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Mark Speener

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  • 1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1670)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (736)

    There's a killer on the loose in San Francisco, and he's stalking newlyweds. When the usual procedures to stop him don't work, four women, each holding a piece of the puzzle, form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case. 1st to Die is the start of a new series of crime thrillers from James Patterson.

    Chuck says: "Skip the Prologue"
    "Cliched and transparent"
    Overall

    I will not spoil the story for you but I thought it was all pretty transparent and knew what would happen long before 4 allegedly experienced women did. The only saving grace is that the butler did not do it. I think I'm done with Patterson.

    The narration was top notch though.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Models: Attract Women Through Honesty

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Manson
    • Narrated By Mark Manson
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (61)

    Models is the first book ever written on seduction as an emotional process rather than a logical one, a process of connecting with women rather than impressing them. It's the most mature and honest guide on how a man can attract women without faking behavior, without lying and without emulating others. A game-changer.

    Everett Faraday says: "The narration kills all credibility"
    "The content is great but the reader is awful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Models? What did you like least?

    Models shows a great way for men to think about the world and their relationship with women. It really focuses on improving yourself.

    Mark Manson read it himself. It sounds like it was recorded in front of his computer and he left all the misreads and stumbles in. I could hear mouse clicks and I'm pretty sure he got text messages while recording.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Manson’s performances?

    No. Absolutely not. It was a 7 hour book recorded in 7 hours and a ton of mistakes left in. The negative listening experience definitely can overshadow the amazing content.


    Did Models inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to change the way I thought about my relationships with women.


    Any additional comments?

    Mark, please have this re-recorded with a pro reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24279)
    Performance
    (18219)
    Story
    (18274)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Great Book with a good performance."
    Overall

    I read this in book form but the audio makes it come alive. The reader turned me off initially because either the sound quality was off or he was drunk. He sobered up quickly and put on an excellent performance. I really appreciated the emotion he put into his reading. Chapters I blew past as boring when I read it were really brought to life.

    The book, of course, is awesome. I think it's even better in audio form.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2997)
    Performance
    (1592)
    Story
    (1599)

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    Michael says: "Great book, poor transfer"
    "Problems with the villian"
    Overall

    First, the book was good and the narration was good. My only beef is the choice of villain.

    I just could not buy Achilles as a contender for world domination. No training, no education and a record of mass murder. We last saw him commited to a mental institution! He goes from this to deviously manipulating world powers? Sorry, I just don't buy it. Maybe if Card had connected the dots I could but this just came from nowhere.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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