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Owen

Overland Park, KS, USA

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  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 94 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • Truman

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    Distinguished historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough tells one of the greatest American stories in this stirring audio adaptation of Truman - a compelling, classic portrait of a life that shaped history.

    Lee says: "Superb! A solid choice!"
    "Great Book !!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this audio book. It put a human face on the Truman presidency. David McCullough's reading of the book was a big plus as his voice and inflection really added to the listening experience. The book is a must for anyone with an interest in US history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Running with Scissors: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (264)

    Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of being Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain.

    Arthur Held says: "NOT what I was expecting"
    "Interesting, yet disturbing"
    Overall

    At the recommendation of friends, I purchased this audio book. I had a general idea of the book's premise going in, but the level of detail I encountered grew to be less interesting and more disturbing. I will give the author credit for a flamboyant and colorful writing style that paints a vivid word picture of his life as an adolescent. And his use of pop culture reference points from the 1970’s and 80’s kept me engaged along the way. But as I reflected on the overall story of his childhood years, I felt that this story should not have been told so a matter of fact like and with such graphic detail. This unfortunate fellow had a very dysfunctional and disturbing upbringing. And perhaps there are some lessons for all of us to learn from this tragic reality story. But I came away with a sad and sour taste in my mouth from the experience. It was almost like watching an episode of a Jerry Springer show that had been adapted for PBS as a documentary.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By John Feinstein
    • Narrated By John Feinstein
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The unending drive of champions who work endlessly on every nuance of the game will amaze you and, perhaps, inspire you on your next "good walk" around the links.

    Owen says: "Just O.K. but I hoped for more"
    "Just O.K. but I hoped for more"
    Overall

    I just finished listening to "A Good Walk Spoiled" and found it to be less than I had hoped. I am a big fan of the PGA tour and have attended more than a dozen PGA events around the country over the years. The book provides a summary of the 1994 PGA tour season but does so in a "sports page" style of writing. Most of the naration was a string of results from the highlighted tournaments of the season. "Nick Price did this..then Tom Watson did that.." It seemed to lack the colorful "behind the scenes" stories that I had hoped for. Most of the book detailed the 4 majors and the hand full of PGA stars that battled for the tournament titles of 1994. I find Rick Reilly's writing style to be more fun such as his book "Who's Your Caddy". All this being said, I will give Feinstein's book on the US Open at Bethpage a try but will do so with a slight hestitation.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Get Real or Let's Not Play: The Demise of Dysfunctional Selling and the Advent of Helping Clients Succeed

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mahan Khalsa
    • Narrated By Mahan Khalsa
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The notion of selling carries a lot of baggage. As it has developed, sales has often become a fear-based relationship. Customers are afraid that they will be "sold" a bill of goods, or that a salesperson will talk them into something that doesn't help them succeed.

    I Leaver says: "Get real."
    "Just not for me..."
    Overall

    I took a chance on this audio book as I had not heard of the title or author prior to my purchase. I assumed that the content and quality would be top notch because of the Steven Covey testimonial, etc. Instead, I found the delivery of reader/author to be too direct, too "in your face" about the subject matter. At times the reader/author delivered his points in a condesending tone like we were all rookies going through sales "boot camp". His points were on track for the most part but I just couldn't get past his "style" and delivery. Too brash for me.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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