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Ron

Belmont, CA, United States

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  • To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (414)

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in nine Americans works in sales. Every day more than 15 million people earn their keep by persuading someone else to make a purchase. But dig deeper and a startling truth emerges: Yes, one in nine Americans works in sales. But so do the other eight. Whether we’re employees pitching colleagues on a new idea, entrepreneurs enticing funders to invest, or parents and teachers cajoling children to study, we spend our days trying to move others.

    Joanne says: "Not for salespeople!"
    "What a waste of money."
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    Would you try another book from Daniel H. Pink and/or Daniel H. Pink?

    No. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Biography of Winston Churchill.


    Did Daniel H. Pink do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This was a business book. What he did do is waste my time. This at best should have been a three page article in a magazine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Utter disappointment. In fact, the further removed from the book, the more I realize what a waste it was.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think this book adds much. Keep your money.

    16 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Hit Me: Keller, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    The conclusion of Hit and Run found Keller living in a big old house in post-Katrina New Orleans' Lower Garden District, with a new name (Nicholas Edwards), a new wife (Julia), a new career (rehabbing houses), and a baby on the way. It certainly looked as though he was done killing people for money. But old habits die hard, and when the economic downturn knocked out the construction business, a phone call from Dot draws him back into the old game.

    Parusski says: "Killer of a story!"
    "Definitely the weakest one in the series"
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    What would have made Hit Me better?

    I loved learning more about stamp collecting....I've never been into it, but it sure is a great way to learn about different countries. But for the most part, the story was pretty blah, which surprised me because I am such a huge fan of Lawrence Block. I think the main character is "tired." The worst part, however, is that every character in the book starts talking the same way. Kind of like a semi wise-guy clipped pattern. The only part of the book that I really got into was the very last "hit" and that ended abruptly. Finally a hit that seemed interesting, and then....nothing.


    Has Hit Me turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I love this genre, and every author can have a turkey.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Poe – was your favorite?

    Dot. The lady who hires the hitmen.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was pretty much disappointed by the entire book. I usually check Amazon weekly to see if / when a new book by some of my favorite authors will be coming out, and was excited to see this one. Maybe if it were the first one I read I wouldn't be so disappointed, but I do think the others were much better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5751)
    Performance
    (5228)
    Story
    (5242)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "If you like film noir mysteries, you'll like this!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have! Great characters, great writing, and a good mystery to boot!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like smart dialogue, and this book was full of it. Only a minimum of "what a coincidence" in the book, unlike so many other mysteries.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    Stark. I could easily make a mental image of his appearance just by the way he talked (or rather, because of the quality of the performance).


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

    Don't make a film of the book, unless it's done by Granda or BBC. Hollywood would ruin it. Hollywood has lost the art of thriller / detective / mystery. The last good one was Chinatown.


    Any additional comments?

    I know JK Rowlings cover was blown, which is sad because I read she had planned a few more Stark detective mysteries. I hope that doesn't deter her from continuing on with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (267)

    Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart - obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust.

    L. Gutman says: "Required reading for humans"
    "Yes it's dark, but it's an amazing story!"
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    Would you listen to Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock again? Why?

    Yes, I plan on it. There is such good writing and the thoughts expressed by Leonard Peacock are in many parts brilliant, that I want to hear them again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Every character in the story is memorable. I started listening to the book on a short walk which ended up becoming a long, long walk just so I could continue listening to the story. When I got back home from the walk I kept the audible book on and listened to it until it was finished. It really is one of only a few books I just could not stop listening too / reading.


    Have you listened to any of Noah Galvin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he couldn't have been more perfect for the performance. He was the 18 year old Leonard Peacock.


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

    Don't screw it up like Silver Linings (yes, the movie received many awards, but if one looked at it objectively, it was absurd).


    Any additional comments?

    For those who might be put off by the dark drama that it is, don't be. There's enough wit to get through that part and the journey is very, very rewarding.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It

    • UNABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By Kamal Ravikant
    • Narrated By Kamal Ravikant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    In December of 2011, I gave a talk to an audience of scientists, Pentagon officials, politicians, and CEOs on the secret of life and how I'd figured it out the previous summer. Afterward, people came up individually and told me how much what I'd shared meant to them. This book is based on the truth I spoke about. It's something I learned from within myself, something I believed saved me. And more than that, the way I set about to do it. This is a collection of thoughts on what I learned, what worked, what didn't. Where I succeed and importantly, where I fail daily.

    Claudia Azula Altucher says: "Timely and Necessary"
    ""Love Yourself." I just read the book 4 you!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    What a waste of an hour of my time. Okay, I get it; we should love ourselves. And the only bit of instruction is to sit down for 7 minutes a day listening to a song you like telling yourself you love you. How long did it take you to read that last sentence, because that's how long this book should have been.59 minutes of filler.


    Has Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, it hasn't turned me off, but it did made me feel duped.


    Have you listened to any of Kamal Ravikant’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's got a good speaking voice. I have nothing against his performance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It?

    Everything before and after he says, "Love Yourself." The rest of it was filler.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (866)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "Interesting Story but overly dramatic"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's a good listen and certainly filled with fun facts, but it read far to melodramatic for me.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. The narration was just as melodramatic.


    Did Salt Sugar Fat inspire you to do anything?

    Be more careful of eating processed foods, but I was already leery of anything but whole foods and fresh produce


    Any additional comments?

    E

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Icon of Evil: Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David G. Dalin, John F. Rothmann
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In the 1920s, Hajj Amin-al-Husseini was the political and spiritual leader of the Palestinian Arabs. A vicious anti-Semite, he led numerous pogroms against Jewish settlers. During World War II, al-Husseini allied himself and his people with Hitler: he lived in Germany, met with Hitler, encouraged "the final solution", and became close friends with Himmler and other Nazis.

    W. Sid Vogel says: "Powerful description of Hitler's Evil Mufti"
    "Fascinating story. Great read for history buffs."
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    What made the experience of listening to Icon of Evil the most enjoyable?

    I've gone through high school world history, and some in college, but did not realize how much the Arab world collaborated with Nazi Germany against the British and the US, let alone for how long (well before the state of Israel even existed) the Arabs wanted to see the total destruction and elimination of Jews worldwide. It's a real eye opener, especially when I read the other day that UNESCO pays for Palestinian textbooks that still advocate hatred.


    What aspect of Michael Prichard’s performance would you have changed?

    A bit less monotonous.


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

    I would have liked to had I had the time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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