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Milford, DE, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 14 reviews
  • 61 ratings
  • 401 titles in library
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  • Charmed Life: The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Tony Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Cat had no doubt that the man standing in the middle of the kitchen was the ‘Dark Stranger’. Cat’s sister Gwendolen had been told by a Fortune-Teller that she was destined for Great Things, and that a ‘dominant Dark Stranger’ would have something to do with it. So it was hardly surprising that when Cat saw the tall, dark, well-dressed man standing in the kitchen, he thought it was Gwendolen’s ‘Dark Stranger’ come to help her start ruling the world.... Sometimes it can be a trial being the brother of a powerful witch.

    Anastasia Egorova says: "A truly magical story"
    "For ages 8-12"
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    Very good performance from the narrator, The story is pleasant enough. It didn't grab me as much as I'd hope, but that may be because I'm an adult and not really the target for this book. I did like reading books by this author back when I was young.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, Joshua Foer's part-memoir, part-guide on mastering your memory. Read by Mike Chamberlain. On average, people squander forty days annually trying to remember things they’ve forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S.

    Michael says: "Interesting, informative stuff that happened."
    "Entertaining and informative"
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    Joshua's trials to learn memory techniques are very entertaining and the actual process to learn them yourself makes this more than informative. Side stories on other gifted individuals such as savants and their medical conditions round out the topic of other mind abilities and disabilities other than just memory. Highly recommended reading for those curious about memory and how to enhance it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lying

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (782)
    Story
    (780)

    As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

    Teri Ambrose says: "Inspirational, quick read"
    "The black and white truth on lying!"
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    How ethical are white lies? Sam Harris gives us reasons where even white lies can be detrimental to us or people around us. A very insightful read. The addition of his responses to readers' questions where saying the truth might not be an easy solution, and his responses to them are very welcome. Totally recommended for aspiring politicians!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1689)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (951)

    Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

    'Nathan says: "Fantastic."
    "Just average"
    Overall
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    I didn't find the acting for the girl protagonist endearing, actually it grated on me. She seemed so shallow, so valley-girl. Her mathematical prowess was not evident either, more used as a short cut for a few things that she needed to do. Also, the emergence of the internet AI was not very convincing. If only there was more backstory on it, e.g. an experimental AI that evolved versus evolving from the internet itself with no AI core. The author also seems to revel in adding geeky and overly specific details but the way this detail is imparted seems so badly tacked on that it derails the flow of the story. A summarised description would have worked better. This is not a character-driven story, it's a story on rails. I haven't read other books from this author but I see he is well regarded, so will try another of his other series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oath of Gold: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (603)

    Paksenarrion, a simple sheepfarmer's daughter, yearns for a life of adventure and glory, such as was known to heroes in songs and story. At age seventeen she runs away from home to join a mercenary company and begins her epic life.

    William says: "Great Finish to a Great Trilogy"
    "Great trilogy"
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    The first book got me a bit bored with her daily military life but in the 2nd and 3rd books, she gets more of her own adventures and got me more interested that it was hard to stop. It does get quite descriptive that I have dozed unintentionally a few times, but then again, it does tend to happen after a long day at work or I've been reading for hours already. I'm definitely interested in reading the continuation of her adventures in the next series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brainrush, a Thriller: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Bard
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (557)

    When terminally ill combat pilot Jake Bronson emerges from an MRI with extraordinary cognitive powers, everyone wants a piece of his talent including Battista, one of the world s most dangerous terrorists. To save his love and her autistic child, Jake is thrust into a deadly chase that leads from the canals of Venice through Monte Carlo and finally to an ancient cavern in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, where Jake discovers that his newfound talents carry a hidden price that threatens the entire human race.

