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  • Bending

  • Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More
  • By: Greta Christina
  • Narrated by: Greta Christina
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

These are not nice stories.They're filthy. They're fearless. Some are even funny. Greta Christina's erotic stories are written to get you hard and wet - and to change the ways you think about sex. Be forewarned - stuff happens here that's borderline consensual. Or not at all consensual. These are dirty, kinky stories about shame, about pain, helplessness and danger, reckless behavior and bad, bad ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Author says this is PORN for the MIND

  • By Bonnie on 08-27-13

Best erotic short fiction on Audible

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Bending is, quite simply, the best erotic short fiction available on Audible. The stories are incredibly varied in the topic, emotional weight of the stories, and types of characters, but Christina is consistently a compelling author. Most of these stories are incredibly hot, some are pretty sweet, and a few are disturbing in just the right way. If you're looking for kinky fiction, this should be your first choice.

  • The Drunken Botanist

  • The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
  • By: Amy Stewart
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 707
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 624

Every great drink starts with a plant. Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley. Gin was born from a conifer shrub when medieval physicians boiled juniper berries with wine to treat stomach pain. The Drunken Botanist uncovers the surprising botanical history and fascinating science and chemistry of over 150 plants, flowers, trees, and fruits (and even a few fungi).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No more cheap tequila!

  • By Cynthia on 03-23-13

Interesting information, unbearable naration

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

Reviewed: 04-09-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator is terrible. Her voice work doesn't sound natural at all. She does this weird open mouth pronunciation thing that sounds painfully forced and awful.

What didn’t you like about Coleen Marlo’s performance?

Her voice sounds like someone who is trying to sound more refined than they actually are. It's forced, and really painful to listen to.

Did The Drunken Botanist inspire you to do anything?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

In the section on hops the author discusses the difference between lagers and ales without once mentioning fermentation temperatures. This makes me question all of the information in the book - if this part was missing such an obvious piece of information, how many other parts are inaccurate or incomplete?

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Classical Mythology: The Greeks

  • The Modern Scholar
  • By: Professor Peter Meineck
  • Narrated by: Peter Meineck
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Through the study of these time-honored myths, the Greek heroes and gods - including Heracles, Zeus, Achilles, Athena, Aphrodite, and others - leap from the page in all their glorious splendor. The following lectures are not only an entertaining guide to Greek mythology, but a fascinating look into the culture and time that produced these eternal tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Billy Barker on 04-17-10

Not as much as I hoped for

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-11

I honestly had hoped for something a little easier to follow. I've enjoyed other Modern Scholar works before, but this seemed less organized than the others. It still has good information and isn't hard to listen to, but I didn't retain as much as I'd like.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • By: Rebecca Skloot
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,749

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story

  • By Prisca on 04-30-10

Outstanding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-11

This book stunned me. I'd heard a few interviews with the author, and wasn't sure the book would actually give more information than those interviews but it really did. I'm thrilled that I spent the time listening to it. The family's story moved me, the scientific concepts intrigued me, and the personal parts brought me in. Even the voicing is excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Packing for Mars

  • The Curious Science of Life in the Void
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,652
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,720
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,716

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More

  • By Roy on 09-22-10

Fun stuff!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-11

Like all of Mary Roach's work, this is a really fun book to listen to! It's actually a little more well-organized than her previous work, but just as much fun. Her humor and accessibility are still at 100%!

My only complaint is similar to all of her work - there could be more science here. The lay public CAN handle science, and holding back on it does a disservice to those of us who crave more.

  • Eaarth

  • Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
  • By: Bill McKibben
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Twenty years ago, with The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he insists, we need to acknowledge that we've waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already under way. Our old familiar globe is suddenly melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very important and interesting read

  • By Ira on 07-19-10

Had high hopes, disappointed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-10

Having heard a few interviews with McKibben I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately I was pretty disappointed with it. I felt it did not actually discuss the topic of how we could live in the future much, and mostly discussed current and past problems. Also, it was very badly organized - bouncing around from one idea to the next with no real structure. I really don't recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How to Survive a Robot Uprising

  • Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion
  • By: Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92

How do you spot a robot mimicking a human? How do you recognize and deactivate a rebel servant robot? How do you escape a murderous "smart" house, or evade a swarm of marauding robotic flies? In this dryly hilarious survival guide, roboticist Daniel H. Wilson teaches worried humans the secrets to quashing a robot mutiny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and Interesting Book

  • By Gurmukh on 09-29-07

Could have been more engaging

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-10

While the information in this book was accurate and somewhat interesting, I had hoped that it would take a more creative route. I was looking at this book after enjoying "A Zombie Survival Guide" and this did NOT fit the bill.

  • Catching Fire

  • Hunger Games, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,797

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dissent Rules

  • By FanB14 on 07-06-12

One of the best!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-10

This is certainly one of the best books I have listened to or read in the past few years. The plot kept me engaged, the world creation is fascinating, and the characters are explored deeply.

I have no complaints, and simply can't wait for the next one!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Days of the Incas

  • By: Kim MacQuarrie
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 21 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

In 1532, the 54-year-old Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro led a force of 167 men, including his four brothers, to the shores of Peru. Unbeknownst to the Spaniards, the Inca rulers of Peru had just fought a bloody civil war in which the emperor Atahualpa had defeated his brother, Huascar. Pizarro and his men soon clashed with Atahualpa and a huge force of Inca warriors at the Battle of Cajamarca.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fact is more fascinating than fiction

  • By Paul Norwood on 05-02-08

Pretty boring

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-10

I enjoy history, but I insist that it be written in a way that keeps my attention. This book did not. Honestly, it was pretty boring, and that surprised me since the subject matter was interesting and should have been able to hold anyone's attention. Honestly, don't waste your time with this book unless you are looking to be put to sleep.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unseen Academicals: Discworld #32

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,770
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old-fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another good book from Pratchett

  • By Benny S on 11-03-09

Another good book from Pratchett

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-09

I've loved nearly all of Terry Pratchett's work, and this one is no exception. While his stories and characters have matured over the course of his career, it is nice to see him return to the wizards on Unseen University.
I'm not much a sports fan, so the football theme is not really my cup of tea, but this book did manage to make it fun and interesting to me. Seeing the character growth of Ponder Stibbins was a particular joy.
On the other hand, unlike several of the more recent Discworld books, this one does not really move the world plot forward at all. With Pratchett's career's end on the horizon, I hope to see at least some glimpse of the coming future of the Disc. In this sense, the book did not deliver.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful