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Sam

Gardening Geek/Fishing Freak/CADninja

Azle, Texas | Member Since 2009

ratings
116
REVIEWS
6
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
14

  • Boys Adrift: Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Leonard Sax
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (801)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (437)

    Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

    Kirt says: "Startling, well-researched view..."
    "Author Hates Video Games and Loves Sports"
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    I was really disappointed with this one. I had such high hopes based on the reviews, but it squashed any enthusiasm I had pretty early on. The section on video games is ridiculous. And it’s not enough to have a whole section on video games. He brings them up in other sections over and over. The man obviously has some kind of vendetta against game companies. Me and my sons (10 & 15 years old, the 2 year old isn't a gamer....yet!) have had tons of laughing out loud fun and bonding moments while playing video games. He goes on and on about the horrors of gaming, while at the same time singing the praises of all competitive sports. He of course NEVER mentions any of the horrors of organized athletics. Spinal injuries resulting in permanent paralysis, blown out knees, elbows and shoulders leading to a lifetime of pain. Crazed parents yelling at the coach to take less "athletically gifted" kids out of the game cause his/her kid is awesome and they're being held back. He never mentions this. The last couple hours of the book are nothing but a man-hating rant. He reads letter after letter that he's received from young professional women who just can't find a real man these days, and what a of loser every single guy they date is. What? Where are all these losers? Apparently I'm just not meeting them. And guess what, the unhappy women are the ones that are going to write this guy letters, not happy women in fulfilling relationships. I only finished this book so that I could write this review, and it was really tough to make it through the last couple of hours. It also doesn’t help that the reader sounds like the narrator of a 1950’s sex ed film. Two thumbs down and a bronx cheer.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Economy of YOU: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kimberly Palmer
    • Narrated By Lisa Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Your current job may be comfortable, but there’s no guarantee it will grow sufficiently to cover rising expenses - or even last beyond the next paycheck. It’s up to YOU to build stability by tapping into your inner entrepreneur and becoming a money-making engine. It’s empowering, gratifying, and surprisingly easy to do with The Economy of You.

    Sam says: "Motivational and Inspirational"
    "Motivational and Inspirational"
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    The Economy of You definitely motivated me to take steps towards starting a side gig. I’ve heard about the new era of side gigging on blogs such as Budgets Are Sexy and Get Rich Slowly, but Kimberly goes into a lot more depth with lots of inspirational stories. This isn’t so much an instructional book because that’s heavily dependent on what you choose as a side hustle. Kimberly gives you the reasons to get off your rear, and once you’re up, she points you in the right direction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?: Bodies, Brains, and Behavior---The Science Behind Sex, Love and Attraction

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jena Pincott
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (95)

    Cosmopolitan meets Scientific American in this entertaining and informative question-and-answer book on human attraction. Based on the latest studies in science, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? answers more than 100 wild, weird, and very pressing questions.

    Roy says: "A Great Change of Pace"
    "Fun listen, even for a dude."
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    This book is fun and informative, even though it is clearly geared towards women. I would bump it up a star if it lost some of the women's magazine feel. I also feel that men are unfairly characterized as brutish cavemen with little self control once the hormones kick in around an attractive women. This might be true of young twenty-something “dudes” wearing surfer style choker necklaces, heck it might have even been true of me twenty years ago, but most men quickly out grow this behavior and learn to think with the head on their shoulders. But all in all it was fun and credit worthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (1942)
    Performance
    (1616)
    Story
    (1630)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "This long book flew by. Highly recommnd."
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    I can't remember how this book showed up on my radar, but I'm glad it did. This epic 19.5 hour book flew by. I tend to shy away from anything over 12 hours, but gave this one a go based on reviews. Usually about 8 to 10 hours into a book I get antsy and start thinking about what I'm going to listen to next. Not so here. I'm 5 hours into my next book and still thinking about this book. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1989)
    Performance
    (1349)
    Story
    (1369)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "Craptocrudicon you outta your credits"
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    After listening to Snow Crash I thought I was ready for some more Stephenson. Boy was I wrong.

    This book had me wanting to claw my eardrums out. I only finished it so that I could write a review with a clear conscience. I fully sympathize with those who could not push through like Bobby Shaftoe through an enemy line.

    There are brief entertaining moments, corns in the turd if you will. Particularly the WWII segments involving Goto Dengo. But these are followed by mind numbingly boring overly descriptive droning about things normal humans don't care about.

    Long sections of this book are like sitting in The Dentist's chair having your molars removed while attorneys stand around explaining to you in legal jargon how The Dentist is suing you for breach of contract because your teeth didn't pop out as easily as expected.

    I suspect that I am simply not smart enough to "get" this tome. Too many characters to keep up with in two different time lines. Too much obscure math that I don't understand, and don't want or need to understand, and I'm an electrical designer.

    I have Anathem sitting on a bookshelf at home, staring at me, mocking me. It just may end up in a used book store.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34083)
    Performance
    (25252)
    Story
    (25594)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall

    After doing a little research to find a book a little more intellectually challenging for my 12 year old son I settled on The Hunger Games. I wanted to read the book with him, but he lives 200 miles away with his mother, so I dropped the credit here on Audible and listened on my commute to work. The book is obviously geared towards a younger crowd than this 43 year old, but let me tell you....I couldn't get enough! I really looked forward to my hour long commute so that I could find out what happened next. Highly recommend. And my son? He had already finished and was 3/4 of the way through the sequel Catching Fire before I finished The Hunger Games! We will definetely be discussing all three books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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