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  • The Body

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (253)

    Made into the acclaimed film Stand By Me, The Body is a mesmerizing tale of four young boys and their quest to find a dead body, never realizing how much death will affect their lives and their friendship.

    Richard Delman says: "An immensely talented author"
    "Great, download it now."
    Overall

    A great story read by a great narrator. I watched the film "Stand By Me" after listening to this and was quite amazed how much of the book made it into the film. The book has a bit of extra depth in its story though. At the moment I'm going through a lot of Stephen King's work on Audible. I decided to give this book 4 stars instead of 5 simply because I enjoyed a few of his other works more than this one. Yet, "The Body" is a fantastic audio book and worth listening to.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11195)
    Performance
    (9684)
    Story
    (9653)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Well written, amazing story and new insights."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I stayed up late to wait for this to be released on Audible. It was worth it. I listened non-stop to the book on my iPhone. There was a lot of new stories in it I hadn't heard before. The books flows really well, Walter Isaacson's writing is great. If you are interested in hearing about Steve Job''s life, then this book is a perfect experience. A lot of funny moments, and a lot of "huh, seriously?" moments too.

    48 of 60 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1395)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1143)

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Harold says: "From Civilization into Darkness"
    "Highly enjoyable."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was my first time reading Heart of Darkness. It was highly gripping, and Kenneth Branagh does a great job at narrating. I listened to the entire book in one sitting. There's not much more for me to add, because it is such a classic novella.

    30 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between the World's Greatest Chocolate Makers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Deborah Cadbury
    • Narrated By Deborah Cadbury
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    With a cast of characters that wouldnt be out of place in a Victorian novel, Chocolate Wars tells the story of the great chocolatier dynasties, through the prism of the Cadburys. Chocolate was consumed unrefined and unprocessed as a rather bitter, fatty drink for the wealthy elite until the late 19th century, when the Swiss discovered a way to blend it with milk and unleashed a product that would conquer every market in the world.

    Joseph says: "Wrong Title"
    "Good history book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very interesting book. Highly recommended. A bit slow in the beginning, but gets better. From today's perspective, it is funny to learn about people actually called Cadbury, Hershey, Mars and Nestle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Take Me Out to the Ballgame: A History of Baseball in America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy B. Shutt
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Baseball has been celebrated as "America's National Pastime" for more than one hundred and fifty years, and recalls what seems to be a more innocent age - long summer afternoons and sandlot ball, fresh rural air and brownstone stoops. This course, presented by Kenyon College professor Dr. Timothy B. Shutt, is a celebration of baseball's rich past and of a game stronger than ever.

    A User says: "Probably good."
    "Probably good."
    Overall

    I downloaded this audio book as an Australian who knows nothing about baseball. It was quite interesting, and I did enjoy listening about the history of baseball. However, I think it is aimed for baseball fans (not a surprise, right?). Some great insights, but a lot of names are thrown around and I couldn't keep track of them all. I would estimate 25% of the time I was tuned out, waiting for the lecturer to stop talking about names of people I had forgotten and move onto more interesting topics. Three stars because I feel it is a good download if you are the right audience for it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4411)
    Performance
    (3146)
    Story
    (3172)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "I am another person that liked it."
    Overall

    This book already has so many reviews, maybe this one isn't needed. This was the longest audio book I have attempted to read and I am so glad I tried it. I didn't know much about the book but decided to take a risk on it and I am very glad I did. Great story, great characters, achieves so much that only a book can.

    0 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
    (22959)
    Performance
    (9598)
    Story
    (9670)

    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"
    "First half good, then downhill."
    Overall

    I was kind of confused on how many stars to give this book. At the halfway point, I was hooked. Surely one of the most addictive books I've ever read. However, by the end I found I disliked the book. The ending of the book was highly disappointing, because I misjudged the nature of the "locked room mystery" at the beginning. Don't bother trying to solve it yourself like I did. I enjoyed the book enough to give it 3 stars but no more, and I won't be reading the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Trevor Corson
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    Trevor Corson takes us behind the scenes at America's first sushi-chef training academy, as eager novices strive to master the elusive art of cooking without cooking. He delves into the biology and natural history of the edible creatures of the sea, and tells the fascinating story of an Indo-Chinese meal reinvented in 19th-century Tokyo as a cheap fast food.

    David says: "I want to see Top Chef: Sushi on the Food Network"
    "Sushi is Interesting"
    Overall

    I found this book highly entertaining. It covered a large range of topics related to sushi, from the evolution of fish to how sushi bar became popular in 1960s California. The story that creates the structure of the book, following students at a sushi academy, is useful when it is used to be informative - when the students run into problems, and these problems are used to explained things further. The educational passages are the best bits. Whenever the story tries to hit an emotional note, it fails. However, this is not much of the book. I am very glad I listened to this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • SuperFreakonomics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2762)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1145)

    SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

    Rich says: "Worth Your Time"
    "Amazing, better than the first book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved the original Freakonomics book and found this just as interesting. It was by random chance I bought the first book years ago, and fell in love with economics. Superfreakonomics is endlessly interesting, and entertaining the whole way through. Dubner's voice as narrator is pleasing to listen to, and I managed to finish this audio book in one day because I could not stop listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9564)
    Performance
    (4101)
    Story
    (4111)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Great-ish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved listening to this book, was entertained the whole way and amazed by some of the topics covered in it. However, after doing a bit more research found that not everything in it was quite right. Even if there is some errors in it, I still rate Outliers quite highly because it did change the way I look at a lot of things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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