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  • American Pharoah

  • The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
  • By: Joe Drape
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,387
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,082
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,080

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't buy it, free download

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-14-18

Fairly competent writing but

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

I was not personally that engaged with the obsessive over excitement about fame and money, delivered often with almost frantic excitement about whether or not a horse is faster than another.

Yes, there were some interesting details about horses and racing. For me it was too much about wanting to be important in the eyes of others, based on something lacking inherent meaning beyond winning.

  • The Girl Who Was Taken

  • By: Charlie Donlea
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,140

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. A year later the best-selling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-07-17

Pretty good story – but…

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

The narrator made me dislike almost all of the characters. She made the women, even powerful women, whiny and querulous.

The story was engaging and moved along fairly well, and had some surprises, but it was somewhat redundant and there were a few places that stretched credibility.

  • Black House

  • By: Stephen King, Peter Straub
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 26 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,642

Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack Sawyer delivers

  • By Brian on 12-28-12

Ranges between the disgusting and the sublime,

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

With extra emphasis on the disgusting, and on horror. Personally, I would prefer less of the disgusting and less whore, but the execution is for the most part so well that I enjoyed the book anyway. There are some places where the book is vague and kind of druggie. Character development is excellent and Stephen King Is certainly talented at describing experiences vividly and viscerally.

  • The Spirit Well

  • By: Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

The quest for the Skin Map, originally tattooed on The Man Who is Map is now in pieces and scattered across time and space in a universe of multiple realities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • intriguing concept. Love the story

  • By Paul on 10-08-12

Short on plot

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Decent character development, and kind of interesting, but also just a bit laggy because sometimes it’s just about traveling, without all of that much going on or much connection between characters.

The belief systems are fairly loose, and do not necessarily hold together very well.

I will probably listen to the next book anyway because they are somewhat refreshing and easy to listen to.

  • Child of a Mad God

  • The Coven, Book 1
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661

From R. A. Salvatore, the legendary creator of Drizzt Do'Urden, comes the start of a brand new epic journey. When Aoleyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home. The only hope for achieving the kind of freedom she searches for is to learn how to wield the mysterious power used by the tribe's coven known as the Song of Usgar. Thankfully, Aoleyn may be the strongest witch to have ever lived, but magic comes at price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A witch of a different sort

  • By Sailfish on 02-10-18

Brutal and extreme sexism in main tribe

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

The world building in this book is very good and there are quite a few interesting elements, however I found the repeated rape and control scenes to be too much. The abuse goes beyond making a point into creating a culture out of it – and right now this resonates much with the current politics.

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,862

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They create a computer using a 30 million man Army

  • By Josh P on 12-07-14

Inventive, scientifically stimulating, but . . .

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

This book is lacking in a unitive principal and in heart. It is not very human in some ways as there are no loving relationships or truly wise characters. It does it successfully point out or elucidate different human feelings and points of you that are not functional. I was left with this certain emptiness.

The book is slightly disjointed.

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  • Giovanni's Room

  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909

Set in the 1950’s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Baldwin: sensational. Butler: great. One caveat.

  • By Music Man on 06-28-14

There is something obscene about

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

The glaring discrepancy between the first person voice being honest with the reader while actively and cruelly lying to everyone throughout. While the presentation seems feeling and is well worded, the pretense of wisdom evaporates with the lack of emotional IQ and nonexistent personal development. This renders what starts with a degree of promise into drivel.

I gave it three stars only because the sentences are well constructed and often evocative.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Replay

  • By: Ken Grimwood
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,832

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book for the past 10 years

  • By psnorb on 12-29-08

Somewhat juvenile, voyeuristic, & spiritually lame

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

The main character doesn't gain real wisdom. Despite a number of lifetimes for experience, he returns to sex instead of developing a sense of meaning, uses drugs or alcohol to escape feeling, and avoids the emotional honesty that would make his life more fulfilling. For the most part he has the courage to be honest with only one person. He and the book remain shallow, despite a few nods in the general direction of spirituality. Social conditioning and lack of personal integrity limit the scope of this work and make it rather annoying, despite the good initial idea.

  • Wild Seed

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,571

Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflexor design. He fears no one...until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu is a shapeshifter who can absorb bullets and heal with a kiss and savage anyone who threatens her. Together they weave a pattern of destiny unimaginable to mortals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fairy Tale... even if it's not

  • By Annette on 12-23-09

Inconsistencies

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

How is it that a woman who had lived for hundreds of years would still be so annoyingly compliant with whatever a narcissistic, controlling man wants. For her to go along with it just for sex seems really thin.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,445

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly informative with a humorous twist

  • By alan on 05-29-17

The author pushes an opinion

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

About vaccinations that shows a sad (but common) ignorance. The documentary “The Truth About Vaccines” has 7 ninety minute episodes that includes both sides of the issue. She presents herself as wanting to feel superior to those who engage in poor science so this seems hypocritical.