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  • Ramp Hollow

  • The Ordeal of Appalachia
  • By: Steven Stoll
  • Narrated by: Brian Sutherland
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34

Appalachia - among the most storied and yet least understood regions in America - has long been associated with poverty and backwardness. But how did this image arise, and what exactly does it mean? In Ramp Hollow, Steven Stoll launches an original investigation into the history of Appalachia and its place in US history, with a special emphasis on how generations of its inhabitants lived, worked, survived, and depended on natural resources held in common.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Content A; Performance F-

  • By Lawrence on 12-18-17

Unable to finish

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

Admittedly, I bought this on the premise that I wanted to learn more about West Virginia. And in the 2 hours+ I listened, there were references to WV. However, the narrative was so "mechanical" I actually thought several times the book was read by computer. I tried speeding the book to 1.25, hoping I could get through it. . but no luck.

If you buy this book, I wish you all the best.

  • Crash Test Girl

  • An Unlikely Experiment in Using the Scientific Method to Answer Life’s Toughest Questions
  • By: Kari Byron
  • Narrated by: Kari Byron
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Kari Byron's story hasn't been a straight line. She started out as a broke artist living in San Francisco, writing poems on a crowded bus on the way to one of her three jobs. Many curveballs, unexpected twists, and yes, literal and figurative explosions later, and she's one of the world's most respected women in science entertainment, blowing stuff up on national television and getting paid for it! In Crash Test Girl, Kari reveals her fascinating life story on the set of MythBusters and beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Caleb on 05-11-18

I posted the following on my Facebook page!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

I trained Apprentice Operating Engineers for over 20 years... we had LOTS of women and what the industry called "NON-TRADITIONAL" people for the trade. Operating Engineers operate all the construction equipment you see all over the Country. We also operate buildings and their systems. The Skilled Construction Trades have a NEED for the next generation of employees! But, if you don't want a 6 figure salary and the ability to retire with DIGNITY, then this employment opportunity isn't for you!!!

Most of you know I have LONG advocated for women and their opportunities in what has been considered NON-TRADITIONAL employment. Cari Byron has written this book and the inspiration contained within should be manifested in girls lives from the time they're born!

Do all women have to work in S.T.E.M. (or as Ms. Byron calls it, S.T.E.A.M. ...with the "A" meaning Arts)? That answer is No, but the motivation to succeed, especially in the face of adversity in this book is Positively worth the read!!!

  • Silent Lies

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish, Rosie Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,406

Mia Hamilton lived the perfect life with her husband, university teacher Zach, and their two-year-old daughter. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students vanished. Five years later, just when Mia is beginning to heal, stranger Alison walks into her life, saying her husband didn't kill himself. Fragile, slight Alison leads Mia on a path into Zach's past, and Mia begins to think she never really knew her own husband.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps you guessing -quite literally, until the end

  • By JK907 on 11-30-17

High school sub-sophmoric!<br />

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

Only purchase this if you like freshman nonsense!
To listen to this will make you wish all the characters would have been killed off. And had that occurred in the first 30 minutes far less time would have been wasted. This is a study in "OMG, will he/she like me?"
Or, "What have I done wrong to make everyone hate me?"

  • Private India: City on Fire

  • By: James Patterson, Ashwin Sanghi
  • Narrated by: Amerjit Deu, Raj Ghatak
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 402

When Jack Morgan opens the Mumbai branch of Private, the world's most elite detective agency, he hands the reins to top agent Santosh Wagh. Now, in this teeming metropolis of over 13 million people where the guilty have everywhere to hide, Santosh goes on the hunt for one elusive killer. A killer who is targeting seemingly unconnected women and placing strange objects at their death scenes in a series of chilling rituals.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible!

  • By K. Townsend on 12-29-14

Difficult to comprehend

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

This was one in the series that was difficult to finish. I had a difficult time keeping both the characters AND the story line straight. Somewhere past halfway through, I decided that repeating chapters wasn't helping. From that point forward I simply listened and didn't concern myself with trying to separate the characters.

  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,788

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Spy Novel (with a few quirks)

  • By Aaron on 01-12-14

This is why I'm not a Double Naught Spy!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

For those of us that remember the television show that my review title is from... you will NOT get the same feel from this Novel!

Certainly, Author Jason Matthews has a far more knowledge in this field than the average reader does!

The convolution in just the first couple of chapters had me re-reading from that point forward.

Don't get me wrong, I loved this book! I will definitely read the rest in the series before I watch the movie.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Code Girls

  • The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
  • By: Liza Mundy
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708

Recruited by the US Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than 10,000 women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of codebreaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just released, about 80% through this story

  • By Roobah Fox on 10-11-17

Simply Overwhelming

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

This book, being Historically accurate, is difficult to continue with. I finished it but by using the read at an accelerated speed button. The listing of the VOLUMES of codes and conditions or practical and physical devices used is by a far measure, overwhelming!

Yet, I'm HAPPY that these Brilliant Women plyed their considerably above average intelligence in the service they did!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Gods [TV Tie-In]

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,513

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming mystery, romance and epic

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-26-03

A Grand idea...

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

With my kindest, and most heartfelt reverence to Mr. George Guidall, I played this at 1.30 speed. My rating is mine alone and I was truly able to follow the concept/content of this book up to the point that Shadow dies. From that point on, it got confused and the contradictions in the book made my head hurt, not literally but my ability to keep characters and events straight was lost.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Holidays on Ice

  • Featuring Six New Stories
  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,708

David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); and what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best When In SantaLand

  • By Dave on 12-06-11

What in the world, save your money!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

This is without a doubt, the worst expenditure I've made in years! Do yourself a favor and set fure to you money! The supposed humor contained within is at best morbid, at worst, criminal.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,921
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,907

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

I just wanted 9+ hours of my life!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

While the narrator did his absolute best to bring some authentication to this book, it became blatently obvious that this was fiction. Please don't misunderstand, I LIKE fiction, but this was far too of much a stretch to call interesting. Save your money, buy something else!

  • What We Find

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,354

Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall. When an emergency high-risk procedure results in the death of a teenager, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a lawsuit - and experiencing levels of anxiety she's never faced before. She knows she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can think to do that is Sullivan's Crossing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well you left me hanging!!

  • By Sandra Hafer on 04-08-16

A SMILE, a B-I-G smile will not begin to describe.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

2, 30 something people with every reason(s) to hate life, to hate love, to despise each other grow up and mature at "Summer Camp"!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful