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  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Nick Cole, Jason Anspach
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,563
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,364

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounter hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bit of a disconnect between parts

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

Good but fizzled.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-18

About three forths of the way through the plot loses cohesion and while interesting the book never recaptures the initial momentum.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Zero Blessing

  • The Zero Enigma, Book 1
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Caitlyn Aguirre should have been a magician. Her family certainly expected her to be a magician. But by the time she reached her 12th birthday, Caitlyn hadn't even managed to cast a single spell! In desperation, her parents send her - and her magical sisters - to Jude's Sorcerous Academy, her last best chance to discover her powers. But as she struggles to survive her classes without a single spell to her name, Caitlyn starts to uncover an ancient mystery that may prove the key to her true powers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In a world of Magic, One Girl has Zero

  • By Jas P on 10-26-17

A New And Exciting Magical World

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-17

This is the 3rd different series by Nuttall featuring a magical society and a strong female lead. While it's not necessarily better than the other series, it is full of its own creativity and characters that make it distinct and in some ways more interesting. It has elements of Sanderson's Mistborn series, as well as Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles. Good company, indeed.

The narration is first-rate, and I was pleasantly surprised that the book is less predictable than it appears at first. Sure there's a magical school, kids that can be cruel, and occasional duels, but if that's to your liking, you won't be disappointed with this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Egg and Other Stories

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray, Jonathan Davis, Christy Romano
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528

Collected for the first time anywhere, the nine tales in The Egg and Other Stories highlight Andy Weir's trademark wit and unexpected twists. For the few who have yet to experience The Martian, it's a perfect appetizer. For passionate Weir fans, it's a delicious dessert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! Great Twists!

  • By Chris on 07-20-17

Significantly Better Than The Martian!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-17

When I picked this up, my only thought was, "I hope this is close to as good as The Martian." It became obvious almost instantly that it was better.

I quickly came to really like the young, feisty female anti-hero that is the main character. Also Weir did a superb job of world building for his semi-futuristic moon community. There were some similarities to Kristine Kathryn Rusch's work, but that is only to the good. The hard science aspect of the book is a strength, although it is less overbearing than in The Martian.

The only downside is that toward the climax of the story, the main character goes a little too far and may become too unsympathetic to a portion of readers. I was a bit turned-off, but not so much that I didn't thoroughly enjoy the ending. If there is any area that could have been improved, it would be the large element of chance toward the story's end. One can only hope that Weir will turn this into a series.

Lastly, let me talk about the wonderful narration. Rosario Dawson is now my favorite female, American narrator, and my Audio book total is >1000.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Single Malt Murder

  • A Whisky Business Mystery
  • By: Melinda Mullet
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

When Abi inherits her uncle's quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot - but making the perfect shot is another matter. When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, it's clear that someone wants her out of the picture.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great mystery plot, but main character annoying

  • By bethany on 10-10-17

Made me want to murder the protagonist.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-17

The whiskey business part is interesting. The part where the main character who is supposedly smart makes every foolish decision possible to try to get killed made me want to send her a bottle of bleach with a note saying, "bleach from an enemy, please drink entire bottle". And then it's worth noting that our sleuth doesn't solve the case.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Emissary

  • Kris Longknife, Book 15
  • By: Mike Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Kris Longknife has discovered that this desk job is not at all what she expected. Being desk bound hasn't even decreased the number of assassination attempts! Then Kris gets home to find her two kids playing with an Iteeche. Ron has come back to human space with a request. Should Kris take it? Can she finally get some straight answers for her Grampa Ray, King Raymond to most? Does she risk taking the kids into a situation with a whole lot of unanswered questions?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kris as Ambassador

  • By Jean on 07-22-17

Promising start flounders.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Maybe it's me but the last two of the authors books lack the plot excitement and story development of the previous books in the series. I found myself daydreaming and distracted through most of this one.

  • The Cheese Trap

  • How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy
  • By: Neal D Barnard, Marilu Henner - foreword
  • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

We've been told that dairy does a body good, but the truth is that cheese can be dangerous. Loaded with calories, fat, and cholesterol, cheese can make you gain weight and leads to a host of health problems like high blood pressure and arthritis. Worse, it contains mild opiates that make it addictive, triggering the same brain receptors as heroin and morphine. In The Cheese Trap, Dr. Neal Barnard presents a comprehensive program to help listeners break free of their cheese addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love cheese, but....

  • By Wendy on 04-06-17

Vegan Propaganda

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-17

Apparently the animal based diet that everyone ate before the obesity and T2D epidemic causes all the worlds ills based on cherry-picked data and anecdotes in this book. By all means ditch dairy and see if it helps, but also consider the ketogenic and paleo diets which are excellent and healthful in my experience.

