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Alan

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  • Ford County: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By John Grisham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, A Time to Kill. This wholly surprising collection of stories reminds us once again why Grisham is America's favorite storyteller.

    Wendy S. Ohl says: "Good story, hard to listen to"
    "Sad But True"
    Overall

    I have read almost all of Grisham's books and rarely have I been disappointed. The stories of Ford County were most enjoyable. The problem was the reading! I am sorry to say this, but the editor who let Grisham read his own book, should be demoted. He/she should have been strong enough to say "John, I love your writing, but fella, you can't read to save your life!!! If you want to sell this work, let someone else do the reading.
    I have been an Audible listener for many years. This was the most difficult listen I can remember.
    My strong recommendation is that you buy the book or download it to your Kindle and read it the old fashioned way.
    I have never been so moved to write a review, but I felt compelled to save the listener the agony of the start and stop, naration that sounds as though it is the first time Grisham is reading an unfamiliar work, not one he wrote himself.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2099)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1193)

    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    "Talent is Overrated is Highly Rated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The premise of the book is an attention grabber. When we think of those who are talented we immediately think of people who have an innate gift that skyrocketed them to fame and fortune. Not so says the author, in a very well reasoned, well documented and well written way. It is the ability and/or the drive that allowed them, or compelled them to practice, practice, practice. What we see as drudge, they either don't, or are so determined to succeed at what they have chosen that they develop the expertise and train their body and even mold their body through that early practice.
    The book kept me interested as did the reader.
    I recommend it highly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5932)
    Performance
    (2091)
    Story
    (2100)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "James Clavell look over your shoulder!"
    Overall

    After reading all of the works of Clavell, Shogun, Taipan, etc, I have developed a liking for the development of the Asian hero. In Across the Nightingale Floor I found myself engrossed by the development of the plot and the characters to the same level as with Clavell. A well written thriller that was also well read. I recommend it highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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