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Edward

Hickory, NC, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Selected Shorts: Pets!

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gail Godwin, Ana Menendez, Robertson Davies, and others
    • Narrated By Jane Curtin, Jacqueline Kim, Charles Keating
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The cast of characters in this compilation is a menagerie of animals: cats, dogs, birds, even a dragon - and their owners. These stories look at the myriad of experiences, and adventures, that pet ownership can bring. Join a medieval scholar who discovers that not all mythical creatures are extinct, stalk the night with the Cat of Frankenstein, kick that caffeine habit with a class of kindergartners, dance along with a divorcée and her dog, and more!

    Edward says: "Great stories but Not for Kids"
    "Great stories but Not for Kids"
    Overall

    These are great stories, but they are not for young children. There are adult themes in all of them.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (747)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "This is something every american should listen to."
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    Stephen King is one of my favorite writers. Unlike Hollywood types who tackle social issues with little more than celebrity, this is a fact based look at both sides told in a compelling narrative.

    This is a tough question:balancing tinkering with the Constitution and common sense. I don't own a gun and abhor senseless acts of violence by crazy people. But there are two sides to every story and King tells them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (1566)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (921)

    Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

    Igor says: "Are you looking for an attachement for the book?"
    "Great Book --- Until the End"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very interesting book. Well written, researched and presented. Why we get fat is well documented. "What to do about it" is a little misleading. Most everyone knows that sugars and carbs make you fat.

    It is not until the very end of the book that you learn that your genetics trump almost everything, and if you have got the fat gene, the only way to keep weight off is to fast. I was annoyed that I put so many hours into listening attentively, hoping for an easy solution, and discovered that there was really little I could do about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brandon Webb, John David Mann
    • Narrated By Jon Bailey
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (348)

    Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist. Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" that makes his story so compelling.

    Robert says: "Decent story, narration left a lot to be desired."
    "Good story but could have been more succinct"
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    Very interesting story. I listened in bits and pieces over a long drive. I especially liked the science in the book that describes how things work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart, The Writers of The Daily Show
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (3576)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (515)

    Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

    Connie says: "Runs hot and cold..but when it's hot...it's hot"
    "Very Funny"
    Overall
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    Worth listening. A great way to get a dose of American History and a good laugh at the same time. A little irreverent, but that is to be expected from Stewart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time and Again

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Finney
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Frequency is all the buzz at the box office, so now's the time to revisit one of the best time-travel books ever written. Step back in time with Simon Morley to the New York that once was, as he is transported from the mid-1900s to the year 1882. Morley solves a mystery of the 20th century by discovering its 19th-century roots, and falls desperately in love with a beautiful young woman in the process. He ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past.

    L Lee says: "Seriously over abridged"
    "Great Story. Great Audiobook"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I chose this book based on a recommendation from the Afterword by Stephen King, in his audiobook/novel 11-22-63. He claimed it was the definitive book on time travel and that was what inspired him.

    I bought the abridged version, but wished I got the unabridged version. It is a very entertaining story. The narration is excellent, and as far fetched as time travel may sound, he makes this believable. The characters are likable and there is a good storyline. I have recommended this to several of my friends who have liked it as much as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shawshank Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (476)

    Based on a a novella from Different Seasons, this unabridged tale focuses on a man convicted of murder, who finds himself in a prison ruled by a sadistic warden and secretly operated by a clever convict.

    Eric says: "This makes the movie better"
    "Great Story. Great Audiobook"
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    At first I was reluctant to download this. I had seen the movie and wasn't sure the book would be as entertaining. What a great book. This is a compelling story. It is also a great "short" book based on a novella. Sometimes I don't want to wait 30 hours to find out something ends.

    After listening to this, I downloaded 11-22-1963 by Stephen King. Another outrageously good book. These are among my favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fairest

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Gail Carson Levine
    • Narrated By Sarah Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Aza is far from beautiful. With pale skin and blood-red lips (not to mention ungainly size), she is seen as odd, at best. But Aza does have one blessing: a voice of astonishing beauty. In Ayortha, where singing is the main mode of communication, this gift is no small thing, and soon Aza finds herself rising at court. But, as she will discover, unexpected good fortune can also bring unexpected danger.

    Ruth says: "A Wonderful Fairytale Musical!"
    "My 11 year old daughter loved this"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This audiobook has lots of singing, so it is a great listen. I encourage her to read and listen to books like this to develop different kinds of comprehension skills. It also helps to get a narrator's voice in her mind, so that when she reads it on her own, she can match the rhythm and character voices.

    My daughter loved the story, the production values and the singing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful!

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
    • Narrated By Marshall Goldsmith
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    What's holding you back? Marshall Goldsmith is an expert at helping global leaders overcome their (sometimes unconscious) annoying habits and attaining a higher level of success. His one-on-one coaching comes with a six-figure price tag. But with this audiobook, you'll get Marshall's great advice without the hefty fee!

    Dan says: "Excellent, simple insights into change"
    "Very Worthwhile"
    Overall

    I found this to be very useful. As it turns out, I am one of those people who may come across as being arrogant. I think many of us can see ourselves in the 20 bad habits he documents. To get this kind of information in a corporate setting would cost thousands. This book has caused me to think...which is the highest accolade I can give.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin Franklin: The Original American [Portable Professor]

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By H.W. Brands
    • Narrated By H.W. Brands
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    As the individual perhaps most widely respected by the generation that founded the United States, Benjamin Franklin can fairly be described as the "Founding Godfather" of America. A gifted writer, businessman, diplomat, political mover, scientist, and inventor (not to mention a famous wit and incorrigible womanizer), Franklin towers among historical figures, but his warm humanism and intelligence cast his amazing life into undeniably human relief.

    Marc says: "Great Course taken in my car!"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    I thought this course was exceptional. Thoughtful, interesting, and perfect for this medium. Anyone intested in American History or biography will love this.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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