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Rolando

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

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  • The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Manel Loureiro
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (659)

    A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news - it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men. A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog and journal would ultimately record humanity’s last days. Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called Safe Havens are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves.

    Keith says: "Just For Pleasure"
    "Overly dramatic"
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    What would have made The Beginning of the End better?

    The narrator is reads every sentence as if it is the end of the world. Please pardon the cliche and pun. The problem is that the narrator doesn't give the listener a chance to rest. Everything is "gripping" or "shocking" or "unforgettable". I know that you can blame it on the author, however, I am reading the book along with the narration via Whispersync and reading the book is much more enjoyable and makes it easy to forgive some of the author's flaws. Halfway through the book I decided to stop listening to it and just read it. The narration made it unbearable.


    6 of 8 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
    (233)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (2783)
    Performance
    (2586)
    Story
    (2580)

    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"
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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 1 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
    (103)
    Performance
    (54)
    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.

    Geff Fralick 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
    (708)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (661)

    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.

    Share Faerber says: "Read This Book!"
    "Great!"
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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
    (2056)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1160)

    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"
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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
    (2065)
    Performance
    (1880)
    Story
    (1875)

    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
    (11377)
    Performance
    (8246)
    Story
    (8253)

    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"
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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
  • 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
    (3714)
    Performance
    (2301)
    Story
    (2318)

    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."
    "I never would have believed it!"
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    If I were to tell you about a leader that was responsible for abolishing torture, granting universal religious freedom, establishing international postal systems, creating the first internationally accepted form of paper currency, creating an alphabet so that people of diverse regions and languages could speak to each other, creating a judicial system with an established court of appeals and so many other innovative progressive systems in a world that was accustomed to centuries of intertribal conflicts, would you guess that I was talking about Genghis Khan. Genghis Khan was responsible for all of that and he was a brilliant military leader whose tactics have been used in modern warfare. I would never have believed this story but the research and references that the author used makes this story indisputable. Read it, you will be amazed and saddened that the world has painted this wonderful leader as a monster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nicolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Ian Richardson
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    How remarkable that an Italian living in the 15th and 16th centuries should lend his name to a word still in common usage in the English language today. Nicolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) wrote only one major work as a gift for his ruling Prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli held office as a senior civil servant for 14 years until the downfall of the Republic in 1512. No longer officially employed to impart advice, instead Machiavelli poured out his ideas and resentment in his writings.

    Adam says: "The perfect narrator"
    "To be feared"
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    Is it better to be feared or loved? The answer is you must focus on that which you can control and not on what you can not control. Love is given and therefore out of your control. Instilling fear is something that you can control. Great book on acquiring and retaining power, I can't believe that after being exposed to this book over 20 years ago, I finally read it. I will read this one again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mike Michalowicz
    • Narrated By Mike Michalowicz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (210)

    After reading an article about a local farmer who had dedicated his life to growing giant pump­kins, Michalowicz realized the same process could apply to growing a business. He tested the Pumpkin Plan on his own company and transformed it into a remarkable, multimillion-dollar industry leader. First he did it for himself. Then for others. And now you.

    S. Hansen says: "This one made my top 3 books on business!"
    "Over hyped"
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    Eh, I thought it would be better. Specialize, fire your bad clients, amaze your good clients with an UPOD strategy. (under promise - over deliver) yada yada yada. A lot of stories but not a whole lot of real content. The author/reader does do a couple of funny voices but not enough to make up for the boring content.

    I got it because Audible kept showing it as a recommendation. Whatever algorithm they are using to recommend books to me sucks. Or I am just an outlier and no one will ever understand me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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