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Jim M

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  • Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sanjay Gupta
    • Narrated By Sanjay Gupta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    In this riveting book, Dr. Sanjay Gupta - neurosurgeon, chief medical correspondent for CNN, and best-selling author- chronicles the almost unbelievable science that has made these seemingly miraculous recoveries possible. A bold new breed of doctors has achieved amazing rescues by refusing to accept that any life is irretrievably lost. Extended cardiac arrest, "brain death," not breathing for over an hour-all these conditions used to be considered inevitably fatal, but they no longer are.

    Jim M says: "Very interesting and insightful"
    "Very interesting and insightful"
    Overall

    As a non-physician medical professional, this was a great book. I don't know the long term outcome of his ideas and/or observations, but if ANY of them become part of the accepted medical culture, it'll be worth it. I recoommend to all medical, pharmacy and nursing students, residents, and practicing clinicians.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3477)
    Performance
    (3030)
    Story
    (3012)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Worth a credit, I liked it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Last Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right in the middle.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Sort of. I kept listening, but didn't sit in the car and listen after arriving at my destination like I do for some books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The vet's office


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    As a commuter, I like books that pass the time between home and work and back. This certainly did that; I never got bored or disinterested.

    0 of 0 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
    (29643)
    Performance
    (22782)
    Story
    (22950)

    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"
    "So far, so good!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The quality of the Hunger Games continues in this second book of the trilogy.

    Good narration. It was very clear which character was "speaking" as she was reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Josh Hamilton, Tim Keown (Contributor)
    • Narrated By Ethan Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Josh Hamilton was the first player chosen in the first round of the 1999 baseball draft. He was destined to be one of those rare "high-character" superstars. But in 2001, working his way from the minors to the majors, all of the plans for Josh went off the rails in a moment of weakness. What followed was a four-year nightmare of drugs and alcohol, estrangement from friends and family, and his eventual suspension from baseball.

    Linda Harrell says: "A Texas who "still" loves Josh Hamilton"
    "Moving"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm a baseball fan but really didn't know the Josh Hamilton story. This is a story of a man with talent to spare and a wife and family that didn't give up on him.

    Great for baseball fans, good for sports fans, and OK for readers who just want to read a story about overcoming obstacles.

    It's important to recognize the time frame of the book since this is the same Josh Hamilton who hit four home runs in one game for the Rangers early in the 2012 baseball season.

    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
    (34900)
    Performance
    (25973)
    Story
    (26340)

    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"
    "Great book for the whole family!"
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    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    Including the audile and kindle versions, my family owns at least 4 copies of this book. I have several teenagers and pre-teens and we all read the entire series. We then saw the movie together the first week it was out.

    Even if you've seen the movie, read this and the next two before the other movies come out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27186)
    Performance
    (21016)
    Story
    (21223)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "3 for 3"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Mockingjay again? Why?

    A must "read" if you liked and read the first two. Can't say too much, don't wan't to give anything away.

    Do not buy this until you've read the first two in the Hunger Games trilogy.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to the entire Trilogy. She's good in all three.


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

    No. I READ books in one sitting, but audible.com is strictly for the commute.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11870)
    Performance
    (7826)
    Story
    (7861)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "A must listen"
    Overall

    I downloaded this based on a suggestion from somewhere, don't remember where. I was enthralled at the story and the details that were conveyed in the book. It's hard to imagine what Louis went through and the will he must have had to survive it all. The narrator was outstanding and the research had to be right on.

    My father fought in WWII and earned a purple heart, but I have no "first hand" stories since he died of cancer when I was an infant. My uncle was killed at Iwo Jima and I have no more personal information on that battle. I am now very motivated to start researching what he must have gone through. Thanks for the story and telling the history from a "first hand" point of view!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Falcon Picture Group
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Everybody loves a mystery, and nobody solves them like Mike Hammer. While other detectives bend and manipulate the law, Hammer holds it in total contempt, seeing it as nothing more than an impediment to justice, the one virtue he holds in absolute esteem. Now, the no-holds-barred private eye returns, along with his gorgeous secretary, Velda, and a collection of New York City characters, in two fully dramatized "theater-of-the-mind" audio adventures.

    Jim M says: "I enjoyed it"
    "I enjoyed it"
    Overall

    Good narration, typical Mike Hammer. Not too deep, helps pass the time from point to point!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, Vol. 2: The Little Death

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (29)

    Private eye Mike Hammer is no stranger to murder, but this time he has two to untangle - the killing of the Captain, a legless, homeless panhandler, dismissed by the police as minor, and the slaying of gambling kingpin Marty Wellman, whose lady friend, Helen Venn, turns to the P.I. for help when the Mob fingers her for the next kill. Seems the new kingpin, Carmen Rich - with whom Hammer has a violent history - thinks Helen made off with ten mil in skim money courtesy of her late lover, or anyway, so Rich claims.

    Charmaine says: "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    Hey, it's Mike Hammer! Nice way to pass the time on a trip across the state!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yankee Years

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joe Torre, Tom Verducci
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Joe Torre is the most successful and most respected baseball manager of the modern era, steering the Yankees to six American League pennants and four World Series championships. When he left the team in 2007, it was front-page news around the country. Famously diplomatic during his tenure with the Yankees, Torre finally speaks out about what it was like building and managing the dynasty during those 12 glorious and tumultuous years.

    Lynn says: "Great listen"
    "Ok, passed the time"
    Overall

    I'm not a Yankee fan, but I've been a Joe Torre fan since his time with the Cardinals as a player and Braves as a manager. The book is OK. There are many good stories, insights, and some very detailed accounts of games, contract negotiations, the Steinbrenners, PEDs, and baseball in general.

    The one drawback is it seems like each chapter was written without regard to what was in the other chapters. Many times there would be a reference to an event or game that was covered in a previous chapter, without any acknowledgement that the reader/listener had already been told this bit of information.

    Also, it sometimes was hard to tell who was speaking and/or how the book was written (1st person, third person, etc.). The narration was good, assuming he was reading and couldn't really help the reader know when Mike Mussina was talking, Torre was talking, or someone was narrating.

    If you are a Torre or Yankee fan and/or want some insight in the 12 Torre years in pinstripes, it's worth an Audible credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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