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  • On the Road

  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Jack Kerouac
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,149

Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book

  • By Guillermo on 09-17-09

A Classic that has not aged well.

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

Reviewed: 05-28-13

What would have made On the Road better?

The two things that might have made this read more enjoyable would have been to have read it 40 years ago, or to have been a male, coming of age, with a sense of adventure but zero life experience.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something light, with a sense of humor.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was just fine, but the story is no longer relevant.

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

As a San Francisco resident I found the historical descriptions of the area fascinating.

Any additional comments?

As many of the writings of this time, On the Road is trivializes females on a level that is insulting today.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,097

With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Jake on 03-16-10

A Great Escape

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

Reviewed: 08-06-12

This series was recommended to me after I finished the last Game of Thrones offering. This is a good first book of a series. The character development is well paced and keeps you interested. Full of unpredictable moments. Looking forward to book two.

  • A First-Rate Madness

  • Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness
  • By: Nassir Ghaemi
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Here, Nassir Ghaemi draws from the careers and personal plights of such notable leaders as Lincoln, Churchill, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., JFK, and others from the past two centuries to build an argument at once controversial and compelling: the very qualities that mark those with mood disorders—realism, empathy, resilience, and creativity—also make for the best leaders in times of crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A First Rate Journey Into Resilience

  • By Pearl Glacier on 02-19-13

Fascinating and Insightful

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

Reviewed: 04-23-12

Anyone who finds the inner workings of the mind of interest will enjoy this book. It sees mental illness from a perspective not often contemplated. It demonstrates that, for good or bad, we owe much of our history to the mental illness of various leaders.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 62 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,378

In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A long listen but worth the effort and patience

  • By Emily on 05-04-13

What can I say?

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

Reviewed: 10-20-11

There have been so many reviews on this book since it was released so long ago, there is nothing new that I could add, other than every man, woman and child in a free society owes it to themselves to read (or listen to) this book. Its message has never been more relevant than it is right now!

When I first started listening to audio books, all I cared about, narration-wise, was that the narrator speak clearly. Boy, did I underestimate the value of a good narrator, and Scott Brick is the BEST. When choosing between books to purchase, I often find that being read by Scott is the thing that will break the tie in my mind. I wish I had Scott around to narrate my own life, I think he could even make it sound interesting! Is there a Scott Brick Fan Club?

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Helter Skelter

  • The True Story of the Manson Murders
  • By: Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,444

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I remembered about the case was wrong..

  • By karen on 06-22-12

Peace, love and butchery--what a contrast!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-11

As someone who remembers the murders and the circus that followed, I was not sure that I would be able to sit through such a lengthy rendition of the story. When I saw that Scott Brick was the narrator, I knew it would be a breeze. His style and pace are brilliant. Even when I listen at double-speed on my iPhone, I can grasp every syllable, and in this book, every syllable is relevant.

Written during the time-period in which the crimes took place there is not a lot of time wasted setting up the ambiance of the time, which was quite unique. I think that this still comes across thirty-odd years later.

Never a fan of Vincent Bugliosi, finding him arrogant in most interviews I have seen, I have now learned to appreciate how much work and skill went into getting convictions in an impossible case. This is especially impressive when you realize the way the Tate investigators botched the case from the start.

The writers weave each thread into a tapestry that captures this dreadful part of history. I am so glad Audible made the unabridged version available.

34 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show

  • A Novel of Ireland
  • By: Frank Delaney
  • Narrated by: Frank Delaney
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

January, 1932: Ben MacCarthy and his father watch a vagabond variety revue making a stop in the Irish countryside. Ben's father, mesmerized by Venetia Kelly, the troupe's magnetic headliner, makes a fateful decision: to abandon his family and set off on the road with Miss Kelly and her caravan. Ben's mother, shattered by the desertion, exhorts "find him and bring him back", thereby sending the boy on a Homeric voyage into manhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a joy!

  • By California Vegan on 10-13-11

What a joy!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-11

Once again, Frank Delaney has demonstrated that time travel IS possible. Delaney's reading of his own work transports the listener to Ireland at one of the most turbulent times in its resent past. Delaney is, without a doubt, the premier storyteller of our time, or should I say, Seanachai? Love this guy!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ireland

  • By: Frank Delaney
  • Narrated by: Frank Delaney
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810

One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a 9-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Listen In A Quite While

  • By John on 03-17-05

Still my favorite after hundreds of listens

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

Reviewed: 09-15-11

After over 200 titles from Audible this is still my favorite, and the only book I have listened to twice. Frank Delaney's charm and grace as both writer and narrator makes every inflection a true joy. I have gotten every one of his books that have shown up here and has been pleased with each one. And that includes the one about the shipwreck that I thought I'd be bored to death with!

Love this guy's work!

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  • Battlefield of the Mind

  • Winning the Battle in Your Mind
  • By: Joyce Meyer
  • Narrated by: Pat Lentz, Joyce Meyer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger, and feelings of condemnation: all these are attacks on the mind. If you suffer from negative thoughts, take heart! Joyce Meyer has helped millions win these all-important battles, and she can help you too. This beloved author and minister shows you how to deal with thousands of thoughts you have every day and focus your mind to think the way God thinks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent content and message-average narrator

  • By Gregory on 06-27-08

Nothing New, Just Bible Regurgitated

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

Reviewed: 09-09-11

Major disappointment. Total waste of time. Wish someone had warned me before I wasted one of my credits.

  • Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren't

  • By: Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend
  • Narrated by: Dick Fredricks
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667

The wounds inflicted by an "unsafe" person can go deep. If you've ever been in a relationship where you were used, abused, or abandoned, then Safe People is for you. It will help you make wise choices in relationships from friendships to romance. You'll discover why good people can get tangled in bad relationships. And you'll learn how to avoid repeating your own mistakes and how to pick safe, healthy people for the friends you make and the company you keep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent analysis of Safe and Unsafe People

  • By Weedarkone on 06-14-12

Be Forewarned!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-11

Although much of the information is valid, it is all delivered through scripture and religious dogma. For those of us whose main goal in life is to be ???good Christians??? this book is a little hard to get through. Bottom line: Highly ???spiritual??? Christians are good. All others, including those claiming to be ???religious??? Christians are bad.

18 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • Theodore Rex

  • By: Edmund Morris
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 25 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837

The most eagerly awaited presidential biography in years, Theodore Rex tells the story of President Theodore Roosevelt in real time, reflecting the world as "TR" saw it. Full of cinematic detail, Theodore Rex moves with the exhilarating pace of a novel, yet it rides on a granite base of scholarship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A man way ahead of his time

  • By Chrissie on 06-26-13

A bit Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-23-09

Extremely well written and narrated, this is a detailed account of TR during his presidential years only. None of the more interesting formative years. Look elsewhere for a complete biography.

2 of 27 people found this review helpful