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  • My Losing Season

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Chuck Montgomery
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

America's ultimate storyteller reveals the story of his own boyhood. With poignance and humor Pat Conroy (author of Beach Music) reveals the inspirations behind his unforgettable characters, pinpoints the emotions that shaped his own character as a young boy, and ultimately recaptures his passage from athlete to writer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Sue on 01-01-10

Pat Conroy . . .

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

I mourn the fact we will have no more books from Mr. Conroy. If you've enjoyed his other books, you'll love this one too.
Not much more to say . . . a fabulous writer, turning phrases as only he can. Loved it.

  • Slow Getting Up

  • A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile
  • By: Nate Jackson
  • Narrated by: Nate Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 189

Nate Jackson’s Slow Getting Up is an unvarnished and uncensored memoir of everyday life in the most popular sports league in America - and the most damaging to its players - the National Football League. After playing college ball at a tiny Division III school, Jackson, a receiver, signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers, before moving to the Denver Broncos. For six seasons in the NFL as a Bronco, he alternated between the practice squad and the active roster, eventually winning a starting spot - a short, tenuous career emblematic of the average pro player.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great inside look

  • By Jonathan on 12-23-15

Honest story, dreadful writing and performance

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

I have no idea how this book gathered a 4.2 rating. I wanted to like it. I love the sport and enjoy peeking behind the curtain as it were . . . but was there no editor for this book? The writing was junior high awful---to the point where I almost stopped listening.

Also, authors really need to learn that just because it is their "story" doesn't mean they have the acting and voice skills to convey it audibly. This book would have been helped tremendously by a professional reader/performer and a real editor.

A difficult book to endure despite enjoying the topic. I almost didn't make it.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,624

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Interesting and diverting, but . . .

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I will say I enjoyed this book more than most Sci-Fi I read (some thought-provoking ideas re: possibilities of evolution, etc.) but I wouldn't say it was great literature. I would say "enjoyable", but not spectacular.

  • The Man in the High Castle

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,676
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,203
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,222

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to see what all the buzz was about!

  • By Gray on 06-23-15

Series watcher beware

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Intrigued to read this based upon the quality of the TV show . . . and this book hasn't aged well. This is one of the very few times that I can ever say I preferred a movie / show, to the source material.

  • The Elements of Eloquence

  • Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase
  • By: Mark Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236

In his inimitably entertaining and wonderfully witty style, he takes apart famous phrases and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or quip like Oscar Wilde. Whether you’re aiming to achieve literary immortality or just hoping to deliver the perfect one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don’t need to have anything important to say - you simply need to say it well.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just enjoy the listen

  • By Donald E. Campbell on 06-21-15

BRILLIANT! (and funny!)

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Clever, articulate, and downright funny. Listening while driving by myself, I literally laughed out loud probably about once per chapter. The only other book to do that was Bill Bryson's "Thunderbolt Kid".

If you like language and / or writing, you'll love this book. Economical like E.B. White, but funny like Bryson.

  • Triggers

  • Creating Behavior That Lasts - Becoming the Person You Want to Be
  • By: Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
  • Narrated by: Marshall Goldsmith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,534

In business, the right behaviors matter. But getting it right is tricky. Even when we acknowledge the need to change what we do and how we do it, life has a habit of getting in the way, upsetting even the best-laid plans. And just how do we manage those situations that can provoke even the most rational among us into behaving in ways we would rather forget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He Doesn't Disappoint

  • By Catherine S. Read on 08-18-15

Some Good Info, buried in "business book-ese"

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

This book reminded me to be wary of books read by the author, excepting Bill Bryson, David Sedaris, Sara Vowell, David McCullough, etc.

Overall, I would not buy in hindsight, nor will I listen again. In fairness to the author, I did not realize it was classified as "Business / Leadership" until just now----I was expecting more of a lay psychology book based upon the title. That's on me for not looking at the book more carefully before purchasing.

I understand some of the following criticisms are par for the course with business/leadership books, but even so, where was the editor? Did I really need to be told three times (more?) in three different ways that the author had a Doctorate from UCLA? Was the parade of "CEO of XYZ Corp" clients really supposed to impress me?

For me a tedious listen, with long stretches of anecdotal blather between nuggets of interesting ideas. I'm writing this review not to diss the author or book, but for readers like myself who are misled by the cover / description / title. For me, it's an example of why I seldom read these kinds of books.

  • Mindset

  • The New Psychology of Success
  • By: Carol Dweck
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,012

Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Literally Mind-Altering

  • By John on 09-08-15

Literally Mind-Altering

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

An excellent and useful book that genuinely changed how I think about certain things, especially in regards to my daughter and my students.
Excellent and thought-provoking book.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • What If?

  • Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
  • By: Randall Munroe
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,268

Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there were a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous but serious answers to crazy hypothetical

  • By Neuron on 05-08-16

A bit short, but funny!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

Not for everyone probably, but for science nerds, or lay science nerds, very entertaining. Quite funny to listen to, but it was shorter than I expected----it finished at about what I felt should have been the 1/2 to 2/3rd's point.

Very good though. A solid funny credit for someone who enjoys science reading. (Mary Roach, etc.)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,618

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

David McCullough . . . 'nuff said.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

While not my favorite David McCullough book----(for me, either Greater Journey or Truman) it's David McCullough, who for me has never disappointed. Not as rich and comprehensive as some of his books, it feels like the right length for the subject, etc. If you're a fan of his writing, it's his usual solid effort.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Influx

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,838

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid to Silly to Inane

  • By Craig on 05-15-14

Beach Reading . . .

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

Not bad, a few clever twists, a few interesting ideas, capably handled. I'm not a "genre" reader so I probably hold books like this to a higher standard than dedicated sci-fi readers, but I would say I was entertained . . . but not enthralled as I have been by some sci-fi. This book is not Dune . . . or even close . . . but it's probably better than 75% of the sci-fi books I take a chance on.

I was expecting a bit more based on the reviews, but c'est la vie.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful