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  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4670)
    Performance
    (2430)
    Story
    (2467)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Not a runner, loved the book"
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    While I have not run out and joined ultra-marathoning like most people who've read this book, I can confirm I have tried on some "barefoot" running shoes and am contemplating dipping my toes in the water and drinking the "barefoot running" Kool-Aid. I love non-fiction. I love good story-telling. I love science. This book was the trifecta of all three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16382)
    Performance
    (14558)
    Story
    (14598)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Loved 99%, hated the ending"
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    Flynn does an amazing job at developing characters, the plot and suspense. Then. She just ends it. In a cheap, somewhat predictable fashion. I love 99% of the book but had to re-listen to the end THREE times to make sure that that was how it ended. Bummer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (1691)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (771)

    At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

    Orita says: "Both the book and the reader were just plain great"
    "Do not let the bad audio in the sample deter you!"
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    I read raved reviews about this audiobook but was extremely hesitant because of the poor audio quality in the sample I listened to. I had a bad experience with Pride and Prejudice and just didn't think I could suffer another book with bad audio quality.

    But it's great! And I second all the great things that people have already said about this book! The narration is excellent and you're easily able to keep track of the character's thanks to Frank Muller's amazing performance!

    I'd never seen the movie but I'm so glad I listened to the book first!

    This audiobook is what makes Audible so great! A MUST listen, for sure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (1873)
    Performance
    (1711)
    Story
    (1725)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    Briana says: "This was supposed to be funny"
    "Like Ellen's new book (read: not for everyone)"
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    It's only fair to warn you that I'm not a follower of The Bloggess and I'm not sure I understand her sense of humor.

    Probably like many of you, I saw that this book was popular and written by a funny pop-culture female and thought if it's anything like Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling or Chelsea Handler, I'm SO in.

    Unfortunately, it's more like Ellen's most recent book: a lot of nonsensical rambling.

    Which is a shame because Lawson does tell some really great, brave and genuinely funny stories. I enjoyed a solid 1/3rd of this book.

    I however hated the "PS, PPS, PPS, PPPS, PPPPS" that every chapter/anecdote ended with. I hated the feeling that Lawson was trying to one-up every one she's ever met with just how cray-zy her life/childhood/marriage is. I hated hearing her nag at her husband. Like Ellen's most recent book, I found myself wanting the author to get to the point, make me smile and get on with the story. "Land the plane!" as my mother says. Stop the rambling, side stories, "out loud" thoughts, whining and mentioning of your editor.

    Even though I skipped several portions of this book because it was cringe-worthy (sticky notes left for her husband), I want to give Lawson the benefit of the doubt because at the end of the day, despite the singing of the chapter's names, you know she is a good person and a talented writer who is the face of blog-nation, whether or not she wants to be (a good/brave story was about her social anxiety).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2756)
    Performance
    (1313)
    Story
    (1322)

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    "Funny, lighthearted"
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    Fisher Stevens does a great job reading this book and creating difference voices for the narrator (Biff) and Joshua (Jesus). In order to really appreciate this book, you have to have a sense of humor about Jesus and the missing years in the Bible. Some of it was long-winded and hard to believe, but overall it was an interesting perspective to consider about Jesus' teenage to mid-adult life. The ending was a bit of a shock and I didn't love it. However, Fisher Stevens makes this a worthy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By A. J. Jacobs
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (352)

    A. J. Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet: a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind - from his brain to his fingertips to his abs. First, he had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, most which is nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. Second, he had to consult a team of medical advisers. And finally, he had to subject himself, over the course of two years, to a grueling regimen of exercises and a range of diets and nutritional plans.

    Niall says: "A comic tries a little of everything"
    "#1 seller for a reason!"
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    Great story and a great listen. I knew I wanted to read this book but since I get motion sick on the bus, I was happy to enjoy the audio version on my commute. Jacobs has a great voice and reads with enthusiasm. I enjoy his little side stories about his wife, children, grandfather, crazy aunt and trips to the doctor. I was surprised this book didn't have a profound turning point where he really started shedding pounds drastically but I think his overall message is important: We're overwhelmed with health propaganda and we needed someone like him to investigate what works and what doesn't. Great, great book and I'd definitely recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1563)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (717)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone looking for a great listen won’t be able to resist Jane Austen’s delightful classic of love and manners in Regency England. Jane Austen's story of Mrs. Bennet's finding husbands for her daughters is told with wit and charm. A must for lovers of good literature. Commuters Library presents Pride and Prejudice read by Kate Reading.

    Victoria says: "loved it."
    "The audio is terrible"
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    Must be an old audio book? I didn't like the performance and the characters were hard to keep track of (although I often have this problem with audio books with lackluster performers). Wouldn't recommend it and couldn't finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3889)
    Performance
    (3348)
    Story
    (3324)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "In all seriousness, this book changed my life."
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    Would you listen to Quiet again? Why?

    No but I did purchase the Kindle version and hardback to own.


    What does Kathe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her cadence really sets the important tone for the points that Cain is bringing up. Her pauses and soft but strong urges brings Cain's message to life... That we don't need to be gregarious or the loudest person in the room.


    Any additional comments?

    This book should be mandatory reading for all teachers, parents, mentors and coaches. I cannot emphasize enough how much this changed my own outlook on my life. I teared up at several points with

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Deborah Feldman
    • Narrated By Rachel Botchan
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (281)

    In this captivating memoir, Deborah Feldman takes listeners on an eye-opening journey into Orthodox Jewish culture. Raised in the suffocating world of Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidim, Feldman was told what to read and who she was allowed to talk to. Married off at 17, she suffered from anxiety and was shamed by an inability to please her older husband. But after giving birth to a son at age 19, Feldman realized it was time to tear up her roots and make her own path in life.

    Ella says: "A one-sided glimpse into a secretive world"
    "Excellent story!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe this woman and I grew up in the same world, at the same time. To hear of her account, it's hard to believe we even live in the same country. I enjoy memoirs such as these that expose religion, cults and practices that are shielded from the outside world. Feldman has such an important story to tell about how strong the ties of religion can be yet how determined people like her cannot be bound by them. The narrator does a great job in nailing the cadence of questions and concerns Feldman brings up in her writing. A great and worthy audible purchase!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3302)
    Performance
    (2615)
    Story
    (2604)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Great listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Rob Lowe's cadence is brilliant. He's a surprisingly good story teller. I found myself totally intrigued and wrapped up in stories I otherwise wouldn't care about, like shooting a film for Francis Ford Coppola. While I don't consider Lowe a particularly influential actor in Hollywood, there's no denying the cultural impact


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

    Memorable? Apparently, he went to high school with someone who was murdered after all of his pubic hairs were picked out, one-by-one, by the killer. So random, disturbing and weird.


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

    The last chapter, one of the last minutes, when Rob mentions his devotion to his wife. It gave me goose bumps and made me tear up. You don't see/hear the kind of commitment any more, especially in Hollywood.


    Any additional comments?

    Great audiobook, very worth the money or credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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