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Louis Shaffer

United States of America
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  • Tattoos on the Heart

  • The Power of Boundless Compassion
  • By: Gregory Boyle
  • Narrated by: Gregory Boyle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,356
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,161
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,160

As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compassion is God

  • By Jay on 02-08-14

Good, but

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Interesting to learn, very God oriented, but also repetitive and depressing more than inspirational for me.

  • Command and Control

  • Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
  • By: Eric Schlosser
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,907

Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved - and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By S. Mersereau on 10-14-13

A must read, really!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This book is very long and drags at times. However, the story it tells is vitally important. No one should be allowed to be a USA senator or congressman or serve in the executive branch who can’t pass a test showing that the read this book. The same goes for any military officer. And, if you are a citizen who cares about the future of the world, reading this book is something you must do.

  • Silence

  • By: Shusaku Endo
  • Narrated by: David Holt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,549
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,550

Recipient of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, it has been called Endo's supreme achievement" and "one of the twentieth century's finest novels". Considered controversial ever since its first publication, it tackles the thorniest religious issues of belief and faith head on. A novel of historical fiction, it is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to seventeenth century Japan, who endured persecution that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkable

  • By Helgi Sigurbjörnsson on 10-12-17

What a boring book

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

If only it had ended one hour earlier.

It was good until they reached japan. Then. Boring!

  • The Dead Mountaineer's Inn

  • One More Last Rite for the Detective Genre
  • By: Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 744

When Inspector Peter Glebsky arrives at a remote ski chalet on vacation, the last thing he intends to do is get involved in any police work. He's there to ski, drink brandy, and loaf around in blissful solitude. But he hadn't counted on the other vacationers, an eccentric bunch, including a famous hypnotist, a physicist with a penchant for gymnastic feats, a sulky teenager of indeterminate gender, and the mysterious Mr. and Mrs. Moses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SKIP THE INTRODUCTION IF YOU’VE NEVER READ THIS BOOK

  • By Scott George on 05-10-18

Engaging and timeless, but ultimately unsatisfactory

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Great characters and plot for the first two thirds. If only the ending bought it all home Worth a listen for sure.

  • The Safest Lies

  • By: Megan Miranda
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,567

Kelsey has lived most of her life in a shadow of suspicion, raised to see danger everywhere. Her mother hasn't set foot outside their front door in 17 years, since she escaped from her kidnappers with nothing but her attacker's baby growing inside her - Kelsey. Kelsey knows she's supposed to keep a low profile and stay off the grid for their protection, but that plan is shattered when her dramatic car accident and rescue by volunteer firefighter and classmate Ryan Baker sparks media coverage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Paced/Action Packed!

  • By Chanda Leigh Combs on 07-13-17

Good plot, but

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

The idea is clever, and great tension from time to time, but the story does drag a lot- and the ending was pretty obvious. If less teenage love and more clever in spots, it would rate another star.

  • Stuff Matters

  • Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
  • By: Mark Miodownik
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,023

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good

  • By D. MacLeod on 01-29-15

Interesting topic, well presented.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Not too technical, yet interesting for people who understand quantum mechanics and those who could care less! You will look differently at the objects around you if you read or listen to this book. Enjoy.

  • The Art of Invisibility

  • The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
  • By: Kevin Mitnick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,454

Like it or not, your every move is being watched and analyzed. Consumers' identities are being stolen, and a person's every step is being tracked and stored. What once might have been dismissed as paranoia is now a hard truth, and privacy is a luxury few can afford or understand. In this explosive yet practical book, Kevin Mitnick illustrates what is happening without your knowledge - and he teaches you "the art of invisibility".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Limited value for the average person

  • By James C on 10-14-17

Makes you think

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Good intro into what goes on with the internet and security. Some good tips for protecting yourself.

  • The Killer Next Door

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,652
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,641

Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn't, they wouldn't be renting rooms in a dodgy old building for cash - no credit check, no lease. It's the kind of place you end up when you you've run out of other options.The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don't know is that one of them is a killer. He's already chosen his next victim, and he'll do anything to protect his secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible--but not for the faint of heart

  • By Lesley on 01-11-15

This book is boring and very sick.

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

Long, drawn out and lots of details about characters you grow to dislike or detest. I am definitely returning this horrible book.

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,217
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,591

Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Paula A Ford on 12-13-09

A great listen.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Gaiman is very clever, but beyond that, he has a great ability to keep one interested, amused, and in suspense. Bravo.

  • Lead the Field

  • By: Earl Nightingale
  • Narrated by: Earl Nightingale
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 535

Hundreds of thousands of people have profited from the wisdom and savvy of Lead the Field! In fact, Lead the Field has often been referred to as the "Program of Presidents" because so many top executives have incorporated Earl's guidance and wisdom into their management philosophies. When you listen to this landmark program you'll be awestruck by the simplicity and timelessness of Earl Nightingale's words and ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless Classic

  • By Tracy Childers on 01-14-15

Best personal performance book ever

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Would you listen to Lead the Field again? Why?

Yes, many times more. Because each time I listen, it reminds me of fundamental truths that are really useful in life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, Earl is the character, but in his stories it is the farmer I like best. (You have to listen to it to know what I mean).

Which scene was your favorite?

The one where he overhears some "young folks."

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

It inspired me and inspires me each time I listen to it.

Any additional comments?

This book is a great gift for any young adult. It is one of those books that teaches you very simple things you wish you had known all along. I listened to it with my daughter driving, and she really liked it - and learned from it.