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suzanne

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  • The Program

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Suzanne Young
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (388)

    In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program. Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone - but so are their memories.

    Dasarae says: "One of my favorites!"
    "The pieces just don't add up."
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    ***THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS***

    The Program is an evil bad thing where teenagers get sent if they show signs of depression. ALL TEENAGERS show signs of depression at some point. I just couldn't suspend my disbelief on this point - I was really hoping the book would explain the sociological background in which people (big bad parents in this story) would willingly send their children to have their memories erased. The grownups in this book are portrayed as uncaring (the doctors, handlers, parents) and I just can't fathom a world, even an alternate universe, where people care so little about their own children. The ONLY treatment for signs of depression is memory erasure. Not therapy. Not talking it out. Not even mild exercise. Your kid's depressed? Have her memory erased. WTF?

    Teenagers go from normal to suicidal in a matter of 2 weeks - WHY? This is never explained. Why are so many teenagers committing suicide - we're told that its a contagious disease - are people being poisoned? Is there mind control coming out of the TV? I was really hoping there would be some revelation about the causes of the epidemic.

    When Sloane gets taken in to The Program, the very first time she is offered medication she takes it. Without being coerced. Without being injected against her will. Without even being threatened to be injected against her will. This is totally believable because she spends the first part of the book talking about how evil The Program is and how they will erase her memories.

    When she comes out of the program, she seems to be the only person who is interested in learning about her past. Another point which I found hard to fathom.

    At no point in the book is any differentiation made between grief, sadness, and depression. Everyone is sad once in a while, and grief is normal and expected when someone close to you has taken their life. But not everyone who is sad or grieving commits suicide. Not all people suffering from depression commit suicide. So why are these teenagers killing themselves? Unanswered questions might make a book more interesting, but in this case it just makes it hard to believe.

    9 of 12 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
    (70068)
    Performance
    (65064)
    Story
    (64759)

    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"
    "So many laughs and feels"
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    I hope he writes more books! Born a Crime is essential reading. Funny and touching.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27883)
    Performance
    (25997)
    Story
    (25959)

    The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Star Trek: Q-Squared"
    "Great Sci Fi mystery"
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    I didn't love the narrators way of doing female voices but otherwise he brought out all the different characters really well. Great story. I hope there's a sequel!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Bites: Kate Daniels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4025)
    Performance
    (3120)
    Story
    (3141)

    Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

    Tera says: "Good book, okay narration"
    "Charlaine Harris plus Sue Grafton "
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    ...minus interesting character development. a bunch of dudes. a female protagonist. some supernatural stuff. a mystery to be solved. I just couldn't bring myself to care.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jam

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Narrated By Yahtzee Croshaw
    Overall
    (1527)
    Performance
    (1438)
    Story
    (1436)

    We were prepared for an earthquake. We had a flood plan in place. We could even have dealt with zombies. Probably. But no one expected the end to be quite so…sticky…or strawberry scented. Yahtzee Croshaw ( Mogworld, Zero Punctuation Reviews) returns to audiobooks with a follow-up to his smash-hit debut: Jam, a dark comedy about the one apocalypse no one predicted.

    Alyssa says: "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back"
    "Silly, light reading"
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    a bit slow but still quite enjoyable. a great narrator! some surprises at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Katie Heaney
    • Narrated By Sarah Franco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    "I've been single for my entire life. Not one boyfriend. Not one short-term dating situation. Not one person with whom I regularly hung out and kissed on the face." So begins Katie Heaney's memoir of her years spent looking for love, but never quite finding it. By age 25, equipped with a college degree, a load of friends, and a happy family life, she still has never had a boyfriend...and she's barely even been on a second date.

    Monet K. St Louis says: "BUT SHE HAS DATED!"
    "Funnier and funnier"
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    Her stories about online dating made me laugh out loud in public (having been through the experience myself recently). I thought the narrator was great - a perfect characterization of the author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (11865)
    Performance
    (9631)
    Story
    (9582)

    This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

    Colin says: "good info just not suited for audio"
    "Step 3: PROFIT!!!"
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    This book reminds me of that episode of South Park where the townspeople's underpants keep disappearing. The gang discovers that it's because there are gnomes breaking in to their houses at night to steal their underpants.

    When they ask the gnomes WHY it is that they are stealing people's underpants, we find out that it's all part of the gnomes' master plan:

    Step 1: Steal Underpants
    Step 2: ????
    Step 3: PROFIT!!!

    Do you see that big question mark in the middle? 4-hour work week reminds me of the gnomes' master plan that somehow they will turn a bunch of underpants into profit.

    According to Ferris, step 1 is finding your own "underpants" to invent/patent and or distribute and sell. Step 2 is a big blurry question mark of spending thousands of dollars on advertising for a product you don't even have yet, just to see if people will buy it. Step 3 is where everything magically works out and all of a sudden you are earning PROFIT!!!

    I found very little I could actually apply to my life.

    705 of 766 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
    (33819)
    Performance
    (24461)
    Story
    (24682)

    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"
    "Not my favourite narrator"
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    I loved this book. Compelling story, believable characters, definitely glad I listened to it!

    However I almost stopped listening after a few minutes because the main narrator (Rudnicki) has a lot of vocal pops and cracks - I'm surprised that wasn't edited out.

    But the the story was so good that I just kept listening and tried to ignore all the mouth noises.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty Queens

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By Libba Bray
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (426)

    The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

    Vanessa says: "No one left unscathed"
    "Laugh out loud in public places!"
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    If you like witty satire of American culture - this book is for you. This book pokes fun at everything - beauty pageants, TV commercials, hair removal products, reality shows, boy bands, corporate America, and even has a Sarah Palin-esque presidential hopeful and a Kim Jong-Il type with lots more than world domination on his mind.

    There's also a serious side to all this silliness - a look at how women are portrayed in the media, the expectations that women are faced with from society, how it's ok if you haven't got it all figured out by the time you're 16 years old.

    All of the "footnotes" got a little annoying - I found they interrupted the flow of the story. Other than that - I think this is a great book for young women especially.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • King Arthur and His Knights

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Howard Pyle
    • Narrated By Stuart Langston
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    For hundreds of years, the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table has been one of the world's most precious literary possessions. In 1902, the distinguished American artist Howard Pyle undertook to retell and illustrate this classic. His four-volume work has long been considered one of the outstanding interpretations of the Arthurian cycle.

    suzanne says: "Children and Monty Python enthusiasts rejoice!"
    "Children and Monty Python enthusiasts rejoice!"
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    Please note: if you download the book in one part - it has 51 minutes missing at the end. So download it in parts.

    I contacted Audible twice about this but they didn't believe me / understand what I was talking about.

    Go to Settings --> Download Settings --> Download by Parts

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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