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dr Frank

Beaver Falls, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Dreams Don't Have Deadlines: Living Your Dream Life, No Matter What Your Age

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mark Victor Hansen
    • Narrated By Mark Hansen
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    While the law of large numbers has been applied to fields such as math and science for several decades, its power has just recently begun to be applied to the fields of business and personal growth. Today, people from all walks of life are using the law of large numbers to achieve their highest objectives, with great confidence and complete peace of mind.

    dr Frank says: "Must listen regardless of age or status in life!"
    "Must listen regardless of age or status in life!"
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    This is a must listen book regardless of your age or status in life. Mark Victor Hansen is well know for the Chicken Soup series and goes beyond the basics of those books. He touches on various topics none of which are new but then there is nothing new under the sun. However, he presents it with enthusiasm, order, and enough anecdotal stories to get the listener thinking.

    Additionally, he poses many challenges including the challenge of giving far beyond normal expectations.

    This is one of those books that you keep in your audio library to listen to at least once per year to not only encourage but challenge.

    Mark does a great job as his own narrator providing a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and energy.

    Finally, the book offers many statements worthy of repeatable quotes.

    “You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands - your own.”

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Go-Giver Influencer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bob Burg, John David Mann
    • Narrated By Bob Burg, John David Mann, Ana Gabriel Mann
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The Go-Giver Influencer is a story about two young, ambitious businesspeople: Gillian Waters, the chief buyer for Smith & Banks, a midsize company that operates a national chain of pet accessory stores; and Jackson Hill, the founder of Angels Clothed in Fur, a small but growing manufacturer of all-natural pet foods. Each has something the other wants. 

    dr Frank says: "Good but not great"
    "Good but not great"
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    It has very good content and the final 'chapter' is an excellent part of the book since it summarizes everything in an organized manner. The allegory is good but overall I do not believe this matches the first book of the series which was excellent.

    Please understand, the takeaways are very good but it seems the story isn't 'believable' reducing the impact and effectiveness of the lessons. I walk a few miles nearly every day and this was one of the 'listens'. A PDF of the points and outline would have made this a solid 4.

    I would rate this a 3.5 if possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Absolute Power

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3847)
    Performance
    (2921)
    Story
    (2925)

    In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and the witness is running into the night - because what he has just seen is a brutal slaying involving the president of the United States.

    Margo Hepner-Hart says: "Keeps you on the edge"
    "Excellent story - Characters are well-developed"
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    The characters in the book are well developed adding to an interesting story line.

    As noted by others, it is a long book and every time I thought there was nothing to add to the story and/or the end was near, a new and powerful twist was added.

    It is one of those novels that are so good I don't want to watch the movie for 'fear' it is nowhere close to being equal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As a Man Thinketh - 21st Century Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By James Allen, Sam Torode
    • Narrated By Sam Torode
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (165)

    Often called the greatest self-help book of all-time, As a Man Thinketh reveals how our thoughts determine our character, circumstances, health, appearance, and achievements. While James Allen's writing was exceptionally clear for its time, As a Man Thinketh - like any 100-year-old book - uses archaic language that can be difficult to grasp. This 21st-century edition rephrases James' ideas in contemporary English, making his wisdom available to today's listeners.

    R. Starr says: "Great message, sleepy listen"
    "Good update but like the original better"
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    This is a very good update to a classic but I will stick with the original for many reasons. For me, there is something about the language and poetic feel of James Allen's classic.

    The narration is good but in the update, a more dynamic speaker would have given it a different impact.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Ultra: Revised and Updated Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    Finding Ultra is Rich Roll's incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever. One evening in 2006, before turning 40, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly 50 pounds overweight at the time and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he plunged into a new way of eating that made processed foods off-limits and prioritized plant nutrition and daily training. Rich morphed - in mere months - from out-of-shape midlifer to endurance machine. Revised and updated edition with a new and original foreword and a bonus chapter.

    Stacey Sacco says: "Great listen! Deeper and more expressive."
    "Nice update "
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    If you never listened to the first edition, I highly recommend the book. However, if you listened to the first edition and many of Rich's podcast, this material will be a repeat.

    Overall, the book is encouraging and insightful to Rich's journey including struggles and achievements.

    Rich chronicles his early life which included challenges as a youth leading into a dependency on alcohol and its associated pitfuls.

    After achieving sobriety and his dependency on junk food, he does an excellent job in providing an overview on his journey into a vegan / plant based lifestyle as well as his path to Ultra.

    The ending is encouraging and provides insight into many of the struggles associated to getting and staying healthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent in Place

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3165)
    Performance
    (2972)
    Story
    (2963)

    Fresh off his first mission back with the CIA, Court Gentry secures what seems like a cut-and-dried contract job: A group of expats in Paris hires him to kidnap the mistress of Syrian dictator Ahmed Azzam to get intel that could destabilize Azzam's regime. Court delivers Bianca Medina to the rebels, but his job doesn't end there. She soon reveals that she has given birth to a son, the only heir to Azzam's rule - and a potent threat to the Syrian president's powerful wife. Now, to get Bianca's cooperation, Court must bring her son out of Syria alive.

