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Dan

Madison, OH, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 246 titles in library
  • 45 purchased in 2014
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  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1434)
    Performance
    (1081)
    Story
    (1093)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "Right wing wacko fest. I loved it."
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    Sounded like it was written by Ann Coulter in the middle of a paranoid delusion. I still haven't decided if it was serious or satire. The details on supplies and equipment were excruciating and endless. The political diatribes were long winded and pointless. The characters were one dimensional. The author tried to add some political correctness by including a Jewish and Asian characters. This made the book seem less authentic, the author should have kept with the Right wing Christian, White supremacist theme. Still I enjoyed this look at a world and way of thinking I am so unfamiliar with and I think I may even have a better understanding of both Survivalist and right wing religious extremists. The narration was actually pretty good. Though whether intentional or not, the narrators voice acting made many of the characters sound like dim witted jocks, but it seemed to fit and worked for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SEAL Team 666: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Weston Ochse
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Halfway through SEAL training, Cadet Jack Walker, still green but showing incredible promise, is whisked away to join four SEALs and their dog for a special-ops mission. Walker soon finds himself in a whirlwind of otherworldly creatures and events as he discovers the true nature of SEAL Team 666. Battling demons, possessed humans, mass-murdering cults, and evil in its darkest and most and ancient form, the members of SEAL Team 666 have their work cut out for them. And it’s not long before they realize that the threat isn’t directed against the US alone....

    Dan says: "Enjoyable way to spend some downtime."
    "Enjoyable way to spend some downtime."
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    The concept is great, the execution is just good. I was hoping for more but I would still recommend this for anyone looking for some fun escapist reading. Narration was very well done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2602)
    Performance
    (1637)
    Story
    (1618)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Great information"
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    Good information on the role of exercise in improving many aspects of one's life. I found myself really motivated to exercise consistently.

    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
    (11044)
    Performance
    (10020)
    Story
    (10042)

    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!!"
    "Loved it."
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    A great mystery story that evolves into a good science fiction story. The narrator did a nice job with the characters. I couldn't wait to hear what going to happen next.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Body Fat Solution: Five Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Tom Venuto
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (162)

    The Body Fat Solution is neither super low carb nor super low fat, and the author steers clear of demonizing entire food groups. Instead, Venuto shows you how to personalize an eating plan that takes into account your unique metabolism and calorie needs. He details the stumbling blocks we all face to success, and gives you the tools to overcome them.

    David says: "The Most Sensible "Diet" Book Ever"
    "Most rational book on heath and fitness I've read."
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    This is a well rounded and practical approach to reducing body fat and and improving one's health. It is not gimmicky, and there is no quick fix or other fad diet nonsense. The nutrition plan is reasonable and suitable for the long term. Venuto also allows for human nature and the occasional deviation from the plan for special occasions and celebrations. The beginner workouts can be done by people of most fitness levels and there is a steady increase in difficulty as fitness improves. I found the narration to be very well done and professional. The overall tone of the book is motivating. I believe that following this plan can change one's life. I am 55 years old, fat and being treated for heart disease.In the past 4 weeks I've lost 12 lbs and 3% body fat. My strength and endurance are steadily improving as is my mood and attitude. This book may well be the best investment I've ever made.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2231)
    Performance
    (1863)
    Story
    (1842)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "Full of insight and ideas."
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    This was an excellent self help book. The ideas for improving willpower are practical, the rational is explained, and studies are cited. I found the narration to be very professional and the narrator easily held my attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Stick With Your Diet and Exercise Program

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Lyn Kelley
    • Narrated By Lyn Kelley
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This book will motivate you to start, continue, and maintain your diet and/or fitness program. As a motivational coach, Dr. Lyn has assisted people with weight management for over two decades. She doesn't give you a specific diet or exercise program to follow; there are plenty of those already out there. Instead, she will solve a problem millions of people face everyday: the inability to stick with a diet and/or exercise program. Motivation is the key factor in the success of any change program.

    Dan says: "Nothing new here."
    "Nothing new here."
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    What disappointed you about How to Stick With Your Diet and Exercise Program?

    This wasn't as much a program to help one learn to "Stick With Your Diet" as it was Kelley reading her masters thesis. There was nothing new and most of her material was just a rehash of ideas cited in the main stream media and on T.V. talk shows. More often than not her cited authorities were people like Dr Phil and Doctor Oz, which made it hard for me to take her seriously. She did a poor job of reading her book and had trouble pronouncing some of the words. Kelley may be a great motivator in person or one on one, but nothing in this Audible book would lead me to believe that.


    Has How to Stick With Your Diet and Exercise Program turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Sadly, no one can teach willpower or perseverance in a book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lyn Kelley’s performances?

    Not if you gave it to me.


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

    It taught me how easy it is for an author to make a promise in a title and how hard it is to deliver on that promise in the text or performance.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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