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Frank

drFrank

Coraopolis, PA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 22 reviews
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  • 374 titles in library
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  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (683)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "Hilarious at times with some good life lessons"
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    The book starts off very funny and continues as many memoirs do with parts seeming like you fell into a soap opera and other parts with tremendous life lessons. If you grew up watching Penny as Laverne or many of the other roles she played (director of many great movies) then the behind the scenes will interest you.

    Overall, I found the book entertaining but there were times when it seemed to derail. Beware of the 'f' bombs and other 'rough' language throughout the book.

    I gave it four stars but it is more like 3.5 stars for me.

    The biggest life lesson - Not everything your parents attempt to teach you is wrong. :D

    Her mom kept pushing her and her two siblings to entertain people and although Penny pushed back, she ended up in the entertainment world as well as her brother. How ironic.

    If you think your family is crazy or dysfunctional, then this is a must read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27182)
    Performance
    (20582)
    Story
    (20695)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Excellent Book - Tremendous sequel to a great book"
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    Excellent book with many different twists and turns. If you watch the movie, this book is a must read/listen to fill in some of the missing components in the movie.

    The ending is the only thing I didn't care for in the entire book. Unlike book 1, this book almost requires that you read the third book in the series.

    This is another one of those books that get you thinking when you finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tehran Initiative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (759)

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Susan says: "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
    "Excellent presentation and storyline"
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    I enjoyed the book immensely and would give it 5 stars overall except there were a few times that it seemed to drag on too long. This is the first book I read/listened to by Rosenberg and it was an unexpected delight.

    I enjoy reading a good spy novel to beak up the many business type books that I read and it is refreshing to listen to a book that isn't filled with sex and cussing every other sentence. There is a few plays on romance but isn't life filled with it? However, it isn't sex filled nor innuendos.

    As others stated, it is filled with religious discussion but so is the middle east. Therefore, I believe it is very appropriate in a book dealing with the constant conflict taking place in the middle east.

    I recommend this book and unlike many other 'spy' novels would not hesitate to give this to a younger reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (853)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    C. MacMillan says: "Great story, but....."
    "Boring - Compared to previous books by Rick R"
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    I have been listening to the Percy Jackson series since the first book because my eldest granddaughter is a big fan of the books and I like to keep up with what she is reading. Most of the previous books were good to very good. This book is a sad attempt to keep the series moving and unfortunately they continue with a pseudo teen romance theme mixed in with a boring adventure.

    I kept asking my granddaughter if she enjoyed the book - At first, Yes! then she added (as she progressed beyond the half way mark, NO! - She stated that it is boring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Noticer Returns: Sometimes You Find Perspective, and Sometimes Perspective Finds You

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Andy Andrews
    • Narrated By Andy Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    Perspective is a powerful thing. Andy Andrews has spent the past five years doing a double take at every white-haired old man he sees, hoping to have just one more conversation with the person to whom he owes his life. Through a chance encounter at a local bookstore, Andy is reunited with the man who changed everything for him - Jones, also known as “The Noticer.”

    Frank says: "Get ready for a challenge!"
    "Get ready for a challenge!"
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    I have been a fan of Andy Andrews and his writing for many years and read everything he writes. When I saw the announcement for this book, I immediately pre-ordered it.

    Although I was in the middle of another book, I paused listening to it and downloaded this book. At first I was disappointed. The first two chapters appeared to take the book in no direction. But I knew in my heart that the first two chapters laid the foundation for the book. By the time I was half way into the book I knew it is a winner. It is filled with many life lessons, quotable statements, and more important valuable outlines and stories to learn from and teach.

    This book is a hidden gem - it is one of those books which requires many listens and also reading in the physical form.

    No doubt I will put this on my highly recommended list and will read it again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Feet from Gold: Turn Your Obstacles Into Opportunities

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sharon L. Lechter, Greg S. Reid
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (86)

    This remarkable business allegory tells a fascinating story in presenting the key principles of Napoleon Hill's revolutionary best seller Think and Grow Rich. While you follow a struggling young entrepreneur through a life-changing series of encounters with some of today's foremost business leaders and inspirational figures, you'll find encouragement and motivation to believe in yourself, discover your own Personal Success Equation, and to never give up. You are just three feet from gold!

    Cheryce says: "I'm Truly Motivated"
    "Learning life's lessons in a business form"
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    Excellent book! Its value is in the story form. Many people learn easier from stories (don't we tell our children and grandchildren stories) that teach them valuable lessons that no standard text book can teach.

    Not only are the stories invaluable to teach lessons, they are much easier to remember and apply due to the interwoven quotes.

    If you enjoy this format of learning through life's lessons then I suggest listening to one of my favorite podcast s - Entrepreneur on fire - John Lee Dumas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill, Sharon Lechter (editor)
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (402)

    In 1938, just after publication of his all-time best-seller Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill revealed that he had broken the Devil’s Code, forcing him to confess his secrets. The resulting manuscript - Outwitting the Devil - proved so controversial, it was hidden for more than 70 years. Now, Sharon Lechter brings us this important book, annotating and editing it for a contemporary audience. Using his legendary ability to get to the root of human potential, Hill digs deep to identify the greatest obstacles we face in reaching our personal goals....

    Chelsea says: "the most powerful information of your life"
    "Tremendous insight for a 70+ year old book -"
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    This book was written over 70 years ago but wasn't released until after the author's wife's death for many reasons. There is tremendous insight in the book especially in light of the fact many items mentioned were not known as medical, historical, or scientific facts at the time the author wrote the book.

    If you believe the Bible (which I do) then some of the items mentioned do not 'line up' with Biblical truth. Therefore, it is critical that when reading/listening to the book, that the reader takes some of the items as part of the author's literary right.

    I did not have issues with the editor's comments like other reviewers. Although at times, the editor did go over board with her comments, they provided an interesting perspective and gave some historical content for the author's writing.

    It is well written and I recommend the book, especially since many of the items within the book not only have scientific proof but are now historical facts.



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    From printer's apprentice to internationally famous scientist, inventor, statesman, legislator, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin led a most remarkable life. Seldom is history so well articulated by someone who was there.

    Oleg says: "Ben thru 1757"
    "Interesting but too choppy"
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    Unfortunately, the book jumped around toward the end and it seemed that something was missing or it could be that I couldn't understand the context based upon the accent of the narrator.

    I learned some items but not as many as I hoped that I would gain from one of the country's founding men.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2583)
    Performance
    (2252)
    Story
    (2250)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Melinda says: "Amazing Undertaking--Good Book"
    "Interesting but should have an R rating"
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    Overall, the book kept my interest and it was written in a manner that enticed me to continue to the end. The book is filled with tremendous truths and outlines the journey the author took to overcome many obstacles tossed into her life.

    Her ability to articulate and put you into the scene is tremendous. However, some of the language causes me NOT to put this on a highly recommended list for younger readers who could be in a similar situation. (Death of a parent, abandonment, and more.)

    The book isn't so technical (backpacking, trail hiking, etc) that anyone could enjoy it without being overwhelmed with geeky details.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5780)
    Performance
    (3843)
    Story
    (3814)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Entertaining but predictable"
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    Narration - outstanding - Made the book very entertaining.

    The story line is good but very predictable and there are parts which are not believable as indicated by other reviewers but too often in these 'super hero' type stories many parts are not believable.

    There was only one item that I didn't guess but I will not note it here to keep the surprise alive :D.

    I anticipated a little more suspense and unpredictable items in the book.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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