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M. Lehiste

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  • Talon the Raider

  • Tales of Talon, Book 2
  • By: A. A. Warren
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

After a lifetime of slavery in the arena, Talon is a free man, eager to see more of the galaxy. But when his tour in the merchant marines comes to a violent end, he finds himself stranded on the ice world of Neros with a beautiful stowaway named Vaki. Struggling to survive on the frigid world, Talon and Vaki must overcome freezing temperatures, violent earthquakes, and a horde of deadly creatures. Their only hope for escape lies in an alliance with Queen Katara, the exiled ruler of a brutal mining colony.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Talon Rides Again

  • By Spooky Mike on 05-29-19

Just love it - like Swarzenegger/Conan in space

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

Reviewed: 06-23-19

Great story & excellent narration, it continues the wonderful story that started with Book 1 when Talon was a gladiator, and it was good too see it carried on many of those motifs. Battle scenes as usual are extraordinary, and looking forward to more books in this series, as the mystery of Talon continues with many twists and turns and intrigues on the way.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Clear Thinking

  • Mental Models for Better Reasoning, Judgment, Analysis, and Learning. Upgrade Your Intellectual Toolkit.
  • By: Patrick King
  • Narrated by: Russell Newton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Think smarter, better, and faster. Clear thinking is the key to truth, wisdom, and knowledge. Whether it’s from ourselves or others, we rarely see the world as it really is. We aren’t able to think clearly. We build our beliefs on lies, assumptions, and deceptions. This ends now. Practical methods to never be fooled, stop making mistakes, and avoid traps. The Art of Clear Thinking takes an in-depth look at the everyday illusions we come across, and how to defeat them once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging and inspiring!

  • By Alex Martinez on 04-28-19

Interesting subject with good narration

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

Reviewed: 06-18-19

Really interesting topic that this book covers and which I have discovered from my own experience that if you narrowly focus on what you want to prove you will find facts that prove it, and it is very easy to not pay attention to other facts that compromise your thesis, so this book very well covers how and why this confirmation bias happens, and what to do to avoid it.
For example, it is very common to ask: Are you "Patrick"? if you expect to meet Patrick for the first time, however you would be surprised how many people answer "Yes" to this question, even women! That is what almost happened to my Uber driver when he picked her up with similar question - luckily she did not have to go to airport like I did, so the Uber driver did figure out the mistake when I got to the car.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Mind over Matter

  • The Self-Discipline to Execute Without Excuses, Control Your Impulses, and Keep Going When You Want to Give Up
  • By: Peter Hollins
  • Narrated by: Russell Newton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Mind over Matter is not a textbook on self-discipline, nor is it a gentle and drawn-out discussion. It is a toolbox to keep you in motion and in action towards your goals. It pulls no punches as it provides direct techniques to ensure that your actions match your intentions - a difficult task.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listen, great content & concepts!

  • By Louis M on 04-29-19

Really helped me to get over the slump

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

Reviewed: 06-17-19

I love this book & narration: it is not preachy as some other books and the narration is very pleasant to listen.
It covers all the important aspects, and gives plenty of encouragement to get going, and I do like all the examples givens - so all together a very good listen to help dealing with procrastination.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • GodsRealm: Betrayal

  • By: Luke Isaacs
  • Narrated by: Dalan Decker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

It's not easy being a teenager in the 2050s. Not easy being anyone really, unless you're one of the rich bastards in the upper levels. The world is overpopulated, over-governed, and it’s hard to find a job when every little task is able to be performed by AI. Thank god for GodsRealm, the biggest, most popular multiplayer role-playing game in history.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun RPGLIT with a decent narrator.

  • By Lofi Digital Monk on 06-06-19

Good game litrpg title similar to Ready Player One

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

Reviewed: 05-05-19

I liked the preview and the humor it uses when describing crypto-currency, and the rest of the book follows it.
I can't help but compare it to Ready Player One, as in some aspects this GodsRealm book does quite good in comparison.
Perhaps character development isn't its strong suit, but good pleasant narration with different characters and interesting storyline more than make up for it. The battle scenes are definitely exciting, fighting dragons and giants always is, and discovering of new skills as well. IMHO how the players meet in real life is done quite cleverly and ending is done quite well too, that even though it ties up story quite nicely, it still leaves plenty of room for the next book.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Survivors - A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Novel

  • Enter Darkness, Book 3
  • By: K. M. Fawkes
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Cold and alone, Brad finds himself at the harsh frontier of this terrifying new world. He’s lucky to be taken in by a new community of survivors - a militia enclave - and at first, they seem to have a good thing going. Food, supplies, and leadership. Has Brad found his new safe haven?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series

  • By timj26 on 05-01-19

Even better than previous book in the series!

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

Reviewed: 05-05-19

I like the narrator voice tone, and he does better job with this book too.
And the story is just the kind of cozy story to listen when snuggled in: really comfy in the beginning, but there is a feeling something sinister is just about to happen any moment now. How anybody can survive that situation is beyond me, but I suppose the underlining tone of the book is that autocratic systems can be toppled. Next book please!

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

  • Dead of Winter

  • Enter Darkness, Book 2
  • By: K. M. Fawkes
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

Things may be tranquil at the lake house, but a storm is on the horizon. Bradley and Anna have their work cut out for them; winter is upon them, and they need to be smart if they’re to survive the winter in this dangerous new world, bereft of technology. They work their bodies to the bone to stock up for the winter, and in the process find a little girl, having run away from her family in hiding. Soon, however, it becomes clear that her "family" is anything but conventional and they begin to realize they’ve made some powerful and unhinged enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series and narrator

  • By timj26 on 04-14-19

Campy listen for cold winter nights

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

Or not so cold anymore this time of the year, but it is definitely something to listen when you cozy up around the fireplace. The narrator is very soothing, although in the middle of the book it started to somewhat bother, as I started to have a feeling I was listening to it at the 1.25x speed, so it was quick sentences followed by a breathing pause. Overall it did not take anything away from the experience and by the end of the book it left me wanting to know more, so I had to get the next book to find out how the story continues.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

  • 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 18,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,497

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
  • Delightful and full of wisdom

  • By Michele Mattix on 01-06-19

Surprisingly good & heartfelt listen

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

Reviewed: 04-28-19

Without irony or sarcasm, this is a good book, and feels very warm and friendly.
It has very simple yet profound stories, and it was the right listen for me at a time of grieving

  • Destroy Your Procrastination

  • Solving the Equation and Finding the Cure for the Lack of Self Discipline and Improvement
  • By: Damon Patterson
  • Narrated by: Matt Buzonas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Do you often find yourself putting things off till later? Do you sometimes ignore your responsibilities and deal with the consequences afterward? If you truly care about really making a change in your life and getting things done, then I encourage you to keep listening. In today’s society doing things, even simple tasks can seem hard. Either we’re too tired to do things properly or too lazy to get up and even start to do them. Putting things off has become a normal reaction when given a task. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • not great to me

  • By TU on 05-07-19

This book saved my marriage!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-19

Before I got this book I was a slob, I would leave my clothes everywhere, I hardly took garbage out when it was the garbage day & most of all, my wife had to tell me 10 times to get anything done, so it was very bad.
After listening to this book, my life has completely changed:
I put garbage bin outside already about 1 week before the garbage day,
I do everything my wife wants even before she thinks it,
and I even threw away pizza box before it enters the house, I mean you can see the puzzled look on pizza guys face when I kindly ask him to put the pizza box in the garbage bin, but hey, NO MORE PROCRASTINATION FOR ME!

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

  • Talon the Slayer

  • Tales of Talon, Book 1
  • By: A. A. Warren
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

A warrior without a past is the galaxy's only hope for a future...Talon is a man without a past. A slave, a gladiator. His only memories are a lifetime of bloody combat in the arena. But when a chance encounter with a seductive alien sorceress plunges him into an intergalactic war, he finds himself fighting for the ultimate prize...his freedom. As Talon and a rag-tag crew of allies embark on a vital mission for an exiled prince, they are pursued by an ancient warlord who has unleashed the most destructive force in the galaxy. The key to stopping it? Talon's lost memories....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Talon in Space Space Space

  • By Spooky Mike on 04-10-19

Gotta love Travis Baldree & space gladiator!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-19

I knew I was in for a treat when I got this message from this audiobook narrator:

"Do you ever think, "Hey, I long for a book that's like watching Flash Gordon & Conan at the exact same time - except, scratch that, I want to LISTEN to them!" If so, you are in such unbelievable luck. This is straight-up sc-fi pulp that knows exactly what it wants to be. Space gladiators, a sultry alien sorceress, ancient temples, galactic magic - and everyone really values breathability in their clothing, apparently.
I would have watched this approximately 8,476 times on the Superstation TBS."

And sure enough, it did not disappoint, the narrator did top notch job with narrating this kick-ass book about Space Gladiator called Talon the Slayer, anybody who like space adventures and gladiators fighting all kinds of robots and galactic riff-raff should definitely get this book, it's super energetic journey with Talon from a lowly slave to savior of the galaxy, I wanted to say that Talon for me is like Spartacus, but he does even win in the end, hope its not much of a spoiler :)

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Scanner Darkly

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Paul Giamatti
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625

Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D, which Arctor takes in massive doses, gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drugs are bad

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

Giamatti is excellent narrator, it's a pleasure!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-19

Paul Giamatti should narrate more books, because he is just perfect for this.
The story itself felt somewhat disjointed, so I actually watched the 2006 movie with the same name - A Scanner Darkly to fill in the gaps & give me the full grasps of the story, still in the end it leaves you feel like it is a collection of vignettes that the author PKD experienced himself when going through the drug abuse & recovery period of his life, so I would say this book has less sci-fi elements and it is more about life experiences and stories from the dark side of the society.