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James

LONG BEACH, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Return to the Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs, The Creation of Apple and How it Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Moritz
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    In 1984, The Little Kingdom: The Private Story of Apple Computer told the story of Apples first decade alongside the histories of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Now, completely revised and expanded, Return to the Little Kingdom is the definitive biography of Apple and its founders from the very beginning. Moritz brings readers inside the childhood homes of Jobs and Wozniak and records how they dropped out of college and founded Apple in 1976.

    Brian says: "Good book… Right up until the last hour"
    "Good story, but stuffy reading and too much detail"
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    The first few chapters of this audiobook almost made me not continue listening. I thought the reader, Kevin Pariseau, sounded too stuffy and maybe it was just me, but I just wasn't crazy about his style...maybe it sounded too formal?

    Anyway, the other factor that almost made me stop listening was the amount of laborious detail about early computers - the circuit boards and components, chips, etc. It was an amount of detail I think would tune out the typical listener and interest mostly engineering types.

    I decided to keep listening and as the lives of Steve Jobs and the co-founders of Apple progressed, it did get more interesting and I'm glad I listened all the way through. While it still had too much detail, the story was pretty interesting, fascinating really, and I would recommend it. Maybe you'll want to skip some of part 1, but part 2 was definitely better and a good listen on my commutes back and forth from work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2879)
    Performance
    (2174)
    Story
    (2221)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "Amazing Story that Points to God, Jesus"
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    What made the experience of listening to Heaven Is for Real the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable parts for me were hearing how Colton (the boy) revealed his experiences to his parents and their reactions to each revelation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heaven Is for Real?

    One of the most memorable moments was when Colton told his mom that he had another sister and that whole discussion.


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

    Dean allows me to get a little sense of the emotion the family experienced.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Well, at this writing, today is the opening day for the actual movie, so this question is not necessary! I think the book's tagline is fine!


    Any additional comments?

    As a Christian myself, I found this book to be an amazing, inspirational story. It provides a possible glimpse into some details of the heavenly and spiritual world that most all of us can't see and won't see until we die and go to Heaven ourselves. It gave me a little insight into what I've read in the Bible. It was a very emotional and amazing story that has strengthened my prayer life and a story that I enjoyed very much. I've listened to it twice already.

    For those who consider themselves Agnostic or Atheist, reading this book with an open mind may cause them to re-consider what God and Jesus say in the Bible and what it really means to be a Christian.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8987)
    Performance
    (8209)
    Story
    (8301)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "OK, Good Feelings Gone...and just bummed!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Well, yes and no...depends on the friend...


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Well, like many people have said, it basically SUCKED. And sucked big time. I understand sometimes an author wants a different ending, a twist to the same-ol', "typical" endings, but this was just absolutely deflating. You can have "downer" endings, but hey, freaking make up for it with a redeeming morale or event, a silver lining, ANYTHING! But it was just so...unsatisfying. Sorry, I just finished the book a couple hours ago as I write this so I'm still in a bad mood (smile). But yeah, disappointed would be an understatement!


    What does Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They helped delineate the two main characters' perspectives. I pictured it as a movie with two scenes going on in parallel.


    Could you see Allegiant being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Uh, it already is being made into a movie series. Divergent is set to release in less than 2 months as of this writing ("coming to a theater near you March, 2014!!"). I was REALLY looking forward to it until I finished this third book.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate to sound redundant, but like many others, this last book could have been so much better. Hunger Games series was clearly much better as a whole series because this last installment, Allegiant, was just such a downer towards the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18869)
    Performance
    (17059)
    Story
    (17204)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Great Young Adult Action (and Romance) Listen"
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    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    Yes - really good story, entertaining and lots of detail about the different Factions - would listen again to properly sort them out in my mind.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    I would say, like many people, the Hunger Games of course, but also a little bit of the Matrix. Hunger Games because they do share some similarities and the same premise (16-yr old female heroin, futuristic, post-apocalyptic American setting, tyrannical government wanting to control the masses, too-similar-looking book art - ha). The Matrix because it also has a similar premise of post-apocalyptic American setting, tyrannical "government" (or, computers) wanting to control the masses.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    Beatrice, or, Tris (her nickname).


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

    Well, I couldn't imagine sitting and listening to ANYTHING for 11 hours straight, but if I could, this would be one of those books.


    Any additional comments?

    Like the Hunger Games and Twilight series, my wife got me on to this book series, and I really enjoyed it. I think I liked it just about as much as the Hunger Games. If you go on to the other books, Insurgent and Allegiant, they feel less and less like the Hunger Games series so you should not get bored with this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (301)

    It was just another day on the job for 53-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, a United States-flagged cargo ship that was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship.

    AudioAddict says: "Pirates of the ... Gulf of Aden"
    "Everyman's Hero, Amazing True Story"
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    What did you love best about A Captain's Duty?

    The outcome - that Captain Phillips' trials ended with his captors lives blanked out by our military's best snipers and he got to go home.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Captain Phillips' determination to face his fears and his captors bravely, and how, while he was on the cargo ship, he out-smarted the pirates at every opportunity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    While on the cargo ship, the pirates kept asking him where his crew were, and he kept responding with, "I don't know, I'm here with you guys!" and when they asked him to get the ship moving, he kept saying "ship broken, you broke the ship". That was pretty funny stuff, and impressive that he was able to keep his cool and think of good excuses while having an AK-47 rifle pointed at him!


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

    Yes, there were plenty. A memorable moment was when his church sang their favorite song the same morning he was rescued.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book - great story and the reading was well done too.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Chuck Pfarrer
    • Narrated By Chuck Pfarrer
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    "Since the first navy frogmen crawled onto the beaches of Normandy, no SEAL has ever surrendered," writes Chuck Pfarrer. "No SEAL has ever been captured, and not one teammate or body has ever been left in the field. This legacy of valor is unmatched in modern warfare." Warrior Soul is a book about the warrior spirit, and it takes the listener all over the world. Former Navy SEAL Chuck Pfarrer recounts some of his most dangerous assignments.

    Jason says: "An amazing story"
    "Good Story, Difficult Listen"
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    I've enjoyed the story of this Navy SEAL, but have struggled getting through the entire audio because of his performance. The reading is sometimes too monotone, which wouldn't be so bad and I'd be able to handle it, but his voice, like many SEALs I've listened to, is somewhat low and raspy. It makes me strain to listen so I find myself taking days-long breaks between listens.

    From my experience, unless the author is a trained, professional voice actor, I don't really like them reading their own books. Having a professional reader do the job is generally always MUCH better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30642)
    Performance
    (23690)
    Story
    (23878)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "A Great Sequel"
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    I bought this because my wife had read the series about a year ago and she loved all three books. As a sequel, I thought it was pretty much as great as the first, and I think the reader, Carolyn McCormick, again did a great job. Well done. I'm looking forward to the final book, especially since I've read reviews that both loved it and didn't like it...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35970)
    Performance
    (26968)
    Story
    (27352)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Loved it!"
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    I bought this because my wife had read the series about a year ago and she loved all three books. Since the movie was coming out, I thought I would get started, and I wasn't disappointed. The story was great, and I thought the reading by Carolyn McCormick added to the story, I think she did a great job. Well done, and now looking forward to the movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Meg Meeker
    • Narrated By Cecelia Riddett
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (280)

    In this unique and invaluable guide, Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician with more than 20 years' experience counseling girls, reveals that a young woman's relationship with her father is far more important than we've ever realized. To become a strong, confident woman, a daughter needs her father's attention, protection, courage, and wisdom. Dr. Meeker shares the 10 secrets every father needs to know in order to strengthen or rebuild bonds with his daughter and shape her life - and his own - for the better.

    Paul says: "My Daughter means everything to me, now I know why"
    "Great Book for Serious Fathers"
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    My daughter is about to turn 9 and enter the 4th grade soon. While we have a pretty good relationship, I knew I had many areas I could improve on. Developing a closer relationship with her and really getting serious about setting the standard for her for her future husband really motivated me to listen to this book.

    There were many great lessons and excellent stories - success stories and cautionary tales of fathers who messed up and fathers who turned it around. The book has motivated me and inspired me to be a better father and a more Godly father. On a minor note, the reader is a bit stiff, not very animated but not bad either...but the content should definitely keep you going.

    I have put to practice some of the advice and within 1-2 weeks our relationship had already improved, and my wife has noticed as well and is very happy about it. It has blessed me and I look to continually be the father she needs, wants and deserves. I highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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