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Michelle Johnston

Altadena, CA | Member Since 2008

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  • 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
    (725)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (161)

    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 bad"
    Overall

    Starts off slow, but if you can get through the first few chapters, it gets a lot better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20622)
    Performance
    (18520)
    Story
    (18683)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Jennifer says: "Rated for 1st book, reviewed for trilogy"
    "Could NOT stop listening!"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

    Great story combined with great narration = could not stop listening!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so good I had a hard time putting it down; I was losing sleep because I would take it to bed and listen until I just couldn't keep my eyes open.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13959)
    Performance
    (12968)
    Story
    (12970)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "This book is now at the top of the scoreboard"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Ready Player One in three words, what would they be?

    Until Ready Player One, Ender's Game was my all-time favorite sci-fi fantasy book. Ender's Game has now been bumped in the rankings to number two. Great story and loved all the references to 80s music, movies, video games, and TV shows.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13256)
    Performance
    (10520)
    Story
    (10584)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Katy Crumpton says: "Very enjoyable (but a slight warning)"
    "Almost as good as the Mistborn series"
    Overall

    It's almost a 5, but I liked the Mistborn series a little better because I got hooked in right from the start. This one took some time, but once he got going, it was a fantastic read and was very hard to put down. Sanderson has an absolutely amazing imagination and I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

    0 of 0 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
    (28165)
    Performance
    (14726)
    Story
    (14775)

    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!"
    "Funny, sad, and very entertaining"
    Overall

    Colorful stories, great narration, and I don't think I'll ever eat chocolate pie again! Even though the author says that most of the book is fiction, it still gives you a glimpse of what life was like for blacks in the South in the 1960s. It's hard to imagine that white people behaved the way they did and that black people were strong enough to survive and help make the human race a little better. We as humans still have a long way to go, but at least we are making progress.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5278)
    Performance
    (2949)
    Story
    (2993)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Entertaining and inspiring."
    Overall

    Not only did I learn things about the human body and running that I did not know, but I was taken on a great adventure. Despite the fact that it's non-fiction and educational, the way McDougall tells this fantastic story is as entertaining as many fiction books. If you are a runner, this is a must read. If you are considering running, this is a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (123)

    Arguably the century's most challenging novel of ideas, The Fountainhead is the story of a gifted young architect, his violent battle with conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with the beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This unabridged recording of the classic features the voice of actor Christopher Hurt.

    Lisa says: "Amazing!"
    "Strange & Irritating & Very Interesting"
    Overall

    Don’t let the introduction scare you off. It gives you the impression that you are about to read a philosophy textbook, which is not completely true. You are about to embark on a philosophical journey, but Rand does impart her philosophical views through an interesting story with interesting characters. I can’t imagine the characters in this book existing in any time or place, except perhaps the mind of Ayn Rand, but the point of the book is not its characters. Dominique Francon’s mission in life is to destroy anything that might make her happy, including Howard Roarke. Howard Roarke’s mission is to be so true to his individualism that he seems to let the crazy people around him succeed in destroying him. Ellsworth Toohey is a dreadful human being whose purpose in life is to rule the world by controlling the opinions of everyone around him. He successfully accomplishes tasks such as making everyone dislike a particular style of architecture which he and others know to be magnificent and making everyone rave about a particular play that he and everyone else really knows is rubbish. Ellsworth Toohey says it and so it must be true. His manipulation of the masses makes me think of something I read in Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren’s book, How to Read a Book – “But the packaging is often done so effectively that the viewer, listener, or reader does not make up his own mind at all. Instead, he inserts a packaged opinion into his mind, somewhat like inserting a cassette into a cassette player. He then pushes a button and ‘plays back’ the opinion whenever it seems appropriate to do so. He has performed acceptable without having had to think.” And that, I think, is Rand’s point – think for yourself; be a creator; don’t be a parasite feeding off the thinking of others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23869)
    Performance
    (15152)
    Story
    (15317)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Outstanding! Outstanding! Outstanding!"
    Overall

    Very well written and the readers were fabulous. I became so captivated by the story of Ender, that I wanted more when the book was over. Fortunately there are three other books in the series. The next book, Speaker for the Dead was good, but not as good as this one. It took so long for Ender to reappear, that I kept thinking, "where's Ender!" I can't say enough about how fun this book was to read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8867)
    Performance
    (5256)
    Story
    (5315)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Almost as good as Ender's Game"
    Overall

    I loved Ender's Game! Although Card says he only wrote it so he could Write Speaker for the Dead, I think Ender's Game was better. However, this book was very good as well. And all the books in the series keep you wanting more. All very well written; once you start, you don't want to stop. Outstanding series!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Micklethwait, Adrian Wooldridge
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    In The Company, the largely unknown history of the joint-stock company is presented by the editors of Economist. One of history's greatest catalysts, the joint-stock company has dramatically changed the way human beings live, work, and conduct business. With companies now affecting the world on a global scale, it is more pressing than ever before to understand this driving force.

    D. Littman says: "unique history with a unique perspective"
    "Hard to get through"
    Overall

    I've started this book twice and I still haven't been able to get through it. I'm not sure if it's the narrator or the content, but it's just been too boring to get through.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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