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Mike N

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  • Dexter Is Delicious

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (587)

    Dexter is experiencing some major life changes - don't we all? And they're mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals.

    Amazon Customer says: "Odd even for Dexter, but enjoyable!"
    "Not the best Dexter"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If I knew they enjoyed the previous Dexter books, yes. Otherwise, no, it's not the place to start.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It felt forced, and a little too random. It's hard to be specific without giving spoilers.


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

    No, I've read the previous books, but this is the first one I have listened to.


    Do you think Dexter Is Delicious needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I already know it has more than one!


    Any additional comments?

    As Dexter books go, this one was a little weak. It's always nice to hear the author read his own work though, as it gives you an insight as to how they see the characters and events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (736)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Only part of the story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Jenna Miscavige Hill and/or Sandy Rustin?

    Yes


    Would you recommend Beyond Belief to your friends? Why or why not?

    Possibly, if this was a subject they were interested in and wanted to read widely. If it was for a one-off read of a "tell-all" Scientology book then there are others I would pick (My Billion Year contract for example)


    Which character – as performed by Sandy Rustin – was your favorite?

    There were no characters as such, but Sandy did a good job with the narration.


    Did Beyond Belief inspire you to do anything?

    Not to become a scientologist :) (Not that I needed inspiration for that)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark Leary
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (123)

    Every day of your life is spent surrounded by mysteries that involve what appear to be rather ordinary human behaviors. What makes you happy? Where did your personality come from? Why do you have trouble controlling certain behaviors? Why do you behave differently as an adult than you did as an adolescent?Since the start of recorded history, and probably even before, people have been interested in answering questions about why we behave the way we do.

    Benjamin says: "The best money i've ever spent"
    "A good overview"
    Overall
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    What three words best describe Professor Mark Leary’s voice?

    Professional. Slight lisp.


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

    No, it was far too long for that, and covering too many topics. It was ideal for listening on the commute to work though.


    Any additional comments?

    A good series of lectures on why we are the way we are. My one criticism would be that the presenter relies heavily on the field of evolutionary psychology, and there is a reasonable amount of doubt here to present anything as any kind of final answer. (And no, I am not an evolution denier ... quite the opposite, but this particular science is still not on a firm foundation. Yet.)

    He is pretty open about all the proposed explanations though, so I didn't see a major problem with this, and the lectures were interesting.

    I have heard most of what he was talking about before, but this was a good summary, and certainly a good starting point for anybody interested in the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (1317)
    Story
    (1321)

    Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume. The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.

    M. R. says: "Good Business Education"
    "Not an MBA, but a decent resource"
    Overall
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    Where does The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average


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

    No. For those concepts that were new, I needed time to digest them, and since there are no notes supplied with the audio version, listening too quickly can mean you lose focus.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I remember others commenting about this, but skip the first chapter (about an hour). It's basically just the author telling you how MBAs suck, and you should follow his method. Not really sure what the purpose of this is since if you're already listening to/reading that chapter, then you've already paid for his book.

    In general, it's a reasonable summary of a lot of concepts related to business and psychology. I'm sure MBAs are flawed - especially in the States where you need to go into so much debt to get one! - but this isn't comprehensive enough to replace one.

    What it does do is give you a good idea of whether you'd actually like to take an MBA or not, whether it's an area that interests you or would just waste your time, and if all you need is an overview, then this is probably the book for you. There's plenty of extra reading material recommended throughout the book as well, so you can supplement your reading in those areas that interest you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3103)
    Performance
    (1311)
    Story
    (1320)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "I wanted a novel, not vaccination/autism rubbish"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author had kept out of whole "vaccination causes autism" thing. I didn't buy this to listen to a load of scaremongering justifications for why vaccinations are bad. Once I got to this part I just stopped listening and returned it.


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

    I listened to Change of Heart, which was decent enough, though too much of a rehash of King's "The Green Mile" for my taste.

    I think I'm done with Picoult now.


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

    It's multiple narrators, which works well with the multiple viewpoints, rather than getting the same person to do different voices for each character.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from House Rules?

    I think that's obvious by now ... the preachy anti-vax scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Picoult has just struck out for me ... I'll move on to other authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2892)
    Performance
    (1558)
    Story
    (1585)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "A classic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Ringworld rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top quartile


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ringworld?

    When the scale of the Ringworld was conveyed.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this one purely because I'd never read it, and it seemed like a gap in my sci-fi background ... It's well worth a listen, though elements of the plot may perhaps be considered a little cheesy today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lying

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (732)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (638)

    As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

    Douglas says: ""Telling The Truth..."
    "Worth a listen for everybody"
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    Where does Lying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lying?

    It's a short book based on one premise, so it's hard to pick out a single moment.


    What about Sam Harris’s performance did you like?

    He has a nice easy style, possibly because he's reading his own material.


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

    No


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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