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scogre

San Diego, CA | Member Since 2013

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  • The Bear and the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1243)
    Performance
    (1024)
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    (1037)

    Newly elected, Jack Ryan has found that being President is not easy: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; there's a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR - the former KGB - with a rocket-propelled grenade. Were the potential assassins political enemies, the Russian Mafia, or disaffected former KGB? Or is something far more dangerous at work here?

    rlovegreen says: "Good story - Narrator tries hard to kill it..."
    "Long, but worth every moment!"
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    I have read every Tom Clancy novel multiple times. I always come back to Rainbow Six and The Bear and The Dragon. With such a complicated story, for our complicated world, I can't help but wonder what would happen if our political leaders read this story and tried to apply some of the wonderful concepts.

    Tom Clancy is a master at starting multiple stories and bringing them all together as a wonderful climax. This book is no different.

    The narrator does a great job and I would highly recommend this to anyone that likes a good political/military novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1673)
    Performance
    (1343)
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    (1342)

    There have been many books - on a large and small scale - about Steve Jobs, one of the most famous CEOs in history. But this book is different from all the others. Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. The conventional, one-dimensional view of Jobs is that he was half genius, half jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike.

    Douglas Vincent says: "Contextual, Insightful, Inspiring"
    "Wonderful Deconstruction of Steve Jobs the Man."
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    I am an avid Apple fan. I also enjoyed thoroughly reading about Steve Jobs.

    This book was well constructed and told in a way that was touching and insightful. I feel like I was able to get to know Steve Jobs, the man, better than I have in previous readings of other material. The authors obviously had good access to Steve, and I am grateful that they've written this book.

    If you study or are fascinated by the story of Steve Jobs and Apple of the company, I would say this is a must read. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Steve's time at Pixar. I cannot wait to read Ed Catmul's book, Creativity Inc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bold: How to Go Big, Make Bank, and Better the World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
    • Narrated By Steven Kotler
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (503)

    Bold is a radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to create extraordinary wealth while also positively impacting the lives of billions.

    Sean says: "The Best Book for Exponential Entrepreneurs"
    "Lofty and Practical"
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    This book was a great mix of a lofty vision and practical application. I enjoyed the narrator and I also enjoyed how the book starts off with a grand purpose and the breaks it down into chunks of information that are doable by the reader.

    I am inspired to come up with something BOLD to do with my life!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Drucker's Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jeffrey A. Krames
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    In late 2003, Peter Drucker invited Jeffrey Krames to his home in Claremont, California, for a rare interview. The 94-year-old Drucker who had amassed an unprecedented body of published work, comprised of many hundreds of thousands of pages, spent a full day sharing his insights from a lifetime of management consulting and writing. This resulting audiobook is a simple guide that distills the essential wisdom from Drucker's considerable body of work.

    morton says: "Learn From the Master"
    "Great Insight in a Thought Leader"
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    Although I have studied many of truckers concepts, I feel this book brought to light many of the thought patterns in a cohesive, very readable, and fun way to go about it.

    I think the author does a great job in leading the reader experience a little bit of the thrill that the author had while interviewing Peter Drucker.

    This was a great book and a quick read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?: Bodies, Brains, and Behavior---The Science Behind Sex, Love and Attraction

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jena Pincott
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (109)

    Cosmopolitan meets Scientific American in this entertaining and informative question-and-answer book on human attraction. Based on the latest studies in science, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? answers more than 100 wild, weird, and very pressing questions.

    Roy says: "A Great Change of Pace"
    "From a Male Listener's Point of View"
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    I have found this book mildly entertaining. The facts in it are interesting. I like the narration. I think the questions the author is asking are fascinating. I believe it is definitely skewed towards female readers. However, as a male listener, I have thoroughly enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The E-Myth Architect

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael E. Gerber
    • Narrated By Michael E. Gerber
    Overall
    (13)
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    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Running a successful architectural firm is a juggling act. You need expertise in your area of architecture to provide services to clients. You also need the know-how to run a small business. You've probably been well prepared by your education and experience for the technical ins and outs of an architecture firm. Yet what training has prepared you to run a business? The E-Myth Architect fills this knowledge gap, giving you a complete toolkit for either starting a successful firm from scratch or maximizing an existing firm's performance.

    evan says: "Great book for Australian architects and builders"
    "Great Book for a Niche of Business Owners"
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    What did you love best about The E-Myth Architect?

