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Aug 27, 2015

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Welcome back to the Podcast! In this installment of the podcast, Addy and Brian discuss some exciting developments happening in the book world, then jump into reviews of audiobooks they’ve recently listened to. Whether it was intentional, or a happy accident, they both review an audiobook that have a theme of understanding other people.

In The News

Back in the beginning of July, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team won the World Cup for the first time in 16 years. It was an extremely exciting time for the United States and for soccer fans in general. The U.S. has a talented squad and was able to secure a win for the USA against Japan, which was the first World Cup rematch in the history of the women’s competition, as the USA faced Japan, and lost, in the 2012 World Cup final.

A major component to that successful drive was Carli Lloyd, the starting midfielder for the U.S. Women’s National Team. Not only did Carli Lloyd record a hat trick (three goals) in the first 16 minutes during the World Cup final, she was involved in five very important goals that catapulted the USA from the last game in the knockout stage into the quarterfinals against China, and then semifinals against Germany. 

After Carli Lloyd scored her third goal in the 16th minute of play in 2015 Women’s World Cup final, one of the commentators said, “That’s not a fluke, that’s not luck. That’s Carli Lloyd.”  But who is Carli Lloyd? The 33-year-old from New Jersey has become a household name after more than 200 appearances in international games for the United States over the last ten years. Her journey to that success is about to be explored. Lloyd recently signed a book deal to scratch out a memoir about her life and career. Lloyd has an incredible story to tell about commitment, about dedication, and about realizing that not everything in life can be solved by natural talent and ability. The memoir is certain to be inspiring!

In other news, the author of Ready Player One, Ernest Cline, released a follow-up book to his first success this summer entitled Armada. Like his first book, this one is also narrated by Will Wheaton. Cline has already signed a huge deal for a third book, but in the meantime, Steven Spielberg will direct the film version of Ready Player One, due for release in December of 2017.

The Art Of War

Brian listened to The Art of War by Sun Tzu and narrated by Michael Scott. This book often gets a lot of attention in popular media, almost as a book of proverbs for businessmen and strategists. The book was written over 2,000 years ago and originally in Chinese, so Brian fought his way through the old-style language and funny narration to give us an idea of whether or not we should spend a credit on this book.

The lessons from the book seem to have value in certain contexts, business and military strategy being among the most frequently cited. Reading the book simply for pleasure is not out of the question, particularly if you enjoy reading about strategy and understanding opponents, but it seems like much of the book’s value comes out of reading it in context. Having in mind a situation to apply its lessons to, such as a desire to understand one’s role as a leader or to improve one’s ability to understand and analyze a business opponent, could prove to be very valuable when choosing this audiobook.

The Five Love Languages

Also in the theme of understanding others is the book Addy recently listened to: The Five Love Languages written and narrated by Gary Chapman. Addy says Chapman has a great southern accent, but really flies through the book. She recommends that if you choose to listen to this book that you also buy a hard copy to reference and highlight.

The conversation Addy and Brian have about this book is very interesting. The title of the book was constructed in such a way that may initially turn people off to its material. Love languages? Why would I want to read about that? Addy has many reasons for you to take a chance on this book that go beyond its promise to reveal the secret to love that lasts. The topic of conversation in this book centers around understanding how to love others and how others can love you; to realize that there are many ways to show love and realize that even though we might prefer to be loved through, for example, physical touch (i.e. hugs, hand holding, or simply proximity), someone else may prefer to be shown love through words of affirmation. Addy and Brian give some examples of how these love languages apply to them, as well as discuss misnomers surrounding the topic’s approach to relational conversation.

Have you listened to a book recently that falls into the category of strategy or understanding relationships? Send us an email and let us know!

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The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman | Narrated by Gary Chapman


Art of War by Sun Tau | Narrated by Erick Abraham


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Aug 25, 2015

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In the latest installment of the Podcast, The Real Brian and Addy sit down to chat with an audiobook fan who has a most interesting story of how he came to start listening to audiobooks. Mark Des Cotes, a graphic designer and podcaster, joins the fray and adds represents the science fiction and fantasy book lovers.

Mark is a great example of how audiobooks can encourage us to reach beyond the scope of our usual, go-to books. Like plays or radio programs, audiobooks are a dramatic performance and they seek to be entertaining, as well as interesting, informative, enlightening, etc. While Mark spent most of his teenage years, and possibly young adult life, reading mostly science fiction and fantasy, listening to audiobooks enabled him to take more chances with other genres. He soon grew to appreciate a wide variety of material.

One of the greatest examples Mark gives of this shift in genre preference has to do with a lifestyle change. Recently, Mark took the plunge into the world of podcasting, now owning his own podcasting company, Solo Talk Media. His attention since then has shifted largely from fictional books to self-help and business related books. 

