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  • Raising Chickens in Your Own Backyard

  • A Guide for Beginners
  • By: J.D. Rockefeller
  • Narrated by: Joshua Nicholson
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 7

Do you love eggs and chickens? If yes, then you got to have your own flock of chickens in your backyard. Raising chickens in the city, is that even possible? Yes, it is possible. Chickens are the new favorite pets of many people. Some places don't allow you to keep chickens at homes, but the list of places who are relaxing their laws and ordinances is growing day by day. So, if you are a city dweller and would like to get your hands on some fresh eggs, keep a flock of your own hens.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not much information

  • By Pianodoc on 07-14-16

Not much information

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

A very short book with limited information and value.

Did Raising Chickens in Your Own Backyard inspire you to do anything?

Convinced me I don't want to invest that much money in pet chickens.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tenth of December

  • Stories
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: George Saunders
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,111

One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. In the taut opener, "Victory Lap", a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In "Home", a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be prepared for something different...but good!

  • By Mr. D on 02-21-14

Strange, good stories

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

What did you like best about Tenth of December? What did you like least?

The writing is excellent and the stories imaginative. Just not my favorites, being a fan of 19th century British literature.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I would have appreciated another second or so between stories. A few times, the author/narrator went on to the next story and I didn't realize the previous story had ended (I mentioned above they were strange); it just sounded like another section of the same story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Genius of Birds

  • By: Jennifer Ackerman
  • Narrated by: Margaret Strom
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. In fact, according to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. Like humans, many birds have enormous brains relative to their size. Although small, bird brains are packed with neurons that allow them to punch well above their weight.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What a disappointment!

  • By S. Benedict on 07-05-16

Stick with fiction, narrator!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'd like to preface this by saying that I have a passion for birds, and I love reading books about them. This book, however, was ruined. It was actually painful to try to trudge through this book BECAUSE OF THE NARRATION. I finally had to give up and read the hard copy. The book is good, but is not written by an ornithologist, so it lacks some of the deep understanding and passion that an ornithologist would offer.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jennifer Ackerman? Why or why not?

Yes. The book was well researched and interesting (once I got rid of the narrator).

Would you be willing to try another one of Margaret Strom’s performances?

NO. If it were not for her broad middle-America accent, I would have thought that this narrator was unfamiliar with the English language. At the most generous, she is unfamiliar with many science terms. She loses fluency when there is the least bit of technical terminology and mispronounces so often that my groaning responses raised eyebrows of people next to me in the gym.When she said "orthony" instead of ornithology, I gave up, requested a refund, and read the hard copy.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration: how hard can it be to find a narrator who has a basic understanding of biology? Or at least a producer who recognizes when pronunciation was wrong. I am sure the production staff caught some mistakes, but there were SO MANY of them! Irritation/Anger: The most irritating part of the problem was the halting tempo of her speech; it was obvious she did not understand what she was reading.

Any additional comments?

Do not hire this narrator for non-fiction.

33 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Jon Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

In this staple of classic literature, Charles Dickens tells the tale of fueding classes set at the inception and escalation of the French Revolution. Amidst the upheaval, righteous former aristocrat Charles Darnay becomes wrongly tangled in unfortunate events, endangering his freedom and family. Sidney Carton, a cynical lawyer who squandered his life away, seeks to redress his unhappiness through Darnay's beautiful wife, Lucie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Classic Performed With Perfection

  • By Linda on 02-25-12

Ruined my favorite book

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

Would you try another book from Charles Dickens and/or Jon Smith?

Anything by Charles Dickens. NOTHING from John Smith.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Jon Smith has a very nice voice and his accents are fairly decent BUT he can't read well. His pronunciation, especially of names, was inconsistent and full of errors. Examples: he pronounced Defarge "defrage," Darnay "darniay," and most annoyingly the very straightforward English name Carton as "kataan." Many of the longer words were read with the accent on the wrong syllable. I tried to be patient and just concentrate on the book's content but the errors were just too distracting.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was cheap. But there is a good reason for that.

Any additional comments?

I believe a book with this many faults should not be for sale by audible.com.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • David Bowie's Low (33 1/3 Series)

  • By: Hugo Wilcken
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

Low is a kaleidoscope in which Bowie's obsessions and traits explode into fragments and reform in a new pattern. Sonically, it is hugely adventurous: combining a driving R&B rhythm section with the experimental soundscapes of Brian Eno, it evolves a whole new musical language. Thematically, it's the sound of a man struggling to get well. Bowie has often talked about his fear of insanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • even if ur just a little curious about Bowie

  • By Jason on 12-05-08

"quote" "end quote" "end listen"

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

Reviewed: 11-19-14

What would have made David Bowie's Low (33 1/3 Series) better?

Leave out the punctuation!

What other book might you compare David Bowie's Low (33 1/3 Series) to and why?

I can't remember ever hearing anything similar.

How could the performance have been better?

Don't keep telling me "quote" "end quote"

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I wanted to hear the story but the narration was driving me nuts.

Any additional comments?

"No," "I" "think" "I" "explained" "what" "I" "hate" "about" "this" "audiobook" "."

4 of 5 people found this review helpful