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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,425

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By LadyReadsAlot on 06-04-18

One Rule for Life

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Half way through this audiobook and I have one rule for life: " turn off this preachy Canadian know it all. "
He drones on and on and on …….. Nails on a chalkboard or a Yoko Ono album would be a better choice to listen to.

  • Johannes Cabal The Necromancer

  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,032

Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul.... He hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Satan, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager: Johannes has one year to persuade 100 people to sign over their souls, or he will be damned forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece Comedy

  • By Guillermo on 06-19-10

What is going on?

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

For the majority of the story I had no idea what was going on. At the end I still had no idea.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,781

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Lawyer talks about his favorite subject; himself

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Stop talking about yourself

Has Hillbilly Elegy turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

Would you be willing to try another one of J. D. Vance’s performances?

NO

What character would you cut from Hillbilly Elegy?

JD Vance

Any additional comments?

Author droned on and on about himself and his success due to his pulling himself up by his bootstraps. When I got to the part where he actually praised "pay day loans" i had to turn it off.

  • Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Revised and Expanded)

  • The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Lack of Focus, Anger, and Memory Problems
  • By: Daniel G. Amen M.D.
  • Narrated by: Daniel G. Amen M.D.
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

In this completely revised and updated edition of the breakthrough best seller, you'll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. You're not stuck with the brain you're born with. Renowned neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen includes cutting-edge research and the latest surprising, effective "brain prescriptions" that can help heal your brain and change your life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive - starts out much like an infomercial.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-16-16

Infomercial

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

Reviewed: 04-10-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More content, less advertising. I felt like I was listening to a late night TV infomercial

What do you think your next listen will be?

no idea

What didn’t you like about Daniel G. Amen’s performance?

Repetition

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Quiet

  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • By: Susan Cain
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,738

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confidence booster for introverts their parents

  • By Neuron on 02-28-14

Good Start, then boredom

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

Reviewed: 09-08-12

Would you try another book from Susan Cain and/or Kathe Mazur?

No

What do you think your next listen will be?

Unknown

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book started out great and was interesting. Unfortunately it then droned on and on with the usual psycho babble supported by Dr. so and so's experiment; and So and so's study that found...
I gave up listening with about an hour to go. I could not stay awake.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • WWW: Watch

  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, Oliver Wyman, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993

Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unmissable!

  • By Brendan on 04-29-10

Twilight with computers

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-10

Lame book with annoying narration. Predictable characters, boring story. Nothing ever happens other than two teenagers kissing.

3 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Year of the Flood

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,699

The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have survived: Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club, and Toby, a God's Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atwood at her very best!

  • By Linda Novak on 10-18-09

Why am I listening to this?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-09

!/3 of the way through I asked myself "Why am I listening to this?" and I couldn't come up with a good answer. Turned it off and erased it.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • The Langoliers

  • One Past Midnight
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Willem Dafoe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

The first of a four-part audio series from Stephen King's best-selling book, Four Past Midnight. On a redeye flight from Los Angeles to Boston, only 11 passengers survive - but landing in a dead world makes them wish they hadn't.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By Euryleia on 08-19-17

Laughable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-09

Story was great but Willem Dafoe's narration was laughable. His attempts at women's voices is very , very bad. Almost ruined the book.

  • The Enchantress of Florence

  • By: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: Firdous Bamji
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 133

In the imperial capital of the Mughal Empire, a traveler arrives at the court of Emperor Akbar. The traveler, Mogor dell'Amore, has a tale to tell, and as the words flow out of him, the tale's rich tapestry of power and desire begins to take on a life of its own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich and haunting

  • By Stephanie on 08-05-09

Dreadful, Boring, Confusing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-08

When I finally made it to the end I asked myself why. I still have no idea why I did not give up sooner. Too many names, places, repeated names and repeated places. On and on...

5 of 10 people found this review helpful