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Anthony

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  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3223)
    Performance
    (2418)
    Story
    (2427)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "This story jumps around a little too much for me"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cloud Atlas the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the build up of characters and the base premise but it was a little too disjointed for me. I found myself frustrated at times with the changing story line. The narrators did a good job of bringing the characters alive.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7122)
    Performance
    (4144)
    Story
    (4175)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Loved this book!"
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    It might be because I grew up on a computer and spent many years both as a gamer and professional hacker, but I really enjoyed this book. I was so excited to see how it ended that I bought Freedom TM before I finished so I could just keep going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lenore Skenazy
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    Lenore Skenazy called down a firestorm of controversy when she wrote a newspaper column about letting her nine-year-old ride alone on the New York City subway. In this plainspoken take on modern parenting, Skenazy offers a commonsense approach to letting kids be kids.

    C says: "Plenty to think about"
    "Good book for every parent to listen too"
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    Whether you agree or not, this is a good book for any parent to listen too. We have found ourselves in a world that is overly protective and layered in bubble wrap and the only people that suffer are our kids. I often find myself having to reflect back on the wisdom shared in this book to ask myself if I'm going a little overboard in the decisions I make for my kids on a day to day basis. It is important that we allow our kids to grow up and keep our own desire to protect them from hampering their ability to experience life to its fullest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Eric L. Haney
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1273)
    Performance
    (1081)
    Story
    (1091)

    Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

    Darwin8u says: "Informative & Entertaining Memoir >|< Myth"
    "Intense and informative"
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    It is always interesting to see inside an organization, warts and all. Eric does a great job of showing us what the Delta Force is and isn't without taking away from the great deeds and sacrifices of the men and women that are willing to do whatever it take to preserve our freedom and safety. Thanks for the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (3663)
    Performance
    (3202)
    Story
    (3239)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Long but worth the time to read."
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    Neal does an excellent job of building up characters, keeping the story moving and weaving just enough different threads to make this enjoyable. By the end of the book, I found myself almost sad it was over. I had gotten to know these characters and found myself missing them when it was over and wanting to know more about how their lives played out after the final scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Engvall, Alan Eisenstock
    • Narrated By Bill Engvall
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    Blue Collar Comedy star Bill Engvall is just a guy. He's been one his whole life. He can't help it; he was born that way. And that makes him an expert on the subject. For the record, here's the official definition of a guy: a person who doesn't think before he speaks. He can't. He's not that deep. Because a guy has only three basic needs: eating, sleeping, and sex. That's it. Just a Guy chronicles a lifetime in pursuit of those needs.

    Christopher says: "The Man Behind The Signs"
    "Just fun. Bill Engvall is a great story teller."
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    Would you listen to Just a Guy again? Why?

    This was a good listen when you need something that is fun, heart felt and reasonably short. I enjoy listening to him tell his own story and felt better hearing him explain why he is "just a guy". For all us dads out here, it is good to know that we aren't the only ones dealing with ups and downs while we make more mistake after the other.


    1 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
    (17901)
    Performance
    (15914)
    Story
    (15873)

    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"
    "Enjoyed reading this and appreciate the change"
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    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    Stephen King did a great job of blending fact and fiction to tell a story the pulls you in and has you wanting to see what will go wrong next. The narrator did a good job with the characters and making the story feel real.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Millionaire Upgrade

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Parkes Cordock
    • Narrated By Nigel Acheson
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (586)

    Imagine finding yourself sitting next to a self-made millionaire for eight hours on a long-haul international flight. Imagine that person was prepared to share with you the secrets of their success. For one lucky person this actually happened. Inspired by a true story, Millionaire Upgrade is the tale of one very experienced entrepreneur and one very lucky passenger.

    Philippe says: "A complementary book for the Millionaire series"
    "Good story and concepts"
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    What did you love best about Millionaire Upgrade?

    This was a pretty good short story to help lay out some basic concepts. Although it does not go very deep in any one area it is a good primer for things like Think and Grow Rich. The story telling is pretty good but any story such as this is going to be limited by the a concepts and the nature of teaching key business concepts in audio form.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think and Grow Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1807)
    Performance
    (1174)
    Story
    (1174)

    Think and Grow Rich is the number-one inspirational and motivational classic for individuals who are interested in furthering their lives and reaching their goals by learning from important figures in history. The text read in this audiobook is the original 1937 edition written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by Andrew Carnegie - and while it has often been reproduced, no updated version has ever been able to compete with the original.

    Dave says: "It's a must."
    "Valuable content but it is hard to sit through."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The concepts of this book are valuable and timeless but it was a tough book for me to sit and listen too. The narrator does the best he can with the material but it can be pretty dry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9009)
    Performance
    (8096)
    Story
    (8231)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Great book and the performance was well done"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the story more in audio form than written. The narration helped the story come alive for me. I haven't read this in years and wanted to hear it again before I saw the movie. I wasn't disappointed.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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