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Jacob

Redmond, WA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nick Offerman
    • Narrated By Nick Offerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (736)

    Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.

    OpenMindedNotCredulous says: "On the need to acknowledge the role luck plays"
    "Unorganized and rambly."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yeah, the stories and the anecdotes would all have something to do with the message of the book.


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

    I liked hearing about how his relationship with Megan Mullally took shape, but I really didn't care a whole lot about the rest of the stories he had to tell. They seemed kind of random. He jumped around a lot and there just wasn't a great cohesive flow to the events he relates and most of them don't really lend themselves to the stated message of the book; hard work and loving relationships are the things that bring us happiness. I guess I was also kind of disappointed that he isn't more like Ron Swanson in real life.


    What about Nick Offerman’s performance did you like?

    Great actor, fantastic performance. It's like he had always planned for this to be an audiobook when he wrote it. Very well done in terms of performance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'd probably wait for home release.


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  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (3035)
    Performance
    (2835)
    Story
    (2845)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "Good story, could benefit from better writing."
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    I got this book on a recommendation and was really excited about it. It's enjoyable and can be interesting at times. I just had a really hard time staying focused while listening to it. The story as a whole is interesting, but I found myself having to re-listen to entire chapters. The author's style of writing just didn't really keep my attention during a lot of scenes. I really am interested in how the rest of the series goes though, so I might give this one another listen through and then move on to book 2.

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  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3917)
    Performance
    (2870)
    Story
    (2893)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Satisfies all of the essential human desires."
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    Scalzi hits a home run with Old Man's War. What always makes sci-fi good is the human element and here he addresses all of the basic wishes humanity has ever desired; eternal youth, strength, heroism, overcoming death and love. These age old desires are engrossed in a fascinating universe filled with action, intriguing characters and enough nerdy technology to keep everyone's attention. Great read, looking forward to the rest of the series.

    The performance is not bad, it's actually really good. It's just that I listened to two of Scalzi's other books before this (Agent To The Stars, Fuzzy Nation) and they were both narrated by the great Will Wheaton. Kind of hard to top him and he has sort of become Scalzi's voice in my head.

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  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22429)
    Performance
    (13817)
    Story
    (13961)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Awesome classic book. Never gets old."
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    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    Because it's so awesome. Start to finish, filled with awesomeness.If you saw the movie and were not impressed, that's because the movie was garbage. Just really not done well and certainly doesn't do the book justice. I was very disappointed in the movie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fascinating to watch Ender grow up at battle school. So interesting to read these stories about all these genius kids essentially left to fend for themselves and to see the sociological and psychological implications of it.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance did you like?

    Stefan Rudnicki was great, 5 star performance from him. Harlan Ellison was terrible. Her voice is just annoying and robotic. She read Valentine's parts with about as much emotion as an Autistic Vulcan.


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

    Yeah, fantastic ending. Ender is full of love.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read this in print probably 5 times over the last 20 years since I was 10. It was a big part of my childhood. Picked up the audiobook because it had been a few years since I'd read this and loved it just as much as I always did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • End This Depression Now!

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Krugman
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro, Paul Krugman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (192)

    The Great Recession that began in 2007 is now more than four years old - and counting. Some 24 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed, and at recent rates of job creation we won’t be back to normal levels of employment until late this decade. This is a tragedy. Do we have to accept it? "No!" is the resounding answer given by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman in this call to arms. We have seen this situation before and we know how to fix it; all we lack is the political will to take action.

    Michael says: "Listen to this before you vote!"
    "Seems like a reckless plan to me."
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    The premise of this book is that government spending on an astronomical scale is the only thing that'll be able to repair our economy and that national foreign debt doesn't matter as long as we inflate our currency at a higher rate than the interest on the debt. Seems destructive and shortsighted to me.

    That said, the book is well written, I just happen to disagree with it. His commentary on the Euro was actually pretty interesting, but ultimately I don't agree with his hypothesis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3437)
    Performance
    (2968)
    Story
    (2972)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Great characters, fun story, heartfelt message."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Agent to the Stars to be better than the print version?

    Probably about the same. Certainly no complaints, but I never actually read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Agent to the Stars?

    The way the story wraps up and ties everything together. It was just great.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Favorite scene was when Carl is telling Tom about Josh's 'birth'.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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