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Beau

St. George, UT, United States

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  • 4 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 101 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Peter Jeffrey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (232)

    T.S. Eliot described The Moonstone as "the first and the greatest English detective novel". The stone of the title is an enormous diamond plundered from an Indian shrine after the Siege of Seringapatam. Given to Miss Verinder on her 18th birthday, it mysteriously disappears that very night. Suspicion falls on three Indian jugglers who have been seen in the neighbourhood.

    Lucie says: "An engrossing detective novel"
    "Splendid Discovery"
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    This is one of the best audible listens yet. I am very particular in choosing my audio books and it took me sometime to settle on this one - I don't regret it in the least. It was a marvelous and keen story. Very perceptive and subtly witty. It is not a fast paced or a short book, but I was happy to return to it every time I had the chance to listen. I am looking forward to reading other works by Wilkie Collins and I thought Peter Jeffery captured the emotion and flavor of the work beautifully.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3928)
    Performance
    (2484)
    Story
    (2515)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Mehra says: "A must read!"
    "A Chilling Classic"
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    1984 is a chilling classic that cuts deep in current political climates. Orwell's prose is powerful and engaging - and Prebble's narration does not miss a note.
    Orwell has an uncanny ability to expose subtle manipulations are stip away the blinders we are too often eagerly wearing in Western Society. This is what makes the story so poignant, but even if you disregard the "message," the plot is enough to keep you listening. Unforgettable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6598)
    Performance
    (6002)
    Story
    (6009)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Each character lives"
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    Rowling has written a marvelous story, As with her previous work her crowning achievement is her keen perception into human characters. I could barely stop listening and shot through this book faster that any other I have purchased from audible.

    The narration was top-notch as well.

    The only complaint I have and the one thing people may want to note is the liberal use of expletives (most of them very "harsh"). I thought she went a bit far - we get the point. There is also some moral ambiguity that I found disappointing.

    Overall however, I am cannot wait for the next installment. I am in awe with this author's ability.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (882)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "Reform"
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    What did you love best about Brain Rules?

    An excellent format for this winning book. I wouldn't want to read when I can have the Dr. Medina read it to me. I felt as though I was sitting in on one of the most interesting lectures of my life


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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