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  • Crushing It!

  • How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too
  • By: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Narrated by: Gary Vaynerchuk, Rich Roll, Amy Schmittauer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,803

Four-time New York Times best-selling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands. In this lively, practical, and inspiring audiobook, Gary dissects every current major social media platform so that anyone, from a plumber to a professional ice skater, will know exactly how to amplify his or her personal brand on each.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 85% fluff and 15% value.

  • By Michael Bowie on 04-09-18

Fluff with little content

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Disappointing. This book promoted the author and bored me with silly stories spoken in an annoying flip flop from 1st, 2nd and 3rd person. Lost me with the dentist and staff dressing up performing skits for video 5 hours a day. Perhaps there were some nuggets later on in this book, but I couldn't hang on to hear them. 4-Hour Work Week and Conversion Code contained way more solid content.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,997
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,908

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Absurd!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

First time ever I grimaced aloud while listening to an audiobook -- "Oh give me a break!" The narrator was fantastic, there's something about an English accent that made the book enjoyable..The author clearly has talent and I like her style, but the story was just so implausible.

  • We Were the Lucky Ones

  • By: Georgia Hunter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,286

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive - and to reunite.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love it but...

  • By Roz on 07-19-17

Started Out Good ....

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

This story grabbed me in the beginning -- confused me with too many alternating characters, places and time frames in the middle -- then lost me completely with an entirely unrealistic ending.

  • We Are Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,888
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,896

After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!

  • By Suzn F on 10-27-13

Meh

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

The narration was excellent, but this novel never really hit a crescendo after hours and hours of build-up. Could have been so much better.

  • The Obsession

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,057

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes and made him infamous. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she's ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up - especially the determined Xander Keaton.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Total Letdown

  • By McChica04 on 07-11-16

Lacks Depth

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Little substance to this novel full of shallow, unrealistic superficial dialogues. Predictable cliches and transparent ending. Narrator did a good job.

  • My Absolute Darling

  • A Novel
  • By: Gabriel Tallent
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,021

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At 14, she roams the woods along the Northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous. Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Painful

  • By saw on 05-03-18

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Beautifully written and narrated. Kept me reading. I think this book could have been stronger without all the in depth gun descriptions that were likely lost and over the top for the average reader. Also, there was a bit too much circular and repetitive dialog between the characters. which got annoying. Perhaps a tad more editing would have made this an epic tale. All in all this book got to me .I found myself wanting to throttle Julia into action. I look forward to more from this author.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Torch

  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Cheryl Strayed
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

"Work hard. Do good. Be incredible!" is the advice Teresa Rae Wood shares with the listeners of her local radio show, Modern Pioneers, and the advice she strives to live by every day. She has fled a bad marriage and rebuilt a life with her children, Claire and Joshua, and their caring stepfather, Bruce. Their love for each other binds them as a family through the daily struggles of making ends meet. But when they received unexpected news that Teresa, only 38, is dying of cancer, their lives all begin to unravel and drift apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Listen to the Intro

  • By Heather Humble on 02-08-17

Authors Should NOT Narrate

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Couldn't make it through this book.The narration was monotonous. Every sentence felt like a bland staccato of downward lilts at each comma, with upward lilts at the end of each sentence. I found my head bobbing to the repetitive robotic rhythm. Also not a fan of the overly wordy writing style that seems to stock pile adjectives just for the sake of doing so. The Prologue was like Reader's Digest version of the book to come.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • How to Play Blackjack

  • A Beginner to Expert Guide
  • By: Steven Hartman
  • Narrated by: Forris Day Jr
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

After pumping dollars into the slot machine and staring at a screen, you get up and notice the table games section of the casino. Brightly lit from can lights shining downward and the crisp green felt of the line of games, making you think of the cash in your wallet or purse. There is a row of blackjack tables.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Beginner to EXPERT Guide? Not Even Close!

  • By Gail on 05-06-17

Beginner to EXPERT Guide? Not Even Close!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Zero content here. Don't need a "book" to tell you NOT to put a drink on the felt or hold cigarettes under the table to be polite. Please save your money.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Living 'A Course in Miracles'

  • Applying the Course's Messages of Wisdom, Courage, and Forgiveness
  • By: Kenneth Wapnick Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Wapnick Ph.D.
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

Have you ever wondered just what it would take to experience miracles as everyday occurrences in your life? In Living A Course in Miracles : Applying the Course's Messages of Wisdom, Courage, and Forgiveness, renowned Course expert Kenneth Wapnick takes you on an extraordinary journey of spiritual transformation. As he shares his insights, you may discover that shifting the way you perceive your life may open doors that you weren't even aware existed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent presentation

  • By KJ in Chicago on 02-08-15

Beginners Should NOT Take on This Presentation!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

A not so great representation of ACIM. If this had been my first glimpse of the course, I'd have run and never looked back. With so many inspiring and beautiful messages throughout the course's text to expound upon, this presentation seemed a bit dogmatic and singularly focused on humankind's error in choice -- over and over and over again. I found myself thinking if I were depressed or suicidal, this discussion would affirm any desire to end my physical existence and return home to reverse that error in judgement. Wapnick sounded aggressive and dogmatic at times. Passages were read, re-read, re-worded and hyper-dissected, with few comprehensible interpretations or examples for real-life application. The Wapnicks may be experts on this material, but they are challenging orators to listen to for any length of time and completely uninspiring (perhaps I'm projecting here?).. As others have noted in these reviews, I'll assume that the production choices are the culprit and would encourage anyone interested in experiencing the true beauty and inspiration of this course to seek elsewhere.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,781

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JUST SIMPLY FANTASTIC LISTENING ! !

  • By Gary on 04-24-12

Predictable and Bleh!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-14

I cranked my narration speed to 2.0 to get through this book. I went by the ratings here when I purchased this, but think I need to dig deeper. I'm guessing this may be best suited for young adult readers?? Wish books contained genre ratings here.. Nevertheless, as a middle-aged female, I found this book so long, so boring, so predictable, so un-believable ... every part of it. Under-developed characters that I didn't care about. The narration, especially the part of Sunny, grated my nerves. Glad it's over.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful