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Ryan

Life is a journey, enjoy it......because one day it will all end.

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  • Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
    • Narrated By Quincy Dunn-Baker
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (716)

    A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

    Andy says: "one of the better ultramarathon books"
    "If you like "Born to Run" try this one."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a great book about trials and life. I am considering training for an Ultra because of this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dusty - Everyone has a friend that is a little crass, but is loyal as a dog.


    What does Quincy Dunn-Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very good for switching tones and staying here to add color to the story.


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

    Ultra. One mans push beyond all limits.


    Any additional comments?

    A really good book. I gained quite a bit of knowledge from this book. I actually got bored with my music on a 8 mile run and turned this book on. It was a good change. The I enjoyed "Born to Run" a little more but this is now definitely a favorite.

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  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2090)
    Performance
    (1959)
    Story
    (1967)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Only start if you want to be addicted to a series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - This is more than your classic zombie apocalypse story. The character development is complemented very well by Christian Rummel's performance.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.....but now I look forward to more. A good narrator is harder to find than a good author. Rummel is in that category.


    Any additional comments?

    The Walking Dead has nothing on D.J. Molles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Fractured

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1184)
    Performance
    (1109)
    Story
    (1104)

    The Camp Ryder Hub is broken. Lee is nowhere to be found, and his allies are scattered across the state, each of them learning that their missions will not be as easy as they thought. Inside the walls of Camp Ryder, a silent war is brewing, between those few that still support Lee's vision of rebuilding, and the majority that support Jerry's desire for isolation. But this war will not remain silent for long.

    Mike Naka says: "incredible continuation of a great series"
    "Not just any zombie book, it will pull you in!"
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    If you could sum up The Remaining: Fractured in three words, what would they be?

    Audio crack!


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favorite?

    Lee - the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is amazing. I am NOT a big zombie horror type of listener. I have been addicted to the entire series and have told several people about it. The narrator is great and brings the characters to life. I found myself excited to drive to work just so I could listen to the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dave Grossman, Loren W. Christensen
    • Narrated By Dave Grossman
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (134)

    On Combat looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle and the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory - then discusses new research findings as to what measure warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win. A brief, but insightful look at history shows the evolution of combat, the development of the physical and psychological leverage that enables humans to kill other humans, followed by an objective examination of domestic violence in America.

    Phil says: "if you carry a gun - you must listen to this"
    "Mandatory Reading for All Military Personnel"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of On Combat to be better than the print version?

    Ihave not read the print book, but there are pieces of the audio book that you will never get in print. COL Grossman teaches as well as narrates which allows the reader a much richer experience.


    Any additional comments?

    This book should be required reading for every Solider, Sailor, Airmen, Marine, Police Officer, or First Responder. I have had 1 deployment to Iraq and 3 to Afghanistan. After reading this book, there are so many pieces that the military tries to teach its troops in mandatory deployment training but gets lost in the political correctness. I learned a lot in this book and found so many things that fellow veteran friends of mine could learn as well. The principles taught in this book are not just what to do after; but things we don’t think to ask about for the before or during of an intense event.

    I read a few reviews about COL Grossman being preachy or ultra religious. I did not find this at all. For anyone that has ever dedicated their life to an ideal greater than themselves, you will relate to every aspect.

    If you wonder if you should download this book….the answer is yes. If you are saying well I don’t know….they answer is download it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Days: Political Thrillers Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (197)

    Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam Hussein is buried. Baghdad lies in ruins. Now the eyes of the world are on Jerusalem as Jon Bennett - a Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor - his beautiful CIA partner Erin McCoy, and the U.S. Secretary of State arrive in the Middle East to meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

    C. Haas says: "An excellent listen"
    "A good starter to a series....."
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    Have you listened to any of Patrick G. Lawlor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Patrick Lawlor is a good day reader. He reminds me of a Dick Hill type narrator. Very engaging in bring depth to the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good starter book to the series. It is very well thought out and has lots of depth and breadth. Too bad this series doesn't end as well as it began. I was quite disappointed in the final book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ezekiel Option: Political Thrillers Series #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (188)

    With Saddam Hussein and Yasser Arafat out of the way, a dazzling era of security and prosperity seems to have come to the Middle East. With the help of an American president trying to spread freedom and democracy, the Israelis and the Palestinians have signed a historic peace agreement. Violence is down. Their economies are booming. But a new evil looms on the horizon.

    Cheryl says: "Great Series!"
    "A good second look for the series"
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    Where does The Ezekiel Option rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About a seven.


