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Timothy

Ormond Beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Mastery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (781)

    What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

    Chlo-bell says: "Mastery is both a goal and a destination..."
    "Pretty good, similar to ..."
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    I enjoyed this one ... good writing and great read. The biographical stories were fascinating and I found the switching of topics fascinating.

    The only problem I had with this book, is that the underlying premise (that there are different stages of mastery) seemed lost at times. Also, there was a tendency to wax on and give different advice: for example, the author described the frantic energy and creative spark that deadlines can create for us ... then later describes that creative mastery should be done slowly.

    Overall, though ... great read and great narrator. If you want to read something similar, try "Talent is Overated" ... this book has a similar message, similar biographies, but has a more focused premise (that all great performers required about 10k hours of concentrated practice to achieve greatness).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5449)
    Performance
    (4935)
    Story
    (4947)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Better than the cover!"
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    I like his Monster Hunter series ... but was hesitant to listen to this series because of the cover. Big mistake - the Grimnoir books are incredibly deep and even better thought out than the MH series! Filled with historical fiction and one of the best narrators I've ever heard - this is one series you can't miss!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wind Rider's Oath: War God, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (366)

    In The War God's Own, Bahzell had managed to stop a war by convincing Baron Tellian, leader of the Sothoii, to "surrender" to him, the War God's champion. Now, he has journeyed to the Sothoii Wind Plain to oversee the parole he granted to Tellian and his men, to represent the Order of Tomanak, the War God, and to be an ambassador for the hradani. What's more, the flying coursers of the Sothoii have accepted Bahzell as a wind rider-the first hradani wind rider in history.

    Michael says: "Running the Gears"
    "14 hours before the first sword is drawn."
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    I like the series. I do! However, this book had very little action compared to the first two. After listening to 14 hours, the main characters hadn't drawn their swords or traveled anywhere. A lot of political movement and discussion of a 14-year old girl's love for her parents and lamenting her station in life.

    It just shows you what a great writer Weber is that I was able to stick to the end. I still love the series ... just hoping the next book has more action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fate Worse Than Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Moore
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In an attempt to win the hand of Princess Gloria in marriage, Sir Terry slays a dragon - only to discover he's killed the dragon in a neighboring kingdom and inadvertently earned the devotion of the wrong princess. And everyone knows that getting stuck with the wrong girl is truly a fate worse than dragons.

    Timothy says: "Amusing"
    "Amusing"
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    Fun little book. John Moore is an entertaining comedic fantasy writer. Reminds me of Pratchett, but a little less goofy. I thought Heroics for Beginners was funnier, but this was pretty great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Steam: The Discworld Series, Book 40

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (672)

    The new Discworld novel, the 40th in the series, sees the Disc's first train come steaming into town. Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork. Discworld's first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job.

    David says: "So much more than funny"
    "Thank you Mr. Pratchett"
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    I enjoyed this book tremendously, just like all of the later Discworld books. Pratchett has always been my favorite comedic writer and I've fallen in love with most of his characters.

    Raising Steam is a little different ... it jumped around a lot in the beginning (I wasn't sure who the main protagonist would be until it landed on Moist). The book also portrays the patrician differently (less decisive) and spreads the story over several years. Once it got up to speed, however, raising steam delivered !

    I am praying that this isn't the final book ... but if it is, thank you Mr. Pratchett for the many hours you've filled my life. Your books are always amusing, but it is the serious bits that I find the most touching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The E-Myth Optometrist

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michael E. Gerber, Riley F. Uglum
    • Narrated By Michael E. Gerber, Riley F. Uglum
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A successful optometry practice is a juggling act. You need to know your field of optometry, as well as how to run a small business. Your education has prepared you for the technical ins and outs of optometry practice. But what has prepared you to run a business?

    Timothy says: "Meh"
    "Meh"
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    I agree with Rich. A lot of fluff and not much useful advice for the practicing eye doctor. I applaud Dr. Uglum for writing his half (there aren't many books on this subject) but Gerber's half was generic and not helpful. It almost felt like Gerber took his existing emyth book and pasted the word "optometrist" into it. Also, I've never read a book with as many dedications and shout-outs in my life ... seriously, the first 15 minutes of audio can be skipped.

    The book doesn't cover the ethics of how Dr. Uglum hires other optometrists ... does he make them partners, or just use them to "duplicate" himself and keep them as employees forever? I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable doing that to others in my own profession, even though this is the "e-myth way." Finally, I wasn't wild about the Gerber sales pitches or the nutraceutical stuff. Other than all those negatives, a decent listen and both authors did a great job with narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battlespace: The Legacy Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    When called to do battle many light years from home, the first Marine Interstellar Expeditionary Unit rose to the challenge - and now thousands of enslaved humans have been freed from the alien yoke. But Earth is 21 years older than the home planet they originally left, and the Marines need time to retrain and readjust - time they do not have, due to the bizzare disappearance of a detachment of their brothers- and sisters-in-arms. It is a mystery, but there is a starting point: an ancient wormhole threading through the Sirius system. Whatever waits on the other side must be confronted, with stealth, with force, and without fear.

    Dennis says: "Very Good Story!"
    "Good narration, fun story"
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    Fun story. I think David Drummond does a great job with this read! Looking forward to the third book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Corps: Book One of The Legacy Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (117)

    Many millennia ago, the human race was enslaved by the An - a fearsome alien people whose cruel empire once spanned the galaxies, until they were defeated and consigned to oblivion. But a research mission to the planet Ishtar has made a terrifying - and fatal - discovery: The Ahanu, ancestors of the former masters, live on, far from the reach of Earth - born weapons and technology ... and tens of thousands of captive human souls still bow to their iron will.

    DocJim says: "OK story, quite different (or weird) in many spots"
    "I thought the narration was great."
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    I thought David Drummond did a great job narrating this book ... in fact,his voice is what drew me to the series. I'm not sure what people want ... I can only assume the average reader of this genre is a little younger and prefer a younger-sounding author?

    The story is simple, the characters not too deep. But still, a lot of fun. Reminds me of the series "march upcountry" by ringo and weber.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Prince Charlie

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Moore
    • Narrated By Ramon DeOcampo
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    After the king of Damask dies, Bad Prince Charlie is put on the throne to divert attention from his uncles' plan-to procure Weapons of Magical Destruction.

    Timothy says: "Not bad, but ..."
    "Not bad, but ..."
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    I am enjoying John Moore's books ... finished "Heroics" and "Unhandsome Prince." I didn't like this book quite as much and couldn't quite get around to finishing it.

    Overall, however, great writer and I encourage you to explore his works for those gems!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heroics for Beginners

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Moore
    • Narrated By Joe Delafield
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Prince Kevin Timberline must retrieve Ancient Artifact Model Seven from the clutches of the evil Lord Voltmeter - He Who Must Be Named - before said evil lord unleashes his diabolical plan. Luckily, Kevin wields a secret weapon that will cause the forces of darkness to tremble: The Handbook of Practical Heroics.

    Timothy says: "Milking the Giant Cow!"
    "Milking the Giant Cow!"
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    Hilarious book. Reminds me a lot of Terry Pratchett's earlier work ... fun, light, and very witty. I'm going to start downloading the author's other books now. Hazaah!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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