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Frank

drFrank

Coraopolis, PA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Cross and the Switchblade

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    Gang-fighters! Drug addicts. Teenage runaways and prostitutes! The toughest and most hopeless kids that New York's ghettos had to offer. Then a young preacher from the Pennsylvania hills arrived on their turf and began preaching a message of renewal, miracles, and God's love. This is one of the century's great true stories. Over 14 million copies in print!

    Carole says: "hope when there is no hope"
    "This book will impact your heart and soul!"
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    Not only is the content of the book excellent but the reader does an amazing job in his delivery. I highly recommend this book and it will impact your heart.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Act of War: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (153)

    After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There’s just one problem - no one knows if she can be trusted. But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion.

    Sherry Pitcock says: "Not my favorite"
    "Just okay | Predictable and underwhelmed"
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    I found it predictable, lacking in suspense, and underwhelming compared to many others I read/listened to in the same genre.

    A few times, I almost deleted it from my iPhone out of boredom but kept listening thinking a new twist was around the corner. Obviously, the writer enjoys the details of the weapons which seemed to make the weapons more the subject than the characters.

    I gave it a 3 star overall based on the fact the story line 'could' happen in the near future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donald Miller
    • Narrated By Donald Miller
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (207)

    Full of beautiful, heart-wrenching, and hilarious stories, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details one man's opportunity to edit his life as if her were a character in a movie. Years after writing his best-selling memoir, Donald Miller went into a funk and spent months sleeping in and avoiding his publisher. One story had ended, and Don was unsure how to start another.

    Scott says: "Inspiring me to live a better story."
    "A book to make you stop and think!"
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    At first I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the book or not. I purchased it based on a few recommendations and this is one of those books that contains many hidden meanings and lessons. There were a few times when the narrator (the author) seemed dry in his delivery, (which is why I rated performance a 3) but overall the book's content made up for the delivery. I recommend the book for all of the life's nuggets. Create your own story and live life to its fullest!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (873)

    Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

    Grant says: "Fighting through procrastination."
    "Must read | more than one time"
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    This book is short but filed with many nuggets that could get lost in the context. I have 3 plus decades in the business world and found this book a great resource to get my mind moving forward. I wish I could explain it but my suggestion is to listen to it, then listen to it again. You will not be sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Do the Work

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Steven Pressfield
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (318)

    Could you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don't know where to start?The answer is Do the Work, a manifesto by best-selling author Steven Pressfield, that will show you that it’s not about better ideas, it’s about actually doing the work. Do the Work is a weapon against Resistance - a tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door.

    Luke J. Morris says: "Good Information"
    "Simple but so true most will not do"
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    Excellent book for the writer or anyone in particular. Too often the work isn't done and we wonder why we don't get results. This is a must read for all workers but especially for those in a professional or entrepreneur adventure. It is a book that I will listen to many times and refer to it for hidden nuggets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Gloria Gaynor, Sue Carswell
    • Narrated By Gloria Gaynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Gloria Gaynor’s number-one hit single "I Will Survive" debuted in 1978 to overwhelming success. Shortly thereafter, the single went double platinum. Over three decades later, it still strikes a chord among men and women everywhere. Over the years, the disco legend has received thousands of personal messages from adoring fans whose lives have been transformed by this timeless song. Here, she shares 40 of those inspirational, true stories.

    Linda Lou says: "Hmmmmm.......? NO!"
    "Good story but became boring"
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    Maybe if the book was narrated by someone else or someone used to using different voices for the anecdotes and stories I could rate it higher. I reached 50% into the book and became bored because although the stories were different, they sounded the same when read by Gloria. I am sorry but this began to depress rather than inspire me from the stories. I have it on my iPhone and will pick up listening to it in the future but it isn't a book that I could finish without stopping many times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9360)
    Performance
    (8579)
    Story
    (8629)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Great story line but the language!"
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    I know I am an odd one out with this review but I am writing this as a grandfather of five grandchildren and my eldest granddaughter is a prolific reader. (Second place in her school last year for AR.) She fell in love with John Green and his writing and I felt the need to read a few of his books. The language in this book is better than others but I do not feel it is appropriate for a 14 year old and unfortunately the young adults category includes this age group. If you are a Christian, you might find the negative comments and the context of some of the statements anti-God. (I did)

    However, with all of that stated, the thesis behind the book is outstanding and the message about young (or old) people with cancer or similar diseases needed. I wish the book wasn't filled with all of the cussing (f-bombs) and more because I believe it should be read by YA but I cannot recommend it to them.

    There are multiple references to sex but nowhere as many as "Looking for Alaska" which is filled with enough vulgarity to move it to R in my ratings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Work a Room: The Ultimate Guide to Savvy Socializing in Person and Online

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Susan RoAne
    • Narrated By Susan RoAne
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    You enter a crowded room. For a moment every eye is on you. And a little voice inside you cries, "HELP!" If this has ever happened to you, you're not alone! Walking into a room full of people you don't know can be very uncomfortable. It can also be one of your very best opportunities to meet and make new business contacts and friends. The Mingling Maven™ will show step by step, how to allay your fears and make the most of every moment.

    Frank says: "Get out and mingle! Great book"
    "Get out and mingle! Great book"
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    I heard Susan interviewed on a show and was fascinated by her information and immediately purchased the audio version of her book. Not only is it filled with tremendous tips for 'working a room' but it has nuggets of great life tips and this is a must read for everyone and especially those entering the workforce.

    The updated version is timely and has ideas for various online social networks and to paraphrase, there is nothing like getting out and mingling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1082)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (913)

    Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

    FanB14 says: "Humorous YA for Adults"
    "What am I missing - Horrible!"
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    I must have missed something - Yes, this book chronicles the lives of some teens, I cannot endorse this book as anything more than soft P***. The language is horrible and the reader content should be much higher than 14.

    I read this type of book since my eldest granddaughter is an amazing reader and is always looking for new books to read. Therefore, I attempt to read books listed for her age group. I found this book fell short of anything worth reading.

    The narrator did a good job reading the book but that is the only redeeming quality of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1552)
    Performance
    (1422)
    Story
    (1415)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Great story - so so ending"
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    The book grabbed my attention from the beginning which is excellent. It had enough twists and turns to keep my interest until the end. However, the ending or should I say transition to the second book, tamed my interest to read book two. I might listen to it but as of now, I doubt it. I can understand why but didn't like the ending. It seems to me it is only there as a springboard to book two.

    Too bad there isn't a section for ending - I would give it a 2-3 stars at best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (903)
    Performance
    (812)
    Story
    (814)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "Hilarious at times with some good life lessons"
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    The book starts off very funny and continues as many memoirs do with parts seeming like you fell into a soap opera and other parts with tremendous life lessons. If you grew up watching Penny as Laverne or many of the other roles she played (director of many great movies) then the behind the scenes will interest you.

    Overall, I found the book entertaining but there were times when it seemed to derail. Beware of the 'f' bombs and other 'rough' language throughout the book.

    I gave it four stars but it is more like 3.5 stars for me.

    The biggest life lesson - Not everything your parents attempt to teach you is wrong. :D

    Her mom kept pushing her and her two siblings to entertain people and although Penny pushed back, she ended up in the entertainment world as well as her brother. How ironic.

    If you think your family is crazy or dysfunctional, then this is a must read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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