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  • Iterate and Optimize

  • Optimize Your Creative Business for Profit
  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, David Wright
  • Narrated by: Simon Whistler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Iterate and Optimize is a behind-the-scenes peek into how indie publishing company Sterling & Stone grew their three-author team into a juggernaut, and a next-level guide for authors looking to explode their sales and do the same. In their cornerstone publishing guide Write. Publish. Repeat., best-selling authors Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and David Wright explained how to build a thriving international publishing empire with no luck required.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Awesome Book by These Guys!

  • By Mark D. Wecht on 08-31-17

I'm glad they stayed consistent with the narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

They used the same narrator they hired for Write, Publish, Repeat, which is a good thing. If you haven't read or listened to WPR, I suggest you do so first, since this is the follow up book.

I love these guys. In many ways, they're trail blazers in the Indie Author Industry. They run their art like a business, turn out a ton of work, and show us that "indie" doesn't mean alone. They're also funny as hell (check out some of their podcasts). If I had to choose who I'm most like, it would be Dave.

I must admit, I have a little team envy. I hope to find a writing/business partner or two who has some of the strengths I lack and vice versa. I could also see the benefits of having an accountability partner and having others who depend on you to complete your part of a project. I imagine this would be a benefit of going to conferences or association events...meeting others to collaborate with.

Also, I suggest you check out their Sterling & Stone Publishing website to see a compilation of work they produce. You can listen to their podcasts on the website as well.

  • A Piece of Cake

  • By: Cupcake Brown
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763

There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness. Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she'd even turned 20.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing , Brutal, Inspiring

  • By Kim on 07-02-10

Cupcake has a crazy story!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

I wouldn't wish her childhood on my worst enemy, yet in the end, she brings it home to something positive. A must read for anyone struggling to live life fully today over past trauma.

I'm on my second time listening. The narrator does a wonderful job, as well.

  • The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

  • 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
  • By: Bandy X. Lee - editor M.D.
  • Narrated by: Nanette Gartrell, Luba Kessler, Bandy X. Lee, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump describes the consensus view held by two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists that Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and that he presents a clear and present danger to the nation and our own mental health.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointng

  • By Mark Andreadis on 12-29-17

Good Information from the pros

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

Overall, this is a very insightful book. The only thing is some of the narration seemed... flat. I absolutely appreciate the mental health professional involved, as they put their necks and careers on the line to answer the "duty to warn" call. It's also scary to gain insight on how they see the mental health of the president. I recommend this book to anyone who can concerns or questions regarding the Trunk presidency. I hope it encourages you to get involved, whether it's consistently voting, volunteering, donating, etc. We must, on both sides, restore order to our democracy.

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  • Corpies

  • Super Powereds Spinoff, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 19 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,339
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,124
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,121

Titan was one of the nation's most loved and respected Heroes, until an infidelity scandal tore his image and family apart. After decades spent out of the limelight, Owen Daniels has decided to take up the mantle of Titan once again to try and make amends for his years away. Unfortunately, the Titan Scandal is still common knowledge, and no Hero team wants such a polarizing figure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't spoil upcoming Super Powered books!

  • By Greg Hill on 06-01-16

Definitely a great SP spinoff

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

Although there wouldn't be too much missed or out of place if you listen to this one in any order of the Super Powered series, I recommend listening after the 3rd year book. A lot of little details, not significant to the storyline, would fall into place. There are details mentioned in this book that will cause you to think back to the 3rd year, which I found very enjoyable. That said, you wouldn't be aware that those details were referencing back to the 3rd year. It's just nice knowing about the timeline for which this book took place.

Drew Hayes can write! He's a talented author and I can't wait for year 4 to be released. What's pretty cool is he releases chapters on his blog weekly, and there's several on there already. I may get a head start, because I don't want to wait for the book and audio to be released.

  • Super Powereds: Year 3

  • Super Powereds, Book 3
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 41 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,899
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,575
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,564

Junior year has come for the remaining students of Melbrook Hall, and it promises to be the most difficult one yet. With one of their own gone and another under serious investigation, none of the former Powereds know how many days remain for them in the Hero Certification Program. The time they do have will be filled with more trials and classes, honing their skills as they work toward the increasingly difficult goal of becoming Heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drew Hayes Has Created An Absolute Masterpiece!

  • By matt on 08-30-16

i can't wait for year 4 to be on Audible!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

I envy the souls who could find the time to conquer these massive books without being spoiled by a narrator who has a voice for every character. I am grateful for the loads of entertainment in each serial book, and the ability to listen to the stories while cooking, cleaning, driving, etc.

