Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 

You no longer follow A

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow A

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

A

Summerville, SC, United States | Member Since 2009

ratings
40
REVIEWS
28
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0
HELPFUL VOTES
30

  • Empires of Trust: How Rome Built - and America Is Building - a New World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    In Empires of Trust, Professor Thomas F. Madden explores surprising parallels between the Roman and American republics. By making friends of enemies and demonstrating a commitment to fairness, the two republics - both "reluctant" yet unquestioned super-powers - built empires based on trust. Madden also includes vital lessons from the Roman Republic's 100-year struggle with "terrorism."

    Thomas says: "A real eye opener"
    "required reading"
    Overall

    Awesome book, great survey of history and a reminder of how great and educated our founding fathers were.

    Narration is terrific.

    I liked this book so much that I bought 15 hard copies and gave them to the most influential people I know.

    Understanding the concepts in this book (whether you agree or not) is a prerequisite to debating the relevant issues of today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (4753)
    Performance
    (4016)
    Story
    (3986)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Slow start, but good overall"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought this book got off to a slow start exacerbated by the slow pace at which the reader spoke. On my iPhone, I was able to speed up the narrative to 1.25x and the pace is "normal." Also, quite annoying that he always pronounces the T in often. This is really unnecessary and we never do it for listen, soften, or hasten. Sound like an affectation.

    Anyhow, the book itself is compelling with lots of great information. I enjoyed listening (not lisTening) to it very much. I may have even stopped one of my bad habits! Now the challenge is to get some more of the good habits going.

    The book is not long on self improvement, but does provide some practical ways to improve oneself and one's business.

    Interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson
    • Narrated By Marsha Mercant, Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (355)

    Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell? Backed by years of research and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception.

    Andrew says: "Insightful study of human behavior"
    "Excellent information"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well written and well "performed." Lots of useful, interesting information about how people behave and think. Be sure to read this book BEFORE you get arrested. I have no sympathy for criminals and am for swift justice, but this book really made me think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dick Francis's Bloodline

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Felix Francis
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    When race caller and television presenter Mark Shillingford calls a race in which his twin sister, Clare, an accomplished and successful jockey, comes in second when she could have won, he believes the worst: that she lost on purpose, and the race was fixed. That night, Mark confronts Clare with his suspicions, she storms off after an argument - and it’s the last time Mark sees her alive. Hours later, Clare jumps to her death from the balcony of a London hotel...or so it seems. Devastated and guilty over her death, Mark goes in search of answers. What had led Clare to take her own life? Or was it not suicide at all?

    Su Co says: "Fast action packed without graphic sex & violence"
    "Wow, what a great book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I wondered if son Felix could pick up where his father left off, and he has pleasantly surprised me with a great book, exceptionally well written with a tight compelling story. There is so much in here that is in the style of his father's older books. The reading by Martin Jarvis probably helps recreate the sense of the older books since I had listened to his reading of them. Overall a great listen and I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twice Shy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    In this third Dick Francis classic from The Audio Partners, physicist Jonathan Derry is given some musical tapes by a friend. But the tapes are really an elaborate computerized horse betting system that can make the owner a rich man, or a dead one if the wrong people know he has possession of these tapes. Unfortunately, they find out. Thriller master Dick Francis weaves together a wicked villain, non-stop action, and an explosive showdown in a superb audiobook that races to the finish line.

    A says: "Don't let this be your first Dick Francis Novel"
    "Don't let this be your first Dick Francis Novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Dick Francis is wonderful and if you like him, you'll enjoy this book. But if you are new to Dick Francis, you'll find this a bit slow and boring. Read about 15 other Dick Francis titles before this one (there are plenty of awesome books to choose from).

    This book goes into detail about computers: the early PC. Imagine reading aloud BASIC code. That's what happens in this book. Dull. There is a LOT of discussion about putting computer code on cassette tapes...over the course of 15 years! Not realistic, and a bit dull.

    The book is divided into two related but quite distinct parts. The first section is a complete novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Odds Against

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Amazing what bodily injury could do for a man. A fall from a racehorse had left brilliant jockey Sid Halley dangerously depressed, with a wrecked hand and the need for a new career. And now a bullet wound was helping him find one. He'd been with a detective agency since his racing accident, but it wasn't until some two-bit hoodlum drilled a slug into his side that he was sent out on a case of his own. That was where he met Zanna Martin, a woman who just might make life worth living again.

    Alex says: "Dick Francis"
    "poor audio"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a good story and if you like Dick Francis, you'll enjoy Odds Against. Unfortunately the audio transfer from tape to digital is poor. Of all the Tony Briton recordings I've listened to, this is the worst. And whilst Briton is a phenomenal narrator, in this book, his rendering of British accents is so strong that in some cases it is impossible to discern what the characters are saying.

    I thought the story got off to a slow start, and the ending seemed to try too hard to make a certain financial situation sound much more dire than I thought believable. Still the characters were vividly real.

    So this may be the worst Dick Francis book I've listened to with the worst audio quality. Still, on any day the worst of Dick Francis is far superior to the best of many others. If you have a choice between listening to Odds Against of another Dick Francis title, choose the other Dick Francis title. But if you must choose between Dick Francis and another author, odds are against the other author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Cert

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Three jockeys warned not to win their races turned into also-rans. Bill died when the sure-footed Admiral fell, Joe was scared rotten, and Alan York became the target of a vicious gang. But he wanted revenge and to hell with the risk.

    Holly says: "excellent"
    "A great novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well performed! (I agree that the drunken guy was quite dramatic, but probably realistic...anyhow it is just a short bit). Still, I could listen to Tony Britton all day. He really brings life to these novels.

    Fabulous story. If you like Dick Francis' style, you'll enjoy this one about steeplechasing.

    After the book hits the climax, it continues for a while to resolve another plot point. Nice because I wanted more. Kind of like one of those classical symphonies that sounds like it is ending, but then goes on to entertain for a while longer.

    Brilliant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nerve

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (56)

    Despair, suicide, and obsessive hatred, mixed well with humor, love, and horses, brew up into the story of a battle between one man's nerve and another man's cunning. Robert Finn, steeplechase jockey, finds himself the focus of a malicious campaign which is also afflicting his friends. He sets out to discover its source, and remove it.

    A says: "An old read now on audio"
    "Another great novel...well read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was enjoying this audio book so much that I was sorry it ended. Brilliantly performed with Tony Britton creating numerous voices for so many characters. A good story with just the right mix of psychological and physical drama. I did notice a few themes in this book that I had encountered in other Francis novels. This was probably the prototype.

    Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Post-American World 2.0

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Fareed Zakaria
    • Narrated By Fareed Zakaria
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    Here is the New York Times and international best seller, revised and expanded with a new afterword. This is the essential update of Fareed Zakaria's analysis about America and its shifting position in world affairs. In this new edition, Zakaria makes sense of the rapidly changing global landscape. With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, he draws on lessons from the two great power shifts of the past 500 years - the rise of the Western world and the rise of the United States - to tell us what we can expect from the third shift, the rise of the rest.

    Steve says: "S/B req reading for every man, woman and child..."
    "Important information"
    Overall
    Performance

    I think the 2.0 reading is really the 1.0 with a few 2.0 sections pasted in. You can tell in the audio when mid thought the sound gets noticeably louder or softer.

    Great book with important insights into how the world works. It is thick "listening" at times so you'll need to pay attention.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    By the author of the modern classic The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect. The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s view of modern civilization’s hubristic side effects.

    Chris says: "Buy the BOOK"
    "Read this one"
    Overall

    Awesome book with thought provoking insights. Well read with clear audio. I enjoyed listening to this book but then went out and bought a hard copy. Each aphorism is captivating in its own way. Each sentence is its own story. To plow through them in a non-stop narrative means that a lot will be missed. To truly benefit from this work, you need to read it slowly. The optimal way to absorb this book would be to have a hard copy at the bedside and read just a few aphorisms each night.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Money

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    Malcolm Pembroke never expected to make a million pounds without making enemies. Nor did he expect his latest wife to be brutally murdered. All the clues suggest the killer comes from close to home, but after five marriages and nine children, that still leaves the field wide open. When he find his own life in danger, Pembroke entrusts his safety to his estranged son, Ian, an amateur jockey; and through him discovers a compulsive new outlet for his financial expertise.

    Mary A. says: "Another Dick Francis Great!"
    "brilliantly narrated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've listened to many of Dick Francis' novels and they are all terrific; Hot Money is no exception.

    There is a lot of "character development" in this book, more so than anything short of Dostoyevsky. Yet Francis keeps it moving along exceptionally well.

    What really set this book apart was the language. If you like British English, you'll absolutely love this one. Of course all of Francis' novels use British English, but this one somehow has an extra dose that almost made me feel like I was listening to P.G. Wodehouse. Tony Britton really brought this book to life wonderfully.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.