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Rolando

West Valley City, Utah, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Albert Camus
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1187)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (742)

    Albert Camus' The Stranger is one of the most widely read novels in the world, with millions of copies sold. It stands as perhaps the greatest existentialist tale ever conceived, and is certainly one of the most important and influential books ever produced. Now, for the first time, this revered masterpiece is available as an unabridged audio production.

    Rolando says: "Is amorality bad?"
    "Is amorality bad?"
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    Existentialism: each individual is solely responsible for giving meaning to life. The accepted cultural morality is absurd and unacceptable. Camus created the character Mersault as the perfect example. He did it so well that I was struck by the amoral, not immoral, life experience of Meursault. He never lied, never considered yesterday and did not worry much about tomorrow. His life was lived now. Even the murder he commits is not enough to get him to feel remorse. In the final confrontation with the priest he verbalizes his "philosophy of life", every life is worth the same and there is no grand meaning to life and whether one lives or dies will not affect the rest of the world as everyone will go on living. Mersault demonstrated this after the death of his mother and as much as he preferred not to die, he knew that if it was today or twenty years from now, it would be the same. He would die and the universe would go on. Thought provoking, I enjoyed it.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Spencer Rascoff, Stan Humphries
    • Narrated By Spencer Rascoff, Stan Humphries
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Thanks to its treasure trove of proprietary data and army of statisticians and data scientists, led by chief economist Stan Humphries, Zillow has been able to spot the trends and truths of today's housing market while acknowledging that a home is more than an economic asset. In Zillow Talk, Humphries and CEO Spencer Rascoff explain the science behind where and how we live now and reveal practical, data-driven insights about buying, selling, renting, and financing real estate.

    CARLOS says: "If you are in Real Estate & or Mortgage read it"
    "Unhelpful"
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    Not a good book. Just dumb. Written in the style of Freakonomics. Taking each chapter to expound on a subject totally unrelated to other chapters in the book. From the words to use in describing your listing to explaining how New York real estate is different to shaming waterfront property buyers because they keep buying waterfront homes even though the seas are rising. The authors feel pretty good about their web traffic, and they draw conclusions from clicks and call it research. The authors pounded on George Bush as the cause of the Financial Meltdown, compared him to Barack Obama for their errors in handling the economy, took several opportunities to point out how wrong Conservatives were, all the while pretending to be non partisan. They even took a chapter to make their case for the elimination of the Mortgage Interest Deduction suggesting that middle class Americans gain no benefit from it. They called it a government expenditure. How can it be an expenditure if the government never collected the money in the first place to spend it? They concluded the book by patting themselves on the back for starting the last chapter with a quote by Donald Rumsfeld. Arrogant, directionless and unhelpful.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Marie Kondo
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (356)

    Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

    LuckyMe says: "Definitely one of the best books on the subject"
    "Not very magical"
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    I am sure this helps some people, but she started to lose me when she said I should let my socks rest. It was downhill from there for me. Thanking my discarded items for their service, asking my home where things should go and using shoeboxes to store everything would change my life too much and not in a magical way. I did like the idea that I should evaluate every item for whether or not it brought me joy but that was about the end of the good stuff for me. Very Shinto based approach to interacting with our environment. I understand it but I didn't like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thomas M. Sterner
    • Narrated By Thomas M. Sterner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (400)

    Present moment awareness is an essential ingredient in life if one expects to experience any degree of authentic peace and contentment. It has been acknowledged for centuries as the cornerstone of spiritual awakening in all traditions of Eastern thought. In the West, however, it is still a relatively unrecognized concept for living. The Western mind is always restless, never content with the moment.

    Shaun says: "Very insightful!!!"
    "All of life is practice"
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    Very good book, articulates clearly what every professional learns through trial and error. In order to be good at anything we must practice and learn. All of life is practice. I will reread this book often.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3029)
    Performance
    (2824)
    Story
    (2832)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "Nerds Unite"
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    Fun story but you will enjoy it more if you have ever been a teenage nerd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Myth: Programs 1-6

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers
    • Narrated By Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (496)

    An exhilarating journey into the mind and spirit of a remarkable man, a legendary teacher, and a masterful storyteller, conducted by TV journalist Bill Moyers for their acclaimed PBS series.

    Lucas says: "A series that changed my life"
    "Interesting if you are interested in myths"
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    I am not completely impressed as most are by this book. Joseph Campbell is very smart and has dedicated himself to studying the world's religions and mythologies. I was impressed by him but he sure can talk a lot. He has a lot of knowledge and communicates it well. Learning that certain themes recur throughout the world in different cultures was really interesting. Bill Moyers on the other hand was a source of constant interruptions of nonsensical non sequential questions and faulty assumptions. Irritating. Esoteric and arcane, you really have to want to learn about this stuff to get much out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3693)
    Performance
    (2279)
    Story
    (2299)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "Very Long"
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    The nostalgic value almost made it worth the effort. Written in the '70's there are references to the Cold War and the racial tension of the day. However, the story dragged on and on. A credible antagonist finally appeared at the last fifth of the book. Just a long book, exhausting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2564)
    Performance
    (2397)
    Story
    (2396)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "Not sure what the hype is all about"
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    First and foremost, I read all the reviews and one in particular told me that this is not a sci fi book but a police procedural. I didn't believe it. Well I am here to tell you it is not a sci fi book, it is a police procedural. Second, I don't know about all the hype surrounding Wil Wheaton as a narrator. I thought he was okay. The book, eh. The author added a novella to the end of the book to help give more background to the story. Well the story was not compelling enough for me to give up more time to this lame story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Child: An Audible Drama

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sebastian Fitzek
    • Narrated By Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, and others
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (448)

    My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

    Rolando says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    The story wasn't that great, pretty much unbelievable. I am disappointed at the rave reviews that misled me into thinking that this would be a good experience. The characters were lame, the story was forced and unbelievable, the subject matter is intentionally disturbing. I think that what made this "book" so disappointing is that the producers have such little faith in the audience's imaginations that they decided to take it upon themselves to create the world in their image, and expecting listeners to embrace it. No thank you.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7516)
    Performance
    (6931)
    Story
    (6935)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Odell lives!"
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    Pretty good detective story, I am glad that the story ended well. I think I have found Stephen King's calling. Not writing paranormal stories!! Good story that ended well. I found the bad guy to be a little difficult to believe but the story carries you along. I recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Apology: The Case for American Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mitt Romney
    • Narrated By Mitt Romney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (135)

    In No Apology, Mitt Romney asserts that American strength is essential—not just for our own well-being, but for the world’s. Governments such as China and a newly-robust Russia threaten to overtake us on many fronts, and Islam continues its dangerous rise. Drawing on history for lessons on how great powers collapse, Romney shows how and why our national advantages have eroded.

    michael says: "You can like this book without being a Republican."
    "Impressive"
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    Romney is very smart, has great experience as a business man and a leader. In the book he lays out major common sense policy initiatives. Impressive, unfortunately the USA will never benefit from his leadership in the oval office.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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