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Jason

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  • The Sword of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

    Tyson says: "Good Book, Bad Abridgement"
    "Poorly Abridged"
    Overall

    I must preface by stating that I hate abridgements. This story just solidified my stand. The story was dull with most of it taking place in passive voice. Character development was not really there (not sure if this was the author's fault or the abridgers).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Covey
    Overall
    (4921)
    Performance
    (2022)
    Story
    (2013)

    Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new forward and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant.

    Anita says: "Excellent Insights"
    "Good material, but dull in this format"
    Overall

    The information is good. If I were at a seminar learning this, I'm sure I'd find it invaluable. I find reading it extremely dull. I'd tried reading the book before and couldn't. I have been listening to it for over a month and am not even half way through it. I have to reward myself for listening to a chapter by listening to a podcast or a work of fiction. This likely says more about me and my lack of living the principles taught herein than it says about the book. So, as the car companies say--your milage may vary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foreign Influence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (453)

    Buried within the black ops budgets of the Department of Defense, a new spy agency has been created. Unfettered by the oversight of self-serving politicians, it reports only to a secret panel of military insiders. Its job is to target Americas enemies - both foreign and domestic - under a charter of three simple words: Find, Fix, and Finish.

    Lesley says: "lecanady"
    "Great supporting characters"
    Overall

    Yet another great Scott Harvath book. I liked the new police officer character who was introduced to move the domestic part of the story along, which surprised me as I usually don't like new minor characters taking too much of the storyline, but it worked in this book. Getting some of the story from the terrorist perspective was also well done. I'd like to see some of these characters play into future stories.

    The Troll's and Scott's love interest storylines are furthered during this book. A new multi-national likely nefarious organization is introduced (if they were in previous books, I don't recall) at the beginning of this story. I suspect they will play into future plotlines.

    Other than that, it's what you expect. Scott busts some heads, terrorists try to do bad things, Scott tries to stop them, people die, and the world is just a little bit safer at the end of the book than it was in the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (428)

    The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change of diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease.

    James says: "Deserves a second listen"
    "A Reasoned Argument for Diet Change"
    Overall

    I'm a meat and potatoes guy, always have been. I can count off the vegetables I will willingly eat on one hand. I think vegans are all wacked-out, hippy nuts! Now, having said that, in the past month after reading this book I find that I have drastically cut back on my dairy consumption, I have only had beef a handful of times, and I am eating a more vegetable-based diet. I don't know that I'll ever go vegetarian, but I will definitely be more omnivore than carnivore.

    This book does not try to bully one like Skinny Bastard and it isn't all new-ageish like Dr. Weil's 8 Weeks to Optimal Health. Facts are presented with minimal commentary by the author.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Rivers of the Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (199)

    Spencer Grant had no idea what drew him to the bar with the red door. He thought he would just sit down, have a slow beer or two, and talk to a stranger. He couldn't know that it would lead to a narrow escape from a bungalow targeted by a SWAT team. Or that it would leave him a wanted man. Now he is on the run from mysterious and ruthless men. He is in love with a woman he knows next to nothing about. And he is hiding from a past he can't fully remember.

    Yolande says: "Koontz Classic"
    "Psychos in Love"
    Overall

    This book takes a look at the dangers of our asset forfeiture laws in the USA. In fact, after the story is over the audiobook continues with an author interview where this topic is discussed in depth.

    I found this story to be rather complex with several themes or sub-plots. It kept me quite entertained through out the whole book. As always, Koontz creates a complex villain whose twisted logic leaves you praying that nobody like them really exists.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Option: A Covert-One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    An unimaginably powerful computer has fallen into unimaginably evil hands. Covert-One agent Jon Smith flies to Paris to find the forces wielding an all-powerful, secret DNA computer. Following a trail that leads him across two continents, Smith uncovers a web of deception that could cost millions of lives and reshape the world.

    Marc says: "The Paris Option (unabridged)"
    "Great Book in a Great Series"
    Overall

    The Covert One series has become one of my favorite series. I enjoy the characters and the storyline. While I think some of the plot devices get a little far-out there, I still enjoy the story.

    This book explores the amazing possibilities of a DNA computer; radical terrorist groups; and megalomaniacs. What more could one ask for?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems (Unabridged)

    • NONE (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Glenn Beck
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    The world is a mess. It seems that everywhere listeners turn, there's another problem. What is needed now are solutions. If only there was a man who could simplify things, cut through the rhetoric, and fix everything. Then, if he was just able to put all of that insight into something that people could buy...in a store and online...man, that would great. Wait a minute!

    Jason says: "Funny & Thought Provoking"
    "Funny & Thought Provoking"
    Overall

    My only complaint with this audiobook is that you can't see the graphics from the book. Glenn talks about things from Global Warming to Blind Dating with a no-nonsense approach. His use of humor to show fallacies in the "conventional wisdom" on many social and political topics is refreshing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seventh Son: The Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Nana Visitor
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Thomas says: "Horrible Quality"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    This was an interesting story. I enjoyed the alternate universe of the USA. Card's version of the 1800s has certain key events in American history changed. It's fun to think how just a few changes in those events could have vastly altered the history we know. The folk magic was interesting too. I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Eldredge
    • Narrated By Kelly Dolan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (221)

    Every man was once a boy. And every little boy has dreams, big dreams: dreams of being the hero, of beating the bad guys, of doing daring feats and rescuing the damsel in distress. Every little girl has dreams, too: of being rescued by her prince and swept up into a great adventure, knowing that she is the beauty.

    Michael says: "Healing & Understanding"
    "Not as Captivating as I'd hoped"
    Overall

    In fairness, I started this book 3 months ago and haven't returned to it to finish it. After about two hours I was bothered by some of his takes on the bible. While we are both Christians, I have a different take on the fall of Adam and the weaknesses of other biblical characters. If I were reading the book, I could likely skim over these parts a little more easily than I can in an audiobook.

    I think is basic premise is valid, men are boys at heart and we want to slay the dragon. We have a need for conflict. This likely explains the popularity of contact sports.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Altman Code: A Covert-One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    On the dark waterside docks of Shanghai, a photographer is recording cargo being secretly loaded when he's brutally killed and his camera destroyed. Shortly thereafter Covert-One director Fred Klein brings the word to the President that there's a Chinese cargo ship rumored to be carrying tons of chemicals to be used by a rogue nation to create new biological weapons. Klein is ordered to get the President solid proof of what the Chinese ship is ferrying.

    Mary A. says: "Not up to the other Covert One Novels..."
    "Great story"
    Overall

    I enjoyed learning about the Uyghur people and their plight while being thoroughly entertained by this action packed book. I'm really enjoying this Covert One series and look forward to listening to more of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eclipse: The Twilight Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5575)
    Performance
    (2022)
    Story
    (2055)

    As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

    Kirsty says: "Continues to Please"
    "Bizzarre Love Triangle"
    Overall

    I have been pleasantly surprised by this series. I never thought I'd get into a romance novel. Evidently if you add mythical monsters to the mix, I will fall for a cupid story.

    This book finds our heroine torn between two loves: her true love and her best friend. Oh yeah, she has a vengeful vamp still trying to kill her; the threat of undead enforcers showing up to check on her status; and weird things are happening in Seattle. All of these things in the mix make this book hard to put down.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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