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  • League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Fainaru-Wada, Steve Fainaru
    • Narrated By David H. Lawrence XVII
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (76)

    So concluded the National Football League in a December 2005 scientific paper on concussions in America's most popular sport. That judgment, implausible even to a casual fan, also contradicted the opinion of a growing cadre of neuroscientists who worked in vain to convince the NFL that it was facing a deadly new scourge: A chronic brain disease that was driving an alarming number of players - including some of the all-time greats - to madness.

    David P. McGivern says: "Overall, well worth the credit"
    "Very interesting but went on too long"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this story to friends who were interested in the NFL.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personal accounts of players were fascinating and bone-chilling, particularly the Troy Aikman story.


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

    I listened to this book a little at a time because parts were fascinating and other parts were very heavy on medical or people I didn't care about so I needed to break things up.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book but they could have cut it down by a couple hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • U.S. Marshals: Inside America's Most Storied Law Enforcement Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mike Earp, David Fisher
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Blending history and memoir, retired U.S. Marshal Mike Earp - a descendant of the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp - offers an exclusive and fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the most storied law enforcement agency in America, illuminating its vital role in the nation's development for more than two hundred years. Setting his own experiences within the long history of the U.S. Marshals service, Earp offers a moving and illuminating tribute to the brave marshals who have dedicated their lives to keeping the nation safe.

    a says: "Lots of stories"
    "Lots of stories"
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    I was looking for more of a history of the U.S. Marshall service and, although there was some history, most of it was stories. The stories were thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable and made the book go very quickly. I wish that there was some more history but still loved the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Can't Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Al Michaels, L. Jon Wertheim
    • Narrated By Al Michaels, Ray Porter
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    In this highly entertaining and insightful memoir, one of television’s most respected broadcasters interweaves the story of his life and career with lively firsthand tales of some of the most thrilling events and fascinating figures in modern sports.

    JW says: "A Fantastic Book...Simply Fantastic !"
    "Very fun and interesting life."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to You Can't Make This Up again? Why?

    I would probably not listen to this book again because the story was wonderfully interesting but not the type you want to hear again and again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You Can't Make This Up?

    I loved the Tommy Lasorda story and I bought the book for his stories about John Madden. I wish there were more of those.


    Have you listened to any of Al Michaels and Ray Porter ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not listened to any other books by Ray Porter.


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

    You Can't Make This Up.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the stories and wish there were more. Very fascinating.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (2712)
    Performance
    (2520)
    Story
    (2531)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Love the story of Franks"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Monster Hunter Nemesis to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the paper version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter Nemesis?

    The elevator scene with Franks and his agents or the aftermath scene in the basement where of MHI after Franks and a certain werewolf fought.


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

    All of Oliver Wyman's performances are consistently excellent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I very much enjoy how Larry Correia has the core monster hunter books and now two other books focusing on other main characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good use of a credit. Mit is fascinating how Franks has evolved from the very first hospital scene with Pitt until now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Negotiation Genius: How to Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Deepak Malhotra, Max H. Bazerman
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (67)

    From two leaders in executive education at Harvard Business School, here are the mental habits and proven strategies you need to achieve outstanding results in any negotiation. Whether you've "seen it all" or are just starting out, Negotiation Genius will dramatically improve your negotiating skills and confidence. Drawing on decades of behavioral research plus the experience of thousands of business clients, the authors take the mystery out of preparing for and executing negotiations.

    Michael says: "Boring"
    "A definitive book on negotiation"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Negotiation Genius to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the print version but the audio version is excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Negotiation Genius?

    I appreciated the frequent specific examples of a concept or how to apply a concept. I also appreciated his breakdown of what type of things need to be done in advance of a negotiation, what to do during, and then follow up afterward.


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

    This is definitely NOT a book you want to listen to in one sitting. The material is great but it is very dense. Small doses of 20 -30 minutes worked best for me.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best book on negotiation I've read aside from Getting to Yes. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Negotiation Boot Camp: How to Resolve Conflict, Satisfy Customers, and Make Better Deals

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ed Brodow
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    We find ourselves engaged in various kinds of negotiations every day, from trying to land a new account or win a promotion at work, to buying a house or a car, or settling a dispute with a friend or spouse. In this groundbreaking audiobook, negotiation expert Ed Brodow shows us how to settle conflicts amicably and reach a win-win solution every time.

    Drew says: "Negotiation Boot Camp"
    "Buy a different book on negotiation."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I would suspect a novice might enjoy it more than anyone who knows anything about negotiation.


    Has Negotiation Boot Camp turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What does John H. Mayer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator did a fine job.


    What character would you cut from Negotiation Boot Camp?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate to give bad reviews because I can appreciate the work that goes into writing and publishing a book. That said, this book is terrible and I hate to think that novices to negotiation would read this and think themselves equipped to negotiate. This book is full of meaningless platitudes with little, if any direction of what to do. The only thing worse than the platitudes was terrible advice such as "try to negotiate the bill for services". To be sure, you can try to negotiate the cost of services with you attorney, accountant, or contractor after the service is complete. Even if you get a smaller bill you will likely ruin a professional relationship and if you do it a couple times you will get the reputation for this type of behavior. The only reason I'm not giving this book 0 stars is that there are a couple bits and pieces of decent information. The information isn't new or unique, you can find it in any other book on negotiation, but at least they are present here. If you want a better book on negotiation try "Negotiation Genius" by Deepak Malholtra and Max Bazerman.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Matthew Berry
    • Narrated By Matthew Berry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (118)

    In Fantasy Life, Berry celebrates every aspect of the fantasy sports world. Brilliant trash talk. Unbelievable trophies. Insane draft day locations. Shake-your-head-in-disbelief punishments. Ingenious attempts at cheating. And surprisingly uplifting stories that remind us why we play these games in the first place.

    T. Myers says: "Fun but repetitive"
    "Unexpectedly boring"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I love Matthew Berry and I love his stories on his podcast, I was surprised that so many of the stories he used were not fun or interesting. I really didn't think it was fun or funny that people make losers in their fantasy football leagues get terrible tattoos, etc. I also just don't care a whole lot about Berry's college leagues.


    Has Fantasy Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. If Berry puts out another book I'll give it a try.


    What about Matthew Berry’s performance did you like?

    I think Matthew Berry is a good story teller, he has a good voice, you can tell he enjoys what he does and talking about what he does.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (1182)
    Story
    (1182)

    Mike is back. The battle with Eliza is past. Now Mike must strike out once again in a desperate race against time as his son and best friend are succumbing to the zombie virus within them. What he does not know is that an old foe hasrisen up and a more insidious threat has emerged to not just the Talbots but all of humanity.

    Teddy says: "Yes! Yes! Yes! AWESOMENESS!"
    "Should have stopped at 6"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did enjoy this book, I love the characters, I really enjoy Tufo's writing AND I found it to be less compelling than the other books.


    Would you recommend Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would probably recommend the read the book if they love the series, otherwise stop at 6.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    Mike.


    Did Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen inspire you to do anything?

    Weird question... No


    Any additional comments?

    Love the series, lover the characters, love the author, I think it's a little hard to keep things going sometimes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (5238)
    Performance
    (4602)
    Story
    (4623)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Best book I read in 2013"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of David and Goliath to be better than the print version?

    Did not read print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Several parts of the book stuck with me. I loved the opening sequence, the children's basketball story, and the Martin Luther King story. All of the stories are just so captivating.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is no one moment I found moving, instead I found one story after the next to be riveting.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is his best book yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Herd Me!: I'll Say It If Nobody Else Will

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Colin Cowherd
    • Narrated By Colin Cowherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    In this age of billion dollar athletic marketing campaigns, “feel good” philosophy with no connection to reality, and a Sports Media echo chamber that’s all too eager swallow whatever idiotic notion happens to be in vogue at the moment, it’s tough to find people who aren’t afraid to say what they’re really thinking.

    Troy says: "Great book, Repeats majority of themes from radio"
    "Reasonably Entertaining"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about You Herd Me!?

    I did enjoy the many little stories he told.


    What other book might you compare You Herd Me! to and why?

    It was similar to Matthew Berry's fantasy football book in that both used a variety of short stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite parts were the discussions on Alex Rodriguez and Basketball.


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

    You wouldn't make a film of this.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little disappointed that he's talked about virtually all of this on his radio show so there was very little in the way of surprises.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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