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Rolando

West Valley City, Utah, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Peter Bregman
    • Narrated By Peter Bregman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (138)

    Based upon his weekly Harvard Business Review column (one of the most popular columns on HBR.com, receiving hundreds of thousands of unique page views a month), 18 Minutes clearly shows how busy people can cut through all the daily clutter and distractions and find a way to focus on those key items that are truly the top priorities in our lives.

    Anthony says: "Really great system"
    "Find your Focus"
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    I took a lot of notes and I am implementing the ideas in the book. Kind of a Lifehacker with research. The author is very credible and I trust that his ideas work.

    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
    (1680)
    Performance
    (1564)
    Story
    (1570)

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (379)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (349)

    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.

    20 of 23 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
    (6010)
    Performance
    (5602)
    Story
    (5603)

    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!"
    Overall
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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
    (236)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    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
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4237)
    Performance
    (3908)
    Story
    (3907)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "You are supposed to boil them"
    Overall
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    Pretty good, I am not sure if it is better than Cuckoo's calling. Very involved plot and many characters. Robin's development was good but I felt like there were a couple of plot holes that were never covered. Still all in all a good story.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Peter Guber
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Today everyone whether they know it or not - is in the emotional transportation business. More and more, success is won by creating compelling stories that have the power to move partners, shareholders, customers, and employees to action. Simply put, if you can’t tell it, you can’t sell it. And this book tells you how to do both.

    Amazon Customer says: "I didn't mind the listen but..."
    "Ugh, not even good"
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    Wow! I tried to avoid the reviews because the book was highly recommended by someone I respect. It turns out the reviews were right. The author name drops so much that I got really bored listening to it. Some of the stories are good but they are long and they don't really reinforce the points he is trying to make. Long book that focuses mainly on reinforcing the coolness factor of Peter Guber. Yeah, yeah yeah you are cool and you met a lot of people and some of those stories are cool. But, that doesn't help me much. One example, the A-ha from the last chapter - Technology is great but instead of State of the Art make sure to use State of the Heart. "Stick a dull pencil in my eye".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (1031)
    Story
    (1035)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Megan says: "Worth it, 10x over!"
    "Great!"
    Overall
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    Very well done! Great twist on the zombie genre. Highly recommended you will not be disappointed. The narrator was awesome! This book, the vocabulary and the interactions between characters were greatly enhanced by the narrator's voice and delivery! Loved it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Screwtape Letters

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (2205)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1295)

    A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.

    Amazon Customer says: "So much truth, much of it scary."
    "Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape"
    Overall
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    I took a little longer reading this book than I usually do. I think because the letters from exposed so many flaws that humanity has in common. It was hard to see that we can so easily be led astray by seemingly innocent actions was thoroughly examined and brought to light by the demon Screwtape. C.S. Lewis, a staunch Christian wrote this book from the perspective of a denizen of hell instructing his nephew in the ways of temptation. Very well done. However, I believe that the final chapter to this book was for me the most enlightening. It was Screwtape's toast. I don't want to ruin it for you, I encourage you to read it. Once you do you will see the devil's handiwork all around. Challenging to read for me but very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2605)
    Performance
    (2356)
    Story
    (2362)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "I almost threw it out!"
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    Have you ever had a book that angered you through 95% of the book, to the point that you want to throw it out of the window? My response was intriguing to me and I realized that time is the one constant that we can rely on and the author messed with time so much that I woke up several times trying to reconcile the time line. I seriously almost did not finish it. Then he explains it all and I am a happy reader again. Very well done, compelling and intense journey for the protagonist. Recommended!

    And now I know remember how I knew the name of the author. He wrote Run. I liked that one too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12407)
    Performance
    (9218)
    Story
    (9222)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Eh"
    Overall
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    Not sure what every fan boy is so excited about. I felt like the writing was clumsy and unpolished. Awkwardly derived from better stories. What bothers me most is that now that I have bought and read one Jim Butcher book, Amazon, Audible and Goodreads will be recommending the other 15. I won't be reading any more books about Harry Dresden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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