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Cincinnati, OH, United States
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  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,697

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there

  • By Kelly on 03-04-17

Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Fun story. Cleverly crafted. Many chuckles. Absolutely PHENOMENAL narration! The artistic choices made by Luke Daniels made everything work brilliantly. Bravo!

  • Memory Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,234

Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Most annoying narration ever

  • By katherine wolfe on 04-21-16

Kept my attention

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

Story was good with no apparent holes in it. A little slow on action but enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes-ian nature of the story telling. Excellent narration.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Startup Communities

  • Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City
  • By: Brad Feld
  • Narrated by: David Kaplan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

"Startup communities" are popping up everywhere, from cities like Boulder to Boston and even in countries such as Iceland. These types of entrepreneurial ecosystems are driving innovation and small-business energy. Startup Communities documents the buzz, strategy, long-term perspective, and dynamics of building communities of entrepreneurs who can feed off of one another's talent, creativity, and support.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great content, horrible narrator

  • By Jordan on 10-22-13

Great content, horrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-22-13

Brad Feld's book is a fantastic overview and insight into the important moving parts necessary for a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.

But this is one of the few disappointing experiences I've had with audible.com. This narrator is worse than monotone, I could swear this was a machine-generated voiceover. What a HORRIBLE rendering of a topic that should be conveyed in a dynamic and passionate way. That's what the book is all about, after all: the dynamic and passionate nature of the startup community.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Your Brain at Work

  • Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long
  • By: David Rock
  • Narrated by: Bob Walter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,319
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,616

Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Insights into the Brain

  • By Tom Johnson on 11-28-12

Painful narration, excellent work by David Rock

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

Reviewed: 07-05-12

The subject matter was absolutely eye opening. And mind opening. I printed excerpts (found online) for my employees and have personally been working to include some of Rock's suggestions into my management (and life) style.

The narration, though, was simply awful. Nearly monotone. On more than one occasion it reminded me of the character Mr. Smith, from the movie The Matrix. And this made for an unnecessarily tough slog considering the scientific nature of the book.

So, I steeled myself against the fact that I'd have to listen and re-listen to the book as I knew my attention would easily wane due to the sleep-provoking narration. And it was worth the investment of time (and I did indeed listen through it twice and found that I'd missed things the first time around) as it has indeed changed my perspective on how much control I could actually have of my mind.

By the way, if you Google this book and David Rock, you can find papers that he's written and You Tube videos of some of his lectures for Google Tech Talk.

  • The Good Earth

  • By: Pearl S. Buck
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,584

This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Ryan on 05-08-10

Perhaps the Pulitzer award was politically driven

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

Reviewed: 07-05-12

Although the craftsmanship of the author was excellent, I was left feeling entirely underwhelmed and even a little empty after listening to this work. There was no deep character development and at that, the characters all seemed simple-minded and even base - quasi animal-like. And perhaps that was the message, that we are all just simple, base, primary needs driven creatures. Having said this, I actually doubt that Buck was trying to make that the main point of the work. And so, was the main thrust that the land is virtuous in some way? If that was her point, then she fell short of explaining why.

I believe there's a chance that this work rose to its Pulitzer prize winning status due to political/sociological events going on at the time, i.e., the depression and class struggles. I doubt it's an accident that this work, extolling the virtues of farmers and portraying the wealthy as entirely negative entities, sold well during the 30's and ultimately was chosen in 1938 to win the Pulitzer.

Anyway, I would like to say that the narration was EXCELLENT! Bravo to Anthony Heald!

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Warrior's Path

  • The Sacketts, Book 3
  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Jonn Curless
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858

Filled with exciting tales of the frontier, the chronicle of the Sackett family is perhaps the crowning achievement of one of our greatest storytellers. In The Warrior's Path, L'Amour tells the story of Yance and Kin Sackett, two brothers who are the last hope of a young woman who faces a fate worse than death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good One

  • By Kellie on 02-03-07

Entertaining, as ever!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-12

Enjoyable and truly makes the time go by on a commute. Louis L'Amour is an American icon - every boy and girl should read his work.

  • Sackett's Land

  • The Sacketts, Book 1
  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457

After discovering six gold Roman coins buried in the mud of the Devil's Dyke, Barnabas Sackett enthusiastically invests in goods that he will offer for trade in America. But Sackett has a powerful enemy: Rupert Genester, nephew of an earl, wants him dead. A battlefield promise made to Sackett’s father threatens Genester’s inheritance. So on the eve of his departure for America, Sackett is attacked and thrown into the hold of a pirate ship. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoy Louie L'Amour

  • By ABLA on 04-14-07

Entertaining AND I learned a little history

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

Reviewed: 04-16-12

If you could sum up Sackett's Land in three words, what would they be?

I feel like I got a glimpse into the turn of the 17th century in England and The New World.

Who was your favorite character and why?

You could do a lot worse than trying to emulate the character traits of Barnabas Sackett.

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

I enjoyed the subtle changes in tone of tener of the voice so that not only could the listener more easily identify who was speaking, it was simply more enjoyable to have it "acted" out.

If you could take any character from Sackett's Land out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Why, Barnabas Sackett, of course.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful