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  • The Darkwater Bride

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Donal Finn, Jamie Glover, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14,707
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,539
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13,499

Late Victorian London. When James Miller, the most respectable of Scottish businessmen, is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption. Alongside local detective Culley, Catriona’s search for her father’s killer leads all the way to the tragic truth behind the ghostly legend of The Darkwater Bride and the power of her deadly kiss. The Darkwater Bride combines the genres of the Victorian mystery thriller with the equally classic Victorian mode of the ghostly tale.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • spooky audio drama / sex & violence crime fiction

  • By Paul on 04-07-19

Every character is stupid, a POS or a Rapist

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

Reviewed: 04-27-19

I've read Grimdark stories of post-apocalyptic barren wastelands that are more optimistic than this book.

The main character is insultingly one dimensional, most of her actions tend to get people killed and only cause MORE trouble all while stating that she is a strong independent woman that needs no man to help her, then proceeds to nearly get raped. This happens more than once.

Speaking of rape, every damn male character aside from her ehm... let's call him love interest (since he wasn't interesting enough to be anything else), tries to rape her. I could name at least 3 rape attempts off the top of my head. It's a very abused resource and not only loses it's shock value very fast, but is used for a very lame plot twist almost at the end.

The book tries to be a mystery, but it's solvable from the 30 minute mark, so there are more scene of characters saying misognistic things to the Main Character, like "OHH WOMEN SHOULDN'T BE HERE" or "YOU CAN'T HELP BECAUSE YOU'RE A WOMAN", than actual sleuthing. Clues and leads are basically given to them until the plot moves by itself just to put the character in ANOTHER bad situation where she could be raped. Have I said rape enough? Well, listen to the last 30 minutes and the word is used more than adjectives.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Way Down

  • Daniel Faust, Book 1
  • By: Craig Schaefer
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,228

Nobody knows the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas like Daniel Faust, a sorcerer for hire and ex-gangster who uses black magic and bullets to solve his clients' problems. When an old man comes seeking vengeance for his murdered granddaughter, what looks like a simple job quickly spirals out of control. Soon Daniel stands in the crossfire between a murderous porn director; a corrupt cop with a quick trigger finger; and his own former employer, a racket boss who isn't entirely human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall pretty good

  • By Brian Allen on 02-04-15

Let's play Detective Novel Cliché Bingo!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

Down on his luck Detective that drowns his sorrows in alcohol? Check. Tragic backstory filled with daddy issues? Check. Seductive Temptress with a very, VERY badly acted foreign accent? BINGO!

This is a fun book and the author does meld fantasy and detective novel in neat ways while keeping both themes grounded, for example, the MC using a lockpick kit instead of a magical "unlock everything" spell or characters using guns as well as magic for fights, most of the time it's one or the other, but it sounds like a checklist for everything a noire detective drama story should have and that really drags it down. Fantasy buffs will get a peek of the magical world, with interesting and well written characters that legit made me chuckle more than they shoul've, where in contrast, detective story fans will get the textbook example of a bland villain.

If the book is on sale, give it a try, you might find it enjoyable, but personally I won't pick up the sequels any time soon.

  • Becoming a Great Essayist

  • By: Jennifer Cognard-Black, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Cognard-Black
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

If you have a clever anecdote, an interesting memory, a new way to explain how something works, or an opinion on a social or political issue, then you have an essay in you. Unlike a novel, history book, or scientific publication, essays provide you with the versatility to express all the various facets that make you you. The concise and direct nature of an essay means that you may tap in to your sense of wit, share your individual point of view, persuade others to your perspective, and record a part of your memories for future generations in as many distinct essay forms as you wish.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For person who likes to journal

  • By CB_1975 on 03-30-17

Expected a Cookbook and got a Minecraft Guide

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

Imagine buying an Italian Cookbook, then when talking about pasta suddenly the author starts spouting about Minecraft, crafting and best strategies, then challenges you to use your new knowledge to craft a Penne Alfredo.

