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Idaho Falls, ID USA
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  • Oil Apocalypse Series, Book 1
  • By: Lou Cadle
  • Narrated by: Cody Roberts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

It's the end of oil. We knew it was coming one day. But it happened so fast! Devlin Quinn turns 16 the same week that a battle in a distant war shuts off the flow of imported petroleum to the US. Gas runs low, then runs out, and soon the highways are empty. And then it gets very serious. The grocery store shelves are empty, and people become desperate for food. Dev is trained to fight-his father made sure of that-but is he trained enough? Smart enough? Tough enough? He is about to find out when people desperate for food flee the burning cities and attack....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Realistic View of Societal Breakdown

  • By LillyO on 01-15-18

Realistic View of Societal Breakdown

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

I loved this book. I think it is realistic of what might happen, and how fast, if oil production stopped. Makes me look at my "prepper" neighbors differently and wonder if I am built to survive. I liked how each character went into survival mode in their own time and manner.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,905
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58,757

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Lacked Introspection

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

More about life on Artemis (ins-and-outs of what made it tick). Make the obviously smart heroine less childish and impulsive.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The concept of a city on the moon, where people live and work fascinated me. I loved how, like in tourist traps, real people make the city "move" while tourists flit in and out. The paradox of people trying to survive while others are there to look and be awed creates a natural tension. I wish this book had taken advantage of that a bit more...

What does Rosario Dawson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her inflection and ability to bring "life" to the words was great.

Was Artemis worth the listening time?

Yes, overall, it was, even though it came off a bit flat.

Any additional comments?

It was a close call, but I didn't feel as if Weir landed his moon vehicle well, here. From the beginning, this book seemed so focused on plot points that it didn't add the extra layers of motivation and desire for the character. I spent most of my time wondering why the character was doing what she was doing and I felt alienated. By the time I found out, it didn't have the payoff I think Weir intended--perhaps it was too late in the story?I was so excited for a female protagonist, but overall she seemed narcissistic and really really juvenile. In the end, it made me feel as if a great framework was built, but the story lacked introspection.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210,742
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196,357

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • perfection

  • By Dallas on 03-30-18

Great hero story for the smart and nerdy!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

This book had me from the first paragraph. really enjoyed the 80's culture integration. nice balance of tension in the story, too. didn't wait to long to get to the point. I liked how it added surprises without building them up to much.

  • I'm Just a Person

  • By: Tig Notaro
  • Narrated by: Tig Notaro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249

In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Hit with this devastating barrage, Tig took her grief onstage. Days after receiving her cancer diagnosis, she broke new comedic ground, opening an unvarnished set with the words, "Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing and Real Story

  • By Brian on 06-22-16

Love Tig!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

I love how much she learned about herself. I love how open she was about this. I love how sunny she is.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,139

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Kept me entertained

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

Solid writing style.
Great characters.
Characters made some unrealistic choices, I think, but kept the story moving.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • After Perfect

  • A Daughter's Memoir
  • By: Christina McDowell
  • Narrated by: Christina McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 386

In the tradition of New York Times best sellers What Remains by Carole Radziwill and Oh the Glory of It All by Sean Wilsey, Christina McDowell's unflinching memoir is a brutally honest, cautionary tale about one family's destruction in the wake of the Wall Street implosion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed reaction

  • By Margaret on 07-09-15

Honest and raw

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

As someone with daddy issues, herself, this book was full of honest and frank things. I looked that she kept it as much as possible about herself. Made me think a great deal.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bream Gives Me Hiccups

  • By: Jesse Eisenberg
  • Narrated by: Jesse Eisenberg, Hallie Eisenberg, Annapurna Sriram, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 629

Taking its title from a group of stories that begin the book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups moves from contemporary LA to the dorm rooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, throwing the listener into a universe of social misfits, reimagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions. In one piece a tense email exchange between a young man and his girlfriend is taken over by the man's sister, who is obsessed with the Bosnian genocide ("The situation reminds me of a little historical blip called the Karadordevo agreement").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the mix of narrative style and form was intriguing

  • By Gaele on 11-13-15

Smart and engaging

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

I loved this title. Stayed with me for days... Perhaps like Breem? But, you know, in a good way.

  • Beyond Belief

  • My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
  • By: Jenna Miscavige Hill
  • Narrated by: Sandy Rustin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,787

Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology

  • By Tim on 02-07-13

What were her parents thinking?

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

If you could sum up Beyond Belief in three words, what would they be?

Disturbing, difficult, real.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jenna and her brother

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it was too hard to do so.

Any additional comments?

Well-written and insightful. Shows that free thought can win and it is a testament to how intelligent Jenna is.

I know this is critical. I admit that. But I was left infuriated and wondering what her parents were thinking. They abandoned their children. They didn't seem interested in raising them. I understand they thought, on one hand, it was "for the greater good," but these were their children. I know this probably reveals a great deal about me (and my thoughts on my own childhood), but wow. Just wow. I had to stop listening several times out of flat-out rage.

What is David Miscavige (and his anti-child antics) thinking? As this story shows, a basic "truth" about religion is having and raising children in the church is easier to sustain membership than recruitment and fear. Strange, strange, strange "religion."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion

  • Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation
  • By: Elizabeth Letts
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347

November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When will this story become a movie

  • By eddie on 01-18-12

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

Had me from start to finish! Highly recommend it. A story of true triumph. Never underestimate us throwaways.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,632

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Reality and Humour Mixed...

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

Reviewed: 10-31-14

Where does Big Little Lies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is up there! I didn't want to stop listening to the story and was surprised by the ending.

What did you like best about this story?

How all the plot lines converged. I like to think I am a smart person, but I didn't see it coming! Also? The story moved along well enough I didn't have time to ponder who did what.

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

No. But I like her! I love that Moriarty uses Australians to narrate!

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

Surprise, laughter, empathy...

Any additional comments?

I have loved Moriarty's other books, so far, and didn't think she could top "What Alice Forgot." I think she did, here. Keep writing, Liane! LOVE it!