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Tina Tipton

RPG, history and movie fan

Camarillo, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 75 purchased in 2014
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  • Get the Life You Want: The Secrets to Quick and Lasting Life Change with Neuro-Linguistic Programming

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Richard Bandler
    • Narrated By Mark Morgann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (118)

    When people and therapists alike have a problem they can't fix, they call Richard Bandler because he delivers--often with miraculous results. Hailed as one of the greatest geniuses in the field of personal change, and the father of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Richard Bandler has helped tens of thousands of people around the globe rid themselves of 'incurable' phobias, fears, anxieties, addictions, negative habits, and past traumas often in a single session.

    Julia says: "Essential portions are omitted in the audiobook"
    "PDF files should be provided of key lists"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book to a friend, but probably not this audiobook. Lists that are essential for key steps are not provided, diluting the helpfulness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There isn't really a scene in the book. But there are helpful steps to deal with phobias and mindsets.


    Any additional comments?

    I will try to return this book, as the audiobook does not provide all the content from the printed book, and this is a major disadvantage and dis-service to the listeners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michel Thomas Method: Dutch Introductory Course

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Cobie Adkins-de Jong, Els Van Geyte
    • Narrated By Cobie Adkins-de Jong
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Learn another language the way you learnt your own. You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Dutch in the same way.

    Amazon Customer says: "Length deceptive"
    "Contains all the content of Lesson 1 and 2"
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    This is an excellent product. The teacher was easy to understand and I have progressed more than I thought possible. Be aware that this Intro Lesson also contains all the content of Lesson 2- which I also purchased. I will be returning Lesson 2 and purchasing Lesson 3.

    Learning languages has always been difficult for me. With the Michel Thomas method, I don't feel stressed and am definitely learning not only vocabulary but grammar.

    I highly recommend this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frames

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Loren D. Estleman
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Enter Valentino, a mild-mannered UCLA film archivist, who buys a decrepit movie palace and uncovers a skeleton in the secret Prohibition basement. He then makes a second discovery: long-lost, priceless, reels of film: Erich von Stroheim's infamous Greed. The LAPD wants to take the reels as evidence, jeopardizing the precious old film.

    John says: "Disappointing"
    "Old movies, new love, old crime."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Frames to be better than the print version?

    Yes, as I love the way William Dufris read each character so well.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was never tense, but I did want to know who had committed the crime and why. It's very intelligent and quite funny.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    The mentor is wonderful. And the secretary is priceless!


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

    No single moment comes to mind, but the story as a whole touched me deeply. I will listen to it again very soon.


    Any additional comments?

    I am keeping watch to see when any new books come out from Loren D. Estleman. And I have a growing library read by William Dufris.

    I recommend both "Alone" and "Frames". They are satisfying stories, well-read and I laughed out loud many times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Loren D. Estleman
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    At a gala party held in memory of screen legend Greta Garbo, Hollywood film detective Valentino is having fun until the host, a hotshot developer named Rankin, tells Valentino about a certain letter from Garbo to his late wife. She and Garbo had been…close. Such a letter is of great interest to a film archivist like Valentino, but the plot thickens when Rankin tells Val that his assistant, Akers, is using this letter to blackmail him.

    Tina Tipton says: "Movie history, old crime and new love."
    "Movie history, old crime and new love."
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    Would you listen to Alone again? Why?

    I will definitely listen again. The story is well-written, with great dialogue. Added to the terrific story is William Dufris reading it so very well. I loved the little snippets of movie history. When he buys the old movie palace I wanted to jump in the car and go visit.

    If you love stories of old actors and directors and how some people are trying so very hard to find and preserve films before they are lost forever, you will not want to miss this book.


    What other book might you compare Alone to and why?

    Well, I compare it to Frames, which is the second offering by the author, with the same characters. I immediately bought it when I finished this one. You can read my review of that one, but it's pretty much the same.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many. I think any scene with him speaking with his curmudgeonly mentor/co-worker are all golden.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Film Detective in Love.


    Any additional comments?

    In February a friend gave me a gift subscription to Audible. I was polite and thanked her but I didn't think I'd find anything to replace reading books myself. I was SO surprised to find how addictive listening to good books can be. I have now signed up, because as long as William Dufris, Derek Jacobi and Simon Vance keep reading books, I will keep buying them and listening to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9794)
    Performance
    (9112)
    Story
    (9112)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "A Trip Down Memory Lane... with a twist"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ready Player One the most enjoyable?

    Wil Wheaton's narration was convincing. And the frequent mention of old movies, TV shows, books, arcade and video games and D&D modules was terrific fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    There are many. I suppose "H"'s virtual basement was one that stuck with me. As well as how real Oasis became for me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finding the first key. It was exciting, brought back great arcade memories AND memories of a tough D&D module. And, strangely, it managed to bring romance into the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Welcome to Oasis... refuge or mirage?


    Any additional comments?

    This book has joined a growing list of wonderful audiobooks. It's a perfect blend of author and narrator. I will be recommending this to several of my friends and will listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sheriff of Yrnameer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Rubens
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (89)

    Meet Cole: hapless space rogue, part-time smuggler, on a path to being full-time dead. His sidekick just stole his girlfriend. The galaxy's most hideous and feared bounty hunter wants to lay eggs in his brain. And the luxury space yacht Cole just hijacked turns out of be filled with interstellar do-gooders, one especially loathsome stowaway, and a cargo of freeze-dried orphans.

    Marty says: "Fun, Light-hearted SF"
    "I wish I could give 10 stars"
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    What did you love best about The Sheriff of Yrnameer?

    This is difficult to answer. The narrator was beyond perfect. The writing was such fun...I guess the whole darned thing is what I love best about it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character was far from perfect, yet he was still a hero. He grows as a person, and remains true to himself. It was very satisfying. There were quite a few scenes that were tense and funny- quite an achievement.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    Kenneth is hands-down the best character Mr. Dufris voiced. And he did such a great job with all the characters. There was never a moment when I was not absolutely positive which person was speaking. Bravo, William!


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

    I was delighted with this book. I read the synopsis, listened to the snippet and knew that if it lived up to my expectations it was going to become a favorite. It surpassed my expectations and is most definitely a favorite I will listen to repeatedly.


    Any additional comments?

    It's hard not to draw a comparison with Douglas Adams. Perhaps because it has quirky humor, space ships, great dialogue and unforgettable characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2005)
    Performance
    (1331)
    Story
    (1350)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Owl says: "Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting"
    "Great reader, great story"
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    Would you listen to Doomsday Book again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to Doomsday Book again. The reader was very good and I dove right in to the story as she led the way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doomsday Book?

    Rosamunde and the apple... I can't say any more than that, or I'd give some of the story away.


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

    She had a wonderful voice for all the different characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Dark Ages, Illuminated.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this audiobook. The combination of terrific story and gifted reader is hard to beat. There are some scenes that seem a bit roundabout/repetitive, but this does not stop me from recommending it. It just makes you very, very anxious to find out what's going to happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (520)

    When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance.

    Joey says: "Second best book series in print"
    "Great fun!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend as it is a well done story of a boy and his little sister in another world. I enjoyed both the story and its reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interaction between Gregor and his little sister, Boots.


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

    Mr. Boehmer read the book very well. He brought life to everyone and everything in the story.


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

    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the book, as it is written for children.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be purchasing the other titles in this series. I really enjoyed both the story and how the reader performed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank Langella
    • Narrated By Frank Langella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (150)

    Captured forever in a unique memoir, Frank Langella's myriad encounters with some of the past century's most famous human beings are profoundly affecting, funny, wicked, sometimes shocking, and utterly irresistible. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage.

    Kathy says: "Delightful"
    "A glimpse into bits of Frank Langella's life."
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    What made the experience of listening to Dropped Names the most enjoyable?

    Mr. Langella's voice was so delicious. And knowing that everything he spoke of was his own observations, for good or ill.


    What other book might you compare Dropped Names to and why?

    Not as deeply personal as David Niven's autobiographies, yet much, much, much more poetic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of his accidental "meeting" with Marilyn Monroe. The whole scene was almost painful in its beauty. It took my breath away. There were many more breathtaking pieces of writing, but this one in particular was solitary in its perfection.


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

    I so loved the reading that I will be buying a hardcopy of the book. I want to revel in that beautiful prose.


    Any additional comments?

    If this book was truly written by Mr. Langella, he definitely had an alternate method to earn a living.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Daughter of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Josephine Tey
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (219)

    Confined to a hospital bed, Scotland Yard's Inspector Alan Grant is bored. To divert his attention from his pain, a friend brings him pictures of faces. He becomes engrossed with the portrait of Richard III. How is it possible that such a sensitive-appearing soul could have been portrayed as the odious villain, the Wicked Uncle of history, responsible for the murder of his young nephews, heirs to the British throne, in order to secure the line of succession for himself?

    Sheila says: "very interesting"
    "Perfect performance of one of my favorite books."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this audiobook to several friends. The story is wonderful and Derek Jacobi sometimes made me forget there was a single reader. This is a perfect production.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Having a detective, laid up in hospital, delve into the mystery of the Princes in the Tower was wonderful. You, the listener, discovered the clues and facts along with the protaganist.


    What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Jacobi was magnificent! There were times when it actually sounded like TWO people were reading the story.


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

    I was riveted by the story, such was its appeal.


    Any additional comments?

    I could not praise this story and its reading enough. It is as close to perfect as I could have asked for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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