This was my experience with this Course. Expecting writing and formatting tips I got scolded for being racist, sexist and a slaver, even if I don't live in the US. I learned some tips on essays and writing in general, but had to endure lectures about how slavery is bad, then how Aristotle (a guy who defended slavery) had the moral high ground when writing.

It is distracting and certainly not what I expected, you might find some things useful here, but it's just a small fraction of the book, if you want unadultered writing advice from experts, go listen to "Writing Excuses" a Podcast with authors such as Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells and Mary Robinette Kowall.

15 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Urban Monk

  • Eastern Wisdom and Modern Hacks to Stop Time and Find Success, Happiness, and Peace
  • By: Pedram Shojai OMD
  • Narrated by: Pedram Shojai OMD
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781

The Urban Monk, a New York Times best seller, reveals the secrets to finding an open heart, sharp mind, and grounded sense of well-being, even in the most demanding circumstances. Shojai's no-nonsense life mastery program brings together clear tools and exercises that can elevate your existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Down From The Himalayas!

  • By Gillian on 01-20-17

Goes from Ok, to Woo, to Outright dangerous

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

Reviewed: 01-29-17

The book starts with simple and tried advice "Drink less caffeine, eat more soups and sleep more" to THIS COMMON CHINESE HERB HAS ANTI-CANCER SECRET BIG PHARMA DOES NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW in a heartbeat.

Snake Oils salesman are a dime a dozen, saying the western world is filled with consumerism and then saying you should visit their website and buy the new life package for $49.99, but when you ourtright say a chinese herb can help prevent cancer, that's just dangerous.

4 star performance because he knows his snake oil pitch, but has to cus' every 3 words, something that really takes out of the "inner peace" mindset he's trying to sell.

15 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich

  • By: Ramit Sethi
  • Narrated by: Ramit Sethi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,664

At last, for a generation that's materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi's 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds. A completely practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what Sethi says, it is based around the four pillars of personal finance - banking, saving, budgeting, and investing - and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Behavioral approach to money sets this book apart

  • By Erica on 03-08-11

Needs an updated version.

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

As a non-US person, most of the advice needs lots of adaptations, but it's still usable... if it was 2011.

Interest rates, 401Ks and many things have changed over the years and again, while the advice is useful, it's a completely different playing field, an example of this is the book refering to the "recent" 2008 crash a lot, and I mean A LOT.

On the plus side, Ramit is awesome, the jokes and delivery are great, so while the subject of the book (personal finance) can be seen as boring, there is never a dull moment in all the performance.

  • Irish Fairy Tales

  • By: James Stephens (editor)
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

This collection of 10 time-honored tales brims with enchantment, whimsy, and sly humor. Assembled by a renowned poet and student of Gaelic language and culture, this edition includes "The Birth of Bran", "The Little Brawl at Allen", "The Enchanted Cave of Cesh Corran", "Becuma of the White Skin", "Mongan's Frenzy", and other stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful poetic stories, authentic narration

  • By this game is fun on 01-08-17

I'd buy 20 more stories

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

Needs more Diarmuid of the Gay Face, one of Irelands most underrated characters, with stories of witches, demons and magic spears; but the selected stories were awesome.

Kevin Stillwell does an incredible job of performing the stories, adding a sense of mysticism and wonder to all, paired with perfect pronunciation made this one of the most enjoyable anthologies I've heard.

If they teamed up to release another compilation, it would be an insta-buy for me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Accidental Creative

  • How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice
  • By: Todd Henry
  • Narrated by: Todd Henry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 328

It isn't enough to just do your job anymore. In order to thrive in today's marketplace, all of us, regardless of our role, have to be ready to generate brilliant ideas on demand. Business creativity expert Todd Henry explains how to establish effective practices that unleash your creative potential. Born out of his consultancy and his popular podcast, Henry has created a practical method for discovering your personal creative rhythm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Becoming and maintaining the Accidental Creative

  • By H. de Gyor on 02-02-12

Heard half of it, didn't listen to a single Word.

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

Mediocre is the best way to describe this book.

- If you have a big workload... organize it better.
- Create systems to encourage a creative environment.
- Surround yourself with creative people.
- Sleep more.

Really? This sounds like a Buzzfeed article on "10 things only creative people do, Number 5 will ruin your childhood". There isn't anything gamebreaking and most of the issues it tackles aren't really things one can control like ad agency having a suprise pitch.

The author/narrator does a very poor job of conveying energy, while the enthusiasm is there, as a reader, you can't feel it. I never felt drawn in and never listened to any of the advice, when I did, it was just generic.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

  • By: Josh Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Josh Kaufman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,808

Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume. The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an MBA, But A Damn Decent Experience.

  • By Jonny on 01-20-13

TOO KEWL 4 SKOOL

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

It's THAT Guy, you know him, the one who says I RULE, SK00L DROOLZ, even though he starts his story saying that he got a middle managaer job in a great company thanks to his college. Most of his information is solely based on the US, an as a Non-US listener, most of the criticisms he says about MBA programs didn't really apply to me.

The book starts saying that "other gurus" just use the book as a presentation card or advertisment for their own services, yet there were far too many plugs for his own achievements and blog for me to think this was anything other than THAT Guy saying how awesome he is.

The book does have positive, most of the business advice and reference to other material (for example Ramit Sethi's I will teach you to be rich) shows effort and research. Systems, how business work and mostly the ideas behind a great company; even so, some of the material is outdated, like him mentioning willpower can be replenished by eating sugar.

THAT Guy says this is a starting point and with that I have to agree, having read and listened to other business books, this one is mediocre, not bad, but nothing new under the sun.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Learn Japanese - Ultimate Getting Started with Japanese Box Set, Lessons 1-55

  • Absolute Beginner Japanese #7
  • By: Innovative Language Learning
  • Narrated by: JapanesePod101.com
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 199

Start speaking Japanese in minutes, and grasp the language, culture and customs in just minutes more with Ultimate Getting Started with Japanese Box Set, a completely new way to learn Japanese with ease! Ultimate Getting Started with Japanese Box Set will have you speaking with proper pronunciation from the very first lesson and arm you with cultural insight and other information to utterly shock and amaze your Japanese friends.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cool, I paid for the same material I got for free

  • By Ryan on 05-24-16

You've been saying Sensei wrong all your life.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This course is for absolute beginners or people who know the basics of basics of Japanese. Pronunciation is handled by a native japanese speaker and covers some of the most basic common mistakes people can have, while not calling them mistakes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The book uses conversations to introduce various REAL situations one might find in Japan, all by the proxy of Ashley Jones, who has awesome adventures in Japan and really make the course relatable as she meets characters and interacts with a lot of different people

What does Peter Galante and Naomi Kambe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Every time they name drop something I know from Japanese culture (Luna Sea or Utada Hikaru)

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me cry with some scaling in difficulty. In one lesson you learn "How much does this cookie cost?" and in the next lesson "Your hotel room is 108, breakfast is served at 7:00 am with this breakfast ticket". While it might not sound so drastic, the learning curve is brutal.

Any additional comments?

Get it, but download the reading material PDF for the phone, it will save you hours of not understanding something because while it was touched upon in the lessons themselves, down the line not memorizing things like numbers, particles or counters really lags the lessons.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 753
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 664

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

You'll want to become a brewer after this.

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

Reviewed: 12-23-15

Learn how people have used each and every plant, fruit, herb and tree to make spirits, but also, what are the differences between the different types of spirits.

This book is very geeky, for people who love plants, trivia and alcohol not for its flavor but its place in history and after finishing it you'll be itching to try all the things recommended here, from growing your own plants, to making your own Marraquino Cherries and wanting to destill moonshine with plants and herbs.

This book is fun, but I'll buy the hardcover version, since you'll need pen and paper ready for the recipes and I'd also would've liked some more growing tips, but overall if you're into botany, bartending or into the history of alochol, you'll love this book