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Carolyn

Sedalia, CO, United States
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Critical Failures audiobook cover art

Not interesting enough to listen to the next book

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

Audible won't let me remove the book from my device without writing a review. This wasn't the worst book ever but it wasn't exactly a good book either.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant audiobook cover art
  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne

I Really Tried to Give It A Chance

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

What disappointed you about The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant?

The title of the book is not just meant in fun; it is entirely accurate. This book is boring and repetitive. Not only is it uneventful, but the author feels the need to constantly remind the reader of the boring storyline immediately after they finish reading something new. I guess he does this in case you drifted off in the last 2.5 minutes and needed a refresher when you woke up. When I had to repeat the excruciatingly dull details of the rules to a Dungeon and Dragons' type role playing game I was done. Reading mindless fiction shouldn't feel like toil and torture.

Has The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant turned you off from other books in this genre?

The poorly written attempts to fill space so I have enough pages to call it a book genre? Yes.

What three words best describe Kirby Heyborne’s voice?

Character appropriate.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant?

I would cut out all of the repetitive language. I don't need to know that Fred was reunited with an old high school friend at the reunion two paragraphs after I'm told that he was reunited with an old high school friend at the reunion. I felt like there was going to be a test later and I was being not so subtly reminded of the key points to study.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Elemental, Volume 1 audiobook cover art

The story is okay but the reader is awful

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Todd Menesses?

ANYONE. Imagine the dramatic voice of a 1960's Batman speaking jaggedly and unlike any actual person would speak--(think Captain Kirk but worse). Now, take away his familiarity with fairly simple words like "facade" (pronounced "FAY KADE" by this narrator) and finally make the guy just autistic enough to ruin any flow between the dialogue of the characters. That is Todd Menesses.

9 of 16 people found this review helpful

Find More Time: How to Get Things Done at Home, Organize Your Life, and Feel Great About It audiobook cover art
  • Find More Time: How to Get Things Done at Home, Organize Your Life, and Feel Great About It
  • By: Laura Stack
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Gold

Less Ranting and Complaining more Information

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-11

I would recommend "Getting Things Done" by David Allen instead. While the author of "Find More Time" does give some helpful tips, she really doesn't say it better or offer more information than Allen. Reading Allen's book you will also save yourself from wading through unnecessary and irrelevant angry rants about people you don't know. If you really care that she thinks her "friend" is a disgusting slob for not throwing away stained dish clothes or that her brother is the devil for not wanting to spend his free time with her kids that she herself complains about throughout the entire text, then this one may be for you afterall.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People audiobook cover art

Narration is a bit bothersome

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-11

I haven't gotten very far in the book yet, and I know this sounds petty, but the speech impediment of the reader makes the book difficult to listen to. I find myself stuck on the mispronounced words and no longer listening to what has been said since I heard the problem word. Then I have to rewind and try to ignore it. A personal issue, I know, but I'm mentioning it because others might have the same issue. For instance the word "picture" is pronounced by the narrator as "pitcher"; "personal" is pronounced "pershonal"; "subtle" is pronounced "subble"; "prestige" is prounounced "presteech". I'm hoping after a few hours of listening I'll start to be able to tune it out.

The Body Fat Solution audiobook cover art
  • The Body Fat Solution
  • Five Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight
  • By: Tom Venuto
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-11

I know that a lot of reviewers said that this book contains nothing new, but I think the most important part of the book is explaining the difference between nutritional and exercise science and the latest fad meant to sell diet/weight loss books. This is not a book that will tell you what to do for the next 12 weeks to slim down so you can go back to the way you currently take care of your body at week 13. It's about making permanent changes in your life. For me, I would agree that there was no new information but I am a very active person who adheres to a very nutritional diet. For a lot of people that I know who suffer from confusion due to the newest diet craze or marketing buzzwords I think this is an excellent book. I am definately going to recommend it the next time someone asks me a question about diet, nutrition or exercise.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful