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Ronald Pyatt

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DALLAS, TX USA | Member Since 2000

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  • The Book of Immortality: The Science, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Adam Leith Gollner
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Raised without religion, Adam Leith Gollner was struck by mankind's tireless efforts to cheat aging and death. In a narrative that pivots between profundity and hilarity, he brings us into the world of those whose lives are shaped by a belief in immortality. From a Jesuit priest on his deathbed to antiaging researchers at Harvard, Gollner - sorting truth from absurdity - canvasses religion and science for insight, along with an array of cults, myths, and fringe figures.

    Ronald Pyatt says: "Misrepresentation stretched author's credibility"
    "Misrepresentation stretched author's credibility"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    After making the claim that a lack of belief is a belief, it was hard to take this writer seriously. By that point I could not reconcile any logical explanations with presented facts without second guessing his every word. I half expected to hear about how that which is not blue is really just another kind of blue. This might have worked as a comedy (Monty-style), but as is, it was not worth the purchase.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (2886)
    Performance
    (2060)
    Story
    (2071)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Warbreaker?

    The characters were shallow, and the author displayed the same style of writing that I encountered in his other works. I was hopeful that it was just the story that required a particular attitude. Since this same attitude crops up in each of his stories I can only conclude that the Brandon Sanderson has a disdain for specific characteristics. This leaves only a few colorful characters with similar two dimensional goals and the rest draining the life out of the plot.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

    I do not want to listen to another of Brandon Sanderson's stories.


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

    James Yaegashi brings a distinction to each character, and I enjoy his reading.


    What character would you cut from Warbreaker?

    None stand out enough to cut them, but I'd rework all of them to one degree or more.


    Any additional comments?

    Clever magic, but a bit overreaching on the explanation of breath. Could drop the life lessons, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ambler Warning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (147)

    On Parrish Island, a restricted island off the coast of Virginia, is a little-known and never-visited psychiatric facility. There, the government stores former intelligence employees whose psychiatric states make them a danger to their own government, people whose ramblings might endanger ongoing operations or prove dangerously inconvenient. One of these employees, agent Hal Ambler, is kept heavily medicated and closely watched. But there's one difference between Hal and the other patients, Hal isn't crazy.

    Patsy Bailey says: "What Were They Thinking?"
    "Captured"
    Overall

    The listen was fantastic as it took me deeper into the plot. The characters were brilliant and colorful. I enjoyed this story and all its ticks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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