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Phillip C. Cantrell

Brentwood, TN
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  • Burn Zones

  • Playing Life's Bad Hands
  • By: Jorge P. Newbery
  • Narrated by: Larry Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Life was good for Jorge Newbery. A high school dropout and serial entrepreneur, he had built a real estate empire of over 4,000 apartments across the USA. Taking risks and working tirelessly were the ingredients to his rise. But, he took one risk too many. An ice storm on Christmas Eve 2004 triggered his collapse. He was maligned, publicly shamed, and financially gutted - even arrested. He lost everything and ended up $26 million in debt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read!

  • By siggy on 07-09-15

Don't waste a credit

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

I barely made it an hour into the story...which really isn't so much a story as a self aggrandizement of the author. If you're looking for a lesson as the preview promised, this isn't it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Seven Days

  • By: Sterling Nixon
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

An unpayable debt. A shrinking economy. A nation divided. What is the price needed to prevent civil war? What if the United States can no longer pay that price? Rick Savage finds himself in the middle of a power struggle that could spell the end of the United States. His extensive research leads him to one grim prediction: civil society will all but cease in seven days. He now has only a week to save who and whatever he can before the world descends into chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You WILL NOT find better, WILL NOT!

  • By M. Bowles on 11-14-14

Decent story line, poor narrator.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Unless the price was reduced, I would have a hard time recommending it. The plot was a bit thin and many of the characters were just superfluous. The "Chas" character was completely unnecessary and added nothing to the book. The beginning sequence covering Rick's conversations with his dead family were just plain weird.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was completely predictable.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His reading style was extremely monotone and detracted from following the story. Most of the character voices were good, but a few were really irritating.

Was Seven Days worth the listening time?

Probably. If it's on the "sale rack" otherwise it's not worth the full price.

  • Nine Meals to Anarchy: The EMP

  • A Prepper's Educational Thriller, Book 1 (Nine Meals to Anarchy Saga, Volume 1)
  • By: Farrell Kingsley
  • Narrated by: Jim Donaldson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Robert Ralston is an average guy living in one of America's largest cities. He is the perfect definition of an American prepper. When three events in succession trigger a breakdown in society, Robert Ralston has to survive with his wife and two children.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor production

  • By Arizona Sportsman on 09-04-15

Narrator Drove me Crazy!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Definitely use a different narrator. The story was like one of those disaster movies where the onslaught of catastrophe's is just relentless. A disconcerting listen. Also, in multiple spots the editing overlaps and the narrator repeats the same couple of lines twice.

If you’ve listened to books by Farrell Kingsley before, how does this one compare?

Have not listened to any of his other books.

What didn’t you like about Jim Donaldson’s performance?

This narrator used a tone and reading style that just drove me crazy. Speeding up when he shouldn't slowing down when he shouldn't, and using voices for different characters that just did not fit. A couple of the voices he used grated on my ears like fingernails on a chalkboard.

Was Nine Meals to Anarchy: The EMP worth the listening time?

Not really. Between the style used by the narrator, and the poor story line, I turned it off with over 2 hours to go. Just couldn't spend anymore time trying to follow it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • David and Goliath

  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,377

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Art of (Unconventional) War

  • By Cynthia on 10-04-13

Malcolm Disappoints

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

Reviewed: 10-06-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I have always been an advid reader of Gladwell and believe that his other works are required reading for any business person. While the premise is good, the book is way too long and digresses from the subject matter so often that I found myself fast forwarding through parts that just made no sense to me. And it pains me to admit that I was disappointed.

  • Famous Entrepreneurs

  • How They Made a Dream a Reality
  • By: Crave Books
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Lee
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

What is an entrepreneur? In the strictest sense of the word, an entrepreneur is someone who creates and runs a new business. These are the risk takers, the people who are willing to think outside of the proverbial box and push themselves to attain something new. Yet a true entrepreneur is more than simply a business owner. Most entrepreneurs are born with an innate desire to do something great, to become something more or to lead others to greatness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good info but a little thin

  • By Phillip C. Cantrell on 08-30-14

Good info but a little thin

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

Reviewed: 08-30-14

What did you like best about Famous Entrepreneurs? What did you like least?

It was a quick read but pretty thin on drilling down into the circumstances that lead up to the individual successes. Probably would hold the attention of younger folks but I need more to hold my interest.

  • The Crash of 2016

  • The Plot to Destroy America - and What We Can Do to Stop It
  • By: Thom Hartmann
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

The United States is more vulnerable today than ever before - including during the Great Depression and the Civil War - because the pillars of democracy that once supported a booming middle class have been corrupted, and without them, America teeters on the verge of the next Great Crash. The United States is in the midst of an economic implosion that could make the Great Depression look like child's play.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New twist/ much learned

  • By Cal H on 04-29-15

It's all "The Man's" fault

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

Reviewed: 08-30-14

What disappointed you about The Crash of 2016?

This book is written from the standpoint of a socialist and blames everything bad that is to happen on evil capitalism stealing from the naive middle class. Don't waste your money on it like I did.

Would you ever listen to anything by Thom Hartmann again?

Probably not.

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

Dismay

1 of 14 people found this review helpful