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CBlox

Las Vegas, NV | Member Since 2004

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  • 51 reviews
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  • 672 titles in library
  • 46 purchased in 2014
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  • Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By Hampton Sides
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (193)

    On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man - whose real name was James Earl Ray -drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace's racist presidential campaign. With relentless storytelling drive, Sides follows Galt and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the crushing moment at the Lorraine Motel.

    E. L. Robertson says: "Who Knew"
    "Got my Attention!"
    Overall

    True crime at its best! Hapton Sides delivered again. Who knew Jesse Jackson was such a snake. History doesn't lie Jesse!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father…and Finding the Zodiac Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gary L. Stewart, Susan Mustafa
    • Narrated By Gary L. Stewart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    Soon after his birthmother contacted him for the first time at the age of thirty-nine, adoptee Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. His quest would lead him to a horrifying truth and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his world. Written with award-winning author and journalist Susan Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart’s decade-long hunt. While combing through government records and news reports and tracking down relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues—including forensic evidence—that conclusively identify his father as the Zodiac Killer, one of the most notorious and elusive serial murderers in history.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Zodiac behind Big Blue Wall; the IRONY of it all"
    "Im convinced!"
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    This book is one of the most unique books Ive heard in years. Where else have you heard of an adopted child on the seach for his bio-parents just to find out his bio-father was a notorious serial-killer? The fact that the zodiac killer case was unsolved makes this story even more fresh and appealing. Gary Stewart does an amazing job at laying out his arguments. im absolutley convinced his father was the zodiac.

    The narration was distracting at times with it's halting cadence but that is to be expected with a first time narrator who also happens to be the author. I would say the narration was mediocre but dont let that stop you from getting this audibook now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Triple Package: Why Groups Rise and Fall in America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Amy Chua, Jed Rubenfeld
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    It may be taboo to say, but some groups in America do better than others. Mormons have recently risen to astonishing business success. Cubans in Miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation. Nigerians earn doctorates at stunningly high rates. Indian and Chinese Americans have much higher incomes than other Americans; Jews may have the highest of all. Why do some groups rise? Drawing on groundbreaking original research and startling statistics, The Triple Package uncovers the secret to their success.

    CBlox says: "Triple Thumbs Up!!"
    "Triple Thumbs Up!!"
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    This book is a must listen for anyone who wants insights into what makes some people and cultures successful. It is intended to be provacative and politically iccorrect which is why I appreciated and enjoyed it. Amy Chua and Jeb Rubenfiled backup most every idea with hard statistics which support each conclusion they present and they do it in an entertaining manner.

    Some of the successful cultures presented werent suprising such as Jews and chinese-americans but i wasnt expecting to hear about the success of Cuban-Americans and Nigerians.

    My only criticism would be in the narration. I feel the subject matter could have landed better with a bit more sharper stronger voice. The narration is a little soft in my opinion.

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    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, deep wreck diving was more than a sport. Testing themselves against treacherous currents, braving depths that induced hallucinatory effects, they pushed themselves to their limits and beyond, brushing against death more than once in the rusting hulks of sunken ships.

    Michael says: "Couldn?t turn it off !!!"
    "Thrilling story intertwined with history lesson"
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    Robert Kurson has found and told an incredible story that anyone who likes non-fiction will enjoy.
    He gives a great background into diving, German U-boats, WWII and more.

    I love books that get me excited to research the subject which I found myself doing a lot during and following listening to this memorable book.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1510)
    Performance
    (1312)
    Story
    (1327)

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Interesting Listening Experience"
    "Doesn't slow down!"
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    Bill O'Reilly has a real talent for narration! Like a pace-car in a NASCAR race he sets a pace for the listener that doesn't waste time but pushes the listener through the book at an amazing rate.
    The historical content was solid with insights into Roman and Jewish cultures that complimented the main story of the life of Jesus quite well.

    While I enjoyed O'Reilly's other historical non-fiction books (Lincoln and Kennedy) more, Killing Jesus is very much worth tearing through in a couple days.

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    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Bloom
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (40)

    From John Locke to Sigmund Freud, philosophers and psychologists have long believed that we begin life as blank moral slates. Many of us take for granted that babies are born selfish and that it is the role of society - and especially parents - to transform them from little sociopaths into civilized beings. In Just Babies, Paul Bloom argues that humans are in fact hardwired with a sense of morality.

    Joshua says: "Interesting but short"
    "What the he!! do babies know?"
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    Provocative and engaging, this book will make you think!
    I really enjoyed this well-written and well presented book by Paul Bloom which takes the reader on a quick and sometimes cringe-worthy ride through the science behind moral decisions made in our infancy. Are we born evil or good? While that sub-title is slightly mis-leading it nevertheless portrays the idea behind the work.
    I also liked the chapter on morality versus compassion and the pitfalls of over-compassion.

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    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Denise Kiernan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (133)

    At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians - many of them young women from small towns across the South - were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains.

    CBlox says: "Important story of this secret city"
    "Important story of this secret city"
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    there are many non-fiction books on Americans experience during WWII but none have affected me as much as The Girls of Atomic City. The author, Denise Kiernan, managed to take the readers though the exciting story of the highly classified race for the A-bomb while intertwining the lives of the women and men who worked at Oak Ridge. These men and women sacrificed much to help the war effort and im glad Kiernan has preserved their accounts for us to read.

    This story stirred two conflicting emotions in me the reader. First, pride in what others before us have done and humility in the sacrifice they made in the face of fear and uncertainty.

    Parents, add this book to your teenagers' reading list to supplement their American history studies.

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    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (4676)
    Performance
    (4125)
    Story
    (4151)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Entertaining and refreshing!"
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    Malcolm Gladwell does it again. like all of his previous books David and Goliath has been well researched using stories most of us haven't heard or considered before now. I enjoy the way Gladwell takes his reader on a roller-coaster ride of altering conclusions. After listening I purchased the hardcover as soon as I could as the author gives graphs, diagrams and photos to enhance the experience.

    Trust me, you wont stop talking to friends and family about this book. Galdwell delivered in his narration as well.

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    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9007)
    Performance
    (8118)
    Story
    (8125)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "The Grisham we all loved from the 90's!"
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    Ive always enjoyed the compelling storeytelling of John Grisham but have been unimpressed with his last few novels.
    Sycamore Row is classic Grisham that delivers strong character development, descriptive subplots, twists and unforseen turns.
    I was very pleased to see he returned his readers to Clanton, Mississippi a few years after the Carl Lee Haley trial. Ive always wanted a follow up to that novel and now we have one.

    As always, Michael Beck gives a solid narration!

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    197 of 207 people found this review helpful
  • Moonwalking with Einstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1527)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1040)

    Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

    Christopher says: "Got the Ball Rolling"
    "This should be mandatory reading in middle-school"
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    I wish I was taught these memorization techniques early on in my life. They can help everybody. This book will blow your mind if you allow it to. Take some time to try out some of these exercises as you listen to this book.
    I very much appreciated that this author dove into the subject matter by testing out the techniques for himself and even compete in memorization competitions.
    Very fresh read!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Descent into Hell: The True Story of an Altar Boy, a Cheerleader, and a Twisted Texas Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kathryn Casey
    • Narrated By Gillian Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Bright, attractive, and both from good families, University of Texas college student Colton Pitonyak and vibrant redhead Jennifer Cave had the world at their beckoning. Cave, an ex-cheerleader, had just landed an exciting new job, while a big-money scholarship to UT's prestigious business school lured Pitonyak to Austin. Yet the former altar boy had a dark, unpredictable streak. When Jennifer failed to show up for work on August 18, 2005, her mother became frightened. Sharon Cave's search led to Colton's West Campus apartment, where Jennifer's family discovered a scene worthy of the grisliest horror movie.

    Sharon says: "Not my cup of tea."
    "True crime done right!"
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    This book is very well written and researched with unexpected twists and characters. easy to listen to and details of the players and events moves this story move quickly. Small warning; the details of the gruesome crime are covered very thoroughly which I appreciated but some listeners might not enjoy.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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