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Robert

pleasanton, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Old Man and the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Donald Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1481)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (883)

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

    Dave says: "Truly a Classic"
    "Did not want it to end"
    Overall

    Best book I have listened to in years. Narrator was awesome and fit the book perfectly. Should be required listening or reading for all students in school. To be able to write a story like this is a true gift and makes you appreciate what incredible author Hemmingway was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Intelligent Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Murphy
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (423)

    In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs and left their mark on the world. The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders did it.

    Mark C Walker says: "Disappointing"
    "The how to book for Entrepreneurs"
    Overall

    An amazing book, with great stories of individuals that bet it all and then some to make their ideas come to life. The ups and downs, frustrations and celebrations. If you own your own business you will enjoy this, if you have wanted to start your own business this is a must read. Narration is wonderful, the story is never slows down. You don't want it to end. Please write a sequel. Its not what you know, its how much drive and determination you may have.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Foreign Influence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (605)

    Buried within the black ops budgets of the Department of Defense, a new spy agency has been created. Unfettered by the oversight of self-serving politicians, it reports only to a secret panel of military insiders. Its job is to target Americas enemies - both foreign and domestic - under a charter of three simple words: Find, Fix, and Finish.

    Lesley says: "lecanady"
    "Great escape"
    Overall

    Brad Thor keeps getting better. A story that grabs you and then pulls you in. Enjoyed the beginning, middle and the end. Kept you on the edge of your seat the whole book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Mattered

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Chesley B. Sullenberger, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie, Chesley B. Sullenberger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    In this inspirational autobiography, Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, the airline pilot whose emergency landing on the Hudson River earned the world's admiration, tells his life story and talks about the essential qualities that he believes have been so vital to his success.

    Robert says: "A life time of preperation"
    "A life time of preperation"
    Overall

    Captain Sullenberger prepared his whole flying career, as a teenager in Texas, to the Airforce Academy, and as a Commercial Airline Pilot for US Airways for the landing on the Hudson. Scully give us an insite into his life as an aviator, who's everyday life is very much like any of ours with the same daily challenges. How he handle a potential disaster of Flight 1547 and how his life was changed for not only him, but his family and crew was a very interesting and pleasant read. Ordinary people doing extronary things.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Snapper

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Marx
    • Narrated By Jeff Rechner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Brian Kinchen was a 38-year-old husband, father of four, and seventh-grade Bible teacher whose professional football career had been over for three years when the New England Patriots called on December 15, 2003. With the Patriots riding a 10-game winning streak and the playoffs only a few weeks away, they needed a fill-in for the obscure but vital job of snapping the ball for their punter and kicker - a long snapper.

    Robert E. Hamilton says: "One long Christian commercial"
    "One more chance"
    Overall

    Ever wish you had one more chance to do it over or turn back the clock from a previous experience. Jeffrey Marx gets the ultimate chance. From classroom to Super Bowl. Enjoyable story with the happiest of endings. Gives some interesting insight into life as a role player in the NFL.
    A story you can just sit back and enjoy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (233)

    When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of 13 children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school. And he has no serious experience playing organized football.

    Chris says: "Touching and Informative"
    "Heart Warming"
    Overall

    A good story about football, a great story that shows what can happen when a child is given a chance to succeed by those who care. I laughed until I had tears and at the same time my heart ached for Michael Ohr a young man who just needed a chance at life. Michael Lewis incorporates the world of pro-football with one of the best human interst stories you will ever listen to. Stephen Hoye is outstanding as the narrator. Have listened to this one twice.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stacy Perman
    • Narrated By Loren Lester
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    It's the untold story of the renegade burger chain that evokes a passionate following unlike any other. In fast-food corporate America, In-N-Out Burger stands apart. Begun in a tiny shack in the shadow of World War II, this family-owned chain has steadfastly refused to franchise or be sold. It is a testament to old-fashioned values and reminiscent of a simpler time when people, loyalty, and a freshly made, juicy hamburger meant something.

    Ron says: "A Must Read"
    "A tasteful history of In & Out Burger"
    Overall

    Not knowing much about the company, other than being a fan of the food. I found this to be interesting history of a fast food company that has stayed with their core values while continuing to grow. The family history was interesting and sad. Found the story to be a little repetative at times or almost an In & Out commercial. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (193)

    People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or specific rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran entrepreneur Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street-smart people solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise. He calls it "the knack" and it has made all the difference to the eight successful start-ups of his career.

    morton says: "Practical Advice with Real Life Examples"
    "A must if you own or want to start a business"
    Overall

    Norm Bordsky has written a must read (listen) book on owning and running a business. Being financially independent is the dream of many, but too many times we aren't objective when making decessions on expanding, selling, buying a business. His skills of analyzing employee compensation along with avoiding the common mistakes we are subject to make this book one of the best business books I have read. Sean Pratt the narrator is outstanding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Few Seconds of Panic: A 170-Pound, 43-Year-Old Sportswriter Plays in the NFL

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stefan Fatsis
    • Narrated By Stefan Fatsis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Stefan Fatsis infiltrates a strikingly different subculture: pro football. After more than a year spent working out with a strength coach and polishing his craft with a gurulike kicking coach, Fatsis molded his fortyish body into one that could stand up - barely - to the rigors of NFL training. And over three months in 2006, he became a Denver Bronco.

    Robert says: "Living a dream."
    "Living a dream."
    Overall

    Stefan Fatsis provides a look into every football fans fantasy, life in the NFL. Life in an NFL training camp as a kicker Stefan Fatsis gives us an insight not as an NFL player, but that of a fan living a dream. The book evolves around the pressures of kicking, but does an excellent job of how fragile NFL careers are and the ups and downs of players living on the edge. I enjoyed this book very much.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Al Qaeda links up with a renegade Mafia chieftain to threaten America with an unimaginable scenario of terror in a new novel featuring Tommy Carmellini - a tale of high drama and nonstop action from perennial best-selling author Stephen Coonts.

    Hill says: "Coonts does it again"
    "I wonder what it would be like"
    Overall

    If you enjoy football this is a great book. All of us at one time or another would like to know what it would be like to kick the game winning field goal. Stefan Fatsis does an outstanding showing the business and real side of pro football, at the same time competing as a kicker. He gives you the view from the inside of training camp, not just observing it as a writer, he got to live and experience pressure a player feels. I will listen to this book again.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Garden of Last Days: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus III
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love. It seizes the listener by the throat with the same psychological tension, depth, and realism that characterized Andre Dubus' #1 bestseller, House of Sand and Fog, and has an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart.

    Suzn F says: "Andre Dubus III Does It Again"
    "Sneaks up on you"
    Overall

    I had heard this book reviewed on the radio as being one of The Books of the summer. The first third of the book takes place in low end mens club and the life of single mom who is working there. Just when your wondering where this is all going, the different characters are pulled together, making the 2nd half of this book worth listening to. A very good book, of peoples lives, problems and the days leading up to and including 9/11.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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