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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 2008

ratings
127
REVIEWS
102
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
258

  • Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Meg Meeker
    • Narrated By Cecelia Riddett
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (253)

    In this unique and invaluable guide, Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician with more than 20 years' experience counseling girls, reveals that a young woman's relationship with her father is far more important than we've ever realized. To become a strong, confident woman, a daughter needs her father's attention, protection, courage, and wisdom. Dr. Meeker shares the 10 secrets every father needs to know in order to strengthen or rebuild bonds with his daughter and shape her life - and his own - for the better.

    Paul says: "My Daughter means everything to me, now I know why"
    "Encouraging & Challenging!"
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    One of my concerns about this book is that a lot of the information is repeated several times throughout the book...but then I realize that the audience is us men and we need to have instruction repeated to us over and over and over. So I accept that concern as a good thing. I like the way Dr. Meeker helps me see myself as a dad through my daughters eyes at different stages of life. The book seemed to divide into chapters on certain topics. I wish it had been divided into chapters based on age or level of development...although that can be problematic itself. It is one I shall reread in the future. I already have recommended to a friend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (642)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    Michael says: "Subtle yet Extravagant"
    "What the publishers summary DOESN'T say..."
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    I knew this was at least a movie in the 50's or 60's, so I thought I would give it try, but boy was I surprised at the content. It is centered around the life and actions of an 18 year old woman who is unrestrained in her expression of language and sexuality. What I would've thought was highly taboo when this piece was written is clearly celebrated by the young woman... and questionably by the author. Constant references (and sometimes discussion) on dykes, lesbians and other controversial issues were plastered on my ear drums from the mouth of the young lady. To me, this was unnecessary and may be something the author felt like expressing, but I was caught off guard by only reading the publisher's summary. It actually sounds interesting. The narrator does a good job and I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. If any of my review helped, please click YES below.Later.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3157)
    Performance
    (1626)
    Story
    (1655)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    Richard Delman says: "A masterpiece. An epic western story."
    "Poor Audio Quality - Great Performance!"
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    Once, I was very sick in college and couldn't sleep for several nights. I had one channel whose programming went off at 10 pm... but I had Lonesome Dove VHS tapes! I bet I watched that movie 5 times that week! I haven't watched the movie since then (20 yrs ago), but will soon as a result of reading this book. Here is something that you might want to consider before getting the Audible version: The narrator does a superb job in distinguishing the voices of the characters and really sounds a lot like Gus and Call from the movie, which made it enjoyable. However, while the narrator was excellent, the audio quality was pretty poor. Gus, who we are told has a loud voice, is recorded at a louder volume than most of the other reading. This creates too much difference between the quiet narration and the loud and detracts somewhat from the story. It is not a deal breaker though. I listened at 1.25X speed to retain the narrators accents, but you could listen comfortably at a faster speed if you need to. I definitely think you should use a credit right now. If any of my review helped, please click 'YES' below. I hope this helps. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (603)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Lesley says: "I didn't want to like these girls..."
    "Expect a SLOW START... Listen to the sample..."
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    Why the heck did it take 12 chapters before the main characters reunited?! I'm setting here, hour after hour, chapter after chapter, waiting on something to get started. It is 20 chapters in before anything suspenseful takes place. It's not that the entire book is a flop, but good gosh, I'm use to books throwing you under a train in the first few chapters! It's a lot of character development in the first part and it's slow, but you will eventually get there. I did like how the author injected flashbacks of the women's childhood so you get the anchoring event of the story from different perspectives. I'm not sure how I feel about how the book ended... I am left somewhat unsatisfied. There is a lot of vulgar language in this, which was a bit too much in my opinion. Also, the English accent is very heavy and distracting until you get used to it. Please listen to the sample audio like I should have. I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. This is my 100th book review on Audible! Yay me! I hope this helps someone. If so, click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 47 Ronin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Allyn, Stephen Turnbull (foreword)
    • Narrated By David Shih
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (146)

    For those looking for the real story behind the fictionalized movie account of the 47 Ronin story, this is the definitive, fascinating account of this unforgettable tale of a band of samurai who defied the Emperor to avenge the disgrace and death of their master, and faced certain death as a result. It led to one of the bloodiest episodes in Japanese history, and in the process, created a new set of heroes in Japan.

    Jason says: "Just Couldn't Get Into It..."
    "Just Couldn't Get Into It..."
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    I want to enjoy this book because of the historical account, but I just can't get into it. Because of the need to tie into actual historical events, it is too weighted with raw historical data and that imposes on the character development. Those inserts read like they are being read from Wikipedia. It just didn't work for me. Also, the narration was okay, but the recording wasn't. You often hear mouth noises and exhalations. Listen to the audio sample. I was able to follow on 1.5X speed. I hope this helps someone. If it helped you, click the YES button below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (295)

    Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, first serialized in a magazine in 1930, is best known through the iconic Humphrey Bogart film of 1941. But it was the book that created the classic "noir" genre with its tough private detective threading his cool way between the criminals and the law. Sam Spade, the private eye solving the mystery of the Maltese statuette, was the template for Philip Marlowe and a host of others…. but they come no more shrewd and cunning with Hammett peppering the text with one-liners.

