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Joe Crescenzi

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1430)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1337)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "Sissy Spacek the perfect narrator for this classic"
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    Would you listen to To Kill a Mockingbird again? Why?

    Yes. And I have already listened twice. It's a classic.


    What other book might you compare To Kill a Mockingbird to and why?

    It reminds me of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer because they share themes of life in the south through the eyes of a child.


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

    I listened to it the day it was released, and finished it the following morning. That night, I started over again.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so happy this was finally released on audio. From what I understand it was recorded in 2006, but it took until 2014 to finally make it available.

    Atticus Finch is a great role model of a man who fights for what is right, regardless of what other people think.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • And Another Thing...: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (340)

    Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, has not been entirely without incident.Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary.

    John Williams says: "A delightful return to the H2G2 Universe"
    "A Fitting Continuation of the Hitchhiker Series"
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    If you could sum up And Another Thing... in three words, what would they be?

    Mostly Harmless.


    Any additional comments?

    When somebody attempts to continue in the footsteps of a deceased author, there are often challenges to either stay too close to the original, or to take the series to places that don't fit the original spirit. Thankfully Eoin Colfer has found a great mix of old and new premises re-capture the essence of Douglas Adams's classic trilogy (in 5 parts).

    While some of the writing style is clearly different, it's not distracting enough to seem out of place. Colfer has his own voice, and his own sense of humor so his take on Hitchhiker is refreshing.

    I'm a huge fan of the series, so I look forward to seeing the series continue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Day

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stone
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke - they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago. When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps, dodging Nazi soldiers.

    Nathan says: "Up and down...but ended WAY UP!"
    "What a fantastic story... a real treat!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Moving Day the most enjoyable?

    The pace of the story was perfect. Within minutes the engine of the story was in full motion and we are immediately immersed in the premise. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep your interest.


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

    Yes. There were some great emotional moments.


    Any additional comments?

    I literally had zero expectations for this book. To be honest, I didn't even remember pre-ordering it. When I looked on my email in the morning, I saw a notification that my pre-order was available to download. It's been a while since ordering it, so I didn't even remember when or why I ordered it.

    Rather than look up the summary, I just started to just listen to it and by then end of the day... I finished it. I couldn't stop. The story grabbed me from the start and I simply had to keep listening at every opportunity I could get.

    The premise of the story was simple. An old couple answers the door to find a moving truck ready to take everything they own to their new home. He wasn't expecting them until the next day, but as a senior citizen, he assumed it was his mistake and lets them pack up everything they own into the truck. The next day, the "real" moving crew shows up...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7182)
    Performance
    (6658)
    Story
    (6674)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "A great follow up to The Shining (the Book)"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm very happy that this book faithfully follows the original book, not the movie.


    If you could rename Doctor Sleep, what would you call it?

    Steam


    Any additional comments?

    Although the original was written nearly 40 years ago, the story picks up right after the original and it quickly fills in the gaps to move to present day, leaving the reader with just enough of the past to tie everything into a nice little package.

    Those who read The Shining will enjoy the references to the original, but the story itself is self-contained, so you don't necessarily need to read the original to enjoy it.

    I've read The Shining several times so far. Oddly, I've never seen the movie version, but from what I know, although it's a great film, it's not a good adaptation of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1284)
    Performance
    (1197)
    Story
    (1198)

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "I've listened to it at least 3 times so far..."
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    If you could sum up Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain in three words, what would they be?

    Good clean fun.


    What other book might you compare Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain to and why?

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy is the only book that comes to mind because they both explore the comedic potential in things like Quantum Mechanics.

    While both stories are completely insane, the real science behind them sounds equally insane to people outside the scientific community.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Aiello – was your favorite?

    The main character... Emperor Mollusk. His delivery is priceless.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (4981)
    Performance
    (4393)
    Story
    (4417)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Classic Gladwell... A fascinating perspective."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Malcolm Gladwell sees the world through the eyes of an objective observer. He takes nothing at face value and in this book, he takes us behind the scenes of some well known, and unknown underdog stories.

    The fun thing about this book is that for most people the title would simply be a symbol of the little guy who doesn't stand a chance against some unbeatable giant, but Gladwell sees this classic story from an entirely different perspective. He shows us that *David* was clearly the superior fighter. He breaks it down so clearly that you see that Goliath simply didn't have a chance.

    Once he establishes this fundamental shift in perspective, he then dives into a series of stories of people who succeed not in spite of their adversities... but because of them.

    As always, Galdwell doesn't just base his positions on his own opinion, but based upon intensive research. For example, in a study of the greatest leaders of all time, he made a list of all of the people in the Encyclopedia Britannica who had more than two columns written about them. He then researched every name in the list to determine the percentage of them who lost a parent at a young age and was able to demonstrate that a disproportionate number of great leaders had indeed been from shattered families.

    I was particularly interested in his research in education, where he demonstrated solid reasons why emphasis on smaller class sizes and affirmative action were off target, and why aiming for Ivy League schools isn't always in the best interest of the student.

    Above all, Malcolm Gladwell has delivered another classic book that simply makes you think outside the box. In this particular book, he also makes it easier for you to look adversity in the eye and say... "thanks".


