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Luke J. Morris

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Elmwood Park, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Do the Work

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Steven Pressfield
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    Could you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don't know where to start?The answer is Do the Work, a manifesto by best-selling author Steven Pressfield, that will show you that it’s not about better ideas, it’s about actually doing the work. Do the Work is a weapon against Resistance - a tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door.

    Luke J. Morris says: "Good Information"
    "Good Information"
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    Read Pressfield's 'The War of Art' first; this book is a good follow-up to that.

    'The War of Art' delineates the enemy of creative work as internal Resistance; it defines Resistance's various incarnations (procrastinating, creating drama, keeping busy with less-important tasks, etc.), and points the way toward defeating Resistance by "turning pro".

    'Do the Work' moves on from there to give more detailed instructions and advice on how to overcome Resistance. This includes the counterintuitive admonition to:

    "Stay stupid": Ignorance & arrogance are the artist’s & entrepreneur’s indispensible allies. Be clueless enough not to know how difficult the project will be, & cocky enough to believe you can pull it off anyway.

    "Begin before you're ready". Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it now.

    Don’t over-think, over-prepare, or let research become resistance.

    Begin at the finish: Figure out where you want to go, then work backwards from there.


    This book has many other gems, such as the Seven Principles of Resistance, the Two Tests of Resistance, the inevitability of the Big Crash (the 'wall' you'll hit when everything seems to be going well) and the two axioms to keep in mind while working through it.

    Will 'Do the Work' revolutionize your life or your creative work? Maybe not. But it's great inspiration and a new way of looking at the problem of making art, and for that it's definitely worth it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Monstrous

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, David Wright
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    They say that behind every comedian lurks a tortured soul…yet, comedian Henry Black finally has everything he’s always dreamed of: a thriving career, and a wife and daughter who he loves more than life itself. After years of struggle, he finally has it made. Until three men force their way into his home, killing Henry and destroying the safe, comfortable world he has built for his family. But that is only the beginning of his hellish torment. He wakes in purgatory, where he’s met by two men, both offering a choice. Randall offers a chance at heaven. Boothe, however, offers something far more tempting - a chance to go back to his life.

    Luke J. Morris says: "A dark and twisted superhero"
    "A dark and twisted superhero"
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    This is a fantastic story, and truly underappreciated (as evidenced by the lack of reviews).

    Henry is a sad and sympathetic spirit who becomes a badass, Spawn-type superhero, on a mission to protect his wife and save his daughter's soul.

    Boothe and Randall provide great foils as the devil and angel on Henry's shoulders. Platt and Wright focus a lot of time developing these secondary characters, giving them a lot more depth and far less black-and-white morality than you'd expect the personifications of Good and Evil to have.

    Ultimately, it's hard to tell who the good guys and bad guys are - but we root for Henry all the same, as he busts baddies up like a maniacal mutant Punisher (yes, that's my second comic book reference).

    'Monstrous' is an action-adventure-horror-fantasy-supernatural-revenge tale. Peter Berkrot reads it well, keeping up the fast pace and the rising intensity. Seriously, it's hard to put down (or pause)!

    My only complaint is: the book ends in a cliffhanger. Aaahhh! When's book 2???

    Still worth a buy and a listen, even if book 2 never gets done. The story's just too awesome. (And if enough people buy and review it, maybe Platt & Wright will finish the series! Nudge nudge wink wink.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robot Proletariat, Season One

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
    • Narrated By Simon Whistler
    Overall
    (20)
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    (20)
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    Having long since replaced humans in the back hallways and servants' quarters of the ultra-wealthy, new models are acquired, render their service, then are quietly deactivated when obsolete. But then we gave them the ability to learn. One household is about to find out that, while Asimov's laws are immutable, humans are about to experience an uprising of a different sort. This first, surprisingly heartfelt episode of a new series puts the listener in the shoes of the the soulless who serve.

    Mallika says: "Uniquely "fleshed-out" robot protagonists"
    "Downton Abbey meets Isaac Asimov meets Karl Marx"
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    Gripping, thought-provoking, and often funny, this tale touches on themes of morality, personal identity, political structures, family strife, and what it means to be a person.

    The story starts off slowly - robots are the serving staff, catering to their upper-crust owners' every whim. While most of the family members have a fond attachment for the older members of their inhuman household, almost none see the robots as people in their own right.

    But they are. In order to become effective servers, the robots had to be given the capacity to learn and make decisions. This meant introducing the capacity for judgment error into their programming - essentially a virus, corrupting their core instructions. Thus, the older a robot is, the more human-like he/she/it becomes. In contrast to the Bolsheviks or the '60s radicals, then, in this world it is the old, not the young, who foment revolution.

    A few family members despise the older, more free-thinking servants, and want to replace them with newer models. They begin by convincing the patriarch to scrap and recycle their oldest and most error-prone butler. This appals that poor robot's coworker comrades. The household unrest escalates.

    Murder. Vengeance. Plots within plots. As the robots try to balance their security while reaching tremulously towards freedom, the fragile facade of the aristocratic human world begins to crumble.

    This is fantastic storytelling. The characters, metallic and human alike, are very real, relatable, and (yes) believable. While the story takes a few chapters to get into, given it's slow start, once the events get moving, the tension builds and builds to a violent and startling climax.

