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Jason

Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

Poteau, OK, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Self-Reliance

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Narrated By Kurt Andersen, Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (138)

    Redefining the classic essay, this modern edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s most famous work, Self-Reliance, includes self-reflections from both historical and contemporary luminaries. With quotes from the likes of Henry Ford and Helen Keller to modern-day thought leaders like Jesse Dylan, Steve Pressfield, and Milton Glaser, we're reminded of the relevance of Emerson’s powerful words today. Emerson’s words are timeless. Persuasive and convincing, he challenges readers to define their own sense of accomplishment and asks them to measure themselves....

    jumping_cat says: "Religious"
    "Self Centered"
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    I am not opposed to anyone writing their points of view on just about anything, but I didn't find this appealing. I wanted to be able to say I had read some Emerson and this came up on the deal of the day, so I grabbed it. It's probably my lack of study in the literary arts and spoken word that help me to my conclusion, but there it is. I simply disagree with him on most of his points in this text. I find it healthy to read material I might disagree with and enjoy it most of the time, but I would pass on this and not spend a credit on it. I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed and the narration was fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God Complex: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Murray McDonald
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    When Cash Harris visits his father for the first time after a 15 year estrangement, things don't go anywhere near as planned. By the end of the night, he finds himself embroiled in a plot to destabilise the government, his father has been assassinated, and he discovers a shocking truth that would have fundamentally altered his life 15 years earlier.

    D. W. Wilson says: "I didn't see that coming!!!!"
    "READ THIS! Vulgarity Stifled the Content..."
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    NO SPOILER. I am not opposed to vulgar expletives when called for (i.e. war novels, sparse use for effect, etc.), but I just can't enjoy the story and plot when vulgarity saturates every conversation of the characters in the book. It really ruins the enjoyment of listening. To me, it feels as if authors use overwhelming vulgarity to be relevant. Note to authors: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE VULGAR TO BE RELEVANT! It feels really immature and sophomoric. I made it through chapter 9, but it was not easy. I would not spend a credit on this one because of that. The narration wasn't bad for what he had to work with. I was listening comfortably at 1.5X speed. If any of this review helped you, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prestige

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christopher Priest
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1271)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (688)

    In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences.

    Andrew says: "One of a Kind."
    "READ THIS! No closure..."
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    NO SPOILER. This was a fairly easy listen. It starts well and keeps moving steadily and the characters are developed very well and there is a lot of mystery. The structure of the novel is also neat because you read the vantage point of one and then the other which fills in the unanswered questions. The only problem with the layout is a few times it felt disconnected until you figured out it had changed time frame or point of view. What sucked was getting to the very end and not having the closure I had expected. It felt a little out of hand by that point when the author was attempting to link the generations of characters... as if he didn't quite know how to pull it off. Well... he didn't in my opinion. Nevertheless it is worth a listen. The drama was intense at the time. The author did a superb job in writing as if it were the late 1800's. Vance's narration made it all an easy listen and I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. I would go ahead and spend a credit on this one. If any of this was helpful, please click YES below. Later.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fire Sermon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Francesca Haig
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (355)

    Four hundred years in the future the Earth has turned primitive, following a nuclear fire that laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair one is an Alpha - physically perfect in every way - and the other an Omega burdened with deformity, small or large.

    adam says: "Good plot but.."
    "READ THIS! Story Fizzled Out..."
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    NO SPOILER. I like the concept of this novel and the publisher's summary is very enticing, yet the text just didn't hold me. The start is okay but quickly gets slow and stays that way for most of the book. As with several female authors, the actions of the men in the story are sometimes NOT what real men would do in the certain situation. Often the author failed to create that hopeless feeling of danger that I want to experience with the main characters. Dire situations were scarce and the characters were interesting, but I failed to connect with them in a way where I cared what happened to them. I found myself just wanting to figure out the pieces to the puzzle of why things worked the way they did with the twin thing. In the end, nothing life changing was answered because this is A SERIES, I guess, and it doesnt end and there is NO CLOSURE OR ANSWERS. I wish Audible would've told me it was going to be a series... I might use a credit on this one if you have had a few really bad ones in a row. If any of this was helpful, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thought Readers: Mind Dimensions, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dima Zales, Anna Zaires
    • Narrated By Roberto Scarlato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    Everyone thinks I'm a genius. Everyone is wrong. Sure, I finished Harvard at eighteen and now make crazy money at a hedge fund. But that's not because I'm unusually smart or hard-working. It's because I cheat. You see, I have a unique ability. I can go outside time into my own personal version of reality - the place I call - "the Quiet" - where I can explore my surroundings while the rest of the world stands still.I thought I was the only one who could do this - until I met her.

    Daniel says: "Great concept, well executed, decent narration."
    "READ THIS! Stifled by VULGARITY..."
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    NO SPOILER. I really like this concept and liked how the details of mind reading were being flushed out... BUT all that was overshadowed by the amount of vulgar language among other things. I am not opposed to vulgarity in books when the situation calls for it... in fact I think it belongs there. HOWEVER, the normal conversations of the characters in this story are flooded with cussing. I hate it when this happens because it really takes the focus off the story to me. Authors, you do not have to be vulgar to be relevant! Also, because the main character can enter into other peoples minds, the author included some intrusive sexual content that was distasteful. The characters needed more development before you would care what happens to them. It had the feel of Harry Potter in a way... the main character was sheltered from a world he would soon discover. The narration wasn't bad and I listened comfortably at 2X speed. I would not use a credit on this one. Just listen to the sample first and see if you like what you hear. If any of this was insightful, please click YES below. Later.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Plagiarist: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Alexander J. Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (292)

    Adam Griffey is living two lives. By day, he teaches literature. At night, he steals it. Adam is a plagiarist, an expert reader with an eye for great works. He prowls simulated worlds perusing virtual texts, looking for the next big thing. And when he finds it, he memorizes it page by page, line by line, word for word. And then he brings it back to his world, the real world, and he sells it. But what happens when these virtual worlds begin to seem more real than his own? What happens when the people within them mean more to him than flesh and blood?

