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  • The Explosive Child

  • A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
  • By: Ross W. Greene PhD
  • Narrated by: Jessica J.N. Wells
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: These kids aren’t attention-seeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren’t passive, permissive pushovers. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach to parenting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Updated Version is So Much BETTER!!

  • By Journey on 12-12-18

Worthwhile book; distracting narration

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

If you need help living or working with an explosive child, this book can help. The only negatives are the unhelpful chapter on medication and the narration which at times, seemed delivered by a computer: odd pauses, inappropriate emphases, and mispronunciation.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Judgment

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 385

Juliana Brody, a judge in the Superior Court of Massachusetts, is rumored to be in consideration for the federal circuit, maybe someday the highest court in the land. At a conference in a Chicago hotel, she meets a gentle, vulnerable man and has an unforgettable night with him - something she’d never done before. They part with an explicit understanding that this must never happen again. But back home in Boston, Juliana realizes this was no random encounter. The man from Chicago proves to have an integral role in a case she's presiding over....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets buried in secrets!!!!

  • By shelley on 02-01-19

Couldn't go there

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

I'm a retired trial lawyer. I tried several hundred cases to jury verdicts, hundreds more to judicial decisions, and was in court regularly for more than forty years. Not suprisingly, I have a hard time suspending disbelief with courtroom dramas because most authors can't or choose not to accurately depict how the litigation system works. Author Finder has a good rep as a suspense writer, and I bought Judgment hoping for the best. Nope. Less than an hour into it, I had to quit. The reader was good (only three stars because of the book), though. I'd listen to her again. I should have picked a Finder thriller without a legal backdrop.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,402
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,382

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

Everything just fine. Get it. (Ten more words, more words, more words, more words ain’t gonna say more.)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,455

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

And it was over!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Bought this some time ago, and only got to read it recently. My point is a I forgot it is only 2 hours long and that it only cost a buck. I never use a credit on a book that is less than 10 hours long. So, expecting a 10 hour plus experience, I'm listening along, enjoying the ride, and it abruptly ended! What? If I had dropped a credit on this, I would have been pissed. Happily, I did not. Scalzi can return to the Dispatcher anytime to write a proper length book which I will happily buy. Great concept; great reader; good deal for a buck.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Scythe

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,967

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I have read this year.

  • By Jonathan Purcell on 10-15-17

Couldn't Make Myself Finish

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

Bought this book based on its premise, which, unfortunately, could not sustain the novel. The longer I stuck with the book, the more I focused on the completely absurd premise. After seven hours, I just couldn't continue. Notwithstanding, I held onto the book for quite awhile before I faced the reality that I could never finish it. Obviously, I'm out of step with the almost four thousand folk who loved it. Oh well.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,426
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,430

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT.

  • By Ilia on 03-07-18

Great true crime podcast!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

A story of a prosecution that does not end. It will need a second podcast, or at least a post script, to wrap up the French affair.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,493

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk desperately trying to get promoted when he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, is not only someone he knows but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of THE best audiobooks ever!

  • By Sarah on 05-22-16

Great narrative; book missed the mark

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

David Thorp did a great job! His voice is easy to listen to and he handled multiple characters and accents with aplomb. The author created an intriguing mystery and wrote much of the book quite well. Unfortunately, much of the book was overwritten, and poorly edited. The author failed to finish the story, resorting to newspaper clippings to finish it. Had the Editor taken the author in hand, the reader could have been spared virtually unimportant digressions that barely moved the story. I suspect the book got to long to permit the author to properly finish off the mystery.

  • The Girl Before

  • A Novel
  • By: J. P. Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,823

Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant - and it does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Lisa on 05-07-17

Ennui - couldn't finish.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

I could only get half way through. No mystery; no suspense; no one to like. I bought it because of the great reviews, and I kept on trying to finish for the same reason. Finally, I concluded I'll never finish it, and it was a roadblock to moving on to a better book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Short Drop

  • By: Matthew FitzSimmons
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,843

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard - then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency - disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation's history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession. For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal - Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hidden gem hiding among all the generic crap

  • By Justin Messer on 12-27-15

Could not make myself continue with this book.

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

The reviews of this book are great, and the reason I bought, downloaded, and tried to enjoy it. First two easily accomplished. Not so the final step. I listened to several hours, but could not force myself to continue. The narration was not a problem, just meh. The book however, just dragged. Maybe there is a great mystery here, but the author lost me with his extended characters' backstories without any action. Make the reader care about a character before going to school on the backstory. Doubt I will give Mr. FitzSimmons another try.

  • Twelve Kings in Sharakhai

  • Song of Shattered Sands, Book 1
  • By: Bradley Beaulieu
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 25 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 242

In the city of Sharakhai, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape by a living. She, like so many in the city, pray for the downfall of the cruel, immortal Kings of Sharakhai. Then on the holy night when the powerful yet wretched creatures known as the Asirim wander the city and take tribute in order to protect the Kings, one of them tells Çeda the origin of their dark bargain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Song of Shattered Sands

  • By Heather Turiello on 09-19-17

Ennui reigns.

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

Reviewed: 10-20-15

Bought the book because I like a fantasy - sci-fi and strong female protagonists, but I could not get behind Ceda or into her world. She's unbeatable in the arena, but inexplicably, got walked over elsewhere. I got through a few hours of of disinterested listening. I realized it had taken me weeks to read so little. A few more weeks passed without turning this book back on. I love Audible, and have quite a few books piled up to read, but this book killed my desire to listen to books. (I filled up my driving and gym time with podcasts - check out Serial.) I didn't dislike Ceda or the other characters, and the narration was forgettable but not objectionable. It was just boring. My bad. I should have switched to another book. Today, I started listening to Career of Evil, and returned this book to Audible. (The return option is great! I've been an Audible member for 12 years, bought over 900 books, and returned only a handful, but the option takes the risk out of buying a book.)

7 of 10 people found this review helpful