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Jason

Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

Poteau, OK, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey
    • Narrated By Dave Ramsey
    Overall
    (3501)
    Performance
    (1771)
    Story
    (1759)

    Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

    Alexandra says: "This guy makes sense"
    "Very Motivational..."
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    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.

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Thought Readers: Mind Dimensions, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dima Zales, Anna Zaires
    • Narrated By Roberto Scarlato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    Everyone thinks I'm a genius. Everyone is wrong. Sure, I finished Harvard at eighteen and now make crazy money at a hedge fund. But that's not because I'm unusually smart or hard-working. It's because I cheat. You see, I have a unique ability. I can go outside time into my own personal version of reality - the place I call - "the Quiet" - where I can explore my surroundings while the rest of the world stands still.I thought I was the only one who could do this - until I met her.

    Daniel says: "Great concept, well executed, decent narration."
    "READ THIS! Stifled by VULGARITY..."
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    NO SPOILER. I really like this concept and liked how the details of mind reading were being flushed out... BUT all that was overshadowed by the amount of vulgar language among other things. I am not opposed to vulgarity in books when the situation calls for it... in fact I think it belongs there. HOWEVER, the normal conversations of the characters in this story are flooded with cussing. I hate it when this happens because it really takes the focus off the story to me. Authors, you do not have to be vulgar to be relevant! Also, because the main character can enter into other peoples minds, the author included some intrusive sexual content that was distasteful. The characters needed more development before you would care what happens to them. It had the feel of Harry Potter in a way... the main character was sheltered from a world he would soon discover. The narration wasn't bad and I listened comfortably at 2X speed. I would not use a credit on this one. Just listen to the sample first and see if you like what you hear. If any of this was insightful, please click YES below. Later.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Plagiarist: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Alexander J. Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (265)

    Adam Griffey is living two lives. By day, he teaches literature. At night, he steals it. Adam is a plagiarist, an expert reader with an eye for great works. He prowls simulated worlds perusing virtual texts, looking for the next big thing. And when he finds it, he memorizes it page by page, line by line, word for word. And then he brings it back to his world, the real world, and he sells it. But what happens when these virtual worlds begin to seem more real than his own? What happens when the people within them mean more to him than flesh and blood?

    Katherine says: "PKD could have written this story"
    "READ THIS! Interesting idea..."
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    NO SPOILER. Although not a novel idea, Howey creates a fun story about alternate realities. It's modern and written well. I wouldn't mind having a full length on this one. I didn't feel that this particular narrator was a good fit for this book. He has a rather ominous voice when half the time is spent discussing basic events of daily life. However, I listened comfortably at 2X speed. If any of this was helpful, please click YES below. Later.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (315)

    Hailed as one of the world’s masterpieces of psychological realism, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high-court judge who has never given the inevitability of his death so much as a passing thought. But one day death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise he is brought face-to-face with his own mortality. How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?

    Alexandria Milton says: "Elegant, simple, and true"
    "READ THIS! Kinda Good..."
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    Okay. I am not a literary professional. I like to read however and grabbed this deal of the day simply to add Tolstoy to my library. The story was fine. You cannot compare it with the novels of today, but it has just as much depth in the themes is confronts... What does it mean to live? What does it mean to die? What of those close to you whose lives are affected by your life and death? The narration was good and I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. I wouldn't use a credit on this, but the price is reasonable enough to go for it anyway. If this was helpful, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (2860)
    Performance
    (2597)
    Story
    (2613)

    Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

    Thomas says: "He is back!"
    "READ THIS! Don't have the BANG of the first one..."
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    This is a novella. It's a filler story of the main book. This one doesn't have the holding power of the first book because you have already learned about Epics and powers and know the characters. You come into this with the cool stuff known and its just figuring out one more Epic ability/weakness. Snooze... the narration was good and I listened at 1.5X speed comfortably. If any of this helped, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interview with the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (1111)
    Story
    (1122)

    Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force - a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write. From the Paperback edition.

