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James

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • 4 reviews
  • 251 ratings
  • 296 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • The Third Option: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1897)
    Performance
    (1552)
    Story
    (1535)

    CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield—a choice that enrages many inside the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. Her detractors will resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins—which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one’s pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.

    William says: "A great novel nearly ruined by the reader."
    "no part 3???!!"
    Overall

    There must be a part 3 somewhere. It couldn't possibly end at the end of part 2. What gives, Audible?

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26032)
    Performance
    (12687)
    Story
    (12728)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "The Emperor is not wearing any clothes."
    Overall

    Read all the rave reviews so I thought I'd give a listen. Maybe this is a book best enjoyed by women. I listened through for 7 hours but the book never grabbed my interest. I never caught myself waiting to listen to the next part.
    I had to quit because I needed a better story for my drives to and from work, and this book was not delivering the story that so many others seemed to enjoy. The best audio book ever? Not even close. I guess there's no accounting for taste.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6026)
    Performance
    (2829)
    Story
    (2845)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "The emperor is not wearing clothes."
    Overall

    I purchased this book based on the wonderful reviews written by other listeners. After listening to the first 3 cd's I could not figure out what the fuss was all about. The narration was very good but the story went nowhere, just jumping from one unusual character to another, never grabbing my interest. Keeping my focus on the book was getting difficult. I stopped listening. Maybe the story would get better but it certainly was not what the reviewers made me expect. The emperor is not wearing any clothes.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • A New Earth: The Opportunity of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    Overall
    (2489)
    Performance
    (753)
    Story
    (739)

    Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are and learn to live and breathe freely.

    Mr. Word Sponge says: "A Realized Being Shares In Person...a rare find."
    "Hire a narrator"
    Overall

    I realize that an author might prefer to read his own book, but listening to this author was not pleasant. This is a book to be read. A good narrator would have made this book more enjoyable, but as it is, I couldn't wait until I finished it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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