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Elon Musk audiobook cover art

Excellent book!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

I found this book captivating and intriguing. Learning about Elon, his endeavors and the companies he built is inspiring; not to mention motivating! I do however, dislike the over used blanket phrase "what's more" in this book. You'll hear this phrase used nearly two dozen times and I personally find it glittered excessively throughout modern literature. Surely we can write something more simple and less blowhardy than "what's more"...

The Climb Up to Hell audiobook cover art

Worst Narrator ever

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

Would you try another book from Jack Olsen and/or David L. Stanley?

Perhaps I would try another book written by Jack Olsen, but not when narrated by David L. Stanley for he reads as though he's sitting in front of a kindergarten class reciting poetry. Don't believe me? Take a free listen, then have a free listen to some of the other books he narrates on audible... I simply couldn't make it through the first chapter which makes me feel ignorant for not paying enough attention when I briefly listened to the narrator prior to purchase. If only I could give the book back and get a free return credit. :(

David L. Stanley has a great voice, but places longer than normal breaks in between various words that shouldn't have a break in verbal cadence... He elevates words and speaks with exuberance at all the wrong times much like a story book reader in front of children. It provides the added affect that whatever he's saying seems so amazingly incredible and supercalifragilistic!

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

Record this book with a different narrator...

How could the performance have been better?

Ugh... again a different narrator.

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

Honestly... after purchasing the book, I first thought David L. Stanley's narrating would be something I would be able to tolerate. After about 10 minutes I become annoyed at myself for not paying enough attention to the narrating prior to my purchase. As time went on, listening to the book simply angered me. I couldn't fathom why a narrator would read audio books like this. Why is he reading like he's sitting in front of children? Eventually I became even more irritated at whomever hired the narrator as they chose a reader who gave a stale narration with false, incorrectly placed cadence. I've never been more disappointed with an audible purchase during my membership and this further teaches me the lesson of pre-listening to a book very carefully before purchasing it.

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Bird Dream audiobook cover art

Good read

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

Reviewed: 04-22-15

Excellent narrator, great stories and I most enjoyed hearing about the history of the sport. I want more!