Poteau, OK, United States | Member Since 2010
Even if you might not adhere to Dave's plan exactly, the idea of slavery to debt and freedom from it are very motivational. I feel like the examples he uses are real life people and he doesn't use terms or language that is reserved for finance professionals. It really is a good, practical plan for getting out of debt via hard work and perseverance. Even though his plan is not the best "mathematically", the point of getting some quick wins by paying off the lowest balance without regard to interest rate is a legitimate point. Honestly, you can hear most of the content of this book in his daily podcasts. I do recommend this book to people.
The first two narrators felt somewhat distracting from the story due to their stage acting quality. The last story's narrator was better. I actually liked reading rather than listening on this particular series because of that. Listen to the sample first. If this was helpful, please click YES below. Later.
NO SPOILER... Let's get right to it. I saw this come across my email this morning and because I absolutely loved Abe, I was listening within minutes, HOWEVER, there isn't that special WOW factor in this novel like was found in Abe. Henry just isn't as interesting of a central character to pull off a sequel. Sure, there are items to look up on Wikipedia, but because the structure of "this is Henry's life story" there are rather boring visits to highlights in history. What makes Abe work is 1) the central character is an interesting and beloved real life person 2) there was a single purpose and significant mission to focus on 3) you are learning awesome things about vampires as you go along. In this book, Henry is completely made up and not significant in history, there is no life-or-death mission that MUST be accomplished and you already know all the cool stuff about the vampires. It would have been more exciting to have came across a new breed of vamps or some sci-fi twist to stay focused on vampires, heck... I would've taken werewolves... but alas... nothing. The narration was good and I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed, but I'm not sure I would spend a credit on it knowing what you know now... If any of my reviewed was helpful, click YES below. Later.
I like time travel novels. I have read all that I can find on Audible. Koontz' "Lightning" happens to be one of my favorite time travel books, but this one just didn't cut the proverbial mustard. The writing really feels sophomoric for most of the book. For instance, Koontz constantly removes the suspense and danger the characters find themselves in by telling the listener things like "but he was okay" or "it looked horrific, but she was alive"... the reader needs to wonder about the results of an event before just telling them the outcome. Another thing that bugged me was that when Koontz felt that the reader needed some information that is not common knowledge to make sense of something, it was abruptly inserted and felt like it was read from Wikipedia. It somewhat disrupted the flow of thought. The climax was not that great either. The narrator could have been better. I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. I don't think I would use a credit on this one, but wouldn't hesitate on grabbing Lightning. If any of my review helped, please click YES below. Later.
I really needed this little tidbit of good science fiction after a slew of bad ones. It is a novella and you should expect limited character development and a quick start. I like the limited descriptions that allow the mind to fill in the blanks. Even though the story is somewhat predictable, it is still enjoyable. I need to look up the movies now. The narrator does a fine job and I listened comfortably at 2X speed. If any of this review helped, please click YES below. Later.
This book just doesn't sit right with me. I like the concept, but the mixture of serious thought and discovery and the adolescent components due to the protagonist being 17 created an environment that failed to keep me interested. I cannot determine what audience this is for. At one point it feels Twilightish and at other points it forces you to consider adult themes. For instance, the author goes from a high school scene about partying to a truck stop attempted rape (containing TOO much detail) to a bank robbery and back to a high school party. Not fun. The book contains a lot of vulgar language and it was a bit much. The narration was fine for what he had to work with. I listened to almost 7 chapters and it did not improve. I was able to listen comfortably at 2X speed. If any of this helped you, please click YES below. Later.
I wanted to like this book and the idea intrigues me, but the author fails to pull it off. It feels to me like he saw something cool on TV about microbots or something and decided to write an entire series around that. It doesn't work. The characters (the high school kids) lack internal struggles and demons that are needed to sustain interest. The adult characters are more interesting, but predictable. You really do not care what happens to any of them... I still don't know the purpose for some of the characters who just showed up and then died... My main criticism is that there is TOO MUCH SCIENCE to keep it enjoyable! I love the science part of sci-fi, however, this guy constantly sends a deluge of scientific fact from the mouth of kids and it unnecessarily weighs down the story and action. I do not NEED to know every line from the wikipedia page on this advanced alien technology! Just give me an explanation and I can look it up for myself. The characters, story and any suspense are overshadowed (unfortunately) by all this crap. It was also very annoying how after the teenagers made a new discovery into the alien technology, they look at their watch and yell "oh crap! I'm late for dinner! I need to get on my bike and ride home as fast as I can before I get grounded!" or something to that nature. Is the book for teens? I can't see a teen enjoying it. The ending was not an ending and I will not be following up with the next one. I was able to listen at 2X speed and the naration was tolerable. If any of this review helped you, please click YES below. Later.
I knew beforehand that this was YA genre, but it sounded interesting and I do like other YA novels. This one just didn't have any KICK to it, which is why I have stopped half way through... and I hate doing that. The characters were likable, the opportunity for mystery and suspense is there, it is just not executed! Bummer. It's like watching Scooby Doo where you know nothing serious is going to happen. It might work for younger folks, but it failed to keep me hooked. However, the narration was really good and I listened comfortably at 2X speed while it lasted. I hope this helps someone. If it helped you any, please click YES below. Later.
I am not opposed to YA novels and this one sounded interesting in the publishers summary, but immediately the protagonist exuded a whiny and indecisive manner. She is over emphasizing the day dream of her "almost kiss" with the young man she is infatuated with. Skip this one if you want some serious suspense. Hope this helps. If this was helpful, click YES below.
I cannot comment on the story because I cannot listen to the entire book. It does sound interesting, but like Twilight, the narration is much too juvenile. I understand it is probably a YA novel and therefore the narration of that type making sense, but its just not bearable for me. LISTEN TO THE AUDIO SAMPLE FIRST. My wife did listen to the complete book and loved it. If this helped you, please click YES below. Later.
I am assuming this book is a series? This book starts off in the middle of action without a shred of what the heck is going on. This, in itself, is not problematic, but the fact that it never stops and continues without any foundational elements makes it quite boring. Even with evil, "unwholesome" creatures lurking everywhere, it is not interesting because there hasn't been any character development. Also, the audio is like Dirty Harry reading every line. This is annoying, especially when someone looks around and the text says "there was nothing there", but it is read as though imminent danger is upon them. I would avoid this one. Hope this helps. Later.
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