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  • The Mental Game of Poker: Proven Strategies for Improving Tilt Control, Confidence, Motivation, Coping with Variance, and More

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jared Tendler, Barry Carter
    • Narrated By Jared Tendler
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    The mental game may be more important in poker than in any other form of competition. It's one of the only games in the world where you can play perfectly and lose-again and again. Hundreds of poker players have turned to mental game coach Jared Tendler's revolutionary approach to help them play their best, no matter how badly they're running. In this book you'll find simple, step-by-step instructions and proven techniques to permanently fix problems such as tilt, handling variance, emotional control, confidence, fear, and motivation.

    George R. Kiessling, Sr. says: "Surprisingly interesting and informative."
    "Very Informative"
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    Where does The Mental Game of Poker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's my favorite book on poker psychology. My background is in psychology and I have a graduate degree in it. That doesn't make me immune to my own mental game flaws and. Jared is well qualified to teach on the matter. He presents some very common mental leaks in an easy to understand way and provides practical feedback on addressing the leaks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mental Game of Poker?

    The whole book is helpful. The leaks Jared covers are so common you're bound to identify with at least one. It's like having coaching sessions with him to read this,


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

    He's good at this. The material is great and he reads it well for a non-professional reader.


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

    Yes. After the overview I couldn't wait to get to the chapters that were specific to my own mental game weaknesses.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3366)
    Performance
    (3074)
    Story
    (3059)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "If you love him you will love this!"
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    Would you listen to Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls again? Why?

    Absolutely! The stories, like all of Sedaris'' best work are both humorous and thought provoking. Nothing is better than when he reads his own work.


    What other book might you compare Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls to and why?

    Me Talk Pretty One Day - because it's one of my favorites and this book reminds me of it in both tone and quality.


    What does David Sedaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    No one, and I mean no one, can read his work like he can. There's a reason why his book tours where he reads stories are so popularly attended,


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

    You'll laugh, you'll cry from laughing, and you'll laugh some more.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4293)
    Performance
    (3678)
    Story
    (3675)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Authentic and Compelling"
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    Would you listen to Defending Jacob again? Why?

    Yes as having the perspective of how the story resolves makes me want to experience it thorough that lens to see what I missed the first time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Defending Jacob?

    To answer would be to divulge a spoiler,


    Which scene was your favorite?

    See above!


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

    Justice, genetics and the nature of criminality,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3967)
    Performance
    (2231)
    Story
    (2246)

    In the third volume of The Dark Tower, Roland, the last gunslinger, is moving ever closer to the Dark Tower that haunts his dreams and nightmares. But he is no longer alone. He has trained Eddie and Susannah, who entered Mid-World from their separate whens in New York City in The Drawing of the Three, in the old ways of the gunslingers. But their ka-tet is not yet complete.

    Kristin says: "A reader for the ages!"
    "I miss Fran Muller"
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    Would you listen to The Waste Lands again? Why?

    Muller was the rare reader who elevated the story beyond its content. While I'm a huge fan of the Dark Tower series it's no coincidence that the books I enjoyed most were the audio versions Mr a Muller performed, I've read all the books and listened to all the books as well. My reading to myself never was as enjoyable as Muller's renditions. This is a good story that moves the characters along. I really begin to care quite a bit about them and they feel like friends by the end of this book.


    What other book might you compare The Waste Lands to and why?

    Not sure I can think of one. It's not derivative despite taking place in a setting that feels post apocalyptic and that's been done so frequently. King creates a unique world though that makes the whole Dark Tower series unique and wonderful world with a fascinating mythology.


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

    It's among his best. My favorite is probably Wizard and Glass but he's my favorite audio book reader ever. There isn't a close second,


    If you could rename The Waste Lands, what would you call it?

    Why would I want to do that?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7017)
    Performance
    (6505)
    Story
    (6520)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Not bad but a little disappointed"
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    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    I appreciated the connections to The Shining but found them to be too few and far between. I really was hoping for more of a connection to Danny's childhood than I got. This felt like a story that could have stood alone and instead due to a few threads tying the story to. Danny's youth is pitched as a sequel of sorts but it really doesn't feel to me like a logical next step to those events. As always Stephen King can write amazing character that I want to know more about and each seems unique,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not sure I have a favorite, I wanted it to be Danny. Wanted it to feel like reconnecting with an old friend, but it didn't feel that way to me,


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a nice job with the characters and they feel distinctive,


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

    No, I was happy to do it in stages. It's not short and at the end you want to feel like you've been on a journey,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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