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Kendra

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Milbridge, ME, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 10 reviews
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  • Track of the Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (306)

    From the vivid opening vista, high in craggy mountains, to the final haunting glimpse of a moonlit canyon, Nevada Barr's first mystery, Track of the Cat, instantly caught the attention of readers and reviewers. Its popularity gained it both an Agatha and an Anthony Award.

    Ilze says: "A Trek through the Guadalupes"
    "My First Nevada Barr Does NOT Disappoint"
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    What made the experience of listening to Track of the Cat the most enjoyable?

    I'm a new fan of Anna Pigeon and her sister Molly. The story kept me engaged...it's a page turner. The characters are rich and author Nevada Barr is skillful in unfolding them before your eyes. Beautiful description of the west Texas Guadalupe Mountains. Barr knows whereof she writes.


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

    The story itself is fresh and exciting. Certainly no retreads here.


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

    Barbara Rosenblat brings a lot to the reading of Track of the Cat. She reads well, has a strong, expressive voice. And while it's not quite the performance level of say Lorelei King reading a Stephanie Plum mystery (Janet Evanovich), Rosenblat does the story and the characters justice...and then some.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Endangered Species: An Anna Pigeon Mystery, Book 5

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Cindy Williams
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Marooned on Cumberland Island National Seashore off the coast of Georgia, Anna finds time weighing heavily as she waits out a 21-day assignment on fire detail. When the sudden plane crash in the inland palmetto thickets calls her and the other members of the fire crew to action, the flames are quickly extinguished. But suspicions smolder over the cause of the accident which killed both the pilot and his passenger, Cumberland's lone law enforcement ranger.

    Kate says: "badly abridged"
    "Don't Ever Waste Time on Abridged Nevada Barr"
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    Anyone who writes as well as Nevada Barr should never be abridged into an audiobook. I'm still not really sure what happened. It was a confusing and boring read...all the fabulous Nevada Barr descriptions were cut. I hated it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mackay MBA of Selling in The Real World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Harvey Mackay
    • Narrated By Tim Wheeler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Harvey Mackay is a legend - his bestsellers Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt were named by the New York Times as two of the most inspirational business books of all time. Now he’s back with the sum total of decades of sales know-how - teaching go-getters how to make the sale and hit the numbers, day in and day out. His advice is rooted in road-tested, real-world experiences and include tips on the Web, LinkedIn, and Facebook. The human touch is still the most important tool a salesperson has.

    Eric says: "Empty rah-rah"
    "A Lifetime of Marketing & Selling Knowledge"
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    I first hear Mr. MacKay talk about this book in an interview with Jay Abraham. After that, I had to have it, and I wasn't disappointed. MacKay knows his business, and he shares his thoughts, approach and a lifetime of experiences in a nice neat package. All of his books are excellent and well worth your time, but this one pulls a lot of thought and know-how together. The material is well presented and serves as an important reminder to an experienced salesperson and/or marketer. The person new to business will find a wealth of useful information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (996)

    Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

    Gordon Lamb says: "Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit"
    "This Book Is a Winner"
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    What made the experience of listening to Moneyball the most enjoyable?

    Okay, confession, I saw the movie first. That was good, but the best part of the movie is that it stirred me to want to read the book. Okay, so I listened to it, and it's fabulous. If you even remotely appreciate the game of baseball, you'll love this book.

    Lewis has artfully tracked all the historical threads from their origin through to their connection with Billy Beane and what he proved was possible when you weren't the best bankrolled franchise in major leage baseball.

    I didn't realize that all the fantasy league play was based on this whole new world of statistical analysis.

    Lewis writes a good book. Even though it's nonfiction, I have to call it creative nonfiction. It keeps you interested in the story and what's going to happen next, which is why (I think) the movie follows the book so well.

    But don't be satisfied just watching the movie. The background to this story is another story all together and equally interesting.

    This book is a solid home run.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (1800)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (768)

    From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking best seller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

    Michael says: "Not as good as A Whole New Mind"
    "You'll Get a Lot of Ideas Out of This Book"
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    Where does Drive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you want a new perspective on what motivates us in our work, play...everything, then this is the book you need to read/listen to.

    Solid research. Thoughful analysis. Actionable information. I've read a lot of books in this vein, but Drive has given me new ideas.

