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Ashley

Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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  • 112 titles in library
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  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1678)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (669)

    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

    pixychild says: "Interesting @ arm's length"
    "Makes you think"
    Overall

    I loved this book, both the story and narration. Scott Brick is a very relaxed reader, and doesn't try too hard to pull off voices.

    I can understand why some would be offended by this book, and as a Christian there were some statements about religious people in general that bothered me. However, this book made me think, and is clearly not about mainstream mormons, but rather fundamentalists. The author isn't even "against" only mormon fundamentalists, but fundamentalists of all kinds.

    This is well worth a listen

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Steve Almond
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    Steve Almond doesn't just love candy, he unabashedly worships every aspect of confectionary culture, from the creation of an exceptional malt ball through the tragic demise of a badly conceived candy bar, from the emotion-laden memories stirred by a bite of chocolate to his near-drooling anticipation of spotting a new package on the candy shelves.

    inearthsha says: "Pure AudioTruffle, diabetics cautioned"
    "Not for dieters"
    Overall

    This book is very enjoyable, and has changed the way I look at candy. Prepare to be involved in this book, because it is more than a listen. I ended up driving an hour to find a Valomilk after listening to the chapter on them. I'm saving up to buy a case of Five Star Bars.

    After listening to candyfreak, I find myself in candy aisles, letting my eyes feast in the variety, searching out any candy I haven't tried before.

    I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Search: How Google & Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business & Transformed Our Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Battelle
    • Narrated By John Battelle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (157)

    What does the world want? According to John Battelle, a company that answers that question can unlock the most intractable riddles of both business and culture. And for the past few years, that's exactly what Google has been doing.

    T. Goss says: "Trevor Goss"
    "Not Just For Geeks"
    Overall

    I loved this book. The author does an excellent job of describing the inherent problems with search technology, and describes in just enough detail the history behind search development. If you enjoy learning what is behind the stuff you use every day, you will enjoy this book. I have found myself discussing this book with many friends over the past few weeks.

    If you use the internet at all (and if you are using audible, I'd say that's a safe bet), you will love The Search.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2877)
    Performance
    (1219)
    Story
    (1232)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Slowest Book I Ever Finished"
    Overall

    I don't mind history, and I don't mind 26 hour long books. This, however, is the slowest book that I have ever actually finished. This is NOT a book about Vampires, or Dracula - heck, it's barely about its own plot. It is a book about how great libraries are. If you are fond of old, musty books, this is a must-read for you. If you prefer a gripping story, give this one a pass.

    I'd like someone else to take a stab at writing this story, because it could have been so good.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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