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  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,920

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

Sorely needed

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

Reviewed: 10-16-16



was unexpectedly captivating. I have reservations on how well received I would be in my family if I started her method. But I think the method presented in this book is worthy of effort. The author is somewhat pretentious in her process and expectations. However, she is promoting a lifestyle. Adherents are probably happy with the end result, but the initial commitment may be too daunting for Americans seeking to straighten up their homes.

  • Atomic Accidents

  • A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters; From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima
  • By: James Mahaffey
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036

From the moment radiation was discovered in the late nineteenth century, nuclear science has had a rich history of innovative scientific exploration and discovery, coupled with mistakes, accidents, and downright disasters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A NUCLEAR POINT OF VIEW

  • By CHET YARBROUGH on 01-05-15

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

Richly detailed. Amazing analysis. Loved every second of it. Well worth the time if you like techie non-fiction.

  • The Fate of Ten

  • By: Pittacus Lore
  • Narrated by: Neil Kaplan, Devon Sorvari, Almarie Guerra, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,709

For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret. Now all of that has changed. The invasion has begun. If the Garde can't find a way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Lorien: annihilation. There is still hope. When the Elders sent the Garde to Earth, they had a plan - one the Garde are finally starting to understand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really? Another Cliffhanger?

  • By Denise on 09-11-15

Seriously? Why must authors do this to fans?!?

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

Would you listen to The Fate of Ten again? Why?

Yes, I would. There is a lot at play here. A lot of the story is developed in this book and without the words in front of you, you'll have to listen again to get the all the facts.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fate of Ten?

The last sentence of the book. It pissed me off. The best way to anger fans of a series, and a beloved character, is to kill it off with a cliffhanger. NOT HAPPY.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene is when eight reappears. It's good to have closure, and that's what Marina gets with eight.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last scene... moved me to anger. I may skip the rest of the series so I can make up my own ending.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic adventure. Multiple theaters of play. Well executed.

  • Happy Hour in Hell

  • Bobby Dollar, Volume 2
  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 339

I've been told to go to Hell more times than I can count. But this time I'm actually going. My name's Bobby Dollar, sometimes known as Doloriel, and of course, Hell isn't a great place for someone like me - I'm an angel. They don't like my kind down there, not even the slightly fallen variety. But they have my girlfriend, who happens to be a beautiful demon named Casimira, Countess of Cold Hands. Why does an angel have a demon girlfriend? Well, certainly not because it helps my career.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Let me explain. No, there is too much; let me sum up

  • By Magpie on 08-03-14

Awesome. Great addition to the Bobby Dollar series.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

There really wasn't a happy hour in Hell. But Bobby Dollars' tribulations in Hell were a great story. Many reviewers complain this book is nothing like the first, but that's what makes it great. I found it fascinating with rich descriptions of Hell and the inhabitants. The places and structure of Hell in this book add a new flavor for the unfortunate consequences of a life lived sourly. A great adventure. I kept wondering what would happen next. I was not disappointed.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,381

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FLEETWOOD MAC

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-04-15

Not what I was expecting

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

For those friends of mine who like zombie stories, this one would be a good choice. It has plenty of gross zombie scenes, and the descriptions will make you cringe.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

There was no clear connection description of why the base was attacked. I assumed it was in revenge, but that was a head-scratcher for me. I would have let that battle last a little longer. It did not make sense that the base had no air support, nor could it repel such an onslaught.

Have you listened to any of Finty Williams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't, but she did an outstanding job. I will definitely keep an eye out for more of her work.

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

It certainly made me cringe. Many scenes in the book were downright disgusting. But those descriptions didn't detract from the story, it added fascinating detail.

Any additional comments?

The girl in the book didn't actually have powers. And the connection to Pandora's Box wasn't made until the last "pages" of the book. It's downright frightening, especially to a microbiologist like me. The scenario played out in this book is all too possible. Only a few jumps, as written in the book, is all that is needed to make this a history book rather than a story of fiction.

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  • Medical School for Everyone

  • Grand Rounds Cases
  • By: Roy Benaroch, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Roy Benaroch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435

There's an art and science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical patients. Where do doctors get these skills? The Grand Rounds experience, where they practice how to make accurate diagnoses by examining real patients. And with Dr. Benaroch's 24 unique lectures, you'll explore how a master physician solves medical problems just like a detective.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not "House, M.D."

  • By David on 12-12-15

I want to go to medical school now!

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

Reviewed: 05-30-15

Extremely well presented. The cases were all very relevant to everyday life. It was great to hear how doctors should think and gives me lots of ammo for my next doctor visit.

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  • The Blood of Olympus

  • The Heroes of Olympus, Book 5
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Nick Chamian
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,692

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen - all of them - and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood - the blood of Olympus - in order to wake.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • why oh why did they ever switch narrators!!!!!!!!!

  • By wayne on 10-09-14

A fine ending to a great epic

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

There have been many complaints about the narrator of this book. I think he did a great job bringing this story to a close. There was not as much mythology explored in this book as in others, but there was a lot of ground to cover to complete the quest. I think the final victory was rough around the edges, but I'm glad it's over. A fun listen and a great series of books.

  • Inferno: A Novel

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21,844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,634
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,712

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Formulaic and Hard to Finish....

  • By Livia on 06-15-13

Masterful and fun!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-13

Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think Inferno ranks in the top ten, out of 160+ books in my library. This was a great story with comfortable characters.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Absolutely! From the very beginning I was whip-lashed into the story in an unorthodox, or rather unexpected, way. Dan Brown had me so baffled in the first chapters that I was immediately hooked.

Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think I have.

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

This concept was extremely thought provoking. Even after I finished, my colleagues and I talked about the plot line for weeks afterward. We also delved into the science and plausibility and concluded we are all screwed.

Any additional comments?

One of Dan Brown's best. Right up there with Angels and Demons. A fascinating topic, a thrilling ride, and brilliant incorporation of art history.

  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,215

Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece

  • By Erez on 05-29-08

Grammy Winning Performance

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

Reviewed: 03-26-13

What did you love best about Lolita?

Jeremy Irons made this incredibly rich and complex story come to life. Without his narration, I would have never made it 15 minutes into this book. I loved how he really brought Humbert Humberto together. His flawless delivery of each word made this an easy complex book to listen to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lolita?

Whenever the main character became jealous, you good feel the rage through Jeremy Irons' delivery.

Which character – as performed by Jeremy Irons – was your favorite?

The main character. As I said, flawless.

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

Jeremy Irons already portrayed the main character in the movie version. The tag line would be "You will understand at the end."

Any additional comments?

BEST BOOK I'VE HEARD ON AUDIBLE.COM. Unbelievable performance. Truly award winning in my opinion. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Elijah Wood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,195

A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Narration

  • By Michael Balzoa on 03-11-11

Full of rich Americana

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-11

This absolute classic is brilliantly narrated by Wood who uses his talent to the extreme. I was duly impressed at Wood's lingual skills in navigating the dialect and accents. For those who have written reviews detesting the use of the "N" word, that's simply how they spoke in Twain's time. This novel brings you back to the lazy days of the mid 1800s in America and all that goes with it. If you paid attention in high school or college US History class, you'll understand the language of the time. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was on my high school reading list and I was hooked when I read it. I had read it twice more after school and was thrilled when it came out on audible.com. I was not disappointed by the treatment the audio transformation gave it. Highly recommend.

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