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  • Free Interview: Susie Bright Speaks with Paul Bloom, Author of How Pleasure Works

    • ORIGINAL (33 mins)
    • By Paul Bloom
    • Narrated By Susie Bright
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (220)

    In this excerpt from In Bed with Susie Bright, Susie interviews Yale psychologist Paul Bloom about his fascinating best-selling book How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like. Paul and Susie talk about the pleasures of sex and how we perceive them.

    Charles says: "Trash"
    "Terrible quality - don't bother"
    Overall

    This interview is conducted over a telephone and the interviewee sounds like he's talking in a tunnel. Don't bother downloading this rubbish.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Intern's Handbook: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Shane Kuhn
    • Narrated By Pete Simonelli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    John Lago is a very bad guy. But he’s the very best at what he does. And what he does is infiltrate top-level companies and assassinate crooked executives while disguised as an intern. Interns are invisible. That’s the secret behind HR, Inc., the elite “placement agency” that doubles as a network of assassins for hire who take down high-profile targets that wouldn’t be able to remember an intern’s name if their lives depended on it.

    Douglas says: "started with great expectations, but a huge bust"
    "Unexpected awesomeness"
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    From the first minute to the eighth hour I was totally engrossed in this book. The book's format was original and refreshing. Pete is in the top five best narrator category. I pretty much laughed throughout the entire book. Excellent twists and turns. I'm glad I took a chance on this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger Shrimp Tango: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (105)

    All just another day in Serge Storms' sun-splashed paradise! Thanks to the growth of the Internet, America finds itself plagued by a noxious epidemic of ruthless scam artists. Where do they all come from? If you guessed 110 percent of them are spawned in Florida, you win the cigar.…When a new digital scheme goes horribly awry - causing innocents to die and a young woman to go missing - only one person can set things right: obsessive Florida trivia buff and reluctant serial killer Serge Storms.

    Thomas says: "This isn't Shakespeare, except for his comedies."
    "Consistently hit my funny bone"
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    Oliver Wyman is excellent - as usual. This listen ranks right up with the better Dorsey books. Glaring error alert: If Serge is such an expert on Florida and all things Floridian, then how in the world did he not know what cooter was at the restaurant? .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jason Vuic
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (280)

    Six months after its American introduction in 1985, the Yugo was a punch line; within a year, it was a staple of late-night comedy. By 2000, NPR's Car Talk declared it "the worst car of the millennium." And for most Americans that's where the story begins and ends. Hardly. The short, unhappy life of the car, the men who built it, the men who imported it, and the decade that embraced and discarded it is rollicking and astounding, and it is one of the greatest untold business-cum-morality tales of the 1980s.

    Roy says: "Flim Flam at its Best"
    "Even if you're a car guy - skip it"
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    I like automobiles. I was surprised when I listened to this book, thought back to the glowing reviews and surmised there must be a disconnect somewhere. While the book was interesting for the most part to listen to, it rambled on about barely Yugo related subjects like Yugoslavian politics. Yes, some political facts are necessary to present a full picture, but to blither on about country politics, for me, just didn’t add anything to the book. If one removes all of the excess detail that was provided about the people and places that Yugo touched, the book would be reduced by half and probably be a more interesting listen. Luckily, I have long drives with the patience to get through it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2674)
    Performance
    (2273)
    Story
    (2260)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Kept me thinking"
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    This is an excellent book if you enjoy it when the protagonist seems to sink deeper into situations that seem impossible to get out of. Listening to this book had me on the edge of my driver’s seat most of the time. Very suspenseful and kept me wondering how the story would conclude from the first twenty minutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (3051)
    Performance
    (2529)
    Story
    (2543)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "Skip it!"
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    So the author has an unusual view of marriage with and equally peculiar story to go with it - one perspective in a billion. I listened to it, but thankfully it was free. I can’t imagine paying to listen to anything Ann would have to say about relationships, marriage or love.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    Jonelle says: "Much to My Surprise-I really Enjoyed This!"
    "My Career by Rob Lowe"
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    While this book kept my interest, I really wouldn’t call it Rob’s “inner circle stories” as the title might suggest. It was more like a sanitized collection of events from his life as he remembered it and nothing more. It was cool that he read it himself.

    I was never a Rob fan and really couldn’t relate to all of his career events he participated in - I barely remembered he was in an Austin Powers movie. He really glossed over the “rough” times in his life and really only gave a name dropping career synopsis. Unless this book is cheap, free or you’re a rabid fan… skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Torpedo Juice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Internationally best-selling author Tim Dorsey's irreverent and hilarious novels starring evil genius Serge A. Storms, lovable psychiatric hospital escapee, zoom along at breakneck speed, delivering laughs and shocks in droves.

    Leo says: "Comedy Masterpiece"
    "Mind wanders"
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    I enjoy Dorsey's and Hiaasen’s FL themed books with all of the craziness that goes with the territory. For the first time ever, I had trouble concentrating on this book and found my mind wandering. Take this as a clue. Tim’s storytelling seemed to be all over the place and the overall flow just isn’t there like in his other books. One annoying factor is how he resurrected Coleman doing it through narration which offers an odd taste from the appetizer tray of story events.

    I usually don’t comment of the technical aspects of an audio book, but the editing between chapters is terrible. Hardly a millisecond goes by when George finishes the last sentence of a chapter and he’s announcing the next one – very odd and abrupt especially for a listening audience.

    If you have listened to any of Tim Dorsey’s books, you might as well listen to this one if for nothing else than to have another notch on your Dorsey belt.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1055)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (385)

    This novel by Carl Hiaasen, author of Tourist Season and Native Tongue, begins as most thrillers do, with a killing. But this is no everyday, hum-drum, garden variety killing. Our hero, Nick Stranahan, a 42-year-old private investigator who has killed five men and been married five times, skewers his attacker's aorta with the razor-sharp bill of a stuffed marlin.

    Chris says: "Skintight"
    "Good, but not one of his best"
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    I had read this before on paper, tried it again in audio and I can say that while it’s a good listen, it’s not Carl’s best work. It’s interesting to know Chemo’s background and how he gets his hand ripped off as he later appears in “Star Island.” This book is worth listening to if you enjoy Mr. Hiaasen’s entertaining warped sense of humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free Short Story: The Elephant Vanishes

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (873)

    “The Elephant Vanishes” is a free short story found in the short story collection The Elephant Vanishes: Stories, from Haruki Murakami – Japan's leading contemporary novelist and one of the world’s most important figures in postmodern literature.

    Darwin8u says: "A Good Introduction to Murakami"
    "Skip it for free"
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    Maybe it’s just me, but I didn’t find this a very good use of 42 minutes. The story didn’t really go anywhere. I’m a big mystery reader and while I thought this short story might have a satisfying ending, it left me hanging and not in a good way like a cliff-hanger. I’ve read amateur short stories that were better than this one. Even with the free sticker price, it’s not worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Elves Attack: A Joyous Christmas Greeting from the Criminal Nutbars of the Sunshine State

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (153)

    It’s ho, ho, ho time in this hilarious and wacky Florida holiday tale, featuring bighearted psychopath Serge Storms and his sidekick, Coleman. Like Santa, Serge knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. Few can give with the generosity and creativity of Serge, and as December 24 rolls around, he is filling up the Serge sleigh with an unforgettable bag of presents. But before that, it’s all a big free-range Christmas office party, where Serge will be spreading his special cheer. And there’s that last-minute go-for-broke spree at the mall (just beware of those attacking elves - they bite).

    Susan says: "I Don't Know about Joyous but Nutbars REALLY Fits!"
    "Don't bother"
    Overall
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    This book is nothing more than Surge reflux. If you have read any of Tim’s other books, you have already encountered the antics in this one. There is nothing new or enjoyable about this book and it does indeed seem like a rushed creation. If it’s a goal to read every one of Dorsey’s novels then save this one for last because it’s guaranteed to disappoint.

    Could this be an indication that Mr. Dorsey is burned out?

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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