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Scott

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2677)
    Performance
    (2524)
    Story
    (2536)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "Good Sequel to the Original Story"
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    This series of books are a good sequel to the movies, and introduces a few new characters that I hope make it into future series. If you loved the movies, I'm fairly sure you will enjoy these books.

    A few points that prevent me from giving it a perfect score:
    1) The books seem to reference key points in the movies in flashback scenes that are not relevant to this story (Mos Eisley cantina, the battle on Endor, Luke's losing his hand, the Death Star, etc etc etc etc). And they sometimes flashback to the same event more than once. I think the books would have stood on their own fine without so many flashbacks to events that did not happen in this book. But I can see why they did it.

    2) The protagonist (Grand Admiral Thrawn) is known as a great strategist, but he's "too" great. Unnaturally great. Given almost no information, he can poke a hole through the Rebel Alliance's strategy and predict their true plan. I wish there were more subtle reasons why he made some of the calls he did. Does he have special powers? Other unmentioned spies? The book just has him diverting troops to the perfect spot at the perfect time for no reason.

    3) Meanwhile, the Alliance has the opposite problem. Leia is presented with a fairly obvious hint that something is strange, and she shrugs it off. But Thrawn is told of an inconsequential issue with a passing ship and he chases after it personally.

    Other than that, it's very engaging, and I'm looking forward to more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rapid Brazilian (Portuguese): Volumes 1 & 2)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By earworms Learning
    • Narrated By Marlon Lodge
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Earworms mbt(c) is a revolutionary accelerated technique that takes the hard work out of learning.By listening a few times to these specially composed melodies, with their rhythmic repetitions of Brazilian (Portuguese) and English, you will pick up essential words and phrases that will not just be on the tip of your tongue but burnt deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time.If you like music, and want to make rapid progress without any formal knowledge of language learning, Earworms mbt© Rapid Portuguese (Brazilian) is the course for you.

    Josef A. Bastar says: "Rapid Confusion"
    "A Different Style of Instruction"
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    First, definitely listen to the Sample before purchasing. This is a different style of language instruction, and I imagine it's not for everyone. But if you've tried the drier books on the topic, maybe it's time to try something set to a music track.

    The concept is simple. The spoken word is synchronized to the music track playing behind. So the conversation becomes almost like lyrics. There is a nice style of repetition they do here too that also lends itself to learning. They will typically take a sentence ("where would you like to go to eat") and say that a few times along with its translation, and then break up each word/component ("where", "would", "you", etc.) and learn the meaning of individual words. Sometimes they say it slow and sometimes at normal speed.

    Again, this style is not for everyone, but I enjoyed it, and will listen to this again a few times to help me brush up on my Portuguese. Worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Scott Adams
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (444)

    Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, to embrace it, then pick its pocket.

    VyTri says: "Sucess advice from a cartoonist!"
    "See It Through To Get The Value"
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    I am part of the generation who worshiped Dilbert. Being an office dweller, I can fondly recall seeing Dilbert cartoons posted on the door's of office colleagues, and sometimes having my own favorite Dilbert cartoons that speak directly to the idiocy of the situation I find myself in.

    Thus I am already predisposed to like a serious business book written by the author of Dilbert.

    That being said, the book starts off with many many example of where the author has failed in life. The ideas he had before Dilbert that didn't work, the investments he's made in businesses after Dilbert became a success that failed, his personal medical problems that left him unable to speak in public for a long period of time. None of which are particularly funny, but serve the purpose of how he failed much more times than he has succeeded. Yet he's done very well.

    The latter half of the book is where the real meat of it is. Concrete advice on how to arrange your life. What subjects to study, where to invest your time, and little tips on how to increase your communication skills, speak in public, topics of small-talk conversations, and the like.

    It's not the perfect book. It's not something I recommend in lieu of the classics in the field of business or self-improvement. But it's worth your Audible credit and worth a listen. You'll be thinking of this book for days after you've finished reading it.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Aisha Tyler
    • Narrated By Aisha Tyler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (352)

    Aisha Tyler, comedian, actress, cohost of CBS's The Talk, star of Archer, and creator of the top-ranked podcast Girl on Guy, serves up a spectacular collection of her own self-inflicted wounds. From almost setting herself on fire, to vomiting on a boy she liked, to getting drunk and sleeping through the SATs, to going into crushing debt to pay for college and then throwing away her degree to become a comedian, Aisha's life has been a series of spectacularly epic fails. And she's got the scars to prove it. Literally.

    Kevin says: "Love it - weightier than you might think"
    "Enjoy Aisha Tyler's Story and Performance"
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    I've always enjoyed Aisha as an actress and bought this book without not knowing much about it. It really is about Aisha's life, and focuses on the embarrassing moments in her life. At times I wished the story was more uplifting and didn't focus so much on these funny by negative moments, but all in all it was an interesting book. I enjoyed it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rachel Dratch
    • Narrated By Rachel Dratch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1026)

    Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians." Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

    Jeanine says: "Could not stop listening"
    "Rachel Dratch Has a Story to Tell"
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    What did you love best about Girl Walks into a Bar...?

    Interesting to learn what happens to actors/comedians after their Saturday Night Live career is over. Rachel Dratch is pretty funny, and tells good stories.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's an autobiography.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were some funny stories about her dating life before she got pregnant.


