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Rudy

VISTA, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Secrets of the Power of Intention

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    • Narrated By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (301)

    In this live lecture, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explores intention as an all-pervading force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place. Intention, he explains, is not something you do, but an energy you're a part of. Not only do you emanate from the field of intention, but if you align yourself to it, your desires become fulfilled and you find yourself at peace.

    Capsaicin says: "Inspiring"
    "growth"
    Overall

    This is an excellent audio. Many things that can be applied immediately to produce a better outlook on life... Two enthusiastic thumbs up.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (818)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (741)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Could not stop listening to this book..."
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    Where does Red Sparrow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is as good as any Vince Flynn, or Michael Connelly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator was excellent and the characters were very well developed. The recipes recitals were awesome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Dominika stuck her tongue out at the cameras watching her trade out the top secret documents, and the comments from the FBI spooks.


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

    Cold War is alive and well in 2013.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book very much and will look for other work by this author....Jason Matthews

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17214)
    Performance
    (7447)
    Story
    (7473)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Great Entertainment"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone because it is so engrossing and entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest?

    I liked the Trial and the detail leading up to the trial as it was obvious that the bad guys were going to get theirs.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    #1 Blomkvist, #2 Salander


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

    When Plague and Trinity were making their way to Stockholm to assist Salander. Its like nobody really knows just how many people would show up for you and me if you really needed them.


    Any additional comments?

    The Trilogy was fantastic. I am going to wait about 90 days and listen to it all again. I am sure that I will pick up bits and pieces that will make it more dynamic. Simon Vance was stellar as the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17684)
    Performance
    (7607)
    Story
    (7634)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Better than the First."
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Girl Who Played with Fire?

    I liked that I already knew the characters and that the author and the narrator continued to develope them.


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

    Yes I could not wait for another session with my player to see what happened next.


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

    Simon Vance has the ability to inflect for the many characters, and he is so consistent that the characters come to life.


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

    Kalle Blomkvist, Lisbeth Salander REDUX


    Any additional comments?

    Cant wait to hear the 3rd part of the Trilogy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22347)
    Performance
    (9025)
    Story
    (9099)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Awesome"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I have been recommending this to my friends and family.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characters, the story, and the narrator.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Salander went undercover to arrange the wire transfers.


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

    It was certainly absorbing.


    Any additional comments?

    This is top tier entertainment. I was laughing and sometimes screaming in the car as I listened on the way to and from work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moonwalking with Einstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1388)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (917)

    Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

    Christopher says: "Got the Ball Rolling"
    "In the end the book was worth the time invested."
    Overall

    Although it this book does not detail the how to's of memory, it does disclose bits that can be practiced and make anyone have a stronger more accurate memory. The story is interesting and flows well.
    If you want to learn something good, buy this book and make yourself better. If you dont want to improve yourself then vote for Obama in 2012 and wait for him to redistribute the rest of the wealth he hasn't already confiscated or destroyed, to you and the other slackers.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Charles Henderson
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (215)

    There have been many Marines. There have been many marksmen. But there has been only one Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, a legend of Marine lore. He stalked the Viet Cong behind enemy lines. His record has never been matched: 93 confirmed kills. This is his story. Powerful, chilling, and all true.

    sheridan says: "history at its best"
    "Insightful look at a world I will never know"
    Overall

    This book was very informative into a life that few people will ever know. There was much attention to detail which gave an element of making me a participant in some of the events. The authors voice was soothing and was able to build suspense as he developed the situations that Hathcock found himself in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Siege

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    As a lovely weekend approaches on the Yale campus it appears that a number of students - including the sons of both the secretary of the army and newest Supreme Court justice - may have gone missing. Kidnapping? Terrorism? The authorities aren't sure. But the high-profile disappearances draw the attention of the CIA and the FBI's vaunted Hostage Rescue Team.

    Lynne says: "Hunh!!!??"
    "Excellent Book"
    Overall

    I like the story, and the detail used to develope the characters. The narrator used nice tone inflections to give each character life in the story. Some of the comments during the interaction made me laugh.
    Very entertaining indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus in the Present Tense: The I AM Statements of Christ

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Warren Wiersbe
    • Narrated By Maurice England
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Many Christians find themselves mired in past regrets or future fears, but the name of God itself reminds readers that God wants them to live in the present. The more readers understand and apply God’s I AM statements from the Old and New Testaments, the more they will realize God’s peace and joy. Then they will be free to live, serve, and know God more richly in the present tense—which is just where He wants them to be.

    Rudy says: "A must read for those seeking to know Christ."
    "A must read for those seeking to know Christ."
    Overall

    I first heard of the author because Dr. Charles Stanley would quote him often. This book uses a great many Bible verses to paint a clear picture on the mind of God so that anyone who comes in spirit and in truth to seek a personal relationship can have access to worship, wisdom, and fellowship with the God of the Universe.
    Many good authors write good opinion books on the Bible. This book uses the Bible as an opinion piece on itself. This to a believer like me is music to my ears.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Ignatius
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Deep within Pakistan’s borders, a secret CIA team is being systematically dismantled by a cunning enemy. Soon, Sophie Marx, a young, ambitious agent, is on the ground searching for answers. But as she gets closer to the truth, she suffers a devastating betrayal and must risk more than her life to save the world from a terrifying fate.

    john says: "Excellent Thriller"
    "Excellent Audio Book"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this audio book. The story is exciting with good tempo, and the narrator gives the different characters subtle inflections that add color to the characters. There were good bits of info on the Pashtun culture that in reality all Americans should understand. I will shop for other Ignatius books for sure.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonah Goldberg
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (189)

    "Fascists", "Brownshirts", "jackbooted stormtroopers" - such are the insults typically hurled at conservatives by their liberal opponents. Calling someone a fascist is the fastest way to shut them up, defining their views as beyond the political pale. But who are the real fascists in our midst?

    Randy says: "Like everything you were taught is a lie."
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    I am 1/2 way through this book and look forward to the next time I can listen. The author has names, and dates to paint a picture that reveals truths that I was not aware of.
    If just 10% of this information is true, then any patriotic American should prepare to engage for the preservation of the Republic against the hollow and corrupt religion of Liberalism.
    This is especially relevant today because of the current Obama administration, the Tea Party Movements, and the political losses in NJ, VA, and MA.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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