    James says: "Compelling, Simon Vance does it again!"
    "READ THIS! Impotent Protagonist Fails to Thrill..."
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    NO SPOILER. I will be honest, there are female authors who, to me, fail to capture the "maleness" of the male species. Rice in this novel is one of them. Sure, you could say "Louie was a vampire and not a man and things changed" or whatever, but Louie just does not act like a male. It not that he was too emotional, just lacking a LOT of testosterone! I was almost repulsed by the lack of physical attraction and his inner thoughts and feeling were very obviously feminine because I know how men think and Louie did not share our feelings in a lot of his situations. His constant attraction and desire for other male vamps was nauseating. Rice explores themes like God, humanity, morals, etc. After about halfway through the book the action becomes more spotty and much concentration is given to the relationships in Paris. There is hardly any more interaction with the interviewer until the end... which itself is unsatisfying. I hunger for no more. If you are a guy, I would find some other vampire series to check out. My wife is not going to be able to finish it, although I did complete the book. The narration was excellent and I listened at 2X speed comfortably most of the time. If any of this helps, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3078)
    Performance
    (2244)
    Story
    (2245)

    New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled.

    Corinne says: "Made me really admire Reacher"
    "Wanna Play Hardball???"
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    I decided to try a Reacher story after enjoying the 2012 film. I did enjoy the depth of the mystery. When you thought you had it figured out a new twist would emerge and that's how it should be for a successful story. Child keeps you guessing until the very last minutes of the book. Things that I find in an enjoyable audio book are characters you actually care about, a suspenseful plot that keeps moving and keeps you guessing and good narration. There was not an excessive amount of vulgar language for a crime novel nor explicit detail of immoral activities, which was nice. Overall, for the age of this story, it works well. If the reader isn't old enough to remember a time before cell phones and social media, it may not seem very realistic. I didn't mind spending a credit on this and will probably check out another Reacher book in my future. The narration was really good and I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. If any of this review helps, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Solomon's Mines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Henry Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (299)

    One of the bestselling novels of the 19th century, King Solomon's Mines has inspired dozens of adventure stories, including Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan books and the Indiana Jones movies. Vivid and enormously action-packed, Henry Rider Haggard's tale of danger and discovery continues to shock and thrill, as it has since it was first presented to the public and heralded as "the most amazing book ever written."

    BJ says: "Purchase the Kindle book for free"
    "Good for its time... Excellent Narrator!"
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    READ THIS. NO SPOILER. You cannot compare novels like this one to novels in the same genre today. That's like saying the athletes of several generations past could compete on par with athletes today. It's not a fair comparison. For the time period this story was engaging and probably suspenseful. Compared to today's standard however, it is not. The characters are likable, but shallow. The focus of the story is the adventure, whereas today there is a lot of focus on the inner struggles and personal conflicts of the main characters. There are actually some twists that were unexpected to me which helped boost the repetitive struggle to survive in the wild. Overall, I would add this to your collection of listens. The narration was excellent and helped keep me in the story. I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. If any of this was helpful, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By Earl Hammond
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (181)

    A collection featuring three classic horror stories, read by actor Earl Hammond: "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Cask of Amontillado", and "The Black Cat".

    M.A. Wilson says: "Excellent Narrator Brought The Story To Life"
    "3 Stories & 3 Narrators..."
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last American Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (229)

    In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln's shocking death. It will be an expansive journey that will first send him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash.

    Jason says: "Werewolves, READ THIS! Not as good as Abe..."
    "Werewolves, READ THIS! Not as good as Abe..."
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    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.

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Highways

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (608)

    Joey Shannon, an alcoholic whose life has been going nowhere for 20 years, returns to his hometown for the funeral of his father. As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.

    Michael says: "OK Koontz but Shorts not Included"
    "Just Doesn't Stand Out..."
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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