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Guilherme

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky

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  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14568)
    Performance
    (11709)
    Story
    (11773)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Katy Crumpton says: "Very enjoyable (but a slight warning)"
    "Good story and plot but slow paced."
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    Some terrible old evil awakens again to threaten humanity, but this time mankind is defenseless since it has forgotten the old ways (the knights radiant) and 'powers (soulcasting and surgebinding) which have been used in the past to combat that same evil. This is the basic premise of the story of this book.

    There are 3 main viewpoint characters, Kaladin A darkeye, or peasant, Shallan Davar A minor lighteyes, or noble,, Dalinar Kholin A highprince of Alethkar. And a few other minor viewpoint character the most notorious of those is Szeth-son-son-Vallano, an assassin from the land of Shinovar who is tormented by the murders he performs.

    The plot is compelling and despite its length (45 hours of so). I didn't listen to any other book before finishing this one. On the bad side, aside from a few action packed chapters where Szeth is the protagonist, the pace only starts to pick up at the end of the book (chapter 65 onwards – Sadius betrayal).

    I find that the book gets very boring and repetitive especially at the beginning of a change in viewpoint characters. This is because the author had the necessity of remembering the reader how awful the character felt, how worried he/she is, and how miserable he/she is. To the point that before chapter 65, every time something actually happens, (a few pages at best) the action offset by much more pages of whining and depression.

    I already started listening to book 2, and I recommend the book but if you are reading/listening ASOIF don't get to excited about this one, it's not the same thing, not even close. So 3 stars to it. If I hadn't listen the game of throne books I would give this one 4 stars.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24832)
    Performance
    (11289)
    Story
    (11366)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Good story line, good characters but no aha moment"
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    The book is a good listen. Very different way of the usual American detective story, not because the way it is written but because of the unusual setting Sweden. The author background might have helped.

    No superhuman characters, this by itself is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scrum

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jeff Sutherland
    • Narrated By J. J. Sutherland
    Overall
    (1577)
    Performance
    (1265)
    Story
    (1255)

    By the man who helped invent the red-hot management process known as "Scrum", Scrum unveils what is wrong with the way we currently do work, and how a simple set of principles, applied in exactly the right sequence, can accelerate productivity and quality as much as 1200 percent. Scrum (which gets its name from the formation in rugby in which the whole team locks its arms to gain control of the ball) is the reason that Amazon can launch a new feature on its website every day.

    Luis Neria-Govea says: "Gives a justification for pursuing scrum"
    "Incredible system should be everywhere"
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    I never heard about Scrum before, unfortunately. The system is flexible and gives personal power to those who are doing the stuff instead of to those on the top - the boss barking out orders to his subjects.

    I am already thinking about ways I can implement the system in my life and work. I'm certainly planning to spread the word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By David Fitzgerald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (227)

    Nailed sheds light on ten beloved Christian myths, and, with evidence gathered from historians across the theological spectrum, shows how they point to a Jesus Christ created solely through allegorical alchemy of hope and imagination; a messiah transformed from a purely literary, theological construct into the familiar figure of Jesus - in short, a purely mythic Christ.

    Neuron says: "I Lost my faith in Jesus"
    "Nailing Jesus mith"
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    I recommend this book for all those people who blindly believe everything they hear in church and for all those who declare to follow the bible. What they really believe is nothing more than a fictional story, like mobi dick, The difference is that Moby Dick certainly was not the fault of so many deaths in the world. Blind faith is at fault here, not just christianism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Darren Hardy
    • Narrated By Darren Hardy
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Darren Hardy, publisher and editorial director of Success magazine, presents The Compound Effect, a distillation of the fundamental principles that have guided the most phenomenal achievements in business, relationships, and beyond.

    Sunny Lowe says: "Great book!"
    "A jolt of inspiration"
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    This book will inspire you to do the things you been putting off. Although many of the ideas presented here could very well been taken from Brian Tracy the way the author delivers is good.

    He is a show off and, specially in the beginning of the book, wants to show the readers how rich and successful he is but after a while he drops the bullshit and the book becomes enjoyable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5647)
    Performance
    (3249)
    Story
    (3294)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Inspirational and full of great stories"
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    If you could sum up Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen in three words, what would they be?

    Can make it in 4: Back to the origins.
    I went into this thinking that it would probably be a pretty good book, but maybe best for super athletes, but nothing could be further from the truth. This book is for anyone who enjoys discovering new ideas and information. It also might inspire you to pick up your running shoes (or not!) and hit the trails for a nice long run.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Sanders – was your favorite?

    Caballo Blanco, I mean who would not admire a crazy wanderer that decided to leave everything behind to live a nomadic running life in the middle of nowhere. There is something very poetic about people who care so much about their inner selves, soul or whatever you want to call it that they are able to leave the system altogether


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

    Nike wants your money, they don't care about your feet - you don't need great shoes to run great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4936)
    Performance
    (3373)
    Story
    (3407)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    Michael says: "The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs..."
    "Not what I expected, in a good way"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hyperion the most enjoyable?

