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Dustin

HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Undisputed Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mike Tyson, Larry Sloman
    • Narrated By Joshua Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (281)

    Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon - Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time - and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior.

    Brock says: "Fascinating story about a train wreck of a life"
    "Mixed feelings on this book..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Undisputed Truth to be better than the print version?

    No, it was worth listening to while at work.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It is known that Tyson has lead a crazy life, but it was interesting to hear about all of the legal issues the guy had; he really had a hard time keeping his self out of trouble.


    Which character – as performed by Joshua Henry – was your favorite?

    The best part of the book was the first few chapters, where he describes his early part of his life; where he tells stories about him and Cus D’Amato.


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

    It is funny to hear about how crazy he was, but sad in the same sense. This guy never learns from his mistakes and wasted most of his life. Tyson also surrounded himself if really bad people that just took advantage of him.


    Any additional comments?

    If it wasn’t for the cocaine, Tyson would have probably lived a different life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plastic Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Moore, Cassandra Phillips
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (22)

    A prominent seafaring environmentalist and researcher shares his shocking discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, which inspired a fundamental rethinking of the Plastic Age and a growing global health crisis.

    Dustin says: "Eye opener for a major problem humans have created"
    "Eye opener for a major problem humans have created"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book, on the simple fact that people really need to understand the problem of living in a generation that is very wasteful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Plastic Ocean?

    The moment that really caught my attention is when the author described the size of the plastic waste. Yes there are large pieces of plastic, but most of what is in the ocean is micro pieces of plastic. Also when the author talked about how fishermen dump their nets in the ocean to save on weight and space for more fish.


    Did Mel Foster do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He was a little monotone, but in general he was okay. I wouldn’t seek him out as a narrator, but I wouldn’t stay away from a book because of him.


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

    The tagline should be the same as the book title; it is catchy and simple.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Oil Conspiracy: How the U.S. Government Hid the Nazi Discovery of Abiotic Oil from the American People

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jerome R. Corsi
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    At the end of World War II, U.S. intelligence agents confiscated thousands of Nazi documents on what was known as the “Fischer-Tropsch Process” - a series of equations developed by German chemists unlocking the secrets of how oil is formed. When the Nazis took power, Germany had resolved to develop enough synthetic oil to wage war successfully, even without abundant national oil reserves.

    Dustin says: "Complete and total waste of time"
    "Complete and total waste of time"
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    What disappointed you about The Great Oil Conspiracy?

    First off I am a petroleum geologist; regardless of what I have been trained to believe (Academia and Industry) I was intrigued by the title of this book and the concept of abiotic oil. In short this book is simply incoherent ramblings that fail to present little evidence regarding origin of abiotic oil. Corsi continually talks about drilling deeper into the earth and at greater water depths, which he correlates to abiotic. Corsi clearly is not a scientist and doesn't have a grasp of geology or a petroleum system in general. He kept painting the picture that hydrocarbon (fossil fuels) are from dinosaurs or something of sorts. He is correct in stating that these fossils are rare and could not produce the amount of hydrocarbon that humans have consumed. There is a major gap Corsi fails to mention, single cell organisms; which has been very abundant through MUCH of earth’s time. It is convenient that Corsi does not mention many of the tight oil/shale gas/ oil shale plays that have boosted US production in the last decade are actual source rocks. There are a few different types of source rocks, but the major source rocks where hydrocarbons are formed from a mixture of lithics (clay + quartz + carbonate) and algal remains deposited under anoxic conditions fresh water environment or formed from marine planktonic and bacterial remains preserved under anoxic conditions in marine environments. The industry has long known that these source rocks do in fact contain hydrocarbon, however the permeability of these rocks are extremely low, resulting in uneconomic production rates. Thus there is a lot of oil in these formations, but it’s simply uneconomic. That is until the industry advanced its methods in hydraulically fracturing a formation to increase it’s permeability.

    The argument that Hubbert's peak oil curve is certainly does have some downfalls, at least in regards to timing of peak oil. Hubbert's peak oil is outdated, BUT is a function of improved technology (e.g. hydraulic fracturing or horizontal drilling) over the years rather than an "unlimited source" of oil from the mantle. In my view it is likely that the recent oil boom in the unconventional reservoirs (oil and gas shale) in the US has simply delayed peak oil. Peak oil is real and we will eventually have to come to grips with it.

    Overall, an interesting book in regards to hearing what the theory of abiotic oil, but this book was a waste of time. The only reason I finished it, is because of the book’s short length. Corsi does not present a convincing argument of abiotic oil, but illustrates the standpoint of person who doesn’t grasp petroleum system.

    I don’t doubt that many people will discredit my review, because I am an industry stooge, which I am okay with. For the people who have a scientific or engineering background that are interested in entertaining the idea of abiotic oil, if only to learn about a conspiracy theory; don't waste your time.


    Has The Great Oil Conspiracy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, since I work in the petroleum industry I have a vested interest in learning about all of the theories people have about peak oil and its potential results. However after this book, I will unquestionably pay closer attention to previous reviews.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Fleet Cooper?

    The narrator wasn’t the problem with the book; the problem was the actual content of the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Great Oil Conspiracy?

    The author simply preached about a conspiracy theory, with little knowledge of where most people understand hydrocarbon to come from. Corsi needs to understand the general knowledge before preaching conspiracy theories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Daphne Sheldrick
    • Narrated By Virginia McKenna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Daphne Sheldrick, whose family arrived in Africa from Scotland in the 1820s, is the first person ever to have successfully hand-reared newborn elephants. Her deep empathy and understanding, her years of observing Kenya’s rich variety of wildlife, and her pioneering work in perfecting the right husbandry and milk formula have saved countless elephants, rhinos, and other baby animals from certain death.

    Prsilla says: "A LOVE STORY IN EVERY SENSE"
    "No climax, but really nice history of DSWT"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a must for anyone who is a supporter of the David Sheldrick’s Wildlife Trust, but if you are not a avid supporter the book may have a hard time keeping your attention.


    Would you recommend Love, Life, and Elephants to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would recommend this book to the correct people; supporters of the DSWT. If you like elephants though, the Elephant Whisper is a better book and will make you fall in love with elephants.


    What about Virginia McKenna’s performance did you like?

    Her performance is very good and it makes you feel that Daphne Sheldrick is reading the book. Virginia is so good; I had to check to see if Daphne was the narrator.


    Could you see Love, Life, and Elephants being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The book should be made into a movie for the sake of the African Elephant.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11988)
    Performance
    (10384)
    Story
    (10360)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Jobs was a jerk, just a visionary"
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    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a really good book and probably the best overview of Apple; it’s also a great overview of the computer/technology sector.


    What other book might you compare Steve Jobs to and why?

    Not sure, but based on this book, I bet this book is probably one of the best.


    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

    Jobs...


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

    How Jobs figured out what technology people would want, before they ever knew they wanted it.


    Any additional comments?

    worth the read...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God, Guns, & Rock 'n' Roll

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ted Nugent
    • Narrated By Scotty Drake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Rock-and-roll legend Ted Nugent contends that a lot of what is wrong with this country could be remedied by a simple but controversial concept: gun ownership. With humor and classic-rock attitude, Nugent lays down his prescription for what ails America: his "Warrior Code" training, highlighting the responsible exercising of our second-ammendment rights.

    Russell says: "A great education in gun safety, morals and Rock."
    "Sll he talks about is simply killing animals"
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    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator does a pretty good job of reading the text.


    Could you see God, Guns, & Rock 'n' Roll being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The final straw was when he started to talk about killing elephants, which are an endangered species. This was a mistake getting this book and I am requesting a refund after I finish my review of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ethan Rarick
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (305)

    In late October 1846, the last wagon train of that year's westward migration stopped overnight before resuming its arduous climb over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, unaware that a fearsome storm was gathering force. After months of grueling travel, the 81 men, women and children would be trapped for a brutal winter with little food and only primitive shelter. The conclusion is known: by spring of the next year, the Donner Party was synonymous with the most harrowing extremes of human survival.

    Roger says: "I REALLY enjoyed this book"
    "Great book but very sad story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Desperate Passage the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed how detailed the book is, even though it is terribly depressing to hear what the people went though.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Desperate Passage?

    The details of the living conditions and different people clustered together.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Prince – was your favorite?

    There really wasn't a single person that I connected with, but it was a great history listen into what they people went through


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

    No it is simply to long


    Any additional comments?

    don't listen to the second half of the book during lunch...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming Economic Collapse: How You Can Thrive When Oil Costs $200 a Barrel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dr. Stephen Leeb, Glen Strathy
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (51)

    In The Coming Economic Collapse, Dr. Leeb shows that the U.S. economy is standing on the brink of the biggest crisis in history.

    As the fast-growing economies of China and India push global demand for oil beyond production capacity, Americans will experience a permanent energy shortfall far worse than the one in the 1970s. The result will be severe financial hardship for most people, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for investors to become incredibly rich.

    This is an urgent call-to-arms to avert an all-but-certain catastrophe and a survival kit for an era that offers us only two financial choices: poverty or wealth.

    Christopher says: "Interesting but painful."
    "Not really worth the read..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dr. Stephen Leeb and Glen Strathy again?

    no


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last chapter was the only chapter I really found interesting.

    Since this book is a few years old, it is interesting to look back and see if what the author was predicting would be correct. Most of the time the author is wrong and completely miss judged the impact that unconventional and shale plays would have on the energy sector.


    Could you see The Coming Economic Collapse being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    nope


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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