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  • Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (805)

    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    J. Camara says: "Insightful conquering life's challenges"
    "Even non-athletes will be enthralled!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Finding Ultra to be better than the print version?

    Didn't compare


    What did you like best about this story?

    His open-hearted, unflinching honesty.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    His narration was great, didn't hinder the story at all.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yeah


    Any additional comments?

    You will be inspired!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I've Got Your Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1264)
    Performance
    (1097)
    Story
    (1090)

    Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

    Erin says: "Pure fun"
    "Could NOT stop listening!! Addicting and hilarious"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author kept "raising the stakes." The situations would get stickier and stickier until you were just squirming for the heroine! Then, when you think it can't get any worse--it does! I lay awake til 4 am some nights because I just couldn't stop this confection of guilty, silly pleasure. Makes you feel great after reading it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jayne Entwistle?

    I've enjoyed other books by this author and I must say, when I heard the first 15 minutes (or hour?!) of this narrator I was like: "Oh please, I can't do a whole book of her!" Just a bit too whiny and screechy. The other Kinsella books have a better narrator. But after I got into the story, it didn't bother me too much. The story was SO GOOD that I was willing to put it aside.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    When you stand up for yourself, an amazing life happens!


    Any additional comments?

    I gasped out loud. I got teary eyed (and thought: "Get a grip! This is FICTION you idiot." But there you go, the situations and comedy were so brilliant that it completely hooked me. It's easy to write off these books as "chic lit" but really, Sophie Kinsella is a great plot builder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4805)
    Performance
    (4261)
    Story
    (4252)

    The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

    Lorrie says: "LOVE THIS"
    "Stop reading reviews, read ALL of Gabaldon!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course. All of this series is BY FAR the best novels I"ve listened to on Audible. None come close. Gabaldon's research and attention to details is outstanding.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    If you have to ask this, you've missed the point. JAMMF!!!


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Well, young Ian is a most compelling character. Not the main event, but it would be fun to see a series on him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    OMG!!! Each and every one of this series just takes OVER your life!!! Great value. A ton of hours, fantastic story line.


    Any additional comments?

    Read all of these, in order and count yourself blessed. Repeat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undomestic Goddess

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (288)

    Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She's made a mistake so huge, it'll wreck any chance of a partnership.

    Lori O'Lin says: "a dream.."
    "Not hilarious, but very entertaining"
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    If you could sum up The Undomestic Goddess in three words, what would they be?

    Executive bails out.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sophie Kinsella? Why or why not?

    Definitely. Fun to listen to, entertaining, makes any chore or journey fly by.


    What aspect of Rosalyn Landor’s performance would you have changed?

    None, I thought she was great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Half Past Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jeff Brackett
    • Narrated By Corey M. Snow
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (123)

    The Doomsday Clock gauges the threat of nuclear war. Currently, the clock is set at six minutes before midnight. What happens after the hands reach midnight? Survivalist Leeland Dawcett finds out when he and his family are plunged into the nightmare of their country returned to a third-world state. No phones. No computers. No television. At first, Leeland thinks basic survival is the answer. Until he crosses the path of the wrong guy…Someone who wants to do more than just survive...

    Teresa says: "Excellent book about Surviving an Apocalypse"
    "Plausible, entertaining"
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    What other book might you compare Half Past Midnight to and why?

    Alas Bablylon, One Second After. It's similar. Love this genre. It's not as good as those two, but if you're hankering for this theme, this one will please.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The older guy poisoning the enemy and wiping out hundreds. Or maybe, his daughter turning into a warrior after her fiancé is killed.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Are you ready for society to collapse?


    Any additional comments?

    Wakes you up to realize how quickly things will move south and God-fearin' people will turn to animals if it ever hits the fan. Wake up and get prepared.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butterfly Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Lowe
    • Narrated By Michael David Axtell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    After 40 years in San Quentin, Luke Palmer leaves with a state-issued suit, $100 dollars to buy a bus ticket, and a map that will lead to a promise and into the heart of a dark forest. College graduate student Molly Monroe is about to release rare butterflies not far from where the FBI used 4,000 bullets in a shootout to kill Ma Barker and one of her gangster sons in 1935. Molly snaps a picture that will frame something she never sees coming.

    Jay says: "Better Than Jack Reacher!"
    "Surprisingly great, couldn't stop listening"
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    Would you listen to The Butterfly Forest again? Why?

    Yep. I got it at a discount and thought, "Oh, it'll probably not be so great." But happily, that wasn't true. Although, I rarely listen to suspense/murder stuff so maybe I'm not much of a critic. But I really was hooked. I was happy that there wasn't any abuse of women, overly gory violence (ok, lots of people get killed- but it wasn't too gross), not much swearing (I don't mind the occasional f--- or s--- but not when there is a ton of it, it's off-putting.

    Also, I HATE it when men refer to women as objects and use offensive terms for body parts. To me, that screams, "This is written by an guy who emotionally and intellectually didn't move past 12 and I can't write a great plot so I'll resort to these testosterone-idiot-infused terms and moments as fillers." Happily, there was none of this.Just a compelling story, great characters and great narration.

    Loved his ex-CIA friend, the neighbors at the marina, the whole setting.


    What other book might you compare The Butterfly Forest to and why?

    Hmmm, something that quietly builds and pulls you in. Since I don't read much in this genre, I can't compare. But the characterization was great. The reading was great.


    Which character – as performed by Michael David Axtell – was your favorite?

    Of course, Sean O'Brien, the main protagonist. Talented, smart, resourceful veteran and loves his dog. What's not to love?
    (Also loved his Seminole friend. Would love to see more on him)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No but I loved the surprises. Twists and turns...


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you like zombies gnawing on babies and violence against women, I think you can't go wrong with this one! Well crafted.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1500)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1155)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "ARGH! Only for the testosterone junkies and vets"
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    Would you try another book from James Wesley Rawles and/or Dick Hill?

    Probably not. Waaaaay too much detail about guns, ammo, tanks how to make bombs etc. This is Timothy McVey's dream book! As a woman who likes the genre, I found this lacked story and was heavy on the weaponry details.

    And don't get me started on the "Christians who kill" idea....(Does the name Jesus mean anything to you? We are not living in Old Testament times! But that is a whole 'nother topic)

    On the other hand, Rawles' book, How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It is excellent in it's details about prepping for SHTF scenarios. I just didn't care for all the weaponry and obsession with guns and killing in this story.


    What could James Wesley Rawles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More story, less getting bogged down in the details of guns, ammo, etc. Jakarta Epidemic, Alas Babylon, Night Light and other books in this genre have much better/developed story lines. Like I said earlier, I love the genre and I put up with a lot of guns and killing to listen to it but OY VEY! Too much testosterone-laced stuff for this woman.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    Basic, okay, poor female voices.


    Any additional comments?

    There are much better books in this vein than this one (as I listed above). However, the TEOTWATKI one that Rawles wrote is good to have in hard copy. Fiction is not his strength.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5484)
    Performance
    (3463)
    Story
    (3494)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Would sneak into bathroom to listen to this!"
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    What did you love best about One Second After?

    Just a riveting story, so plausible (mostly, except for the 'execution' of criminals--didn't think that was totally going to happen. But maybe it would in Texas!)

    It's a can't-put-it-down story.


    What other book might you compare One Second After to and why?

    Jakarta Pandemic. Alas Babylon. Same genre, same plausible story line.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    The father (can't remember his name). He had to take care of his girls, his mother, and be the voice of reason. Oh, and the African American ex-soldier at the college, he was a cool dude too.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    SPOILER ALERT: When his daughter died of diabetes because they ran out of insulin.


    Any additional comments?

    Not so thrilled with the young/child female voices the narrator did. But that was minor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4435)
    Performance
    (3367)
    Story
    (3373)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "Must have classic from the genre"
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    What made the experience of listening to Alas, Babylon the most enjoyable?

    I had low expectations. Mostly because of the age of this novel. Cold war/nuclear attack so ancient history! But, it was FANTASTIC. All of what they went through we will go through with either economic meltdown/pandemic/name-your-event.

    Also, got some great tips- like the importance of salt!


    What other book might you compare Alas, Babylon to and why?

    One Second After


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Didn't get in the way at all, really liked it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yep.


    Any additional comments?

    You will NOT be disappointed (well, unless you like blood and guts and lots of gratuitous violence). It's very professionally done. Well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (743)
    Story
    (742)

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    deedeeg says: "Nice surprise"
    "Sneaks up on you like Hitchcock!"
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    What did you love best about The Jakarta Pandemic?

    The story was extremely plausible (which I can't always say with this genre). The people were your next door neighbors (or yourself). It just shows how quickly the craziness can start (and how stupid/risky people can be) when there's a one-two punch of pandemic and food shortages.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Jakarta Pandemic?

    The night they had the shootout with the crazed "neighbors" (people who had broken in and taken over a home). Loved the slow, tense build up.

    Also, if you liked the movie/TV show "The Office," you'll love it when this guy's obnoxious boss gets his just desserts.


    Have you listened to any of Joseph Morton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I liked his narration so much, I want to hear more from him. Just smooth and wonderful.


    If you could rename The Jakarta Pandemic, what would you call it?

    Pandemic Survival Tips!


    Any additional comments?

    Where can I buy some Tamiflu???

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Survival: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurence Gonzales
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (234)

    After her plane crashes, a 17-year-old girl spends 11 days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

    Betty says: "I'm not sure it can get better than this"
    "Fascinating, detailed "why's" of survival"
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    What did you like best about Deep Survival? What did you like least?

    The overall message I took from it: Overcome your amygdala's panic response. STOP and THINK. Panic is normal but let it pass. Those are the ones that survive. (And it doesn't hurt to dress sensibly, look around--be aware, and always check exits).


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    None stand out. I really liked the narrator's voice. Very commanding.


    Could you see Deep Survival being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It might work as a documentary, with different scenarios.


    Any additional comments?

    Liked it a lot. Better than most of the survival ones. (Sometimes too much psychological details but excellent).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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