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Jeffrey J. Jancula

Raleigh, NC USA
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  • Dandelion Seeds: A Collection of Short Stories

  • By: Steve DeGroof
  • Narrated by: Amanda DeGroof
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

This audiobook contains 18 short stories, including "Dandelion Seeds", "Bread and Circuses", "Flesh and Blood", and more. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good sci fi start

  • By Jeffrey J. Jancula on 09-25-18

A good sci fi start

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Most of these seeds would make great sci-fi stories on their own. I especially liked the ships that were sent away from a troubled earth to establish a new future.

I wish more of his stories were on Audible.

I liked the narration, she has a pleasant voice, however sometimes it seems too fast - almost over compressed by software. I’d prefer to hear it dramatized slightly slower.

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  • Smoke Signals

  • A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational, and Scientific
  • By: Martin A. Lee
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

Martin A. Lee traces the dramatic social history of marijuana, from its origins to its emergence in the 1960s as a defining force in a culture war that has never ceased. Lee describes how the illicit marijuana subculture overcame government opposition and morphed into a dynamic, multibillion-dollar industry. Colorful, illuminating, and at times irreverent, this is a fascinating listen for recreational users and patients, students and doctors, musicians and accountants, Baby Boomers and their kids, and anyone who has ever wondered about the secret life of this ubiquitous herb.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A hard book for me to rate

  • By Blake on 05-08-13

Long, biased history of marijuana prohibition

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

The author is EXTREMELY thorough on the history, and seems repetitive.

To me, his arguments seem also one-sided in favor of marijuana, with no real examination of opponents arguments (other than saying they are wrong).

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  • NIV Audio Bible (Dramatized)

  • By: Zondervan
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 75 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450

The NIV Audio Bible is more than a Bible you listen to. It's an experience that helps you enter into God's Word...so God's Word can enter into you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Version By Far

  • By Dave on 05-05-05

Dramatization was too distracting

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

Reviewed: 07-12-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book might appeal to someone who isn't easily distracted.

Has NIV Audio Bible (Dramatized) turned you off from other books in this genre?

This book has not turned me off to the genre, however I will try to limit my selections of overly dramatized material.

What aspect of uncredited’s performance would you have changed?

To be fair, others might enjoy the over dramatization, but it's not good for me. So, I wouldn't change anything-instead I just won't read.

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

Distraction from the story.

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  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,038

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

A very believable fantasy adventure

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-05

The author describes Pi's unusual life as a shipwreck survivor in a very enjoyable style. The detailed explanations are so real that he fools you into believing this is a true story. I was completely duped (in a good way).

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  • Endurance

  • Shackelton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Richard Brown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 39

This fabulous account of Sir Ernest Shackelton's epic adventure recreates one of the most astonishing feats of exploration and human courage ever recorded. In August, 1914, the Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months Shackelton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderfull treatment of a complex story

  • By Timothy C S on 05-10-05

Great adventure, well told

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-05

The author tells this true story in a style similar to adventure novels. I will definately listen to this book more than once!