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  • The Tree

  • A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter
  • By: Colin Tudge
  • Narrated by: Enn Reitel
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

There are redwoods in California that were ancient by the time Columbus first landed and pines still alive that germinated around the time humans invented writing. There are Douglas firs as tall as skyscrapers and a banyan tree in Calcutta as big as a football field. From the tallest to the smallest, trees inspire wonder in all of us, and in The Tree, Colin Tudge travels around the world - throughout the United States, the Costa Rican rain forest, Panama and Brazil, India, New Zealand, China, and most of Europe - bringing to life stories and facts about the trees around us.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the book described in the Audible summary

  • By E. Miller on 04-28-17

Not the book described in the Audible summary

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Based on the publisher's summary, and a fascinating opening chapter, I was disappointed that much of the book is a tedious taxonomy. Much attention is paid to Latin names and cataloging; the really interesting facts about trees are buried in all of that.

What aspect of Enn Reitel’s performance would you have changed?

The narrator has a style that's somehow sing-song and monotonous at the same time.

Was The Tree worth the listening time?

I only made it halfway through the book before returning it. I'm sure readers who are interested in the minutiae of class, order, family, etc. will enjoy it.

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  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,949

When the obituary of legendary computer game architect Matthew Sobol appears online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events that begins to unravel our interconnected world. This daemon reads news headlines, recruits human followers, and orders assassinations. With Sobol’s secrets buried with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed, it’s up to Detective Peter Sebeck to stop a self-replicating virtual killer before it achieves its ultimate purpose - one that goes far beyond anything Sebeck could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Couldn't Take The EarBuds Out

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-11

Astounding, frightening, plausible, brilliant. You don't need to have ever played an online game or have any special computer knowledge to enjoy this book. Here's hoping for a sequel - he certainly opened the door for one.

  • Whiteout

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 658

Like no other suspense author in his genre, Follett reinvents the thriller with each new storyline. But nothing matches the intricate, knife-edge drama of Whiteout.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Edge Of The Seat Thriller!

  • By Sandylp on 02-11-05

Save your credit for another Follett book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-11

Follett is a master of both the thriller and, more recently, the historical drama, so I'm at a loss to figure out how he laid this egg, and why his publisher went along. It's just bad. Boring, slow, stilted, with superficial characters doing improbable things. Weirder still, Follett's historical dramas show he's quite capable of putting himself in the shoes - the heart and mind - of a woman character, but the women in this book are poorly drawn and mind-numblngly boring. Alistair MacClean defined this genre more than 40 years ago with The Satan Bug. This book adds nothing to it and comes nowhere close to achieving the same level of suspense, interest, or - or even accurate research into biohazards and medical labs. Save your credit.

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  • Get the Life You Want

  • The Secrets to Quick and Lasting Life Change with Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • By: Richard Bandler
  • Narrated by: Mark Morgann
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 344

When people and therapists alike have a problem they can't fix, they call Richard Bandler because he delivers--often with miraculous results. Hailed as one of the greatest geniuses in the field of personal change, and the father of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Richard Bandler has helped tens of thousands of people around the globe rid themselves of 'incurable' phobias, fears, anxieties, addictions, negative habits, and past traumas often in a single session.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Essential portions are omitted in the audiobook

  • By Julia on 12-12-10

The MOST Essential Parts of the Book Are Omitted

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-10

My advice: buy the book in print, don't waste your time with the audio version. The material is good, but the worksheets and checklists that are ESSENTIAL to doing the exercises that form the core of the book are left out of the audio version. This is inexcusable for a book described as "unabridged."

76 of 77 people found this review helpful