    Jill says: "BRAINRUSH an exciting, thrilling, adventure!"
    "Unbelievable action story"
    Overall
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    The performance was fine, but the story was too stupid. The bad guy is a scientist, is religious and is a terrorist mastermind, and has tons of money and henchmen, including a right-hand man who is extra cruel. The good guy is super bad-ass, has other loyal bad-ass friends, etc. Anyway, the characters are extremely caricature and the story is a selection of typical cartoon plots. This would have been better if it sends itself up like Austin Powers, but since it takes itself seriously, it's just another lower than average pulp action hero story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10755)
    Performance
    (5292)
    Story
    (5271)

    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."
    "A howto on diplomacy"
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    This was well narrated. Another commenter has already itemised all the advice given in this book, the rest of the book were just examples to illustrate the advice. As another commenter has said, these examples can be quite dated. Also, I think the "influenced" person in many of the portrayed situations tend to be simple-minded. They are too easily appeased by acting on the advice given, e.g flattery. I think the level of cynicism prevalent today requires more nuanced usage of the advice. The advice are very common sense so any respectful and courteous individual probably already uses most of these, which can make listening to this a bit tedious and boring. Contrary to what I just said though, any individual that hasn't caught on to how to be diplomatic to your fellow human probably needs the original, simplified and non-nuanced version. (did that comment just put me in the latter camp? hehehe)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (401)

    Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times best seller, Misquoting Jesus, left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches...and it's not what most people think. This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

    Paul says: "Excellent book"
    "The lack of truth in the New Testament"
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    Ehrman writes about the history of the New Testament including its multiple sources, its inconsistencies and the politics of how certain texts were picked to become canon and were able to survive through the ages. If you're Christian, you owe it to yourself to learn more about the book that is at the center of your religion. If you're an atheist, you will be happy to find more ammo to bombard Christians with as they most likely do not know a lot about the historical truth of the bible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day: A Jeff Aiken Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mark Russinovich
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (893)

    An airliner’s controls abruptly fail mid-flight over the Atlantic. An oil tanker runs aground in Japan when its navigational system suddenly stops dead. Hospitals everywhere have to abandon their computer databases when patients die after being administered incorrect dosages of their medicine. In the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl when its cooling systems malfunction. At first, these random computer failures seem like unrelated events.

    Brian says: "Techno-thriller that gets the tech right"
    "Boring story and characters"
    Overall
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    I'm a techie and admire Mark's achievements in IT but this story was just lacking in interesting characters and story. You have two highly accomplished main characters that are almost perfect in every way and baddies that are so typical, it's so bland, bland, bland.

    Maybe it's because I'm already immersed in IT, but it didn't give me any new insight so all the tech 'realism' had no value to me. It was actually downright annoying when the narrator started dictating long lines of computer code as that level of detail is very inappropriate for an audiobook. A description of the computer text would have been much more appropriate. I hoped that conversions from text-based novel to audiobook included such changes.

    Unfortunately, I find Mark's blog on how to hunt for malware on the computer much more eye-opening than his novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything... Fast!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (384)

    In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. By completing just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice you'll go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well. What do you want to learn?

    Grady says: "Finished the thesis early in the book"
    "Nice guide"
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    I can understand the negative reviews but the "filler" examples on the advice were quite interesting by themselves (as those were things I would have liked to learn mystelf) and so I did not find them a waste. The advice on programming and yoga were a bit too descriptive, however. Code samples are not ideal for an audible book and should have been summarised. The description of yoga postures also requires a picture or video and not ideal in an audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Carver of Waar: Waar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nathan Long
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (287)

    Jane Carver is nobody's idea of a space princess. A hard-ridin', hard-lovin' biker chick and ex-Airborne Ranger, Jane is as surprised as anyone else when, on the run from the law, she ducks into the wrong cave at the wrong time - and wakes up butt-naked on an exotic alien planet light-years away from everything she's ever known. Waar is a savage world of four-armed tiger-men, sky-pirates, slaves, gladiators, and purple-skinned warriors in thrall to a bloodthirsty code of honor and chivalry.

    Diane Rivers says: "Story and Narration = Epic Fun!"
    "Nothing special"
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    Great performance but story was nothing special. Another present-day heroine with attitude sent to past/primitive society with typical sarcastic remarks at the appropriate situations. Having read a few urban fantasy novels with female leads recently, the typical sarcastic attitude has been getting tiring, despite the great performances of the narrators. Whether it's the performances being similar or the heroine's sassy attitude or the first person perspective, or the combination of all three, which do tend to go together in modern style fantasy these days, I feel like the modern female heroine has consolidated into one personality. I haven't read the John Carter book but saw the movie. This book has such a similar plot that there isn't really any point. The other reviews made me so optimistic that the new take on the story would make it fresh, or extra witty, but it was all just too shallow. If it's trying to be a spoof, it failed dismally.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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