    38 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (809)

    Why is red meat red? How do they decaffeinate coffee? Do you wish you understood the science of food but don't want to plow through dry, technical books? In What Einstein Told His Cook, University of Pittsburgh chemistry professor emeritus and award-winning Washington Post food columnist Robert L. Wolke provides reliable and witty explanations for your most burning food questions, while debunking misconceptions and helping you interpret confusing advertising and labeling.

    Teddy says: "Everything you want to know about Kitchen Science"
    "Fascinating... and practical!"
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    What made the experience of listening to What Einstein Told His Cook the most enjoyable?

    I loved the fact that there were not only interesting bits of trivia, but plenty of common facts that will actually make me a more savvy shopper at the supermarket.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    There were quite a few things I've learned such as simply knowing the basics of salt...Sea Salt, Kosher, Table and sodium free salts.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this would be a great start for a series of similar practical science such as "What Einstein told his... Housekeeper, gardener, etc.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I Moved Your Cheese: For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else's Maze

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Deepak Malhotra
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    For all its good intentions, Who Moved My Cheese? basically reduces us to mice in a maze sniffing after cheese. Harvard Business School professor Deepak Malhorta uses a fable involving a different set of mice in a maze—mice who question everything—to help readers see how they underestimate their ability change the rules, overcome the constraints they face, and control their own destiny.

    Joe Crescenzi says: "Cute, but somehow he doesn't quite get the point"
    "Cute, but somehow he doesn't quite get the point"
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    Would you try another book from Deepak Malhotra and/or Robert Fass?

    I'm open minded. It would depend on the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a bad book, but the reason for the low score is because I feel that the author was trying too hard to degrade the classic book that inspired it, "Who Moved My Cheese?".

    In "Who Moved my Cheese?", a group of mice in a maze become upset when the cheese they loved so much was no longer where they expected it. Some waited and waited for the cheese to come back... others quickly moved on to look for more... and another waited at first, but soon realized he should move on too.

    The simple message in this fable is that life changes, the cheese will move, and you have to accept it and do something about it.

    This book takes another approach... Why are you in the maze in the first place? Why not break through the maze... or climb out of it? It essentially extends the core message from a 2D universe to a 3D universe that extends above or outside the maze.

    While these are good points, the book tries too hard to put down the original book for not spelling this out, meanwhile the point of the first book was not HOW the mice will find what they need, but WHY they should take action.

    In the original, the bottom line was that they had to do something so they looked elsewhere in the maze. Because it's a simple fable, the message is very clear and they stay within the 2D maze.

    Just because there exists an ability to break through the maze or look outside the maze doesn't change the core message of the original... if you can't find what you are looking for, be prepared to do something about it.

    There is no reason to repeatedly point out that there were other things the mice in the original could do. The main message was to just do something and not sit there waiting for the cheese to come back.

    If I took the same approach as this book does, I could write yet another fable where my mice do something new like ride around in roller skates or make their own cheese, but it would not improve on the original premise. Do something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2 Second Lean

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Paul A. Akers
    • Narrated By Paul A Akers
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    2 Second Lean will flip your world right-side up. It's a practical way to improve your life every day by making a simple 2 second improvement. Join author, business expert, radio show host, and international speaker, Paul A. Akers, as he takes you on a LEAN journey that will transform every aspect your life... from your home to the office.

    Jon says: "Not just another flavor of the month"
    "Even the book is Lean!"
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    Would you listen to 2 Second Lean again? Why?

    Yes. And I have, because it's full of great information.


    What other book might you compare 2 Second Lean to and why?

    "Delivering Happiness" from Tony Hsieh and "Good to Great" from Jim Collins.

    While the book is full of time saving advice, the key takeaway for me is that the focus on company culture, because in spite of Paul's efforts to trim a 2 seconds here and there, he spends more than an hour each day NOT building products, but building better people, who in turn become more efficient at build better products.

    His philosophy reminds me of the old story of the lumberjack who entered a contest to see how fast he could cut down a tree. Everyone was half way through before he even started, yet he won the race. He was sharpening his axe.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to over 450 audiobooks, including some that were way too long to get to the point. Paul delivers his message without wasting any words, so the book itself is a great example of efficiency.

    Even though the chapters and the book itself are short, he makes it a point to summarize each chapter to make sure the key points stand out. This underscores the message and insures you absorbed it.

    Lastly, this is not a Harvard Business School textbook on the merits of bean counting. Paul Akers lives and breathes this lifestyle and his magnetic personality comes through with flying colors.

    If you've never seen or heard Paul Akers in action, check out some of his videos online. His energy is contagious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Stay Motivated: The Goals Program

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Zig Ziglar
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (155)

    How to Stay Motivated provides you with clear and proven techniques to use to enhance relationships, improve your self-image, set and achieve goals, and so much more! Setting and achieving your life goals are among the most important activities in which you can apply yourself, as your goals will set the course of your most important decisions.

    Dave Nelson says: "Zig Ziglar is Positive and Inspiring"
    "Classic Zig Ziglar"
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    Zig Ziglar is one of the all-time best motivational speakers because of his dynamic personality and his deep rooted values.

    This particular audiobook is a great example of Zig in action. He doesn't focus on complicated "Get it Done" strategies or systems. Instead, he simply uses common sense ideas and he illustrates them with captivating stories and his one-of-a-kind delivery.

    He reminds us to that the first step in getting things done is setting specific goals and for those who have a hard time doing that, perhaps your first goal is to give him a listen. Once you do, you'll want to explore some of his other books, such as "See You at the Top".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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