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Chip

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  • 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
    (290)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (270)

    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.

    Bruce says: "Fascinating and compassionate investigation"
    "An interesting story told well"
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    Where does Dead Mountain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've purchased over 100 audio-books since joining Audible.com back in 2005 and this book ranks in the 80%. I recommend this book.


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

    Most of the books I listen to entertain me while I'm driving so I take the audio-books in doses just as I do the podcasts I download and listen to. Rarely am I afforded the opportunity to listen to a book from beginning to end while driving.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a well written book and a good story told well. I enjoyed the book and recommend it. I don't agree with the authors conclusions but that does not take away from the quality of the writing or the quality of the story telling.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2302)
    Performance
    (2166)
    Story
    (2174)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "A fun book to listen to"
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    What made the experience of listening to Off to Be the Wizard the most enjoyable?

    Great writing. The author is very creative and gets high marks for originality.


    What other book might you compare Off to Be the Wizard to and why?

    Difficult to compare as I don't listen to much fiction.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Daniel's did a wonderful job with the characters.


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

    I listen to books while driving.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are in the mood for something light, fun and funny I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lying

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (894)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (781)

    As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

    Teri Ambrose says: "Inspirational, quick read"
    "Literary excellence"
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    Where does Lying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best essay I've ever listen to. This essay is in the top five of all the material I've downloaded from Audible.com.

    Well done to all...


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How well Mr. Harris defends is hypothesis.


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

    There is no acceptable circumstance requiring anyone to tell a lie. None!


    Any additional comments?

    This is an important piece of literary excellence. I believe this material should be required reading for kids in grade school, junior high, high school and college. This essay should be discussed at the dinner table of every family having kids. Every time a child reads this essay they should be required to write a paper defending the merits.

    It is time for the human race to take a step forward on the topic of honesty and integrity. If kids cannot learn about honesty and integrity at home then the education system needs to expose the necessity of these virtues to the youth of our nation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10726)
    Performance
    (5112)
    Story
    (5133)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Great book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to many people and this book has been the topic for many great conversations at the dinner table, at dinner parties and in my classrooms as I'm a former adjunct faculty member at a couple different colleges. Well done Mr. Gladwell


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

    I found the data and how it was presented to be extremely motivational.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to this book three or four times.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pain and Gain: The Untold True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marc Schiller
    • Narrated By Bill Fike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    What if you were kidnapped, tied to a wall for a month, starved, humiliated, tortured and then they tried to murder you, but you survived? What stories would you tell of how you were able to survive and the struggles you went though? What if you went to the police and they did not believe you? What would you do to evade those trying to kill you and how would you bring the criminals to justice before they struck again? How would that change your life and the way you perceived the world and people?

    Roberta says: "a living nightmare, well told"
    "Fascinating story"
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    Would you listen to Pain and Gain again? Why?

    I would not listen to the book again but after listening to it I went to Netflix and ordered the movie. I'm currently waiting for the arrival for the DVD.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pain and Gain?

    I felt profound frustration in the hospital's staff failing to respond to Mr. Schiller's request for law enforcement to be notified but I understand it. I was in a horrific motorcycle accident that left me disabled. My forth night in the hospital I awoke with amnesia and under the impression I was a POW being tortured to death. I tried to escape from the hospital that was taking excellent care of me. Because of this I understand patients having experienced severe trauma are not always thinking in their right mind.


    Which character – as performed by Bill Fike – was your favorite?

    Mr. Schiller is a great protagonist


    What did you learn from Pain and Gain that you would use in your daily life?

    Don't give up


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book and look forward to watching the movie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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