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Jay Kuykendall

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  • Stranger in a Strange Land

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,148

Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We live in the world this book made

  • By W. Seligman on 02-26-04

Boring lecturing and proselytizing for no morality

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Hey, everyone had their own thoughts, but if you are going to write, it should be interesting. This is overlong. It r unintentionally reads as a horror.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,680
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,564

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Neil Gaiman visits a cosplay

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

There’s no doubt that Neil Gaiman is a talented writer, but I felt that he got bored writing it. I got bored listening to it despite excellent narration. When the author cares more about presenting an idea than weaving artful tales, it shows.

  • To Destroy You Is No Loss

  • The Odyssey of a Cambodian Family
  • By: Joan Criddle
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

Teeda Butt Mam was 15 years old when the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, in 1975, forcing Teeda and her family to join 3,000,000 other people fleeing the city. In minutes, their safe and well-ordered lives were destroyed. Teeda’s story tells of her extraordinary odyssey out of Cambodia to a strange new land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required reading

  • By Jay Kuykendall on 02-17-16

Required reading

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

Reviewed: 02-17-16

This story was one I was exposed to in college, and to this day, I think that every student and every voter should read it at least once. Its dignity and moral and economic lessons cannot be valued too highly.

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  • The Age of Deleveraging

  • Investment Strategies for a Decade of Slow Growth and Deflation, Updated Edition
  • By: A. Gary Shilling
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

While many investors fear a rapid rise in inflation, author Gary Shilling, an award-winning economic forecaster, argues that the global economy is going through a long period of deleveraging and weak growth, which makes deflation far more likely and a far greater threat to investors than inflation. Shilling explains with clear language and compelling logic why the world economy will struggle for several more years and what investors can do to protect and grow their wealth in the difficult times ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen

  • By Jay Kuykendall on 11-03-12

Worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 11-03-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It did seem to repeat itself. I at times was a bit unsure if I accidently skipped backwards or the author was stressing a point or simply filling space.

Would you be willing to try another book from A. Gary Shilling? Why or why not?

Probably not. He mostly offered his ideas on coming deflation. The actual investing portion was small. It was interesting, but for a book that touted strategies, I think it was a bit thin on how to either look for or exploit investment opportunities. It's probably nearly one of a kind on Audible, so if you are interested in deflation, it is a must.

How could the performance have been better?

I prefer faster narration, but the Audible app let me set the speed to 1.5x.

Did The Age of Deleveraging inspire you to do anything?

No. The most interesting bit was his exchange with Milton Friedman, but the author comes off rather flat in the exchange.

Any additional comments?

This book mostly emphasized long term Bonds which increase in value as interest rates fall because their earlier issue was at higher rates.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Water Mirror

  • Dark Reflections, Book 1
  • By: Kai Meyer
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

In Venice, magic is not unusual. Merle is apprenticed to a magic mirror maker, and Serafin, a boy who was once a master thief, works for a weaver of magic cloth. Merle and Serafin are used to the mermaids who live in the canals of the city, beautiful creatures with hideous mouths that split their faces from ear to ear, and to the guards who patrol the streets on living stone lions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very enjoyable!!

  • By Maarya on 03-09-08

Consider Yourself Warned

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-09

I have enjoyed the narration of Toby Longworth in the past, and this audiobook, for the most part, is no exception. His timing and depth are quite good.

What I did have a problem with was the abrupt and sudden end. The entire work seems like a long setup for a future novel. If you are looking for plot and conflict and resolution, you will be disappointed.

The work hints at future plot devices which could go horribly wrong or wonderfully right. Without finishing the series it is impossible to say whether this book is a complete waste of time or the beginning of something good-- and audible.com currently only offers the first two books.

Given my lack of fulfillment in the resolution of the Lemony Snicket books, I am more inclined to warn than recommend.

Good luck with your own decision!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tsar

  • An Alex Hawke Thriller
  • By: Ted Bell
  • Narrated by: John Shea
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

Russia gains a new tsar, a signal to the world that the imperial Russia is back and plans to have her day. In America, a killer known only as Happy the Baker brutally murders an innocent family and literally flattens the small Midwestern town they once called home. Just a taste, according to the new tsar, of what will happen if America does not back down. Alex Hawke is the only man who can stop the madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • pure masculine entertainment

  • By Anonymous User on 10-11-08

Despite its charm, the work fails.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-08

If you like spy works, this book will have its moments. I find the narration gifted, but the beach scene of Dr. No by Ian Flemming is clearly inspiration to at least the opening scene in this book. The similarities were so strong that I purchased the Dr. No audiobook to compare. Homage or plagiarism? I am still undecided on that count, but settling into the work, I let the question fade. No matter the intent, the opening here grabs attention. Some of the premises occaisionally strain credibility, but I was interested throughout until the very end when the work breaks. Several of the last thematic elements seem very forced. Add in free use of rough language and this work is clearly not for everyone.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Catch-22

  • By: Joseph Heller
  • Narrated by: Jay O. Sanders
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,623
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,640

Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny

  • By Phil on 04-11-09

A likable work that I can't stand.

