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  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1688)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (911)

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

    Karen says: "Fascinating stories"
    "Fascinating stories"
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    I was hesitant to get this Audible Frontiers audiobook because I generally don't enjoy anthologies. However, I found the Metatropolis stories fascinating -- several stories include references to ecology-related technology changes and the narrators are top-notch. Highly recommended for sci-fi/cli-fi fans.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Trevor Noah
    • Narrated By Trevor Noah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70506)
    Performance
    (65465)
    Story
    (65159)

    One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

    Marilyn Armstrong says: "Great book and perfect narration"
    "Among the very best audiobooks"
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    One of the best audiobooks I've ever heard. Trevor Noah is smart and literate -- that I knew from watching him host The Daily Show. What I didn't know about was his upbringing in South Africa under Apartheid and his wonderful mother. Spare nearly nine hours to hear Mr Noah tell his story (he narrates the audiobook)... it's time well spent. Highly recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jack Schafer PhD, Ph.D. Marvin Karlins Ph.D.
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8357)
    Performance
    (7295)
    Story
    (7240)

    The Like Switch is packed with all the tools you need for turning strangers into friends, whether you are on a sales call, a first date, or a job interview. As a Special Agent for the FBI's National Security Division's Behavioral Analysis Program, Dr. Jack Schafer developed dynamic and breakthrough strategies for profiling terrorists and detecting deception. Now, Dr. Schafer has evolved his proven-on-the-battlefield tactics for the day-to-day, but no less critical battle of getting people to like you.

    Billy G. Gruff says: "Recommended"
    "Very informative"
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    This audiobook is MUCH more interesting than one might think at first glance... the author, an FBI field agent, describes how to use and interpret verbal cues and body language for more effective communication. From start to finish, a great listen. I found so many wonderful tips that I've already begun applying in my business and personal communication. Highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sit Like a Buddha: A Pocket Guide to Meditation

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Lodro Rinzler
    • Narrated By Lodro Rinzler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (157)
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    (155)

    Believe what you've heard about meditation: it'll focus your mind, open your heart, and sometimes surprise you with insight. And it's not complicated to learn. In fact, everything you need to get started is contained in this audiobook. Lodro Rinzler begins by challenging you to ask yourself why you want to meditate in the first place. (Good news: there's no wrong answer!)

    GC Fourie says: "Light and inspiring"
    "A wonderful meditation primer!"
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    This is an excellent book for folks beginning a meditation practice or those wanting support for their existing practice. Lodro Rinzler has a wonderful approach to making meditation accessible, describing how to get started and reinforce it as a healthy activity. He also describes the types of things one might experience during meditation, and how to put them into perspective.

    I highly recommend this audiobook. It's narrated by the author and truly feels like Mr. Rinzler is providing supportive, side-by-side coaching.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sweetland

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael Crummey
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (83)

    The scarcely populated town of Sweetland rests on the shore of a remote Canadian island. Its slow decline finally reaches a head when the mainland government offers each islander a generous resettlement package - the sole stipulation being that everyone must leave. Fierce and enigmatic Moses Sweetland, whose ancestors founded the village, is the only one to refuse. As he watches his neighbors abandon the island, he recalls the town's rugged history and its eccentric cast of characters.

    Chris Wells says: "Excellent story but..."
    "A wonderful, enveloping story"
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    I loved this book so much that I read the Kindle version in a day, and then listened to the audiobook (beautifully narrated by John Lee).

    Sweetland is the story of Moses Sweetland, who's lived on Sweetland Island all his life and resists governmental pressure to leave (the government wants to move island residents to the Newfoundland mainland). As we get to know Sweetland, we learn that he's generally a good guy who helps his neighbors and has a good heart. He's happy with his life and circumstances, and unwilling to easily give up his life on the island. The story comes into its own at the point when most island residents permanently depart for the mainland...

    Without giving away too much, I was rooting for Sweetland -- the man and the island. This was a compelling and completely enveloping read. This is a wonderful story, regardless of format. However, highly recommend the audible version for John Lee's wonderful narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joby Warrick
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1921)
    Performance
    (1706)
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    (1703)

    Pulitzer Prize, General nonfiction, 2016. When Jordan granted amnesty to a group of political prisoners in 1999, it little realized that among them was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist mastermind and soon the architect of an Islamist movement bent on dominating the Middle East. In Black Flags, an unprecedented account of the rise of ISIS, Joby Warrick shows how the zeal of this one man and the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama led to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq.

    mike flavin says: "So much learned"
    "Eye opening... a must read"
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    I consider myself reasonably well-informed but with recent ISIS attacks realized I needed to learn more. Black Flags is a well researched history of ISIS. Concepts and organizations are well-defined, so there are no "wait, what does that mean?" moments. The reader emerges with a better understanding of the personalities and events that have led to the ISIS of today, and an empathy for people living countries where ISIS has embedded. I read the audiobook version and highly recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Aftershock: A Collection of Survivors Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Valerie Lioudis, Kristopher Lioudis
    • Narrated By Daniel Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
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    (13)

    Life after an outbreak is a nightmare for those who are struggling to survive. Aftershock follows several groups as they make their way in this drastically different world and confront not just the relentless undead, but the dark side of humanity living in lawlessness.

    Karen Reese says: "Zombilicious"
    "A unique take on the zombie genre"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Folks that enjoy zombie stories will enjoy this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Aftershock: A Collection of Survivors Tales?

    Not a single moment per se, but I enjoyed how Aftershock developed several characters rather than relying on just one or two protagonists to tell the story. The narrator did a great job of bringing each character to life, making this a compelling listen.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Rose – was your favorite?

    The boy whose mom had been attacked, and how he was trying to make his way in this dramatically different world. His story was so moving that I had to remind myself it was just a novel.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this audiobook from the author in return for an honest review

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlandish Companion (Revised and Updated): Companion to Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter, Diana Gabaldon
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (452)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon has captivated millions with her critically acclaimed Outlander novels, the inspiration for the Starz original series. From the moment Claire Randall stepped through a standing stone circle and was thrown back in time to the year 1743 - and into a world that threatens life, limb, loyalty, heart, soul, and everything else Claire has - fans have been hungry to know everything about this world and its inhabitants, particularly a Scottish soldier named Jamie Fraser.

    Elizabeth says: "Listen to it for the "Butt Cooties" - GREAT!"
    "A *must listen* for Outlander fans"
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    Oh, what a fun listen! The Outlandish Companion is a reference based on the first four books of the Outlander series. Ms. Gabaldon describes how she began writing novels, her research approach (fascinating), synopses of books one to four, questions she gets from fans, etc.

    This audiobook is narrated by Davina Porter, as well as author Diana Gabaldon. Ms. Porter narrates most of the Outlander audiobooks (I believe the novellas have a different narrator) and is wonderfully talented. Ms. Gabaldon's narration is candid and refreshing... listening to her comments felt like listening to a friend and made me like the Outlander series even more. Highly recommended for Outlander fans -- the kindle version is very good but the unabridged audiobook is amazing!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander: Outlander, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47387)
    Performance
    (38944)
    Story
    (38810)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Sara says: "The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary"
    "Envelopes the reader in its worlds"
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    This is one of those books that I started many times before I finally felt engaged. Ultimately, I listened to the audiobook, discovering Davina Porter's beautiful narration and Diana Gabaldon's story of a WWII era woman transported to 1743 Scotland. I loved Ms. Porter's mastery of the accents and that was that... I was hooked on the Outlander series. I felt enveloped in Outlander's worlds as I listened. Despite not being a romance fiction fan, I enjoyed Outlander so much that I purchased the rest of the books in the series before I'd finished. Highly recommended for historical fiction fans.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nightingale

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39672)
    Performance
    (35949)
    Story
    (35896)

    Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

    Sara says: "Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction"
    "Life and death in Nazi-occupied France"
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    Disclosure: I received this audiobook at no cost as a member of the Goodreads Ford Audiobook Club

    I confess, I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction. That said, I loved The Nightingale and listened it to it for hours on end this weekend. I found this story of two sisters living as young women in Nazi-occupied France to be fascinating: The challenge of living under Nazi occupation, the sisters' acts of independence and disobedience, seeing the atrocities of war, and having to live alongside the enemy. War is brutal, and certainly that's true as well in The Nightingale. The narration of The Nightingale is superb, and Polly Stone convincingly voices all characters: Male, female, old, and young. The very best audiobooks draw you in and transport you to another world... that was certainly the case for me while listening to The NIghtingale. Recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gilgamesh: The New Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Gerald J. Davis
    • Narrated By John Hanks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    The Epic of Gilgamesh relates the tale of the fifth king of the first dynasty of Uruk (in what is modern-day Iraq), who reigned for 126 years, according to the ancient Sumerian list of kings. Gilgamesh was first inscribed in cuneiform writing on clay tablets by an unknown author during the Sumerian era and has been described as one of the greatest works of literature in the recounting of mankind's unending quest for immortality.

    Karen says: "Poetic translation of an epic story"
    "Poetic translation of an epic story"
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    Disclosure: I received this audiobook from the translator in return for an honest review

    After reading Gerald Davis's translations of Don Quixote and Beowulf (on audiobook), I was excited to read his new translation: Gilgamesh. Like these other two books, Gilgamesh is an epic story beautifully translated. It's the story of Gilgamesh, King of Uruk (now Iraq), his battle and then friendship with Enkidu, and later his solo quest. Although I generally haven't read the classics since high school and college, translations by Gerald Davis make content lyrical and accessible.

    I originally read the Kindle version of this book, and enjoyed it. The audiobook version is even better, with John Hanks' vivid narration. Recommended.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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