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

    Yes. This book was very well done in a kept you engaged quite a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    This was quite a good book with a lot of action built in. I would recommend this book as long as you like Rosenbergs other works such as the 12th Imam. If you do not like religion in any book that you read I would take a pass on this if I were you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Copper Scroll: Political Thrillers Series #4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (164)

    Saddam Hussein is gone. Yasser Arafat is dead. A New Iraq is rising. Now White House advisors Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy find themselves facing a terrifying new threat triggered by an ancient mystery.

    Don says: "Exciting treasure hunt!"
    "Too sappy for a thriller."
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    Would you try another book from Joel C. Rosenberg and/or Jeff Woodman?

    Yes.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Woodman?

    Dick Hill


    Any additional comments?

    This story became way too sappy for me. At one point I had to make sure I accidentally didn't download a Nicholas Sparks book. The story starts to pick up about a third of the way through as long as you can stomach the beginning.

    But the narrator could have been a lot better. He makes the character seemed kind of whiny. Also the actor style reading of this book was a little distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Heat, Political Thrillers Series #5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (161)

    As a presidential campaign narrows into a dead heat, the Secret Service learns of a catastrophic terrorist plot to assassinate one of the candidates - but which one? Who do they want dead? And can U.S. forces stop the terrorists before millions lose their lives?

    Andrew says: "Loved the Book Series!"
    "My least favorite of the series."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Ehhhh......


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to the entire series. There were a few points in this book that I thought about shutting it off because it became a bit much. All in all the story is not bad but there are times when the author gets a bit preachy. I consider myself religious, but there are times in this book where it goes a bit overboard. I would say if you are a big fan of the Left Behind series then you would like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ultramarathon Man: Confession of an All-Night Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dean Karnazes
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (218)

    Karnazes reveals the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada.

    Andrea says: "Not as self-congratulating as others have said"
    "Motivation while you run!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES!!! (And add the side note of use as tool while you run.)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ultramarathon Man?

    When Dean finished his first 50 mile run. The after effects of the run on his body and the way he tells it is more than memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    For those who do not know who Dean Karnazes is: This is a great book if your are trying to accomplish a 5k or more. Listen to this book while you run, but make sure you buffer in a little bit more time for your run. You will find that once you hit your turn around point, you will want to go a little farther. For those who have heard of Dean Karnazes: No matter what your opinion is, try the book. Remember, you can always return it. This is a book about Dean. He has done some crazy stuff hence he has the right to brag a little bit. This book has just enough in it to make you think "That would be an awesome story to have." I have heard a few things about Dean from other authors and was a bit leery about listening to one of his books. One day I took a chance to find out why certain other runners do not like him. My conclusion after listening: like any sports there are certain personalities the do no jive with others. This is a good book and not one of those where the author tells you how great he or she is all the time. It is not a poor me I was picked on as a kid and I'm a victim book like "Finding Ultra". (You can read my review on that one, it’s kind of entertaining.) This is a book about what running means to Dean and how his life has evolved as his running habits have changed. He takes you through a few personal events, without going overboard and several races where you feel like you are there with him. It is a good listen for a sunny run.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (7032)
    Performance
    (4959)
    Story
    (4942)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "I finally gave in...and glad I did"
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    Would you listen to Killing Floor again? Why?

    Yes...only after I finish the other 17 books in the series. The story of Jack Reacher and the character development are very good. There are very few dull spots in this book and it always keeps you thinking ahead trying to figure out what will happen next. The format and details in this book are great. It is amazing that the author (being British) pulled the level of detailed accuracy for the events described for a military man. Even if you are not a big thriller/action book person I would recommend this book.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Dick Hill as a narrator. His is great a thriller type books


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

    Jack Reacher: The Killing Floor


    Any additional comments?

    Try it. Remeber you can always return it.....but I bet you won't want to.

    0 of 0 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
    (10157)
    Performance
    (4786)
    Story
    (4775)

    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."
    "An annual MUST for any professional."
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    Where does How to Win Friends & Influence People rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was first required to read this book in college, it is a staple of any business program. I learned a lot from the book then and TRY to listen/read it yearly. This for those who have not read this book I will tell you that it is not your average out-dated business theory book. I believe that everyone that interacts with another person in their job should read this book. Originally written in the 1930's all of the principles are still relevant.


    Any additional comments?

    For those who like the quick review here are the highlights in bullet form.

    1. The Narrator is very good. The tone and inflection used makes you think Dale Carnegie is actually reading it to you.

    2. The book is story based and very well told. Think of the book as a series of short stories that all have a way of intertwining.

    3. Easy to listen to and comprehend. This is not a book you really have to concentrate on, it is a relaxing listen. The words are easy on the brain but written in such a way that there is no effort in remembering what he has said.

    4. Everyone can relate. I do not care who you are or what you do. All the principles in this book can still be related to today.

    5. No matter how many times you listen to this book you will always pick up something new.

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