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Arthur

Simi Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 8 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 152 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sam Keith, Richard Proenneke
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (164)

    To live in a pristine land unchanged by man... to roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed... to choose an idyllic site, cut trees and build a log cabin... to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available... to be not at odds with the world but content with one's own thoughts and company. Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them.

    Reuben says: "Fantastic"
    "Slow moving"
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    Found it a bit of a chore to make it through this one - though I hung in until the end. Essentially, working one's way through a diary - about as exciting and interesting (may be to some) of going through someone's daily entries. Mostly disappointed in the lack of good story elements. Could be someone else's cup of tea, but not so much for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson
    • Narrated By Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (137)

    Two sisters. Two voices. One Heart.

    The mystery of "Magic Man." The wicked riff of "Barracuda." The sadness and beauty of "Alone." The raw energy of "Crazy On You." These songs, and so many more, are part of the fabric of American music. Heart, fronted by Ann and Nancy Wilson, has given fans everywhere classic, raw, and pure badass rock and roll for more than three decades. As the only sisters in rock who write their own music and play their own instruments, Ann and Nancy have always stood apart - certainly from their male counterparts but also from their female peers.

    Kathy says: "Good Behind-The-Scenes Look At "Heart""
    "Entertaining - under the onion skin"
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    Enjoyable retrospective of the band Heart - particularly as the narration is offered up here by the Wilson sisters. This audible listen held my attention throughout. No insignificant amount of underlying hypocrisies throughout the ladies' story however - fodder likely that remains difficult to acknowledge to ardent fans. (ex. they adopt the moniker Lovemonger - yet Ann resorts to violence physically assaulting an individual) - Easy to put together quite a list of these inconsistencies from the tale. I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel Lapin
    • Narrated By A. C. Feliner
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (241)

    A practical approach to creating wealth-based on the established principles of ancient Jewish wisdom-made accessible to people of all backgrounds. The ups and downs of the economy prove Rabbi Daniel Lapin's famous principle that the more things change, the more we need to depend upon the things that never change. There's no better source for both practical and spiritual financial wisdom than the time-tested knowledge found in the ancient Jewish faith and its culture.

    Jeremy says: "Great book, changes the way you think of money"
    "Life changer"
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    One of the better listens from my Audible library. Lots of great life tips - life changers if one applies the learnings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Powell
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (181)

    Have you ever wondered how off-key you are while singing in the shower? Or if your Bob Dylan albums really sound better on vinyl? Or why certain songs make you cry? Now, scientist and musician John Powell invites you on an entertaining journey through the world of music. Discover what distinguishes music from plain old noise, how scales help you memorize songs, what the humble recorder teaches you about timbre (assuming your suffering listeners don’t break it first), and more.

    C. Beaton says: "Great book - wrong narrator"
    "Depends on what you know coming into this book"
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    As a musician, I soak up almost anything related to music. This presentation is somewhat of a music 101 on various levels - so if you personally have a solid understanding of music fundamentals, you could easily pass by this book as it will likely be extremely repetitive regarding music fundamentals. That said, I still picked up a couple of interesting tid bits here and there, though not sure the trade of time for this book was personally a good use of time. There are also multiple attempts to spice up the book with humor - you'll either be amused or will be rolling your eyes when those offerings emerge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Ross
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    The Rest Is Noise takes the listener inside the labyrinth of modern music, from turn-of-the-century Vienna to downtown New York in the '60s and '70s. We meet the maverick personalities and follow the rise of mass culture on this sweeping tour of 20th-century history through its music.

    Paula says: "Learned so much!"
    "A bit pretentious"
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    An interesting perspective on primarily 20th century classical music. I found the approach however somewhat too pretentious for my taste. The author seemingly has a bias toward particular social/political viewpoints which bleed into the narrative - so depending on your own viewpoints, you might be sympathetic to the presentation or find yourself getting occasionally annoyed. Helpful to have access to a classical library by which to sample the composers and works discussed in the book. I have a subscription to Rhapsody which was helpful to dive into throughout the exploration provided by this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coming into the Country

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Those who have traveled into America’s only remaining frontier rarely come back out the same. Only in Alaska can we come close to understanding what our forefathers must have felt upon their arrival in the New World. McPhee brings to this narrative the qualities that have distinguished him in the field of travel literature—tolerance, brisk, and entertaining prose, and a fascination with things most of us never bother to notice.

    James says: "Welcome to Alaska"
    "A somewhat disjointed glimpse of Alaska"
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    I found it somewhat challenging to stay engaged in this book. Seemed to ramble from one point to another without a storyline to effectively tie everything together. Parts of the narrative seemed to be whiny. Made it all the way through - continuing to work through Alaska based books before my trip up north. The first couple of books I went through (Williwaw and Into the Wild) were great. The last two, not so much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Williwaw!

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Bodett
    • Narrated By Tom Bodett
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Growing up in a remote part of Alaska, Ivan and September Crane know that autumn is an unpredictable season - days of clear blue skies can give way to fierce, sudden storms in a blink. They know the trouble signs: changes in the wind, the temperature, or even the color of the dawn. But somehow, this time, left alone when their fisherman father is delayed at sea, even their keen sense of their surroundings and the lessons they've been taught fail them.

    Margo says: "Good listen for kids on a car trip"
    "Extremely enjoyable book"
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    This is one of the most enjoyable stories I've come across on Audible. Trying to soak up some books related to Alaska before a trip planned for summer 2013, and this ended up first on the list. Audio quality seemed a little less than on most other audiobooks I've listened to on Audible. This was more than made up for with Tom Bodett's delivery, and his engaging and accessible story. A great storyteller and I'll be checking out other works by Mr. Bodett in the future. A very familiar voice in the narration as well - if you've heard the Motel 6 commercials, you've bumped into Mr. Bodett. This is one of those books I couldn't wait to resume each time I got back to my mp3 player.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (823)

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

    Laurene says: "Excellent, subtle, moving"
    "Disjointed"
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    Really struggled to keep going through this one. Most disappointing investment of book time in several years. Just didn't do it for me. Now on to something hopefully better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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