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  • Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Mellen
    • Narrated By Andrew J. Mellen
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (828)

    Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet.

    Angela says: "My lightbulb moment"
    "This is better with the book in front of you"
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    What made the experience of listening to Unstuff Your Life the most enjoyable?

    I like the book, but I cannot really complete it, since it requires me to read long lists. Not having the book in front me is rather frustrating, since I would like to finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9921)
    Performance
    (8991)
    Story
    (9066)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "It does make one think"
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    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked the book, partly because it tweaks on a feeling I have been having for a while. It's a little shrill, but thought provoking.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (915)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (801)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Melinda says: "Not So Luminous"
    "Fun look at the historical New Zealand"
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    What did you like best about The Luminaries? What did you like least?

    I liked the book. I got it on a whim and had fun listening to it. (Weirdly, it seemed to want to end in a hurry with a "happily ever after" cliche.


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

    I liked Mark's accents. I have no idea if they are accurate, but they are fun.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (1325)
    Performance
    (1106)
    Story
    (1104)

    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Bookoholics Anon says: "Fabulous reading, epic story and a new chapter!"
    "Liked the first "book" of the compendium"
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    What did you love best about The Once and Future King?

    The first book was the Disney movie we have all come to know and love. The further you went into the stories, the more political it became. That part was not my cup of tea.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2879)
    Performance
    (2451)
    Story
    (2452)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Overall, okay"
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    Would you try another book from Faith Hunter and/or Khristine Hvam?

    It is an okay book on a long drive. I was a little put off by the non-sexy sex parts. (Looking askance, admiring the way a man looks or is looking at the main character...)


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    less steamy looks, more character development


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6389)
    Performance
    (5818)
    Story
    (5826)

    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"
    "Nice little story"
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    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Has a sympathetic damaged hero out to find the truth -- even though he thinks he knows the truth before the investigation starts. Nice mystery to curl up with by the fire.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?

    My favorite places involved the inconvenience of an artificial limb.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11145)
    Performance
    (8033)
    Story
    (8034)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Film Noir Meets Magic"
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    What did you love best about Storm Front?

    It had the feel of a gritty "film noir" story. Some of the magic was a little convenient, but most of the limitations were fun to contemplate. Kind of an "Oh, yeah. That makes sense."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22090)
    Performance
    (13511)
    Story
    (13650)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Can't go wrong with Card"
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    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    This is only the third book that I have reread (listened to) in my live. Orson Scott Card can write the pants off most contemporary authors.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development is great fun. How the adults describe the characters is strange, but makes me think of a Greek Chorus.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Interestingly enough, it is probably when the main character is resting at the lake. I needed a break from the intensity of the start of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This one I would strongly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (2892)
    Performance
    (2740)
    Story
    (2743)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Interesting take on an old cliche"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It has many very talented voice actors. The POV is definitely a great gimmick for this book.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed trying to identify the voice to the actor. It has a very eclectic cast. (I liked Alan Alda)


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

    This was a book I looked forward to hearing on my two hour commutes to work...


    Any additional comments?

    It is not too scary. Some of the problems encountered by the zombies and humans are interesting to consider.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    Overall
    (1993)
    Performance
    (1754)
    Story
    (1793)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Anthony says: "Painful"
    "Some interesting stories, some not so good"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this set of stories, but then again I wouldn't talk someone out of buying it.


    If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

    I have read some of the authors, but I have never heard an audio book from any of them.


    Was METAtropolis worth the listening time?

    It was an interesting diversion from my 2 hour commute.


    Any additional comments?

    I only paid $4.95, so it was worth that. But I am glad I didn't pay full price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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