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Brian

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  • Of Mice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (631)

    While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

    Jenny says: "The reader alone is worth it"
    "So glad I finally did this title!"
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    Where does Of Mice and Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A classic of American literature that I was supposed to read in 9th grade, I found this to be one of the best stories I've listened to in a long time. Had more meaning now than it would have had at age 14 anyway.


    What does Gary Sinise bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Initially I didn't think I would like it specifically because of Gary Sinise, but he did an incredible job and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to others.


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

    No extreme reactions, but it certainly touched places in me that haven't had light on them in awhile


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dr. David R. Hawkins
    • Narrated By Dr. David R. Hawkins
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (189)

    The publication of Power vs. Force by Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., reveals to the general public secret information heretofore only shared by the author with certain Nobelists and world leaders. Analyzing the basic nature of human thought and consciousness itself, the author makes available to everyone the key to penetrating the last barrier to the advancement of civilization and science and resolving the most crucial of all human dilemmas.

    Greg says: "Good book – poor narrator"
    "Paradigm shift required"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, most definitely. While reading the other reviews, there was decidedly negative sense as to the author performing the read. While his voice is a little difficult to become accustomed to, the material is so valuable and the lessons it teaches easily allows one to rise above and appreciate what others seem to have missed.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Learning about the global calibration and the general rise in planetary consciousness.


    Did Dr. David R. Hawkins do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not too many actual characters


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Not yet finished, so I'm digging it all thus far.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Badge of Courage

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stephen Crane
    • Narrated By John Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Stephen Crane's classic novel gives us a glimpse into the mind of a young soldier as he passes through the experience he will never be able to forget, and possibly awaken him from his slumber in a sweat and panic for years to come.

    Jefferson says: "From the Farm to the Inferno"
    "Tedious and poorly crafted metaphors"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone interested in the obscure musings of a late adolescent mind.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen Crane again?

    Not without a strong recommendation from someone whose taste I know and trust.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Michaels?

    Someone who knew when to interject excitement, instead of adding it randomly just to spice things up


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Red Badge of Courage?

    There were very few actual 'scenes.'


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David Zinczenko, Ted Spiker
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (124)

    Great-looking abs are more than just a way to support the mirror industry. In fact, strong abs and flat stomachs are the ultimate indicator of overall health for both men and women. Great abs will help you live longer, sleep better, prevent back pain, and significantly improve your sex life! (And, hey, they don't look half-bad in the mirror, either.) Unfortunately, you could spend years on starvation diets and extreme exercise programs that never unearth those elusive stomach muscles.

    Kevin M. Davis says: "Now it all makes sense"
    "Good science; takes forever to get to it"
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    Would you try another book from David Zinczenko and Ted Spiker and/or Eric Conger?

    Unless I absolutely felt as though I could not get the needed info elsewhere, I would not repeat another of David's horribly-crafted metaphor-ridden reads.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Am listening to Wayne Dyer


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eric Conger’s performances?

    Don't think so....he had trouble with some basic pronunciation.


    Did The Abs Diet inspire you to do anything?

    Slight changes in what I eat and timing. Most of the science and basics I already knew.


    Any additional comments?

    I already know how to bash other diets and authors, should I be so callous to do so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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