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G. Merinstein

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  • Halo: Silentium: The Forerunner Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (201)

    In the last years of the Forerunner empire, chaos rules. The Flood - a horrifying shape-changing parasite - has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies. Internal strife within the ecumene has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses. Too little, too late, the legal rate of Juridicals is only now investigating possible crimes by the Master Builder and others. Evidence-gathering agents known collectively as Catalog have been dispatched to collect testimony from the Librarian and both Didacts: the Ur-Didact, treacherously abandoned in a Flood-infested system, and the Bornstellar Didact, who accompanies the Librarian as she preserves specimens.

    Ablazah says: "Orgasmic!"
    "Not my kind of scifi"
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    What would have made Halo: Silentium better?

    I feel Eric Nylund got the SciFi / Military fiction style right. Bear's vision is far too touchy-feely. This reads more like Harry Potter meets Ancient Aliens.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Greg Bear again?

    Yes, but not military fiction. My impression is that Bear wrote this without ever playing Halo, and didn't understand what made the series into cult fiction.


    Which character – as performed by Euan Morton – was your favorite?

    None of the characters felt like they belonged in the Halo universe. Morton's performance was fine; he just needs more appropriate material to work with.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman, Paul White
    • Narrated By Wes Bleed
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Is appreciation communicated regularly at your workplace? Is appreciation communicated regularly at your workplace? Do you truly feel valued by those with whom you work? If you express appreciation in ways that aren’t meaningful to your coworkers, they may not feel valued at all. The problem is you’re speaking different languages. In The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Dr. Chapman and Dr. White give you practical steps to make any workplace environment more encouraging and productive.

    G. Merinstein says: "i thought this kind of fluf went out with 1970"
    "i thought this kind of fluf went out with 1970"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    if you thought I'm OK You're OK type books are factual and accurate representations of real life, then you will probably like this too.


    Has The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace turned you off from other books in this genre?

    oh yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    its too syrupy sweet.


    What character would you cut from The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace?

    The authors


    Any additional comments?

    blech!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Synchronicity Key: The Hidden Intelligence Guiding the Universe and You

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Wilcock
    • Narrated By David Wilcock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (150)

    Using history, astrology, and synchronicity theory as well as concepts such as fractals, spiritual geometry, quantum physics, and other new research, Wilcock shows that there is a hidden architecture within time, guiding individuals and nations through a system of enlightenment Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey. Historical events occur in shockingly precise, repeating cycles of time as a result. Once we understand and identify the hidden laws governing the fates of individuals and nations through seemingly random "synchronicity", we are left with a remarkable blueprint of how best to lead our lives in this uncertain and confusing world.

    kristen says: "If you liked The Source Field Investigations..."
    "Unlistenable"
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    What disappointed you about The Synchronicity Key?

    This sounds like a new wave self help tape from the 1970s


    What was most disappointing about David Wilcock’s story?

    He is a horrible narrator. I expected him to say something like "be at peace with the universe. breath in, hold it, contemplate your navel, now release".


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    At the end of every sentence I could hear him add ".... dude". Fast Times At Ridgemont High was just a movie, and Spicolli was just a character.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    i couldn't listen to more than 1 hour before i started counting the ceiling tiles. I can't even remember the content.


    Any additional comments?

    He makes the same negative contributions to the Ancient Aliens show, but the show has so few redeeming qualities to begin with, that it is not possible for him to damage it further.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Entangled

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Graham Hancock
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Graham Hancock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (127)

    Graham Hancock has spent decades researching and writing some of the most ambitious and successful nonfiction investigations into ancient civilizations and wisdom. Entangled uses all of Hancock's skills and knowledge to propel a fantasy adventure like nothing else preceding it. This is a time-slip novel, alternating between present-day California, Brazil, and prehistoric Spain, with two teenage female protagonists who must come together to avert an incredibly bloodthirsty takeover of the human race.

    Kyle says: "Great Story"
    "Good SciFi Story that needs to be dramatized"
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    What did you love best about Entangled?

    This is a good almost classic form of scifi / fantasy story, but hearing it brought out so much more for me than when I originally read it. This is one of those stories that cries for a cast dramatization.


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

    I've heard that some readers have had extreme responses to the graphic violence in the story, and i feel these people possibly misunderstood: this is not a children's storybook (or it is, in as much as Grimm's Tales was originally a children's storybook?). it is a tale of a real and violent time in prehistory, contrasting good and evil, science and parascience. the real world is sometimes (more often than not) extremely violent. if these scenes are shocking to some, it is intentional and germane.


    Any additional comments?

    i do hope a sequel is produced soon to complete the story that Entangled has begun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Torchwood: The Exodus Code

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman
    • Narrated By Daniel Pirrie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. Women being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice - the number one Twitter trend is #realfemmefatales. Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there's not much of Torchwood left.

    Bonnie says: "Exodus Code an immortals adventure"
    "Miracle Day, The Sequel"
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    Would you try another book from John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman and/or Daniel Pirrie?

    Yes, if it's another Dr Who or Torchwood themed story. This book moves very slowly for at least the first half: if not for the Torchwood characters I probably would have stopped listening 2 hours in. Daniel Pirrie's characterisations were amusing, especially when he used the stereotypical GeoW Bush voice to represent how the British hear all Americans' accents, and then performed the dialog using their British pronunciations. e.g. to Americans a "Geezer" is an old codger where as a "geyser" is an erupting spring of water.


    Did Torchwood: The Exodus Code inspire you to do anything?

    I reviewed my copy of The Masque of Mandragora classic DW episode again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: Glasslands

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (439)

    The Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and her colonies. For the first time in decades, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting's stopped, the war is far from over: it's just gone underground. The UNSC's feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five, a team of ODSTs, a Spartan, and a diabolical AI to accelerate the Sangheili insurrection.

    S. Blackwell says: "Traviss at the top of her game"
    "Traviss should leave Halo to other authors"
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    This should be called "Crucify Halsey" rather than Glasslands as almost the entire story seems to be a vehicle for Traviss to replay time-worn cliches about govt abuses of power instead of the continuation of the Ghosts of Onyx. It seems as though she wrote this without reading any of the earlier stories. This reminds me of all the Atlantis myths and legends that grew out of Plato's mentioning of Atlantis, while only retaining a superficial relationship to the few lines mentioned by Plato. I found Traviss' version of Halo to be boring and uninteresting. In addition to being a waste of time and money, it's actually insulting to any fan of the game and the stories.

    10 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The God Theory: Universes, Zero-Point Fields and What's Behind It All

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bernard Haisch
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    On the one hand, we have traditional science, based on the premises of materialism, reductionism, and randomness, with a belief that reality consists solely of matter and energy, that everything can be measured in the laboratory or observed by a telescope. If it can't, it doesn't exist. On the other hand, we have traditional religious dogma concerning God that fails to take into account evolution, a 4.6-billion-year-old Earth, and the conflicting claims of the world's religions.

    Evert says: "Excellent"
    "Every time I think I've heard"
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    the worst possible audiobook, i manage to find yet one more that goes just that much further. the author explains how his insecurities over the quantum theory uncertainties drove him to find solace in the uncertainties of a divinity he can neither see, hear or experience directly, but must exist if only to provide him an alternative to the quantum and string theories who's mathematics escape him. If only they hadn't found a narrator who's voice is reminiscent of Marshall Applewhite and thus made me long for Comet Hale-Bopp.

    15 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Gregg Braden
    • Narrated By Gregg Braden
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    In his latest work, former senior computer systems designer and bestselling author Gregg Braden merges these ancient and modern world views into a powerful new model of time. Marrying the modern laws of fractal patterns to the ancient concept of cycles, he demonstrates how everything from the war and peace between nations to our most joyous relationships and personal crises are the returning patterns of our past.

    Roy says: "Food for Thought"
    "New Age Drecht"
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    This should be listed as "Fiction: Myth, Legends, Fairy-Tales" . If, as an author, you plan to make galactic claims based upon grossly generalized and implied correlations, you should be prepared to offer at least some brute facts as substantiation. Myths cannot be presented as proofs for using fairy tales as factual history.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Amber Benson
    • Narrated By Amber Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Calliope Reaper-Jones so just wanted a normal life: buying designer shoes on sale, dating guys from Craig’s List, web-surfing for organic dim-sum for her boss. But when her father - who happens to be Death himself - is kidnapped, and the Devil’s Protege embarks on a hostile takeover of the family business, Death, Inc., Callie returns home to assume the CEO mantle - only to discover she must complete three nearly impossible tasks in the realm of the afterlife first.

    Steve says: "Hard to listen to..."
    "Snorefest"
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    Amber Benson is a great actress: she's a delight to see and watch perform on screen (big and small). She should stick to it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jesse Ventura, Dick Russell
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    There's the Freedom of Information Act, and then there's Ventura's way. The official spin on numerous government programs is flat-out bull, according to Jesse Ventura. In this incredible collection of actual government documents, Ventura, the ultimate nonpartisan truth-seeker, proves it beyond any doubt. He and Dick Russell walk listeners through 63 of the most incriminating programs to reveal what really happens behind the closed doors.

    Amazon Customer says: "Needs to come with a WARNING for this narrator"
    "Bring Out The Body!"
    Overall

    I hear Jesse on cable TV, and on Howard Stern. He is able to get his points across quite understandably and intelligently, so why doesn't he narrate his own books? This could have been an excellent listen since when Gov. Ventura spoke, everyone listened. They might not have all liked what he said, because he never pulled his punches, but everyone tuned in. I really wanted to hear Jesse speak his own words, with his own emotions and in his own style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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