    A friend of mine recommended Drive to his brother, who read it and promptly changed his entire approach to compensation within his business.

    This is every bit as much of a must-read as Outliers, Tipping Point, Blue Ocean Strategy or Black Swan. This is a new classic and bears reading and re-reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1956)
    Performance
    (1713)
    Story
    (1699)

    Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

    HappyMom says: "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"
    "Another Fun Read"
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    Where does Explosive Eighteen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    What can I say that hasn't been said about these amazing audiobooks. The combination of Evanovich and King results is pure entertainment for the listener. I just love these fast-moving, light-hearted stories. Whatever could happen to Stephanie Plum does...and she still comes out on top.

    How can you have a bad day when you've listened to the latest antics by Lula and Stephanie's Grandma? Answer, you can't. If you haven't listened to this latest story yet, download now and give yourself a well-deserved treat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ron Suskind
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single American concept: confidence. Both centers of power, New York and Washington, learned how to manufacture it - until August 2007, when that confidence began to crumble. Ron Suskind here tells the story of what happened next, as Wall Street struggled to save itself while a man with little experience and soaring rhetoric emerged from obscurity to usher in "a new era of responsibility".

    shari says: "another uneducated narrator"
    "An Interesting Read"
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    Would you listen to Confidence Men again? Why?

    This is a book well worth your time. You'll see just how connected at the hip our banks, government and Wall Street really are. Ron Suskind is a Democrat and he writes with his Democrat perspective, but he is for the most part even handed. I think he may be a little kinder, more forgiving and definitely more understanding of these people than I am, but he is fair.

    He seems to conclude that the man who ran for president (Barack Obama) just has not delivered. Because he had higher expectations and hopes for Obama in the begining--and more than I ever had--he probably had trouble bringing this book to light.

    So, while I don't agree with all of Mr. Suskind's beliefs and premises regarding the size and role of government and philosophy of economics, I appreciate how much he has put before the American people in a good read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (191)

    People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or specific rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran entrepreneur Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street-smart people solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise. He calls it "the knack" and it has made all the difference to the eight successful start-ups of his career.

    morton says: "Practical Advice with Real Life Examples"
    "One of the Best Business Books I've Read"
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    Would you listen to The Knack again? Why?

    I would (and will) listen to this book at least once or twice a year...for the next couple of years at least and as I build my business. Norm shares a lot of personal insight and experience. He's generous with his information. And if you want to see both what can go right as well as what can go wrong, this is a great place to learn.

    Is the business viable? That's just not a phrase I've used before. But when it finally sunk in I saw a whole new way to assess a business. I've already learned just how important preserving capital is and doing what needs to be done to stay alive, but Norm has given me more tools for the analysis as to what it takes going into the venture to have even a rat's chance of succeeding.

    Oh yeah, I'll be rereading this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Superior Death

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    Nevada Barr quickly attracted the attention of mystery fans when her first Anna Pigeon mystery, Track of the Cat, appeared. Now she immerses the intrepid park ranger in a perilous search that will take her far below the waters of Lake Superior. As Anna spends her days patrolling its shores, the surface of Lake Superior fills with tourists. In the depths below lie an ancient ship and the bones of its sailors.

    Charlene says: "Great mystery, totally enjoyed it"
    "A Superior Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Superior Death to be better than the print version?

    Well I haven't yet


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is only my third Ann Pigeon story. Nevada Barr does a very nice job of building upon the character. We learn more about her (and her past) all the time. It unfolds. I also like Molly, Ann's sister in NYC. She's quite a character.


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

    This is a powerful and complex story that comes together in an exciting and believable way. Everything gets resolved, explained and you come away satisfied.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Smokin' Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1968)
    Performance
    (1335)
    Story
    (1334)

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list. Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend and the other bad boy in her life....

    WIpiglet says: "Been there read that!"
    "Wildly funny"
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    Would you listen to Smokin' Seventeen again? Why?

    Okay, I love all these Stephanie Plum audio books. I stress the audio books because Lorelei King's performance IS half the fun...and that's not taking anything away from Janet Evanovich. So any Plum novel read by King is a winner in my book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This one was particularly funny. Stephanie has a lot of trouble resisting the men in her life...oh heck, she can't resist them at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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