    Kathi says: "Outstanding American classic!"
    "Solid Classic... Shallow on Depth"
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    I have not seen the classic movie yet, but am looking forward to it. I love the clear representation of the 20's & 30's. You can tell it is actually written during those times and not a modern story about those times. Because of the era, I was kind of surprised at the foul language, even though it is a crime novel. It is not excessive as many contemporary books contain. There is not a lot of blood and gore as you might guess, and not a lot of depth to the mystery. There simply was nothing at risk to the reader. The suspense is not on par with the movies and books of today either. The characters didn't have time to be developed and the descriptions were limited and you really didn't care too much about any of them. All that being said, I loved how the protagonist had his way with all those around him. He said what he wanted and had the guts to go into the fire to solve his case. Not sure it is worth a credit. I got it on the Deal of the Day sale. The narration was great and made it an enjoyable listen. I was able to keep up fine on 2X speed so you can listen in half the time. I hope this helps someone. If any of my review helped you, please click YES below. Later.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Self-Reliance

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Narrated By Kurt Andersen, Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    Redefining the classic essay, this modern edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s most famous work, Self-Reliance, includes self-reflections from both historical and contemporary luminaries. With quotes from the likes of Henry Ford and Helen Keller to modern-day thought leaders like Jesse Dylan, Steve Pressfield, and Milton Glaser, we're reminded of the relevance of Emerson’s powerful words today. Emerson’s words are timeless. Persuasive and convincing, he challenges readers to define their own sense of accomplishment and asks them to measure themselves....

    Kevin d. says: "My First Introduction to Emerson"
    "Self Centered"
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    I am not opposed to anyone writing their points of view on just about anything, but I didn't find this appealing. I wanted to be able to say I had read some Emerson and this came up on the deal of the day, so I grabbed it. It's probably my lack of study in the literary arts and spoken word that help me to my conclusion, but there it is. I simply disagree with him on most of his points in this text. I find it healthy to read material I might disagree with and enjoy it most of the time, but I would pass on this and not spend a credit on it. I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed and the narration was fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (113)

    This collection brings together 12 of the finest short stories of prominent American feminist author Charlotte Perkins Gilman. "The Yellow Wallpaper", Gilman's best-known work, was first published in 1892 and represents an important examination of 19th-century attitudes toward women's physical and mental health.

    David says: "Feminist literature or Lovecratian horror?"
    "Not That Interesting..."
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    Although an avid reader, I am not a student of literary art and perhaps that is why I feel I didn't find most of these stories very interesting? I understood what was happening, but it just didn't command my attention as a lot of stories do. I feel like any of these short stories could have been written by a high school prose student. To me, there wasn't anything exceptional about the stories themselves. After reading about the author and her personal struggles, I can see where one might find some interest in her work. It is considered a classic and I have now read it, so I will move on. She felt somewhat feministic and the theme of second marriage is repetitive. The narration was good and I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. I would not spend a credit on this, but I picked up on the deal of the day. I hope this helps. Later.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Color Purple

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alice Walker
    • Narrated By Alice Walker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (702)

    Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 - when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate - and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister", a brutal man who terrorizes her.

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolutely Wonderful"
    "Frustrated Feminist Vulgarity"
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    Not knowing anything about this book, I got it on the deal of the day. I assumed it was a classic and I do remember a movie from the 80's making me think it was a classic. I was wrong. It was published in 1982. After about half way through the book, I got the suspicion that it wasn't really about a struggle with racism in the south, but a treatise on why women should despise men. From Sofia to Celie to Shug, the female characters have so much animosity toward men that even God, as a father, gets questioned. Also, it is apparent that some of the women despise their children and act as though they are a burden in life, this felt feminist to me. And to top it off, a huge lesbian relationship is the central relationship of the entire book... again, because the men in the book do not satisfy. There is vulgar language and explicit sexual immorality. I can say I have read this, but would not recommend it or use a credit on it. One thing that was really good was the narration, which was done by the author. It was excellent. I listened comfortably at 2X speed. I hope this helps someone. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss Before Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ira Levin
    • Narrated By Mauro Hantman
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (323)

    Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing--not even murder--to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, sex appeal, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures.

    karen says: "Nothing like a classic....."
    "Could not pull it off that way in our time..."
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    I really enjoyed this book. The plot takes place in the early 50's and you can tell by the mannerisms and details of the scenes. I liked the speed of the book and could imagine the time period to make it believable. It is fun to think how this murder mystery could not have even happened in today's time with all the social media and the internet. The characters were so close, yet they didn't know each other... not gonna happen today. Anyway, I think you should try the book and it is worth a credit even though I paid 1.95 on the daily deal. There is some explicit language (minor compared to today's stuff) and some fornication, but no sexual immorality detailed out. The narration was excellent and I listened comfortably at 2X speed. I hope this helps someone. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Puppet Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (381)

    At key points throughout North America, an invasion force is taking over communications, government, industry, and people's bodies. And the nation is helpless to stop it, because the invaders multiply far faster than they can be destroyed, controlling the mind of every unsuspecting person they encounter. Enter Sam Cavanaugh, a can-do intelligence officer for the United States' most secret service. Cavanaugh is the only man who can stop the invaders. But to do that he'll have to be invaded himself.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An old favorite, but poorly narrated"
    "Actually Pretty Cool...for 1951..."
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    This was easy to read. It adapted fairly well to modern times for as old as it is. One thing that makes it obviously not of modern thought is the ease of which the alien slugs can be overcame on an individual basis. Most alien creatures today are nearly impossible to defeat, yet these slugs can't take a knock on the noggin before they release the host. However, with the limited resources of alien information in 1950-51 it is a good read and for the times it is thought through okay. I would not use a credit on this unless you like out of date alien invasions. The narration was not bad and I listened comfortably on 2X speed. Hope this helps someone. Later

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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