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Shawn

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  • 6 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 162 titles in library
  • 63 purchased in 2014
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  • Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ken Ilgunas
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    The story of a student who went to extraordinary lengths - including living in a van on a campus parking lot - to complete his education without sacrificing his financial future. In a frank and self-deprecating voice, memoirist Ken Ilgunas writes about the existential terror of graduating from college with $32,000 in student debt. Inspired by Thoreau, Ilgunas set himself a mission: get out of debt as soon as humanly possible. To that end, he undertook an extraordinary three-year transcontinental journey.

    Mr. says: "College humor and philosophy but a fun read"
    "Interesting, entertaining, and inspiring."
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    Would you listen to Walden on Wheels again? Why?

    Yes. I found the book to be very entertaining. The narrator did a great job, and the material itself was very enjoyable to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Walden on Wheels?

    The entire first half of the book was entertaining and very memorable.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Ken, without a doubt.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure! I enjoyed every minute of it.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Endymion

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1572)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (957)

    Here, Simmons returns to this richly imagined world of technological achievement, excitement, wonder and fear. Endymion is a story about love and memory, triumph and terror - an instant candidate for the field's highest honors.

    David says: "A fine Part II of the Hyperion Cantos"
    "Very different from Hyperion and FoH, but great"
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    What did you love best about Endymion?

    It's a great story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very interesting. I could listen to it for hours.


    What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

    Victor nailed it. The one thing I really loved about Hyperion was how many voice actors there were in the audiobook. That really helped bring the characters to life. However, Bovine managed many distinct voices for all the characters of the story all by himself. He did a remarkable job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Get the audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    Endymion is very different from Hyperion, but still very enjoyable. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10315)
    Performance
    (4922)
    Story
    (4913)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "Listen to it while commuting to work"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend. It's a little dated, but I think the material is still very relevant. This isn't the kind of book I'd enjoy listening to in my free time, but I really enjoy it while driving to work in the morning. (My commute is generally free of traffic and about 30 minutes long.)


    What other book might you compare How to Win Friends & Influence People to and why?

    None come to mind.


    What about Andrew MacMillan’s performance did you like?

    I didn't notice it much. I was really listening for content, and Andrew did not get in the way of that.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nope. I do think it's a great book for listening to when you're physically occupied but your mind isn't.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4238)
    Performance
    (2725)
    Story
    (2758)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "This story is a fantastically good read."
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    What made the experience of listening to Hyperion the most enjoyable?

    The amazing story and the narrators. This was a first rate production with a great story line.


    What other book might you compare Hyperion to and why?

    This is easily one of the best audio books I've ever had the pleasure to listen to. It's hard to compare it to other works.


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

    All the narrators did a great job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    We had to cut so much out to make it fit in a movie; you really should check out the audio book!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time: Great Discoveries

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (570)

    A dazzling tour of the universe as Einstein saw it. How did Albert Einstein come up with the theories that changed the way we look at the world? By thinking in pictures. Michio Kaku, leading theoretical physicist (a cofounder of string theory) and best-selling science storyteller, shows how Einstein used seemingly simple images to lead a revolution in science. With originality and expertise, Kaku uncovers the surprising beauty that lies at the heart of Einstein's cosmos

    david says: "Relatively Wonderful"
    "Very Interesting Book."
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    Would you listen to Einstein's Cosmos again? Why?

    YES! I love this sort of book. I love listening to it while doing other things, like riding my motorcycle or driving to work. It's engaging, but not distracting.

    It's worth nothing that this book has a lot of history in it. It's not a dry physics book, even though there's a lot of physics in it. If you're a layperson that's interested in science but don't have the mental bandwidth to devote to it, and you also enjoy a bit of history, I highly recommend this book.


    What other book might you compare Einstein's Cosmos to and why?

    If you enjoy this book, I also recommend "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson. Both are fantastics audio books.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    I think Michio Kaku has a great voice, and I was a little disappointed when I discovered that he didn't narrate the entire book. However, Ray does a great job, and I'm very glad that Ray was picked to read the book. (Michio Kaku narrates the opening of the book.)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This audio book has a lot of replay value. However, I don't think it would make for a good movie.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book. I've enjoyed it immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1104)
    Performance
    (1038)
    Story
    (1047)

    Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

    Charles says: "Very Different than John Dies, but Equal"
    "Interesting story. Nick Podehl reads it well."
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    What did you love best about This Book Is Full of Spiders?

    This is a fun book that's also really interesting. It's not thought provoking in any way, but it's definitely a "page turner". The writing style makes it very agreeable to listening to while doing other things like driving, or painting a bedroom.


    What other book might you compare This Book Is Full of Spiders to and why?

    Hmm... I can't think of any. This book has an interesting mix of humor and "horror". (Note: this book is not scary in any way.)


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

    Nick Podehl FTW. I'm used to searching for books based on the author, but I'm going to have to start searching for books based on the narrator, too. Nick narrated "Walden on Wheels" and I really enjoyed his performance in that, too. I bought "This Book is Full of Spiders" because it was on sale, and was pumped to hear his voice when the book started. I knew there was a very good chance I'd enjoy this book because of Nick's narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I don't have the attention span to listen to something this long in one sitting, but I did turn it on every time I got the chance to listen to it without being interrupted. I listened to the whole thing within a period of two days.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is good fun, and is a fantastic "distraction" when doing something really boring like painting the trim in your bedroom. I don't think it's meant to be taken seriously, and I think it deserves 5 stars for being very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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