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  • Sleeping Giants

  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,863
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,853

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good.

  • By Fluffy on 06-05-17

Mixed reviews

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

Reviewed: 02-26-17

Ok, so I had a hard time trying to figure out if I wanted to listen to this book based on the reviews I was reading. So here's my opinion:

-If you are looking for an epic literary masterpiece-this is not it.
-If you are looking for a cast that you become emotionally invested in and a bond with certain characters that carry with you for the rest of your life-this is not that book.

HOWEVER

-If you are looking for entertainment and an interesting story- this IS that book.
-If you enjoy a multi cast audio book performance-this IS that book.
-If you want to listen to something interesting enough to hold your attention but not so deep that you can't perform other tasks while listening-this IS that book.

I enjoyed it very much. I will listen to other books in this series. But I am still on the hunt for that next epic read/listen.

  • Survival Theory

  • A Preparedness Guide
  • By: Jonathan Hollerman
  • Narrated by: Jim Pelletier
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

This preparedness guide will help you develop a plan to escape the deadly rioting and looting, showing you where you can take your family to keep them safe, even if you can't afford a fully-stocked survival retreat. Jonathan Hollerman's in-depth expertise and recommendations will cover many topics including bug-out bags, SHTF Weapons, tactical gear, survival tools, knives, long-term food storage, livestock, bug-out locations, survival retreat recommendations, and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got me moving!

  • By kisa on 09-05-16

Got me moving!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

I found this book to be very well researched and full of useful information. It's not always easy finding a prepping book that doesn't go a bit over the top and make you question your own sanity. Hollerman is practical and level headed in his approach to prepping, he's also a veteran which also make me tend to trust his research and experience...but make no mistake, he's not pulling any punches either. I especially appreciated his opinion on "tacticool" gear. It made me laugh and increased my opinion of the authors legitimacy.

All that being said...

I could have done without the bible thumping bit at the end. It's a good thing he didn't put it at the beginning or laced it throughout the book because I would have never made it past the first couple of chapters.

What matters most is that this book got me moving on my food preps again. It helped me asses my bug out gear and even gave me the final push towards taking a hard look at my beloved 1911 and switching it out for a Glock as my go to SHTF pistol. Now to just find my "retreat"...

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Drowning Guard

  • A Novel of the Ottoman Empire
  • By: Linda Lafferty
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Cypress
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

In a gender reversal of Scheherazade in The Arabian Nights: Tales from a 1,001 Nights, Ottoman princess Esma Sultan seduces a different Christian lover each night, only to have him drowned in the morning. The Sultaness's true passion burns only for the Christian-born soldier charged with carrying out her brutal nightly death sentence: her drowning guard, Ivan Postivich.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By Alison on 11-09-14

Good story

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

Hated the narrator, I will never listen to anything from her again! The story was good, with a lot of potential, but other then the harem stories it was hard to get into and I was not emotionally invested in any of the characters.

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85,306
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 85,240

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Sucked Me In!

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

Reviewed: 04-23-13

What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

There is nothing I dont like about this book, or the series. It took a little while to be able to keep track of all the different characters at first, but Martin makes most of them so unique and unforgettable that you end up thinking about them as if they are real people who are a part of your life.

Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

I love Danny...I can tell she is going to go far...

  • Meditations to Change Your Brain

  • Rewire Your Neural Pathways to Transform Your Life
  • By: Rick Hanson Ph.D., Rick Mendius M.D.
  • Narrated by: Rick Hanson Ph.D., Rick Mendius M.D.
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 387

The structure of your brain changes constantly, in a dynamic, unfolding process that you yourself can direct to create the life you want. This is the exciting premise of Meditations to Change Your Brain, a breakthrough program from psychologist Rick Hanso, Ph.D. and neurologist Rick Mendius, M.D.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A SHOT OF ENDORPHINS FOR THE BRAIN

  • By Kathryn on 03-21-11

Helpful

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

Reviewed: 04-23-13

What did you love best about Meditations to Change Your Brain?

I really liked the brief intro to each meditation, then guided meditation, then conclusive remarks about the meditation format.

What other book might you compare Meditations to Change Your Brain to and why?

I usually read more Buddhist type meditation books but I really found this to be an interesting and helpful departure from my regular meditation practice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Way of the Superior Man

  • The Teaching Sessions
  • By: David Deida
  • Narrated by: David Deida
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,775
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,381

What is your true purpose in life? What do women really want? What makes a good lover? If you're a man reading this, you've undoubtedly asked yourself these questions, but you may not have had much luck answering them. Until now.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is not the book!

  • By Alvin on 03-29-09

Maybe its because I'm a woman...

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

Reviewed: 04-23-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Men might think this book makes sense or sounds good, I checked it out at the insistence of my boyfriend, but i just could not take it seriously.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Undefeated Mind

  • On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self
  • By: Alex Lickerman
  • Narrated by: Phil Holland
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617

Legions of self-help authors rightly urge personal development as the key to happiness, but they typically fail to focus on its most important objective: hardiness. Though that which doesn't kill us can make us stronger, as Nietzsche tells us, few authors today offer any insight into just how to springboard from adversity to strength. It doesn't just happen automatically, and it takes practice. New scientific research suggests that resilience isn't something with which only a fortunate few of us have been born, but rather something we can all take specific action to develop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book

  • By Sigurd on 08-05-14

Not what I expected but...

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

Reviewed: 04-23-13

If you could sum up The Undefeated Mind in three words, what would they be?

I downloaded this book because after ordering a bunch of books on amazon on fitness and crossfit this book was recommended to me. So I guess I was expecting it to be a book about learning how to condition your mind to be tuff, in the sense of pushing your self towards goals and through really hard work outs or even pain or injury. Instead it ended up being a book more broad in nature, focused more on everyday problems and a few life changing type events.

What did you like best about this story?

There was a section on "finding your mission" that I liked and also a section on "negative thoughts" that have stuck with me on almost a daily basis.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator delivery is a bit...i dont know how to explain it...it seems to lack almost any emotion. Not as bad as a computerized voice...but sometimes it seemed close.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this book on my lunch hours while taking walks.

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Confessions of a Scary Mommy

  • An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood - The Good, The Bad, and the Scary
  • By: Jill Smokler
  • Narrated by: Jill Smokler
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 456

In a culture that idealizes motherhood, it’s scary to confess that, in your house, being a mother is beautiful and dirty and joyful and frustrating all at once. Admitting that it’s not easy doesn’t make you a bad mom; at least, it shouldn’t. When Jill Smokler was first home with her small children, she thought her blog would be something to keep friends and family updated. To her surprise, she hit a chord in the hearts of mothers everywhere. As other women shared their stories, Jill realized she wasn’t alone in her feelings of exhaustion and imperfection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cracked Me Up!

  • By kisa on 04-23-13

Cracked Me Up!

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

Reviewed: 04-23-13

Would you listen to Confessions of a Scary Mommy again? Why?

This book was great, it made me feel much better knowing that there are so many moms (or maybe all moms) that are so much like me in my struggles to be a good mom, keep a sense of self and juggle everything else life throws at us.

Caution: Do not listen to this while you're in the car with your kids ;)

15 of 18 people found this review helpful