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Kenneth

Glenville, NC, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By J. R. R Tolkien
    • Narrated By Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (202)

    A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the third book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.

    hannah says: "Fantastic climax to the trilogy"
    "Irritating sound effects"
    Overall

    The sound effects and "music" were soooo irritating. I guess they were trying to set a mood by using out of tune instruments. I got this to entertain my daughters while we drove and we ended up laughing at the awful music instead. I wanted to get them interested in Tolkien but this presentation was not the way to go. The producers placed much more importance on grunts and groans than they did the story. Many places the sound effects made it hard to hear the actual dialog.
    I'm trying the American version. Hope it is better for the rest of the series.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9788)
    Performance
    (4311)
    Story
    (4317)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Yeah but..."
    Overall

    Yes opportunity is important. No very successful person I know says any different. I have never heard any very successful person say "I got here because I am great". They have always said "I just happened to be in the right place at the right time".
    The point is they were willing to work hard when that opportunity opened. How many other kids at Bill Gate's school decided to bury themselves in that computer lab? They were all the same age, had the same opportunity, and many were probably as smart but Bill put in the hours.
    This was very interesting but the conclusions the writer tries to make are weak. Several times the writer claims America's love affair with the strong individualist is misguided. He is wrong. Bill G didn't get there because he was the most popular kid in school - he was a strong individualist geek who found the computer room much more interesting than the politics of what ever else was going on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (364)

    As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity.

    Shawn Levasseur says: "Edward Hermann's masterful performance."
    "Prophetic"
    Overall

    Wow, this should be required reading. We're seeing this actually happen today. I have heard politicians say things the idiots in her book said. We are seeing the "If I just had more power I could fix it" mentality. I wish someone could make a movie of this.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Cesar Millan, Melissa Jo Peltier
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (136)

    There are at least 68 million dogs in America, and their owners lavish billions of dollars on them every year. So why do so many pampered pets have problems? In this definitive and accessible guide, Cesar Millan, star of National Geographic Channel's hit show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, reveals what dogs truly need to live a happy and fulfilled life.

    L. Worthington says: "This Really Works!"
    "SSSSSSST!"
    Overall

    This works. Interesting to get to know the man behind the muts.
    This book was a great balance between his life and technique.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Breath: Cautionary Tales from the Limits of Human Endurance

    • HIGHLIGHTS (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Peter Stark
    • Narrated By Peter Stark
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Stark narrates a series of outdoor adventure stories in which thrill can cross the line into mortal peril. Each death or brush with death is at once a suspense story, a cautionary tale, and a medical thriller. He describes what goes through the mind of a cross-country skier as his body temperature plummets - apathy at 91 degrees, stupor at 90 - and explores the physiology of a snowboarder trying not to panic as he consumes the tiny pocket of air trapped around his face under thousands of pounds of snow.

    Terry A. Austin says: "Marvelously well told physiological tales"
    "He lets a couple live"
    Overall

    Excellent. Informative and interesting stories in which to frame the information. It is a bit morbid but I am a wilderness first responder and ski patroller and this worked as a good refresher to help me keep in mind what is going on. I have recomended sections of this to be used for intructional purposes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Science, Spirit, and Soul

    • NONE (1 hr)
    • By Larry Dossey
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Kenneth says: "Wow"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    This information is actually being studied but there are few places you will hear about it. Need to get Dossey on Oprah or something

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Next

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1545)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (317)

    Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

    Ronald says: "interesting topic - dull, boring, confusing book"
    "Crichton asks new questions"
    Overall

    As per his writing style this book brings up interesting questions that someone should be asking. Interestingly developed but in audio format the news stories that are interspersed get confusing. Also, whether they are actual news stories or simply additional fiction is unclear.
    Entertaining none the less.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred Verses, Healing Sounds, Volumes I and II: The Bhagavad Gita and Hymns of the Rig Veda

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    In this illuminating audio experience, Deepak Chopra invites listeners to experience the therapeutic power of sound through language and music. In Volume I, Deepak explains how language forms our material reality and shapes our beliefs and behavior. Listeners are treated to a selection of sacred verses from the Bhagavad Gita that spontaneously generate insight, intuition, and inner harmony.

    Brandon says: "More like 3.75"
    "Doesn't work for massage"
    Overall

    I was hoping for something I could use as massage music and this wasn't it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Empire: Eisenhower, CIA, and the Hidden Story of America's Space Espionage

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Philip Taubman
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    During the early and most dangerous years of the cold war, a handful of Americans, led by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, revolutionized spying and warfare. In great secrecy and beyond the prying eyes of Congress and the press, they built exotic new machines that opened up the Soviet Union to surveillance and protected the United States from surprise nuclear attack. Secret Empire is the dramatic story of these men and their inventions, told in full for the first time.

    Matrix2020 says: "More people should know what Ike accomplished."
    "Not about Eisenhower"
    Overall

    I was looking for a book on Ike. The tech stuff was interesting but not really much news

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Hilley
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Exploring themes from her career in politics, her life as a hockey mom, and her strongly held Christian faith, author Joe Hilley's biographical leadership study of Sarah Palin explores the leadership principles that have catapulted her into the national spotlight and explains how she models a fresh paradigm of leadership that will guide our nation through the 21st century.

    Kenneth says: "I already googled her"
    "I already googled her"
    Overall

    I was dissapointed in this book. There was nothing I couldn't have learned in a basic Google search. It was a poorly written sales pitch. With stuff like this, no wonder she didn't get a chance to get her voice heard.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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