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Russ Reihart

Loretto, PA United States
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  • The Sociopath Next Door

  • By: Martha Stout
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,862
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,852

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Robert on 08-28-11

Very dryly presented, but good material.

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

Reviewed: 01-22-16

What made the experience of listening to The Sociopath Next Door the most enjoyable?

The subject material and research that went into was interesting, especially if you have interest exploring the absolutely flawed way people are capable of thinking and how surprisingly prominent sociopathy is in society.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The reading was extremely dry, flat and lacked any kind of variance. I realize the subject material was serious and needed to presented in a certain way, but long listens were difficult because I would get worn out by the monotonous sound of the narrators voice.

  • The Chimes

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,915
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,206
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,200

A haunting tale set on New Year's Eve, The Chimes tells the story of a poor porter named Trotty Veck who has become disheartened by the state of the world, until he is shown a series of fantastical visions that convince him of the good of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Version of "The Chimes" on Audible!

  • By Gillian on 12-14-15

What did I just listen to?

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

What disappointed you about The Chimes?

I am not really even sure I understood it, at all. I almost always struggle with audiobooks read in English accents. All the "characters" tend to sound the same to me.

  • You're Making Me Hate You

  • A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left
  • By: Corey Taylor
  • Narrated by: Corey Taylor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

In the tradition of the late, great George Carlin, Corey Taylor, the lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour, sounds off in hilarious fashion about the many vagaries of modern life that piss him off. Whether it's people's rude behavior in restaurants and malls, the many indignities of air travel, eye-searingly terrible fashion choices, dangerously clueless drivers, and - most of all - the sorry state of much modern music, Taylor's humor and insight cover civil society's seeming decline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun and thought provoking

  • By Clairesse on 07-20-16

Creative use of vulgar language, if you like that?

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

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

I would not recommend this book to a friend, unless they were an absolute diehard fan of CT. He rants a lot, in the vein of say Adam Carolla, but it's just not as interesting or introspective as Adam.

What about Corey Taylor’s performance did you like?

Corey definitely has an easy voice to listen to with a smooth delivery of the topic. I'd be interested in hearing him voice something that he didn't write, as his VO skills are strong.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I imagine a movie based on this book would be a remake of a Jackass style movie, so no probably not.

Any additional comments?

What happened to the editing near the end? It's like they paid for a set amount of editing and once the amount of time purchased was up, they just stopped. Toward the end you hear Corey make mistakes, repeat lines, etc. All things that should have been edited out of the final copy. Weird.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Wild Diet

  • Get Back to Your Roots, Burn Fat, and Drop Up to 20 Pounds in 40 Days
  • By: Abel James
  • Narrated by: Abel James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612

Every month half a million visitors download The Fat-Burning Man Show, eager to learn the secret of Abel James' incredible weight-loss success. Growing up on a defunct farm in the backwoods of New Hampshire, James had easy access to a host of natural foods that a backyard garden could provide: eggs, fresh produce, and real butter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By lorenzo on 04-12-15

Abel's plan works and is presented perfectly.

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

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

This is definitely a top 10 book for me. Abel is very easy to listen to and he presents his information, which could easy be a bland topic, in a very flavorful way!

  • Radical

  • Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
  • By: David Platt
  • Narrated by: David Platt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145

It's easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily...BUT WHO DO YOU KNOW WHO LIVES LIKE THAT? DO YOU?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Declare War on American Religiosity

  • By Joshua on 06-18-12

Not like he preaches, but still very good!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

Where does Radical rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Compared to audiobooks on the subject of spiritual strengthening and advancement, it's the best one I have heard. I cant compare it to every book, because books on different topics don't really compare well.

What did you like best about this story?

I like how David Platt gets his points across with such passion. He really puts everything he believes into the things he says and writes.

Have you listened to any of David Platt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, and I would say this is more of a reading than a performance. The subject matter doesn't really lend to a performance. I wish he would have read it a little more like he preaches, though.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,105

More than 30 years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike - beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the thrilling novel adaptation by New York Times best-selling science fiction master Alan Dean Foster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adds a bit to the Movie

  • By Brad on 12-22-15

I enjoyed this as much as the movie!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

If you could sum up Star Wars: The Force Awakens in three words, what would they be?

It makes me laugh that you're asking me to sum the book up in the 3 words, but there's a 15 word minimum. But, here goes; Fun, Exciting, Adventurous.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is good because it is fresh and not predictable. The constant evolution of the Star Wars saga and creation of characters and storylines is mesmerizing, as usual.

Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not heard any of his other performances, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I was very impressed with this narrator and would listen to more of his stuff without hesitation.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

My tagline would be, "This book was made into a film first, but here is my feeble shot at doing something I could never do better than the original". Another funny question.

  • Murder in the Stacks

  • Penn State, Betsy Aardsma, and the Killer Who Got Away
  • By: David DeKok
  • Narrated by: Eddie Frierson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

On the day after Thanksgiving in 1969, Betsy Aardsma, a 22-year-old graduate student in English at Penn State University, was stabbed to death in the stacks of Pattee Library at the university's main campus in the small town of State College. For more than 40 years, her murder went unsolved. Aardsma was smart, pretty and kind, and the Pennsylvania State Police could not figure out why anyone would want to kill her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FASCINATING! SOLVED!

