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Benjamin

Forensic Psychologist in Northern California

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  • The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Epstein
    • Narrated By David Epstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training? In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle.

    Cynthia says: "Epstein writes! He scores!"
    "Quit with the accents dude!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The content in this book is fascinating, so yes.


    What other book might you compare The Sports Gene to and why?

    Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers." Both offer opinions on success.


    What didn’t you like about David Epstein’s performance?

    His attempts to read in accents (German, Australian, French, etc) and gender tones (female) are a fucking embarrassment. They remind me of a fifth grader in a drama class. The German accent sounds like something out of Dr. Strangelove.


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

    The hypothesis regarding increased fast twitch muscle content in West African sprinters. Utterly fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    Still worth it, just get a different reader OR don't attempt accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Dark Road to Mercy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Wiley Cash
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Erik Bergmann, Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    This Dark Road to Mercy is a tale of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, a story that involves two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins. When their mother dies unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Easter Quillby and her six-year-old sister, Ruby, are shuffled into the foster care system in Gastonia, North Carolina, a little town not far from the Appalachian Mountains. But just as they settle into their new life, their errant father, Wade, an ex-minor-league baseball player whom they haven't seen in years, suddenly reappears and steals them away in the middle of the night.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Easter offers chance at redemption; but no spark"
    "A very fine book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes: Gripping story, with complex, imperfect characters.


    What other book might you compare This Dark Road to Mercy to and why?

    A land more kind than home, Mr. Cash's first book: A book about failed fatherhood told from multiple first person narrators.


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

    The female reader for the female protagonist lends nice tone and subtlety.


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

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice work again from Mr. Cash. A very fine book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ryan Holiday
    • Narrated By Ryan Holiday
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (166)

    We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn't be this way. There is a formula for success that's been followed by the icons of history - from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs - a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.

    Jason DeFillippo says: "Great book I wish I had 25 years ago"
    "Just fine."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No, it is what I expected. Nice anecdotes.


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

    Not a story. Not applicable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Slightly nasal voice. No big deal.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Just fine.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Yellow Birds: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Kevin Powers
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    "The war tried to kill us in the spring," begins this breathtaking account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21-year-old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. Bound together since basic training when their tough-as-nails sergeant ordered Bartle to watch over Murphy, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.

    Buzz says: "Sad and Unforgettable"
    "An unusually profound book."
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    Would you listen to The Yellow Birds again? Why?

    I never listen to books twice


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator, he was honest and deep thinking.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the German bar.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Yellow Birds and why?

    Again, the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Reads like poetry without the self-indulgence. One of the most evocative books I've ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Rust

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation-as well as the acts of friendship, loyalty, and love-that arise from its loss. From local bars to train yards to prison, it is the story of two young men, bound to the town by family, responsibility, inertia, and the beauty around them, who dream of a future beyond the factories and abandoned homes.

    Darwin8u says: "A Web of Despair and Desperation"
    "Engaging and solid, start to finish"
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    What did you love best about American Rust?

    Gritty narrative, excellent depiction of cultural demise.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way relatively good people find themselves severely compromised.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    Billy Poe.


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

    No. Some passages were worth mulling over.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of passive verbs. Whatever, I don't write that well...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (564)

    The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

    KP says: "Read this, don't listen"
    "Great story with a few glaring mistakes"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret History to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret History?

    Henry's description of the bacchanal.


    What aspect of Donna Tartt’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing, she reads well. Maybe a bit self-indulgent on sensory description, but hey, she's the boss.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a few mistakes which stand out like bad service in a three star restaurant. No eighteen year old heterosexual male from the California badlands can identify the smell of bergamot, no matter how sensitive he is. No ex-footbal player, described as "jowly," and standing six foot three, would weight 190 pounds - more like 290. 6-3 and 190 is Mike Phelps, i.e. lanky. And no young straight male EVER fantasizes about kissing a woman's hairline, again no matter how sensitive...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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