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  • Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1325)
    Performance
    (1252)
    Story
    (1253)

    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
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11311)
    Performance
    (10112)
    Story
    (10278)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Derek B. says: "A grand literary adventure!"
    "Hadn't read it in years"
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    I read this book about 20 years ago and it was surprising to me how well it has held up over time. Bilbo's adventures were very entertaining and Tolkien has great pacing. He has great detail but doesn't lard his pages with detail for the sake of giving detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Evolutionary Psychology I: The Science of Human Nature

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Allen D. MacNeill
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    “Why do we do what we do?” In this thought-provoking series of lectures, Professor Allen D. MacNeill examines the surprising - and sometimes unsettling - answers to this most basic of human questions. The remarkable new field of evolutionary psychology takes a scientific approach to the evolution of human nature. Analyzing human behavior in relation to food, clothing, shelter, health care, and sex, Evolutionary Psychology proves an immensely stimulating exploration of human endeavor.

    James says: "Great primer on Evolutionary Psychology"
    "Very entertaining and interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Narrator was very good and helped get through some of the dryer material. I was familiar with most of the material and have heard most of the concepts in the past but it still kept my attention very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Torture and Impunity: The U.S. Doctrine of Coercive Interrogation

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alfred W. McCoy
    • Narrated By David Halliburton
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Many Americans have condemned the "enhanced interrogation" techniques used in the War on Terror as a transgression of human rights. But the United States has done almost nothing to prosecute past abuses or prevent future violations. Tracing this knotty contradiction from the 1950s to the present, historian Alfred W. McCoy probes the political and cultural dynamics that have made impunity for torture a bipartisan policy of the U.S. government.

    a says: "Terribly depressing"
    "Terribly depressing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As a starting point, this book is absolutely one-sided. I would have loved to have heard some counter-points and arguments as it progresses. That said, if 1% of the allegations set forth in the book are true then American policy is pointing us to be no better than another totalitarian state.

    I thought the specific examples were very good, if chilling. I also thought the mostly chronological telling lent itself well.

    It is a very depressing book and, while I did enjoy it and it was informative, I'm glad it's over. I withheld 5 stars overall because there was no counter-point to the arguments of the author and because the narrator seemed to have an unusual number of mis-pronunciations.

    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
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (136)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    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
    (2971)
    Performance
    (2752)
    Story
    (2762)

    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
    Performance
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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
    (166)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (69)

    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
    Performance
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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
    (82)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    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."
    Overall
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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
    (134)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    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

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