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Shannon Smith

Raleigh, NC United States
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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 206,415
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 192,710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192,303

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Kept me listening for hours

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-18

This book kept me listening to it for hours at a time because of how it hooked you onto it and each part ended in a cliff hanger plus it included breathtaking action and deeply described different scenes and places throughout the book

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,154

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Informative and Interesting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-15

Based on the book, I don't think I'd want to be friends with Musk or work for him, but I certainly respect his drive and forward thinking. I also am more inclined to buy a Tesla after hearing the back story.

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,069
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,840
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32,914

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.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Engaging, Horrifying Story from Beginning to End

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-15

The story kept my attention throughout the book. It was eye opening. I had not heard much about the Pacific theatre of WWII.

  • The Hole in Our Gospel

  • What Does God Expect of Us?
  • By: Richard Stearns
  • Narrated by: Tommy Cresswell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

It took answering God's call on his life, a call that hurtled him out of his presidential corner office at Lenox-America's finest tableware company-to this humble corner of Uganda. This is a story of how a corporate CEO faced his own struggle to obey God whatever the cost, and his passionate call for Christians to change the world by actively living out their faith.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Your Christian life may not be the same...

  • By David R. Bess on 11-26-09

This book was written for me

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-15

There were parts of this book that seemed like they were written especially for me. I identified significantly with Mr. Stearn's personal story. I work at company that is frequently found at the top of Forbes Best Places to Work and on the side my family runs a non-profit that provides access to clean water to communities in need. I often wonder if I would follow if God asked me to leave the former to do the latter full time. Listening to Mr. Stearns' story was like listening to my own.

The middle of the book drug on a little for maybe because I am intimately aware of the issues related to global poverty.

I appreciated the end of the book and its practicality.

I will say that theologically I may not be 100% in line with Mr. Stearns, but we are pretty close. Close enough that I could listen to the book with my own beliefs in mind and connect what he was saying to what I believe.

This is definitely worth the listen.