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  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,224

Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night - different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful - Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun for a While

  • By sherri on 09-18-16

Waiting on Dresden, THANK YOU Fred!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-17

If you like Dresden files, this is your next series. Great story, great characters and it doesn't take itself to seriously.

  • The Art of War

  • By: Sun Tzu
  • Narrated by: Mike Vendetti
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 319

For over 2000 years, these 13 chapters attributed to Sun Tzu have been the Bible, or should have been the Bible for those intending to wage war, or who are waging war. Ho Chi Minh I am sure was very familiar with it, and don't be surprised that the Taliban is also familiar with the principles contained therein. Leaders as diverse as Mao Zedong, General Vo Nguyen Giap, General Douglas MacArthur and leaders of Imperial Japan have drawn inspiration from the work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most enjoyable

  • By Raven L. McMillan on 03-20-15

Snooze city on the narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

This is a relatively dry subject, but GEEZ. Bueller, Bueller, Bueller...The narrator needed to spice it up!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pecan Man

  • By: Cassie Dandridge Selleck
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,188

In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief's son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still Thinking About this Book

  • By L. O. Pardue on 08-01-16

I hate cliffhangers, even though this was mild...

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

(Spoiler alert) Did she go to jail or not?! I mean, we get through this whole story and it with, "I'm leaving wither to a home or to jail." Come on.

  • Sunshine on Scotland Street

  • A 44 Scotland Street Novel, Book 8
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433

Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series, now running in its eighth season in The Scotsman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rewarding As Always

  • By E. Pearson on 09-22-14

The lost car, Cyril and that nutty Irene...

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

I love this series. I feel like a fly on the wall in these characters lives, and there is something so soothing about the narrator and writing. (Spolier alert) I love the outcome on Bertie's red Volvo. I was almost relieved. It seemed more than they could manage, which is ridiculous. Irene is such a piece of work. I love that Ulysses throws up on her. And BRUCE! What is the world was he thinking. I get the appeal though. I can't wait to read the next one.

  • Hidden Figures

  • The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
  • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,668

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. Among these problem solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Black Herstory

  • By Morgana on 10-09-16

Interesting, inspiring, but a little dry...

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

I was not expecting this to be a super, page turner, but it started to get a little dry toward the end. I may have needed to get an abridged version...

  • An Accidental Death

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,195

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent British Mystery

  • By Customer on 09-07-16

Meh...

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

The investigative stuff was interesting, but by the end it was all about immigrant culture and it felt like the author was assuming that I had knowledge of that culture. I don't like mysteries/suspense where the author does not give me enough information to figure it out on my own.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94,594

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

so, so refreshing....and funny.

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

I enjoy good self help books, but I do get tired of being told to be positive all the time. I'm too dry and unable to be plastic to have a cheerleader personality. This book is right up my alley. I'm going to read it again and get it in hardback...Man, so many people are going to get this book for their birthday this year....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar

  • By: Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,013

1870. A time known as The Great Killing. The vampire clans arose and slaughtered humanity with unprecedented carnage in the northern parts of the world. Millions perished; millions were turned into herd animals. The great industrialized civilizations of the world were left in ruin. A remnant fled south to the safety of the ever present heat which was intolerable to vampires. There, blending with the local peoples, they rebuilt their societies founded on human ingenuity, steam and iron.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I took a chance on this one and...wow!

  • By Gena on 04-30-12

James Marsters I missed you!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

I'm waiting for the next Dresden book and I needed a James fix! He is a fantastic narrator. The story is okay, but he could make programming your VCR interesting. Good Urban Fantasy. I'm a little tired of vampires, but the premise is at least a little grittier than most. Definitely not Twilight.

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  • A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294

At the end of her best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect timing

  • By Nancy on 01-15-10

Divorce is terrible, but I saw it coming...

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

While this book weaned me off the high from Eat, Pray, Love......It was okay. (Spoiler alert) I feel bad because the whole time, I was thinking that Elizabeth was glossing over some pretty big differences between her and Felipe. I literally finished this book like a week before she announced her separation. Might be good for a light read...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Becoming a Prayer Warrior

  • A Guide to Effective and Powerful Prayer
  • By: Elizabeth Alves
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

This excellent basic guide can help beginners and longtime Christians alike build their faithfulness to pray and to experience God's power as never before, then apply it in their lives, in their homes, and in the world at large.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Have!

  • By K. Taylor on 12-19-12

I read Eat, Pray, Love and this was recommended

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

Ugh. What a bunch of fluff. I couldn't even make it through the book. It was so trite and irritating. If you are looking for a more in depth soul-searching journey like Eat, Pray, Love, don't bother. If you want someone to over simply life and blow rainbows up your skirt. You found your book.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful