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Cole

I am a 34-year old litigator, father of three young sons. I listen to a lot of business books, suspense/thrillers, bios, and history.

Maryville, TN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • No More Mr. Nice Guy!

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert A. Glover
    • Narrated By Robert O'Keefe
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (201)

    Dr. Glover believes there are men who suffer what he calls the "Nice Guy Syndrome". These men listen, offer advice, and jump at the chance to help. But no matter how hard they try to please others, their own lives are incomplete. Here Dr. Glover offers guidance on how to take back control. He suggests ways to achieve fulfillment in emotional, physical, and professional relationships. By redefining his priorities, any man can create the life he always wanted.

    Gare&Sophia says: "Embarrassingly good"
    "One of the best..."
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    If you have any traits of a people pleaser, you need to read this book. This is a truly remarkable work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23581)
    Performance
    (10178)
    Story
    (10257)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "As good as advertised!"
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    The story was every bit as good as advertised. It was absolutely riveting. I was a bit hesitant to start on this trilogy, as I rarely find satisfaction in anything I've quite as much as the millennium trilogy has been. Alas, I was not disappointed in the least.

    Simon Vance does an outstanding job with the narration. He masters the various accents and dialects. In fact, he somehow succeeds in creating many characters with his mere voice.

    This is a perfect marriage of an outstanding book and nearly flawless narration. I have already read the first two books of the trilogy and am halfway through the third one. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has definitely been my favorite so far, although Fire and Hornet's Nest are certainly not second rate.

    I am sad that I am nearing the end of the trilogy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Best of Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (983)

    In the fall of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

    L.W. says: "Horribly depressing"
    "I can't believe I am admitting this..."
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    But, yes, I also listen to Nicholas Sparks occasionally. The story itself is vintage Sparks sappy, fairly predictable, made for movie. The narration is average, but it didn't stand up. Nothing particularly special about this book, but it was a good read.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11847)
    Performance
    (10257)
    Story
    (10236)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "As good as biography gets..."
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    This is pretty much as good as biography gets, in my opinion. Apart from the fact that Steve Jobs would certainly have been an interesting subject, Walter Isaacson is just a damn good biographer. Fascinating story. I also learned a lot, as I had hoped I would.

    Along with Martin Sherwin's and Kai Bird's book on Robert Oppenheimer, David McCullough's biography of Truman, and Mornings on Horseback, this is among the most memorable biographies I have read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Pete Earley
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (344)

    From New York Times best-selling author Pete Earley: the strange but true story of a man who suffers a traumatic brain injury and as a result is given the ability to converse with the world's most terrifying criminals.

    aaron says: "Outstanding True Crime Story-- with a twist!"
    "Definitely graphic, entertaining"
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    This book was better than average. It is very graphic. I have read a lot about serial killers, but this definitely adds something.

    For me, the book was more about Tony and the way his family dealt with a very difficult situation in a humane, kind, and ego-free manner than it was about the serial killers, per se.

    I suppose from my prior reading on the subject of serial killers, I was aware of the depravity of which the human mind is capable. What I took away from this book is admiration for the courage shown by Tony's family. It couldn't have been easy for them to let their disabled son write to serial killers, but instead of judging him, they made the best of it. The truth of the matter is, had his parents behaved as almost any parents would, it would likely have pushed Tony over the edge and likely resulted in his own death. Interesting book in that regard.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5152)
    Performance
    (1849)
    Story
    (1838)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Awesome for two-thirds of the book, but..."
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    This is a difficult review to write. I loved this book. I hated this book. I'm not sure what I think about this book. Confused yet?

    For two thirds of the book I thought it may be one of Stephen King's best. Like always, you feel as though you know his characters. As is the case with all of King's best works, his characters are all too human. There is no black and white.

    The problem is that, as he often does, King takes a story that is contains the perfect amount of supernatural and goes way off the deep end. I nearly lost interest about three hours before the book finished. It's just horrible! For those of you who don't mind horror the sake of horror, you probably won't share my opinion. But I just don't dig the kind of science fiction/horror into which this story devolves.

    Even had I known going into it, I still have read it simply for the characters and the premise that King started out with. I think it's a shame that he didn't finish this book in a way that is more believable. As a long-time skeptic, it is only been the last few years that I have entertained the supernatural in fiction. For example, in 11/22/63, the story was a little far-fetched, sure; but I couldn't swear that something similar could happen. Who am I to say there isn't some time warp that human beings will eventually discover? But I'm not ready to go to the point King reaches in this one.

    Narration was very good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Pema Chodron
    • Narrated By Pema Chodron
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (304)

    On Getting Unstuck, Pema Chodron introduces a rare Tibetan teaching she received from her teacher, Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche, and one that has become critical to her practice. Here, she unveils the mystery of an ineffable quality; a "pre-emotional" feeling that arises in us, brings us discomfort, and causes us to react by escaping the discomfort, often with harmful habits. With Getting Unstuck, she offers us a first look at "both the itch and the scratch": what Tibetan Buddhists call shenpa.

    J. Becker says: "Don't Need A Crowbar"
    "Good mix of practical, philosophical, and kind..."
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    I read and listen to a lot of similar books. I'm interested in self-help books in general, but especially those touching on the spiritual. I typically look for a blend of philosophical and practical approach, and this offers it. Ms. Chodron doesn't offer you a step-by-step guide to spiritual Enlightenment. What she does is offer a very honest rendering of and often mysterious spiritual life, especially for those of us steeped in the Christian tradition. This is one of the few recordings I will listen to over and over again.

    True, she doesn't exactly come up with anything new. Then again, the saying "there's nothing new under the sun" is well known for a reason. Like Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chodron takes material familiar to many but strikes a chord with her humility and an ability to influence others that is almost palpable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7547)
    Performance
    (6571)
    Story
    (6561)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Good story as always, good character development"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Witness to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea. It is exceedingly rare that I will listen to a book and read it as well. The type of book where I will do both is typically a self-help type book that I think I will want to referred to in print. Once I have heard a story, I rarely want to hear it again, regardless of medium.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As always, Nora Roberts develops her characters very well. Her stories are entertaining and they provide a good escape from the heavier stuff I normally listen to. In fact, I make fun of myself for listening to this stuff. I am a 34-year-old man, father of three boys, and typically interested in "manly" things. Many years ago, when I was still renting audio books from Cracker Barrel, I got a Nora Roberts book and it simply made my long drive so quickly. As a result, I will still pick up one of her books every now and then. I guess it's my guilty pleasure.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, I suppose.


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

    Yeah, pretty much.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Philip Connors
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    In the tradition of Desert Solitaire and Shop Class as Soulcraft, this is a remarkable debut from a major new voice in American nonfiction—a meditation on nature and life, witnessed from the heights of one of the last fire-lookout towers in America.

    Lynn says: "A Meditation"
    "Worth listening to, but not great."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    How do you answer this?


    Would you recommend Fire Season to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. Just isn't that interesting. If you are interested in the roles and history of fires, then it is a worthwhile read. If you just want the outdoor memoirs type book the are better works out there.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was not noteworthy one way or the other.


    Was Fire Season worth the listening time?

    Sound have been abridged to about 3:30. Probably not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18507)
    Performance
    (16474)
    Story
    (16434)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Very good book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    Don't know. Didn't read the print.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    When Jake was first shown the Rabbit Hole.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Jake and Sadie were trying to make it to Dallas.


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

    I didn't have an extreme reaction to the book but I did enjoy it immensely.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good listen. I am not a huge SK fan, but this is a great book!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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