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  • Heads in Beds

  • A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
  • By: Jacob Tomsky
  • Narrated by: Jacob Tomsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 719

Jacob Tomsky has worked in hotels for more than a decade, doing everything from valet parking to manning the front desk. He's checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room service, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late check out, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your mini-bar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. And in Heads in Beds, he pulls back the curtain on the hospitality business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The presidential suite of audiobooks

  • By Grant on 03-10-13

A worthwhile use of a credit - easy & entertaining

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

Reviewed: 01-29-13

This book was a fun listen and a worthwhile use of a credit. The stories are entertaining - if not always told with a cohesive narrative - and for someone like me who generally sticks to nonfiction/history it was a great easy listen/distraction. I liked that Mr. Tomsky narrated the book himself as the flourishes he adds to his own stories greatly improve the listen. Don't buy it if you're expecting Dave Eggers or David Sedaris type essays - also don't buy it if you're looking for honest to goodness travel tips. I thought the publishers pushing the book as having travel/hotel upgrade tips was disingenuous - Mr. Tomsky does use 'tips' as gateways to tell a story the 'insider tip' he offers is almost always give a big tip.

In short - well narrated, funny, easy listening....would be great for a long plane flight.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sister Queens

  • The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile
  • By: Julia Fox
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

Looking through the lens of their Spanish origins, Fox reveals these queens as flesh-and-blood women—equipped with character, intelligence, and conviction—who are worthy historical figures in their own right. Sister Queens is a gripping tale of love, duty, and sacrifice—a remarkable reflection on the conflict between ambition and loyalty during an age when the greatest sin, it seems, was to have been born a woman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sad but Fascinating Lives

  • By Cariola on 06-29-12

fantastic book, by and large captivating

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

Reviewed: 06-01-12

This is a great book and a great listen - especially for those who are interested in Spanish or English History. The author covers a good deal of Queen Isabella of Spain's later years which is gripping and this serves as the lead in to the story of the sister queens. Anyone who was a fan of Showtimes' show The Tudors will be interested in this book I think! I loved the book however, it was an effort to listen to the last few minutes as the pace of the story slowed. Well worth the credit!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind

  • By: David Kidder, Noah Oppenheim
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Millions of Americans keep bedside books of prayer and meditative reflection collections of daily passages to stimulate spiritual thought and advancement. The Intellectual Devotional is a secular version of the same: a collection of 365 short lessons that will inspire and invigorate the listener every day of the year. Each daily digest of wisdom is drawn from one of seven fields of knowledge: history, literature, philosophy, mathematics and science, religion, fine arts, and music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great quick car trip listening - best of audible!

  • By JBA on 12-02-11

great quick car trip listening - best of audible!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-11

I cannot say enough good things about the Audiobooks in the Intellectual Devotional Series including this one: Revive Your Mind. Mr. Wyman & Ms. Litchfield share the narration duties alternating each lesson. This is not annoying (as i thought it might be) but rather keeps the book from being monotone and tune-out-able. I also must note that I really love both Wyman & Litchfield and seeing their names on other audiobooks influences my buying decision.

Narration dispensed with the Devotional is a collection of 3-7 minute lessons that are designed for listening to at 1 lesson per day with each day having its own theme. I cannot tell you how many times a topic will come up that I thought I knew about and 7 minutes later I'm gobsmacked to find I was either wrong or only knew a micron of the story. I listen to more than one per day but what is great about the way they break it up is this: it makes it the 100% BEST AUDIOBOOK AROUND to listen to whilst running errands! No waiting in your car to find a natural pause point.

WELL WORTH IT! My only complaint - there aren't any new ones! I wish they would come out with more...I've tried other similar series (don't know much about... etc) and they pale in comparison!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Intellectual Devotional: Modern Culture

  • By: David Kidder, Noah Oppenheim
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Helen Litchfield
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

The book's goal is to refresh knowledge we've forgotten, make new discoveries, and exercise modes of thinking that are ordinarily neglected once our school days are behind us. Offering an escape from the daily grind to contemplate higher things, The Intellectual Devotional is a great way to awaken in the morning or to revitalize one's mind before retiring in the evening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST OF STORE! Great for Errands!

  • By JBA on 12-02-11

BEST OF STORE! Great for Errands!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-11

I cannot say enough good things about the Audiobooks in the Intellectual Devotional Series including this one: Modern Culture. Mr. Wyman & Ms. Litchfield share the narration duties alternating each lesson. This is not annoying (as i thought it might be) but rather keeps the book from being monotone and tune-out-able. I also must note that I really love both Wyman & Litchfield and seeing their names on other audiobooks influences my buying decision.

Narration dispensed with the Devotional is a collection of 3-7 minute lessons on American History designed for listening to 1 lesson per day with each day having its own theme (e.g. Saturday - Arts, Monday - Lit). I cannot tell you how many times a topic will come up that I thought I knew about and 7 minutes later I'm gobsmacked to find I was either wrong or only knew a micron of the story. I listen to more than one per day but what is great about the way they break it up is this: it makes it the 100% BEST AUDIOBOOK AROUND to listen to whilst running errands! No waiting in your car to find a natural pause point.

WELL WORTH IT! My only complaint - there aren't any new ones! I wish they would come out with more...I've tried other similar series (don't know much about... etc) and they pale in comparison!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sex on the Moon

  • The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History
  • By: Ben Mezrich
  • Narrated by: Casey Affleck
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea - a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally. Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice, both NASA interns, to break into an impregnable laboratory at NASA - past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door with cipher security codes, and camera-lined hallways - and help him steal the most precious objects in the world: the moon rocks. But what does one do with an item so valuable that it’s illegal even to own?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 'Page-Turner'

  • By Diane on 02-25-12

DO NOT BUY - WORST OF STORE

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

Reviewed: 12-02-11

I wish i could get my credit back or a refund or something because this is a terrible book and necessarily a worse audiobook.

After liking Mr. Mezrich's take on the MIT Math Club in 21 as well as his caricature of Zuckerberg in his facebook profile I thought I'd give his latest a try. This was a mistake.

I am no literary critic nor do I hold advance degrees in English or the like but I do have a college degree which I think entitles me to say this: THIS IS TERRIBLE WRITING. It is boring, overly flourished in places with details that do not benefit nor add to the story and often times detract from the narrative because the reader gets lost thinking...wtf. Terrible writing aside it wouldn't be much even is the writing was on the Pynchon level. ITS A BORING STORY in book for...it would be a great story for The New Yorker written of course by one of their staff writers.

I feel I've trashed the book more than I should have above so I'll move over to Casey Affleck's narrative/audiobook artist skills. In short: he has none, stick to acting if thats what you are good at. He is mono tonal, whisperish, slow paced and sounds completely disinterested in the story. He might as well have been reading pages from the United States Code. I had to listen to much of the book on 2x speed - Mr. Affleck put so much space between each word and sentence that it made the book sound like it was intended for people whose first language was not english or perhaps an ESL class.

DON'T WASTE YOUR CREDIT....please

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Intellectual Devotional: American History

  • By: David S. Kidder, Noah D. Oppenheim
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman, Helen Litchfield
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

In this follow-up volume, authors David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim have turned to the rich legacy of American history for their selections. From Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin to Martin Luther King Jr., from the Federalist Papers to Watergate, the giant figures, cultural touchstones, and pivotal events in our national heritage provide a bountiful source of reflection and education that will refresh knowledge, revitalize the mind, and open new horizons of intellectual discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Of Audible! Great for errand listening!

  • By JBA on 12-02-11

Best Of Audible! Great for errand listening!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-11

I cannot say enough good things about the Audiobooks in the Intellectual Devotional Series including this one: American History. Mr. Woodman & Ms. Litchfield share the narration duties alternating each lesson. This is not annoying (as i thought it might be) but rather keeps the book from being monotone and tune-out-able. I also must note that I really love both Woodman & Litchfield and seeing their names on other audiobooks influences my buying decision.

Narration dispensed with the Devotional is a collection of 3-7 minute lessons on American History designed for listening to 1 lesson per day with each day having its own theme (e.g. Saturday - Arts, Monday - Politics & Leadership). I cannot tell you how many times a topic will come up that I thought I knew about and 7 minutes later I'm gobsmacked to find I was either wrong or only knew a micron of the story. I listen to more than one per day but what is great about the way they break it up is this: it makes it the 100% BEST AUDIOBOOK AROUND to listen to whilst running errands! No waiting in your car to find a natural pause point.

WELL WORTH IT! My only complaint - there aren't any new ones! I wish they would come out with more...I've tried other similar series (don't know much about... etc) and they pale in comparison!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Triple Agent

  • The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA
  • By: Joby Warrick
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488

In December 2009, a group of the CIA’s top terrorist hunters gathered at a secret base in Khost, Afghanistan, to greet a rising superspy: Humam Khalil al-Balawi, a Jordanian double-agent who infiltrated the upper ranks of al-Qaeda. For months, he had sent shocking revelations from inside the terrorist network and now promised to help the CIA assassinate Osama bin Laden’s top deputy. Instead, as he stepped from his car, he detonated a 30-pound bomb strapped to his chest, instantly killing seven CIA operatives....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great modern history story

  • By Melissa on 08-11-11

Fantastic! Exceedingly well paced! super narration

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

Reviewed: 12-02-11

A Great book for anyone interested in espionage, the cia, the nsa or any of the like but not only for just them...This is a great book for anyone who enjoyed a well paced book with a fascinating subject matter wrapped up with a great, attention keeping narration. Its well worth a credit!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • In the Plex

  • How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
  • By: Steven Levy
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,801

Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, I get Google

  • By Gwozdz on 09-13-11

Authoritative Read of THE Google Book

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

Reviewed: 10-21-11

Mr. Levy wrote THE definitive book about google and his insights are fascinating. It is also clear that he was given access to individuals and documents that had previously not been available to other authors. The resulting story is a balanced book not just a love note to Google.

The Narration by Mr. Ganser is pitch perfect! He is authoritative and clear. Even when the book drags just a bit Mr. Ganser's narration keeps you involved and listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Demon Under The Microscope

  • By: Thomas Hager
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,067
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,066

The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic book

  • By Sara on 09-02-08

A Great Story with captivating narration

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

Reviewed: 10-21-11

I wish this book would have been assigned in my college Microbiology class - maybe I would have liked it better. The story is quite interesting weaving the tale of sulfa's development with a keen historical prospective - WWI and WWII for example. I also very much enjoyed Mr. Hoye's narration (as I have in all of his audiobooks) - it is well paced, clear and captivating. My mind didn't wander listening so I didn't have to jump back as often. Well worth the credit!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful