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Mr. V

long run

Boston, MA | Member Since 2012

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  • Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (714)

    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    J. Camara says: "Insightful conquering life's challenges"
    "Very motivational"
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    What made the experience of listening to Finding Ultra the most enjoyable?

    The author read the book so it was as if Rich were reading the story directly to the reader.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I don't want to give away the story but the author captured our attention immediately with the opening story.


    Which character – as performed by Rich Roll – was your favorite?

    Himself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My extreme reaction is that it motivated me to try becoming a vegan and to purchase a Vitamix. Its been four weeks but so far, so good.


    Any additional comments?

    The only reason I gave the audio book four stars rather than five stars is that I needed to also obtain a printed copy of the book to retain the information in the appendices. These chapters contain the specific foods to include in your vegan diet.

    The story itself was fastinating, especially hearing it directly from Rich.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (493)

    On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

    Erin says: "Uplifting?"
    "An amazing story."
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    What did you love best about My Story?

    Elizabeth's recollection of the events in such great detail was very impressive. Her ability to move on with her life and count herself as being lucky is truly inspirational.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Story?

    How she counted the number of months that she has been alive and the number of months that she was captured to quantify how blessed she is. This adds a whole new perspective to counting ones blessings.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Smart – was your favorite?

    She played herself so this was not applicable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Shock with what she went through. Satisfaction in hearing a happy ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book.

    I've been blessed to be able to trail run in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, yet have never been aware that much of this story took place there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Goulston
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (864)
    Story
    (853)

    You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

    Joseph says: "Not for everyone"
    "Picked up some very useful tips"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I ended up listening to this book twice end to end as some of the advice was so useful that I wanted to make sure I engrained it in my memory.


    What other book might you compare Just Listen to and why?

    No comparison


    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I'm surprised just how easy many of these techniques are, yet so seldom practiced by most people. That was eye opening.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book. The only difficult part was that the middle of this book started talking about dealing with people who have mental disorders that most of us do not deal with on a day to day basis. That section of the book would have been more helpful if I was a mental health professional. However, I still strongly recommend this book to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flashes: Adventures in Dating Through Menopause

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michelle Churchill
    • Narrated By Bobbin Beam
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Flashes is a story of coming of age again. While discovering that sex was the best cure for hot flashes, she also uncovered the secrets she had hidden from herself.

    As author Michelle Churchill approached her 50th birthday, she found herself careening toward menopause. Suddenly, she could think of nothing but men - about their hairy bodies, their legs and how their hands would feel running up and down her own body. She had an ever-present desire to have male contact in any way she could. So, how does a single woman living in New York City accomplish this? The author turned to her computer....

    Mr. V says: "Well written, well read, enjoyable read"
    "Well written, well read, enjoyable read"
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    What did you love best about Flashes?

    The author told her story in a very interesting manner and did a nice job with the narration. Once I started this book, it was difficult to put down until I finished it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flashes?

    How the author labels each of her dates.


    What does Bobbin Beam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a very pleasant voice and used nice inflections when appropriate.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Just how much of an emotional effect menopause has on women. Before this, I had no idea.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (925)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Fastinating look at this true underdog story"
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    Where does The Boys in the Boat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't want to rank the audiobooks that I've read as I enjoy so many of them. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boys in the Boat?

    I loved how the author integrated historical events that were going on at the same time as the events that the crew were encountering. It helped paint a very colorful picture of this interesting period in world history.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Hermann has a very easy to listen to voice. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was a bit too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Phillip F. Nelson
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    The case against Lyndon B. Johnson and his role in Kennedy's assassination has never been sounder. LBJ aims to prove that Vice President Johnson played an active role in the assassination of President Kennedy and that he began planning his takeover of the U.S. presidency even before being named the vice presidential nominee in 1960. Nelson's careful and meticulous research has led him to uncover secrets from one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in our country's history.

    Karen says: "LBJ plotted to kill JFK? Makes you think..."
    "Pulls all the theories together"
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    What did you love best about LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination?

    The author has definitely done his research, drawing on many of the other research that had been done on particular aspects of the JFK assassination. This book pulls all this prior research together into one common thread.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination?

    How the evidence that the author presents is so convincing.


    What does Fred Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't have time to read such lengthy paper-based books. Mr. Sanders kept this lengthy story compelling where you didn't want to pause the audiobook.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My extreme reaction is that he changed my perspective on this historic event.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read. Should be a mandatory book for all college level American History classes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lesley-Ann Jones
    • Narrated By Jane Collingwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    As lead vocalist for the iconic rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury's unmatched skills as a songwriter and his flamboyant showmanship made him a superstar and Queen a household name. But despite his worldwide fame, few people ever really glimpsed the man behind the glittering facade. Now, more than 20 years after his death, those closest to Mercury are finally opening up about this pivotal figure in rock 'n' roll. Based on more than a hundred interviews with key figures in his life, Mercury offers the definitive account of one man's legendary life in the spotlight and behind the scenes.

    Paul Sas says: "A tattler, not well-written, yet a guilty pleasure"
    "Don't waste your time"
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    What disappointed you about Mercury?

    The premise of this book was how Freddie and Queen stole the show at the 1985 Live Aid show.

    For anyone who watched it live, Queen was good but not the most memorable act. Yet, the author kept coming back to that.


    What could Lesley-Ann Jones have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not much. It is difficult to write a book about someone who has been dead for quite some time.


    Any additional comments?

    I only made it about one-third of the way through this book. I kept hoping it would improve but it never did.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Changed the Game of Basketball Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jack McCallum
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    In Dream Team, acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team that captivated the world, kindled the hoop dreams of countless children around the planet, and remade the NBA into a global sensation. As a senior staff writer for Sports Illustrated, McCallum enjoyed a courtside seat for the most exciting basketball spectacle on earth, covering the Dream Team from its inception to the gold medal ceremony in Barcelona.

    James T. OBrien says: "Great insight into the great basketball team ever."
    "I would recommend this book to any NBA fan."
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    Where does Dream Team rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Average.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book provided much insight into what made this dream team and its members so special. It will be tough for there ever to be another all star team like this one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    None in particular, but this book was still very entertaining. I'm glad I read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Pattie Boyd, Penny Junor
    • Narrated By Pattie Boyd
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (41)

    An iconic figure of the 1960s and '70s, Pattie Boyd breaks a 40-year silence in Wonderful Tonight, and tells the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the 20th century and became the most famous muse in the history of rock and roll.

    Chris says: "Interesting, but too short"
    "I was disappointed."
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    Would you try another book from Pattie Boyd and Penny Junor and/or Pattie Boyd?

    I don't think so.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have quite a few audio books that I am reading.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did a good job but the story / her story was just not as interesting as I would have hoped.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was interesting to hear about Beatlemania from the inside.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Journey with Farrah

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alana Stewart
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Alana Stewart and Farrah Fawcett went through it all together. Friends for 30 years, they were an essential part of each other's lives since first meeting at a dinner party in the 1970s. During that time, they supported each other through the trials of Hollywood life while also raising their families, keeping in close contact. But in the fall of 2006, a test of their friendship arose unlike any other they'd faced: Farrah was diagnosed with aggressive rectal cancer.

    Debby says: "Farrah"
    "Very compelling even though you know the end"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Journey with Farrah the most enjoyable?

    The author's friendship with Farrah was simply amazing. Also, cancer is a disease that has touched nearly everyone. It was very interesting to hear how Alana and Farrah dealt with this during those last three years.


    What other book might you compare My Journey with Farrah to and why?

    None.


    What about Deanna Hurst’s performance did you like?

    The narration and focal tones were also fantastic.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Farrah's sense of humor regarding a Jaguar lease.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. It is impossible to listen to this and not be touched by it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil Young's Harvest (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sam Inglis
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Neil Young's Harvest is one of those strange albums that has achieved lasting success without ever winning the full approval of rock critics or hardcore fans. Even Young himself has been equivocal, describing it in one breath and his "finest" album, dismissing in the next as an NOR aberration. Here, Sam Inglis explores the circumstances of the album's creation and asks who got it right: The critics, or the millions who have bought Harvest in the 30 years since its release?

    Greg says: "Just a long record review."
    "I enjoy this album but not this book"
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    Would you try another book from Sam Inglis and/or Jay Snyder?

    I would recommend that you spend the 3 hours listening to this album 4 to 6 times rather than reading this book.


    What could Sam Inglis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing. He did a great job with the material that he had. However, I just did not enjoy it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment that I wasted 3 hours of my time listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first 33.3 album audio books that I purchased. This will probably be my last.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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