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arthur m ball

Don't have time for reading, but audio books let me multi-task. I like that.

ATLANTA, GA, US | Member Since 2012

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  • Closure, Limited and Other Zombie Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    A terrifying new collection of short stories from the master of zombie fiction, Max Brooks, best-selling author of World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide and Recorded Attacks.

    arthur m ball says: "More More More!"
    "More More More!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Closure, Limited and Other Zombie Tales to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version.


    What other book might you compare Closure, Limited and Other Zombie Tales to and why?

    This book helps to ease the pain of finishing World War Z. It really gives you that little bit you need to keep going.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Ragland – was your favorite?

    There is this Asian Female (Spoiler) Vampire who he does this great girly voice for. It's funny, but he still keeps you in the story.


    If you could take any character from Closure, Limited and Other Zombie Tales out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The poor guy stuck in his bathroom.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a great listen and just like World War Z brought to light some details of a zombie apocalypse you may not have ever thought of. I really hope Mr Brooks keeps on writing in the WWZ Universe.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, And Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jay Heinrichs
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Thank You for Arguing is your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill. The time-tested secrets the book discloses include Cicero's three-step strategy for moving an audience to action as well as Honest Abe's shameless trick of lowering an audience's expectations by pretending to be unpolished. But it's also replete with contemporary techniques such as politicians' use of “code” language to appeal to specific groups and an eye-opening assortment of popular-culture dodges.

    Julie Longpre says: "I love the concepts that are being discussed"
    "Logos,Pathos and Something else."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great book that really teaches communication techniques and understanding very well. It uses real life situations and personal experiences from the author to illustrate what he is teaching.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The kinda goofy sense of humor by the author as well as the persuasion alerts he stops to explain to you throughout the book.


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

    Nope, but I will. He's a very good narrator.


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

    OH GOD NO! It's long and you can't retain all the info in one shot. I listened to it over months and I'll most likely listen again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to talk to people, this book will help you do it better and help you understand others also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Fight Presidents: Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Daniel O'Brien
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    As a prisoner of war, Andrew Jackson walked several miles barefoot across state lines while suffering from smallpox and a serious head wound received when he refused to polish the boots of the soldiers who had taken him captive. He was thirteen years old. A few decades later, he became the first popularly elected president and served the nation, pausing briefly only to beat a would-be assassin with a cane to within an inch of his life.

    Russell says: "A historical overview of hilarious proportions!"
    "Leaders of America, prepare for a campaig of hurt."
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    Where does How to Fight Presidents rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is by far the best book on how to fight most American presidents I've ever read. It's also a pretty good history book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Bad Ass our presidents really were and the Author.


    What about Richard McGonagle’s performance did you like?

    All of it. His voice and last name, BAD ASS!


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

    The part about how I'll never be as awesome as George Washington.


    Any additional comments?

    If you plan on fighting a United States President, DON"T. You'll lose, but if you want to put up a decent fight. BUY THIS BOOK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2209)
    Performance
    (2062)
    Story
    (2071)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "DAMN!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lone Survivor to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know, but it was good.


    What other book might you compare Lone Survivor to and why?

    Maybe I'd compare it to unbroken. Both of the protagonists are real and went through some hard core @#$%, but Unbroken still has Marcus beat. Either way, I respect the hell out of both of them for never giving up and keeping hope alive. Just keep moving forward.


    What about Kevin Collins’s performance did you like?

    This guy did a great job. Really conveyed the emotion in the words.


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

    To many to mention. He's a great man and his story is one of tragedy and overcoming that tragedy.


    Any additional comments?

    This book goes to show that whatever your problems are, they can be worse. Get up and keep moving forward. Give them hell all the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12317)
    Performance
    (8244)
    Story
    (8284)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "WOW! What a life. What a story."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is the ultimate story of how much !@#$ a person can take and still go on to be amazing.


    What other book might you compare Unbroken to and why?

    I don't think I can, It's a sports story, a biography, a war epic and a prison drama. It's a lot to take in.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    This guy was born to narrate. His voice is so clear and some how he adds emotion without changing inflection.


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

    I'ts really long. I listened to it while working, It took me 3 days, but I never wanted to stop. Very good book.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this because the movie is coming out. I can't imagine the movie covering all that the book does, but I wanted to know the entire story. Louie Zamperini is an amazing person and the men who suffered and survived along side him are also amazing. I will share this story with people facing hardship for the rest of my life. It's an aww inspiring story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22599)
    Performance
    (13982)
    Story
    (14128)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Games may save the human race!"
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    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    Yea! Great descriptions and internal monologues. Really put's you in the characters experience. Plus it really makes one think of how to approach different problems and solutions.


    What other book might you compare Ender's Game to and why?

    Lord of the Flies, just because it explores human nature through the innocence and loss of innocence of children.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope, but they were good. I'll consider they're other works.


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

    Yes, the way Ender faces and solves his problems is amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book before the movie comes out. I don't think even Harrison Ford can make the movie as good as the book. I'm still gonna see it, but the book is awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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