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Paul

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  • The Informant: A Butcher's Boy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (444)

    Married and living in England under the name Michael Schaeffer, the assassin known as the Butcher's Boy is the target of a Mafia hit team sent to exact revenge for his deadly campaign against the Balacontano family years earlier. Schaeffer kills all three attackers, but he knows more will come and needs to find whoever sent them to end it once and for all.

    Darwyn says: "sucker for anything that's the butcher's boy"
    "Gotta love the Butcher's Boy character"
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    If you could sum up The Informant in three words, what would they be?

    A Good Ending


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    come on, the Butcher's Boy. His deliberateness in how he approaches his life, the simple black and white way he deals with the attacks on him, yet his appeal is still there for a ruthless killer with little remorse. That complexity of why he protects his wife in the UK and Elizabeth, but has not issues with killing (not wounding) anyone in his way.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Andre Braugher, Zach Grenier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (961)

    The president's son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high-up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark. A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes....

    Lannette says: "Wait for "almost free" before buying"
    "Alex Cross book - can't miss character"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    For me, I had to listen to it to get my Alex Cross fix so it was worth it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It is hard to say what I would change, I think it is more the difficulty in keeping things fresh with this long of a series.


    What about Andre Braugher and Zach Grenier ’s performance did you like?

    Get inflection for both and Mr. Braugher got me to forget a little bit of Morgan Freeman's voice.


    Did Kill Alex Cross inspire you to do anything?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (443)

    In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with The Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating history of early Forest Service"
    "Great story telling teaching you US history"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Big Burn the most enjoyable?

    I am a history fan and when you combine that with great story telling, it makes the experience that much better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about a part of american history (natural disasters) that is over looked, like Katrina/Rita will be in 100 years unfortunately.


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The characters like Big Ed Pulaski, nevermind Teddy Roosevelt.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is too long for one sitting, but great for a couple of long drives or walks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tamim Ansary
    • Narrated By Tamim Ansary
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (224)

    Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.

    Blake says: "Explains the clash between Islam and the West"
    "Great perspective of how history brought us here"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Destiny Disrupted?

    The line that entertainment (TV, movies, web) is used in place of spiritual thought and self-awakening. Made a lot of sense of how we avoid ourselves by forcing ourselves to be distracted 24 hours a day.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


    Which character – as performed by Tamim Ansary – was your favorite?

    n/a


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

    not one moment, but learning the different factions of Islam


    Any additional comments?

    a good book to listen/read by most non-middleworld people

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deciding Factor: The Power of Analytics to Make Every Decision a Winner

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Larry E. Rosenberger, Josh Nash
    • Narrated By Scott Peterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    The authors draw on over 50 years of experience in helping companies automate, improve, and connect decisions. Using analytic techniques first pioneered by Fair Isaac Corporation, the authors clearly show how today's forward-thinking executives and managers are using analytic insights to ensure their decisions keep up with information complexity and the pace of change - especially changes in consumer behavior and attitudes, in regulations, and in competitive actions and reactions.

    Felipe says: "An interesting guide."
    "For analytics people, this is a must read"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a business book about the truly emerging field of analytics and how it has gone from that high and mighty world to being used operationally by most employees.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Deciding Factor?

    Moment, how about part - the point about rule management providing agility to a business to see a change in course is necessary while in motion, instead of after you finish the race.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Peterson – was your favorite?

    n/a


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I bought the hard copy so I could use it for reference, that is tough to do with a audio book

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Hsieh
    • Narrated By Tony Hsieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2270)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1357)

    In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

    Ben says: "Do one thing exceptionally"
    "This is one where you want to skip a lot"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    He tells a story about himself, but it takes a long time to get to those tidbits of how profits, passion and purpose are executed. Mainly, it takes about why. IF you are a fan of Hsieh, then you will love the whole book. Me, not so much.


    Has Delivering Happiness turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Have you listened to any of Tony Hsieh’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was Delivering Happiness worth the listening time?

    ehh


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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