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Brian Miers

SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States
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  • The Man on the Mountaintop

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Susan Trott, Libby Spurrier - adaptor
  • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Clare Corbett, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,444

The Man on the Mountaintop tells the story of Holy Man Joe, an ageing and unassuming man who lives in a hermitage on top of a mountain. During the summer months, thousands of hopefuls line the path leading to his door, seeking his wisdom. From bombastic, wealthy nobles intent on cheating their way to the top to drunkards who gradually build the physical and mental strength they need to quit their addiction, The Man on the Mountaintop is a rousing tale full of humour, wit and life lessons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple - which is all you really need

  • By Solunari on 02-01-19

Worst audiobook I’ve ever heard

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

The first 45 minutes was actually interesting but it goes nowhere from there. I honestly don’t understand the positive reviews. Nothing happened, there was no message there was nothing to overcome or conquer. It wasn’t even quirky and unique it’s just a story of a holy man and him walking around doing very little.
As a bonus there is a strange sexist bit about the panic caused by the thought that a Dad took his kids home without their mom.
I just didn’t get it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Code of the Extraordinary Mind

  • 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed on Your Own Terms
  • By: Vishen Lakhiani
  • Narrated by: Vishen Lakhiani
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,287

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind is a blueprint of laws to break us free from the shackles of ordinary life. It makes a case that everything we know about the world is mostly decided not by rational choice but instead by conditioning and habit. And thus most people live their lives based on limiting rules and outdated beliefs about pretty much everything - love, work, money, parenting, sex, health, and more - that they inherit and pass on from generation to generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anything but Ordinary

  • By Read Eyed on 05-28-16

Just a 10 hour advertisement for the $1000 program

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

What disappointed you about The Code of the Extraordinary Mind?

It's not truly a program or any sort of "help" book but is, instead, just an advertisement for the paid resources on the authors website. It's like a rap song. He spends the book saying how great and rich he is to gain some credibility to refer you to the paid programs on his website.

What could Vishen Lakhiani have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Offered some of the program, even a shortened version so I could learn something or try his ideas.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

It goes quickly, his voice is fine.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Code of the Extraordinary Mind?

Most of the anecdotal stories that seem to just be excuses to drop some names to impress the listener. Very little point in the constant stories of all the famous people he's met.

Any additional comments?

This is the most disappointing purchase I've made on Audible. I feel like I just spent the last 3 days in an Amway presentation.

139 of 159 people found this review helpful

  • Fifteen Great Novellas

  • By: Joseph Conrad, Thomas Hardy, Arthur Conan Doyle, and others
  • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
  • Length: 31 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

A wonderful anthology of fifteen of the great classic Novellas. 1. Immensee by Theodor Storm 2. The Jew's Beech Tree by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff 3. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad 4. The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy 5. Mad Monkton by Wilkie Collins 6. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 7. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot 8. England my England by D. H. Lawrence

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Omg is this real? She must be kidding.

  • By Brian Miers on 07-14-15

Omg is this real? She must be kidding.

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

Reviewed: 07-14-15

The whole thing is in some ridiculous o we done character voice. It's horrible. I was hoping it was only the first story but it's the whole thing. They are all done by this terrible woman. Unlistenable. Do not buy.

21 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,569

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Story falls flat but entertaining throughout

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

Kind of a poor and anti-climactic ending but still an enjoyable listen. Could cut the last two hours and make it a better story but I suppose the author wanted to tie up some loose ends. Performance is great, writing is good and entertaining.

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,063

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

Not quite up to Sanderson standard

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

A decent listen but much more childish and less sophisticated than his other works. The powers and solutions are so vast and wild that is feels contrived as it unfolds.