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  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,755
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,777
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,737

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking story of a meteoric rise and fall

  • By Jeff Koeppen on 08-14-18

Very interesting story

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

I found this book to be a great listen and it was a very well researched and written one too.

From what I got from the book is that it seemed like Elizabeth Holmes started out with good intentions in doing blood testing with a small sample. But, as time progressed, I felt she did not have the patience to get things right from the beginning and it soon turned to possible greed to keep things going. I felt it was greed because there was a part in the book where she was asked as a child what she wanted to do when she grew up and she responded that she wanted to be a billionaire.

  • Breaking the Chains of Gravity

  • The Story of Spaceflight Before NASA
  • By: Amy Shira Teitel
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

NASA's history is a familiar story, culminating with the agency successfully landing men on the moon in 1969. But NASA's prehistory is a rarely told tale, one that is largely absent from the popular space-age literature but that gives the context behind the incredible lunar program. America's space agency wasn't created in a vacuum; it was assembled from preexisting parts, drawing together some of the best minds the non-Soviet world had to offer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Historical Book, Performance Weak

  • By Ryan Mitchell on 01-31-16

Interesting history

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

I enjoyed this book a lot and learned quite a bit about rocket history. Also, it was interesting to learn about all the trial and error of making rockets work in the early days of rocketry.

As with many books, I tried to read the print book years ago but couldn’t get into it. The audio version kept me interested all the way through.

  • Junk

  • By: Les Bohem
  • Narrated by: John Waters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,313
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,650
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,636

Set in present-day Los Angeles, Junk explores an epic conspiracy, one at work for thousands of years that involves total takeover of the planet Earth by aliens. In the wild, souped-up vision of Les Bohem - the acclaimed, Emmy-winning writer of the Steven Spielberg miniseries, Taken - the world is at the end stage of long-range plot that involves a gigantic genetic-engineering project. The aliens who have invaded us have no planet. No spaceship is coming. Instead, a small advance force comes, breeds, and dies - thus becoming an anomaly in our DNA that can’t be explained.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Junk

  • By glass1748 on 04-01-19

Meh

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

I felt that this story was all over the place and it was hard to follow the plot. Not a great choice for the monthly freebie book. I could not finish this book. The narration wasn’t the best, it was kind of flat to me.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Demon Next Door

  • By: Bryan Burrough
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,096
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,493
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,426

Best-selling author Bryan Burrough recently made a shocking discovery: The small town of Temple, Texas, where he had grown up, had harbored a dark secret. One of his high school classmates, Danny Corwin, was a vicious serial killer. In this chilling tale, Burrough raises important questions of whether serial killers can be recognized before they kill or rehabilitated after they do. It is also a story of Texas politics and power that led the good citizens of the town of Temple to enable a demon who was their worst nightmare.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Odd narration choice

  • By Amanda Fredericks on 03-08-19

Short and Simple

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

Not that bad of a book that was a freebie as an Audible original and considering how short of a book it was. Narration was good.

  • The Good Nurse

  • A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
  • By: Charles Graeber
  • Narrated by: Will Collyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,320

After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Good Nurse gets it right

  • By jc on 05-28-13

Interesting story

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

I read the print version years ago and liked it a lot. I thought I’d give the audio version a listening to. It was good, but the narration was rather lacking as many other reviewers have mentioned.

  • Sovereign

  • By: Jeff Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,127
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,284

Micah Cole has been in deep space for three years while his parents chase their obsession with finding intelligence to the far corners of the universe, but Micah dreams of the friends he left behind and counts the days until they return home. When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys their ship, Micah is separated from his family and stranded on Sovereign, a vast planet of raging rivers, towering forests, and deadly creatures. If Micah ever wants to see his family or his home again, he’ll have to learn to how to survive on a hostile alien world, all alone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NOT like the Martian

  • By TrustedReviewer on 02-21-19

Could have been better

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

The premise for this story had potential, but it just doesn’t seem to have been developed that fully by the author. Descriptive details to make the story more interesting were half baked. The twist at the ending of the book was about the only perk to the whole story. The narration wasn’t the best either.

Got this one as a free Audible Original and so far I have not been that impressed with the ones I have gotten. Pretty much all the ones I’ve gotten haven’t been all that engaging to listen to. Also, almost all of the Audible Originals that are made available each month are ensemble cast readings, which I do not care for at all. Perhaps this is why they are free? I think after this one, I don’t think I will get anymore freebie Audible Originals and stick with more interesting books purchased with credits and/or paid for.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Collectors

  • By: Jacqueline West
  • Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Van notices the small trinkets people drop, or lose, or throw away - that’s why his collection is full of treasures. Then one day, Van notices a girl stealing pennies from a fountain, and everything changes. He follows the girl, Pebble, and uncovers an underground world full of wishes and the people who collect them. Apparently, not all wishes are good, and even good wishes often have unintended consequences. The Collectors have made it their duty to protect us. But they aren't the only ones who have their eyes on the world’s wishes - and they may not be the good guys, after all.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Did not enjoy

  • By Kari B on 04-14-19

Awesome Book!

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

This has got to be one of the most creative and interesting children’s books I have listened to and/or read in a long time. I was thoroughly entranced to the magical essence of the plot while listening, wanting to find out what was going to happen next. It also reminds me a little bit like the book “The Thief Lord”. It was well narrated, too. Highly recommended!

  • 13.8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything

  • By: John Gribbin
  • Narrated by: Sam Devereaux
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

The 20th century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behavior of very large things, and quantum theory the behavior of very small things. In this landmark audiobook, John Gribbin - one of the best-known science writers of the past 30 years - presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified "Theory of Everything" that combines these ideas into one mathematical package.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, entertaining and easily understood

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-23-18

Needed more

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

There were definitely parts of the book where the author glossed over how something was figured out from observations and it would have been better if it was described a little more in depth. It was an interesting and brief history on how scientists got to figuring out how old the universe is and I am sure it will change again...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,718

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

Okay listen

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

The story at times was a bore to listen to as it dragged on with too much “fluff” or filler, especially in regards to the Jinni’s back story. If the book was cut by about a third it would have been a much more delightful story.

  • Ignition!

  • An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants
  • By: John Drury Clark, Isaac Asimov - foreward
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

Ignition! is the story of the search for a rocket propellant which could be trusted to take man into space. This search was a hazardous enterprise carried out by rival labs who worked against the known laws of nature, with no guarantee of success or safety. John Drury Clark writes with irreverent and eyewitness immediacy about the development of the explosive fuels strong enough to negate the relentless restraints of gravity. The resulting volume is as much a memoir as a work of history, sharing a behind-the-scenes view of an enterprise that eventually took men to the moon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and informative.

  • By Joe K on 09-19-18

Okay Book

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

The book started off interesting about how liquid rocket fuels were developed. About halfway through, it started becoming a little too technical for me in regards to the chemistry involved and I had a hard time following along with what the book was about.