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  • Conversation Casanova

  • How to Effortlessly Start Conversations and Flirt Like a Pro
  • By: Dave Perrotta
  • Narrated by: Dave Perrotta
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 610
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 601

Do you freeze up when you see an attractive girl? Do you run out of things to say? Do you struggle to attract women through conversation? It doesn't have to be this way. What if you could effortlessly strike up a conversation with any woman, at any time, in any environment? What if you knew exactly how to keep the conversation going (so you never ran out of things to say)? What if you could command women's attention and instantly connect with them? What if you could turn any conversation from boring to sexual?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Giacomo Girolamo Casanova RIP

  • By EastCoastTango on 09-09-17

Ridiculously bad

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

There are a lot of good books on the subject, but this one is not one of them. The performance was not good, and the writing is repetitive and full of fluff.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nightlord

  • Sunset
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,205

Eric didn't ask to be a vampire. In fact he didn't even believe in them. Biting your own tongue with your fangs does a lot of convincing. Even so, being a part-time undead isn't as easy as you might think. It can let you hold down a day job, true, but sometimes the night "life" can be more than a little difficult, what with those bloodthirsty urges and predatory instincts kicking in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ahh no fair no fair

  • By nelson on 10-28-15

The poor writing was exhausting

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

All of the characters in this book have no sense of agency. They are one-dimensional. Every character you read is going to bend over backwards to serve the great night-lord. His friend is nearly murdered, and guaranteed to get murdered later.

He finds himself with a woman, who gives up everything to stay with him and offers her entire life to him as a slave.

Then, he finds himself in another world, where he finds a woman who gives up everything to stay near him.

He leaves her, and finds another woman who gives up everything to go traveling with him. Then everyone he meets(including the enemies) begin to follow him to build a town together, where he is king.

All along the way, the cast of this book are complimenting the night-lord on how amazing he is. It's constant. When you combination that with the dopey sentimental way the narrator speaks, it drives me up the wall.

I have four hours left, out of this massive audio book, and I don't have the patience to finish it. I imagine his girlfriend dies, he finds another one, and she dedicates her entire life to him, before being killed at the end. Seems to be the trend.

One. Last. Thing. His morality makes no sense. Sometimes he feels bad for killing somebody, then he kills an entire village, the next minute he kills somebody and goes on an hour-long tirade about his guild for killing ONE PERSON. Everyone finds out he's a vampire, and nobody seems to care. That's not how this works. That's not how this works at all.

  • The Sword of Summer

  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Christopher Guetig
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,885
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,407

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows - a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Usual fun Riordan brought down by bad reading

  • By Cody on 10-13-15

Easy to listen to, interesting paths characters ta

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

I didn't mean to buy this audio book. I thought I would return it. The narrator has very little range for characters, and has inconsistent speech patterns. The dialogue is completely childish. I got used to the childish language used in the book, and was interested in seeing the paths the characters would take.

It's a fantastic what-if story, and something I would have enjoyed far more if I weren't so old.

If you're in to young adult fiction(I'm not) I demand you listen to this. It's really good.

  • The Dark Ability

  • By: D. K. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 330

Rsiran is a disappointment to his family, gifted with the ability to Slide. It is a dark magic, one where he can transport himself wherever he wants, but using it will only turn him into the thief his father fears. Forbidden from Sliding, he's apprenticed under his father as a blacksmith where lorcith, a rare, precious metal with arcane properties, calls to him, seducing him into forming forbidden blades. When discovered, he's banished, sentenced indefinitely to the mines of Ilphaesn Mountain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent but had potential to be grand

  • By Ashley A. Bettinger on 07-23-17

Gave it a chance; it was amazing

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

Where does The Dark Ability rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 3 in the category.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were really interesting. This didn't turn into a "god vs mages" book like it could have -- and still might in subsequent sequals.

