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James Ransom

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Kansas City, MO | Member Since 2012

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  • Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (777)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (698)

    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    J. Camara says: "Insightful conquering life's challenges"
    "Best book I've ever read. Changed my life!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I've recommended it to just about everyone I work with, as well as my entire family, and all my friends. I even bought a copy for the impressive library of my CEO.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rich is the best, but he's also surrounded by amazing athletes, so it's a close one.


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

    This is the only one I've heard. He is perfect, because it's HIS story. I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much if it were read by anyone else!


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

    I did. I listened to it in less than 3 days. I will listen to it again soon!


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up the great work, and I hope there is a 2nd book! I'm now training seriously for my first tri. Something I thought before that I could never do. Now it's a goal I have in sight, and I'm doing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2372)
    Performance
    (1733)
    Story
    (1743)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "Amazing book! I hope the rest are as good!"
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    What did you love best about The Warded Man?

    Great action sequences, amazing character and story-line development.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Warded Man?

    When he fights with a demon on his own in a pit with no weapons!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he fights with a demon on his own in a pit with no weapons!


    If you could take any character from The Warded Man out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The Warded Man himself.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, a must read in my opinion, unless you don't like violence or rape in books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (418)

    Here is an explosive book that takes us, for the first time, deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to succeed that they would do anything—and take any risk, physical, mental, or moral—to gain the edge they needed to win. The Secret Race is a riveting, courageous act of witness from a man who is as determined to reveal the hard truth about his sport as he once was to win the Tour de France.

    Alan says: "Gripping and fascinating"
    "I enjoyed it. It had a lot of great info in it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have told many friends to read it. It was full of great info on the races that Hamilton raced in, and how the doping was implemented by most professional racers.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Race?

    When I found out that Lance Armstrong actually reported Tyler Hamilton for beating him in a race, when they were BOTH doping, not just Hamilton!


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

    Both.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky Man: A Memoir

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael J. Fox
    • Narrated By Michael J. Fox
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (112)

    In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease: a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself.

    Patti says: "Not Bad for a Celebrity Story"
    "Read by the author. Couldn't have been better!"
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    What did you love best about Lucky Man?

    I like that Michael J. Fox read it himself, was completely open in the book, and made it a journey to enjoy!


    What other book might you compare Lucky Man to and why?

    Lance Armstrong's "It's Not About the Bike" because he was open in that book as well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like when he discusses the Back to the Future movies he did!


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

    Nope, I enjoyed spreading it out over about a week.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for taking the time to write this Michael!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4573)
    Performance
    (2342)
    Story
    (2377)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "One of the best books ever, even for a non-runner!"
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    What did you love best about Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

    It was captivating, enjoyable, and the true stories were amazing!


    What other book might you compare Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen to and why?

    The Perfect Mile, Finding Ultra, Every Second Counts, It's Not About the Bike


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where the American legend fell down from heat exjaustion during a desert race and was able to pull it together again and win!


    If you could give Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Humans: The Perfect Runners (Why running injury happens when it shouldn't. A true story)


    Any additional comments?

    GREAT BOOK!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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