    I loved the original book, the E-Myth and I purchased the physical version of the book for a friend of mine. I thought that it would be great to listen to the book while he was reading it. I love the message and I think that the concepts here will help architects be more successful. The path is shown in a simple business plan. I find that this is the benefit to a business owner who wants to be a good architect, but doesn't know how to make money while at it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the simple laid out business plan that was given by the authors.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the specifics by the co-author. mr. Lemermeyer obviously has experience and wants to share his knowledge.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2876)
    Performance
    (1631)
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    (1630)

    There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

    Ed says: "Classic, Kick-Butt Jack Reacher"
    "Finally another Reacher Novel Worth Dying For! :)"
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    What made the experience of listening to Worth Dying For the most enjoyable?

    I thought the plot was great! I can usually figure out what is going on most of the time in these Reacher novels. This one has good suspense, good fighting, good bad guys, and a great Reacher!

    I also LOVED the fact that Lee Child didn't do one of his notorious plots where Reacher figures everything out and then figures out he made a mistake, not just any mistake, but a grave mistake.... lol It always seems to happen. But this one did not have that twist and I thorough enjoyed the whole book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Reacher in this novel is pure Reacher. A man with no cause, just justice on his mind. Love it. Great return to the "pure" Reacher character.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    What can I say, except Dick Hill IS Jack Reacher to me now. I love his voice and just purchased another book series, simply because of the narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction, but I did smile when the slime balls get what is coming to them....Reacher!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2813)
    Performance
    (1912)
    Story
    (1896)

    Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

    Patricia says: "Kept My Interest"
    "Reacher is finally a TEAM PLAYER!"
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    What did you love best about Bad Luck and Trouble?

    I really enjoyed the other characters that came into play and the interaction Jack Reacher has with them. I find part of what I love about Reacher is his solo act in every story, but I love how the "Old Team" gets together in this novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Reacher being Reacher and causing total havoc in what I think is his most "revengeful" mission yet.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick Hill IS Jack Reacher in my mind now. He has a great tone, moves the story along and just has a great voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The Reacher Novels do not make me laugh or cry, but I do get excited and think, GET EM!


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my more favorite Jack Reacher novels. Great book and gives some good insights into a character that everyone loves, but we still do not know that much about. Read it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3996)
    Performance
    (3490)
    Story
    (3469)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Mitch Rapp Delivers Again!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Tom Clancy, Brad Thor or Lee Child. If you like any of those books, you will LOVE Mitch Rapp.

    One caveat on this book. You really should read all the books prior to understand this story completely.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Fast in the beginning, intriguing in the middle, and all out awesome in the end!


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    I live his style. His voice is rough, smooth, and perfect.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I don't want to spoil the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The only issue with Mitch Rapp books is that they end. I wish there were 100 of these books. Vince Flynn books are the kind that I start and I find myself making time to read. I can't wait to hear what happens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7096)
    Performance
    (3464)
    Story
    (3514)

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

    Angie says: "I couldn't wait for the audio book"
    "This is a Guy's Perspective"
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    What did you love best about Breaking Dawn?

    I enjoyed the narration the best. I normally HATE when the narrators vary in an audio book. But I have to say, I think this was done well and the result was really nice. I enjoyed both voices and I think it added to the overall book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting part of the story was getting to know more about the supporting characters. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the other vampires in the Cullens.

    The least interesting part of the story is all of the infighting between the wolves. It was way too drawn out and took up way too much of the book.


    Which character ??? as performed by Ilyana Kadushin and Matt Walters ??? was your favorite?

    My wife is a


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wasn't particularly moved by any part, but my wife LOVES the part when Bella discovers her powers.


    Any additional comments?

    First off, this was my first Stephenie Meyer's book that I have read. I did it, so that I could enjoy the movie more with my wife. She is a die hard Twilight fan and I read the first half in secrecy, but finally had to tell her what I was doing because I had questions about the story.

    I really enjoyed the narrators. I think they did a superb job and I enjoyed the production.

    The story is good, but definitely written for female readers that enjoy pretending the supernatural elements in the world are all in a big fight revolving around a single woman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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