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

    It's fairly easy to sit to, and so I was able to finish the book in two days. It goes by quick.


    Any additional comments?

    This book might not be for everyone. But I enjoyed it. Rachel Dratch is not often in the top 10 lists of SNL actors, but she has a story to tell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 50th Law

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By 50 Cent, Robert Greene
    • Narrated By 50 Cent, Robert Greene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (332)

    In The 50th Law, hip hop and pop culture icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, best-selling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to write a "bible" for success in life and work based on a single principle: fear nothing. With intimate stories from 50 Cent's life on the streets and in the boardroom as he rose to fame after the release of his album Get Rich or Die Tryin', as well as examples of others who have overcome adversity through understanding and practicing the 50th Law.

    David says: "A solid and well thought out book."
    "What an Interesting Concept"
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    What did you love best about The 50th Law?

    This book was unexpectedly deep. The last chapter has to do with confronting our own mortality. This book aimed to unlock fears we all have and allow us to unleash our success by getting rid of them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 50th Law?

    Did I mention this book is deep. It's not something you can ingest in 1 or 2 days. This will take a while to sink in and be digested.


    Did 50 Cent and Robert Greene do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Ha! Well, um, yes. It was very easy to differentiate Robert Greene from Curtis Jackson.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The 50th Law?

    I really should spend time thinking about life, death, and all the things I need to do now and now wait until it's too late. What is the worst that could happen? What IF I lost it all, and had to get it back? Would I work even harder if I had nothing to lose?


    Any additional comments?

    I was expecting this to be more about 50 Cent. This book is NOT really about 50 cent. He makes a few cameo appearances here and there, but basically it's only tangentially related to him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2786)
    Performance
    (2492)
    Story
    (2501)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Daniel Suarez: Best Thriller Writer Out There"
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    Would you listen to Kill Decision again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen to this again in a few years. Daniel Suarez does it again, Couldn't stop listening to this book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are two main characters in this book - Odin and Professor McKinney. I'll say I like Odin more, because he's got this "Die Hard" refuses to die even when the odds are stacked 1000-1 against him quality. He does not give up.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to spoil it. But the climax was pretty good.


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

    No, neither laugh nor cry. But I couldn't stop listening to it. I had to listen to it before going to bed, and listen to it over lunch at work. Went through the book in 3-4 days.


    Any additional comments?

    Daniel Suarez is an amazing writer, and Jeff Gurner does a good job bringing the book to life as the narrator. I would buy any book Daniel Suarez writes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything... Fast!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (353)

    In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. By completing just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice you'll go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well. What do you want to learn?

    Grady says: "Finished the thesis early in the book"
    "A few key points make a worthwhile read"
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    Where does The First 20 Hours rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top 20% of all the personal improvement books I've listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First 20 Hours?

    It reinforces the idea of Deliberate Practice, which I first heard about in "Talent is Overrated".


    What about Josh Kaufman’s performance did you like?

    Any time an author is reading his own book, it's going to be hit or miss. Fortunately, Josh Kaufman read it well. Having the author read his own book wasn't a negative at all.


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

    The notion that you don't have to be a black-belt expert at everything. That if you want to learn something, spend 20 hours learning it in an effective manner and then you're good enough to move on to another skill.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't a huge fan of all the examples - how he learned Go, or to type, or to program, etc. Seemed a bit like filler. But it's worth listening to nonetheless.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7113)
    Performance
    (4135)
    Story
    (4166)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Clever, addictive, well performed, well-written..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Anyone who is intrigued by the premise would not be disappointed with the adventure that unfolds when reading this.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Edge of the seat plot for sure. At 15 hours, the book is a little long by some standards. This first half of the book, where the Daemon is really just getting started and establishing itself, is fast paced and exciting. In the second half, its a bit slower but still thrilling with a fantastic finish.


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    This was a great performance. The narrator did not get in the way of the story. His performance got me into the world of the Daemon. I played it at regular speed (1X) so he did not talk too slow as some narrators do.


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

    Yes. It's 15 hours, so it took me a couple of weeks to get through it, but I did find myself listening every chance I got, and delaying sleep to listen to a little more. Like any good book does.


    Any additional comments?

    As some have said, the book doesn't go where you think it would go, but that's what makes it a good book and not a Hollywood movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1871)
    Performance
    (1595)
    Story
    (1575)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Raw vegetables, eggs, meat and cheese"
    "Very science focused, and also very interesting"
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    Where does Wheat Belly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in the top 25% of all the audiobooks I have listened to.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It's hard to criticize the book for being too science and fact focused, because that is one of it's most convincing aspects. But there were times, during the "History of Wheat" section, that I thought about skipping ahead. It's interesting that wheat of today is nothing like the wheat of 1000 years ago, but a whole chapter devoted to that was a bit much.


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    He kept a technical book interesting. That was his primary challenge with this material.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "They say this book could not be turned into a film.... They were wrong!"


    Any additional comments?

    This is worth the investment of 7-8 hours to listen to - during your drive, workout, or other time. You will definitely understand the many many ways wheat is bad for you. And hopefully you will eat much less of it as a result. I recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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