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  • Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By A. J. Jacobs
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (356)

    A. J. Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet: a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind - from his brain to his fingertips to his abs. First, he had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, most which is nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. Second, he had to consult a team of medical advisers. And finally, he had to subject himself, over the course of two years, to a grueling regimen of exercises and a range of diets and nutritional plans.

    Niall says: "A comic tries a little of everything"
    "Funny but not a Manual"
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    Would you try another book from A. J. Jacobs and/or A. J. Jacobs?

    I don't think so. He was a good writer and all, but hearing him jaunt about spending money and time doing this outrageous stuff started to get my jealousy going.


    What does A. J. Jacobs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice, his personality, his true perspective as he wrote it. :-)


    Could you see Drop Dead Healthy being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no no. It's not made for that.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good read. Sometimes unrelateable and at times definately unbelievable. There were some topics I thoguht he could have developed more and others could have been left out or the detail pared down. It's good for a laugh, but not as a reference guide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (4751)
    Performance
    (2348)
    Story
    (2410)

    Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

    A User says: "Good but not complete."
    "Utterly Fantastic Novel!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Brisingr the most enjoyable?

    I still love the narrator! He really brings the characters to life. There is more character development - the author keeps giving you different sides about characters you are already in love with. The story picks up right where it left off with the last book and goes strong throughout all the parts so far.

    with this book, the author did try to catch people up on what's happened in the previous books a bit at the beginning - which is new. it's not bad at all and really doesn't take away from the book, but I was so looking forward to the next and the next and the next things that happen that it was like "yeah, yeah... i was there.. c'mon...". And sometimes he fixates on some small details for a little too long for my taste, but Patience is not one of my virtues! lol

    I liked that they used the same narrator, kept the flow of the characters the same, had the same tempo as the other books. etc. It was just like the first 2 books never left off really. This book is by far bigger, but so much happens and you really don't feel like the book drones at all or that the author is just adding pages for the sake of adding pages.

    I'm really torn. I want to know how everything wraps up, but don't want this series to end. I can definately see this turning into a franchise like the D&D books have - everyone has so much life and back story to tell!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked the wedding... Or maybe the fight in HellGrind... though I really like the trial of the 2 swords too...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3946)
    Performance
    (1947)
    Story
    (1990)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Teddy says: "You see growth in the Author"
    "Keep Going with the Series! It only gets better!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2 to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print verison, but I would consider the audio version of this series to be leagues of many others I've purchased from Audible! The story is gripping, the narration is fantastic, and the writer did a fantastic job with character development and plot. I am actually kicking myself for not finding this series so much sooner!


    What other book might you compare Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2 to and why?

    hmmm... maybe the Dungeons and Dragons - Dragons of Autumn Twililght? But I've never heard them, only read the print version.


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    After going this far in the series, I am a true blue fan of his! heck, he could read me the newpaper and I'd be enthralled!


    Any additional comments?

    Again... if you have not experienced this series I strongly encurage you to do so. It will not disappoint! The story gets a little slow once he gets to the elves, but come on...let's face it... elves are like cats - haughty and indignant. Not much to liven things up with a race that lives forever. :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7881)
    Performance
    (3051)
    Story
    (3108)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "I see what all the fuss is about!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Eragon the most enjoyable?

    I loved, loved, loved the narrator! He did an expemplary job of voice fluxuations, tempo, and character changes. I am very much a D&D fan and this is very close to the original Tanis books I'm used to. Very easy to get lost in the narration and wound up in the story! Definately a must "read"!


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    He was fantastic! 1 - I loved his English accent! It really lended that little something to the characters to really teleport you into the story. 2- He can narrate all the characters so well, there's no questioning who's talking when. 3 - his pace and tempo are spot on! you can really feel what the characters are feeling through him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Well there was a film made about this book and I am sorely disappointed in the producers! It does not give this book it's due.


    Any additional comments?

    I look far and wide for books I can get lost in and THIS definately is one to "read"! I am also in the middle of the 3rd in the series and I can tell you that there is excellent continutity between books. If you get this, you'll definately be in the market for the others!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (648)

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

    Bluemoon says: "Great story... but not for kids!"
    "Definately a Must "Read""
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    What other book might you compare Before I Fall to and why?

