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  • Orconomics: A Satire

  • The Dark Profit Saga, Book 1
  • By: J. Zachary Pike
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,835

Professional heroes kill and loot deadly monsters every day, but Gorm Ingerson's latest quest will be anything but business as usual. The adventuring industry drives the economy of Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. Monsters' hoards are claimed, bought by corporate interests, and sold off to plunder funds long before the Heroes' Guild actually kills the beasts. Of course, that's a terrible arrangement for the Shadowkin; orcs, goblins, kobolds, and their ilk must apply for to become Noncombatant Paper Carriers to avoid being killed and looted by heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy shit

  • By EyeDeKay on 02-21-17

Great Fun<br />

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

I really enjoyed listening to this book, not a moment of boredom
I recommend it

  • Ren

  • The Man Behind the Monster
  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Born with the power to control minds, hypnotize others, and read thoughts, Ren Lewis is certain of one thing: God made a mistake. No one should be born with so much power. A monster awoke in him the same year he received his gifts. At 10 years old. A prepubescent boy with the ability to control others might merely abuse his powers, but Ren allowed it to corrupt him. And since he can have and do anything he wants, Ren should be happy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating character

  • By Rabid Reader on 03-30-16

quite good

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

If you could sum up Ren in three words, what would they be?

interesting ,

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

I listened to "The Lucidites " and I have to say , I liked this one much better , less teenager emotional drama , and more interesting
basically the main character here was much more deep and developed than the main character in the lucidites , which quite frankly I don't even remember her name

Which character – as performed by Tim Campbell – was your favorite?

Jane was fantastic she was so much fun and I think I enjoyed the parts where they fought a lot

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

not particularly , if I had to chose I would say the moment he rescued the twin , it was his breaking point , when he decided he could no longer take it with doing harm to others
I liked that moment

  • How to Contact Space People

  • By: Ted Owens
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

New Saucerian presents the original version of psychic Ted Owens' How to Contact Space People. These reprints have been handled with the utmost care, and in some cases are better than the originals (which were hastily printed on small presses).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and Good

  • By Teresa on 03-06-15

i dont belive a word

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

What disappointed you about How to Contact Space People?

while the writer tried his best to state the facts he believed in ,i couldn't help but to wonder about the HUGE gapes of reasons , like :
1-how can the space people be very advanced in technology ,yet soooo afraid of our simple technology
2-those space people have a lot of free time , dont they have better things to do rather than listening to one man ask them to do ?
3-all they did was going around in their spaceship to be seen , and "made natural disasters " cant they just land and say HI ?? or at least do something useful , like helping around ? since they are kind of good as the writer said .
there are other points but those are just examples

Would you ever listen to anything by Ted Owens again?

i dont think so

What about Jack Chekijian’s performance did you like?

he delivered the book in a very calm and reasonable way which made the book sounds better and helped me to complete it

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

mostly curiosity , i wondered about a lot of things but mostly his mental state (no offense to the writer) but i think i detected three different types of delusion .
and the fact that he worked as "hypnotic" could reflect some suggestibility on his part

Any additional comments?

i hope i didn't offend anyone with this review

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Neuroscience of Fair Play

  • Why We (Usually) Follow the Golden Rule
  • By: Donald W. Pfaff Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

We remember the admonition of our mothers: "Treat others as you want them to treat you." But what if being nice was something we were inclined by nature to do anyway? Renowned neuroscientist Donald Pfaff upends our entire understanding of ethics and social contracts with an intriguing proposition: the Golden Rule is hardwired into the human brain. Pfaff, the researcher who first discovered the connections between specific brain circuits and certain behaviors, contends that the basic ethics governing our everyday lives can be traced directly to brain circuitry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • simple and complicated at the same time

  • By ola on 11-22-15

simple and complicated at the same time

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

Reviewed: 11-22-15

If you could sum up The Neuroscience of Fair Play in three words, what would they be?

scientific understandable thorough

What did you like best about this story?

the book was based on a lot of scientific studies to justify any point it presented , yet at the same time it offered a simple explanation for non professional readers

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

jack's voice gave the book a life on it's own ,the discussion were held in easy ,slow voice that helped me to stay focused on the information

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

all of the book really

Any additional comments?

this book will help to change the reader's frame of mind looking at phenomena like violence, cruelty , i feel that the point of the book was that it's never one factor for one behavior or another it is the sum of them , which we should take into consideration when judging

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Case for the UFO

  • Unidentified Flying Objects
  • By: Dr. M.K. Jessup
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Flying saucers are not new! For thousands of years, men have seen mysterious objects in the skies. Now, a prominent scientists proves that unidentified flying objects originate here, on Earth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • very informative

  • By ola on 09-19-15

very informative

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

Reviewed: 09-19-15

Would you try another book from Dr. M.K. Jessup and/or Jack Chekijian?

yes i would

If you’ve listened to books by Dr. M.K. Jessup before, how does this one compare?

i nerver tried one before , but i have to say i like his organized method

Which scene was your favorite?

i liked the cases he mentioned in the book , there were very interesting

Do you think The Case for the UFO needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

i think yes , apparently the author thought that this book was for beginner in this area , so maybe more professional book

Any additional comments?

in this area im considered a below beginner , yet the way the book is distributed is very scientific and orderly , which made it more easy to understand and without losing interest in it .
the performance was amazing too
thank you for this experience Jack

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Halfway Dead
    Halfway Witchy Book 1
    
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        Terry Maggert
    
    


    
    
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        Erin Spencer
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    80 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Halfway Dead

  • Halfway Witchy Book 1
  • By: Terry Maggert
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Carlie McEwan loves many things. She loves being a witch. She loves her town of Halfway, NY - a tourist destination nestled on the shores of an Adirondack lake. Carlie spends her days cooking at the finest - and only - real diner in town, and her life is a balance between magic and the mundane, just as she likes it. When a blond stranger sits at the diner counter and calls her by name, that balance is gone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • quit intresting

  • By ola on 08-28-15

quit intresting

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

i feel there were two problems in this book for me :
1- too much self dialog , and self appreciation
2- an instant, lacking ,and sometime boring love
so i would probably change the two things above

Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Maggert? Why or why not?

i would say sure , his writing is pretty good , i really liked his idea of a modern world with paranormal aspects , and the events which really kept me hooked until the end

What about Erin Spencer’s performance did you like?

Erin Spencer's voice gave the character it's personality , i really could see what type of person she is , her voice gave the events the emotional dimension in the story

Could you see Halfway Dead being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

i think i will be more enthusiastic if it turned to a cartoon series or maybe an anime

Any additional comments?

my thanks to Terry Maggert for giving me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review
thanks Terry , it was an excellent read for me

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Practice of Autosuggestion by the Method of Emile Coué

  • By: C. Harry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

A classical book on the universally popular autosuggestion method with the preface by its originator himself. This book in detail describes the nuances of the method, as well as its various uses. A valuable publication - both from the historical point of view and from the point of view of the common reader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellant Learning Resource for Autosuggestion

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-25-15

a good idea for a book

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

Reviewed: 07-13-15

What did you like best about The Practice of Autosuggestion by the Method of Emile Coué? What did you like least?

the idea of autosuggestion is very appealing (if it is proved to be truly effective )
yet the main issue here is the lack of the scientific studies , all the author uses as a prove for efficiency is people stories and letters (which is not enough to prove this theory)

Would you be willing to try another book from C. Harry Brooks? Why or why not?

i dont think i will try another book without a scientific method to prove his points of views

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

i think i continued with this book because of the narration , Jack Chekijian did an amazing job delivering the ideas in a calm and suitable voice , i found myself taken sometime by how good he can convince you and make you believe the ideas he is narrating

Did The Practice of Autosuggestion by the Method of Emile Coué inspire you to do anything?

i think i want to try this method next time i go to the dentist :)

Any additional comments?

somehow i believe this theory just apply to a certain kind of people (suggestible people ) just like hypnotism , while it doesn't affect people who is reality oriented , but i need to do a study to prove that.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie We're in Trouble!

  • The Toad Witch Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Christiana Miller
  • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

After Gus flips the seasons and manages to bring summer into winter, everything starts going weirdly wrong. Summer refuses to leave. Household electronics start going haywire. When J.J., a local boy, vanishes from Mara's car, Mara begins to suspect he's been turned into a rat. But it's such a crazy idea, who could she possibly talk to about it? Then, her dead Aunt Tillie shows up to warn her that Gus is in trouble, and it's up to Mara to save him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why oh why did you change narrator?

  • By Janine on 07-13-16

a good witch story

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

What did you love best about Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie We're in Trouble!?

the pregnancy , i liked how it did interfere with every scene in a funny way

What did you like best about this story?

the dynamic between all the characters , like Aunt Tillie , the devil , and Gus

Which scene was your favorite?

the scene with the devil , it was sooooooo funny

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

i would go with mood enhancing , i really enjoyed it .

Any additional comments?

i believe Barbara did a great job with this story , her performance made the story even more great

8 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Son

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 21 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,697

Recounts the tragic events that followed the arrest of Fred Coe, a conservative, clean-cut young man, for a series of rapes committed in the city of Spokane and led to revenge and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Psychopathy Born or Made?

  • By Michael on 04-29-15

a psychological case

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

Reviewed: 06-28-15

If you could sum up Son in three words, what would they be?

as a psychologist i would go with :
a Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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

this is my first book for Jack Olsen

What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

his voice volume , it was very steady and calm ,yet it delivered the events in reality based voice , also it gave each character it's own voice , and way of speech (for the main characters at least)

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

i would say all the book , i just felt frustrated about the helplessness of the people in town , no one did anything for a long time , and everyone expected the police to do all the work .
also the book described the stigma against raped women (it is a reality , yet it hurt to see it like this)

Any additional comments?

a Psychological note :
i believe Fred Coe wasn't a psychopath as the book says , i believe he suffered from a Narcissistic Personality Disorder , we can see that in his :
-self absorbent
-fixation on his look, clothes , how people see him
-high emotionality and borderline moodiness
what do you think?

  • Resurrection

  • American Heroes Series, Book 1
  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Curt Simmons
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Cydney Hetherington is a young widow and single mother, the Director of Operations at a small world-class art and antiquities museum in Southern California. The star attraction of the museum's latest exhibit entitled Resurrection is 'The Lucius Robe', the cloak said to be worn by Christ during his trial before Pontius Pilate. This mysterious relic draws hordes of people to the small museum, including a terrorist group interested in obtaining it for their own sinister purposes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • it started well

  • By ola on 02-26-15

it started well

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

Reviewed: 02-26-15

Would you try another book from Kathryn Le Veque and/or Curt Simmons?

i dont think i would try any book from kathryn , but probably yes to curt Simmons

What do you think your next listen will be?

Dead witch walking by Kim Harrison , Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin .

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

no, but the narration was well done , Curt simmons was very good at giving each characters its own voice and accent , yet if i could offer him an advice i would ask him not narrate the laughter , his laugh doesn't sound good with some characters .

Was Resurrection worth the listening time?

not that much

Any additional comments?

i had two major problems with this story :
first "The GREAT LOVE " which was mentioned in the story was only based on bodily attraction , there were no sentence which involved love without describing how her body is so sexy, or how his body was firm and attractive .Seriously its disturbing .
second : the story was full of the "WTF" moments , and generally all the characters were either naive or dumb

2 of 2 people found this review helpful