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Pierre

Montreal, QC, Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • Takedown

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1114)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (653)

    Best-selling author Brad Thor has crafted a must-read blockbuster featuring hard-nosed U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath. Fiendish al-Qaeda terrorists are planning to rescue their imprisoned WMD expert during the chaos they create with their July 4th destruction of all bridges and tunnels to Manhattan. Now it's up to ex-SEAL Harvath to stop the evil-doers -- and neutralize the diabolical three-foot-tall villain known as "The Troll" who supplies their intelligence.

    Shane says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Going back to Vince Flynn..."
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    What would have made Takedown better?

    Promising at first but too complicated and too long...ending is leaving with a sense that you listened in vain to all this......


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am listening now to 'The Last Man' from Vince Flynn.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Guidall?

    No one. He is the best.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Takedown?

    a different ending, that is for sure. I would also have cut down on the number of building they had to cover.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not go back to Scott Harvath

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Hebrews, Greeks and Romans: Foundations of Western Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Timothy Shutt
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Our purpose in this course will be to examine the foundations of Western civilization in antiquity. We will look at the culture of the ancient Hebrews, of the ancient Greeks, and of the Romans, and we will likewise look at how these cultures interacted with each other, sometimes happily, sometimes not. In the process, we will focus on how the questions they addressed and the answers they found live among us and continue to shape our lives to this very day.

    Wolfpacker says: "Great, Thought Provokong Lectures"
    "A breeze to listen to..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. Very well presented, concise, not boring at all.


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It is presented in a simple style and natural way of talking, as if he traces the roots of western culture at a kitchen table.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not to be ashamed of...


    Any additional comments?

    You do not need to be a history buff to appreciate the content of this audio book. The author does a great job and makes the subject-matter both interesting and easy to understand.

    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
    (3325)
    Performance
    (2855)
    Story
    (2825)

    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++++++++!!!!!"
    "Quietly running...dynamo-like!"
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    Would you try another book from Susan Cain and/or Kathe Mazur?

    Maybe, depending of the subject


    Would you be willing to try another book from Susan Cain? Why or why not?

    redundant question


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration is good


    Do you think Quiet needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, everything is covered and at times redundant.


    Any additional comments?

    First 5 chapters are really interesting. It gets boring in the middle, where she is trying to fit temperaments into the evolution mumbo-jumbo. It gets better a few chapter after that, where very good suggestions are given for child education, both at home and in school. Overall is a good read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Memorial Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2432)
    Performance
    (1593)
    Story
    (1572)

    It's just seven days before Memorial Day, and a spike in CIA intelligence has pointed to a major terrorist attack on the United States. Now it's up to counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp to pull out all the stops. Rapp immediately leaves for Afghanistan, where he leads a special forces unit on a daring commando raid across the border into a remote Pakistani village. Their target: an al-Qaeda stronghold. Rapp and his team soon discover plans for a catastrophic nuclear attack on Washington, DC.

    Guy says: "Flynn's best Mitch Rapp Book"
    "Just getting better!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely recommend. This is Flynn at his best. A delight to see common sense and dedication triumph over politics and petty aspirations.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Finished it in a few days. Delayed sleep until 2:30am to get the end of the story.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Well, he is simply the best. period. It is simply not Mitch Rapp when told by someone else, however good he is.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was nice to see Rapp getting upset with the President.


    Any additional comments?

    Would have been nice to invite Canada's Prime Minister for Memorial Day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Peter Brown
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (67)

    Jesus taught his followers that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. Yet by the fall of Rome, the church was becoming rich beyond measure. Through the Eye of a Needle is a sweeping intellectual and social history of the vexing problem of wealth in Christianity in the waning days of the Roman Empire, written by the world's foremost scholar of late antiquity.

    Jacobus says: "A learned, well-balanced postmodern history"
    "You need to be a real history buff..."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I like history but this is way too particular for me to enjoy and keep interest for such a long listen. Someone with a major in Church history for that period might appreciate though.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something more general (in history still)


    What three words best describe Fleet Cooper’s performance?

    The narrator is excellent and probably the reason why I could hold on until mid point in the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Through the Eye of a Needle?

    I would use the abridged edition


    Any additional comments?

    The potential subject matter was very good, but I lacked knowledge of places and names to enjoy it.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (373)

    Durant lucidly describes the philosophical systems of such world-famous “monarchs of the mind” as Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Voltaire, and Nietzsche. Along with their ideas, he offers their flesh-and-blood biographies, placing their thoughts within their own time and place and elucidating their influence on our modern intellectual heritage. This book is packed with wisdom and wit.

    Arthur says: "Beginners start here! This is the one you want!"
    "Boring"
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    What would have made The Story of Philosophy better?

    To tell how philosophy itself developed over the years would be more interesting than the details of the lives of the philosophers.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will look for it. Do not know yet.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was great. No complaint.


    What character would you cut from The Story of Philosophy?

    None


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16049)
    Performance
    (14207)
    Story
    (14154)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "A tad long, but a goodie..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version


    What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

    none that i know of


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    all the accents, the color of the late 50's...so much in fact; he is just excellent


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you could save JFK


    Any additional comments?

    The afterword by the author could have been more interesting. I was waiting for some practical applications on the butterfly effect in the present, for example. I was so eager to get to the end that I found the romance part too long...Overall excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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