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  • Extinction: Star Force, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2596)
    Performance
    (2355)
    Story
    (2365)

    In the second book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has another bad year. The Nano ships have a new mission--one that sentences their pilots to death. Meanwhile, the governments of Earth want to steal Star Force's Nano technology for their own. Worst of all, Earth has made a promise to the Macros, and the machines are coming to collect.

    Andrew says: "The Kyle Rigs Show"
    "I stopped reading after book 2"
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    What did you like best about Extinction? What did you like least?

    The general idea behind the story was a good one but I thought the story was too simplistic and the characters are unbelievable. A college professor who is a combination of Steven Hawking, in knowledge, General Patton, in strategy, and Rambo in fighting skills.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought it was predictable.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was well done.


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

    I would wait for the DVD.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By James Owen Weatherall
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (158)

    After the economic meltdown of 2008, Warren Buffett famously warned, "beware of geeks bearing formulas." But as James Weatherall demonstrates, not all geeks are created equal. While many of the mathematicians and software engineers on Wall Street failed when their abstractions turned ugly in practice, a special breed of physicists has a much deeper history of revolutionizing finance.

    TM says: "Rather Boring"
    "The title is a bit misleading."
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    This book is a summary of the entrance of more advanced mathematical analysis to the financial markets. It discusses how this change came about and specific examples of success and failure along the way. I found it distracting and annoying however that the author kept referring to how physics was now a part of wall street. The reality is that the advanced mathematical techniques used by physicists and mathematicians in their daily work made it's way, over time, to the financial world but this does not mean that physics has a new branch of study in finance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Howard Schultz, Joanne Gordon
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (407)

    In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as CEO, eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company to become chairman. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul.

    Carla says: "Interesting, but a bit annoying"
    "Starbucks the good corporate citizen."
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    I respect Howard Schultz for what he has created at Starbucks. I believe Starbucks proves that a business can be both successful and a good corporate citizen or at least makes an attempt to be so. I found the presentation of the growth and development of Starbucks very interesting but the book was repetitive. I felt like I was listening to a very long Starbucks commercial and found myself just waiting for the book to finish. The business community can learn a lot from Howards work at Starbucks: looking at profits alone can actually prevent success and creating a business that is based on quality and an ethic of good corporate citizenship can flourish and be profitable.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Will, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (185)

    The authors devoted five decades to the study of world history and philosophy, culminating in the masterful 11-volume Story of Civilization. In this compact summation of their work, Will and Ariel Durant share the vital and profound lessons of our collective past. Their perspective, gained after a lifetime of thinking and writing about the history of humankind, is an invaluable resource for us today.

    Brad the Dad says: "This is a must for every Educated Person"
    "A fast and to the point summary of history."
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    If you have ever complained about a book dragging on or taking ten pages to cover what could have been presented in just one then this book is not it. It is a quick review of Durant's conclusions about the success and failure of civilizations. I thought the book was well done and it included recorded discussions with Durant between each chapter which were very interesting. We have all heard it; a civilization that does not know the history of the success and failures of other civilizations is doomed to relive the mistakes of the past. This is your chance to hear a summary of all the major civilizations and their eventual demise and the reason they failed according to Durant. From the information presented in this book you can extend your reading to a more detailed look at a civilization that interests you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boys Adrift: Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Leonard Sax
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (587)

    Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

    neil says: "A Must Read If You Have A Son Under 30."
    "A common problem for parents of boys today."
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    Some of the material, a very small portion, is out of date but the problem that he discusses is still prevalent today. The problem of unmotivated boys is not universal but it is significant. The author brings his experience from work to shed some light on what might be behind the lack of motivation that some boys seem to have. His exploration covers many factors including environment, current culture, technology and roles. It is somewhat a battle from within for boys in light of their genetics, instincts and free will and their interaction in a modern culture. You may not agree with everything but it will make you think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Home

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Saroo Brierley
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (358)

    At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

    Jan says: "Hard book to rate... 3 or 4?"
    "A young boy's unique life experience."
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    This is a true story about a boy who becomes lost and is separated from his family from a very young age. He ultimately is adopted and grows up far away. As an adult he tries to find his way home. Don't expect adventure or excitement around every corner but there certainly was enough to keep me interested. It is not a story to entertain but to experience. The author does a good job presenting his story from start to finish with great detail given that some of the events occurred when he was just five. The story is also an introduction to the life of the very poor in India which is difficult as you might expect. There are some heroes and some villains along the way but it is a very positive story and well worth the read.

    Vikas Adam does a great job narrating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1070)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Jessica says: "Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom"
    "Well written, excellent story and performance."
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    What does Gildart Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This performance was excellent. Good distinction between voices, clear and easy to understand. He really added to the enjoyment of the story.


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

    This book was one that you wait in the car for another 10 minutes listening after you get home.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had some excellent likable characters and a collection of the ones you love to hate. The story was well developed and the characters were interesting and realistic. I immediately started book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jhereg: Vlad Taltos, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Steven Brust
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (678)

    Vlad Taltos, a mobster and assassin in the magical metropolis of Adrilankha, is given the largest contract of his career, but the job is even more complicated than he expects.

    D says: "Dragons, Assassins, and Intrigue"
    "Good story, easy to follow and entertaining."
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    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book and the story but I found the characters somewhat unrealistic. These cold ruthless killers also had a strong sense of honor, duty and put friendship above their own life. These are the traits of a hero not an assassin. I don't believe so many conflicted characters could exist. The best example I can give is that the main character met his wife because she was hired to kill him and she succeeded. He was brought back to life through magic and of course they fell in love and have lived happily ever after killing others. Makes sense to me how about you?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Fearless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4053)
    Performance
    (2855)
    Story
    (2883)

    Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.

    Jean says: "The lost fleet: fearless"
    "Dialog was juvenile best for a teen reader."
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    Any additional comments?

    I found the dialog and characters very simple and juvenile. Constant repetition of the same points was annoying; yes I understand this takes place in space and everyone is far apart and it takes time for light to travel. The narrator was so involved it made the story seem like a documentary with selected conversations between the characters.

    On a positive note the performance was very well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2119)
    Performance
    (1929)
    Story
    (1941)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "A Great Story! An elephant education."
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    Where does The Elephant Whisperer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great story that keeps your attention and introduces you to the very interesting life of elephants. You will be amazed with the interaction of elephant and man in this book and better understand the elephant and its capabilities.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Their many great scenes in the book but I don't want to ruin it for you. Safe to say the elephants take actions and do things that you will not expect and not thought possible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2649)
    Performance
    (1753)
    Story
    (1771)

    AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

    Ethan M. says: "Solid Hamiltonian Space Opera"
    "Well written but it didn't draw me in."
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    Would you listen to The Dreaming Void again? Why?

    I liked the book but I found it hard to keep my attention on the story. This is rare for me and I can only attribute it to the story. There is a great amount of detail, a complex world structure that seems well thought out but I found myself just wanting to hear about the dreams and the world that they created and not anything else. The rest of the story was just a bit boring I believe because the characters were in large part homogeneous excluding the characters that were a part of the dream.


    What aspect of John Lee’s performance would you have changed?

    John has a great reading voice but he falls short in his ability to create new voices for the various characters as well as other readers. This made following conversations a bit more challenging.


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

    I thought the book delved a bit too deeply into sexual exploits that added nothing to the plot. It seemed to be filler for those that need this activity in their books.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book delved a bit too deeply into sexual exploits that added nothing to the plot. It seemed to be filler for those that need this activity in their books. I have a flaw and that is that I feel a need to complete a series when I start and so with this series I will move to book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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