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  • Ultramarathon Man: Confession of an All-Night Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dean Karnazes
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (202)

    Karnazes reveals the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada.

    Andrea says: "Not as self-congratulating as others have said"
    "How Awesome Dean is, by Dean"
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    Did Dean ever tell you about the time he ran to the South Pole in gym shoes, flew back in time for his kid's birthday, then banged his hot wife before saving an infant from liver failure? No? Well sit back, dude, 'cause James Yaegashi's gonna wheedle his nasally way through this self-congratulatory autobiographical marketing piece from America's best known fourteenth-place ultramarathoner.

    There's a great story in here, somewhere, and I'm definitely in awe of the man's willpower. I just wish he'd written about more of those things. He builds up his first Western States Ultramarathon run, drags you through every mile of it - introducing some fascinating characters along the way - and chucks the whole thing over his shoulder once he's crossed the finish line.

    Who was the guy with the Humvee and the huge rifle? Who was the military guy who told him he wanted to see him with a sub-24 hour finisher's buckle? Did the Army Rangers ever finish the race? Was the indian chief real or just a hallucination?

    If your question is any of the above, prepare for disappointment. Those people aren't Dean, so you don't get to hear about them once they've stopped influencing Dean's run. You will get to hear about how much junk food he eats on runs and his amazingly ripped physique...several times.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Vicki Robin
    • Narrated By Vicki Robin
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (73)

    Now more than ever-given today's uncertain economic climate-a transformed relationship with money is the key to a happy and healthy life. Vicki Robin offers Your Money or Your Life, an original audio adaptation of the New York Times bestselling book that has helped more than 600,000 people worldwide gain greater financial freedom. Join this acclaimed author for hands-on tools and insights that will help you reach new levels of comfort, competence, and consciousness around your personal finances.

    Matthew says: "THIS IS NOT THE BOOK"
    "THIS IS NOT THE BOOK"
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    This is an "original audio adaptation" of the book. I saw the title, saw the "Unabridged" tag, assumed it was the book that I had been recommended, and purchased the recording. Very disappointed and annoyed with Audible for not making it clear that this isn't the book. Don't purchase this if you were expecting to get the book. It's a 2.5-hour commercial.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (134)

    Basic Economics has been written with the thought that learning economics should be not only a relaxed experience but also an enjoyable one.

    Knitting Maniac says: "Insufferable narrator, clear and interesting book"
    "Interesting and Enlightening, if not Impartial"
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    I read some of the Audible listener reviews before listening to this title and I have to agree with the sentiment that the author has a conservative agenda behind his statements. There are a couple of direct attacks against liberal bastions like the Washington Post and the scorn for any kind of government-sponsored social welfare is rife within the book, but it's overwhelmed by scorn about government intervention in general. The book is packed full of the cold, black and white thinking I've come to expect from economist writers. The author isn't interested in exploring the potential merits of any side other than the one he's taken. Everything is presented as fact and it's up to the reader to question legitimacy. Much of what is presented, however, makes perfect sense and it's tempting to take the author at his word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charnel Prince: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Greg Keyes
    • Narrated By Patrick Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    When the legendary Briar King awoke from his slumber, a season of darkness and horror fell upon the Kingdom of Crotheny. Now countless breeds of unspeakable monsters roam the countryside. An epidemic of madness has transformed peaceful villagers from the wild lands into savage, flesh-eating fiends.

    captaubrey says: "The Story Continues"
    "Lesson Learned"
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    I read the first volume in this series in paperback and enjoyed it, so I downloaded books 2 and 3 when I saw they were on Audible. This was a mistake. I'm not sure how much I would've enjoyed the trite, one-dimensional characters and meandering plot if I'd read the book myself, but the audio performance was so artless that it compounded the issue. I was rooting for the recording to end. I was rooting for protagonists to die. I was rooting for physical harm to befall Mr. Keyes. I will not be burning time by reading Book 3 and wish I hadn't wasted a credit on it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23266)
    Performance
    (9888)
    Story
    (9959)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "What?!"
    Overall

    I'm baffled by the hype. I found the novel cumbersome and boring and don't understand how it has achieved its overwhelming popularity. Simon Vance's narration is excellent.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3902)
    Performance
    (2427)
    Story
    (2454)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "When are we going to get to the fireworks factory?"
    Overall

    I made it about halfway through this book before giving up due to lack of interest. There may be a fascinating story in there somewhere, but I was not motivated to find it. The audio production is very good.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2142)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1361)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "Grand and Fascinating"
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    This was a thoroughly enjoyable listen. The format of the book - with historical anecdotes about each of the elements - makes it easy to listen to in bits and pieces while the skillful writing stitches all the stories together if you prefer to read it straight through. Sean Runnette's narration is excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing 'Hoax'

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Philip Plait
    • Narrated By Kevin Scullin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (384)

    Dr. Philip C. Plait sets the record straight on many modern hoaxes and myths. Appalled that millions of Americans don't believe in the moon landing, or that an egg stands on its end only on the vernal equinox, Plait hilariously spills the truth and informs us of scientific inaccuracies in our everyday vernacular.

    Steven says: "Answers to the astronomy questions that matter."
    "Good book with terrible audio production."
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    The narration is jarring. Kevin Scullin has a pleasant voice, but it seemed like he was reading the material for the first time, in one take. His cadence is choppy and it makes the material difficult to listen to. Dr. Plait's book is being done a disservice in this format.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25544)
    Performance
    (19394)
    Story
    (19462)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Roy Dotrice Enhances a Great Novel"
    Overall

    Phenomenal novel (and series...though it'd be nice if Martin would, you know, keep writing it). I'd read the books several times before downloading the audio and found all kinds of new emphasis and insight in the performance. I've seen criticism of Dotrice's reading in other reviews, but think it's fantastic. I'm looking for other books read by him now.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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