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Dirk K.

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  • Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By M. E. Thomas
    • Narrated By Bernadette Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (107)

    As M. E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, we are your neighbors, co-workers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent - even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence.... Who are we? We are highly successful, non-criminal sociopaths and we comprise 4% of the American population (that's 1 in 25 people!).

    Amazon Customer says: "Baloney"
    "Self Analysis is Power"
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    What did you love best about Confessions of a Sociopath?

    The amount of time the author spent analyzing herself and how this is communicated to the reader/listener.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The proper conveyance of this mental type. That it focuses on how these individuals are non-violent and not serial killers but rather highly successful individuals.


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

    The positive benefits of a female reader in revealing these topics, less overwhelming then a male.


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

    None specifically.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (639)

    Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

    Kim says: "Excellent, with one disappointment"
    "Alternate Approach"
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    What did you love best about Spy the Lie?

    Contrary to what preconceived ideals, this book brings new information. Specifically, about interrogation techniques that would be very useful in day to day life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It doesn't make light of the complexity of reading human emotions, the need for baselines. But instead tries to allow a comprehensive view to make well informed decisions on the validity of a persons statement.


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

    More advanced interrogation techniques. These are often opposite of those techniques commonly viewed in Hollywood and TV created series.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Complexity of Story Telling


    Any additional comments?

    Performance made this a book one of those you'd like to listen straight through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Donnie Eichar
    • Narrated By Donnie Eichar
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (224)

    In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

    Madeleine says: "Engaging and Creepy"
    "Thorough Originality"
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    If you could sum up Dead Mountain in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed. Unbiased. Riveting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Mountain?

    The build up the end bringing in topics that hadn't been mentioned in before watched documentaries.


    Have you listened to any of Donnie Eichar’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    Hats off to the author for such an original and thorough analysis of this book. The amount of research and work taken on is unbelievable and brings much credit to his style. Outside of Dead Mountain, I would read other texts by him due to the nature of his work. Unbelievably well done. Poses many options and lets the reader surmount the nature of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Homeland: Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1660)
    Performance
    (1533)
    Story
    (1555)

    This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore's signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do'Urden. This title kicks off The Legend of Drizzt series, which will showcase the classic dark elf novels in these new audiobook editions.

    Pi says: "Among the drow, all trust is foolish."
    "Slow Introduction"
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    What did you love best about Homeland?

    This book provides what I would consider kind of a slow introduction to Dark Elves. This book is crucial and was very well done, it just seems the topics and conflicts in this book are juvenile compared with those that come later on.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Zaknafein. This keeps changing as well. While growing up Drizzt was clearly my favorite character, his moral compass is common with what I would consider the mind of an adolescent. As I have grown I tend to identify with evil characters much much more. A moral compass seems to consistently cost heros a price and for them to lose something. Morally bound individuals are predictable and can be quickly surpassed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle with the gnomes and destroying the elemental would be the most impressing and favorite scene. However, the graduation ceremony with the calling of a lower denisen would of been pretty incredible to see as well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Dancing Swords


    Any additional comments?

    While Drizzt is more bound to ideals then myself, I like the overall concept. I don't like morals and ethics simply on the basis they are not mine. I do not appreciate that a society sets up guidelines and everyone is supposed to follow them. I believe you as a person should determine those ideals you hold valuable and you live by those. We were given a conscious and the ability to rationalize and think so we are able to use our minds. People are so consumed by what is right and wrong, those who are able to go outside of their comfort zone or who aren't bound to concepts like this are able to surpass everyone. Drizzt was born in a society where he rebelled against everything that his society built for, yet he used it, covered himself in it and then escaped determining how he lives his life independently. That is the greatest thing I associate with this book. He has a rescuer mentality for those who are unable to take care of themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amityville Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Anson
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (309)

    In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up. This is the shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining for the Lutz family, who were forced to flee their new home in terror.

    JRM says: "Maybe, Maybe Not"
    "Classical Horror Piece"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. With so much public attention, believe this is a crucial case to know the circumstances surrounding these events.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The males in this story/house. I would like to know why men were the only ones who were the focus of this affliction.


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

    The knowledge of pacing, proper reading, tone and not becoming over dramatic when making a case or reading an exciting chapter.


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

    Given my past experiences, my biggest reactions were to those scenes Jody made appearances. It is beyond creepy that this presence was bound to a pigs body and this is who the child was playing with. I experienced much as a child and adult and it still makes me uncomfortable that these impacts and experiences are made.


    Any additional comments?

    I am curious if the original Dafeo is possessed in prison. If that is the case, if this demon has made any attempts to transfer itself, to escape, if a suicide attempt will be made or what the individuals prison conditions are like.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gerald Brittle
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (545)

    If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

    Cliff says: "Scary fun."
    "Mind Blowing"
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    Where does The Demonologist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This would be the highest ranking audiobook I have come across thus far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Demonologist?

    The most memorable moments in the demonologist are the documented visits with demons on recordings. Absolutely intriguing, would love an opportunity to visit the museum of the occult.


    What about Todd Haberkorn’s performance did you like?

    He gave an even keeled presentation not being over dramatic, but simply added credibility by a realistic voice. It was just a very matter of fact presentation of a very knowledgeable couple.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The variances between different types of poltergeist activities, those that are contributed to ghosts and the very distinct actions of demon like activity.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a mind blowing piece, offering much insight into the history of hauntings in the United States and the world. In many senses, I believe this book would bring peace to those who currently are having interactions with presences.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Matt Baglio
    • Narrated By Matt Baglio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    The Rite describes the reality of demonic possession. It also traces the history of exorcism and and treats related topics such as satanic cults and black masses. Since Fr. Thomas was a skeptic and the author is a fact-seeking journalist, this book is more compelling even than the previous best-seller on this topic, The Exorcist.

    VH says: "Excellent"
    "Instruction"
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    Would you listen to The Rite again? Why?

    No. This book is much more of an instruction giving the history and details surrounding the rite of exorcism. As far as entertainment, thrills, this book is pretty lacking. That is not to say it is not a great text book and very interesting. If looking for factual knowledge I would highly recommend.


    What other book might you compare The Rite to and why?

    This book would be on the same shelf as those published by Gabrielle Amorth. They are books of instruction and are not written to give readers a sense of thrill or entertainment factors.


    Which character – as performed by Matt Baglio – was your favorite?

    No favorite character identified.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The variations throughout history of increased and subsequent decreased possessions.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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