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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
120
REVIEWS
95
FOLLOWING
5
FOLLOWERS
45
HELPFUL VOTES
250

  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2296)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1351)

    This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

    Jason says: "My favorite book for encouragement!"
    "My favorite book for encouragement!"
    Overall

    This updated version is worth the listen even if you have the first edition because it is filled with real life examples of people who went through with the steps in the first book and were successful.

    I wish there would've been some people who didn't make it and why. I feel like a lot of people wouldn't have been successful due to family responsibility. There isn't much advice for people who are married and have children. Tim is obviously single at the time of writing and able to focus on things without family responsibility.

    This book makes you want to get up and do something...but sometimes reality hits if your spouse isn't going along with your ideas.

    Excellent read and resources...

    73 of 81 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
    (973)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (579)

    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.

    Lauren says: "Good Listen"
    "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
    (260)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (228)

    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
    (500)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (326)

    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
  • Jaws

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Benchley
    • Narrated By Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (418)

    Jaws is the classic, blockbuster thriller that inspired the three-time Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time! Jaws was #48 in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, and the film earned the coveted #1 spot on the Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown.

    Tracy says: ""JAWS""
    "Unsatisfying Ending...DN DN...DN DN... dndndndndnd"
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    ***Some spoilers*** Man... I am so glad that the author allowed some screen writing liberties because if the movie would've followed the book very closely, the ending would have stunk. This book starts off very engaging, but quickly moves into a lengthy section regarding an adulteress affair of the protagonists wife. She is regretful of not having a life of notoriety and finds her marriage to the police chief unfulfilling, resulting in the adultery. During this section the shark is fairly inactive... resulting in a desire to skip ahead. In my opinion, this part does nothing to move the main idea of the story forward. The book does contain vulgar language and some sexual immorality. I really feel let down with the last chapter of this book because there are SO many unanswered questions: 1) Why did Jaws live? 2) What does this mean for Amity? 3) Does Brodie confront his wife? 4) What happened to Mr. Vaughn? I needed and expected closure via a dead shark!... like in the movie! It was ended so abruptly that I'm actually kinda angry. Anyway, the narration was awesome and I could listen comfortably at 1.5X speed. I hope this helps someone. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    This volume of short essays and other pieces by C. S. Lewis is part of a larger collection, C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces. In addition to his many books, letters, and poems, C. S. Lewis wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defense of faith but also on ethical issues and the nature of literature and storytelling. Within this audiobook is a treasure trove of Lewis' reflections on diverse topics.

    Jason says: "Somewhat Interesting..."
    "Somewhat Interesting..."
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    First of all, I did expect this to contain material by Lewis that was incomplete, yet even knowing that didn't remove the disappointment I felt when the stories just stopped. I can appreciate the notes, background info and the look into the author while young, but I was left with an unexpected incompleteness. Lewis fans who want to get a taste of some projects that never hit the big time should enjoy this, but be prepared for abrupt story endings with no explanations and no attempt to examine the endings. Hope this helps. Later.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5739)
    Performance
    (5354)
    Story
    (5374)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Y.A. READ: Keeps you guessing til the end!"
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    This was not what I expected for the most part. I'm old enough to be weary of YA novels. This contains the needed components to be a YA novel, i.e. young adults, love interest, world not as it seems, friendships, constant action, etc. The story takes off quickly and doesn't really let up until the end... that's the way I like it. There were some characters you cared about and lots of action. What I liked most about the way the story was written was that it starts off with the main question and it does not answer that main question until the end. This keeps me guessing and turning the pages for another clue to answer the question. One thing that was absent was foul language, which I did not miss. The culture the characters found themselves in had its own choice words but it wasn't the same a ruining a book with too much cussing. NOTE: This is Book 1 of a series that is not completed. Narration was not spectacular, but didn't ruin it. I listened comfortably at 2X speed. Hope this helps someone. Later.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2164)
    Performance
    (2015)
    Story
    (2020)

    Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

    Tango says: "Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake"
    "EEEEK! Its a PREQUEL! Read my review first!"
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    The book starts off with an authors note which seemed to me to discourage reading the prequel series before the original writings. Written first was Theft of Swords. Audible has the series for the originals called "Volume 1, 2, 3" whereas this prequel series is labeled "Book 1, 2, 3" and this is VERY DECEIVING for new listeners to Sullivan. He said in the discussion that you could read each series independently, but I could tell in his presentation that the prequel series would be best enjoyed by someone familiar with Riyria... after all, he wrote the prequels afterward and purposely planted some nuggets that only a reader of the original series would get and enjoy. To be fair, the description did say it was a prequel series, but after hearing the author himself explain it I am going to try and return this one and maybe someday I will get back to it. So, start with Theft of Swords. I hope this helps someone. Later.

    0 of 0 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
    (5928)
    Performance
    (2088)
    Story
    (2098)

    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"
    "Sort of enjoyable... but..."
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    I have watched a lot of movies lately in the Crouching Tiger, Hero & Shaolin genre. Therefore this book sounded interesting. Overall, it was enjoyable, but some things I would have liked to see different: 1) The narration was too soft spoken in the spots I would've preferred straightforward reading. 2) The span of the book is only a year or so and I felt like it should've been longer. 3) I didn't like how things played out in the end. I felt like the protagonist was removed from the action when that single event was the most anticipated event in the story. 4) I didn't like the lack of attention given to the nightingale floor. I was expecting a more prominent interaction between it and the protagonist. But, if you like the culture of the East it is probably worth a credit. I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. Hope this helps. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Junkie Quatrain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (694)

    Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.

    Tango says: "An awesome set of vignettes"
    "Loved the format!"
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    I'm not really a zombie lover. But this was more like a biological thrillerette that was really good! The format was what I liked the best. There was a short story with pretty interesting characters and when it ended, the same situation was explained from another characters viewpoint. Each addition made the overall picture clearer. The only bad thing is that the story isn't nearly long enough and the problem was left unsolved and it gives the reader an unsettling feeling. I can't tell if this is a series as I write this, so maybe the story continues? I hope so. I will definitely go check out Clines other works. There is some sexual immorality graphically described, but it is brief. And there is of course vulgar language... the world just ended 6 months earlier after all... so it should be expected... haha. I listened at 2X speed and the narrators did a great job. This was worth a credit and you should get it. Why not now? I hope this helps. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (366)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Tad Davis says: "Delightfully silly"
    "Fuuuuuunny!"
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    This dramatization is excellently done and hilarious! Why not get this classic? The 15 minutes of commentary at the end was worth a lot also. It enlightened the play. It was easily listened to at 1.5X speed. Hope this helps. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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