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Walt

Albuquerque, NM, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (234)

    The career escalator is jammed at every level. Unemployment rates are sky-high. Creative disruption is shaking every industry. Global competition for jobs is fierce. The employer-employee pact is over, and traditional job security is a thing of the past. Here, LinkedIn cofounder and chairman Reid Hoffman and author Ben Casnocha show how to accelerate your career in today’s competitive world.

    Amazon Customer says: "Just like watching TV... a commerical every 5 mins"
    "Getting going"
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    Would you try another book from Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha and/or Kaleo Griffith?

    Yes, I thought the varying of readers helped keep my attention.


    If you’ve listened to books by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha before, how does this one compare?

    I have not.


    What about Kaleo Griffith’s performance did you like?

    The performance was good.


    What did you take away from The Start-Up of You that you can apply to your work?

    Get busy planning and following the plan


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28876)
    Performance
    (22088)
    Story
    (22232)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Hold on"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Fire to be better than the print version?

    I only listened.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course it was Katniss as the story is from her perspective.


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

    The Hunger Games. So good that I immediately followed up with this book.


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

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1884)
    Performance
    (1714)
    Story
    (1736)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "Looking in on generation X"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Perks of Being a Wallflower to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gave me insight into my childern, their experiences.


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

    The performance was done well. I dont know that it would have been different if I had read it myself.


    If you could take any character from The Perks of Being a Wallflower out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Sam. She sounded like a really nice girl.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By John C. Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (399)

    True leadership isn't a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than "the boss" people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership....

    Stephanie says: "Relevant and Applicable"
    "Inside the mind"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Its hard to get the meat of a self-help book with points to remember in an audio form.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story is good, and helpful.


    Which character – as performed by John C. Maxwell – was your favorite?

    NA


    Do you think The 5 Levels of Leadership needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No I think I understood what he was presenting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (1954)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (859)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "Gets your face wet!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very much so! I have too! This is a wonderful story that is very interesting. There is a lot of details that can bog you down, but overall it is agreat story!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Master and Commander?

    The taking of the prize.


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

    No, I thought he was very good. British accent adds to the realness.


    If you could rename Master and Commander, what would you call it?

    Quest for a Prize.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26344)
    Performance
    (20258)
    Story
    (20442)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "Captivating"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great story that keeps you engaged.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mockingjay?

    The death of the younger sister.


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

    She does an excellant job. She has a female voice, so fits well with the story.


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

    The rest of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Body Matters: Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Gary Thomas
    • Narrated By Gary Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Few pastors or Christian writers have dared to approach the subject of how proper eating and an active lifestyle can affect how we serve God. Author Gary Thomas does just that. And he reaches all the way back to the apostle Paul, who wrote that we need to prime our bodies to become, "an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work." To illustrate the body/soul correlation, Thomas presents engaging and diverse stories that include a young mom who got fit through volleyball....

    Walt says: "Pass along"
    "Pass along"
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    Where does Every Body Matters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was OK


    What other book might you compare Every Body Matters to and why?

    Self help- no titiles. It is a book that will have an impact on many, so if it is not for you, pass it along to someone you think would benefit from it!


    What about Gary Thomas’s performance did you like?

    He is the author, so he moves through the book quickly, as he knows the content well.


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

    Eat, drink, and be like Gary.


    Any additional comments?

    I heard Gary on a radio interview and it inspired me to get the book. Afterwards I felt that I had received the meat of the book in the interview!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (184)

    Post Captain is the second novel in Patrick O'Brian's beloved adventure series. In 1803 Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, and Captain Jack Aubrey, Royal Navy, taking refuge in France from his creditors, is interned. He escapes from France, from debtors' prison, from a possible mutiny, and pursues his quarry straight into the mouth of a French-held-harbor.

    Joel says: "Good story, but better narrator available."
    "What a story!"
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    Where does Post Captain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The doctor. He is really looking out for his friends.


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

    He does all very well!


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

    The insight into the relationships is very good, and worth noting.


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing the technology and learning of the sea farers in the early 19th century!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10378)
    Performance
    (5636)
    Story
    (5669)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Really thought provoking"
    Overall
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    Where does Life of Pi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

    Discovery of a tooth


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

    Drawn to the realism and close writer


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

    Instructions to the reader about the handling of an Alpha cat


    Any additional comments?

    I had many conversations with others who had read the book or seen the movie regarding our opinions of what was real and what was not. Also what was spiritual and what was simply a life lesson. The book has much more to offer than the movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3880)
    Performance
    (3275)
    Story
    (3258)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Captivating"
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    If you could sum up The Racketeer in three words, what would they be?

    interestingly jumps around!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Malcolm - a second chance at life.


    What about J.D. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    He fit the part


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

    No, but it kept my attention


    Any additional comments?

    The bad guy gets what he deserves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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