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Darren

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  • Or All the Seas with Oysters

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Avram Davidson
    • Narrated By Darren Marlar
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    This is a classic collection of short stories written by Avram Davidson, one of the most acclaimed fantasists of the 20th Century. It includes his best-known short story, "Or All the Seas with Oysters", and more.

    Easy Reader says: "Terrific Author, Wrong Narrator"
    "Cerebral, yet engaging"
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    What made the experience of listening to Or All the Seas with Oysters the most enjoyable?

    I love the fact that this is a collection of short stories. I was able to listen to a single chapter, which was an entire story in itself. Every new chapter was a completely new experience and storyline with different characters. For those of us with short attention spans, this was perfect!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Avram Davidson really makes you pay attention. Definitely not a background-noise type of listen... you must be engaged at all times!


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

    No, which is why I enjoyed I loved that it was several short stories. I could go several days or weeks between chapters and not have to worry about remember what had happened previously. Each chapter was a completely different sci-fi story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rory Vaden
    • Narrated By Rory Vaden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Do you ride the escalator or do you take the stairs? No matter how you define success, it always requires one thing: self-discipline. But as popular speaker and strategist Rory Vaden explains, we live in an "escalator world", one that's filled with shortcuts, quick fixes, and distractions that make it all too easy to slide into procrastination, compromise, and mediocrity. What seems like an easier path is really much harder in the end - and, most important, it won't take you where you want to go.

    Darren says: "Read It... Live By It."
    "Read It... Live By It."
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    Would you listen to Take the Stairs again? Why?

    I've listened to this book four times now - and I'll continue to listen to it, as I'm reminded of certain truths every single time I do. Rory Vaden is obviously an accomplished speaker and does an excellent job of creating visual representations of the points he wants to convey.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Take the Stairs?

    As an actor and voice artist, I desperately want to be successful (don't we all?), and I was hooked when Rory said, "Success is never owned, it is rented - and the rent is due every day."


    What about Rory Vaden’s performance did you like?

    Unlike many books in which the author does his own narration and shows his inexperience in front of a microphone, Rory Vaden is an award-winning public speaker who lives in front of a microphone. His job is to communicate a message in a vocal performance - and he does so brilliantly in this book.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Take the Stairs?

    There are many things I've learned from this book - the importance of creating good habits, deciding to do those things I don't want to do in order to accomplish what I do want, etc. But most of all it's the ever-present concept of the "taking the stairs" mentality... that is what will likely be the most long-lasting impact.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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