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Frank

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Coraopolis, PA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 37 reviews
  • 182 ratings
  • 439 titles in library
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  • The Final Summit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Andy Andrews
    • Narrated By Andy Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    This is mankind’s last chance. Centuries of greed, pride, and hate have sent humanity hurtling toward disaster, and far from its original purpose. There is only one solution that can reset the compass and right the ship, and it is only two words. With time running out, it is up to David Ponder and a cast of history’s best and brightest minds to uncover this solution before it is too late. The catch? They are allowed only five tries to discover the answer. Andy Andrews combines a riveting narrative with astounding history in order to show us the one thing we must do when we don’t know what to do.

    Andrew says: "Interesting concept"
    "Fact or Fiction, possible or impossible?"
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    The main character in one of Andy Andrews’ earlier and tremendous book (The Traveler’s Gift) is the main character in this book. David Ponder is a successful businessman in his seventies and is struggling with the loss of his wife and best friend when archangel Gabriel appears to David and whisks him away to The Final Summit with many historical leaders where they are tasked with finding the answer to save mankind.

    Initially, when I listened to this book, I did not like it because I approached the reading of the book in a theological review manner. However, knowing that many books have a hidden meaning and oftentimes requires multiple readings, I decided to listen to this book for a second time with an open mind and heart. It is with this second reading that I write this review.

    Similar to other books by Andy Andrews, this book builds upon each chapter and contains tremendous insight, wisdom, hidden humor, and quotable quotes. Many historical leaders are in the book such as Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, King David, and Thomas Edison. Every character adds their distinct characteristics and ideas in an effort to assist David in finding the answer to the main question of the book. In two words, “What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?” This complex yet simple question creates the basis for questions amongst the travelers and their sometimes witty yet provocative answers.

    As with all of Andy Andrew’s books, there are multiple hidden and oftentimes direct challenges presented to the reader and this book is no different. I recommend this book for many reasons especially if the reader enjoys learning practical life’s lessons while learning some historical facts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2139)
    Performance
    (1350)
    Story
    (1361)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "Very engaging and 'believable'"
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    This proved much better than anticipated and is engaging until the end. Many different twists and turns creating an amazing novel. I bought the book because of the narrator and Dick Hill didn't disappoint. I normally do not purchase 'FBI' books but this is well worth the read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Sidney Poitier
    • Narrated By Sidney Poitier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Sidney Poitier here explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure: as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.

    A User says: "bravo!!!"
    "Intriguing history of a great actor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First, his voice is amazing! The tell of his youth and the struggles to build him into the man he became is amazing. As others stated, it seemed he rambled on and on diminishing the value of the point. There were times when I kept checking how much was left of the book. Overall, the book is very good and I rated it 4 stars but if 3.5 were available that is my selection. I wanted to learn about a man who had tremendous impact on the culture and history of this nation which is why I listened to the book. Additionally, it was recommended as a must listen. I wouldn't say it is a must listen but it is worth listening to at least once. I wouldn't listen to it a second time and would recommend it as a listen for those who enjoy learning about successful people who paved the path in history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready to Kill: Nathan McBride, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (641)

    When a mysterious note referencing a top-secret US operation is tossed over the wall of the embassy in Nicaragua, Nathan McBride and his old pal Harv are called out of retirement by CIA Director Rebecca Cantrell and sent to Central America. Cantrell wants the situation resolved quickly and knows that Nathan is the man to do it; after all, he has a history with the place. The jungle he and Harv are about to land in is the same one that Nathan barely escaped with his life decades before, an ordeal that left him physically and psychologically scarred.

    Gabe says: "Not the strongest outing of the four books."
    "The best of the series!"
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    When I listened to book three, I thought it was the 'best' in the series until I listened to this book. Nathan McBride reminds me of a modern day comic book hero but much more believable and engaging in the action. This is one of those books that kept me engaged through the end and would make a tremendous movie for many reasons. Although the other books in the series were great, this is the best with a tremendous story line.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (462)

    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
    "Slow moving but I am glad I finished the book."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does Code Talker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Code Talker?