    Wayne says: "Another intense Gray Man/Court Gentry novel!"
    "Gray Man is back"
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    The narration is excellent from Jay Snyder and the Gray Man is back in true form. This book has a few 'comments' concerning the previous books in the series but it will stand on its own without the need to know or understand the Gray Man.

    Unlike the previous novel where the Gray Man seemed 'spacey' and not 'with it', he is focused and set on task to 'do right' and eliminate the 'wrong' in the world.

    There is plenty of action and character building to a point that it appears some of the characters will appear in future books.

    Nice rebound from the previous book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kremlin Conspiracy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (558)

    Everything he learned to protect the president, he must use to take out theirs. With an American president distracted by growing tensions in North Korea and Iran, an ominous new threat is emerging in Moscow. A czar is rising in the Kremlin, a Russian president feverishly consolidating power, silencing his opposition, and plotting a brazen and lightning-fast military strike that could rupture the NATO alliance and bring Washington and Moscow to the brink of nuclear war. But in his blind spot is the former U.S. Secret Service agent, Marcus Ryker.

    Maryland artist says: "terrific and realistic"
    "Good - gets better as it progresses"
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    The book starts slow and parallels two similar men from two opposite countries and throughout the book, little hints are 'tossed out' to show where the story is headed.

    At first, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the book but being a fan of Joel's, I continued and the book ended well and set itself up for a series.

    The main characters are not overly complex but suffer similar 'issues' making their journey interesting.

    I recommend reading it if for no other reason but to get your mind moving as possible world events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (8330)
    Performance
    (7487)
    Story
    (7448)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    C. Webb says: "A wild ride!!!!"
    "Intriguing story-line and presentation"
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    Many reviewers didn't like the multiple narrators and/or sound effects. I feel they added value and a twist to a story that had multiple male and female characters.

    There were times that the story was 'unbelievable' but this is a 'spy' novel where the good guys win.

    There is one main theme with many twists and turns with an ending setting the series up for the next in line.

    Three main characters with a variety of introductions to other characters that made the book flow well. It moved in a manner that kept my interest and caused me to want to continue listening. Too often in this genre of books, I tend to want to skip forward. Again, the combination of multiple narrators added to the novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rising Sun: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2264)
    Performance
    (2079)
    Story
    (2074)

    A riveting thriller of corporate intrigue and cutthroat competition between American and Japanese business interests. On the forty-fifth floor of the Nakamoto tower in downtown Los Angeles - the new American headquarters of the immense Japanese conglomerate - a grand opening celebration is in full swing. On the forty-sixth floor, in an empty conference room, the corpse of a beautiful young woman is discovered.

    Jeremie F Pettit says: "Great Book!"
    "Interesting mystery"
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    As others noted, it is a little dated considering it is a tech book. However, it kept by interest and the constant twists and turns proved engaging.

    It did seem 'preachy' at times but the storyline is believable and interesting.

    The two main detectives worked 'well' together but at times the understudy seemed a bit 'lame' in his abilities.

    With that stated - even in 2018 - it is an interesting book and recommended to get the reader thinking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Victor Methos
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3780)
    Performance
    (3338)
    Story
    (3336)

    With money and hope in short supply, newly minted attorney Brigham Theodore decides it’s time to lower his standards. He joins a seedy fly-by-night firm in Salt Lake City out of desperation. After he loses his first case - a speeding ticket - he’s convinced his career is over. But to his shock, his boss hands him a slightly more complex case: capital murder.

    R. Pontiflet says: "Good Court Room Drama!"
    "Entertaining and kept my interest"
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    As others noted, there are parts that could appear unrealistic but I enjoyed the book, it kept my attention and proved to be a thought-provoking read.

    A rookie lawyer and his first 'real' trial is a murder trial does seem impossible.

    A rookie lawyer with a heart going against a prosecutor with only politics on his mind - that seems very realistic.

    The narrator did a good (not great job) and I see this as a plot where one of the TV legal dramas could take for a 90 minute series.

    It was worth the listen since it got me thinking on the basis of the case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By William H. McRaven
    • Narrated By William H. McRaven
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6184)
    Performance
    (5545)
    Story
    (5526)

    On May 21, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves - and the world - for the better.

    A. Yoshida says: "Watch the YouTube video"
    "Excellent book and narration - "
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    Excellent book filled with tremendous life lesson nuggets -

    My summary of the book - Start your day with a win - make your bed. Find someone in life that will walk with you through the storms of life. Look at the heart and not the outside of a person. Life's not always fair - get over 'stuff' that happens. Don't be afraid of what others will say or think about you. Be prepared to take risks then get up if the risks fail. Don't back down from bullies. Rise when life looks bleakest. Sing when you are neck deep in trouble. Don't quit on life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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