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William A. Polinsky

Cicero, NY
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  • Into the Light

  • By: Aleatha Romig
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Erin deWard, Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,564
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,430

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light. Stella Montgomery investigates the news from the mean streets of Detroit, where she's noticed a disturbing trend: Young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella digs for answers - despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend - following a twisted trail that leads her through the city's most dangerous and forsaken precincts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very thought provoking... And disturbing...

  • By shelley on 09-30-16

Refreshing fiction - keeps you wanting more

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. So much modern fiction follows the same formula and is predictable. I tried this book off the Audible daily deal. I am hooked.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Keeps you wanting more. I didn't want to put this "book" down. I was sorry when my drive came to an end. Can't wait to get into the 2nd book to see what happens next.

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

Strawberry jam laced with cocaine demanding blind obedience.

  • Be Obsessed or Be Average

  • By: Grant Cardone
  • Narrated by: Grant Cardone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,290
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,300
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,231

We're in the middle of an epidemic of average. So-called "normal" people get up every day, go to work, do what's asked of them, leave promptly at five, and return home to sit on the couch and watch TV. Society tells us that this is what it means to lead a balanced life. Don't stress too much or work too hard. Your career isn't everything. But Grant Cardone thinks this preoccupation with balance has really just given an excuse to be mediocre.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of intense emotion without much helpful advice.

  • By Stephanie Danielle Hanson on 12-05-16

10X with a new cover

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

Reviewed: 12-20-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it was new content. This was the same information as the 10x Rule, which was great and I highly recommend. Readers should choose either this book or the 10X Rule but not both.

Has Be Obsessed or Be Average turned you off from other books in this genre?

No not the genre, but I will not buy another book from Grant Cardone in fear of wasting my money on another book with the same concepts. I feel like I was duped because I am a fan , Grant took advantage of that.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grant Cardone?

He was a fine narrator

Any additional comments?

Repeated concepts that were already presented in his previous books.

51 of 59 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Season

  • By: Samantha Shannon
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,949
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,690
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,699

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous but mismarketed - its not Harry Potter

  • By Steph on 09-05-13

Wonderful story - but let down at the finish

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

no

What was most disappointing about Samantha Shannon’s story?

Felt like things were left unfinished. Spent the entire book building the characters, loved it. The ending was rushed, and parts of the story were left hanging.

  • The Appeal

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,084

In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And the ending?

  • By RJT on 01-31-08

Complex Plot - Only Lets You Down

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not sure

Has The Appeal turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes - This book had a very complex plot. Many moving parts that did come together after having to really paying attention. Did not flow.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None

  • The Singularity Is Near

  • When Humans Transcend Biology
  • By: Ray Kurzweil
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,152

For over three decades, the great inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everyone, but was for me.

  • By Gary on 05-21-12

Painful, nothing new

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

Reviewed: 03-23-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Painfully slow; forced myself to listen to 3 hours ... the story is nothing but a rehash of common business and technology concepts. In 3 hours didn't learn anything I hadn't already been exposed to.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Need to switch to a good science fiction book to put this one out of my mind.

Would you be willing to try another one of George K. Wilson’s performances?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

0 of 1 people found this review helpful