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JOEL

SPARKS, NV, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Decide to Play Great Poker: A Strategy Guide to No-limit Texas Hold Em

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Annie Duke, John Vorhaus
    • Narrated By Annie Duke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    Ask the great poker players how they'd play a hand and the answer is always "it depends." That answer can be infuriating. But guess what? It really does depend. The key to becoming a great poker player is in knowing what it depends on. At last there's a book that gives you that answer. Poker is a game of so many variables; table position, flop texture, the number of players in a hand, the personalities of your opponents, and so much more.

    Amazon Customer says: "Make the Decision to Buy this Audio Book"
    "So much better than expected."
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    If you could sum up Decide to Play Great Poker in three words, what would they be?

    Substance, Execution, Non-filler.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not a story.


    What does John Vorhaus and Annie Duke bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    N/A


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

    Made me no longer hate Annie.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this audio book, not expecting much. Most, if not all of the poker literature by famous poker players is junk, with lots of fluff and self adulation. Being the poker junkie I am, I went ahead and downloaded it. Right from the start Annie jumps into discussing theory and concepts of the game in a way that shows what can only be the mind of not only a good player but a great teacher who's sole purpose was to put out a great product. And it is. A lot of

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dystance: Winter's Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By M.R. Tufo
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    From birth to death, The War is all the citizens of Dystance know. As children it is drilled into their heads that war is the purpose behind all existence. Winter doesn't agree. She's stumbled across remnants of life the way it was before The War began and now she longs to be as free as her ancestors. With help from her best friend, Cedar, and the boy she is forbidden to love, Tallow, she believes she can do it. Winter can see a life beyond the Pickets, beyond the constant hunger and the threat of death, beyond the war machine.

    Brian Menard says: "Never ceases to amaze."
    "Darn Tufo can write!"
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    Story

    So you take a great writer like Tufo, a master at hooking you in with his characters. Add a good portion of George Orwell like society. A sprinkling of the Giver with a hint of Brave New World and Hunger Games an poof! Now far be it from to point out how not original the vibe of the story is. But, when the writing is this good and the format so solid, who cares. It's darn good. When the "To be continued" is declared, and you scream inwardly "NO", even though you knew it was coming.... yeah you know your hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1761)
    Performance
    (1487)
    Story
    (1485)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Read by Louis Black..?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not the audio version. Written form sure.


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

    Not in the least. I enjoyed the plot, not as much as some of the other Mitch Wrap tales, but I never felt the intense anxiety rush that gets you all excited like "where is this going".


    How could the performance have been better?

    Since nothing could have made it worse... Someone else narrating. Picture Mitch Wrap, a great looking suave and brilliant assassin for the world's best and most powerful. With the voice of Louis Black. Over the top loud in an annoying nasal sixty year old man voice. To think when Ken Kilban read for the part of Mitch Wrap, someone sat in the same room listening to what sounds like Gilbert Gottfried's Father and thought to himself, "Perfect! this is our man."


    Could you see Separation of Power being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, It was really good but just nothing really hooked me in.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DEAD: Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By TW Brown
    • Narrated By Andrew McFerrin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (122)

    Winter is coming... As survivors around the world struggle to get their feet under them in a world overrun by the walking dead, a new problem rears its head. As unstoppable as any horde of zombies, the seasons march on, heedless of the fragility of the human race. The first winter is approaching.

    Peligrie says: "Still going strong"
    "You should be ashamed of yourself Mr. TW Brown!"
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    What would have made DEAD: Winter better?

    If the Author had been concerned about his novel rather than cashing his checks. If there was a plot. If there had been some character development. If there had been some interesting scenarios the character had encountered. If the new characters introduced had any ability to make you care or be interested in them.


    What was most disappointing about TW Brown’s story?

    Basically this book is completely empty of substance, half hearted, and lazy. It's 11.5 hours of words strung together with out anything being said.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Andrew McFerrin?

    Mr. McFerrin is fine, maybe he could read a turd of a story like this one faster to help end the listener's suffering sooner.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Well, I'm only 10 hours into the book so far, so there is hope that the zombies will overtake all of the current survivors thereby extinguishing the human race and this book series with it.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought of this series as a good B- series of zombies novels, (until this one). Sometimes even rising to a solid A. But Wow! I will certainly be asking for my credit back.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kevin Smith
    • Narrated By Kevin Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (1131)
    Story
    (1135)

    Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.

    Pamela J says: "Such a likable slob!"
    "No life advice here!"
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    What disappointed you about Tough Sh-t?

    If you love Kevin Smith, this is for you. If you like Kevin Smith… not so much. This is his chronicled life story, which I am not interested in. I thought it would be a bunch of insights on different life topics. While his "insights" are semi woven into his biography its not what I was looking for. Even though I think him to be very clever and creative I just don't care about his story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    ?


    What three words best describe Kevin Smith’s performance?

    Good, OK, and Meh.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    none.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4040)
    Performance
    (3755)
    Story
    (3755)

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    "Dragging this one out."
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    Would you try another book from Kevin Hearne and/or Luke Daniels?

    Fist let me say I've really enjoyed this series. I was really excited when the book was released, but the lack of intrigue and action coupled with excessive detail regarding inconsequential matters tells me they just want to extend this storyline into more books. Uhhg! I found myself skipping ahead in the chapters.


    What was most disappointing about Kevin Hearne’s story?

    Unnecessary drivel.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This book was too slow in the development in the story, much of it telegraphed long before it's completion taking any of the punch out of it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's keeping me abreast in the series.


    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (257)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "Someone better lose their job over this!"
    Overall

    The first person should be John Glover. I am shocked that this change of narrator was even considered let alone given the green light. I actually feel insulted, (strictly an emotional response, I know its silly) that they can have any yahoo garble this, my Dresden Files (emotion) and we should lap it up and like it. If you have listened to the previous books listen to the free preview before buying. Then after the free preview don't be swayed by your heart strings, this hack sounds awful!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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