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Tim

Bradenton, FL, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (653)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "Groundhog's Day, It's Not!"
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    Groundhog’s Day was a fun movie where the character wakes up to the same day…day after day after day. According to what I’ve read, this book was the inspiration for the movie. Both the movie and the book are about reliving the past but that’s where the similarities end.

    Instead of living one day over and over, try living 25 years over each time. What would you change? Or would you live each life in the same style every time? You have many choices of how to live out those years by making lots of money (since you already know the future), becoming a recluse and getting away from it all, living it somewhere in the middle as a family man, etc.

    Then come the moral questions of whether you try to do good for others leading them away from bad choices, disasters or even helping your country to avoid major conflict. But how much information is too much to give? Would you try saving President Kennedy? Every life is a new life. What would you choose to do knowing the future history? Or will it be the same future history when you tell others of upcoming events?

    I had trouble laying the book aside. Enjoy the listen!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1301)

    When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Story Stretching 101"
    "Why a Different Narrator for each Chapter?"
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    I really enjoyed the book and the whole story line. I can't wait for Book 3! My problem with this audiobook is the fact they used different narrators for each chapter. I'd just get use to one reader and hearing the characters, then they'd change to another narrator for the next chapter. For me, this took some getting use to and I question why?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3276)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1064)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Good Idea with Weak Ending"
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    Of course Scott Brick's performance was excellent! With that being said, I wish I could say the same for the book. I wanted so much to enjoy this book. It was a great idea. But the ending didn't leave me wanting to read the next book in the trilogy. So I've moved on to another series with an author I know I can trust, Orson Scott Card.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Eric L. Haney
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1066)

    Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

    Darwin8u says: "Informative & Entertaining Memoir >|< Myth"
    "Great Story - Not So Great Narrator"
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    Eric Haney tells it like it is. His recalling of going through "Selection" was awesome. His stories of missions he went on were enough to make me sit in the car with the engine running for "just a few more minutes". His insight on terrorism made me sit up and listen.

    Now for the narrator: I don't care for the style of Mr. Dean. He reminds me so much of the kid in class who reads every word exactly as it is on the page.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (25154)
    Performance
    (19032)
    Story
    (19097)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Enjoyable But No End in Sight"
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    I almost gave up on this book within the first hour but grew to enjoy it. I so looked forward to the end that I kept listening. I was highly disappointed the book just stopped at the end and nothing at all was resolved. I can't see listening for another 40 hrs and still nothing. So I'm stopping here. I purchased this book because of the very high ratings it's getting. That's it for me. I'm on to a different story that has an ending and away from the soap operish style this is written in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2065)
    Performance
    (1833)
    Story
    (1838)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Great Listen"
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    I was very young when all this happened and only remember bits and pieces. This book gave me so much more background information than I'd ever heard or read about in other books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17711)
    Performance
    (15747)
    Story
    (15699)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Must Listen!"
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    Here's one of those books you must read/listen to. Stephen King takes an idea an runs with it all the way to the end. I liked it so much that I tell everyone about this book.

    Imagine finding a portal which takes you back in time to the same exact date and time...every time you go through it! Then stay in the past for as long as you want and return back through the portal only 3 minutes later in your own time. Would you try stopping Oswald? How much did a pound of ground beef cost in 1958? You'll find out in the book because that's where the restaurant owner buys the meat for his burgers. Can you imagine buying the exact same ground beef, bringing it to the future, and selling it many times over?

    This book kept me glued to my seat. So why did I give it only 4 stars? For a very brief part of the book, King adds his Kingly touch of wierdness which I thought was unnecessary. Don't get me wrong. I really enjoy his many books. I just didn't think it was needed.

    With that said, here's a book I promise you will enjoy! I'm betting this one will make the big screen in the not so distant future. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17963)
    Performance
    (8160)
    Story
    (8190)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "It's Been a Long Time"
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    It's been a very long time since I've listened to a book that I just couldn't stop listening to. Have you ever had one of those? It's the kind I pull in the drive and just sit in the car or I get to work and sit in the parking lot until the absolute latest time I could. Even worse, I found my self driving the long way around just to be able to listen longer. This book was definitely one of those. I didn't feel the same way with the first 2 books as I did with this. The author used such a great way of bringing everything together. I absolutely loved the trial and how it was written. What a great listen...and when you think it's all over, there's still lots more story to tell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jonah Keri
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    In The Extra 2%, financial journalist and sportswriter Jonah Keri chronicles the remarkable story of one team's Cinderella journey from divisional doormat to World Series contender. By quantifying the game's intangibles, they were able to deliver to Tampa Bay an American League pennant. This is an informative and entertaining case study for any organization that wants to go from worst to first.

    Victor Luera says: "No Strategies or Insight"
    "Rays Season Ticket Holder"
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    As a Rays season ticket holder, I found this book entertaining and very enlightening. There was lots of info in here I'd never heard about, especially about past and present ownership. Who would have guessed that the new ownership used Disney to train their stadium workers? I've often questioned Maddon's decisions but the book has enlightened me on some of the decisions I thought were really strange in the past. Now I have a better understanding of why he makes the choices.

    The one thing I really didn't like about the book was the fact the narrator/reader didn't do his homework on the pronunciations of players names ie. Jim Thome which ends with a long E sound he kept ending it with a long A sound. That's only one example of many.

    If you like baseball, this is a good read. It's definitely a good follow up to the book Moneyball. But this book deals more with the AL East including the Yankees and Boston which the Rays are continually compared to. Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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