    When they were awarded the gold medal.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Looking back on the irony of their chastisement over speaking Navajo then it used to 'save' the country.


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

    Yes, when he returned as a non-stated hero and was treated very poor by a government worker since he was a Navajo


    Any additional comments?

    I almost stopped listening two or three times since it seemed to dwell on certain items that didn't seem relevant until I finished the book. There were times the story moved very slow but I am glad I finished it because it added much value to my view on the importance the Navajos played not only in WWII but other parts of our history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1281)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1126)

    When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.

    Carla says: "An Outstanding Story with Engaging Characters"
    "Fast paced from the beginning!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Option to Kill the most enjoyable?

    Unlike normal 'super hero' books. The story is much different than the others in the Nathan McBride series but with enough similarity.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lauren


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

    Amazing ability to display the character as he illustrates and narrates the book.


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

    Laughter over some of the statements of Lauren and yes I cried a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    Best in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Essential Oils Business Book: How to Start, Build, and Prosper in the Essential Oils Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christina Calisto-Winslow
    • Narrated By Christina Calisto Winslow
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Discover easy-to-implement success strategies for the essential oils direct sales/network marketing industry. It doesn't matter which essential oil brand you use or which company you are with; you will benefit from this simplified and innovative approach to growing your business. Learn how easy it is to transform your business to increase revenue. It doesn't matter what your background or experience is; you'll be able to learn as you go.

    Frank says: "Overall good information"
    "Overall good information"
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    As other stated, it contains some very good tips. It drag on too long and at times, the author/narrator tripped over the words and her voice became annoying. I recommend the book for anyone getting started in an Essential Oil Business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Act of War: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (688)

    After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There’s just one problem - no one knows if she can be trusted. But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion.

    Justin says: "Scary good"
    "Just okay | Predictable and underwhelmed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found it predictable, lacking in suspense, and underwhelming compared to many others I read/listened to in the same genre.

    A few times, I almost deleted it from my iPhone out of boredom but kept listening thinking a new twist was around the corner. Obviously, the writer enjoys the details of the weapons which seemed to make the weapons more the subject than the characters.

    I gave it a 3 star overall based on the fact the story line 'could' happen in the near future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donald Miller
    • Narrated By Donald Miller
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (219)

    Full of beautiful, heart-wrenching, and hilarious stories, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details one man's opportunity to edit his life as if her were a character in a movie. Years after writing his best-selling memoir, Donald Miller went into a funk and spent months sleeping in and avoiding his publisher. One story had ended, and Don was unsure how to start another.

    Scott says: "Inspiring me to live a better story."
    "A book to make you stop and think!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    At first I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the book or not. I purchased it based on a few recommendations and this is one of those books that contains many hidden meanings and lessons. There were a few times when the narrator (the author) seemed dry in his delivery, (which is why I rated performance a 3) but overall the book's content made up for the delivery. I recommend the book for all of the life's nuggets. Create your own story and live life to its fullest!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1190)
    Performance
    (1038)
    Story
    (1028)

    Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

    Grant says: "Fighting through procrastination."
    "Must read | more than one time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is short but filed with many nuggets that could get lost in the context. I have 3 plus decades in the business world and found this book a great resource to get my mind moving forward. I wish I could explain it but my suggestion is to listen to it, then listen to it again. You will not be sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Do the Work

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Steven Pressfield
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (339)

    Could you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don't know where to start?The answer is Do the Work, a manifesto by best-selling author Steven Pressfield, that will show you that it’s not about better ideas, it’s about actually doing the work. Do the Work is a weapon against Resistance - a tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door.

    Sara says: "Powerhouse of Motivation"
    "Simple but so true most will not do"
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    Excellent book for the writer or anyone in particular. Too often the work isn't done and we wonder why we don't get results. This is a must read for all workers but especially for those in a professional or entrepreneur adventure. It is a book that I will listen to many times and refer to it for hidden nuggets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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