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  • Dave Barry's Money Secrets: Like: Why Is There a Giant Eyeball on the Dollar?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Did you ever wish that you really understood money? Well, Dave Barry wishes that he did, too. But that hasn't stopped him from writing a book about how to understand money. In it, Dave explores (as only he can) such topics as: How the U.S. economy works, including the often-overlooked role of Adam Sandler, Why it is not a good idea to use squirrels for money, Strategies that will give you the confidence you need to try for a good job, even though you are, let's be honest, a no-talent loser.

    hayley5167 says: "Not one of Dave's best"
    "Be glad this is a short book"
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    What a rant! Barry used to be really funny. Maybe he still is, but not in this book. Getting through the fist hour of this diatribe was painful, literally. He used to write absurdly on subjects he knew nothing about, and could be very amusing. but definitely NOT this time. Oh well, some times your the windshield and sometimes the .......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mogworld

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Narrated By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (607)

    In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

    Alyssa says: "Yahtzee learns to enunciate"
    "Play D&D?"
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    Never played on line but did with live ref. With that as the backdrop, the is story is fun and easy. The characters are amusing and the narrator is droll.
    If you don't know what a MOG is, you may miss the point of this plot.
    I enjoyed hearing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2321)
    Performance
    (2143)
    Story
    (2144)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Rarely have I enjoyed a story this much"
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    I don't want to loose your attention so I'll keep this as short as I can.
    READ THIS BOOK! Even better, LISTEN CLOSELY to this book.
    I was transported! Transfixed! I was there. It was like reading used to be, a place to go to explore, relive, imagine and experience life in another form.
    This is more allegory than fiction. It's so much more than just it's characters, and there are deeper plots than one might assume on first pass.
    It's definitely NOT a fairy tale... don't be fooled by the names. These are full blown, knowable people. Folks I'd so very much like to get to know even better.
    Even the supporting roles are full of life and bring truths to the fore in subtle and subliminal ways. Thanks in part to the fabulous narrator.
    That being said, I can't begin to praise highly enough how well G. Guidall brought this novel to life for me. His intonations, voice characterizations, and deep understanding of these folk, gave even more significance to each person. He made them move in my mind seamlessly. I had to force myself to stop listening - I wanted to loose myself here. I doled out his melodious voice as I would a rare wine or finest chocolate.
    I truly believe this book raised my seratonin level.
    This is the ONLY book I can't wait to read again. In fact, I bought the hard copy so I could read it again myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1737)
    Performance
    (1562)
    Story
    (1571)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Just wrong for me"
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    I don't care for young adult fiction any more. There's nothing wrong with the story or narrator, I just didn't find anything interesting in either characters or plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Etgar Keret, Nathan Englander (translator), Miriam Shlesinger (translator), and others
    • Narrated By Ira Glass, Willem Dafoe, Ben Marcus, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (54)

    Read by an all-star cast and featuring a bonus story special to the audio edition, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door is a one-of-a-kind audiobook.... Bringing up a child, lying to the boss, placing an order in a fast-food restaurant: in Etgar Keret’s new collection, daily life is complicated, dangerous, and full of yearning. In his most playful and most mature work yet, the living and the dead, silent children and talking animals, dreams and waking life coexist in an uneasy world.

    michelle says: "bizzare, ironic, and excellent"
    "yuck"
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    it would be really nice if any one of these stories, some of which actually started out with some sort of interesting premise actually fininshed...... I checked- it's not my device. The stories just kind of end, trail off , never actually finishing. Too bad. Gives audible a really black eye in MY book.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • And Thereby Hangs a Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    International best-selling author Jeffrey Archer has spent the last five years gathering spellbinding stories from around the globe. There are tales from India, Germany, the Channel Islands, England, Italy, and many other countries, all brought back with care. Some of these stories will make you laugh; others will bring you to tears, but, once again, every one of them will demand that you keep listening until you finally discover what happens to this remarkable cast of characters.

    S. Sarabasha says: "Delightful"
    "This one should be read instead of heard."
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    The stories are great but listening to this guy read is like nails on a blackboard. Ruined the experience for me. I wish I'd just bought a hard copy and read it in bed. Instead I listen to it while walking my dogs. Even that distraction is not enough to get past the terrible voice inflections. It's like every sentence is a question. I can not abide that. But the stories themselves are quite entertaining... very O'Henry-esk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tom Robbins
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (199)

    In Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, the wise, witty, always gutsy Tom Robbins brings onstage the most complex and compelling character he has ever created. But to describe a Robbins plot does not begin to describe a Robbins novel - you must hear it for yourself! Browse other Tom Robbins at audible.com.

    Rupa says: "Wildly entertaining-excellent naration!"
    "You need lots of time to listen to this"
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    I used to love reading Tom Robbins. I so enjoy how he uses words, not just the context, but the flow and sound of words. I like words. But in this edition, the flow takes you down a very long, meandering, sorely spoiled waterway, on it's way to, where? exactly?
    Characters that could have been fascinating, or at least amusing , are merely tiresome. The ebb and flow of language takes over where plot would better suit, and the narrative becomes about the words themselves instead of the thought they were meant to convey.
    If you like to hear the droning of your own voice, you're in for a treat here! Even the philosophical overtones Robbins is expressing are lost in the mists of this verbiage.
    And I so used to like his work. Maybe the judicious application of the drug induced state of mind so adamantly advocated here would help keep this tomb afloat.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Tomorrow: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2032)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1021)

    In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America...and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it's a mystery with only one answer the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

    Laura says: "Child Needs an Editor"
    "If you like Child You'll Love This"
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    You get sucked in and stay sucked. The characters are more real in this novel then in some of his others. This Is CHILD. Jack at his most intense, unemotional. realistic best. If you've been there, this novel will really put you back there. If you haven't, you won't want to go. But You still understand.
    That's a great author. And an even greater character.
    thanks Lee.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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