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

Reviewed: 10-10-08

There are several works where the literary genius of the author is never in doubt whether you fully enjoy the work or not. This is true of Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and, of course, Joseph Heller. Heller briefly references Dostoyevsky's own Crime and Punishment with a line about the dream of Raskolnikov. This work is lighter than Crime and Punishment (an easy feat) but by no means light-hearted despite some very funny moments. The circular and contradictory humour can lack be tedious, but the world is immersive. The narrator is accomplished, but several volume changes add little annoyances. Humoursly (to me) Doc Daneeka seemed to be voiced by John Madden. Those thinking that the author was critisizing war are probably missing the point just slightly. The work is definitely a biting criticism of unethical actions, but truly knowing exactly the true theme is difficult. Certainly the work does seem to represent the struggle between an individual and institution, but regardless of theme intellectually prone readers will be glad to have finished the work despite their various level of enjoyment. Recommended if you are so inclined.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Sumeet Bharati
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 963
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 299

"Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", a short story from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, is about the adventures of a valiant young mongoose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very well done

  • By Yawn20 on 07-23-08

Who doesn't love Rikki-Tikki-Tavi?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-08

The work is entertaining and the narrator only falters when attempting a British accent. Given the price and general enjoyment of this work, you'll only smile when she fails at a British accent.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • No Retreat, No Surrender

  • One American's Fight
  • By: Tom DeLay, Stephen Mansfield
  • Narrated by: Tom DeLay
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Very few people are on the fence about Tom DeLay, who was nicknamed "the Hammer" for his hard-charging, take-no-prisoners style of leadership. Liberals despise him, but for conservatives he;s a hero: one of the architects of the 1994 Republican revolution. For 12 years afterward, he was the driving force of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting work.

  • By Jay Kuykendall on 05-29-08

Interesting work.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-08

It fails to achieve its objectives, but the work will still be intesely interesting for political junkies possibly because Tom Delay fails to persuade. Delay speaks relatively well, and the drawl adds interest without impairing communication. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Men in Black

  • How the Supreme Court is Destroying America
  • By: Mark R. Levin
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

The Supreme Court endorses terrorists' rights, flag burning, and importing foreign law. Is that in the Constitution? You're right: it's not. But these days the Constitution is no restraint on our out-of-control Supreme Court. The Court imperiously strikes down laws and imposes new ones purely on its own arbitrary whims. Even though liberals like John Kerry are repeatedly defeated at the polls, the majority on the allegedly "conservative" Supreme Court reflects their views and wields absolute power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended reading.

  • By Jay Kuykendall on 11-16-07

Recommended reading.

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

Reviewed: 11-16-07

Mark Levin treats us to an excellent argument against the subjugation of America to nine Justices. Among his chief arguments are the following: Judges are no wiser than their fellow men; Judges should refrain from making policy decisions because they are exempt from the elective control; and Common Law is a perversion of Constitutional checks and balances.

Some reviewers are correct: You can have a good sense of this work before hand, but people, who have heard Levin's radio show, will be pleasantly surprised at the calm, rational discussion in the work. A professional reader adds as much, but this work is far from the incendiary provocation that Democrats assert. To them, the real crime is the shattering of the legal analysis (or lack of it) and holding of Roe in "Death by Privacy."

Would his thesis require releasing some 'rights' acquired in a 'Living Constitution?' Sure, but should we not expect our government to operate within its framework? After all, the Framers provided provisions and methods to amend the Constitution.

Of course, the Framers of the Constitution were far from a uniform body of people. (Alexander Hamilton sought a strengthened federal government and was deeply opposed by Thomas Jefferson.) However, Levin simply presents the words of Justices to prove his case. Doubt me? Take a look at the online retailers that provide previewable sections.

It’s a work that I think everyone should “read.” I would also recommend that all political junkies check out the following works:

Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton (only abridgement I’ve liked);
Bill Clinton’s My Life;
Jimmy Carter’s Our Endangered Values (Although you’ll want to read it because apparently chose to read it with a mouthful of marbles. I will never know how it won an audiobook award.);
Tom Delay’s No Retreat, No Surrender;
And John Stossel’s Give Me a Break.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful