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  • Killer by Nature

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jan Smith
  • Narrated by: Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,316
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,040
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,985

Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder – a body found in a children's playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, 'The Playground Killer' (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage's often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Awful

  • By Mausie21 on 02-22-19

In a word, meh.

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

It was okay. The actors performed well, but the effects and music were a bit much, reminiscent of the old radio soaps. Some people probably like it.

The story was good enough but the script needs some work. The first 40 minutes or so were very hard to follow. If the writers were trying to imitate that old soap style, a narrator's introduction would have helped with the confusion. There were several places that I honestly think ended up in the script by mistake. Like the part where Buckley mockingly says she can't drive because of her small girl hands. The line made no sense. Why was it there?

So "meh" covers it pretty well. There were places where the riveting suspense of this style was just dropped, instead of developed. Combined with little reason to care about any of the characters left me with "meh" everytime something happened.

The very end was done well. They got that exactly right.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,546
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,494

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must hear ... but not for kids!

  • By Dylan on 02-19-19

One of the best audio programs I've ever heard.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

An old timey radio show comes together to give you 12 episodes that show you a glimpse into the interesting secrets of the Victorian era. In this fantastic performance you'll hear the hallmarks of radio performance as it used to be given before the 1950s. Your narrator, Stephen Fry, takes you through interesting topics of the Victorian era, while accompanied by voice talent and music appropriate for the timeframe. All the juicy gossip that you would expect, sex and drugs, and less enticing but nonetheless fascinating hardly known facts of life from that romantic period are each discussed one by one in each episode. I have found a new love for an era long past, and will be looking for more works based in this period because of this performance. I cannot recommend this enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,085

The sand-blasted world of Arrakis has become green, watered, and fertile. Old Paul Atreides, who led the desert Fremen to political and religious domination of the galaxy, is gone. But for the children of Dune, the very blossoming of their land contains the seeds of its own destruction. The altered climate is destroying the giant sandworms, and this in turn is disastrous for the planet's economy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but operatic in flavor

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 11-25-09

Good. Mirrors the first book.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

Interesting plays, intrigue, "the golden path". There's a lot to like. The performance is less disjointed than the previous two books. Apparently the producers opted to have just the one narrator this time, except for a few stray lines here and there. I really fail to understand this inconsistency.

  • Political Order and Political Decay

  • From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy
  • By: Francis Fukuyama
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 24 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239

Fukuyama examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Understanding our place thru Poly Sci

  • By Gary on 12-29-14

This guy should be president.

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

Actual political *science*, not an opinion piece. Very refreshing. This guy would totally be in my cabinet if I was president.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,724

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

Great story. bad performance

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

A very interesting book, combining sci-fi, mysticism, imperialism, tribal life, and a perfect combination of strong male and female leads. Unlike any book I've read.

The performance was strange however. The narrator was okay, his voices a little too similar at times. The main issue is that at times, individual character voice talent will take over then go back to just the narrator without any rhyme or reason. I don't imagine costs would be the issue here, so they must have some artistic reason to do it, but I can't figure out what that would be.

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 51,359
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47,119
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47,046

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim Dale at his best

  • By rottndachs on 01-12-16

Forget the movie. This is 10 times better.

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

Reviewed: 02-21-17

Seriously, the movie is an utter waste of time. I saw the movie first and was lost for almost half of it. Went through the book and now I see why people talk about the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Automatic Customer

  • Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry
  • By: John Warrillow
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689

The lifeblood of your business is repeat customers. But customers can be fickle, markets shift, and competitors are ruthless. So how do you ensure a steady flow of repeat business? The secret--no matter what industry you're in--is finding and keeping automatic customers. These days virtually anything you need can be purchased through a subscription, with more convenience than ever before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, bad reader

  • By J. Rodriguez on 02-25-16

Spectacular!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

I was expecting the book to be interesting but this way exceeded my expectations. I was expecting mostly just hype "you need to run your business in a subscription model". But most of the last half of the book is all the nitty-gritty numbers and vocabulary you need to know to help you build a subscription model that will actually succeed. Once you get to that part make sure you have a pen and paper ready. You're going to need it. I find myself recommending this book to everyone now.

The voice talent was also very easy to listen to. sometimes the book can be great but the voice is just horrible. Not so with this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,877

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

A great story, strange voice

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

A very inspiring story that covers primarily, of course, the history of how the Wright brothers discovered the principles of flight and changed the world forever. McCullough has a very poor voice for this kind of thing. It may be because he's too elderly, I don't know how old he is, but it's the kind of voice that slurs and slurps nearly every word and for the first 5 minutes of every listen I can't get the image out of my mind of an old man with dentures drooling down his chin as he struggles to literally spit out every word. It's very distracting, but I was able to get over it after a short while. It tends to sound less wet past 1.5 x speed.

  • Relationship Breakthrough

  • How to Create Outstanding Relationships in Every Area of Your Life
  • By: Cloe Madanes, Anthony Robbins
  • Narrated by: Aimee Jolson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

Everyone faces the challenges of making relationships work. Whether with spouses, family members, friends, lovers, or colleagues, relationships have the power to make one feel happy, frustrated, or miserable. In Relationship Breakthrough, Cloe Madanes - an expert in creating healing, empowering relationships - gives listeners vital tools to transform their relationships and their lives. Madanes's cutting-edge methods produce real results and create rewarding, sustainable relationships.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Dee on 01-10-16

Meh. Some pearls, but ultimately not worth it.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

Would you try another book from Cloe Madanes and Anthony Robbins and/or Aimee Jolson?

Maybe. This one came to me on the recommendation of a friend.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

There were a few "pearls". Like little one liners that helped understand relationships a bit better, but ultimately, it is mostly just stories about this couple and that couple doing this and that for their marriage. Anecdotal kind of stuff that is hard to boil down into something useful. There were also these constant lists or steps of things. "five steps" of whatever, "six needs of everyone", and so on. Lists are a helpful learning tool, but an overused tool is self-defeating.

What didn’t you like about Aimee Jolson’s performance?

Kind of boring. Very little enthusiasm in the voice.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, but a movie is certainly a lot less of a time commitment.

Any additional comments?

If you have a free credit and have a shaky relationship, give it a try. It might be helpful to you, but it was only marginally helpful for me.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The World According to Star Wars

  • By: Cass R. Sunstein
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

A deeply original celebration of George Lucas' masterpiece as it relates to history, presidential politics, law, economics, fatherhood, and culture by a Harvard legal scholar and former White House advisor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The title says it all

  • By Steve on 06-16-16

It's crap.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

"The world according to d-bag with star wars metaphors" is more like it. It feels like a very immature or "fanboy" understanding of the story and an amateurish attempt to analyze a cultural phenomenon. I had to rate low on performance too because he quotes lines from the story and can't even say them with the same inflections that the actors said them. I don't feel like I'm being picky, but if you don't say it right that you're saying it wrong.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful