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Luke

In sales and on the road a lot. Love SciFi, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and the occasional Non-Fiction. Funny. Opinionated.

Albany, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 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
    (1159)
    Performance
    (1016)
    Story
    (1010)

    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."
    "I don't even know where to start"
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    Any additional comments?

    Well, that's not entirely true. I should start by saying that I don't read many non-fiction or health books. However, I saw the author on Jon Stewart or Colbert a few weeks ago and then I saw the book was selling well on Audible so I figures I'd give it a shot. To my surprise I found myself engaged and invested in the book, from examples of corporate greed to studies on human nature. The writing is phenomenal and comes at you like the good, hard-hitting journalism that it is. My initial criticism was the repetition of certain key words and phrases, however I came to feel that this served to hammer home points and familiarize the reader with certain industry vocabulary. I also developed a new way of looking at the nutrition information and ingredient list on my food. The narration keeps pace with the writing without sounding flat, and that is all you can really ask of a book like this. 5 stars does this book justice, it is not an inflated score. I would rank Salt, Sugar, Fat as one of my top books of 2013 without hesitation.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • Narrated By Tim Wheeler
    Overall
    (2573)
    Performance
    (2216)
    Story
    (2223)

    Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage. He is regarded worldwide as a passionate advocate for financial education. According to Kiyosaki, "The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money."

    Amazon Customer says: "simplistic and self satisfied"
    "wow, I should've read this years ago"
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    I've had this sitting in my library for years, I didn't read it because I was being lazy and it looked boring....
    It is quite inspirational

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Churn: An Expanse Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (97)

    Before his trip to the stars, before the Rocinante, Amos Burton was confined to a Baltimore where crime paid you or killed you. Unless the authorities got to you first.

    Set in the hard-scrabble solar system of Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War, Abaddon's Gate, and the upcoming Cibola Burn, The Churn deepens James S. A. Corey's acclaimed Expanse series.

    AGreviewer says: "Decent short story"
    "Worth it?"
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    Yes, I mean... who doesn't love The Expanse? And Amos! I'm glad the sorry stories are making it to Audible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storms of Victory: Janissaries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jerry Pournelle, Roland Green
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Kidnapped from Earth as they were about to die in battle, Rick Galloway and his band of mercenaries, like the other human slaves on the planet Tran, will not be missed. Subjects of the Shalnuksi slave masters, they are forced to harvest the priceless drug surinomaz. Now, even as slaves, Earth's transplanted warriors are locked in battle - against one another. But an epoch is ending. As the Demon Star sweeps toward its devastating apex, the slave masters flee the planet to await its annihilation in safety. Soon all life on the planet will cease, leaving it ripe for repopulation.

    Luke says: "Okay, You've made it to book 3..."
    "Okay, You've made it to book 3..."
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    Now be cautioned. Be forewarned.

    Ready?

    There is no book 4. This story ends in a cliffhanger. I Wikipedia'd it the day I finished and saw that there was no release date or status update since 2005. And here's the kicker, the author had a stroke the week before. I wish him the best in his recovery, hopefully he can crank out a finale for the series.

    Had I known this was an incomplete story with no payoff, I can't say I would've invested in all three books. The third does improve over the second, although I really enjoyed the first because it remained easiest to follow.

    It's a good series, not great. It is what it is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1633

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Eric Flint, David Weber
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (401)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint’s 1632 presented listeners with a fascinating alternate history of the Thirty Years’ War, through the eyes of a West Virginia community tossed back in time to 17th-century Germany. Here, Flint teams up with acclaimed science fiction author David Weber to continue his epic tale. In 1633, the West Virginians attempt to use their modern-day knowledge to build a resistance against the forces of France, Spain, and England.

    Kenneth says: "Audible Get the Rest of This Series Online!"
    "definitely better than the first!"
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    like the first it is readable but the characters are less frustrating, the politics better, and and pace more comfortable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (691)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

    Sara says: "Great idea superficial follow through"
    "interesting take on alternate history"
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    there are many bright, shining moments in this book. there are equally many dull, bogged down spots. motivations are clunky, resource management only in the most general sense, and other frustrations. That said, I got through it in good time and have started the second book. definitely inspires the imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6144)
    Performance
    (4772)
    Story
    (4764)

    When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

    Dan says: "I wish it was about 20 hours longer"
    "love the series, needed a Dresden fix"
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    ok, I love the series but this deserves 4 stars because after the "big reveal" of what the numbers mean, the BIGGEST mystery of the book mind you, my brain stopped working. The sheer stupidity of the characters/author in that plot point were just unforgivable. So many good things in the book and series so far but I can never list Butcher among my favorite authors because of small things that consistently irk me, lapses in common sense, etc.
    Still worth the credit and I'll keep reading the series, just had to get that off my chest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12525)
    Performance
    (11374)
    Story
    (11401)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "What a surprising read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    In a heartbeat. I think that I came in with such low expectations that the book caught me off-guard. It a a solid and entertaining time-killer with decent and authentic characters. When things get crazy the book really takes off.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    How to say this without ruining anything? The airlock.


    Any additional comments?

    This book flows well. It is a good spring/summertime read and you should be able to knock it out in 2 or 3 days. If I could change anything it would be towards the end when things get "other-worldly," I would have reined that in a little. It's a good 4 star book that I would recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carrion Comfort

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (476)

    The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

    Marci says: "So worth the commitment"
    "Great take on an old story, Engaging"
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    This novel is long, let's get that out of the way first. That being said, it is well worth the investment. I read this over a year ago and it still sticks with me. Very good narration overall, very good characters, and as stated in the title, ENGAGING. You will stay wrapped up in the storyline, even if some scenes drag on for a while. The characters are, as another review has already said, uni-dimensional... but you'll get over it. I think Simmons has a truly unique take on "Vampires" to the point that the term doesn't even really describe the monsters of this story. This is not for fans of Twilight, then again neither is any decent "literature." This is not exclusively for fans of the monster genres either. I would even dare to say that some of the purists wouldn't like the direction the author went in this novel.

    Bottom line: For 1 credit this book is well worth your investment. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intelligence: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Susan Hasler
    • Narrated By Susan Hasler, Joe Barrett, Rachel Butera, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (217)

    Maddie James and her colleagues are terrorism experts working in a crumbling intelligence agency. They are certain another terrorist attack is coming, but in a post-9/11 election year the Administration is stressing its victories in the War on Terror - and few want to hear the team's warnings. Reluctantly, Maddie's given a team of five analysts to focus on the impending threat. The crew labors through bureaucratic obstacles, personal problems, and a blossoming romance between its senior members. They come heartbreakingly close to stopping the attack....

    Julia says: "Not your typical spy novel...."
    "Seriously? You People LIKED This????"
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    What disappointed you about Intelligence: A Novel of the CIA?

    Put simply? It sucked. Hard. Like a million-dollar space-age vacuum. Suuuuuucked. I like thrillers; this isn't thrilling. Spy novels? Sure. This is not a spy novel. This is a former employee bitching about her former employer. If I wanted that I doubt that I would be buying an audio book which implies spy-stuff. False advertising.


    What was most disappointing about Susan Hasler’s story?

    Uhm, there was no story. The main character was worthless and has a miserable life and hates her job. The end.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    Possibly, the narration wasn't terrible itself. It's just hard to separate the performer from the material.


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

    Absolutely none. Not one. And the fact that there are so many 4 and 5 star reviews SHOCKS me. This is a waste of time, pure and simple.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't gotten the picture yet: This is bad. Avoid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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