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Walter

Wilsonville, OR, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Gary Marcus
    • Narrated By Gary Marcus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (74)

    Just about every human being knows how to listen to music, but what does it take to make music? Is musicality something we are born with? Or a skill that anyone can develop at any time? If you don't start piano at the age of six, is there any hope? Is skill learning best left to children or can anyone reinvent him-or herself at any time?

    Alex says: "Entertaining if somewhat superficial"
    "NOT a better way to learn guitar!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book might be enjoyed more by a person seeking general information about learning.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The author's personal experiences about seeking to learn music were entertaining. But the book never really gets off the ground. It simply goes around and around about his seeking learning without telling you how to improve your guitar playing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gary Marcus’s performances?

    No.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I feel like I wasted my credit. I listen to detective mysteries or science fiction or a multitude of other choices for entertainment. What I wanted here was some tips on how to more effectively learn the guitar. This book provided neither to my satisfaction.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Master Key System

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles F. Haanel
    • Narrated By Jason McCoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    The Master Key is here released to the world as a means of tapping the great Cosmic Intelligence and attracting from it that which corresponds to the ambitions and aspirations of each listener. It will make of the listener a greater, better personality, equipped with a new power to achieve any worthy personal purpose and a new ability to enjoy life's beauty and wonder.

    Ronnie says: "The Original"
    "Where do they get these narrators?"
    Overall

    I got this audio book because I thought the material would include some valuable life lessons in self improvement. What I got was a narration that was so bad that I, like another reviewer, also found his pronunciation to be inaccurate, careless, annoying, and non-grammatical. For example the word "read" pronounced "reed" when in context it should have been "red". Add to that the run-on reading with no logical emphasis and the inexplicable re-reading of sections as if the narrator walked away in the middle of a section and started again back at the beginning when he returned and you get one confusing read! (Pronounced "reed"). The fast, run-on reading also leaves one wondering if entire words or sections were skipped since in some instances it seems as though periods were disregarded. I want to get the printed version and compare it to the audio version to see if I missed anything! As for content, I got nothing out of the first chapter. One reviewer listens over and over again - I am willing to try this for the simple fact that I believe from other reviews I've read, (red), that the contents seem to be at least worth the try. Good luck with this. Other reviewers love it. I'm not giving up, but you should be warned.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1506)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (664)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You may have thought the movie was scary, but this is pure Stephen King as it was meant to be experience – performed frighteningly well by Campbell Scott. First published in 1977, The Shining quickly became a benchmark in the literary career of Stephen King. This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, his loyal wife, and their uniquely gifted son slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the Overlook Hotel's past are revealed.

    Eileen says: "Much better than the movie..."
    "Great Companion to the Movie"
    Overall

    Stephen King is certainly a master of what he does as a writer of pulp horror. This listen was riveting from beginning to the end. Although there is no argument that the book and the movie differ greatly, I found the book expanded much on the movie's storyline, (though of course, you have to ignore some obvious things that say, happened in the book and not the movie, or vice versa). I enjoyed visualizing the movie's scenes while listening to the book, and I enjoy the movie much more now that I understand some of the images and actions therein. Add to my overall satisfaction the excellent narration, and this is probably my favorite Audible listen. The narrator is so good that it doesn't take very long before you forget you are only listening to one person. Very enjoyable. Great storytelling.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginner's Guide to Finding Your Perfect Job: How to Discover Your Real Life's Work

    • ABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Rick Jarow
    • Narrated By Rick Jarow
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A job or your destiny? Designed to help job seekers align their outer careers with their inner values, The Beginner's Guide to Finding Your Perfect Job offers a radical new approach to career change for our times. Author Rick Jarow - founder of the national "Anti-Career" Workshop seminars - reveals the seven principles of career transformation that can help you move beyond self-limiting thoughts and patterns "so the work you do in the world reflects your integrity, passion, and sense of purpose."

    Walter says: "Just not for me."
    "Just not for me."
    Overall

    I was looking for concrete examples to help me find a compatible job. This book proposes visualization, affirmations, meditations, such as repeating, "the god in me sees the god in you", to help you to align your inner values with your outer goals "to move on to your vocational trajectory. Relax. Breathe in, breathe out. Feel your ability to receive all the things that you really want." (Quote, unquote).

    I did not connect with it at all. I was looking for best ways to hunt for a job, directions to resources to determine your ideal job, etec. I got none of this from this book. I can't see how this book would help me find the perfect job. I'm not against meditation, this just wasn't what I was looking for.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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