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  • Razor Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,018

When Lane Coolman's car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an ordinary accident is anything but (this is Hiaasen!). Behind the wheel of the other car is Merry Mansfield - the eponymous Razor Girl - and the crash scam is only the beginning of events that spiral crazily out of control while unleashing some of the wildest characters Hiaasen has ever set loose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book this year!

  • By green ice cream garden on 09-19-16

Non-stop Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

Fun stuff! A crazy thrill-ride with great characters you'll love to like or hate. Well worth a credit.

  • Einstein

  • His Life and Universe
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 21 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,964

Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise: Two books in one!

  • By Henrik on 04-20-07

A great man in addition to a great scientist

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

Once again Mr. Isaacson produces a biography which provides exceptional insight on the subject at hand. Listening will provide you with a clear understanding of why Einstien was able to develop insights that others were not. Amazingly, he never won the noble prize for his greatest accomplishments - the special and general theories of relatively. This bio provides much more beyond a clear understanding of Einstein's contributions. Einstein was extremely compassionate and made many lasting contributions to society that went beyond science. This is a worthwhile listen about an exceptional human being.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,420

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational yet Existential Crisis Inducing

  • By Celia on 05-31-16

Really good, but not as good as...

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

Reviewed: 02-21-16

For sure, this is a really good story and well worth your time. But I have to say that it didn't quite live up to the sky high expectations that I had after reading all the glowing reviews. To everyone who rated this as their best listen of the year, I suggest "Dying to be Me" by Anita Moorjani, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, and The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee (a Pulitzer Prize Winner). The first two in particular have much in common with "When Breath Becomes air", but in my opinion are clearly more compelling. All three are must read five star books if you really liked "When Breath Becomes air".

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Target Tokyo

  • Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor
  • By: James M. Scott
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

The dramatic account of one of America's most celebrated - and controversial - military campaigns: the Doolittle Raid. In December 1941, as American forces tallied the dead at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt gathered with his senior military counselors to plan an ambitious counterstrike against the heart of the Japanese Empire: Tokyo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vengence is Mine, Thus Sayeth Doolittle

  • By Jonathan Love on 06-13-16

Amazing History

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

I love listening to accounts of amazing historical feats, and the WWII raid of Tokyo led by Jimmy Doolittle is right up there with some of the best of these stories. There is no way that any of the 80 airmen should have survived the raid (for one thing they didn't have nearly enough fuel for the mission) and yet 78 did. A story of courage, faith, and miracles that was critical to the victory over Japan. The accounts of what the Japanese did to the Chinese is also gripping though very troubling.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

  • What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything
  • By: Chris Hadfield
  • Narrated by: Chris Hadfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,549

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success - and survival - is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst and enjoy every moment of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chris Hadfield Is The Real Thing!

  • By Kathy on 08-16-16

Amazing dude!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

An interesting mix of astronaut stories and life lessons straight from the horse's mouth. The stories are not only interesting but highly credible given the amazing combination of talent, dedication, and humility of the author. I wouldn't put this in my top 20% of audiobooks, but I do recommend it as a worthwhile listen.

  • Flat-Out Celeste

  • Flat-Out Love, Book 3
  • By: Jessica Park
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she's too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation. But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beatifully written!

  • By Fara Hanani on 04-13-15

I really wanted to love this book

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

I loved Flat Out Love and highly recommended it to everyone I knew. Needless to say, I was excited to get started on the sequel. Maybe my expectations were too high, but the only positive surprise in the sequel is the introduction of another delightful new character. However, in every other regard the sequel falls way short of Flat Out Love. The Flat Out Love story was novel, creative, unpredictable, and compelling while Flat Out Celeste is none of the above. Julie only makes a brief appearance at the end, and Matt is devoid of any personality. The story is one dimensional and the story line predictable. I can't help but think that the author rushed to capitalize on the potential of a sequel and put almost no thought into the story and characters as a result. If you loved Flat Out Love, I think there's a good chance that you'll be disappointed with Flat Out Celeste.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Persuader

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,393

Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!

  • By Joanna on 06-19-09

As expected

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

Typical Reacher novel. Exceptionally well narrated as usual by Dick Hill, but the story and characters, though good, were nothing special. I think you can do better in this genre.

  • The Emerald Mile

  • The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Heart of the Grand Canyon
  • By: Kevin Fedarko
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448

From one of Outside magazine's "Literary All-Stars" comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983. In the spring of 1983, massive flooding along the length of the Colorado River confronted a team of engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unprecedented emergency that may have resulted in the most catastrophic dam failure in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story and history of the Grand Canyon!

  • By Mike on 04-11-15

Amazing, but not so captivating

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

Reviewed: 11-28-15

I love non-fiction adventure stories with some of my all-time favorites being Unbroken, The River of Doubt, The Boys in the Boat, Miracle in the Andes, Endurance, and In the Kingdom of Ice. So, I was really looking forward to this book. The story is compelling and the author does a fantastic job of tying together the discovery of the grand canyon, the development of hydro-electric power in the U.S., the environmental movement in the U.S., and the lifestyles of hard core river rats. All the ingredients seem to exist for this story to be as compelling as those named above, but it fell short for me. I can't really put my finder on the reason, but I really didn't care about any of the many many characters who play a part in the story. I just didn't feel invested because each faction appeared to take an extreme position with no respect for the other side. Unless you have a deep interest in the canyon, hydro-electric power, or whitewater rafting, I suggest that you'll get more entertainment from one of the stories listed above.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • A Dirty Job

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,112

People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Janie on 03-24-06

A real soul full

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

Reviewed: 11-28-15

I'm not big on fantasy or the supernatural, I usually can't relate as well as most listeners. But this story was light-hearted and silly enough to keep me interested and laughing most of the way. If you're in the mood for something not to serious that will make you smile, this might fit the bill.

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  • A Dog's Purpose

  • A Novel for Humans
  • By: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,555

After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best dog book ever!

  • By Blythe on 08-27-10

Not the lead dog, but in the middle of the pack

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

Reviewed: 11-28-15

A nice story made interesting because the entire tale is written from the dogs' perspective. Heartwarming and enticing because the dog returns for multiple lives that come together for a greater purpose in the end. However, there is nothing out of the ordinary to earn a higher rating.