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C Mayfair

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  • 12 reviews
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  • 105 titles in library
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  • The Gift of Fear: And Other Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Gavin de Becker
    • Narrated By Gavin de Becker
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (217)

    Seattle Customer says: "Try Unabridged Version"
    "Good read"
    Overall

    Took me a while to get into this but it was well worth the effort. Offers very good examples of how to recognize a real risk, and how to not agonize over the ones that we create in our heads. Especially good for women and teenage girls. I wish I had known all of this 20 yrs ago.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Tall Grass

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (390)

    In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they've lost one another. The boy's cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver.

    Gabe says: "Absolutly disgusting. Emotion provoking. Brilliant"
    "Yuck"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story could have been so good, and started out so well. And then it falls apart completely. Some of it makes no sense whatsoever. And the gross part people are referring to, yes, it is that disgusting. If you are really bored, give it a listen. Just set the bar low.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Practical Magic

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    The best-selling author of Second Nature, Illumination Night and Turtle Moon now offers her most fascinating and tantalizingly accomplished novel yet -- a winning tale that amply confirms Alice Hoffman's reputation not only as a genius of the vivid scene and unforgettable character but as one of America's most captivating storytellers.

    P says: "Abridged = Disservice to Book"
    "The movie was so much better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narration was very, very good, but that's about all that was good about this audiobook. I don't even see how the screenplay for the movie was written based on the story. Where the movie is magical and uplifting, this story is depressing and creates a feeling of unease. I wish I hadn't listened to it at all,

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood and Smoke

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (83)

    This collection of short stories from the master of modern fiction is available only as an audiobook. In Blood and Smoke, Stephen King takes us inside a world of yearning and paranoia, isolation and addiction. It is the world of the smoker. In this audio-only collection, the now politically incorrect habit plays a key role in the fates of three different men.

    Matthew says: "Excellent!"
    "Stick to your day job."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First, Mr. King should not narrate. Stick to writing where you generally shine, BUT,this time not so much. I had already read "1408" and knew that to be a good story but the other 2 "pad" strories seem like they were just thrown together and tossed in to create this alleged collection. Pile of time suck is what it should be called. I had a difficult time listening to it. If you want a good SK collection on Audio, try Full Dark No Stars. Great stories and narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Edward Klein
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (596)

    It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times best-selling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails.

    Michael says: "Obama Fans Aren't Going to Like This Book!"
    "Just what I suspected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Barack Obama is a sociopath. I always thought that there was something about him that was a little off but could never really put a name to it. Now that I know some of the storys
    of how he won the Presidency, it makes sense. This answers the question of "how does a little known, first term Senator from Illinois win a Presidential election?" He has no conscience, that's how. I feel terrible for the people he has duped and even worse for the ones that haven't seen the light.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Cesar Millan, Melissa Jo Peltier
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    There are at least 68 million dogs in America, and their owners lavish billions of dollars on them every year. So why do so many pampered pets have problems? In this definitive and accessible guide, Cesar Millan, star of National Geographic Channel's hit show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, reveals what dogs truly need to live a happy and fulfilled life.

    L. Worthington says: "This Really Works!"
    "A way for your dogs needs to be met, not yours."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Cesar's Way again? Why?

    Yes, The rules of being alpha are really pretty basic, but there are so many nuances to how a dog communicates, a little refesher is needed.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier ? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    So much good information on dog psychology. My only complaint has nothing to do with dogs at all. He seems to think that there is some justification in illegally entering the USA. Even though he has paid the fines and dealt with the legalities of being here (unlike most illegals no doubt), he sounds like he is still defending it. Since when does being poor make breaking the law justified? It doesn't.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alan Kazdin
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    Most child-behavior books are filled with advice that sounds reasonable, fits with what parents already believe about child-rearing, and isas Dr. Kazdin proves guaranteed to fail. The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child makes available to parents for the first time Dr. Kazdins proven program, one backed up by some of the most long-term and respected research devoted to any therapy for children.

    C Mayfair says: "Same old same old"
    "Same old same old"
    Overall

    This is yet another system of positive reinforcement, sticker systems, point systems, and nothing you haven't read before if you have ever read a parenting book. In fact, after reading numerous books on dog training, this method is quite similar...minus the stickers.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10337)
    Performance
    (5246)
    Story
    (5280)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "Maybe a good read, but a dismal listen"
    Overall

    Shame on me for not taking the time to read a hard copy of this book. I don't know if it was trying to listen to such a lengthy read via audio or that the narrator just killed it. His normal narration voice is okay but his renditions of the numerous characters voices were just atrocious. I can understand why trying to perform a childs or a womans voice might be difficult for a man, but even the men sound ridiculous. I am a long time SK fan but I could not even finish this. If you have the time and want the story, buy the hardcopy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How We Decide

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jonah Lehrer
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (1730)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (501)

    Jonah Lehrer arms us with the tools we need to figure out how we decide, drawing on cutting-edge research by Daniel Kahneman, Colin Camerer, and others, as well as the real-world experiences of a wide range of "deciders" - from airplane pilots and hedge fund investors to serial killers and poker players. Lehrer shows how people are taking advantage of the new science to make better television shows, win more football games, and improve military intelligence.

    Sarah says: "Summarizes information from several superior books"
    "Too many sports references"
    Overall

    The information is very interesting however every time the author went into another Tom Brady football analogy, I would just groan. Just unbearable to have to suffer through the intracracies of a sport I find boring, and too many times. Once would have been sufficient.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quitters, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Eric Roberts
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Dick Morrison's life has become a nightmare of addictions, filling his days with overeating, overworking, and smoking way too much. When an old friend tells him about a surefire way to quit, he's more than willing to give it a shot. But what Dick doesn't know is that Quitters, Inc. demands a high price from anyone who strays from their rigid rules-like a few volts of electricity for the nearest and dearest... or maybe a missing thumb?

    Gia says: "Love the story, hated the narration."
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    Read the story before but this was so much better! Eric Roberts does a fantastic narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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