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Brian Parks

A man like any other. Only more so.

Bakersfield, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1226)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1039)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "A Gumshoe that is really smart."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Quality writing. The Main character was a man of conscience and deliberate action. Even so he was able to think on his feet in a very believable way.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    At some points it did. Mostly it was character development with slpashes of the mystery part on the increase as things developed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he went to see the woman the bad guy had shacked up with.


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

    No in pieces was fine.


    Any additional comments?

    The thing of Travis having a mysterious past was kind of cliche. I guess the story has to develop in some manner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Atkins Essentials: A Two-Week Program to Jump-Start Your Low Carb Lifestyle

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Atkins Health, Medical Information Services
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Millions of people around the world have already discovered the Atkins Nutritional Approach™and the remarkable benefits of controlling carbohydrates. Now it's even easier to join the revolution, lose weight, and get healthy the proven Atkins way!

    Melanie says: "Good information but a little outdated"
    "Quit yelling at me."
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Mindless drones.


    Would you recommend The Atkins Essentials to your friends? Why or why not?

    I don't know that any of my friends need to be told what to do in this manner.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By being an over the top authoritarian.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Atkins Essentials?

    It was already the condensed version.


    Any additional comments?

    When wanting to get advice or gain knowledge of a topic I want a friendly knowledgeable voice. It seems that audible's editors don't realize the personal experience listening with earbuds is. Too many of the self help tiles, like this one, are done in the style of an authoritarian orator in a stadium full of true believers that want to be told what is what. That would work for me would be like a friend or calmly confident expert telling me what they know.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1889)
    Performance
    (1611)
    Story
    (1591)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Raw vegetables, eggs, meat and cheese"
    "I ate it up with a spoon, so to speak"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up Wheat Belly in three words, what would they be?

    I finally got serious clues to how I can live without constant heartburn and lose weight.


    Would you recommend Wheat Belly to your friends? Why or why not?

    It's only been a couple of weeks and I have lost 12 pounds. I feel better than I have in years. Even if Dr. Davis' approach isn't for you, you'll never know until you give it a try.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Weiner?

    Whoever cast Mr Weiner didn't read the book before hand. They assumed it was self help and so needed that hard charging authoritarian style. They were wrong. It is more thoughtful and serious than that.


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

    In terms of my apprehension about the dangers of big business making all decisions based on profit disregarding the harm to real people I did have an extreme reaction.
    I didn't laugh or cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Allot of this book goes into the detail of Dr. Davis's hypothesis stated as scientific fact. I want to buy into it because I can see much of it as true empirically. I little more honesty in presentation would have been nice.
    Pages and pages (since it's audio minutes and minutes) of hard to follow science. I managed to do it but am a bit discouraged that I don't at least have some of the terminology in text form so I can look it up for myself.

    That all said I really really liked it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Greg Fitzsimmons
    • Narrated By Greg Fitzsimmons, Zach Galifianakis, Adam Carolla, and others
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    It's what he was raised to do. Most parents would hide or destroy any evidence so clearly demonstrating their child's failures, but-lucky for us-Greg Fitzsimmons's family has preserved each mistake in its original envelope like a trophy in a case, lest he ever forget where he came from.

    Linda says: "Funny and very entertaining."
    "Never hear of this guy, but funny"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Different production technique or maybe a different narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Since the author is a seasoned performer I'll have to assume the the way he was recorded is why hie voice got so irritating after a while.


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

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7826)
    Performance
    (7030)
    Story
    (7048)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "More fun with the Druid."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Hexed the most enjoyable?

    The balance of danger and humor and magic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hexed?

    His encounter with Coyote and the way he dispatched the escaped demon.


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

    Wanted to, but I made is last over several sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a bit disappointed that the battle with Thor teased about from the start never happened.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10161)
    Performance
    (9077)
    Story
    (9053)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Too much fun."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is so nice to have a hero that even while in the most danger imaginable is confident and yet human.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

    His interactions with the old lady and his dog.


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

    A balance of enthusiasm, realism and humor.


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

    When his lawyer and his dog were captured was tense.


    Any additional comments?

    The whole thing was such a fun romp with bad guys and historical mystical mythical characters that it didn't occur to me till after it was over that all the bad guys were women. For now I'll assume that is just the way this story line developed. If the whole series is about misogyny that would get very tiresome quickly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11481)
    Performance
    (8347)
    Story
    (8353)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Vivid details and non stop suspense"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Storm Front?

    The way the story unfolded. Some plot twists were predictable but even those were done in an intriguing way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Storm Front?

    The first time he conjured up a gnome or ferry or whatever it was. Quite charming.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Dresden


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

    Kinda


    Any additional comments?

    I hadn't read this kind of book before. Wizards and monsters and such. I really liked it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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