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JW

JW

Moorpark, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 11 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 47 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015
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  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6781)
    Performance
    (5653)
    Story
    (5630)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Disjointed"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book goes all over the place without apparent direction. I would not recommend to anyone.


    Has The Power of Habit turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Mike Chamberlain’s performance?

    the book wanders aimlessly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Refire! Don't Retire: Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ken Blanchard, Morton Shaevitz
    • Narrated By Joe Bronzi
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    In the trademark Ken Blanchard style, the authors tell the compelling story of Larry and Janice Sparks, who discover how to see each day as an opportunity to enhance their relationships, stimulate their minds, revitalize their bodies, and grow spiritually. As they learn to refire and open up to new experiences, Larry and Janice rekindle passion in every area of their lives. Listeners will find humor, practical information, and profound wisdom in Refire! Don't Retire.

    JW says: "Very Disappointing"
    "Very Disappointing"
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    Would you try another book from Ken Blanchard and Morton Shaevitz and/or Joe Bronzi?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Blanchard and Morton Shaevitz again?

    Maybe


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was terrible. He actually narrates the book with the same intonation you would expect from an adult reading a bedtime story to a 4 year old. There is a lot of conversation recreation in the book and it's as though he's narrating to a small child.I've listened to several audiobooks. This is far and away the worst narrated book I've experienced.

    I made it through the first 30 minutes and returned the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book as soon as I was made aware it was published. I recently retired and thought it would be a good listen/read. Big mistake.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Generation

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tom Brokaw
    • Narrated By Tom Brokaw
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    In this superb audiobook, Tom Brokaw goes out into America to tell through the stories of individual men and women the story of a generation. America's citizen heroes and heroines who came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America. This generation was united not only by a common purpose, but also by common values- duty, honor, economy, courage, service, love of family and country, and, above all, responsibility for oneself.

    Don Lance says: "Why we appreciate this generation"
    "Well Written...Great Narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Greatest Generation the most enjoyable?

    Tom Brokaw did a great job of weaving in a variety of people and their experiences. Hopefully this book helps retain the memories of this truly Great Generation.


    What about Tom Brokaw’s performance did you like?

    Tom Brokaw is an excellent narrator.


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

    I think the common thread of the veterans noting they felt they were/are owed nothing and their maintaining strong values and strong work ethics.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • unPHILtered: The Way I See It

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Phil Robertson, Mark Schlabach
    • Narrated By Alan Robertson, Phil Robertson
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (119)

    In Phil Robertson’s number-one New York Times best seller, Happy, Happy, Happy, we learned about Phil’s colorful past and the wild road to becoming the beloved patriarch of A&E’s smash hit show, Duck Dynasty. Now, he returns to share his philosophy on life, which can be summed up in five short words. Love God, love your neighbor. In this inspirational and entertaining audiobook, you will learn what makes Phil Robertson tick.

    Fast169 says: "The Robertson's make me want to Duck Hunt..."
    "Phil Hits the Nail on the Head"
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    What made the experience of listening to unPHILtered the most enjoyable?

    Phil provides a roadmap for folks loving each other trying to make the world a better place for all. You may not agree with some of his words, but his desire for loving one another and loving God is a good path


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoy the numerous parts of the book where he and others help their neighbors and compete strangers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gene Simmons
    • Narrated By Gene Simmons, John Varvatos
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (119)

    KISS did not become one of the most successful rock bands in history by accident. Long before they first took the stage, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had a clear-cut operating plan for their business. Over the past forty years, KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide and manages over 3,000 licensed merchandise items. In addition to KISS, Simmons’ lucrative ventures include two hit reality shows, a professional sports team, a restaurant chain, and a record company.

    Frater Herne says: "Not the Gene Simmons you THINK you know! 10 stars!"
    "No Holds Barred Excellent Advice"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I loved his candid advice and straightforward thinking.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Me, Inc.?

    His overall theme of self reliance and the necessity of hard work was refreshing.


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

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mike McIntyre
    • Narrated By Chris Brinkley
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Stuck in a job he no longer found fulfilling, journalist Mike McIntyre felt his life was quickly passing him by. So one day he hit the road to trek from one end of the country to the other with little more than the clothes on his back and without a single penny in his pocket. Through his travels, he found varying degrees of kindness in strangers from all walks of life - and discovered more about people and values and life on the road in America than he'd ever thought possible.

    Thistle says: "An amazing journey well told"
    "Excellent Book"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the author did a great job of establishing a "feel" for the different sections of our country. Also with each day of his journey, it's a new and different short story.

    I think it was interesting how he came to realize one of he key personal cynicisms, (I won't create a spoiler here) was probably too intense, if not misplaced.

    It's amazing that time and again...the people with the least...give the most.


    Any additional comments?

    The epilogue interview with the author was a wonderful surprise. It provided a look back and answered a lot of questions I think listeners, including me, would have.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • You Can't Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Al Michaels, L. Jon Wertheim
    • Narrated By Al Michaels, Ray Porter
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (175)

    In this highly entertaining and insightful memoir, one of television’s most respected broadcasters interweaves the story of his life and career with lively firsthand tales of some of the most thrilling events and fascinating figures in modern sports.

    JW says: "A Fantastic Book...Simply Fantastic !"
    "A Fantastic Book...Simply Fantastic !"
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    If you could sum up You Can't Make This Up in three words, what would they be?

    A treasure chest of stories, experiences and behind the scenes views of a remarkable person and career. An amazing book.


    What does Al Michaels and Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ray Porter does such a good job narrating most of the book, you feel like it's Al Michaels speaking.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a sports fan, especially in your 50's, you'll feel like your on a wonderful path down memory lane. Even if you're not in your 50's, the stories and behind the scenes perspectives of some of our greatest sports events are fantastic. I recommended this book to a young man I work with and my son, both young men, they loved it.There's also a very interesting glimpse of network sports programming. I highly recommend this audio book. I've listened to many and it will be the first that I will listen to again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ben Carson, M.D., Candy Carson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (340)

    What is America becoming? Or, more importantly, what can she be if we reclaim a vision for the things that made her great in the first place? In America the Beautiful, Dr. Ben Carson helps us learn from our past in order to chart a better course for our future. From his personal ascent from inner-city poverty to international medical and humanitarian acclaim, Carson shares experiential insights that help us understand... what is good about America... and where we have gone astray.

    Jonathan says: "A must for Americans"
    "Great Book !!"
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    What did you love best about America the Beautiful?

    Straight forward, caring, no mud slinging....just honest logical thoughts about the things that are truly important to our Nation.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (3240)
    Performance
    (2828)
    Story
    (2846)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Great Book!"
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    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Great detail and explanation of a complex subject. Michael Lewis has the wonderful skill of presenting the human side of things into his story line.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waging Heavy Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Neil Young
    • Narrated By Keith Carradine
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (214)

    An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir. Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical career, spanning his time in bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crazy Horse; moving from the snows of Ontario through the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today.

    John says: "Great book for Neil Young Fans"
    "Great Book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Waging Heavy Peace the most enjoyable?

    A great glimpse at the man and the musician


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Waging Heavy Peace?

    All the experiences he describes along the way


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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