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  • Jingle Bell Pop

  • By: John Seabrook
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,164
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,873
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,870

On Christmas Eve, 1818, in a small Austrian village, a local Catholic priest and a church organist composed a Christmas carol that changed the course of holiday music forever. Exactly two hundred years later, it’s not the holiday season until you’ve heard “Silent Night” in the car, at the store and on TV – all in the same day. 

In Jingle Bell Pop, John Seabrook, acclaimed author of The Song Machine, takes us deep inside the holiday music business. We go behind the scenes to meet some of the producers, songwriters and recording artists responsible for the timeless tunes we hear on repeat between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making of a Christmas Hit

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Interesting ride through the holidays -- but why?

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Enjoyed this light review of several holiday classics -- until it got needlessly political at the end. Merry Christmas to all!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,889

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My First Completed Stephen King Novel

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 02-20-12

Like visiting old friends.... :)

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

In the 1980s, I read a lot of Stephen King, but The Stand was always my favorite. I can't remember how many times I read it! I hadn't touched it in years, though, and I'd never make it through my beloved old paperback version now. (No disrespect to Mr. King; reading anything puts me to sleep!) Anyway, unlike so many other things, The Stand stood the test of time. Listening to it was like visiting old friends (and, sadly, saying goodbye to so many of them again...). Two warnings, if you've read it before -- 1) My version was set in 1985-86, one of my favorite time periods. This one's set in 1990-91. I understand why it was updated, but I wish it weren't. Unless you're a 1985 fan, you probably won't notice. 2) The ending is different! I didn't like that; the original was better. No spoilers here. But overall, highly recommend the story, the narrator, and everything. Nearly 50 hours goes by much too quickly.... Enjoy!

  • The Burning Maze

  • The Trials of Apollo, Book 3
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,800
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,624

The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad. With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Nathan on 09-30-18

Where’s the fun?

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I have read every book in the series, starting way back when with Percy Jackson. This one was a letdown. It dragged on and on. Apollo whined more and more. And the two significant deaths still depressed me. Not the enjoying read that I expect from Rick Riordan. The best parts were the clever chapter titles, and the narration.

  • Rise

  • Surviving the Fight of My Life
  • By: Paige VanZant
  • Narrated by: Chloe Cannon, Paige VanZant
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 76

Paige VanZant is a rising Mixed Martial Arts star in the UFC's women's strawweight division and holds a reputation for her ability to defeat obstacles and brutal fights in and out of the octagon. But long before she was a world-class fighter and winning over fans with her unlikely strength, Paige battled her own private demons. Rise is the story of her fight to become a bone-breaking competitor. It is the deeply moving and soul-inspiring journey of a warrior who transformed her pain into power and became one of the toughest women in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A strong woman!!

  • By KCR's mommy on 04-12-18

A strong woman!!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I was surprised by the horror she has survived, and it was difficult to listen to those parts, just because they are so horrific. But her rise is inspiring. Can’t wait to see what she does next!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Days

  • Happy and Otherwise
  • By: Marion Ross, David Laurell - contributor, Ron Howard - foreword
  • Narrated by: Marion Ross, David Laurell, Jim Meskimen, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

For eleven seasons, Marion Ross was head of one of America's favorite television households. Now meet the lovable real-life woman behind the Happy Days mom. In this warm and candid memoir, filled with loving recollections from the award-winning Happy Days team - from break-out star Henry Winkler to Cunningham "wild child" Erin Moran - Ross shares what it was like to be a starry-eyed young girl with dreams in poor, rural Minnesota, and the resilience, sacrifices, and determination it took to make them come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Happy I read it!

  • By KCR's mommy on 03-31-18

Happy I read it!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

A lovely, heartfelt, optimistic, inspirationalstory. I knew about Marion Ross from her work as Mrs. Marion Cunningham, and I enjoyed hearing about the rest of her days, happy and otherwise.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Trooper

  • The Bobcat Who Came in from the Wild
  • By: Forrest Bryant Johnson
  • Narrated by: Barry Abrams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Whenever middle-aged desert tour guide Forrest Bryant Johnson went out on his daily walks into the Mojave, all was usually peaceful and serene. But one beautiful summer day in 1987, Forrest heard a cry of distress. Following the cries, he came upon a small bobcat kitten, injured, orphaned, and desperately in need of help. So Forrest took his new feline friend home for a night.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trooper The Bobcat Who Came in From the Wild

  • By Kim M. Brownell on 01-25-19

Love Trooper!

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Beautiful, heartwarming story of an usual but magical relationship between a man and his bobcat (and golden cat!). Highly recommend!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Juliet’s Answer

  • One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak
  • By: Glenn Dixon
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

When Glenn Dixon is spurned by love, he packs his bags for Verona, Italy. Once there, he volunteers to answer the thousands of letters that arrive addressed to Juliet - letters sent from lovelorn people all over the world to Juliet's hometown, people who long to understand the mysteries of the human heart. Glenn's journey takes him deep into the charming community of Verona, where he becomes involved in unraveling the truth behind Romeo and Juliet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In fair Verona, where we lay our scene...

  • By Craig on 08-07-18

To Thine Own Self Be True: listen to this book! :)

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

What made the experience of listening to Juliet’s Answer the most enjoyable?

I prefer autobiographies and memoirs to other genres, but so many published bios are harsh or depressing. Juliet's Answer combined literature, humor, romance, education, travel, mystery, and adventure in a truly engaging, uplifting memoir. I had never heard of this book, or the group in Verona that answers letters to Juliet, but I'm so glad I found this audiobook on Audible! Glenn Dixon spins his tale expertly. One of my best listens ever. Hope to hear more from both this author and this narrator!

What did you like best about this story?

It went beyond a great memoir to teach and surprise me. I just loved it! Romeo and Juliet may be a tale of woe, but this book was fun and uplifting.

Which scene was your favorite?

When I realized the real-life plot twist. :) No spoilers here; you'll have to listen!

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

Definitely!

  • The True Tails of Baker and Taylor

  • The Library Cats Who Left Their Pawprints on a Small Town...and the World
  • By: Jan Louch, Lisa Rogak
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

It all started when Jan Louch, assistant librarian at the Douglas County Public Library in Carson Valley, Nevada, and a coworker acquired two Scottish fold cats to keep mice away from the town's new library. Jan called the cats Baker and Taylor because the names fit the felines' mild temperaments - and because she dealt with the book distribution company on a daily basis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Baker and Taylor are purrfect!

  • By KCR's mommy on 07-27-16

Baker and Taylor are purrfect!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

What a wonderful story about two cats, and how they changed a library and countless lives for the better! If you love Dewey the Lbrary Cat and A Street Cat Named Bob, or if memoirs and biographies are your thing, or if you just like books and/or cats, this is your next listen!! :-)

  • American Pharoah

  • The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
  • By: Joe Drape
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,559
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,236

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't buy it, free download

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-14-18

Triple Crown!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

What made the experience of listening to American Pharoah the most enjoyable?

Reliving American Pharoah's journey to the Triple Crown

Any additional comments?

It was thorough, if sometimes a little confusing, coverage of all of the main players in a great moment in racing history. I would have liked to have heard more about American Pharoah and less about the people around him, but I guess that the horse hasn't been giving interviews. :)

27 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Tabby Cat Tales

  • By: Becky Corwin-Adams
  • Narrated by: Pilar Uribe
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Tabby was a real cat, born in 1965 to an animal loving family in a small northwest Ohio town. The family owned at least 14 cats over the years. Three of the most memorable cats were three generations of felines: mother, daughter, and granddaughter. Tabby was the daughter of Shadow, one of the earlier cats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovable, Wholesome Cat Tale For The Entire Family!

  • By Thomas Baker on 02-05-14

Dead Cats

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

Reviewed: 03-26-15

What would have made Tabby Cat Tales better?

Fewer dead cats. More compassion over their deaths. More happy stories about Tabby. Better writing.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Julie by Catherine Marshall

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger, sadness, disappointment -- all of the above.

Any additional comments?

I know it was the 60s and things were different, but in less than 30 minutes of audio, I lost track of how many cats perished, most from being hit by cars or simply disappearing. And there was minimal compassion for their deaths. I thought it would be a cute story told fro a cat's point of view, but it was just dreadful and depressing and not well written. If you love cats, stay away.