    The storyline is what captured my attention the most. It is written in a nonlinear fashion, very different from most of the books of the genre.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Given what our current state of technology most of the future predicted in tis book could come into fruition. I can easily imagine a future where google reins as the absolute authority over mankind.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I'm not sure which scene I liked the best. But I'm sure I liked the last chapter the least.


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

    Maybe if I was high on energy drinks and coffee I could listen to all 20 hours in one sitting. Not sure if I would be paying much attention after the 10th hour though


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4706)
    Performance
    (2509)
    Story
    (2532)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Relativity is just the beginning"
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    Very detailed book spanning the whole of Einstein's life. And surprisingly his post life is also briefly covered. Apparently his brain liked to trip through the USA.

    The period after he discovered relativity is probably more interesting as before his great discoveries.

    It goes beyond merely relating what happened to Einstein. The author explain many of the relationships between Einstein and others and the political situation of the time.

    I was surprised by how much wrong information I had on Einstein. Even if you put all the documentaries about his life toguether you don't get close to the depth of details within this book.

    I highly recommend this book because it is about the life of one of the greatest scientists humankind has and probably will see and second because of the effort the author has put into recreating Einstein's life year by year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Communication

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1606)
    Performance
    (1487)
    Story
    (1486)

    In the years since the wave of living death swept the globe, St George and his fellow heroes haven't just kept Los Angeles' last humans alive - they’ve created a real community, a bustling town that's spreading beyond its original walls and swelling with new refugees. But now one of the heroes, perhaps the most powerful among them, seems to be losing his mind. The implacable enemy known as Legion has found terrifying new ways of using zombies as pawns in his attacks.

    Lore says: "Corpse Girl for the win!"
    "Nothing like a good zombie apocalipse"
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    As the previous two books there is some good stuff, and some not so much.
    The Ex series has a very original premise - superheroes against zombies, this way you wont loose your beloved characters to the mindless horde of undead.
    That is a good thing and bad too because that worry that the next mission will be your last is absent. That I can recall no main character has died in the series.

    Some characters simply disappear though, like the "Driver" from book 2. He was one of the main reason they were successful escaping from the base but simply is not mentioned in the book.

    Another thing that strikes me is that it appear that each book is planned when the author starts to write it. Like he was not planning to write a second, a third and so forth.

    But overall is a good listen. The narration is awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moral Decision Making: How to Approach Everyday Ethics

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Clancy Martin
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Whether or not we're aware of them, we make important ethical decisions all the time - as professionals, consumers, citizens, parents, sons and daughters, and friends. These 24 thought-provoking lectures offer you the chance to reflect on some of the most powerful moral issues we face in our daily lives: Is it ever OK to lie? What are our moral obligations to others? What is the key to living the good life? From Plato to Kant to Bonhoeffer, you'll see how some of the world's greatest thinkers from across the ages have approached similar problems.

    Jacobus says: "Easy-followed down-to-earth relevant ethics course"
    "Thinking about issues people don't talk about"
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    Would you listen to Moral Decision Making again? Why?

    This is a book that there is just so much important information, that is simple not possible to get it all one single listen. I certainly will listen to it again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moral Decision Making?

    I can name a few likeChapter 9 was The golden rule - don't do unto others what you wouldn't want them do unto you and its implications are not as simple as they seem at first. Emanuel kant's review of the law - treat people a an end not as a means. Chapter 11 with the master and slaves ethics and where the judeo-chistian tradition have taken their ideals from are also very interesting.


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

    As for me, all I know is that I know nothing, for when I don't know what justice is, I'll hardly know whether it is a kind of virtue or not, or whether a person who has it is happy or unhappy.
    Republic, 354b-c - On the last lecture


    Any additional comments?

    A book that all humans should listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Patriots

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2253)
    Performance
    (2018)
    Story
    (2024)

    It’s been two years since the world ended. Two years since the dead rose and the plague of ex-humanity decimated mankind. For most of that time, the superhero called St. George, formerly known to the world as the Mighty Dragon, has protected the people of Los Angeles at their film-studio-turned-fortress, The Mount. Together with his fellow heroes, he’s tried to give the survivors hope and something like a real life. But the swollen population of The Mount is becoming harder and harder to sustain....

    Ryan David Bedford says: "Best worst book ever!"
    "Better than the first with some weak spots."
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    Overall the second book is better written than the first. There are less superheroes on the scene so there is better character development and some very nice plot twists. You can even learn a thing or two about influence.
    But of course there are some things that don't make sense, like the most badass superhero becoming the damsel in distress. I really need to share my thoughts about one scene because I just couldn't believe the logic or lack of:
    * Zap is locked inside the nuclear reactor. He manages to cross the glass barrier to reach the adjacent room where the doctor is but is not able to get out of the reactor room out because of the Faraday cage which surrounds the whole reactor?!
    * Anyway it does not occur to him to take the doctor as a hostage, maybe vaporize a leg or an arm just to show how serious he is. And besides, a Faraday cage is used for protection against electric currents not against nuclear reactions of stars.
    Oh and Captain America appears to save the day.

    On summary :
    Unexpected plot twists - good
    Bad logic - bad
    Unrealistic physics - bad
    Zombies - good
    Cool villains - good
    So 3 stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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