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Jonathon

Silt, CO, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1475)
    Performance
    (1291)
    Story
    (1277)

    Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

    Grant says: "Fighting through procrastination."
    "Ironicly Lazy"
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    Would you try another book from Steven Pressfield and/or George Guidall?

    If it is fiction, I would absolutely consider a book by Pressfield.


    What was most disappointing about Steven Pressfield’s story?

    The book is full of claims with no backup. I know Pressfield wasn't writing for peer reviewed journals on his methods of defeating procrastination, but there are a lot of assumptions made that should not have been.


    Did George Guidall do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I don't pay that much attention to the reader unless it is really bad or really good so he must have been in between that.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, and annoyance. Spoiler alert: To defeat procrastination you should pray to muses and rely on angels. Okie dokie. Next time just tell me to throw a penny in a wishing well and save me a couple hours.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't say the book is worthless. I'm sure some people can find some motivation in there somewhere. It was just a lazy book of claims from someone that sees themselves as an authority on a subject. It comes off more like a drunk bar conversation with someone telling you the secret to their success.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19862)
    Performance
    (17881)
    Story
    (18036)

    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.

    Jennifer says: "Rated for 1st book, reviewed for trilogy"
    "Interesting concept turned sour"
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    While I would never limit what a teenager wants to read, I certainly would not suggest this book. Some of the themes were awful. At first the anti-intelligence mentality was pretty mild and I could get past it. By the end of the book, the message about hatred and distrust for the intellectual elite was too much. This seems like a fundamentalist prepper's wet dream. The 'meek' religious are victims of the nasty smart people that take reason too far..better make sure you are part of the special group within the meek that are prepared for action with guns.

    Also, on the guns..the author clearly does not know much about guns and did a very poor job on the do diligence to make sure she didn't sound ignorant. I'm not a huge gun guy, but details can make or ruin a story and some of the things just made me roll my eyes.

    The romance part of the book was awful, but that's not why I gave it a low rating. I expected that in a book for a younger audience.

    There were some definite plot holes and some serious cowardice in terms of unwillingness to follow a good story arch regardless of who dies. I like an author that will kill off any character if it makes sense to the story. Saving deaths for later so you can keep characters you want is lazy. If you have to, create new characters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fight Club

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1559)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1171)

    When a listless office employee (the narrator) meets Tyler Durden, his life begins to take on a strange new dimension. Together they form Fight Club - a secretive underground group sponsoring bloody bare-knuckle boxing matches staged in seedy alleys, vacant warehouses, and dive-bar basements. Fight Club lets ordinary men vent their suppressed rage, and it quickly develops a fanatical following.

    Ilana says: "The first rule about Fight Club is..."
    "Should be required reading"
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    Any additional comments?

    It takes a great book to make me regret watching a movie as good as Fight Club first. I have always loved the movie, but this book was so much better. I just wish I had read the book first because I knew too much to enjoy it to the full extent. Easily one of the best books I've ever read or listened to, regardless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11149)
    Performance
    (6315)
    Story
    (6364)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "You win some; you lose some."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story in this book was very good, but I really could have done without the religious nonsense. I wish the preaching of the glory of religion had been left out, or at least left up to someone that was a bit more sophisticated in matters of philosophy. If you can put up with or ignore the narrator trying to show how reasonable he is while ignoring fallacy after fallacy in his reasoning, the story is well worth a listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forgery and Counterforgery: The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    "Arguably the most distinctive feature of the early Christian literature," writes Bart Ehrman, "is the degree to which it was forged." The Homilies and Recognitions of Clement; Paul's letters to and from Seneca; Gospels by Peter, Thomas, and Philip; Jesus' correspondence with Abgar, letters by Peter and Paul in the New Testament - all forgeries. To cite just a few examples.

    Tony says: "Scholarly Ehrman"
    "Probably a better read than a listen."
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    What disappointed you about Forgery and Counterforgery?

    While the narrator did a great job, this is just one of those books that doesn't translate well into an audiobook.


    What could Bart D. Ehrman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book is too detailed for an audiobook with too many quotes and sources. Which is great for a book, but hard to follow while listening.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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