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Elliot

Lethbridge, AB, Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • Born on a Blue Day: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Daniel Tammet
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (134)

    One of the world's 50 living autistic savants is the first and only to tell his compelling and inspiring life story and explain how his incredible mind works. Worldwide, there are fewer than 50 living savants, those autistic individuals who can perform miraculous mental calculations or artistic feats. (Think Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man.) None of them has been able to discuss his or her thought processes, much less write a book. Until now.

    J. Cline says: "Ordinary Life Through Unordinary Eyes"
    "A rare description of a Savant from the inside."
    Overall

    Most people who are on the same level of mental capability as Daniel Tammet (like being able to do in his head that makes calculators run out of digits) are lacking the ability to describe what goes on their mind. Luckily for anybody readying this book Daniel is a one in a billion and does a great job of describing what goes on in that brain.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16095)
    Performance
    (14249)
    Story
    (14199)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "One of those books Audible is made for. LOVED IT!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Best narrator I've heard, hands down. He made that book come alive. There are a few standout books I've run into on audible that I still think about all the time, this one is added to that list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1708)
    Performance
    (1419)
    Story
    (1431)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Wow, Finantial disaster tourism at it's best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you ever wondered how the financial crisis could happen, this book will show how it's a story of regular people. Perfect length and I enjoyed every second.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3358)
    Performance
    (1855)
    Story
    (1872)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Funny and interesting. "
    Overall

    This book has a lot more humor than I am used to for a non fiction book. I found the content very interesting and the author in her research asks all the questions you would be to chicken to ask.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nick Reding
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (267)

    Crystal methamphetamine is widely considered to be the most dangerous drug in the world, and nowhere is that more true than in the small towns of the American heartland. Methland tells the story of Oelwein, Iowa (pop. 6,159), which, like thousands of other small towns across the country, has been left in the dust by the consolidation of the agricultural industry, a depressed local economy, and an out-migration of people.

    Sean says: "Interesting, then not."
    "Well written and well researched"
    Overall

    Not only does this book chronicle the horror of what meth can do in an individuals life but it also looks at the bigger drug picture. Narrator is good as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1481)
    Performance
    (907)
    Story
    (910)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "incredable and heartbreaking. A look inside N.K."
    Overall

    A huge amount of work must have gone into the research for this book. It is comprehensive and very well written. No matter how much you think you know about North Korea, this book will still astonish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mick Wall
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    They were the last great band of the '60s and the first great band of the '70s. They rose, somewhat unpromisingly, from the ashes of the Yardbirds to become one of the biggest-selling rock bands of all time - and eventually paid the price for it, with disaster, drug addiction, and death.

    David says: "Must read for Led Zeppelin Fans"
    "There was alot I didn't know about Led Zep"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book from start to finish. They are truly one of the greatest rock and roll bands onstage and off. Crazy stories, check. Early life of each artist, check. Rise to power and back down again, check.

    Highly recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (523)

    Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

    Chris says: "Bleak but Fascinating"
    "Somebody out there might like this book, not me."
    Overall

    It was a real struggle to get through this book. The author spends so much time adding adverbs, adjectives and over-flowery descriptions that it made the story hard to follow. And there wasn't much of a story or a point to the whole book. Now I will say some of the descriptions of the battles and death scenes were vivid and raw but that is about the best thing I can say about it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life - His Own

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Carr
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    In The Night of the Gun, David Carr redefines memoir with the revelatory story of his years as an addict and chronicles his journey from crack-house regular to regular columnist for The New York Times. Built on 60 videotaped interviews, legal and medical records, and three years of reporting, The Night of the Gun is a ferocious tale that uses the tools of journalism to fact-check the past.

    Herbert says: "Night of the Gun"
    "Could.. not.. Stop... Listening"
    Overall

    This is a story about a junkie, a junkie who just happens to be a fantastic writer. I listened to it every free second I could. One of the best audible books I've gotten so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Pelzer
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (203)

    Dave was in first grade when his unstable alcoholic mother began attacking him. Until he was in fifth grade, she starved, beat, and psychologically ravaged her son. Eventually denying even his identity, Dave's mother called him an "it" instead of using his name. Relentlessly, she drove him to the brink of death before authorities finally stepped in. With faith and hope, Dave grew determined to survive. He also knew that he needed to share his story.

    steve says: "Too Sad...."
    "A gutwrenching must read"
    Overall

    There were many times during this book I would gasp out loud while listening. The abuse describes in this book is not for the feint of heart, but is very well told. The narrator has a nice clear voice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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