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  • The Blackjack Life

  • A Journey Through the Inner World of Card Counting, the Lessons of Teamwork, and the Clandestine Pursuit of Beating the Odds
  • By: Nathaniel Tilton
  • Narrated by: Joseph Bevilacqua
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42

Nathaniel Tilton was leading an ordinary existence in his early30s as a financial advisor in Boston. Then, without a destination in mind, he set out to experience life in more meaningful ways. His path was forged when he met famed MIT blackjack team member Semyon Dukach, who inspired Nathaniel to become a world-class blackjack player. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Fascinating!

  • By Victoria Haugen on 10-20-18

Good overview for those interested in Blackjack

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

If you have any interest in Blackjack and all of the nuances that are involved to be successful, this is a winner. The author does a nice job of taking us through the journey from a complete novice to a seasoned professional. Many years ago I spent the time to become pretty proficient at counting cards and had some fun with it. This book makes it clear how much more is involved to really turn 21 into a profitable "business". His story seems totally believable and does not come off at all as bravado. He also references some other quality pieces of literature for those that are truly serious.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • The Pursuit of God

  • By: A. W. Tozer
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Kieffer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

 

Of Tozer's many books and other writings, The Pursuit of God is his most famous and widely read. The Pursuit of God in particular has reached all the corners of the world. This book is considered a Christian classic and is still read and listened to by many faithful Christians to this day. It was written and published while he was a pastor in Chicago. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Christian Classic

  • By AdaChaDad on 06-27-18

A Christian Classic

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

Honestly, A.W. Tozer is such a giant in modern Christian history that I feel inadequate to really critique the man. Some people may not appreciate his views on predestination. However, there is still so much good content that this book, in my mind, that it is certainly worthwhile for everyone. On a regular basis, I would find myself stopping to spend a few moments pondering the content. The narrator is top-notch. He delivers the book with perfect balance- not over the top, but not dry or unengaged.
I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • D is for Dwarf: An Alphabet Book for Grown-Ups!

  • The Alphabet Books Series, Book 4
  • By: Marc Richard
  • Narrated by: David S. Dear
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Long ago, in a land far away, there lived a beautiful princess named Snow White. Okay, it wasn’t long ago, it was just a few minutes ago. And it wasn’t far away, it was the Bad Apple Miniature Golf Course/Action Fun Park in New Jersey. Come join your favorite characters: Snow White, the Queen, the Pepperoni Prince, and of course, the dwarves - Farty, Disorderly, Complimentary, Turkey, Sleazy, Juicy, and Smug.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fractured Fairy Tales for Adults.

  • By cosmitron on 02-21-18

E is for Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

I had never listened to any of Marc Richards "Alphabet Books" before, but I enjoyed my time with this short story that is based very, very loosely on Snow White. It may not be the type of humor for everyone, but I went in expecting it to be a little over the top and irreverent. It was both of those things. I anticipated that some of the antics were going to go too far as the story progressed. However, I thought Richards did a good job of not going over the line. It may be classified as somewhat sophomoric humor- but I thought it was funny- so who cares! The narrator's New York accent works well with the story.
I received this audiobook at no charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • The Great Book of Football: Interesting Facts and Sports Stories

  • Sports Trivia, Book 2
  • By: Bill O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Scott Miller
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

If you love sports trivia, then you'll be all in for The Great Book of Football, which is a must-read for any NFL fan out there. One of the most inclusive NFL football books on the market today, it's a treasure trove of sports stories, random facts, and the most in-depth tales of the most fascinating football players who have made the NFL what it is today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Football Trivia

  • By LaPazBC on 02-24-18

A staggering amount of facts

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

I am a football fan, but I did not have a clue about many of the facts and history that are presented here. If you can absorb just a fraction of the information, your pro football IQ will be well above the average fan. The author did a good job giving a chronological rundown of all kinds of facts related to the NFL. I thought the narrator did a good job with this type of book. It required a reading that was not too dry but also not too dramatic- I felt he hit just the right balance.

  • Auburn Ride

  • A Johnny Delarosa Thriller
  • By: David Stever
  • Narrated by: Bill Lord
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Private investigator Johnny Delarosa has seen it all. First as a cop, and now as a private eye. Cheating spouses, embezzlements, and insurance scams are routine. But he meets his match when the alluring, auburn-haired Claire Dixon walks into his bar/office and drops a $20,000 retainer in his lap. She wants the hard-drinking Johnny to find $2 million that was stolen from her mobster family 30 years earlier. But $2 million can be motivating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved This!

  • By Karen M. on 11-08-17

Entertaining P.I story

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

This story of a former police officer turned private investigator is a pretty fun read. The author mixes in enough intrigue, sexiness, and thrills to keep it lively. A recommended book for those who enjoy an investigative type of story but don't want over-the-top violence or gratuitous behavior. The narrator was not particularly to my taste, but I'm sure that some people will think that he is great. I'm not sure exactly what it reminded me of but somehow came across as someone trying too hard to be a P.I from the 1960's.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • The Lords of Discipline

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733

This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pat Conroy's characters

  • By Patricia on 06-19-11

A very solid book

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

The writing is superb- the characters are wonderfully developed and the settings are impeccably painted. The scenarios seem very believable. The narrator is one of the best that I have heard. It did end leaving me feeling a little bit hollow at the end, but I suppose that is what I was meant to be feeling. Overall just a very engaging book, I would put it in my top 10% of all time.

  • Primordial

  • By: David Wood, Alan Baxter
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

When eccentric billionaire Ellis Holloway hires renegade marine biologist Sam Aston to investigate the legend of a monster in a remote Finnish lake, Aston envisions an easy paycheck and a chance to clear his gambling debts. But he gets much more. There is something terrible living beneath the dark waters of Lake Kaarme and it is hungry. As the death toll mounts, Aston faces superstitious locals, a power-hungry police chief, and a benefactor's descent into madness as he races to find the legendary beast of the lake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creature feature!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 09-19-17

Monster, Mayhem and Murder

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

A "fun" monster/mystery book that doesn't let you get bored. The characters are well enough developed to make you care- and the monster is revealed craftily throughout the story. The author does a good job bringing in different cultures and interesting scenes. The narrator is more than adequate at pulling off a not-so-easy cast of characters.
I received this audiobook at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

  • Nearshore Adventures

  • By: Tssully, Jim Felgenauer
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Todd and Sheryl Sullivan writing as Tssully share their adventures while fishing in the Huron-Erie corridor of the Great Lakes. Novice and experienced fishermen alike will both enjoy their successes and failures and the learning experience that comes along with it, while fishing for multiple species. Whether you enjoy fishing in a lake or river environment, the listener can pick up some new techniques by following them along on their journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NEARSHORE ADVENTURE!

  • By Prairie Beauty on 04-13-19

Not as much here as I had hoped

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not particularly. I've spent many hours fishing in some of the same waters that this book referenced. I anticipated more nuggets about locations, places or just fishing in general that would be interesting.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The authors seem to be good people- folks that I would enjoy as friends. Unfortunately, the description of how they came to be fishing guides just doesn't seem quite worth being put into a book.

What three words best describe Bill Nevitt’s performance?

Adequate for (the) story.

Was Nearshore Adventures worth the listening time?

Meh. I'm not upset that I listened, but I'm glad it wasn't a long book.

Any additional comments?

I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

  • The Dead of Winter

  • A Piper Blackwell Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Jean Rabe
  • Narrated by: Catherine Wenglowski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Fifty-eight minutes into her first day on the job, 23-year-old Sheriff Piper Blackwell is faced with a grisly murder, the victim artfully posed amid decorations on his lawn. Drawing on former military training, Piper must prove herself worthy of the sheriff's badge, and that won't be easy. Chief Deputy Oren Rosenberg, Piper's opponent in the recent election, doesn't like her and wants her to fail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Start a new job with... murder...?

  • By Lidia Chymkowska on 06-05-17

A decent murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dead of Winter to be better than the print version?

I believe I would have enjoyed the book more in the printed form. I would not consider the narrator bad. However, when compared to the quality of narration of other Audible books that I have enjoyed, I would have to rate this one near the bottom. The variation between characters was not very good.

What other book might you compare The Dead of Winter to and why?

Crockatiel by David Wilson would probably be the closest that I can recall. It leans a bit more to the campy side. However, both are kind of fun (as far as a murder mystery can be "fun"). And both are written in PG format, which I appreciate.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I think so. I did notice a couple of small glitches that were related to the editing- not the narrator.

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

No extreme reaction. The author did a good job creating believable characters. Also, Piper, was created in a way that will work very well for her to continue to develop through the series.

Any additional comments?

I received this free audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Hi-Ho Silver, Anyway

  • Potpourri of Delightful Columns from Wisconsin’s Favorite Journalist
  • By: Bill Stokes
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, R. C. Bray, James Foster, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

For 10 years Bill Stokes was a roving reporter and columnist for the Milwaukee Journal. He has written reams of material about his vivid impressions of people, animals, events, personal activities, and "things in general". Bill Stokes obviously enjoys his role as Wisconsin's favorite journalist. In this delightful book he shares that fun with all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Geezers, Young and Old Will Love This

  • By in1ear (John Row) on 03-23-17

More good stuff by a great story teller.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

This is my third audiobook by Bill Stokes. Even though most of the snippets in this book are from several decades ago, they are still relevant and entertaining today. His stories range from having an emphasis on funny outdoor adventures/mishaps to more personal things dealing with relationships and emotions- topics that are always relatable.
Personally, I preferred Trout Friends and Other Riff-Raff the most of the three books. I think it is because the stories were a bit longer on average- probably around 10 minutes or so. However, this book was also very good. Several times I found myself smiling or softly chuckling along with the stories. At other times, Bill pulls at your heartstrings.
Several narrators collaborated on this book, taking turns reading several stories at a time. I usually do not care for that format. However, these narrators all did a very good job and I found myself enjoying the variety they brought to the table.
If you're looking for a read to brighten your day -and one that can often do it in just a few minutes- you should give one of Bill's books a try.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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