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Cecil

I am a fan of both fiction and non-fiction with a recent bias toward fiction, possibly due to my history background. ]

West Memphis, AR, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Walker Atkinson
    • Narrated By Jason McCoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (49)

    In this New Thought classic, Atkinson looks at the law of attraction in the thought world. He points out the similarities between the law of gravitation and the mental law of attraction. He explains that thought vibrations are as real as those manifesting as light, heat, magnetism, and electricity. The difference is in the vibratory rate, which also explains the fact that thought vibrations cannot usually be perceived by our five senses.

    Cecil says: "Whew!"
    "Whew!"
    Overall

    Read at such a fast pace I could barely keep up. Very few breaks at the ends of sentences, just a non-stop ramble by a guy who sounds like he's afraid to stop talking or someone will come and take his microphone. This book was written in the early 1900's so it's not anything like what I thought I was getting. No current research. Not that the info is bad or the book poorly written, it's just dated. It might even be pleasant with a different narrator. Someone with a much slower pace and a calmer tone that would giver you time to ruminate on the material. I think you can get a copy of it online for free. Reading it for yourself might your best bet.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Red Moon: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Benjamin Percy
    • Narrated By Benjamin Percy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (79)

    They live among us. They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers. They change. When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy.

    Tracey says: "Snakes on a plane don't deem quite so bad...."
    "Bad. Just bad."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If someone else narrated it and they were reading words in a different order with lots of the words left out.


    What could Benjamin Percy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Let someone else read it. And change the words around.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Benjamin Percy’s performances?

    Negative


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Red Moon?

    It would be easier to take them all out and figure out which ones to reintroduce


    Any additional comments?

    John Irving wrote that review? He must have been hitting a bong and laughing his butt off.
    No way that's a serious review of THIS book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pickup Artist: The New and Improved Art of Seduction

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Erik von Markovik
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    The Pickup Artist is a salacious book about the continuing adventures of the world's most famous pickup artist, Mystery, who was first introduced as the ringleader of a subculture of pickup artists chronicled in Neil Strauss's 2005 best seller The Game. After fame, fortune, and reality television, a group of pickup artists live in a gorgeous Miami mansion and live the life many merely dream of.

    Steven says: "Tortuous to Hear"
    "I feel kinda slimey"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing.


    If you’ve listened to books by Erik von Markovik before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He made me think of some old guy trying to sound hip.


    What character would you cut from The Pickup Artist?

    Huh? I don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned somethings from this book, my brother has always been able to pick up women and I finally figured out that a lot of women are just susceptible to a line of BS. He just starts talking in an animated way and girls light up. Understand, this guy is 50ish, 40lbs overweight, with grey thinning hair, so it's not his looks. This book helped me to figure out what's going on there.
    It's kinda funny that you can hear almost all of the author's recommendations being made by Wallowitz on The Big Bang Theory!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Lyndam Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (342)

    Salman Rushdie holds the literary world in awe with a jaw-dropping catalog of critically acclaimed novels that have made him one of the world's most celebrated authors. Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight's Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of India's independence.

    Marc-Fr says: "Outstanding book, superb narration"
    "Maybe I ought to read it my self"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator put a spin on this book that I think may have taken away from it's impact. I listened to sections and then reflected on them and decided that if I had just read them my self I would have put a different emphasis on things and it would have had a far greater impact. So I stopped listening at a little over half way through.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I noticed that passages that should have been funny, weren't. Wrong pace, wrong emphasis?


    Do you think Midnight's Children needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I can't say as I haven't finished it.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters are very well written, something the narrator couldn't take away from. I have high hopes for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Book: Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Plotz
    • Narrated By David Plotz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (112)

    Good Book is what happens when a regular guy actually reads the book on which his religion, his culture, and his world are based. Along the way, he grapples with the most profound theological questions: Does God prefer obedience or good deeds? And the most unexpected ones: Why are so many women in the Bible prostitutes? Why does God love bald men so much? Is Samson really that stupid? Good Book is an irreverent, enthralling journey through the world's most important work of literature.

    Michael Trick says: "Lots of fun!"
    "Painful"
    Overall

    Very painful. I actually winced any number of times as the author made what he obviously thought were very clever observations. His observations were not clever. He seems to be using the Bible as straight man for his comedy act. Only he isn't funny. At all. OK, I did laugh at Brokeback Sinai but anything else that was humorous was from the Bible itself and I already have several of those around the house. He is very proud of his own reasoning skills and uses them freely to pass judgement on God. He seems to believe he is the first person to think of these things. Apparently the people that published this don't get out much either. I have heard these arguments many times.

    The whole thing just made me tired.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael A. Cremo, Richard L. Thompson
    • Narrated By Laura Lee
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    Discover an alternate history to the human race as the authors of Forbidden Archeology challenge one of the most fundamental components of the modern scientific world view. Michael Cremo and Richard Thompson discuss the work of researchers who, over the past 2 centuries, have found bones and artifacts showing that people like ourselves existed on earth millions of years ago.

    Susan says: "great information but need another narrator"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    This book makes some interesting points but it would be better if you had the written version so you could check the sources. There are a lot of sources. It reminds us of a lesson that all sciences should pay attention to. Don't get locked into a particular interpretation of the facts. Leave room for further discoveries. Seems obvious but apparently it still happens all the time. And not just in archeology.
    The audio quality is not as good as other audible books. I have to adjust the speakers in my vehicle to hear the woman's voice over road noise. And as other reviewers have noted she does a poor job of reading. She sounds like a spokesperson for a large bank. She must be getting paid by the word, she seems to be in a hurry to get through it.
    Audio is disconcerting but the information is still worth it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Lindsay Duncan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (519)

    Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down.

    Louise says: "excellent reading"
    "It's Jane Austen."
    Overall

    It's not as much fun to hear as it is to watch but it's still good.
    Excellent production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bluffer's Guide® Compilation

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Mark Mason, George Edwards, Chris Steward, and others
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Be an instant expert and Bluff Your Way® through any situation with this selection from the Bluffer's Guide® Series.

    Greg B says: "Funny"
    "Crap"
    Overall

    Just crap. Oh, I have to write fifteen words about what kind of crap this is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1917)
    Performance
    (1075)
    Story
    (1062)

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Brain Vomit"
    Overall

    Just a waste of time. Doesn't deserve having fifteen words devoted to it. It was annoying.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
    (4730)
    Performance
    (2480)
    Story
    (2520)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Really a Great Story!"
    Overall

    I love this book. I listen to it all the time. Just turn it on in the middle somewhere and it's good listening. Inspirational also. I broke out my running shoes for the first time in 5 or 6 years and went for a nice run with my daughter.
    The characters are all interesting and the way the story weaves back and forth is most entertaining. Several times I would arrive at my destination after listening while driving and just sit and listen for a few more minutes because it so good. I've listened to it once and I am working my way through it for the second time. I highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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