There truly are audiobooks for every kind of book lover! There will be audiobooks for when your tastes change, when your circumstances change, when you need a good laugh or a good cry, a good adventure or a good romance. How have audiobooks filled a niche in your life?

Many recommendations were made in this podcast, so let us break it down for you. First off, Mark recommends some fiction authors: Clive Cussler, Patricia Cornwall, Kathy Reichs, and Dean Koontz. Brian, who is a huge fan of oceans and ships, asked to learn more from Mark about his suggestions for a ship-lover, knowing that Cussler’s repertoire contains many maritime thrillers. Mark is quick to cite The Oregon Files, which got their start in the Dirk Pitt series. You’ll have to listen to the episode to hear Mark get into the details of why he recommends this series!

Last, but not least, Brian asks Mark the One Credit Question! If he had one free credit to spend on any book, which one would he choose? It’s difficult to choose a book, isn’t it? There are millions and millions of books. In light of this, Mark responds with a surprising, but very enlightening answer: he has favorite narrators and with that one free credit he’d look for a book narrated by Scott Brick.

A huge thank-you to Mark for taking the time to talk with The Real Brian and Addy! Are you like Mark and have favorite narrators? Leave a comment to give other listeners recommendations!

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card | Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison

Star Wars

Shannara series by Terry Brooks

A Feast For Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin | Narrated by Roy Dotrice

A Touch of Dead: Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris 

Clive Cussler

Michael Connelly

Patricia Cornwell

Kathy Reich

Dean Koontz

James Patterson

Stephan King

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Aug 19, 2015

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Ever wonder what it takes to create an audiobook? Wonder no more because on this episode we talk with Brian DePuy, the sound engineer at!

From pages to narrator to audiobook app, Brian give us an inside look into the process of creating an audiobook from the sound engineering aspect. After all it’s the SOUND that brings us our favorite audiobooks to life. Play the episode now to hear all about it.

This Episode Covers:

  • What goes into creating an audiobook 
  • How sound really shapes the story
  • Reading vs Performance
  • Brian’s recommendation for getting the full listening experience
  • What’s exciting the team
  • and lots more!

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Aug 19, 2015

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On this third episode of the Podcast, The Real Brian and Addy discuss the book they recently finished listening to and have some exciting book news to share with you. 

The Maze Runner and Wild are not only great known books but also movies. How did the movies compare to their audiobooks? What do these two books have in common? Tune into the show by pressing play!

This Episode Covers:

  • Pages to Tv - The Notebook
  • Graphic novel to Audiobooks - Ms. Marvel
  • The Maze Runner audiobook review
  • Wild audiobook review
  • Favorite Genres to listen to
  • and lots more!

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Books & Resources Mentioned

The Maze Runner by James Dashner | Narrated by Deakins

Wild by Cheryl Strayed | Narrated by Bernadette Dunne

Dear Sugar Podcast with Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks | Narrated by Barry Bostwick

Graphic novel to Audiobooks - Ms. Marvel

The Notebook coming to TV



Aug 19, 2015

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On this second episode of the Podcast, we review the biography that gives us a deeper look into the man who brought us PayPal, Telsa Motors, SpaceX and Solar City. It may sound like we’re describing a blockbuster character when talking about Elon Musk but were we entertained when learning about him? What did you think of Fred Sanders, the narrator?


The episode does not end there, we also dive into some new releases and books that will soon be on the big screen like Mockingjay, The Maze Runner and more. Join us right now by pressing play! 

This Episode Covers:


  • This week’s top audiobook releases
  • Felicia Day and her new book
  • Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance - audiobook TRUE review
  • Where we recommend you spending your credit on the Elon Musk biography
  • From Page to Screen review
  • and lots more!

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Books & Resources Mentioned


Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance | Narrated by Fred Sanders


This Week’s Top Releases


You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day | Narrated by Felicia Day


From Page to Screen in 2015


Eragon: Inheritance, Book 1 by Christopher Paolini | Narrated by Gerard Doyle


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | Narrated by Carolyn McCormick



Aug 18, 2015

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We proudly announce the very first epiosde of The Podcast! Along with having over 60,000 audiobooks to choose from, we now bring you a weekly show to give you the stories behind the books.


Interviewing your favorite authors, narrators and keeping you in the loop of what’s hot, your hosts, The Real Brian and Addy Saucedo are excited to get the show started. No credits needed, simply press play to let us tell you a story.


This Episode Covers:

  • What this podcast will be featuring and why it’s going to be the COOLEST
  • Who is The Real Brian
  • Who is Addy Saucedo
  • The App
  • How to never miss an episode
  • Ways to stay connected and be part of the show
  • and lots more!

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Books & Resources Mentioned

Piranha by Clive Cussler