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Dean

a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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  • Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight and Content

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mark Levy
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (307)

    When it comes to creating ideas, we hold ourselves back. Thats because inside each of us is an internal editor whose job is to forever polish our thoughts, so we sound smart and in control, and so that we fit into society. But what happens when we encounter problems for which such conventional thinking fails us? How do we get unstuck? For Mark Levy, the answer is freewriting....

    Sherry says: "Writing to right your way"
    "Six Sigma for the mind."
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    Using brainstorming methods to get enough ideas to paper that you can make a book out of them...an interesting survey of done methods various authors and reporters have used.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1724)
    Performance
    (1199)
    Story
    (1196)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "Wondefully Detailed biography"
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    I listened to this text over the course of several months, listening to a download(about 8hours) at a time. Overall it is very detailed, well documented, and not as opinion laden as I have found many other recent historical texts. The author uses the works of those who were there as much as possible and presents the human, not just the historical saint we have all come to know through lore. Ron presents this human side in such a way that you come to appreciate exactly what he dealt with daily to bring the USA as country into reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Martin Freeman
    Overall
    (1752)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1097)

    Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability, and desperately in search of a place to eat.

    J. Carpenter says: "awesome... except for the voice of Zaphod"
    "british comedy...and sci-fi...properly funny"
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    The second installment in Adams story of Authur Dent makes for a great time. Not too long and the twists are fun even for someone who has read the series many times before. Only Adams in traditional English style can make a joke out of verb tenses in the context of time travel. The story he tells is solid enough that fantastic special effects would not be needed for a visual presentaion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2217)
    Performance
    (1739)
    Story
    (1734)

    Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana - he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

    A User says: "Aloysius X. L. Pendergast"
    "Preston/Child in full Pendergast stride"
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    Just when you thought you knew SA Pendergast and his wife, this literary duo adds more twists to the SA's adult life than a modern polititian. This story fills in some backstory of SA Pendergasts character. Sir A.C. Doyle would be pleased with this level of logical deduction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Center of Gravity: Star Carrier, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (486)

    On the far side of known human space, the Marines are under siege, battling the relentless servant races of the Sh'daar aggressor. With a task force stripped to the bone and the Terran Confederation of States racked by dissent, rogue Admiral Alexander Koenig must make the momentous decision that will seal his fate and the fate of humankind.

    spacecasecake says: "If you enjoyed the 1st installment..."
    "Great concept, bad delivery"
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    Overall the Authors concept and detail is great for depecting mankind after several centuries in space, post non-human contact. The struggle of the earth base civilization in staking it's claim to exist. Good premise, good plot, bad delivery though. The Narrator is OK, but some of the detail is a bit taxing on an audiobook. The chapters are presented like millitary log entries, which can become a bit annoying chapter after chapter, plus about a third of the book is repeated explanations of tools, places, characters, or tactics. These repeating items may be subscripts in the printed version (I hope they are at least). In the audio version the amount repeated within the individual book, and from the first book of this series almost becomes an insult to the reader/listener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Area 51

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bob Mayer, Robert Doherty
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (433)

    Deep in the Nevada desert is the most secure compound in the United States: Area 51. The most chilling experiment of all time is about to begin there. The president doesn't know about it. Just a few scientists and military personnel working for Majestic-12 do, and they are about to make a very big mistake.

    William says: "10 hours of setup for a sequel"
    "UFO Hunters meet Stargate."
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    The over all writing was bit campy. The story is a bit of historyical fiction blended with the trendy consiracy theories of the time. A fun ride even though it seems to be of the growing trend of authors/reporters being the central characters to Life, the Universe, and Everything...yeah, Douglas Adams did that too, though his writing was much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long After Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (126)

    Fantastic or conventional, chillingly suspenseful, or hauntingly nostalgic, each of these stories has that aura of the unexpected combined with the special ring of absolute rightness that is brilliantly, uniquely Bradbury.

    Iola says: "Another Bradbury Worth Listening To"
    "Ahh...Bradbury."
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    This is a short but very rich collection of tales from Ray Bradbury. Unlike may authors today the feel you need to sell books by the pound the create depth of story, each of the short stories making up this book has depth and complexity not found in tomes 1/4 its length from most modern authors. The performance is not top shelf but the stories make up for that shortage.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5811)
    Performance
    (3740)
    Story
    (3752)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Great human intrest story from unique perspective"
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    This is a great story from a unique perspective...that of a dog. This is a story about a dog and his man...and racing too. I have listened to this book three times now...it is that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Acres of Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Russell H. Conwell
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Norris
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Here is Conwell's classic inspirational speech about finding the resources to achieve all desirable things in your own community.

    david says: "A Classic Well Done"
    "Stimulating story telling letting."
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    For those that enjoy a great set of stories letting us all know what we are missing...this is it. The author ties together real life situations into a thread showing how much opertunity we are missing...right in our own back yard. A great inspirational text.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3300)
    Performance
    (2485)
    Story
    (2497)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "hmm...I enjoyed the movie more than the book."
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    I read the book before heading to the movie, and well, they were both at parellel paths of a soul through different lives in the span of centuries. The movie seemed to smooth out the over all winding path the book leads you though. Though I did enjoy the ending of the book being left out of the movie. The writing is a bit deep and complex for any but experienced readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10818)
    Performance
    (6031)
    Story
    (6077)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Read the book...saw the movie...and what?"
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    The book and movie match quite well, and I am glad the movie only discussed the ending. Though I am not pleased with the whole ending quarter with entire tale explanation thing. I like the tale, as just that a tale. The writing was top notch, and the narration was in the top tier too. Fun book, but like quite a few others, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had not finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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