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CHRIS

Tavares, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 104 titles in library
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  • The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By A. J. Jacobs
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    Our fearless author, A. J. Jacobs, tackles a new intellectual adventure, an exploration of the most influential book in the world: the Bible. He determined that the best way to explore the Bible was to live it, as literally as possible. For one year.

    Jonathan says: "Excellent... But tongue in cheek"
    "Its ABRIDGED! Buy the book if want the whole story"
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    To all the reviewers complaining about the short shrift the New Testament gets, I say read the dead tree version for the full story. Overall worth one credit, but I could do with less talk about the author's OCD routines and issues.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Mardi Jo Link
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    It’s the summer of 2005, and Mardi Jo Link’s dream of living the simple life has unraveled into debt, heartbreak, and perpetually ragged cuticles. She and her husband of nineteen years have just called it quits, leaving her with serious cash-flow problems and a looming divorce. More broke than ever, Link makes a seemingly impossible resolution: to hang on to her century-old farmhouse in northern Michigan and continue to raise her three boys on well water and wood chopping and dirt. Armed with an unfailing sense of humor and three resolute accomplices, Link confronts blizzards and foxes, learns about Zen divorce and the best way to butcher a hog, dominates a zucchini-growing contest and wins a year’s supply of local bread, masters the art of bargain cooking, wrangles rampaging poultry, and withstands any blow to her pride in order to preserve the life she wants.

    CHRIS says: "great story about a mom who will fight for her fam"
    "great story about a mom who will fight for her fam"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bootstrapper to be better than the print version?

    didnt read book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bootstrapper?

    the zucchini contest


    What about Karen White’s performance did you like?

    loved her voice


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    more women like this and America would be back on track

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (427)

    In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku—the New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible—gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over 300 of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs. The result is the most authoritative and scientifically accurate description of revolutionary developments taking place....

    Gordon Lamb says: "Interesting Content, Irritating Reader"
    "very dry and boring"
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    What disappointed you about Physics of the Future?

    very superficial treatment of realistic developments and outlandish prediction of next century


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    money ball


    Would you be willing to try another one of Feodor Chin’s performances?

    maybe


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Physics of the Future?

    the "far future" segments


    Any additional comments?

    rare that i dislike an audible offering, but this and "signal and noise" are examples of what to avoid

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carol Rifka Brunt
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (318)

    1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal....

    Robbie says: "Mesmerizing!"
    "Coming of age in early days of AIDS"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    to my female and gay friends. not a guy book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    June;


    What does Amy Rubinate bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    love her womanchild voice


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, but at over 12 hours, that wasnt possible


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (296)

    In an audiobook that challenges everything you thought you knew, W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne assert that tomorrow's leading companies will succeed, not by battling their rivals for market share in the bloody "red ocean" of a shrinking profit pool, but by creating "blue oceans" of untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.

    Robert says: "Get the actual book"
    "Buy the book and READ it"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    no one would enjoy listening to this book


    What was most disappointing about W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne ’s story?

    its a great story to read, but it comes across very poorly in audio


    What didn’t you like about Grover Gardner’s performance?

    material doesnt lend itself to the medium


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom


    Any additional comments?

    the material in the written word works very well; buy the book and READ it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nate Silver
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1003)
    Performance
    (840)
    Story
    (843)

    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Grant says: "Hot"
    "First time that Terry Gross' "Fresh Air" wrong!"
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    Would you try another book from Nate Silver and/or Mike Chamberlain?

    no


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nate Silver again?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    not his fault the material sucked


    Any additional comments?

    just really a poor book for audio; i should have known better

    1 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6923)
    Performance
    (6026)
    Story
    (6027)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    FanB14 says: "Peer Pressure"
    "running out of steam, but wraps up loose ends"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades Freed to be better than the print version?

    love Becca's Ana voice; her Christian is pretty lame


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ana


    Which scene was your favorite?

    really, no favs from this book compared to the first two. The best is really the last chapter where we see their very first meeting from Greys POV


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    as a 50 year old gynecologist, i though i had a pretty good idea what women wanted; i guess i was wrong!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7786)
    Performance
    (6716)
    Story
    (6717)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    FanB14 says: "Horrible on All Accounts"
    "More mindless fun! Answers lots of questions!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades Darker the most enjoyable?

    Love the narrator, but her male voices are comical. Was very satisfying to see the story arc


    What did you like best about this story?

    Anastasia getting in Mrs Robinson's face


    Have you listened to any of Becca Battoe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    love her


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    See...?? Christian is not as f**ked up as you thought


    Any additional comments?

    To all those who hated the book and/or narration, please; get over your bad selves. This is a mindless summer read for goodness sake, not Proust. Agreed, you could start a new drinking game based on the limited vocabulary; take a shot every time Becca Battoe says " oh my", "hooded eyes", "prickling scalp", or "my sex". EVERY person I know who has read this book has seen significant "fringe benefits".

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13579)
    Performance
    (11054)
    Story
    (11684)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Very much fun, but totally mindless"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Anastasia falling for Christian and then the last 17 mins of the book.


    What does Becca Battoe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    helps to develop the "inner dialogue" device


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    To all those who hated the book and/or narration, please; get over your bad selves. This is a mindless summer read for goodness sake, not Proust. Agreed, you could start a new drinking game based on the limited vocabulary; take a shot every time Becca Battoe says " oh my", "hooded eyes", "prickling scalp", or "my sex". EVERY person I know who has read this book has seen significant "fringe benefits".

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laura Ingraham
    • Narrated By Laura Ingraham, Raymond Arroyo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    A menacing force surrounds us. We see it, we feel it, we know it. The country we love is in grave peril. While politicians and "experts" prattle on about the debt crisis at home, and terrorism abroad, a more insidious homegrown threat is emerging. It endangers our future and undermines our present. The uncomfortable truth: We have become our own worst enemy.

    David says: "Laura Is brilliant. As usual."
    "Laura has a voice for writing"
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    the content was good but Laura's delivery is so distracting that i would not download anything by her again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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