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Hal E. Lemmon

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Beijing and California | Listener Since 2010

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  • Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965) took his reading material quite seriously. He said, "When I read a book, I seem to read it with my eyes only. But now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me." Maugham's work has certainly become a part of millions of his fans today. To judge by his short story masterpieces, it was in the tiny crevasses and pinched corners of humanity that Maugham illuminated those elemental qualities that were to fascinate him all his life.

    Erik says: "Great narrator and great book, rare indeed"
    "Maugham is always good, but not always great"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would say this is the bottom of the list of Maughan short stories. They are OK, but not memorable. It has been a week since I listened to them, and if you asked me what they are about I would have to say I don't remember.


    Would you be willing to try another book from W. Somerset Maugham? Why or why not?

    Of course. When he is great he is great. But not here.


    Which character ??? as performed by Charlton Griffin ??? was your favorite?

    Sorry, can't remember


    Could you see Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 3 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas Nickleby

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (195)

    The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

    Robert says: "A knockout!"
    "A masterpiece among masterpieces"
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    What made the experience of listening to Nicholas Nickleby the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is beyond excellent. What more can I say?


    What other book might you compare Nicholas Nickleby to and why?

    Hard Times, Tale of Two Cities, and so forth


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His change of voice as he spoke each character made it a lot easier to follow the story. He is not just a narrator, he is an excellent actor. I can't praise him highly enough


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

    No, it is too precious to take in one sitting. Also two long 16 hours I think


    Any additional comments?

    Of Dickens's many masterpieces, this is my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Goulston
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1104)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (862)

    You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

    Joseph says: "Not for everyone"
    "Really Bad."
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    Would you try another book from Mark Goulston and/or Walter Dixon?

    Not from Goulston


    What was most disappointing about Mark Goulston???s story?

    HIs anecdotes. They lacked the ring of truth. My perception is that he made them up. Hard to believe he is speaking to a high level executive and just by asking in a question the executive is brought to tears, saying he is distaught because his son, or mother, or wife, blah, blah, blah is disturmbed, or drunk, or dying or whatever.

    One anecdote after the other than I confess I cannot believe.

    His great insight is no insight at all. He could have taken his case right out of Dale Carnegie's book How to Win Friends and Influence People. Actually Carnegie's book is the far better of the two.

    I was not able to finish this. It is pure pap, trivial, unbelievable, and of little value. Read Carnegie;s book instead.



    What didn???t you like about Walter Dixon???s performance?

    He did a good job, especially considering the material he had to work with.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Just Listen?

    All his anecdotal stories. There were none of them believable.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money. Don't buy this book

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The New Psycho-Cybernetics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Maxwell Maltz edited by Dan S. Kennedy
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (313)

    Since its publication in 1960, Dr. Maltz's seminal text has inspired more than 30 million readers to enhance their lives and achieve life-changing goals - from losing weight to excelling in sports to dramatically increasing their income. Now revised for a new millennium, The New Psycho-Cybernetics remains true to Dr. Maltz's visionary approach and proven groundbreaking techniques.

    Janie says: "Better than a 5!"
    "Kennedy dumbed down Maltz's Masterpiece"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Maltz's original book is a masterpiece. Sadly Kennedy wrote a new version which is much longer. He has dumbed down Maltz's book. Don't bother to get this book.
    Just get the original Pschocybernetics and study that. It is loaded with gems.

    Kenney's addition is loaded with trash.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Maxwell Maltz edited by Dan S. Kennedy again?

    Never


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance is fine. The content is a disgusting dumming down of Maltz's masterpiece


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Tremendousw disapointment


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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