    Platt and Truant have delivered a first-rate tale, and Simon Whistler's mellow British tone is perfect for telling it. His narration is intense without being overbearing, and his character voices - male, female, and robot alike - are distinct without being exaggerated. He makes the story easy to listen to and enjoy.

    I can't wait for part 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shoggoth's Old Peculiar: A Free Short Story by Neil Gaiman, Plus a Preview of The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1114)
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    (1004)
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    (1011)

    "Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar", a short story from Neil Gaiman's collection Smoke and Mirrors, follows an American student’s walking tour of the British coastline, which takes an odd turn when he comes to the town of Innsmouth.

    Janice says: "Change of selection"
    "Brilliant"
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    I love Neil Gaiman, I love H.P. Lovecraft, and this is Neil himself reading one of his own stories written in a Lovecraftian world. Does it get any better than that?

    No. No, it doesn't.

    What happens when an American tourist in England comes across a town that's not on any map?

    Is Innsmouth really there?

    Read it. Be creeeped out. It's awesome.

    (And the sneak peak of 'Ocean at the End of the Lane' will drive you to go buy that book immediately. Just saying.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bro Code

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Barney Stinson
    • Narrated By Neil Patrick Harris
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (91)
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    (88)

    Everyone's life is governed by an internal code of conduct. Some call it morality. Others call it religion. But Bros in the know call this holy grail the Bro Code.Historically a spoken tradition passed from one generation to the next, the official code of conduct for Bros appears here in its published form for the first time ever. By upholding the tenets of this sacred and legendary document, any dude can learn to achieve Bro-dom.

    Caesar says: "Fun, but starts to get repetitive"
    "Funny shtuff"
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    If you like the Barney character on 'How I Met Your Mother', this book is hilarious. If you don't... why not?

    FYI, many of the anecdotes, asides, and caveats make more sense if you know the details of particular episodes of the show - i.e. (SPOILER ALERT!) the first time Barney sleeps with Robin.

    But please, take this book as a joke, not words to live by. Some of the advice is sage ("Never sleep with your Bro's sister"), but more of it is goofy. Not that that's a bad thing. If more people lived this way... it would be a weirder world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Austin Grossman
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (947)
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    (456)
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    Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

    Brad says: "Now that I have you at my mercy. . ."
    "Invincibly entertaining!"
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    As an old-school comic book junkie, I loved this book. Anyone who has ever wondered what it's like to live in a universe filled with super-powered beings, a universe of aliens and magic and time-travel and alternate dimensions, where the bad guys always want to take over the world and the good guys always somehow win in the end, must give this a listen.

    The narrators do a fantastic job with the voices (though I did have to overlook a few blatantly mispronounced words), and the story itself is pure comic-book mayhem. The characters all stand out as real and alive, while still somehow being carbon copies of the classic superhero/supervillain stereotypes.

    No, this is not on a literary level with 'The Sandman', nor does it contain the brutal realism and moral philosophy of 'Watchmen' - but that doesn't detract from the enjoyment. Once you start this book, it's hard to stop. Check it out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elements of Style: 60 Minutes to Better Writing & Grammar

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By William Strunk
    Overall
    (127)
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    (65)
    Story
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    This is the original "Little Book," without add ons by later writers. This is a treasure to writers because it "omit(s)" needless words" and subject matter Professor Strunk did not believe was core to better writing. The brevity encourages relistening to deepen one's knowledge of the subject, the point made by Professor Strunk to his students: "the knowledge comes from rereading" or in our case, relistening. This unabridged version has 25 tracks: 1. Preface. 2. Introduction.

    CaseyLClark says: "A must have for writers."
    "Great book, bad narration"
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    Any additional comments?

    The material here is great - a must for anyone who wants to write well.

    The narrator, though, is far too dry, he mispronounces words, and he entirely fails to make the language engaging.

    A book this fundamental to modern English prose deserves better narration.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (2206)
    Performance
    (1085)
    Story
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    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

    Bill says: "Excellent!"
    "Fun listen, with some helpful tips"
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    What made the experience of listening to On Writing the most enjoyable?

    King's self-deprecating humor, including his admission that he sometimes doesn't follow the advice he's giving, even when it's great advice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tips on writing itself, particularly on scheduling work and beating procrastination.

    The memoir parts were okay, and they do give some insight into a


    Any additional comments?

    King's voice isn't great, but he reads surprisingly well. As the author, he knows exactly which points to emphasize, which helps the whole book come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (880)
    Story
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    Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

    Grant says: "Fighting through procrastination."
    "Excellent and inspirational"
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    Would you listen to The War of Art again? Why?

    I have already listened to it several times, and will again. It's great motivation whenever I have writer's block or get in some kind of creative rut.


    What other book might you compare The War of Art to and why?

    I haven't read another book quite like it. It covers some themes that have probably been covered in other books on overcoming procrastination, but I've never before seen the concept of 'resistance' addressed this directly and relatably.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The War of Art?

    Using resistance as a guide - that is, seeing that whatever resistance is working hardest to prevent me from doing, is what I most need to do. So if I'm making every possible excuse not to sit down and write, that's my cue to sit down and write. No matter what.


    Any additional comments?

    I could have used a bit more practical, step-by-step advice on how to 'turn pro'. Otherwise, this is a great read/listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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