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James R. Folker

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Mt. Pleasant, IA | Member Since 2004

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  • 6 reviews
  • 244 ratings
  • 420 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • Miles: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Miles Davis
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life. Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he discusses the women in his life.

    Diane Havens says: "Dion Graham IS Miles Davis"
    "Terrible"
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    It's 15 hours of a millionaire drug addict blaming every person he was ever close to for every bad thing that ever happened to him. And he's a huge rascist. I love Miles' music, but wished I'd have skipped this. I liked him a helluva lot better before listening to this.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World's Toughest Triathlon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jacques Steinberg
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (183)

    As he did so masterfully in his New York Times best seller The Gatekeepers, Jacques Steinberg creates a compelling portrait of people obsessed with reaching a life-defining goal. In this instance, the target is an Ironman triathlon---a 2.4-mile open-water swim followed by a 112-mile bike ride, then finally a 26-mile marathon run, all of which must be completed in no more than seventeen hours. Steinberg focuses not on the professional who live off the prize money and sponsorships, but on a handful of triathletes who regard the sport as a hobby.

    PS says: "Eh"
    "Loved this book, keeps me going"
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    Great book about fairly ordinary people of various ages that have jobs, kids, lives, etc. but decide to pursue competing in an Ironman race. This is the best fitness bio I have read to date. It motivates me to keep working out since these people aren't so different than me. Really enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Run: One Man's Attempt to Regain his Athletic Career-and His Life - by Running the New York City Marathon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Matthew Long, Charles Butler
    • Narrated By Matthew Del Negro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (222)

    On the morning of December 22, 2005, New York City firefighter Matt Long was cycling to work when he was struck by and sucked under a 20-ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches of death. Miraculously, after five months in the hospital and more than 40 operations, Matt was able to start his recovery. This book chronicles Matt's road to recovery as he teaches himself to walk again and, a mere three years later, to run in the 2008 New York City Marathon.

    Sarah says: "Only 1/2 way through and loving it"
    "Very motivational"
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    Bought this book for a friend who had a car accident and became a quadriplegic in June. He wanted to hear people's stories who had overcome great obstacles. This book is such as story. I listened to it, and was so motivated I began working out and running. I'm still going strong several weeks later, and I've now picked through all of Audible's fitness bios. Even if you aren't interested in fitness, it's a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Hugh Ambrose
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (133)

    In this companion to the HBO miniseries - executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman - Hugh Ambrose reveals the intertwined odysseys of four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy carrier pilot during World War II. Between America's retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur's airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August of 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war against Japan.

    Howard says: "Big let down"
    "Part 1, enhanced format is corrupt!!"
    Overall

    I love the story so far, but the audio just stops 90 minutes into part 1. The file continues to play, but no audio!. Parts 2 and 3 seem fine. Been a member since 2004 and never had this before

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Leckie
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow, we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifices of war.

    Sean says: "A classic narrative of the Pacific War"
    "Very, very good story"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. I love US history, and this is very real and very riveting. My only (minor) complaint is that the narrator sounds like a radio announcer the whole time, but that was vastly overshadowed by a great narrative of the Pacific front.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tempted

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Zoe Winslow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (605)

    I had everything a woman could want... My husband, James. The house on the lake. My life. Our perfect life. And then Alex came to visit. The first time I saw my husband's best friend, I didn't like him. Didn't like how James changed when he was around, didn't like how his penetrating eyes followed me everywhere.

    Brandon says: "I'M SHOCKED!"
    "confused motivation"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the read, and it was quite erotic. My only real issues were that the author never convinced me of the characters' motivations. This is especially true of Anne, the main character. Often their choices seemed manufactured by the author instead of true to the character. And the characters too-often confuse love and lust in major life-decisions. The book was fun and sexy, and the narrator was very, very good.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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