I really wish the author planned to take them past their college years. It's like Marvel, where endless story lines can be created using these characters.

I'd love to have a book on their intern years, with plans to form their own team or two afterwards. A team including the Mel Brook dorm students and the friends who stood beside them. I'd love for them to face serious challenges, such as having to battle a former Lander student who turned dark...or so it seemed. Then to find out a much bigger reason for the predicament, where it requires a subtlety hero from the team (or Nick) to uncover the peculiar situation.

I would even take a few year gap post graduation, beginning when their teams are established or about to be. We could get a snapshot of how vastly their powers improved from a couple years of field experience.


Can you tell, I really enjoy the world and characters Drew Hayes conjured up! But it seems their professional lives will just be beginning when the series completes. That said, the author did elude to SP spinoffs, such as Corpies, and I'll take what I can get!

  • Super Powereds: Year 2

  • Super Powereds, Book 2
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 32 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,819
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,809

Despite having their secret revealed, the residents of Melbrook Hall return to Lander University for another year in the Hero Certification Program. Good thing the focus of this year is teamwork, because with their origins known, they'll have to lean on each other more than ever. Now finally sophomores, their curriculum expands, allowing them to train in the majors that Heroes specialize in. The new classes will test their minds, bodies, and determination in ways never anticipated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great second story

  • By Joshua on 07-22-16

You get your money's worth, that's for sure

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

The narrator grew on me in the first book and his ability to use different voices helps the storyline a lot. The author packs in so much story into one book!

This fiction series makes the perfect audio collection. Each book is so long that I'd have trouble getting through them if I were reading them myself. Too busy to read long novels these days. But listening, it gives a whole lot of entertainment while doing mundane tasks, such as chores, driving and bathing.

I'm a huge Marvel fan, so it's no surprise that I have an interest in books like this.

Recommended maturity level for the audience, I'd say this series is on par with Deadpool.

  • Super Powereds: Year 1

  • Super Powereds, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,755

Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop students with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Series In Recent Memory

  • By Get Off My Lawn! on 10-08-16

Looking forward to the next book!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

It's not your child's super hero book, as it eludes to sex and has some cursing, but nothing R rated. It's surprisingly good. At first, I was leery regarding the narrator's voice, that is until I learned of the different character voices he could make up as well as the sounds, such as the whistles. Overall, it's a great listen.

  • Age of Swords

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 2
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,457
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,100

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but longstanding enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against the common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess renders them indistinguishable from gods? The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feel nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too slow paced

  • By A. Bunting on 07-28-17

Can't wait for the next one!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

It's not too often that I get so immersed into a novel, meaning emotionally there, with the characters. This novel adds a lot of texture and depth to the storyline and characters.

There's a foreshadowing to what I believe is the ultimate, but not the obvious conflict. I wonder if other readers will pick up on it. There was a brief foreshadowing of it in the first novel as well. I like the added layer of a potential ultimate conflict on top of the primary looming conflict.

I mostly enjoy nonfiction, self improvement or learning type books, but when I go for fiction, I prefer fantasy or historical fiction. This one tops the charts as a favorite fantasy series and I'm only a couple of novels in. It has a Game of Thrones feel to the world, but with more warmth and courage, albeit plenty of conflict.

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  • On Writing

  • A Memoir of the Craft
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,006
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,447

The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who needs a print edition when King reads King?

  • By Cather on 11-18-05

I love Stephen King...

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

Therefore, getting to know more about him, how his brain works, what writing means to him, the tips he provides... all of it is fantastic. There's nothing better than getting to know someone who has impacted your life in a significant way, but from afar.

I enjoyed learning about how he got to where he is today. I enjoyed hearing about the things that make him tick, the things that were painful, and his willingness to be vulnerable enough to share. The suggestions and tips he provided are straightforward and things that work well for him are valuable. I highly suggest this listen.

  • The $100 Startup

  • Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
  • By: Chris Guillebeau
  • Narrated by: Chris Guillebeau, Thomas Vincent Kelly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,239
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,958
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,958

Still in his early 30s, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations - and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back. In The $100 Startup, he tells you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose - and earn a good living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just love this book!

  • By Elton on 12-15-12

Excellent Read/Listen!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

I was surprised that this was published 5 years ago, because it includes so much about the information economy, which I see as still rather new. Either the author has a keen eye for accurately picking out things that would be applicable for years to come, has continued to update and revise along the way, or both.

The narrator's voice for this non-fiction, informative book was perfect. I like that the author gives resources to further his readers along on their journey. He seems to have a true caring for the success of people who manage the courage to break away from employee to carving out their own money making path.

I will listen to this one again, likely several times!