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Vicente

I enjoy passionate narrators. Great content is also a good thing.

Sacramento, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (2505)
    Performance
    (1452)
    Story
    (1427)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Great Tangents."
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    This was a great read. One of the things that made this book stand out was its telling of the main story and all of its great side stories. It didn't take too much time with the side stories that you wanted to skip ahead or were bored. Another thing was the way that the book was put together with a great climatic end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Year I Will: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By M. J. Ryan
    • Narrated By M. J. Ryan
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (258)

    Why do people find it so hard to change? The secret is that everyone has their own formula for making changes that stick, but most people don't know what theirs is. They think there is one way to lose five pounds, and another way to stay on top of their e-mail, but they don't realize that for all changes, there is one system that works best for each individual.

    Jim Koch says: "Great content. Poor audio"
    "A very passionate narrator."
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    I would like to state that when I first started to listening to the book I was dreading going through with the rest of the book. I was thinking of returning the book at one point. and this in the first couple of minutes of the book. Although there is a slight echo seeming to be from not being recorded in a sound proof booth. The passion that the narrator/author supersedes that. She stumbled through some of the words, but it seemed that she was fighting a battle with doing this for the first time and we going along with her. At one point she laughs at something she wrote in the book. You can't help but feel what she is feeling when she reads through the book.

    I look forward to more from this author and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Herbert Donald
    • Narrated By Dick Estell
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    In the best-selling tradition of Truman, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Herbert Donald offers a new classic in American history and biography - a masterly account of how one man's extraordinary political acumen steered the Union to victory in the Civil War, and of how his soaring rhetoric gave meaning to that agonizing struggle for nationhood and equality.

    Michael says: "Dry and Technical but Excellent"
    "The narration almost stopped me."
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    I have to say that the bland narration from the beginning left me wanting to stop. The only reason why I continued was because of the content of the book.
    Not only was the narrator bland but at times there were cut ins and these short clips were worse than the original narrator. Although I did get used to the narrator maybe it was because of the book.
    The book itself was good. This book left me wanting to know more about the civil war. Also, this book didn't make Lincoln in to a larger than life figure but human with errors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13056)
    Performance
    (5504)
    Story
    (5571)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "An entertaining work."
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    I would have liked to see one narrator read the book in its entirety but this worked fine.
    The story was good. It was very easy to follow along and not very many twists and turns to get lost in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (513)

    This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    Carl says: "definitive version, hasn't aged too badly"
    "Beware of the Intro."
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    If you are like me and haven't read this book before then I would recommend skipping the intro. I had the misfortune of listening to it and it gave deep meanings of the book which I couldn't help but look for at every point in the book.
    Good book though.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (855)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "Very Informative."
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    I very must enjoyed the introduction which set the rest of the book up well. The author delved deep with information of each of the three subjects. And how one tobacco company is behind very much of the processed food that people consume today.
    Although the author did promise a grand resolution on how we as a people can defeat these giant companies I would have liked to have seen one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (714)

    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

    Jean says: "Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time"
    "An unfortunate soul..."
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    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I knew about Tesla was the created rivalry about Tesla and Edison. I sure did get more than that.
    If you separate the book into three parts early life/career, career already set, and his final years. I would say that I liked the first part and the third part the best. The book dragged on since the book covered the goings on year by year. only to go forward at times to make a point. then would go back to the year where the author left off.
    I enjoyed learning about a great man. about his achievements and his failures.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Can't Buy Me Love

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jonathan Gould
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Nearly 20 years in the making, Can't Buy Me Love is a masterful work of group biography, cultural history, and musical criticism. That the Beatles were an unprecedented phenomenon is a given. Here Jonathan Gould seeks to explain why, placing the Fab Four in the broad and tumultuous panorama of their time and place, rooting their story in the social context that girded both their rise and their demise.

    Tad Davis says: "Light on gossip, rich on context"
    "Enjoyable..."
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    I have listened to The Beatles for years and only knowing tidbits about them and their music. This book was a great way for me to have a better understanding of them as individuals and as a group. Even though I have very little knowledge in music the book goes into detail about chords. Not too much detail that it turns me away.
    The narration was good, but at times there are unusual pauses as if he's turning a page to continue reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Medina
    • Narrated By John Medina
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (419)

    In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina told us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five.

    cynthia says: "Neuroscience for the nursery"
    "John Medina's narration is outstanding."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I read Brain Rules by John Medina before reading this and didn't think he could add to what he already stated in that book. He did go over some of the things from his other book but not to the point that you would not need both in your library.
    His narration is outstanding. At one point he laughs at his own joke in the book while trying to read on. You can't help but laugh with him.
    The book is rich with information, giving a parent the desire to use it immediately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (3786)
    Performance
    (3354)
    Story
    (3364)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Great as always."
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    What did you love best about David and Goliath?

    His performance was great. Malcolm Gladwell keeps the reader wanting more. The story was great and hope to read more from him.


    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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