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

He's an amazing narrator. This was not his best work. It was still incredible.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fight and Flight

  • Magic 2.0, Book 4
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,593
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,570

Martin and his friends discovered that their world is computer generated and that by altering the code they could alter reality. They traveled back in time to Medieval England to live as wizards. Almost everything they've done since then has, in one way or another, blown up in their faces. So of course they decide to make dragons. It does not go well.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Major stumble in a great series

  • By Lily on 05-11-17

I was let down

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I was hoping for another magic 2.0 book, but what I got felt like a short story written by a teenage boy. I was a little scared by the premise, because it didn't sound like an interesting premise, and what Scott delivered was basically the premise.

Would you ever listen to anything by Scott Meyer again?

I think I'm done with Magic 2.0 for now, but if he wrote something else, perhaps another The Authorities or Master of Formalities books, I would definitely go for that.

What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

His performance was phenomenal. His performance of Gwen was different from the other books, however.

Was Fight and Flight worth the listening time?

If I could warn myself not to listen to this audio book, I would.

Any additional comments?

If Scott Meyer writes another book in this series, I hope he takes his time, and that his editor is really good.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,240
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,226

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

An interesting book. Probably my last in the series.

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

Spoiler alert here. I'm going to spoil the ending.

The bobs go to war in the end. I really dislike space operas. This book was good but it progressed really quickly in the series towards war and injustice in a way that isn't totally tasteful. Most will love this series though, I just have my own distaste for that sort of thing.

  • Charlie Munger

  • The Complete Investor
  • By: Tren Griffin
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 921

Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway's visionary vice chairman and Warren Buffett's indispensable financial partner, has outperformed market indexes again and again, and he believes any investor can do the same. His notion of "elementary, worldly wisdom" - a set of interdisciplinary mental models involving economics, business, psychology, ethics, and management - allows him to keep his emotions out of his investments and avoid the common pitfalls of bad judgment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but... one major annoyance

  • By Joseph R. Compton on 02-26-16

Sincerely the worst dribble I've ever heard

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Would you try another book from Tren Griffin and/or Fred Stella?

No. Not in a million years.

What character would you cut from Charlie Munger?

The pages.

Any additional comments?

The narration is horrible, the content is bland, and there's literally no information in this books. It feels like I've been scammed out of the time I spent trying to listen to any of this.

Please, do yourself a favor, and purchase Poor Charlie's Almanack -- which was written by Charlie Munger.

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,244

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

The narration changes

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Dune to be better than the print version?

I would definitely suggest the print version before I would ever reccomend this.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

The narration for the same characters change, sometimes it's the main narrator, sometimes it's somebody else, and this is incredibly disjointed.

Any additional comments?

The book was amazing, and in general, the main narrator is really good, I just wish they didn't bring on the others for 30 second clips, without making sure that they narrated that character every single time.

  • Suspect Zero

  • A Short Story
  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

In this terrifying tale by New York Times best-selling author Richard Kadrey, a young aspiring serial killer goes in search of a mentor - the supreme, the ultimate killer. What he finds is much greater and much worse than he ever could have imagined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth the price

  • By Steven Horton on 08-05-16

Not worth the price

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Would you try another book from Richard Kadrey and/or Wil Wheaton?

I can easily recommend all books narrated by Wil Wheaton.

What other book might you compare Suspect Zero to and why?

The introductory page of a horror novel.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. It never got anywhere, it was like listening to a sample.

Any additional comments?

This would be amazing, if it weren't 7% as long as a regular book, and only half the price.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,285

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

There's only one thing that could make this better

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

What did you like best about this story?

The writer wasn't too soft, or too hard, and this wasn't intentional -- he wrote things as he saw them, and that kind of thing is useful, when you're talking about one of the most divisive pop culture icons.

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

I would have died while trying to read the book while driving. It might have been more interesting if this were Narrated by Bill Gates -- he is the only person who could make this more interesting. Faint praise for the narrator, but trust me, he was amazing.

Any additional comments?

There's only one thing that would have made this book better -- and that is, if Steve Jobs wrote and narrated the book.