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Alex

palo alto, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (420)

    In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy...and a shocking image of the eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin. At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the same body: the long-dead Mongol king Genghis Khan.

    Patricia says: "Newest Sigma Force is a little off"
    "Had to return this."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    n/a


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Rollins? Why or why not?

    maybe


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to like this book, gave up and tried to just finish it, but I just can't can't - Despite the bit of melodrama, pseudoscience jargons I probably could've finish the listening due to the interesting plot, however the narrator is a different issue. I'm not sure how to describe except that he likes to increase his pitch every few words for no apparent reason. - its really weird and hard to describe- its like someone constantly getting excited for no reason - I would've rather an automated computer read it to be frank.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1790)
    Performance
    (1686)
    Story
    (1693)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "Great narration - Sci fi meets philosophy &humor"
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    Any additional comments?

    What a fun book to read. Plot was funny and narration was awesome. Once in awhile its nice to read something where you don't have to worry about every twist and turn. This is just a fun ride without much stress which is nice break sometimes!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (329)

    Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

    Mark says: "A History of the Ancient Geeks"
    "Reads like a novel - best book I read this yr"
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    Any additional comments?

    Thought it was going to be some boring history book about computers and was pleasantly surprise. Stories were amazing and I find myself inspired, intrigued and learn a bit of history along the way. Better than even a novel. Sometimes you read things like Wozniac's biography or Steve Jobs when they talked about Atari, or how Gates talk about how he bought DOS but you are left wondering so how did this all fit in? Reading this book fills in those gaps and things start to make more sense and you get a better appreciation of all the components and people involved. great book - can't say enough about this. Read it enjoy it. I envy your first time...its that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tony Robbins
    • Narrated By Tony Robbins, Jeremy Bobb
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (276)

    Tony Robbins has coached and inspired more than 50 million people from over 100 countries. More than four million people have attended his live events. Oprah Winfrey calls him "super-human". Now for the first time - in his first book in two decades - he's turned to the topic that vexes us all: How to secure financial freedom for ourselves and our families.

    darren says: "Very bad!"
    "Good nuggets of material but get past the fluff"
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    Would you listen to MONEY Master the Game again? Why?

    Maybe, but I would need to skip a lot of non sensical hype & pump that comes with it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is good & important. BUT you need to get over the first few chapters as well as all the 80 style pump - this might work for some but a complete turn off for others - even the cover its a bit of a cringe. However there are a lot of information here that will help many. Some has mention that these information are already out there like, first rule, millionaire next door, snowball, etc, however I feel that this book offers a bit more information, case in point, first rule does not talk about annuities. The prinicple in this is book can be boil down to f ew concepts. 1. power of compounding. 2. thus every dollar save can be used to grow. 3. save money easier by paying yourself first. 4. buy an index, eg etf since most fund manager under performance the market 5. fees and ta can significantly reduce your nest egg. Also last section with the interviews are a gem, kinda like market wizards but with more practical questions. Moreover, I thought the narration was good and it was a bit of relief to only have Robbins talk the first and last chapters. So buy this book, take notes and try not to let the pump, ironically, discourage you from going forward.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Rithmatist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1855)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1710)

    More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

    Brandon says: "Beware of the chalk!"
    "One of the best book I read this year."
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    If you could sum up The Rithmatist in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting. Mysterious. Intriguing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Has a Harry Potter feel to it but with a whole different story line and magic.


    What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

    I can tell which character it is by his performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Its so good I wanted to savor it slowly.


    Any additional comments?

    Must read - probably my favorite from this author and that is saying a lot considering his many other great novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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