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Kristin

United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 7 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 99 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • How to Change Minds: The Art of Influence without Manipulation

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rob Jolles
    • Narrated By Rob Jolles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Drawing on his highly successful sales background and decades of research, he lays out a simple, repeatable, predictable, and ethical process that will enable you to lead others to discover for themselves what and why they need to change. Whether you hope to make a sale or improve a relationship, Jolles’ wise advice will help you ensure that changing someone’s mind is never an act of coercion but rather one of caring and compassion.

    Richard says: "Execellent Book"
    "Well presented, No real new information"
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    Would you try another book from Rob Jolles and/or Rob Jolles?

    Yes, I think he writes very comprehensively and appears to have a lot of knowledge for business/sales. However, this particular book just skims along the surface of many concepts.


    Has How to Change Minds turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, it's only one book among a vast selection of books.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Jolles – was your favorite?

    No real characters in the book except Rob Jolles so by default he would be the favorite.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, the book is well written and organized in flow of topics.


    Any additional comments?

    Would have liked some additional information or application examples in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stand-Up Reagan

    • ORIGINAL (38 mins)
    • By Ronald Reagan
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    From his very first day in office, Ronald Reagan endeared himself to millions of Americans with his affable, fun-loving personality. Now, for the first time, his most humorous tales and most amusing anecdotes are combined in one delightfully entertaining audiobook.

    Kristin says: "Short and Still Funny"
    "Short and Still Funny"
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    Where does Stand-Up Reagan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, President Reagan; he is the title character person in the book and it focuses on his witty humor.


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    No narration, clips from President Reagan's speeches over the years.


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

    I did listen to this book in one sitting...it is rather short so it's not really an issue to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked if they would have put into the description that what accounts for half the length of the book is a repeat of the entire first half set of jokes, so really what you have is first half good jobs from years ago -- second half, repeat without as much music and such. I did listen to the whole book several times and still found it enjoyable even with the repetition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gerald Brittle
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (547)

    If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

    Cliff says: "Scary fun."
    "Rather Enjoyed the Book"
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    Where does The Demonologist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lorraine Warren, only because I have met Lorraine and I have listened to many interviews with her as well and I just love the way she speaks. The narrator does an excellent job replicating her manner of speaking.


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

    Yes, Mr. Haberkorn brings the story to life, as he does very well at speaking the parts of Ed and Lorraine as they would speak the words themselves. (As noted previously)


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

    Not especially since I was already very familiar with much of the information and people in the book; but I still found it to be very interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen, even if you are not a believer. I am not much of a believer in many of the supernatural claims out there, but always enjoy the stories for the entertainment of the story and not to make fun of them or make allegations against the people. I take the stories for what they are and this book is no exception, well done and interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4647)
    Performance
    (2326)
    Story
    (2355)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Not really about what the title suggests"
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    Would you try another book from Erik Larson and/or Scott Brick?

    Maybe from Erik Larson as an author. Scott Brick did a very good job with the narration.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Death by Black Hole


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He did not distract from the book at all. He did what he could with the material.


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

    I had a reaction of more frustration and anger than anything else.


    Any additional comments?

    If had heard one more line about the plants and boats I was going to scream. The book is really about the World's Fair in Chicago with minor story parts inserted about H.H. Holmes, the book really does little to delve into the life and crimes of H.H. Holmes. The book focuses much more in depth detail on every aspect of the fair and especially the decorations and one particular designer. If you want to learn about the Chicago World's Fair this is a great book, if you want to learn about H.H. Holmes look somewhere else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Matt Baglio
    • Narrated By Matt Baglio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    The Rite describes the reality of demonic possession. It also traces the history of exorcism and and treats related topics such as satanic cults and black masses. Since Fr. Thomas was a skeptic and the author is a fact-seeking journalist, this book is more compelling even than the previous best-seller on this topic, The Exorcist.

    VH says: "Excellent"
    "I Enjoyed the Story"
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    If you could sum up The Rite in three words, what would they be?

    Well written and easy to follow the storyline in addition, the narration was done very well made it easy to listen to for several hours at a time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rite?

    I would not say the book has increased my interest since I already have a high level of interest in this particular topic.


    Which character – as performed by Matt Baglio – was your favorite?

    I think just being straight forward about telling the story made the information interesting and insightful.


    If you could give The Rite a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Nothing, the narration was well done for me to easily listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bentley Little
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (515)

    The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

    Jessica says: "Scarier Than I Thought it Would Be"
    "Pretty Good"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Haunted? What did you like least?

    Well constructed story, even though it's not all that original.


    If you’ve listened to books by Bentley Little before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other books by Bentley Little so I have no comparison.


    What about Dan Butler’s performance did you like?

    I think the narrator did an excellent job. The character voices were distinct and easy to follow throughout the book.


    Did The Haunted inspire you to do anything?

    Not really since it's about a haunted house not really much to draw from for inspiration.


    Any additional comments?

    I could have done without some of the language, that was my only hang-up on the book that kept me from rating it a little higher. I not easily offended by language but I also don't see a need for nearly every sentence to contain this type of language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily Gets Her Gun: But Obama Wants to Take Yours

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Emily Miller
    • Narrated By Carla Mercer-Meyer
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    Emily Miller tells her personal story of how being a single, female victim of a home invasion drove her to try to obtain a legally registered gun in Washington, D.C. The narrative - sometimes shocking, other times hilarious in its absurdity - gives the listener a real-life understanding of how gun-control laws only make it more difficult for honest, law-abiding people to get guns, while violent crime continues to rise.

    gene says: "Fantastic - a MUST READ!"
    "Well Done"
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    What did you love best about Emily Gets Her Gun?

    All the facts that were presented with the cited references.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I found most of the book to be compelling so I don't think I can choose one aspect that was compelling.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The recounting of her visit to the Police Station to obtain the needed forms.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Several parts did make me laugh a little, but overall the book more made me concerned for the future of people in the country who want to exercise his/her constitutional rights without government interference.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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