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I am a technical software executive with a passion for fantasy, self improvement and action literature. As life forced itself on me I found less and less time to read so when I found audible it was a great match! I listen mostly in the car or while walking the dog. I can tell I'm listening to a great book when I find myself volunteering to run errands or walk the dog for the third time that day.

Houston, TX USA | Member Since 2009

  • 4 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 170 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Melissa says: "Not as good as some of the others in the series"
    "Series is like McDonald’s"

    To me this series is like McDonald’s, I know its complete crap inside but dang if it isn’t amazingly good. This book leaves you craving more, including the insatiable desire for more Oberon, Granuaile and fries. I love how this series tells of the most fantastic and unbelievable events or people in a sarcastic, very modern and matter of fact tone.

    Trapped continues the series in the normal grand and epic way including a strange combination of elves, vampires, gods, hell and sex. I love Atticus's apprentice Granuaile and while she seems a little over done she is completely awesome. Oberon, the dog, is very entertaining but has become a little too very intelligent for me. This book also includes a lot more info about Tuatha De Danann and the dark elves (who appear and clown around a little). Luke Daniel narration is perfect and makes the whole story fun to listen to.

    Unfortunately this book ends with lots of loose ends and didn’t close as tightly as previous books in the series. Because of a short introduction and the loose ends at the close, the book doesn’t stand on its own. If you’re following the series this book is a must listen otherwise start listening to the series with book one (Welcome to McDonald’s, may I take your order please?).

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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"
    "Interesting book on personal habits but..."

    Some of the information in this book is insightful on a personal level. However, on a business level the stories and examples, while interesting, did not relate to the subject of habits. After the first few chapters, it appeared more like a collection of stories loosely related than a single book working toward a recommendation/conclusion/summary.
    Not sure I would recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    "Had to force myself to finish it"

    I disliked this book and would not recommend it to anyone. In my opinion, it seemed like a heavy handed and rough first attempt at writing an action novel. The book was extremely predicable with little character development. Every Saudi was corrupt, every government official was inept and the protagonist, Dewey Andreas, is completely unstoppable and totally unbelievable. The bad guys can kill anyone with surgical precision except of course, Dewey.

    The narrator read at a slow pace with a near monotone voice using few inflections aside from speaking through clenched teeth at times.

    I am stunned that I have such a different opinion than most reviewers. I enjoy this genre and am an avid fan of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series. For some reason, with this one I had to force myself to finish it before buying a different audio book.

    30 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    D says: "A GREAT TRILOGY!!!"
    "Fantastic Story"

    The Final Empire is one of the best books I have ever listened too. I was so convinced Vin was screwing up by trusting that I almost quit listening. Kramer is a fantastic narrator-- voices, tones fluctuations and speed variations made it so convincing that I was watching these characters. The overall world, characters and magic is wonderfully created by this amazing author. Can't recommend highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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