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Tedd

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  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paul S. Kemp
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (970)

    The second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic ramps up the action and brings listeners face-to-face for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords: Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers. Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy....

    Conrado says: "Another Great Old Republic novel"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Loses nothing relative to the other SW saga reads. Definitely adds an edge and a real psychological insight into the mind of a warrior absent from the others. The author's knowledge of the martial arts is particularly impressive. Looking forward to more from him in and out of this series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (510)

    A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

    G. House Sr. says: "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
    "Either you love him or you don't...."
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    Where does Blue Labyrinth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Everything we've come to expect from Pendergast, far-flung convolutions and all. It's a good thing the characters and narrating keep you engaged, lest it might be mistaken for Sooby-doo. Minus Auberjonois, I fear this series would be done for. If you like the Constance character, you'll appreciate this one all the more. Not my fav in the series but entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1482)
    Performance
    (1353)
    Story
    (1358)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "not his best..."
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    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    A little disappointed with this one. The dialogue was tedious and a little disjointed and the plot developed a little slowly for my taste. Found myself zoning out. Still a fan of the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Act of War: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (917)

    After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There’s just one problem - no one knows if she can be trusted. But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion.

    Justin says: "Scary good"
    "Meh"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure if it was the seeming piecing together of multiple previous thrillers or the characteristically bland dialogue, but I say meh. The story does get points for realism and insight into the minds of our enemies , if not originality. Incidentally, is Scott ever going to develop a sense of humor?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (385)

    In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits, denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts.

    C. J. Hamilton says: "Instant classic"
    "Magnificent"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Pinker skewers those who, either wittingly or willingly pervert science and art in order to prop up a belief system whose time has clearly come. More astonishing is the fact that he does so while giving far more time to the opposing viewpoint. Admittedly, this almost becomes tedious, but each chapter lets you off the hook with a healthy dose of real science. A must read for all natural and social scientists, philosophers and educators.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Russian Phase 1, Unit 01: Learn to Speak and Understand Russian with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (43 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    Russian Phase 1, Unit 1 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. The lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit.

    Little Known Blogger says: "Pimsleur is excellent"
    "Before you start..."
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    Would you try another book from Pimsleur and/or the narrator?

    A few cautions. 1. You will NOT be fluent in Russian after Phase 3, not that this is claimed, but be advised. 2. The lessons take MUCH longer than 30 min once you stop to repeat material and take additional practice. More like 60-90 if you want to do it all in one day. 3. The absence of explanations of basic rules of grammar (case, in particular) will be frustrating more than liberating and will interfere with learning. . There is probably a happy medium someplace.
    Having said all this, it is a fairly good way to get on your feet quickly in Russian, as it pertains to a few common situations. Those seeking long term mastery may want to go elsewhere, as it is also a bit PRICEY.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Epstein
    • Narrated By David Epstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (349)

    Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training? In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle.

    Cynthia says: "Epstein writes! He scores!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Sports Gene the most enjoyable?

    As an exercise physiologist, I am impressed with the depth and breadth of Epstein's research and as a teacher, his accessible style. Having also met and heard speak many of those he interviewed, I had to lol at how on-point his voice impressions were. Well done through and through. An apt and timely answer to the likes of "Outliers" and "Bounce."


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SuperFreakonomics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2932)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1294)

    SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

    Rich says: "Worth Your Time"
    "Nice follow up"
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    Would you listen to SuperFreakonomics again? Why?

    These books always fascinate and are replete with practical application. As with the first, they do tend to get a bit bogged down in certain sections, but that's what ff is for I found the prostitution piece a tad boring and devoid of application but the rest were brilliant.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow's Strike

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier, Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    Compared to such luminaries as #1 New York Times best-selling authors Brad Thor and Vince Flynn, Brad Taylor delivers edgy and adrenaline-drenched military thrillers. The Widow's Strike pits Taskforce operator Pike Logan and his partner Jennifer Cahill against a Chechen suicide bomber intent on releasing a deadly, genetically mutated virus. Traversing the globe to stop this catastrophe, the two soon discover there is a more dangerous enemy lurking in the shadows.

    Shawn says: "Only thing I could say is He is a master"
    "A story in need of a performance"
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    What did you like best about The Widow’s Strike? What did you like least?

    A tight plot with abundant action and healthy doses of reality.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Henry Strozier and Rich Orlow ?

    Any number of narrators. Lou Diamond comes to mind. I'm also not sure having two really adds anything in audiobooks in general -- particularly if they are both male. Even a bit distracting. In any event, one highly prepared one beats two less-than- prepared ones. This seemed the issue as opposed to their talents per se.


    Any additional comments?

    I would read this author again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1385)
    Performance
    (1206)
    Story
    (1219)

    When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.

    Carla says: "An Outstanding Story with Engaging Characters"
    "irksome"
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    Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

    Depends on the characters and narration.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    Sorry. I just can't deal with male narrators doing little girl voices.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2412)
    Performance
    (2018)
    Story
    (2039)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "underwhelmed"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    Yes. Based on previous work alone. Though highlighting a current and important global issue, this one just didn't do it for me. With respect to two narrators (both excellent incidentally), somehow, I don't find it necessary.Gender doesn't get lost with a good narration.


    What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

    The ending. A tad scooby-doo.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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