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steve champion

fresno, CA United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 12 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 83 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kurt Timmermeister
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    When he purchased four acres of land on Vashon Island, Kurt Timmermeister was only looking for an affordable home near the restaurants he ran in Seattle. But as he slowly settled into his new property, he became awakened to the connection between what he ate and where it came from: a hive of bees provided honey, a young cow could give fresh milk, an apple orchard allowed him to make vinegar.

    steve champion says: "The author ran out of stories..."
    "The author ran out of stories..."
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    This book could have been a short story. He bought a property then he bought some cows... done... ..
    There was about an hour talking about cheese.... No, no not how to make it... just about the different types of cheese....
    Buy Growing Ground.. Much, much, much better...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Forrest Pritchard
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    One fateful day in 1996, after discovering that five freight cars' worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard vows to save his family's farm. What ensues-through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters-is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his son's career choice and rejects organic foods for sugary mainstream fare.

    Sweetbay says: "Loved it! I wanted it to go on further"
    "Really good story!!"
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    I really liked this book, I enjoyed the way Forrest kept persevering when things looked worst... The family could have taken the easy out and sold some of the property, but wanted to keep the family farm together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6327)
    Performance
    (5866)
    Story
    (5888)

    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"
    "I always wondered what happened to Danny..."
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    I think SK is getting soft... Not to be a spoiler, but NONE of the good guys die!!
    The bad guys are great and the story is wonderful, however the bad guys do things that they wouldn't do... They are 1000 year old creatures, who would have had to learn from mistakes over low those many years, but the leader makes the same mistakes over and over... I thought SK was setting constant reader up for a huge twist... but it never came...
    Im satisfied but I wanted more!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3546)
    Performance
    (3103)
    Story
    (3118)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Great Story"
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    Story

    Having spent years growing older with these characters, its nice to see they are feeling the years too!!
    Pity Mr Clancy died before his time, however I look forward to the book that's already done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6925)
    Performance
    (1674)
    Story
    (1716)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Great Story"
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    Really enjoyed the story, lots of information about Mary Magdalene that I had no idea about!! Very thought provoking!!
    Oh and Paul Michael is the best!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (6249)
    Performance
    (1826)
    Story
    (1852)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "Very good listen"
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    I had seen the movie before I read (heard) the book so the I knew what was coming but still enjoyed it very much!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9887)
    Performance
    (8960)
    Story
    (9036)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Unlike other DB stories this one gets a... Meh"
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    Unlike Angels and Demons, where I could picture the Sistine Chappell, and the Vatican... and Davinci Code, where I could picture the Mona Lisa, The Lovre and theLast supper... Dante's work I never spent a moment thinking about. I have no familiarity with the Devine Comedy.... and at the end I didn't have any desire to find out any more.
    By the end I was looking forward to getting this book over and done with!!
    I guess there are just so many symbols, and DB has burned thru the interesting ones...
    Paul Michael's voice however is great!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2146)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (688)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Amy says: "Meh..."
    "Snooooozer!!"
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    After listening to both the Davinci code and Angels and Demons and LOVING them both... I couldn't wait to start listening..... OK this book was written at the beginning of the cyber revolution... this book talks to you about the internet and computers, the way you would talk to a pre schooler... I listened to only half of the book and found myself yelling at the radio to GET ON WITH IT!! There is NO WAY I will finish this book.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Year I Will: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By M. J. Ryan
    • Narrated By M. J. Ryan
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (270)

    Why do people find it so hard to change? The secret is that everyone has their own formula for making changes that stick, but most people don't know what theirs is. They think there is one way to lose five pounds, and another way to stay on top of their e-mail, but they don't realize that for all changes, there is one system that works best for each individual.

    Jim Koch says: "Great content. Poor audio"
    "Dont bother!! Same ol.. Oh and BAD reading skills!"
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    I don't understand the vanity that it takes, for an author to spend so much time writing a book, then stumble over their own words while reading!!
    I returned after a week, could not finish!!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2421)
    Performance
    (1452)
    Story
    (1455)

    This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

    Jason says: "My favorite book for encouragement!"
    "Great Book!! Laugh out loud funny!!"
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    Would you listen to The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated) again? Why?

    I have listened to 4 hour WW twice, and I am sure I will listen again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very easy to understand and HIGHLY motivational!!


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

    Ray Porter is THE BEST narrator of any book Ive heard!! I will search out Ray to listen to him again!!


    What did you learn from The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated) that you would use in your daily life?

    I've begun work on 2 ideas that have been mulling for years, this book is HIGHLY motivational.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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