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Tom Grundy

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Santa Clarita, CA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 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..."
    "Incredable material! Great 3hr book, 10hr Listen#%"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are responsible for communication any an kind; you must read this book! The lessons discussed in this tome are incredible, they must be studied, notated, memorized, and put into action in your daily life. Those that take the lessons to heart will substantially increase their success.


    What could Peter Guber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Peter Guber, aka "Pete the name dropper Gubber" was best when the story used to relay a point was third party. Pete,… REALLY?? You run around with Millionaires, Billionaires, and the so-called political elite... So does the bell hop at the Four Seasons!

    The whole book reeked of narcissism!

    If you ever do a rewrite, lift up someone else and you’ll be lifted with them!


    What about Patrick Egan’s performance did you like?

    The Narration was very good!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Reaver: Forgotten Realms: The Sundering, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Lee Byers
    • Narrated By Eugene H. Russell IV
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    In the fourth book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Richard Lee Byers introduces Anton Marivaldi - a renowned reaver with an insatiable thirst for bounty and a moral compass that always leads him toward the evil he's never tried. Endless, pounding rain afflict the Sea of Fallen Stars and the coastal regions surrounding it. Harvests are failing, travel and trade are disrupted, and civilized forces are giving way to the deluges caused by the storms.

    Tom Grundy says: "Wanted this to be great book, I may never know"
    "Wanted this to be great book, I may never know"
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    What disappointed you about The Reaver?

    The performance was a 1 on scale of one to 10. Where a 10 is movies for the mind and a 1 is "oh God my ears are bleeding"


    If you’ve listened to books by Richard Lee Byers before, how does this one compare?

    I was too distracted by the performance. Richard, pay to have this one re-recorded.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Vocal Quality - Awesome; Pronunciation - Good; Enunciation - Good; Punctuation - yes that a word and it means something.. Thank God the Eugene had to breath or there would be an endless stream of unbroken words.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I just got screwed out of my coin on this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Contact a professional vocal actor, and start over.. I was eager to get back to the series, eager to escape into a fantasy world of fractious gods, powerful villains, and hero's that overcome insurmountable odds. I just could not get past the performance. I sat on a plane through 3 chapters, I had to stop listening was just too painful!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Mark R. Levin
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    The Supreme Court endorses terrorists' rights, flag burning, and importing foreign law. Is that in the Constitution? You're right: it's not. But these days the Constitution is no restraint on our out-of-control Supreme Court. The Court imperiously strikes down laws and imposes new ones purely on its own arbitrary whims. Even though liberals like John Kerry are repeatedly defeated at the polls, the majority on the allegedly "conservative" Supreme Court reflects their views and wields absolute power.

    James says: "A concise account of an originalist viewpoint"
    "Run away corts, taking our freedoms"
    Overall

    I have had a uneasiness about the 9th circuit court of appeals for some time, however, I believed that the US Supreme court would get things right in the end and the liberal jurist in California would not end up setting the law of the land.

    Was I ever wrong! Mark brilliantly points out how through incrementalism the courts have undermined the Balance of Power in this nation. Pulled right out of today's headlines the admonishment of our forefathers about the how courts would run away with the power in this country has come to pass.

    Mark quotes our countries founders and the concern they had about the courts,as they predicted nearly two hundred yeas ago, the courts have become the Supreme power in the borders of this country, even trumping the power of Congress and the President.

    Well written and easy to follow History came alive and I hung on every word!

    12 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2100)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (528)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "State of Fear"
    Overall

    What an enjoyable listen. I found myself ingnoring my duties to listen to the book. Crichton has once again set a a group of otherwise normal people in a very extraordinary situation. I found myself loathing the villains and even enjoying their just deserts. The perfect book for a road trip to pass the time while the miles slipped away.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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