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Chris

St. Louis, MO, United States

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  • Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (73)

    In this groundbreaking work, Tim Harford shows us a new and inspiring approach to solving the most pressing problems in our lives. Harford argues that today’s challenges simply cannot be tackled with ready-made solutions and expert opinions; the world has become far too unpredictable and profoundly complex. Instead, we must adapt. Deftly weaving together psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, physics, and economics, along with compelling stories of hard-won lessons learned in the field, Harford makes a passionate case for the importance of adaptive trial-and-error....

    Lawrence says: "Hidden Agenda"
    "In the vein of Predictably Irrational"
    Overall

    If you liked Dan Ariely's book and the Freakonomics books, which I did, this is right up your alley. The only criticism I have is that the book doesn't flow as well as I would like. The first part about Iraq and Afghanistan just completely through me. I was beginning to feel cheated (I could really care less about the wars). But Harford managed to win me over and make it all relevant.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunter: The Forbidden Game, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By L. J. Smith
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    When Jenny Thorton and her friends open the mysterious white box given to her by Julian, they discover a mysterious game and enter a house of horrors full of their worst nightmares.

    Brooke says: "Couldn't Finish..."
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story, while fairly easy to foretell, was surprisingly compelling. I went in with the thought that it was going to be a fluff book, especially with the way the characters are presented, but the author developed them well and presented them with interesting challenges. I was actually wishing the book was longer near the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brimstone: Pendergast, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1025)

    Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere... and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered - their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death - the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, in fact, come to collect his due.

    Lannette says: "Simply another great Pendergast novel."
    "I agree - Finally!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Brimstone in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, suspenseful story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character building that Preston and Child do is fantastic. You really feel the depth of them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The chase scene where they are being chased by the assassin towards the monastery. The reader, Scott Brick, did an astounding job on it (and it was well written, which helps).


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

    The development of the Reverend's character was particularly moving. They crafted him and built him into such a powerful character. You can see some of the same things that actually happened during the Occupy Wall Street protests. But this book was written 7-8 years before the protests.


    Any additional comments?

    Please produce the rest of the Preston/Child library unabridged. As I have already done, I will snatch them up as soon as they come available. I love this series and Mr. Brick's narration of it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24046)
    Performance
    (17996)
    Story
    (18051)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "ZZZZZZZZZ"
    Overall

    I completely disagree with the most recent reviews. The narrator does nothing for the characters. I can't tell one from another. You want to get a narrator that distinguishes characters, listen to Jeff Gurner read Daniel Suarez. Dotrice is just boooooring. I would agree that Martin writes like Tolkein, if you are talking about the Hobbit. It really is slow to get started. Since I used up 2(!) credits on the thing, I am going to bumble my way through it. But it in no way compares to the 1 credit Wheel of Time series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3967)
    Performance
    (2642)
    Story
    (2678)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Eric says: "great fantasy series"
    "Hooked me at the end but annoyed me throughout"
    Overall

    I have listened to all of the Wheel of time books, so Kate Reading's voice kind of threw me. I was expecting one thing, and she delivered another. Not bad, just different. About halfway through this listen, I was about to give up, but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. It really hooked me by the end. There is one REALLY annoying thing I cannot find a reason for, the bell sound periodically. I don't know if it was for the tape or disc to signal switching, but what ever it was, it is annoying. Hopefully the rest of the series doesn't have this. Because I am definitely going to have to check out the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Limitless: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Alan Glynn
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    A burnout at 35, months behind on his book, low on cash, and something of a loser, Eddie Spinola could use a shot in the arm. One day he randomly runs into Vernon, his ex-wife’s brother, and his ex-dealer. Now employed by a shadowy pharmaceutical company, Vernon has something that might help: a new designer drug that stimulates brain function. One pill and Eddie is hooked. His book is finished within days; he learns and synthesizes information at a frightening rate; and he can go a long time without sleep or food.

    Alan says: "I was skeptical"
    "Good with a great Twist"
    Overall

    I don't know if it was the narration or the book itself, but there was a sense of superiority that was annoying. Also, there were some points in the book that I was saying, like you do in a movie, seriously? It just had a few too many unbelievable moments where the answer was quite obvious, and yet, the character seemed not to notice the inevitable. Overall, this is a very entertaining book. I am glad I listened before seeing the movie. Be sure and stick with it till the end. It has a great twist.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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