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Lance

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  • Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Austin Grossman
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (557)
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    (557)

    Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

    Brad says: "Now that I have you at my mercy. . ."
    "Great Fun and a Different Point of View"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you liked the movie Megamind, you'll love this book.


    What about Coleen Marlo and Paul Boehmer ’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful performance by both narrators.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanabode: Travel and Live Forever on $20 a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jason Odom
    • Narrated By Dave Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    This revolutionary new travel book shows everyone how to travel forever on $20 a day including food, gas and lodging. Author Jason Odom and his wife, Kelly, have traveled 700,000 miles in 19 years enjoying the sumptuous beauty of pristine national parks and the exciting nightlife of big cities like San Francisco and Las Vegas. Special offer! Simply email your receipt for this audio book to the author and you will receive the $27 full color PDF version of this book with hundreds of live links to important resources for free. Vanabode shows you how to earn a living working in some of the most exciting places in the United States, like national parks and state recreational areas (if you need income); how to sleep safely and comfortably in your own bed every night; how to eat better than you ever have; how to cook for free without electricity, fire or fuel; how to get rid of all our current debt and regain your freedom; and most importantly - how you can do it forever if you want, starting now!

    james says: "Great book loved it"
    "Interesting ideas"
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    The author's core premise is true, the USA is obsessed with possessions we don't need. We've been duped by the mad men of advertising. The author shows how it is possible to live full time in a van. While it might not be as comfortable as a house, he shows just how little we really need, and the lifestyle sounds tempting. Thus, he makes his point regarding possessions, in short, they don't make us happy, regardless of what the mad men want you to believe.

    The narrator was a little flat, thus the four star rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7400)
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    (6526)
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    (6504)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    G. House Sr. says: "Fabulous -- A Must Read Sequal"
    "An "Epic" Story Continues"
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    Steelheart, Mitosis, now Firefight, all fun and excellent stories. I've enjoyed every one of them. If you enjoy hero comics, but want a little more involved story, and won't miss the art too much, you should enjoy those books. The audio performance is great. Good job with the voices. I expect these books to become great movies one day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collapse: 299 Days, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Glen Tate
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (322)

    In The Collapse, the government stops working, guns and ammo are in high demand, and a trip to the gas station has become a mission rather than an errand. Grant and the Team see these warning signs and know it is only the beginning, so they begin taking action to protect themselves and their loved ones. As they prepare to get out of dodge after a deadly incident in Grant's neighborhood, they will soon learn whether the preparations they made in Book One will be enough to survive the breakdown of society.

    Ryan Russell says: "IT's happening.. bye bye F.U.S.A ;-) AWESOME!"
    "I enjoyed it, but..."
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    I enjoyed this part of the story, but not as much as the first book. One of the main subplots involves Grant leaving his family. While Lisa's irrational denial of what is happening around her is realistic, I lost any sympathy for her. She is willing to die and take her children with her just to maintain her illusion of normalcy and win the argument with her husband. At the end of the story Lisa seems like a child that Grant patiently cares for, rather than Grants partner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Painted Word

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Harold N. Cropp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (25)
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    (28)

    No one skewers the popular movements of American culture like Tom Wolfe. In 1975, he turned his satirical pen to the pretensions of the contemporary art world - a world of social climbing, elitist posturing, and ingeniously absurd self-justifying theorizing. From the fuliginous flatness of the 50s to the pop op minimal 60s, right on through the now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t 70s, Tom Wolfe debunks the great American myth of modern art in an incandescent, hilarious, and devastating blast.

    Lance says: "Modern Art makes More Sense after this Book"
    "Modern Art makes More Sense after this Book"
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    What did you love best about The Painted Word?

    Modern art is art because of the ideas it represents, rather than aesthetics. In fact, the lack of aesthetics is of primary importance in many forms of modern art. This lack of emphasis on the visual aspect of modern visual art may be the factor that differentiates modern art from its predecessors.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4001)
    Performance
    (3632)
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    (3657)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "I Don't Like Soap Operas"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Perhaps The Great Gatsby is famous because it was the first soap opera, but I don't like soap operas, even if they're called "classic". However, if you like soap operas, you'll probably love The Great Gatsby.The narrator was very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1959: The Year Everything Changed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Overall
    (108)
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    (68)
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    (66)

    Acclaimed national security columnist and noted cultural critic Fred Kaplan looks past the 1960s to the year that really changed AmericaWhile conventional accounts focus on the 60s as the era of pivotal change that swept the nation, Fred Kaplan argues that it was 1959 that ushered in the wave of tremendous cultural, political, and scientific shifts that would play out in the decades that followed.

    James says: "Facinating look at a neglected moment in history"
    "1959 was a Fascinating Year!"
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    Until I read this book I had no idea so many seminal events happened in 1959. From music to science to politics, the events in 1959 were... I can't think of a better word than seminal. Once Kaplan points these out, one has to expect a decade like the '60s. One might expect something event more dramatic. This book is well worth reading, if you're at all interested in the decades that follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5322)
    Performance
    (4564)
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    (4540)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Introversion isn't a sin!?"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    In today's extroverted world, it's nice to hear someone say introversion isn't a "...horrible problem that you need to overcome". It's nice to hear that introversion can actually be an asset to society. It's nice to hear someone point out that the introvert in engineering, who invents and designs products, actually brings value to the company.


    What does Kathe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Her reading is nice, but nothing spectacular, but if I have to answer this question, I would have to say "relaxed eyes", since I could close my eyes and just listen.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13080)
    Performance
    (11286)
    Story
    (11267)

    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"
    "Brings Jobs to Life"
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    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    The author seems to pierce the veil of Jobs as myth and reveal Jobs as a very real, very irritating, but very talented human being.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

    Jobs is at his best when he is taking risks to make "one more thing". His savant talent is his ability to pre visualize, demand the best people have to offer, then strip their best until only the best of the best is left for the final product. One example is the way he drove the original Macintosh team.


    Any additional comments?

    Dylan Baker has some strange pronunciations that bothered me after awhile, such as the way he says the possessive form of Jobs... Jobs'es.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2739)
    Performance
    (1560)
    Story
    (1555)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall

    If this book can be believed, Keith Richards would casually do anything, to include risking his own life, for that next source of inspiration. This book describes how those risks took their toll and led to some wonderful music.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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