10 of 55 people found this review helpful

  • Scrappy Little Nobody

  • By: Anna Kendrick
  • Narrated by: Anna Kendrick
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,121
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,062

Anna Kendrick's autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle-class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood's most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick's essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she's experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anna Kendrick: Scrappy Little... Revelation

  • By Andrew on 01-17-17

Starts flat, gets better

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-16

Funny but not as funny as billed.
Interesting and poignant at times.
Her reading is good, but not great.
She skips some parts of her career that might have made the book more interesting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ketogenic Diet: Rapid Weight Loss Guide

  • Lose Up to 30 Lbs. in 30 Days
  • By: Henry Brooke
  • Narrated by: Dave Wright
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

This book explores a world where you can get the results you've always wanted; all you need is the right ketogenic diet and the right workout plan! My goal is to give you the tools to lose weight fast and obliterate fat by sharing the secrets to unlock weight loss through your own ketogenic diet in order to get the exact results you want!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just another diet book

  • By Yvette Bak on 07-29-16

Not Good

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-16

Copy and paste from WebMD & Mayo. Several mistakes regarding exercise. Too little overall info. Logically inconsistencies.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fat Burning Bible

  • The Secrets to Mastering Your Metabolism
  • By: Alicia Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Kevin Dailey
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Have you ever tried to go on a diet to lose weight, only to find that despite the hunger and frustration you didn't manage to lose any weight? Trying to lose weight is a tough and relentless effort. You starve yourself for days hoping to lose a few pounds, or you cut all carbs and feel weak and lethargic, only to find yourself no better off than before. All that works is sticking to a proven plan without faltering. You need discipline, motivation, and desire and then you will get the results you want. It doesn't take anything more than that to get into shape.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Bad Info

  • By John C. on 09-27-16

So Much Bad Info

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-16

So much wrong starting with outdated view of exercise as a primary route to weight loss and iffy legumes as a superfood. Look for Paleo or Ketogenic books for a better guide of what to eat and what to consider buying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 80/10/10 Diet

  • Balancing Your Health, Your Weight, and Your Life One Luscious Bite at a Time
  • By: Douglas N. Graham
  • Narrated by: Brett Barry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

After more than 5 years of intensive work the definitive guide to the 80/10/10 Diet is here! Get your hands on the latest audiobook by Dr. Douglas Graham, The 80/10/10 Diet: Balancing Your Health, Your Weight, and Your Life One Luscious Bite at a Time. If you have struggled with staying raw, would like to lose weight, or change your life for the better, look no further than this groundbreaking audiobook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The No Compromise Truth

  • By BILLY HAYNES on 05-25-15

80% Hype 10% Help 10% Lies

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-16

Any additional comments?

First, I believe the author is fairly knowledgeable about vegan and raw food dieting. So, go ahead if you are inclined and give the diet a try. Be aware that while some of his claims are backed up by research, the majority aren't. Effectively, he might as well be saying, God wants you to live this way--it's sooooo obvious. He never even tries to be fair to other types of diets, and sometimes just makes things up.

Where the author is most egregious is in his critique of high-fat, low carb diets. He states outright that fat is essentially toxic, and that ketones in the blood will poison your brain--this is laughable from both an evolutionary and a medical literature standpoint. I just don't understand why the author feels the need to spread fear, uncertainty and doubt about diets which he knows little about, and which he wouldn't follow, even if they were scientifically proven to be healthful.

Despite the author's bias and his insistence that anything he doesn't like is deadly, I did find useful information in the book and would recommend experienced dieters read it. I found the discussion of why we only need the tiniest amount of protein in our diets (breast milk only has 6% for a growing baby!) very insightful and not covered in very many other books. I also think that some of the benefits of raw, natural foods are well explored. The author at one point explains how cooking can make proteins hard to digest into amino acid constituents--of course he then indicates that they are then toxic which is going too far. There is also some good discussion of why grains are not the way to go to get your carbs.

Lastly the author seems to indicate that it takes a year for the diet to "convert" you, and that you can't judge by how you feel, because health and feeling good are two different things. Frankly, if you don't want to read the book, just get 80% of your calories from raw fruit and the rest from non-animal protein or fat, and train like an athlete and you can be the author.

Let me give you the quick summary of what I have found on my own journey:
1. Eat whole foods
2. Eat high carb, low fat, or low fat, high carb, Fat and Carbs together in quantity are insane.
3. No refined starch or sugar.
4. Don't cook fruits or veggies normally. Cooking is a lot like refining.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful