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sparhawk6

SLC, UT | Member Since 2010

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  • Theodore Rex

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Edmund Morris
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (189)

    The most eagerly awaited presidential biography in years, Theodore Rex tells the story of President Theodore Roosevelt in real time, reflecting the world as "TR" saw it. Full of cinematic detail, Theodore Rex moves with the exhilarating pace of a novel, yet it rides on a granite base of scholarship.

    Michael says: "I wish I could give it 6 stars"
    "Great writing, so-so narration"
    Overall

    For the writing, I give this book a 4. I really enjoy Morris' style. This wasn't as utterly captivating as "Rise of TR", but perhaps that is because the subject matter (dull legislative and domestic policy) isn't that entertaining.

    For the narration, this book gets a 2. I did not enjoy the narrator's style. I agree with other reviews - the long pauses were odd, and Marosz makes no effort to distinguish narration and dialog. I enjoyed Deakins much more, and I'm looking forward to the final book in the series in which Deakins returns to narrate.

    Furthermore, there are glitches in the recording, manifested in random sentences being being repeated once. This happened probably about 50 times. It was slightly annoying.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3399)
    Performance
    (3043)
    Story
    (3072)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "No easy day, but an easy read"
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    An entertaining action read. The author is a little preachy and self-righteous, but maybe he's allowed to be like that, considering his day job. I figure that you have to have an enormous amount of confidence and a certain cockiness and swagger to do this kind of work every day. It comes with the territory.

    I do appreciate his sacrifice and the training he and his colleagues go through to prepare themselves for missions like these.

    I appreciated that he discussed his reaction to the country's view of the events. I was very curious.

    The narrator was fantastic! I felt he really captured the voice and dialogue of Navy Seals -- at least the image of Navy Seals I have in my head.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10560)
    Performance
    (9584)
    Story
    (9605)

    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.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Fun, creative, entertaining, but immemorable"
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    Fun, creative, and fairly entertaining. I agree that this is in the vein of "Lost". I'd also add that it is similar to the Twilight Zone franchise. I'm debating between 3 and 4 stars, sticking with three for now. It was fun while I read it, but like a fun summer action film, I don't know that it will be that memorable. Maybe I'll revise my review in a few weeks. I wasn't terribly drawn to the characters. It's odd to say this, but I don't feel like I really know Nate. He seems like an ordinary, average joe in his late 20s / early 30s. And he'd really like to be doing something he's passionate about. That's all you ever learn about him.

    Ray Porter does a great read.

    I have to say that since reading "14" I have been noticing odd panels around my house. I don't know what any of them are for...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1927)
    Performance
    (1676)
    Story
    (1673)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Historical Thriller"
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    Great, quick read. The passages on Guiteau were fitting and I thought they demonstrated his marked insanity. However, I did not feel much closure nor do I fully understand the conclusions reached with Guiteau's life and experience. What was the legacy he left behind? I feel I could answer this question with respect to Bell, Dr. Bliss, Garfield, Lucretia, and Lister. But what was the point in delving into the minute details of Guiteau's life?

    Millard has a gift for telling the historical thriller. The ignorance demonstrated by Garfield's doctors, principally Bliss, is astonishing. I wonder if his decision to allow Bell to test the induction balance on Garfield was an attempt to overcome his ignorance of which he had become aware as Garfield's health began to rapidly deteriorate. The apologia Bliss wrote after Garfield died fully demonstrates the pride that destroyed his career.

    One point I felt that could have been more fully developed is what would have happened if Bell had been able to accurately locate the bullet with the induction balance. What would the doctors have done in response? I missed that point; that might be own failure.

    Michael does a great narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3757)
    Performance
    (3234)
    Story
    (3208)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Introverts and introvert personality qualities are"
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    Just before I started this book, I finished reading "How to Win Friends and Influence People", the extrovert's credo. I liked the juxtaposition. Cain even talks at length about Dale Carnegie and the book.

    The anecdotes were my favorite part. I felt that there was a lot of annoying "back patting" going on, especially since Cain admits she is a classic introvert. Was this book written to make herself feel better about her personality? That would reflect a classic trait of introverts - self-consciousness and paranoia. I also could have done without the last few sections of the book; the book turned into a self-help parenting book. I was more looking for an examination of introverts in an extrovert world, which is what I got at the beginning.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9333)
    Performance
    (4060)
    Story
    (4047)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "I wanted to be done with it"
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    Solid advice, but I was a bit bored. I guess self-help books are not for me (this was my first). In sum, if you are nice to people and show a genuine interest, Carnegie believes they will be your friend and you will have power over them.

    The orchestral interludes were a bit cheesy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9968)
    Performance
    (9274)
    Story
    (9275)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Fun, especially if you understand the references"
    Overall
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    Very fun book to read, especially because I understood most of the references. At times I felt the writing was a little juvenile, like when the characters explained situations that should have been obvious to the reader, and thus no explanation was necessary. At times I couldn't decide if this was "young adult" fiction or not, a la Hunger Games. But that didn't take too much away from my enjoyment of the book. As the characters came to the end of the game, I couldn't put it down.

    It seems to be made for a movie adaptation.

    Wil Wheaton's reading was very good, but his pronunciation sometimes was annoying (e.g. his pronunciation of "th").

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (549)

    More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus’s voyages brought them back together - and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As Charles Mann shows, this global ecological tumult - the “Columbian Exchange” - underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, Mann shows the creation a worldwide trade network....

    Amazon Customer says: "fasinating new perspective on history"
    "500 years of rollicking world history"
    Overall
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    A fascinating book. Mann splays out his curiosity and inquisitiveness over 500 years of world history. I felt at times that he rambled and got a bit lost on tangents, but I understood and recongized his general thesis. I also thought he was fair in characterizing the consequences of the "homogenocene" and globalization. It has destroyed some environments and ways of living, but it has brought with it many benefits, and it has generally raised the standard of living for millions of humans. And whether we like it or not, it is inevitable.

    Robertson Dean is a fine narrator. He has a pleasing voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1629)
    Performance
    (1117)
    Story
    (1113)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "The statesman"
    Overall
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    Great biography. I appreciated the personal anecdotes that uncovered Washington's true personality, e.g., his "relationships" with Sally Fairfax and Elizabeth Powell. I really got a sense of his personal growth, from the young surveyor to the general in the continental army to his second term in office.

    It is a pity that Martha burned all their personal correspondence. Chernow explains that was common in the period. Too bad.

    Scott Brick as the narrator was excellent. He had a perfect cadence. I've found myself looking for other books that he has narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1560)
    Performance
    (973)
    Story
    (978)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "A dark corner"
    Overall
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    Fascinating look into one of the darkest corners of the world. "Truth is stranger than fiction" - truer more so here than any where else. Demick is a good writer. I would have appreciated a more dramatic conclusion - something more poignant that would stick with the reader. But the harrowing story in its entirety is enough to leave a significant impression. I felt hungry while reading about the famine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3060)
    Performance
    (1534)
    Story
    (1561)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    Richard Delman says: "A masterpiece. An epic western story."
    "Over time, I began to enjoy it"
    Overall

    The book grew on me. The character development was like a slow-roasted meat - it took time, but the end result was pretty darn good. I was sad when the book was finished. There is a lot going on with all the characters, and it is a good examination of the human condition. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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