    It was like a Butterfly Effect/Groudnhogs day type of book. in fact she mentions both in the story!


    Any additional comments?

    This was unexpectedly a great book. I'd never heard anything from Lauren Oliver or Sarah Drew and was immediately drawn into the story. Not being from the popular group in high school, it was interesting to get such an insight. As she keeps reliving the day, she sees how her actions have ripple effects. It demonstrates how everyone's actions make a difference whether you are popular, goth, geek, or outcast.

    The narration was really good. At times the voices for the friends ran together as they all "spoke" with a lazy, whiney cadence. Sarah Drew did a great job distinguishing everyone though and the way she narrated the internal struggle with Sam was top notch.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    Overall
    (1918)
    Performance
    (1627)
    Story
    (1627)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "Highly Recommended Dystopian Novel"
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    Where does Delirium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like dystopian books like Divergent, The Giver, and Legend. Lauren Oliver has such a way with her story-telling that you are immediately drawn in and it keeps you going the whole way. The characters are very developed and you can put yourself in the story very easily with her wording.


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Drew – was your favorite?

    Lena obviously, but she does such a fantastic job with her narrations. She keeps the voices of the different characters throughout the book and adds excellent inflection. I don't know if I would have enjoyed the book as much as I did without her!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    it was! Stupid work getting in the way! lol I actually listened to it on teh way to work, while doing busy work, on the commute home, while waiting during the kids' practices, at night before bed, soaking in the bath, cooking dinner, etc until it was done. i immediately went back and grabbed the sequal which I'm starting today.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Courageous: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (208)

    Four men, one calling: to serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark. They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift....

    Jennifer says: "Excellent!!"
    "A success!"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh i cried a lot!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful read. A real story of men's relationships with their kids while they put their lives on the line for the people of the town. I'll be honest. i watched the movie before I read the book and I was very surprised that the book was way better than the movie! i enjoyed the movie emmensely!

    This very much is a feel good book with great morals and a purpose. you come away from it a better person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Twilight Saga)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (450)

    Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to an unforgettable conclusion.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Surprisingly involving and touching"
    "Gotta Love Twilight!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was a great character back story of a minor character Bree Tanner from the original series. It told what the change was like for the average every day Joe vampire. I'd really love if the author would do this with all her characters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lifeboat: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlotte Rogan
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (145)

    Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband, Henry, across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die. As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found.

    Amazon Customer says: "Lord of the Flies on the Water"
    "A great historical fiction"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Lifeboat the most enjoyable?

    The author did a great job of setting up the scene, developing the characters, and the tempo of the book was hypnotic. There was enough adjectives to really feel like you were in the boat with them without droning on about unimportant details.


    What about Rebecca Gibel’s performance did you like?

    She did voices great and kept the tempo easy to follow. her voice was very easy on the ears and sounded uppity victorian just as you'd expect the main character to be. Perfect fit!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Lifeboat and why?

    Grace definately.


    Any additional comments?

    There was a little hitch in the book near the end where they went abrupty from teh lifeboat to the court, to the lifeboat, then to the court, then flashbacked to the lifeboat after the trial was over for wrap up. I'd have preferred just wrap up the story, then move into the court stuff.

    I was also a little disappointed that Grace didn't learn much nor come out of it a better person overall. There was also little about her realtionship with Miranda after the trial. I'd assume she learned a great deal about her sister and would have done more, but she sort of wrote her off.

    if you are at all interested in the Titanic survivor stories, this is definately for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2123)
    Performance
    (1414)
    Story
    (1445)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    Nikki says: "This guy's mouth makes some serious noises..."
    "Very Interesting"
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    Would you listen to The Giver again? Why?

    No I don't think so. Of course I don't like watching movies over and over again either. Once was enough. I've absorbed it and I've moved on.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Giver?

    When he found out what his father did with unwanted people.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the book could have been set up better. It took a while to understand that all they saw was black and white and things I took for granted like colors and feelings were lacking in the characters. i still don't understand the reason for only 1 person being a giver and I don't understand the ending. did they make it? what happened to the people? It just cut off. I was really getting into it and then it was over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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