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Novi, MI, USA

  • 8 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • FutureShop

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Nissanoff
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer

    Visionary entrepreneur Daniel Nissanoff breaks the news that the eBay auction phenomenon is about to revolutionize how all consumers do their shopping, not only online, but offline as well. The big payoff of this revolution is that consumers will be able to "trade up" by embracing a new norm of temporary ownership. We'll be transformed from an "accumulation nation" into an "auction culture".

    Gary says: "Little relavant information"

    A few years back, I read the Cluetrain Mainfesto, and thought that while it was likely true that the internet would continue to have a major impact on society, the authors pounded the point home that in 'the future' one would not be able to draw a breath without internet support.

    The approach to FutureShop is much the same, though with Ebay and the 'Auction Culture' at the center of the universe.

    Let me ruin the plot for you - The ability of the common man to access the secondary (resale) markets through web auction sites will alter the puchasing habits of web-enabled people, and will spawn a number of supporting business. The changes in consumer's shopping habits will change the way retailers address the market and will force them to recognize resale value as a factor in product evaluation.

    I don't disagree with any of this, but the author overstates his thesis.

    As a regular Ebay user, I didn't learn much about the history and operation of web auctions. I really didn't get the book for that, but the author's tireless recitation of history was unnecessary.

    If you have never used Ebay, or if you like your logic delivered with repetetive blows of a small hammer, this may be the book for you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Letter of Marque: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull

    In The Letter of Marque, Jack is once again aboard his beloved Surprise but stripped of his post captaincy for a crime he did not commit. Bought by Stephen, the Surprise has become a privateer. Sailing into French waters, the two concoct a desperate mission which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from his state of disgrace.

    Farlow says: "Two Patricks"
    "Very Good"

    This was a good story, nicely told. Interesting, adventurous, suspenseful, and well-written.

    That I came away disinclined to read the rest is probably only my disinterest in the genre.

    I would recommend it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Definitely worth reading"

    Many of the other reviews define the core content of the book, so I won't rehash that.

    This is a well-told story with engaging and believeable characters who encounter situations that don't stretch the bounds of credulity too far. I would challenge anyone to read this an not feel the highs and lows of the protagonist.

    As I listened to this, I thought of another, similar character I had read many years ago - A Confederacy of Dunces by O'Toole, I think.

    I enjoyed that, I enjoyed this, and I think you will too.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Umberto Eco
    • Narrated By George Guidall

    Internationally best-selling author Umberto Eco is a master stylist whose books, including The Name of the Rose and Baudolino, have been savored by millions around the world. Now, with The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, Eco crafts another of the ambitious and breathtaking novels that are his trademark.

    Sharon says: "TOTTALLY ENGROSSING"
    "Long, but worthwhile"

    I had tried reading one of Eco's books some time back and found the text very dense and too hard to read.

    The audio version would be better I thought, so why not give it a try, even though it was a very long book. (For what it's worth, I have no difficulty with reading, comprehension, of vocabulary - his writing style just made it difficult.)

    This book at times could be tedious (He really didn't have to spend so much time in the attic!) but just as often was like talking to an old friend.

    The narrator was excellent. I was apprehensive when I heard an older man with an unusual accent and delivery, but he was certainly a good choice for this - the book could not have been the same without him.

    A long listen, but I would do it again.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • That Old Ace in the Hole

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Arliss Howard

    Strikingly original and intimate, That Old Ace in the Hole tracks the vast waves of change that have shaped the American landscape and character in the past century. In Bob Dollar, Proulx (The Shipping News) has created one of the most irresistible characters in contemporary fiction. "It's like seeing a painting up close and magnified," says Publishers Weekly, "with each tiny brush stroke lovingly emphasized."

    Mark says: "Wonderful characters and a Message, too"
    "As good as you would expect"

    As good a view of the Oklahoma/Texas Panhandle as the Shipping News was of Nova Scotia.

    Well, I could be wrong, having spent no significant time in either place, but after reading this, I felt I knew the people and the culture. On top of that, there's a good story with genuinely interesting characters. The narration is excellent, always interesting with very clear and consistent distinctions between characters.

    I have no regrets about this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Brew, September 27, 2005

    • NONE (51 mins)
    • By Doug Hall, David Wecker

    Their expanding business is ruining their golf game. The Brain Brew crew has ideas for friends who run a bass instrument repair shop, and they help one dreamer from Nashville gain a better sense of the direction she should take with her bed and breakfast. Plus, a prince as a guru-- the Prince of Pops, Erich Kunzel, conductor of the Cincinnati Pops, shares his secrets to success as the 30-Second Guru.

    Dorn says: "Excellent insight that's fun"
    "Excellent insight that's fun"

    Been listening for several months now, and the Brain Brew Crew truly has excellent observation, good insight, and an amazing ability to add value to an idea on a moment's notice.

    That they can do this week after week without rehashing ideas is testament to their experience and ability. Though they do have an affinity for direct mail, I'll accept that as what is truly the right solution for a lot of callers.

    The format is clear, quick, and never boring. Calls from the aspiring (or fearful) capitalist, a 30-second distillation of business insight from a recognizable if not familiar source, and the occasional call to the wilds of Maine. Never a dull moment.

    Everytime I try another subscription, I come right back to this one. An excellent investment of your time, whether you're a storefront, electronic marketer, service provider, or just a person with a message and an aspiration. Try it - you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 100 Ways to Motivate Others: How Great Leaders Can Produce Insane Results

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Steve Chandler, Scott Richardson
    • Narrated By Steve Chandler

    100 Ways to Motivate Others is the culmination of many years of successful leadership coaching and training by best-selling author Steve Chandler and attorney Scott Richardson, and the natural follow-up to Steve's previous best sellers, including 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself. Chandler and Richardson have crafted a vital, user-friendly, inspirational guide for executives, managers, and professionals...and those aspiring to reach their level.

    Arthur Held says: "You can't Manage - you must Lead"
    "400 Quotations and a few good ideas"

    This book might also have been named 400 quotations somewhat linked to 100 statements supporting about 30 ideas built on about a dozen techniques to motivate, along with some thoughts on time management, happiness, and leadership. But that would have been too long.

    Seriously, there are some excellent observations included within, and there's a good book lurking somewhere inside, but it's just too hard to find.

    This should also be a good example of the need for an independent narrator. For a book on motivation to be read in a long, droning, hang-dog fashion is just - unmotivating!

    I would also suggest for books like this that Audible mark the paragraph divisions better. The jump button doesn't deliver to the next of 100 items, but to somewhere way up ahead. And there will be times you will want to use it.

    The book is also repetitious. I suppose a case can be made that focusing, thinking about one thing, and concentrating are not the same, but really....

    In summary - Good observations, repetitious, and very loosely organized, delivered with droning narration.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Very good writing, excellent narration!"

    Following up on some of the other reviews, I would agree that yes, the plot is predictable - you know that the bad guy must get it in the end, and one need not have a doctorate to figure out the pieces of the puzzle.

    Still, the book is an excellent 'read!' Without the narrator's outstanding skills, I would probably rate this as 4 stars - good, but not great. The narration though, puts this over the top. He pulls the nuances from the characters, bringing them to hysterical life. Definitely worth it in my opinion.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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