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T. Combs

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  • Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By R. A. Dickey, Wayne Coffey
    • Narrated By Ben Hunter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    >The Glass Castle meets Ball Four as Mets knuckleballer R. A. Dickey weaves searing honesty and baseball insight in this memoir about his unlikely journey to the big leagues. An English Lit major at the University of Tennessee, Dickey is as articulate and thoughtful as any professional athlete in any sport - and proves it page after page, as he provides fresh and honest insight into baseball and a career unlike any other.

    Anthony says: "Marred (for me) by unfortunate performance issues"
    "Great Book! Questionable Production Quality."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. Even a non baseball fan who likes a good human interest story would enjoy it.


    What other book might you compare Wherever I Wind Up to and why?

    It's basically a good autobiography. It's not a "sports story," although since the author is a Major League Baseball player there are sports in it. It's really a human story about a man and his successes and failures in life. I thought it was very authentic and personal. There was no self-aggrandizing or bragging. Just an honest assessment of life. I would imagine it was therapeutic to write, and I thought it was therapeutic to read. In that way, it's unique (in my experience) among sports autobiographies.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ben Hunter’s performances?

    Sure. The reader has a very plaintive, earnest tone to his voice, which fit this material very well. He's not on my top 10 favorite list or anything, but I'd definitely consider another performance of his.


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

    Lots of parts. I don't want to spoil anything though, so I will leave it at that.


    Any additional comments?

    R.A. Dickey is a Christian and makes no attempt to disguise or minimize that fact. The book isn't preachy or proselytizing, but Dickey's Christian faith is ever present throughout the story.

    Additionally, there are several points in the audio book where the same passage is repeated. It's only a paragraph or so; nothing overwhelming. But I thought it deserves a mention. It seems a rather amateurish error that could easily be avoided by the producer with a little more care.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Edmund Morris
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (375)

    Described by the Chicago Tribune as "a classic," The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt stands as one of the greatest biographies of our time. The publication of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt on September 14th, 2001, marked the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt becoming president.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Very, very good, but very, very long."
    "My new favorite President...Theodore Roosevelt!"
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    No one who is familiar with the work of Edmund Morris will be surprised that this is a superlative book. Give a great biographer a character as great as Roosevelt and a spellbinding read is the inevitable result.

    I won't rehash the life of Theodore (please don't call him Teddy, he preferred Theodore or T.D.) Roosevelt in this review. Suffice it to say that it was a marvelous life and if you aren't acquainted with it...you should be!

    The most fertile imagination couldn't dream up a character as wild and wonderful as Roosevelt, so even if you are more inclined to fiction, you'll enjoy this book. I can't recommend it enough.

    One word of warning, you may find yourself sitting in your car in the parking lot of your destination, not wanting to get out and leave the story behind!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    By the author of the modern classic The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect. The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s view of modern civilization’s hubristic side effects.

    Chris says: "Buy the BOOK"
    "Big Taleb fan? You'll like it. Otherwise, pass."
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    Where does The Bed of Procrustes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle. It's a short listen, so I don't feel like I wasted my time or money, but I have to admit that it's my least favorite of his three books. *That said, I loved his other two books, and only like this one. So saying it's my least favorite isn't a harsh indictment of it.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The entire book is aphorisms. Just short, little, sentences about observations Taleb has made. Some are really insightful, some are pretty stupid.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Really insightful:
    "For the robust, an error is information; for the fragile, an error is an error."

    Pretty stupid:
    "Never say 'no' twice."


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Check out the preview. If you like it, there's lots more just like it. If you don't, then save your credit. I think this book will divide between "like it a lot" and "wow that's dumb." I am in the first camp; my wife in the latter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Andrew Blum
    • Narrated By Andrew Blum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Almost everything about our day-to-day lives - and the broader scheme of human culture - can be found on the Internet. But what is it physically? And where is it really? Our mental map of the network is as blank as the map of the ocean that Columbus carried on his first Atlantic voyage. The Internet, its material nuts and bolts, is an unexplored territory. Until now. In Tubes, Andrew Blum goes inside the Internet's physical infrastructure and flips on the lights, revealing a fresh look at the online world we think we know.

    Amazon Customer says: "Don't listen to this while driving"
    "Maybe the internet is a bunch of tubes!"
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    What did you love best about Tubes?

    The book addresses the technical aspects of the internet without alienating those of us who don't have advanced degrees in computer science. It's a nice mix of technical and human interest, too. Maybe geeks are actually pretty normal people?!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The author does a nice job of employing descriptive language as he describes the interiors of the few buildings in the world (data exchanges) that really are the hubs of the internet. The public will never be permitted in there, but after hearing this book, I had a pretty good picture in my mind of what they're like.


    Any additional comments?

    Author narrated books can be hit or miss. I think that Mr. Blum is an excellent writer and a good reader. Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the subject matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3498)
    Performance
    (3133)
    Story
    (3162)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Fact or fiction? It's a great story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book but I will say that this first person autobiography really lends itself to audio performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a glimpse into a world that very few of us get to see...the world of covert, high end military action. I should add that while this is a military story, it's also the story of a man who pushes himself to the absolute limits of physical and mental exertion and how it's shaped him. For obvious reasons, the author limits the amount of detail about his personal life that is exposed, but I think it would be interesting from a psychological perspective to know more about "what makes him tick."