  • By Eddie38 on 11-11-15

A very well researched and presented case!

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

Reviewed: 11-30-15

What made the experience of listening to Murder in the Stacks the most enjoyable?

Having been associated with Penn State University for most of my life, both as a student and as an employee, it was very interesting to learn more about the subject. I had heard the story of the woman who was murdered in the library, but never new the details that were brought forth so well in this book. Before listening to the book, I had read it about a year before and Eddie Frierson's performance brought the story to life even more. Eddie's characterizations kept the audio version very interesting and entertaining.

What other book might you compare Murder in the Stacks to and why?

Ann Rhule's book "The Stranger Beside Me" about the life of serial killer Ted Bundy. Ann's book is also very well researched, because it is the story of her very own experience with Ted. The research put into Murder In The Stacks makes you feel as though the author had the same personal experience with the people he has written about.

Have you listened to any of Eddie Frierson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not had the pleasure to listen to any of Eddie's other work, but I will say that since hearing his portrayal in this book, I am looking at other titles he has narrated and am considering listening to some of those as well.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I think the title of the book itself would be a fitting movie tagline. It spells everything out perfectly.

Any additional comments?

I think everyone with interests in Penn State University should consume this book, because this story should be heard and known. Also, anyone who is interested in Pennsylvania history or true crime stories would enjoy this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Seal of God

  • By: Chad Williams, David Thomas
  • Narrated by: Chad Williams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Just days before Chad Williams was scheduled to report for basic training at the Great Lakes naval base, he turned on the television and was greeted with the horrifying image of his mentor and training partner, US Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston, being brutally murdered in a premeditated ambush on the streets of Fallujah, Iraq. Steeled in his resolve, Chad committed himself to completing the US military’s most difficult training to become a Navy SEAL - and avenge his friend’s death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • from professional skate boarder to SEAL

  • By AXiD on 10-15-12

It was not at all what I expected.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-15

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

I would not, and it's mostly because of how the story is told. I thought it was too linear and simplistically written.

If you’ve listened to books by Chad Williams and David Thomas before, how does this one compare?

To my knowledge, this is their only book. So, I have not read anything else to be able to compare it.

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

I liked the fact that the author performed the narration. I felt at times like he was rushing his words, though and I also think he managed to mispronounce a couple of words, which I found odd since he would have originally written them.

Was Seal of God worth the listening time?

Because I had an interest in hearing what the author had to say, yes. If I didn't know anything about Chad and wasn't interested in his story, then I probably wouldn't think it was worth the time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Fat Surprise

  • Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
  • By: Nina Teicholz
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,862

Dish up the red meat, eggs, and whole milk! In this well-researched and captivating narrative, veteran food writer Nina Teicholz proves how everything we've been told about fat is wrong. For decades, Americans have cut back on red meat and dairy products full of "bad" saturated fats. We obediently complied with nutritional guidelines to eat "heart healthy" fats found in olive oil, fish, and nuts, and followed a Mediterranean diet heavy on fruits, vegetables, and grains. Yet the nation's health has declined. What is going on?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Challenges your belief system.

  • By Ted on 07-08-14

One of my favorite books on the subject.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Big Fat Surprise to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version, so I can't really say.

What did you like best about this story?

Nina definitely "did her homework" on the research and presented the findings in a way that anyone could understand.

Which character – as performed by Erin Bennett – was your favorite?

This book doesn't really have characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It's a lot of information to "digest" (pun intended) in one sitting. Or even in long sittings, for that matter.

Any additional comments?

This book provides the blueprint for how everyone should approach their way of eating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Accidental Buddhist

  • Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still
  • By: Dinty W. Moore
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Dinty Moore set out to explore America's fascination with Buddhism and found himself enthralled. You will be too, as Moore takes you into the world of American-style Buddhism, from a mountain retreat for executives learning to deal with stress to a Tibetan Freedom Concert with the Beastie Boys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ineresting and worthwhile

  • By Cynthia on 06-19-04

An Interesting look at one man's exploration.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

If you could sum up The Accidental Buddhist in three words, what would they be?

If I could sum up this book in three words, they would be funny, interesting and inspiring. The author's skeptical, yet sincere view is witty and entertaining. The subject matter is interesting and is presented in an organized and logical way. The book is inspiring, because it has lead me to also explore further some of the approaches presented here.

What other book might you compare The Accidental Buddhist to and why?

I really haven't read any books that would compared to it.

Have you listened to any of Jack Hawkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't. I only had one gripe about his reading and that was for his gross mispronunciation of "Yuengling", when referencing Yuengling beer in the story. Thank goodness it only occurred once.

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

Yes, many laughs. Nothing to cry about, though.

Any additional comments?

Having known the author personally for many years, I just find it to be a shame that he himself didn't narrate the book. His inflection and wit would have come across much stronger, had it been his own performance. But, for most other people that wouldn't matter at all.