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John

Skaneateles, NY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 70 reviews
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  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13412)
    Performance
    (12178)
    Story
    (12209)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "Just OK for me"
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    Any additional comments?

    The narrator does a great job on this one. Really differentiates the characters well.

    The first 3/4ths of the book is excellent. I couldn't stop listening as the suspense and mysteries built atop one another. The last 1/4 was a let down. The story became less suspense and more wild illogical fantasy. Characters who previously had acted in common sense began doing dumb things which had predictable consequences. (ie not killing the bad guy when you have the chance and other such plot devices which are annoying). If the this building is so important to protect the world why are the characters allowed to bumble around for days and nearly destroy humanity? Wouldn't someone who knows keep a very close eye on the place? Of course they would!!! If these types of things don't bother you then you might enjoy the ending. It was all wrapped up in a very predictable fashion. I was hoping for more given the great beginning.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3288)
    Performance
    (2993)
    Story
    (3001)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Horrible."
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    Very bad Hunger Games rip off. Supposed to be science fiction but there is ZERO plausibility. Main protagonist is a Mary Sue, completely unlikable. Plot predictable. Written for adolescents and poorly so. It is clearly a YA novel yet there are numerous rape incidences which seem inappropriate for the likely audience. This ranks as one of the dumbest books I have read in a long time. I could not be more baffled by all the high reviews.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, and Future of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Brockman
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson, Danny Campbell, Jo Anna Perrin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    In The Universe, today's most influential science writers explain the science behind our evolving understanding of The Universe and everything in it, including the cutting-edge research and discoveries that are shaping our knowledge. Lee Smolin reveals how math and cosmology are helping us create a theory of the whole universe. Neil Turok analyzes the fundamental laws of nature, what came before the big bang, and the possibility of a unified theory. And much more.

    Gary says: "Equivalant to reading 25 books"
    "Too repetitive"
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    The same thing gets repeated over and over. After the 5th time String Theory and Brane Theory was explained essentially the same way I bailed on this audio "book", which is actually a series of letters/essays. They all seem to cover the same topic in nearly the same way. Don't waste your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dan Harris
    • Narrated By Dan Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3338)
    Performance
    (2894)
    Story
    (2883)

    After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

    Patrick says: "Mandatory read before trying any self-help books"
    "Entertaining. Got me interested in meditation"
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    This book was an excellent surprise. Entertaining. Funny. Informative. I am now actually interested in learning more about and trying meditation. And I am a huge skeptic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Grant Hardy
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (146)

    Western philosophy is a vast intellectual tradition, the product of thousands of years of revolutionary thought built up by a rich collection of brilliant minds. But to understand the Western intellectual tradition is to get only half the story. The Eastern intellectual tradition has made just as important a contribution-and is also the product of thousands of years of cumulative thought by a distinct group of brilliant thinkers. Their ideas demonstrate wholly different ways of approaching and solving the same fundamental issues that concerned the West's greatest thinkers, such as . the existence of God; . the meaning of life; and. the nature of truth and reality.This epic and comprehensive 36-lecture examination of the East's most influential philosophers and thinkers-from a much-honored teacher and scholar-offers a thought-provoking look at the surprising connections and differences between East and West. By introducing you to the people-including The Buddha, Ashoka, Prince Shotoku, Confucius, and Gandhi-responsible for molding Asian philosophy and for giving birth to a wide variety of spiritual and ideological systems, it will strengthen your knowledge of cultures that play increasingly important roles in our globalized 21st-century world.

    mc2 says: "Among the Best Great Courses = Don't Miss"
    "Not what I expected"
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    If I had signed up for this class in college out of curiosity I would have dropped it after a couple weeks. As it was I made it about half way through before I returned it.

    I was expecting an immersion in the actual philosophical teachings of the great asian minds. What I got instead was a mind numbing rapid fire list like litany of the HISTORY of asian philosophy. After the first few lectures it became very hard to follow and my interest rapidly waned. This lecture series is a shallow skimming of eastern philosophy delving briefly into each the numerous small branches and variations of the major schools of thought.

