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Lance

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  • How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques and Technologies for Uncertain Things

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (352)

    James Wesley Rawles, founder of survivalblog.com, shares with you everything you need to know to be ready for the worst. The book includes information on proper food storage and sanitation, gardening and livestock basics, investment strategies to protect your assets, medical advice, communication techniques, home security, and how to get "outta Dodge" when, in the parlance of the movement, "the shit hits the fan".

    skyrat says: "Unsurprising"
    "Good for the Reference Shelf, but not for Audio"
    Overall

    This is a great book with lots of good information. However, it is better suited to a library of reference material, rather than an audio book. In other words, it is a little too "dry" to listen to in audio form.

    5 of 6 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
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    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 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3226)
    Performance
    (2951)
    Story
    (2975)

    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
  • 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
    (973)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (479)

    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
  • 1959: The Year Everything Changed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (64)

    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
    (4009)
    Performance
    (3454)
    Story
    (3428)

    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
    Overall
    (11543)
    Performance
    (9995)
    Story
    (9970)

    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.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "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
    (2540)
    Performance
    (1382)
    Story
    (1375)

    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
  • Into the Looking Glass: Looking Glass Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (390)

    When asubatomic physics experiment causes a massive explosion, interdimensional gateways open in Florida - and aliens pour out. Some intend to bring Earth to its knees. Others seem willing to help, but will annihilate the planet if Navy SEAL Command Master Chief Robert Miller can't stop the menace from spreading.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Great space opera, but a warning ..."
    "A Very Fun Read"
    Overall

    If you're looking for fun and fast-paced military sci-fi, this is a great book. I found myself chuckling out-loud several times. One example is the team-up of a self-proclaimed "red neck physicist" and career Navy SEAL, who are the heros of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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