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William

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  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1540)
    Performance
    (1414)
    Story
    (1409)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    Stacy says: "As Ridiculous and Unimaginative as the TV show."
    "Weak, very weak"
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    I noticed there was a second book in the series, also free. Based upon the first book I'm not interested even at the price of free. The book started out with interesting possibilities but never came close to fulfilling them. There were some interesting puzzles to solve but the story which these puzzles were in was poorly constructed, had virtually no character development, there was zero explanation of motivation, especially for the killer and the story just didn't make sense. In general it felt like I was trapped in a bad game of Clue.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Red Velvet Cupcake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes!

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (302)

    New York Times best-selling author Joanne Flukeā€™s cozy mysteries grow in popularity with each new series entry. One summer in Lake Eden, Minnesota, Hannah Swensen attends the grand opening of a newly refurbished hotel, where her famous red velvet cupcakes will be served in the new Red Velvet lounge. But when a party guest falls from the hotel roof, festivities come to a screeching halt - and Hannah becomes the surprising target of a murder investigation

    Donna says: "Very cute and easy listening"
    "Less then I had hoped"
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    This book is a combination murder mystery and cook book; a crime fighting cookie baker in a small town in Minnesota. The story was definitely rated PG if that is important to you. While I can't speak to the quality of the recipes as I've not tried any, I can say that I hope they are better then the writing. I came very close to giving up on this book several times; which is very rare for me. There is very little character development, the scenes in the story are very primitive in their construction and the plot felt very contrived. I would recommend the "Goldy Bear Culinary" series by Diane Mott Davidson as a vastly better murder mystery / cook book hybrid series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Highly Sensitive Person

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Elaine N. Aron
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (77)

    Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D., is a world-renowned psychologist and speaker. The Highly Sensitive Person is an in-depth look at characteristics that define sensitivity. Through self-assessment tests and techniques, Aron shows listeners how to identify their own personality traits. This exceptional book can lead to remarkable results for many who suffer from constant stress and anxiety.

    Steph says: "Highly Scientific"
    "In need of a ghost writer and an editor"
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    I think there are some really valuable ideas in this book; I know it has been very helpful in my interactions with my wife, who is a highly sensitive person. Unfortunately the author tends to ramble on a lot, particularly in the last half of the book. I found there was about 3 hours of very valuable material in the almost 10 hours of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wizard of Dark Street: An Oona Crate Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Shawn Thomas Odyssey
    • Narrated By Shawn Thomas Odyssey
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    Oona Crate was born to be the Wizard's apprentice, but she has another destiny in mind. Despite possessing the rare gift of natural magic, Oona wants to be a detective. Eager for a case, she wants to show her uncle - the Wizard of Dark Street - that logic is as powerful as magic. But when someone attacks the Wizard, Oona must delve even deeper into the world of magic. Full of magic, odd characters, evil henchmen, and a street where nothing is normal, The Wizard of Dark Street will have you guessing until the very end.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great story, great entertainment."
    "Can't recommend for adult readers"
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    Some young adult books do a great job of trancending their young adult target market and being enjoyable reading for adults too; the Harry Potter series and the young adult books written by Neil Gaiman come to mind. Unfortunately I really can't recommend this book for adult readers. That being said, I think that younger readers will enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (668)

    In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

    Liz says: "big fan but what is up with the bleeps?"
    "Taleb's books are the ones I recommend the most"
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    Nassim Nicholas Taleb has an abrasive personality which comes through very strongly in his writing. A lot of people will be turned off by that, but if you can get past that and really listen to his ideas you will be rewarded with well though out ideas that are presented in an easy to understand way. His books should not be considered light reading, you will need to spend time thinking about them to digest the ideas! I love his books and look forward to each new one. You may not agree with everything he says but his books will get your juices flowing and get you thinking. What more can you ask for from a book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!: Cartoonist Ignores Helpful Advice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Scott Adams
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Everyone knows Scott Adams as the king of workplace humor. No office is complete without a few Dilbert strips on the wall. And if you compare a VP to the Pointy-Haired Boss, no further description is necessary. But why should a humorist stick to the workplace when there are so many other great subjects to explore? What about politics? Religion? Malfunctioning underpants?

    Steven says: "Mildly Entertaining"
    "Scott could use a good editor on this one"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I've read many of Scott's other books and loved them. This book, you could edit out about 60% and not loose much of value. The 40% worth reading was really very good. Unfortunately the 40% worth reading is mixed in with the 60% not worth reading so you are kind of stuck reading everything.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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