ever Written"
    Overall

    First published in 1936 and updated in 1981 (Stevie Wonder reference, etc).

    I have read this book at twice before, back in the 90's. I picked it up now as an audio book for the first time. The reader sounds like a news caster from the 70's (and in his 70's) with a deep, clear voice. He speaks distinctly and is very good.

    You will want to listen to this over and over again. It has some of the best advice on how to be a better husband, father, friend, manager, anything you want. The principles should be taught in schools or churches instead of half the useless stuff they teach there.

    But since it isn't taught anywhere else, get the book now and learn it! You will never regret it. :)

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3229)
    Performance
    (2954)
    Story
    (2978)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Absolutely fantastic!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Great Gatsby?

    Enchanting story told well.


    Any additional comments?

    Gyllenhaal's performance is enthralling. It draws you in. He changes his voice for each character, and doesn't sound ridiculous as the female characters. Fantastic!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: The Case Against Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    With robust clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which Hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix. God Is Not Great marvels at the possibility of society without religion.

    Mark says: "God is not great is great"
    "So good it's almost poetic"
    Overall

    I've read a lot of books on religion (including the excellent God Delusion), but I think this one was the best.

    Unfortunately, Hitchins reading sounds bored and comes off arrogant (which I guess he is) but in spite of this the book is completely amazing! He has had so many experiences and been all around the world.

    I want to buy this for my religious sister who loves good prose and intelligent debate. Hitchins excels in both so she may be persuaded by his arguments against religion. We'll see.

    Highly recommended if you really want to know why "religion poisons everything" and why there almost certainly is no god.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Pooh Corner

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Alan Bennett
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In these 5 stories, taken from the book The House at Pooh Corner, Pooh and Piglet build a house for Eeyore, Tigger comes to the Forest and has breakfast, Piglet nearly meets the Heffalump again, Pooh invents a new game and Owl moves house. As usual they are accompanied by Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and Owl - to say nothing of Pooh's very clever young human friend, Christopher Robin.

    Richard says: "Classic stories told by a tired old winchester"
    "Classic stories told by a tired old winchester"
    Overall

    These stories are of course timeless classics of the highest quality. My issue is with the narrator.

    He does a fine job with Rabbit's and Owl's voices and one could possibly appreciate his Pooh and Piglet voices. But what he does with Eeyore and especially Tigger is inexcusable! Turns them into sophisticated stuck-up nose-in-the-air Stanford types. Not the lovable characters we imagine when reading the stories ourselves.

    Oh how I wish Sebastian Cabot could have made this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life Is Good When You Have A Positive Attitude

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Rick McDaniel
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    It is often difficult to determine what can be done to change the circumstances around you that are robbing the goodness of your life. But the one thing that is always within your power to change is your attitude. Rick McDaniel shows how good life can be, just by choosing to have a positive attitude.

    Richard says: "Evangelical Pastor Preaching Biblical Sermon"
    "Evangelical Pastor Preaching Biblical Sermon"
    Overall

    I was looking for something to help me gain a more positive attitude and help me spread enthusiasm and joy to my friends and family members (mostly my kids).

    This is a SERMON, preached by a fine speaker, but a preacher none-the-less, full of Bible quotes and all.

    Unless one likes paying to hear people preach to them about the Bible, this should be avoided at all costs.

    If you are a fundamentalist Christian, and deem the Bible to be the infallible Word Of God which will guide mankind through every aspect in their lives, you might like this. Just be aware of what it is:

    An enthusiastic Evangelical Pastor preaching a Biblical sermon to a live audience.

    Note that Every Single release by High Impact Living is a sermon by this preacher-man.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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