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

    I would assume that this story is mostly true but of course, have no way of knowing for sure. If you are seeking absolute facts, this book may let you down, but if you want a riveting tale of a life led on the "bleeding edge," look no further.


    Any additional comments?

    The author clearly isn't a fan of Barack Obama, but he does a decent job of keeping politics out of the book until the very end.

    0 of 0 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
    (913)
    Performance
    (766)
    Story
    (760)

    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.

    colleen says: "It was actually pretty interesting"
    "A great book for commuters"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of What Einstein Told His Cook to be better than the print version?

    No. I don't mind listening to the book because I'm not willing to spend my limited print reading time on it, but I think that being able to refer back to certain parts and facts would be quite useful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What Einstein Told His Cook?

    The explanations about different types of sugars was quite interesting. Scientific and detailed enough, but not boring and PhD Chemist level...


    What aspect of Sean Runnette’s performance would you have changed?

    Sean Runnette is a competent reader who enunciates well, but I find his voice to lack character and inflection. I couldn't listen to this performance for hours on end, but snippets here and there are fine.


    Any additional comments?

    This book lends itself to short, bursts of listening rather than long hours all at once. It would be a great commute book for a half hour a day or so. Probably not so great for a long roadtrip.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Christopher Hadnagy, Paul Wilson (foreword)
    • Narrated By A. T. Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (135)

    From elicitation, pretexting, influence and manipulation all aspects of social engineering are picked apart, discussed and explained by using real world examples, personal experience and the Science & Technology behind them to unraveled the mystery in social engineering. Kevin Mitnick - one of the most famous social engineers in the world - popularized the term social engineering. He explained that it is much easier to trick someone into revealing a password than to exert the effort of hacking.

    Doug says: "Social Engineering Savvy"
    "Some interesting content"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's way too full of filler. A good editor could cut out at least 50% of this book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    At the risk of redundancy...make it shorter!


    What three words best describe A. T. Chandler’s performance?

    computer like voice.


    Do you think Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It was really too much "fluff" as it is.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are really interested in the topic, you will probably make it through this book...but if you aren't really interested, I'll bet $10 you won't make it all the way through. It's a tough slog at times.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Tomorrow, When the War Began: Tomorrow Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Marsden
    • Narrated By Suzi Dougherty
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (225)

    While Ellie and her friends are away in the bush, the world changes. Suddenly they are in the toughest situations humans can confront, facing life and death decisions. They are thrown into a world where they find courage, initiative, spirit and wisdom, or they die.

    Bev says: "Listen, you won't be sorry..."
    "A great family listen with one caveat"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tomorrow, When the War Began to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print edition or seen the movie. The audiobook was great though.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Our family didn't have a favorite. There are several characters in the book (mostly teenagers) who have roughly equal billing, so it isn't really a "favorite character" sort of book. You definitely have a sense of "the good guys" and "the bad guys," though...and of course, we rooted for the good guys.


    What aspect of Suzi Dougherty’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing. She was fine. Keep in mind that this book is by an Australian author and the story takes place in Australia...so it makes sense that the reader is Australian, too. Her accent was fine with us, but I'd recommend you listen to the preview for a couple of minutes to make sure it's pleasant for you.


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

    There has to be a certain willingness on the part of the listener to accept the true implausibility of this story. It's really not likely that a ragtag bunch of teens could meaningfully carry on guerilla warfare against an organized, invading army. It's also nearly impossible to think that the United States and Great Britain would stand by while Australia is taken over by a hostile force.

    If you can get past those things, the action is exciting and we all especially liked the story of the gasoline tanker truck, the bridge, and the cattle.


    Any additional comments?

    Here's the one caveat: There's some sex and some swearing in the book. It's not rated X, but certainly PG-13. Our 14 year old daughter squirmed uncomfortably at times as we listened to it together on a recent road trip. We're not prudish, but there are overt references to sex ("when we got back, she quickly pulled her hand out from inside his pants" kind of stuff.) IMO, it was fine for adults and teens, but I certainly wouldn't let kids hear it. Just my two cents, maybe you feel differently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So Much to Tell You

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Marsden
    • Narrated By Kate Hosking
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    She watches; she dreams. She sees more than they realize. She has worries and fears, hopes and desires. She is troubled; she is angry. Above all, she is lonely. She may be someone you know. She may be you. In So Much to Tell You she tells her story. With humor and insight, with sensitivity and strength, with painful honesty. You will never forget her.

    T. Combs says: "A great choice for a family listen."
    "A great choice for a family listen."
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    What made the experience of listening to So Much to Tell You the most enjoyable?

    There aren't tons of audiobooks that hold interest for our 14 year old daughter, as well as my wife and myself. However, this one was perfect for a recent road trip. We listened to the book the whole way through and it was nice to listen as a family, instead of breaking off into our own little worlds of iPods and headphones. The content of the book is at times emotional and meaningful, so it lead to some great discussions, too. How many books will get a teenager willingly talking about "hard things?"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book, while fiction, is written in a first person, autobiographical, journal entry, format. We all liked the main character. You don't learn her name until the last minute of the book, so I won't spoil it here.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Hosking?

    Probably. Be advised that she is an Australian reader (which makes sense because the author of this book is Australian, and the story takes place in Australia) so she has an accent that you will probably find pleasant or off-putting. Check out the preview for a couple of minutes before purchasing this book.


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

    It was, and we did. The miles and hours on the Interstate went quickly as we were engrossed in the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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