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  • What a Fish Knows

  • The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins
  • By: Jonathan Balcombe
  • Narrated by: Graham Winton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

An underwater exploration that overturns myths about fishes and reveals their complex lives, from tool use to social behavior. There are more than 30,000 species of fish - more than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined. But for all their breathtaking diversity and beauty, we rarely consider how fish think, feel, and behave.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Title misled me

  • By Margaret Weidemann on 08-12-17

Not what I expected....actually, much, much, more

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I am interested in almost all animals and their inner lives and stories: I thought that this would be a welcome addition to my store of miscellaneous knowledge. It has been that and much, much more!
Putting together much research on many aspects of fishy life and habits, the author serves up a widely ranging platter of just about all that any fish loving human could desire.
He has truly done exemplary work, pulling together many studies done on just about all aspects of waterborne life. Credit is due for obvious deeply held concern for levels we humans can’t really understand.
Highly recommended.... although I had major problems toward the end when factory fish production came up.
Narration was ok... a few mispronunciations and some awkward phrasing at times.

  • The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth

  • And Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine
  • By: Thomas Morris
  • Narrated by: Thomas Morris, Ruper Farley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

A puzzling series of dental explosions beginning in the 19th century is just one of many strange tales that have long lain undiscovered in the pages of old medical journals. Award-winning medical historian Thomas Morris delivers one of the most remarkable, cringe-inducing collections of stories ever assembled.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I was expecting

  • By Daniel on 12-31-18

Very detailed, in a very British accent, so things are bright and shiny.

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

Very, very interesting compilation of stories! I played a little at a time to make it last. Some pronunciation is a little off for us Americans, but it’s not a problem. I enjoyed it from start to stop, and felt a larger dose of “me, too,” than expected.
Thoroughly entertaining!

  • The Chronicles of Pern

  • First Fall
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Meredith MacRae
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507

Travel back to the earliest days of Pernese history in this first-ever Dragonriders of Pern short story collection. Building a new life on a distant world, braving the dreaded Thread that falls like silver rain from the sky only to destroy every living thing it touches, flying heroically on the wondrous dragons - The Dragonriders of Pern!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good stories, poorly read.

  • By Nightveil on 08-11-09

Ok... I’ll say it: Meredith MacRae blew it...badly.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I don’t know who is the reason for this poorly presented rendition of the beginning of one of my best-ever series: the narrator (Ms MacRae) or the director in the booth. This was tremendously disappointing!
The narrator’s phrasing, mispronunciation of many, MANY words and terms, dead emotionless delivery, and apparent total disinterest in the story show through early on and frequently. Ms MacRae as an actress: great, her narrating ability: not poor, but really pitiful.
I love the Pern stories , and have for decades: I decided to try the audible version, and I’m not going to let one poorly done portrayal ruin my experience. Hopefully, the coming stories will be better! I WILL persevere!

  • A Full Life

  • Reflections at Ninety
  • By: Jimmy Carter
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Carter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713

Jimmy Carter, 39th president, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian, fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humor, and a few second thoughts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Scott Volltrauer on 08-19-16

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

It was interesting to see some of the prior reviews mention the accent that President Carter has, and their difficulty in understanding him, but as a southernor, I found his ‘non accent’ familiar and very engaging.
The book itself is well put together and organized; he lists items of note one by one and then fills in details. It was not much of a surprise to hear than certain presidents declined his advice or mediation orders.
It’s been said that he has been the best
Ex-President ever.... this probably is still true!

  • We Band of Angels

  • The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan
  • By: Elizabeth M. Norman
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 217

We Band of Angelsis the story of women searching for adventure, caught up in the drama and danger of war. On the same day the Japanese Imperial Navy launched its surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, it also struck American bases in the Far East, chief among them the Philippines. That raid led to the first major land battle for America in World War II and, in the end, to the largest defeat and surrender of American forces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very moving tribute!

  • By mark nelsen on 05-17-17

Superbly lived, written, and told !

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I am slightly amazed that there are no reviews on this title yet. It is certainly worthy of note.
Perhaps it is as yet unreviewed because unfortunately, many of the people that might be interested are now gone, leaving only historians, those who would be historians, medical historians, and WW2 buffs to absorb this wonderful narrative of valiant women caught up where they normally would not be: in an active battle - an important battle - of the Second World War.
For obvious reasons, after all, he was THE general involved, Douglas MacArthur, reaps many words of either praise or vilification, depending on the angle of the writer. In this story he is still the important commander, but one who leaves almost a hundred military nurses behind when he and his command staff evacuate ( cannot say ‘retreat’ can I?) from the Bataan/Corregidor area for the safer shores of Australia. He promised to come back, and there are many pictures of the staged return, posed for maximum impact, in the press of the day.
The nurses who were left continued to do what nurses do: they cared for their patients. And they kept on caring for their patients as they were trundled from place to place: from hospitals to a tunnel ( a LARGE one), from jungle clearings to prison camp, and even in the prison camp, they were moved from building to building, patients as well as nurses.
By the end of the story, nurses were still caring for their patients, and for some of their fellows. Many were suffering from the same vitamin and protein deficiencies as their patients. Some would never be able to return to the health they had enjoyed before the ordeal .
This book was wonderful! I was born just prior to VJ Day, so can relate personally to some of the dates mentioned.
One note about the narrator: PLEASE, someone tell this person how to pronounce exigencies! The word is used multiple times, and she never got it right!
Last note: This book takes place at the same time as the infamous Bataan Death March: many of the nurses had been stationed in the same areas as the GI’s who were then captured and forced on that infamous deathly walk.
Well worth the listen!


  • The Informant

  • By: Kurt Eichenwald
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 24 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

From an award-winning New York Times investigative reporter comes an outrageous story of greed, corruption, and conspiracy, which left the FBI and Justice Department counting on the cooperation of one man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth is stranger than fiction

  • By Dennis on 08-02-15

If industrial espionage is your thing, grab this

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

This is one of the very few books I have ever been unable to finish. I tried! Oh, I did truly try! It was somewhat like trying to eat a very large piece of cardboard, though. I have never eaten cardboard, either a large or a small piece, but I now feel that the equivalence is valid.
This is a long, long series of "John said," and then, " George replied," and many scenes are in offices or hotel rooms, hotels chosen apparently because there is a stronger likelihood of no listening devices, since they are assigned at random by the hotel management.
I do understand the importance of this story and the implications for that importance, but try as I did, I just could not overcome the somnolence factor. This is a great listen to put a person to sleep. There is no excitement, no zip, and the narrator's voice is very soothing.
The four star rating is given because of the significance of the events, not because of the dynamism of the presentation.

  • Dangerous Women

  • By: George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Jonathan Frakes, Janis Ian, and others
  • Length: 32 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,058

All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in Dangerous Women include work by 12 New York Times best sellers, and seven stories set in the authors’ best-selling continuities - including a new "Outlander" story by Diana Gabaldon, a tale of Harry Dresden’s world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Joy of an Anthology

  • By Susan on 03-21-14

Mixed bag....

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

This was not my exact type of book. I tend to go in the nonfiction genre, except for very specific situations, such as historical fiction with an emphasis on the historic part instead of the fiction part.
Some of these stories are really good, and some are REALLY good! Unfortunately, the pivot needle goes both ways: some are also bad , and some are REALLY bad! The first storv set my expectations high for the rest of the book, and unfortunately it set the bar really high - too high, for the most part. But.... there are some instances of superb storytelling here.
Little question: see if you can foretell the denouement of the New Orleans police detective story... that one caught me totally by surprise. But then again, the best tales do sneak up on a reader and grab ( SURPRISE !)
Read(listen) to these and see what you think! But one question: Why are so many in New Orleans ? That may be my imagination, but as a Louisianan I am sensitive to imaginary slights⚜️.
That’s my opinion, biased or other.

  • Virgins

  • An Outlander Short
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Allan Scott-Douglas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350

Mourning the death of his father and gravely injured at the hands of the English, Jamie Fraser finds himself running with a band of mercenaries in the French countryside, where he reconnects with his old friend, Ian Murray. Both are nursing wounds, both have good reason to stay out of Scotland, and both are still virgins despite several opportunities to remedy that deplorable situation with ladies of easy virtue.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't expect an in depth story

  • By LZ HICKERSON on 10-30-16

It’s part of Outlander.... what can I say?

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

This wonderful story is a precursor to Outlander, when the story used to begin. One of the things we learn about Jamie in the series is that he used to be a mercenary in France; another thing we learn is that his father had sent him to study at the university level in France. This is part of those stories, and of course, it’s a fine, fine story, as are all of the stories.
I have to give this narrator major props.... his accents and voices are spot on, and they add a major dimension to the story.
If you are an Outlander person, you MUST read this!!

  • Clementine

  • The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill
  • By: Sonia Purnell
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682

By Winston Churchill's own admission, victory in the Second World War would have been "impossible without her". Until now, however, the only existing biography of Churchill's wife, Clementine, was written by her daughter. Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine her due with a deeply researched account that tells her life story, revealing how she was instrumental in softening FDR's initial dislike of her husband and paving the way for Britain's close relationship with America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well told history of inspirational unsung heroine

  • By Go Steelers on 02-10-18

How little we knew about her....

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. Both the story and the author are stellar. Like most historical figures, emphasis is frequently placed on the most important of the couple, most people forgetting that without support, that important figure could have done very little. It’s very difficult to run a country if you are having to make sure supper is prepared and at the same time planning an invasion. I would assume that every working woman of today realizes how important her support network is ( I can speak of that situation from personal experience!) ... All in all, this narrator was superb; her voice became the embodiment of a WW2 era British upper class woman.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough; to any fan of military history, indeed, of the history of the English speaking world, and any individual who would have been the victim of a WW2 invasion, except for Churchill’s genius.
It’s long, but well worth the time. You will not be disappointed!

  • The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

In this delightful 15th installment, Mma Ramotswe has her hands full both at home and in the office. To add to her current challenges, her devoted partner, Grace Makutsi, has decided to branch out on her own and open The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe. But even “Miss 97 Per Cent” can't quite meet all the demands of running a business - not to mention those that a lightning strike makes on her building.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What Happened to Lisette Lecat?

  • By Eva Gannon on 01-04-15

Wonderful, as always!<br />

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This is another in the wonderful saga of Mma Ramotswe and her detective agency, including Mma Makutsi and Charlie, the previous apprentice mechanic at Rra Matekoni's Tlokweng Speedy Motors. There is another mystery for them to solve, and Grace Makutsi has decided to branch out into the restaurant business. Meanwhile, Charlie has his own problems.
listen to ALL the series, of which this is not the first.... and be delighted and thoroughly entertained; and certainly looking forward to more!