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Stephen

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  • Broken

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Wanda Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (414)

    "My name is different every month: Brandy, Honey, Amy. Sometimes Joe doesn't even bother to ask, but he never fails to arouse me with his body, his mouth, his touch, no matter what I'm called or where he picks me up. The sex is always amazing....My real name is Sadie, and once a month, over lunch, Joe tells me about his latest conquest. But what Joe doesn't know is that, in my mind, I'm the star of every one-night stand he has revealed to me, or that I'm practically obsessed with our imaginary sex life."

    Andrea says: "wow!"
    "Mixed emotions"
    Overall

    I found this book to be a roller coaster. One minute you were happy for the guy and the "girl" as they played out a fantasy. The next minute you're dealing with real life suffering, life in a wheel chair and an unhappy marriage. If you like to swing between romance and sadness, then you might like this book. Personally, I found the book to be joy followed by kill-joy, followed by joy, followed by kill-joy. The overall tone of the story was sad, which is not my emotion of choice.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18796)
    Performance
    (12902)
    Story
    (12797)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Performance is too good to not say something"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    I've not finished this book yet, but I have to give credit to the performance by Davina Porter. It's very rare that the performance stands out as much as Ms Porter's performance in reading this story. I'm impressed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've not finished the book yet, so I can't answer this... I'm most impressed by the performance.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    All of them, but she does the men so well I forget that she's a woman reading it, in fact, I forget there is only one reader.


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

    Too long for that, I'm still not finished. But I'm enjoying every minute.


    Any additional comments?

    I going to look for more book read by Davina Porter.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (316)

    "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes.

    Gene says: "Riveting"
    "The age of exploration is complete"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Into Africa to be better than the print version?

    Columbus, Magellan, Lewis and Clark, Shackleton, the history of mans struggle to know the world around them is not complete without the Stanley and Livingstone. Amazing story, and it was all done with so little.


    What other book might you compare Into Africa to and why?

    Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "Dr. Livingstone I presume"


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I would say I was in ahhh of all the things that can possibly go wrong and did.


    Any additional comments?

    Small segment of history most people know little about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Fearless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3820)
    Performance
    (2639)
    Story
    (2668)

    Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.

    Jean says: "The lost fleet: fearless"
    "I surprised myself on how much I liked these books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I hadn't planned on listening to the whole series, but I'm on book 5 now, so I guess I'm really enjoying these. The books are not complicated but you learn to like the personalities and the "how's he going to get out of this?" aspect that keeps you coming back for more. Try the first book and see where it takes you...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bluebeard's Wife: An Erotic Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Selena Kitt
    • Narrated By Selena Kitt
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (42)

    Tara's husband has never shared a fantasy with her, or even masturbated - that she knows of. However, this curious wife discovers a phone bill full of phone calls to sex lines and realizes her husband has been living a double life! Instead of getting mad, Tara's curiosity leads her to begin listening in on John's steamy conversations in hopes of finding out what he really wants in the bedroom.

    Kd says: "HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTT!"
    "Hot, Hot Story. With minor Audio issue"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    It took a little to get into it but once it was rolling, it was rolling. The audio quality is notably poor at the beginning of each chapter but once the story got moving you don't really notice it. This is not a story for the faint of heart, this is erotica for the naughty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (231)

    We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet - having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art - while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival. What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins?

    Mark says: "Up to the usual high standard"
    "Bleeding Heart book on Evolution"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I think this is only the second book I quit listening to before it's over in 10 years. The author is a bleed heart activist, who seems to prefer homo cro-magnon to homo sapien. His goal wasn't to teach us about evolution but instead to convert us into chimp lovers and depressed humans. The tone was overall sadness about the way homo sapiens treated Neanderthals, large mammals, and more recently chimpanzees. He spends a lot of time discussing our homo sapien short comings and likens zoos to prisons instead of teaching about evolution and past. I didn't finish the book, and never will. I've listened to at least 5 other books on evolution that were all science, good books. I'd even recommend the Modern Scholar lecture series. But I don't recommend this book for people interested in evolution. There's nothing new in the book, and the tone is bent.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jared Diamond again?

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Naked Human's in a Zoo... reminded me of a cartoon strip I liked.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    There is nothing new in this book, makes we wonder how long ago it was written.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1437)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (734)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "Very good listen"
    Overall

    I listen to 50 or more books a year, this one has been one of the best in the last year. It's a great book to anyone interested in wall street, scams, and in this case, the complete failure of a government agency.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo: Part I

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    Andrea says: "Amazing Story."
    "There is a reason its called a "classic""
    Overall

    Top 10 book on tape I've listened to and I've been listening since 1984 (back in the days of cassettes). This is a great story, can't believe it took me this long to find it. I will say, it's also one of the longest stories out there too, but that is normal for its period. If you can handle the length, you'll love it. Warning: At one point, everyone's names change, so make sure you can follow who is who, with all their new 'titles'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who's Looking Out for You?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Who's Looking Out for You? is a book that boldly confronts our worst fears and biggest problems in a post-9/11, post-corporate-meltdown world. Its sage, candid advice on regaining control and trust in these troubled times will resonate with the millions of readers and viewers who have come to believe in Bill O'Reilly as the man who speaks for them.

    Charles says: "Balancing The Reviews"
    "Cry babies, all of them."
    Overall

    Not a single person voting one star actually read this book. They are just cry babies because they can't defend their liberal mind set with reason and critical arguments, so they throw mud. Weak minded people with no real belief system. This is a good book with a hard look at facts and problems that should be addressed, not covered up.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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