    The names just flow by and the philosophies begin to blur, then, fade, then........WHOA I'm thinking about what I should be getting at the hardware store and haven't absorbed a word in the last 5 minutes. OK, concentrate, try to pay attention, OK Jong Chi in the time of the Jo Dynasty founded the Jang Xi movement of the middle path existential Buddhists believed in the 5 ways to enlightenment (list them all) which differed from the preceding 6 ways (listed for comparison) which meant he never wore shoes.......duct tape, have to pick up some duct tape......

    oh I give up.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Feet of Clay: Discworld #19

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (655)

    Who's murdering harmless old men? Who's poisoning the Patrician? As autumn fogs hold Ankh-Morpork in their grip, the City Watch has to track down a murderer who can't be seen. Browse more novels of Discworld.

    Brooke P. Anderson says: "One of the best of the best"
    "Every discworld book I read is great"
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    Master writer. Master narrator. What more can you say? Another sublime listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7061)
    Performance
    (6572)
    Story
    (6557)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Has Dresden jumped the shark?"
    Overall
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    Dare I say it?

    This was a weak effort. Many plot devices and character attributes are getting stale, very stale.

    Lets face it, Harry should be dead. After the millionth Deus ex Machina it gets a very old and extremely predictable and boring. Does every single fight scene have to end in a near death and a miraculously lucky last minute save out of nowhere? Does Harry have to always rashly insult every bad guy he deals making it more difficult for himself? Will he ever get smarter? Will he ever use his wizarding skills in more subtle and creative ways? FORZARE!, FURGO!, and FRIGA! are getting more than a little boring. How about some new stuff? Parkour? Seriously? That was lame, very lame.

    The story was weak. With all the other gears turning in the main plot of the series he writes a heist job? Come on? The main reason I am reading is to see what happens in the grand plot. Well, in this book, nothing! Very disappointing.

    Uber fans will love anything Butcher puts out. The rest will likely be let down by this effort.

    I'll hang in for one more and hope it is better than this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4989)
    Performance
    (3822)
    Story
    (3834)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "If you like GRR Martin you will probably like this"
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    Excellent first book of a 3 book series. Abercrombie's writing reminds me of GRR Martin. The characters are patiently constructed as such the first half of the book is a little slow going and patience is required but the payoff is worth it. Each of the main characters are complex individuals with good and bad qualities. No stereotypes or wooden characters. Many posses dark secrets and have dark gritty backgrounds which are gradually revealed. The dialogue and inner thoughts of each character are well written with a great deal of dry wit and humorous sarcasm which I find a great pleasure to read. Very few fantasy writers do this well. The story unravels slowly as many questions and mysteries are presented. Not all is revealed as this book is not a stand alone. Good news is the second book is even better.

    There is a lot of blood and salty language but this story wouldn't be as good without it.

    The narration is outstanding. Couldn't be better.

    So, if you like GRR Martin, what are you waiting for? This is your next series to read.

    Big 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Seth Freeman
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (503)

    The course is organized around a mnemonic device, developed by Professor Freeman, that can serve in any negotiation situation. Called "I FORESAW IT," this indispensable framework guides you in assembling the strongest possible case, showing you how to evaluate such factors as creative options, independent criteria, and your best alternative to a negotiated agreement.

    John A. Ryan says: "Outstanding review, new ideas and insights"
    "Didn't find this compelling"
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    I only made it partway through this before returning it. I didn't care for the narrator's style. It is delivered like a self help infomercial. The material was so-so. Most rather obvious as in "be soft on the person but hard on the issue". Most people with any amount of life experience intuitively know these things. I was hoping for more specific tactics and situations. Maybe that was to come but I couldn't take the cheesey sales pitch delivery any more.

    19 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (2627)
    Performance
    (2390)
    Story
    (2405)

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A thief, a candlemaker, an ex-mercenary, and a pig farmer walk into a trap…and what happens to them is no joke. When Riyria is hired to retrieve a jester’s treasure, Royce and Hadrian must match wits with a dwarf who proves to be anything but a fool. Difficult choices will need to be made, and in the end those who laugh last do so because they are the only ones to survive.

    Robin says: "Short story with no shortage of events"
    "Trapped in a tricky dungeon. Will they get out?"
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    The only problem I have with this is that it is not a full book but just a short story.

    Come on Michael Sullivan, write some more books for this series. We demand it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper Man: Discworld #11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (1136)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (605)

    Edmund says: "The most moving of the series"
    "Death experiences life"
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    Another great discworld novel. Death gets fired and interesting things happen as only Pratchett can describe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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