    Katherine says: "PKD could have written this story"
    "READ THIS! Interesting idea..."
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    NO SPOILER. Although not a novel idea, Howey creates a fun story about alternate realities. It's modern and written well. I wouldn't mind having a full length on this one. I didn't feel that this particular narrator was a good fit for this book. He has a rather ominous voice when half the time is spent discussing basic events of daily life. However, I listened comfortably at 2X speed. If any of this was helpful, please click YES below. Later.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (328)

    Hailed as one of the world’s masterpieces of psychological realism, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high-court judge who has never given the inevitability of his death so much as a passing thought. But one day death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise he is brought face-to-face with his own mortality. How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?

    Alexandria says: "Elegant, simple, and true"
    "READ THIS! Kinda Good..."
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    Okay. I am not a literary professional. I like to read however and grabbed this deal of the day simply to add Tolstoy to my library. The story was fine. You cannot compare it with the novels of today, but it has just as much depth in the themes is confronts... What does it mean to live? What does it mean to die? What of those close to you whose lives are affected by your life and death? The narration was good and I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. I wouldn't use a credit on this, but the price is reasonable enough to go for it anyway. If this was helpful, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (3004)
    Performance
    (2727)
    Story
    (2744)

    Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

    Thomas says: "He is back!"
    "READ THIS! Don't have the BANG of the first one..."
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    This is a novella. It's a filler story of the main book. This one doesn't have the holding power of the first book because you have already learned about Epics and powers and know the characters. You come into this with the cool stuff known and its just figuring out one more Epic ability/weakness. Snooze... the narration was good and I listened at 1.5X speed comfortably. If any of this helped, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interview with the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1381)
    Performance
    (1150)
    Story
    (1160)

    Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force - a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write. From the Paperback edition.

    James says: "Compelling, Simon Vance does it again!"
    "READ THIS! Impotent Protagonist Fails to Thrill..."
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    NO SPOILER. I will be honest, there are female authors who, to me, fail to capture the "maleness" of the male species. Rice in this novel is one of them. Sure, you could say "Louie was a vampire and not a man and things changed" or whatever, but Louie just does not act like a male. It not that he was too emotional, just lacking a LOT of testosterone! I was almost repulsed by the lack of physical attraction and his inner thoughts and feeling were very obviously feminine because I know how men think and Louie did not share our feelings in a lot of his situations. His constant attraction and desire for other male vamps was nauseating. Rice explores themes like God, humanity, morals, etc. After about halfway through the book the action becomes more spotty and much concentration is given to the relationships in Paris. There is hardly any more interaction with the interviewer until the end... which itself is unsatisfying. I hunger for no more. If you are a guy, I would find some other vampire series to check out. My wife is not going to be able to finish it, although I did complete the book. The narration was excellent and I listened at 2X speed comfortably most of the time. If any of this helps, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3183)
    Performance
    (2332)
    Story
    (2333)

    New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled.

    Corinne says: "Made me really admire Reacher"
    "Wanna Play Hardball???"
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    I decided to try a Reacher story after enjoying the 2012 film. I did enjoy the depth of the mystery. When you thought you had it figured out a new twist would emerge and that's how it should be for a successful story. Child keeps you guessing until the very last minutes of the book. Things that I find in an enjoyable audio book are characters you actually care about, a suspenseful plot that keeps moving and keeps you guessing and good narration. There was not an excessive amount of vulgar language for a crime novel nor explicit detail of immoral activities, which was nice. Overall, for the age of this story, it works well. If the reader isn't old enough to remember a time before cell phones and social media, it may not seem very realistic. I didn't mind spending a credit on this and will probably check out another Reacher book in my future. The narration was really good and I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. If any of this review helps, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Solomon's Mines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Henry Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (319)

    One of the bestselling novels of the 19th century, King Solomon's Mines has inspired dozens of adventure stories, including Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan books and the Indiana Jones movies. Vivid and enormously action-packed, Henry Rider Haggard's tale of danger and discovery continues to shock and thrill, as it has since it was first presented to the public and heralded as "the most amazing book ever written."

    BJ says: "Purchase the Kindle book for free"
    "Good for its time... Excellent Narrator!"
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    READ THIS. NO SPOILER. You cannot compare novels like this one to novels in the same genre today. That's like saying the athletes of several generations past could compete on par with athletes today. It's not a fair comparison. For the time period this story was engaging and probably suspenseful. Compared to today's standard however, it is not. The characters are likable, but shallow. The focus of the story is the adventure, whereas today there is a lot of focus on the inner struggles and personal conflicts of the main characters. There are actually some twists that were unexpected to me which helped boost the repetitive struggle to survive in the wild. Overall, I would add this to your collection of listens. The narration was excellent and helped keep me in the story. I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. If any of this was helpful, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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