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FredAllen

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  • Fight for Your Long Day

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alex Kudera
    • Narrated By Mark F. Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    "FIGHT FOR YOUR LONG DAY is a day-in-the-life tragicomedy that follows the eventful unraveling of Cyrus Duffleman, a portly, down-and-out educator who teaches classes at four urban universities and works the night shift, all so he could barely stay afloat in an increasingly “efficient” service economy.

    Amazon Customer says: "boring and depressing"
    "boring and depressing"
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    Basically a long boring essay about being low man on the college totem pole, read in a monotone. Got half way through but could not finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Biskind
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    Easy Rider, Raging Bulls follows the wild ride that was Hollywood in the 70s - an unabashed celebration of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll (both on screen and off) and a climate where innovation and experimentation reigned supreme.

    Celia says: "If you studied film in the '70's..."
    "Boring"
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    I struggled through half of the book but could not finish it. It's an endless chain of unrelated incidents bent on showing how horrible the new age directors of the 70's were. I am also not a fan of Dick Hill's narration where everything sounds like a scream.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trailblazing Mars: NASA's Next Giant Leap

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Pat Duggins
    • Narrated By Gary L. Willprecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Travel to and from Mars has long been a staple of science fiction. And yet the hurdles - both technological and financial - have kept human exploration of the red planet from becoming a reality. Trailblazing Mars offers an inside look at the current efforts to fulfill this dream. Award-winning journalist Pat Duggins examines the extreme new challenges that will be faced by astronauts on the journey there and back. They'll have to grow their own food, find their own water - and solve their own problems.

    Mark says: "Not close to what it claims."
    "Got this because of narrator"
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    The book itself was pretty good but the narrator was amateurish at best using "eye-talian" as Italian and things really went off track when he read quoted material using wierd attempts of foreign accents. When authoritative female sources were quoted a voice that sounded like a 13 year old teenager was used.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Red Tequila: A Tres Navarre Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (175)

    Edgar Award winner Rick Riordan captures San Antonio at its grittiest with his mysteries featuring Jackson "Tres" Navarreunlicensed P.I., Tai Chi master, and imbiber of Big Red cream soda laced with tequila. It’s been a decade since his father was murdered and Tres left town. But he’s got an itch that can only be scratched by looking for answers. Returning to San Antonio with his enchilada-eating cat, he uncovers a conspiracy involving the Mafia and dirty politicians.

    Robyn says: "Love It!"
    "Got this because of narrator"
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    Wanted some mindless listening and the story more than delivered on the mindless but I enjoyed the narrators performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trading Bases: A Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball (Not Necessarily in That Order)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Joe Peta
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    An ex-Wall Street trader improved on Moneyball’s famed sabermetrics to place bets that would beat the Vegas odds on Major League Baseball games - with a 41 percent return in his first year. Trading Bases explains how he did it. After the fall of Lehman Brothers, Joe Peta was out of a job. He found a new one but lost that, too, when an ambulance mowed him down. In search of a way to cheer himself up while he recuperated, Peta started watching baseball again. That’s when inspiration hit: Why not apply his outstanding risk-analysis skills to improve on sabermetrics, the method made famous by Moneyball?

    Holley says: "Fascinating"
    "Listening to a phone book"
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    We always hear this phrase about a good narrator that he's so good we could listen to him/her read a phone book. Well now's your chance. This book is mostly the reading of tables like baseball lineups and standings or computations of probable wins.

    What editor thought this would be a good idea?

    I want my money back.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Gregg Easterbrook
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In The Progress Paradox, Gregg Easterbrook draws upon three decades of wide-ranging research and thinking to make the persuasive assertion that almost all aspects of Western life have vastly improved in the past century; and yet today, most men and women feel less happy than in previous generations. Why this is so and what we should do about it is the subject of this book.

    Michael says: "Not"
    "Simplistic"
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    Enjoyed his take down of CEO's although examples are from the Enron era, bit out of date, but his solutions are terribly naive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (641)

    The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

    F. Ribeiro says: "Niall Ferguson's Most Enjoyable Book"
    "What do audio book editors do for a living?"
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    This is essentially a good book with some interesting insights which should get 5 stars made into a farce by someone (the author/narrator?) doing ridiculous attempts at reading referenced sections in the accents of the original author. So for example Voltaire quotes are spoken in a ridiculous French accent. It is so bad that it makes the book into a bad joke. How could an editor let this happen?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hornet Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1047)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (411)

    It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

    C. McCoy says: "An Outstanding Spy Novel"
    "Are all Follet books the same?"
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    It seems that Follett has about 5 or 6 cardboard character templates that populate all his books. It is so wooden even John Lee can't bring them to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ball Four: The Final Pitch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Bouton
    • Narrated By Jim Bouton
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (240)

    When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.” Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn’t true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn’t read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries. Almost everyone else, however, loved Ball Four.

    Dennis Anderson says: "Author's reading provides new insight into classic"
    "Listen to Bouton chuckling at his own bad jokes"
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    About the only thing humorous about this audiobook was Bouton laughing at his own jokes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2054)
    Performance
    (1666)
    Story
    (1680)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Ted says: "Twistier Than A Twizzler"
    "Another disappointing best seller"
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    Going with the generally good reviews and that it was on sale i downloaded it. Same old predictable situations, same old predictable characters. Is there nothing on the best seller fiction list that isn't chick-lit? I fast forwarded through first half and then just deleted second half.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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