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Extinction Evolution audiobook cover art

Yet another enjoyable installment in the series

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

I'm quite impressed that after four books the story is just as exciting as ever. Kate's character felt ever so slightly weak at first and there was another weak moment between a few characters, but nothing that really detracted from the book. I honestly expected the series to start dipping off by now, and that made me go into this one with a little stronger scrutiny, but it held its own. I can't wait to get into the next one.

The Now Habit audiobook cover art

Good insights into common behavior

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-16

I was familiar with a lot of the concepts presented from other sources. Some of those concepts are better conveyed by other means, but the specifics of procrastination causes were new to me and very insightful. Worth the read for that alone.

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The Big Tiny audiobook cover art

Humorous perspective from another pair of shoes

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-16

I am almost surprised I enjoyed the book as much as I did. The narration was great and story, one of a time of self discovery, was written warm and casual sense that made it quite inviting and relatable. It was easy to get sucked into the excitement of the little project and I found myself laughing audibly more often than I should have. Must be that Midwestern farm humor that I share a part in.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

An Introduction to Infectious Diseases audiobook cover art

Great intro content, needs some editing.

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-16

This was a great introduction that seemed to cover everything I would expect. My only complaint was that the narration seemed to lack editing. There were several occasions where the narrator reread a sentence or paragraph to correct prior mistakes, but the prior reading had not been removed.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

The Reason for God audiobook cover art

A great perspective regardless of your stance.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-15

I found this book to be exactly what I've been looking for: an thoughtful, intellectual source of answers to legitimate questions faced by Christians and non Christians alike. Even a non Christian should be able to appreciate the perspectives provided in this book casting light onto why many thoughtful Christians believed as they do. This is the first book I've read by Timothy Keller and I much appreciate his logical, intellectual yet straight forward delivery of content. His process of reasoning reminds me of C.S. Lewis whom I also greatly enjoy reading. Keller does a good job narrating and lends the book a personal feel in the delivery as if you were sitting down and having this discussion with him directly.

The Chimes audiobook cover art

A pleasant surprise.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-15

This was a surprising listening experience. The story reminded me of a combination of "A Christmas Carol" and "Its a wonderful life". However, it was a little more gripping, and dare I say uncomfortable as you were drug down into depths of the experience. No doubt this was greatly aided by the phenomenal presentation by the narrator. This may very well become a new Christmas tradition. Thank you, Audible, for this gift without which I may never had read/listened to this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Phoenix Project audiobook cover art

Essential IT ideas, wrapped in an engaging story.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This book was recommended in many DevOps conference videos I've been watching lately, so I decided to give it try. The ideas presented in this book are essential to a healthy, flowing IT process. I'm a software engineer new to the idea of DevOps and just what it means. I've gotten a first hand chance to see these ideals be integrated into my development and product team. It's a completely different world and although we're a very small team/company in comparison to the one in the book, the changes were just as visible.As far as the story, I found myself almost having to stop listening because I so vividly felt the frustrations of the characters. I had to stop and remind myself that my real work wasn't on fire and we weren't in such hopeless seeming environments. I could relate. It was a pretty intense ride with all the "can't seem to get a break" moments accurately captured.This book also provided a moment of clarity at the end when one of the characters repeats a phrase about DevOps I've heard many times before concerning culture, but didn't quite understand. Given the context of the story leading up to it, I had a bit of an "Ah hah!" moment.

What other book might you compare The Phoenix Project to and why?

This is the first book of this style I've ever experienced. Who knew you could make an enjoyable novel out of the daily lives of IT? This will become my benchmark for future comparisons.

What about Chris Ruen’s performance did you like?

The audio was great. The narrator did a great job creating distinct voices and capturing emotions and providing audible personality.
The only reason I have it 4 stars is because I'm currently listening to The Fellowship of the Ring narrated by Rob Inglis, and you just can't top an old British accent telling you the story of the Lord of the Rings.

If you could take any character from The Phoenix Project out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would have to choose Eric. I would riddle him with questions.