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Phil

Loudon, TN, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Siddhartha

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (344)

    Siddhartha is Nobel Prize-winning author Hermann Hesse's most famous and influential work, a novel of self-exploration that will linger in your mind and spirit for a lifetime. A young man, blessed with loving parents and a safe home in a world where want and neglect abound, leaves this haven in search of himself.

    Ramanujam says: "Very Interesting to Listen"
    "Stays with you"
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    Would you listen to Siddhartha again? Why?

    I've read Siddhartha once, and listened twice. It's deep on many levels.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorite scene. The whole book is a joy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Bayles, Ted Orland
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a book about what it feels like to sit in your studio or classroom, at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing free will above predestination, choice above chance. It is about finding your own work.

    Inga Ladd says: "Amazing!"
    "Oh! It's not just me..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Art & Fear to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version. But I thought the audio was excellent.


    What other book might you compare Art & Fear to and why?

    I'm a big fan of Steven Pressfield's The War of Art. I put this up near that on for calming my nerves about my work.


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

    The right attitude.


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

    No, nothing extreme, just a feeling that I'm not alone in my worries and fears about my art. That I'm not crazy. ALL artists feel like I do, and that alone makes doing my work easier. My new mantra is "Embrace uncertainty."


    Any additional comments?

    It's the doing. It's the process. It's what we learn and become while making our creations that matter, not the end product.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3658)
    Performance
    (2253)
    Story
    (2273)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Felt like propaganda."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It feels like it's not really well researched, or that the author used too few sources. It just didn't feel "authentic".


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Weatherford? Why or why not?

    Maybe.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    Some folks might, and obviously do, like this book. I just felt like I was hearing legends and folk tales instead of scholarship.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Todd Henry
    • Narrated By Todd Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (270)

    Most of us live with the stubborn idea that we'll always have tomorrow to do our most important and valuable work. We fill our days with frantic activity, bouncing from task to task, scrambling to make deadlines and chase the next promotion. But by the end of each day we're often left asking ourselves "did the work I do today really matter?" We feel the ticking of the clock, but we're stuck in first gear, unsure of the path forward and without a road map to guide us.

    Oliver says: "Deeeeep sigh. And a tired one at that."
    "Same Old Same Old"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Rehashed stuff. Platitudes. Dull reading.


    Did Die Empty inspire you to do anything?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    Sounds like a corporate motivational speaker writing a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kevin Smith
    • Narrated By Kevin Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (1092)
    Story
    (1095)

    Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.

    Pamela says: "Such a likable slob!"
    "Vulgar But Entertaining"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Depends on the friend's sensibilities.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tough Sh-t?

    Talking about Bruce Willis. That was enlightening.


    Any additional comments?

    If I was Kevin's father-in-law I'd punch him in the mouth each time he crossed my threshold for talking about my daughter like that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2699)
    Performance
    (2021)
    Story
    (2034)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Not What I Expected"
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    What did you love best about Watership Down?

    I'm a 50-year-old military veteran. I'm not much up on fluffy bunny stories. But I've heard of this book for most of my life, and after reading all the reviews I figured I'd take a chance and see what I got. WOW! What a great story! It's now one of my all-time favorite stories. I love the characters, the friendships, the struggles together. It's one of those books that lingers with you long after your finished.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Watership Down?

    The snare scene.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Bigwig.


    If you could take any character from Watership Down out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hazel


    Any additional comments?

    Get this: I listened to this book on the way to a friend's house. Shortly before arriving I finished it. When I pulled into the friend's driveway there sat their black Labrador Retriever with a dead rabbit hanging from its jaws.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5448)
    Performance
    (4934)
    Story
    (4946)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Very Surprised"
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    If you could sum up Hard Magic in three words, what would they be?

    I wasn't sure I would like this one but it was a Daily Deal so I took a chance. I loved it! Bronson does a great job of narration, and the story is action-packed and fast-paced. It kept me riveted.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Magic?

    Almost anything Faye was up to was exciting and funny.


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

    I've not listened to other work of Bronson's but I will definitely seek him out.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book. You'll enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Grit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1887)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1060)

    Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

    Tommygaus says: "So worth it!"
    "Not so great recording"
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    Would you try another book from Charles Portis and/or Donna Tartt?

    Charles Portis, yes. Donna Tartt, I'm not sure. She takes very long pauses between "He said" and "She said" It's distracting. Also the recording of this book isn't very good. I can hear Donna breathing and swallowing... It feels a bit "low budget", if you know what I mean.


    What other book might you compare True Grit to and why?

    My first western. Can't say.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Donna Tartt?

    Someone more experienced.


    Could you see True Grit being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Uh.. yeah.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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