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  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76,192
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 76,144

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Gratuitous sex and violence aside...

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

The good news is the series sticks religiously to the book so listening to Game of Thrones will serve as a refresher during the long winter before the last season of the tv series comes out. I give Martin's work four stars because I really feel it could have used a bit of editing. Some information or scenes are repeated so that one character can inform another. There is too much gratuitous sex and violence. Interesting enough, in the book, it's not so bad in the beginning of the book, but picks up towards the end of the book. I am not a particular fan of the structure, which skips around to tell each character's story. I would have preferred a tighter plot. The narrator's voice is pleasant and conveys emotion, but the pace is a bit jerky at times. I am not a fantasy fan so four stars is good from me.

  • Bluefishing

  • The Art of Making Things Happen
  • By: Steve Sims
  • Narrated by: Steve Sims
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671

The man who created Bluefish, the internationally famous company that makes once-in-a-lifetime events happen for the rich and famous, reveals to the rest of us his trade secrets for making things happen. Steve Sims' day job is to make the impossible possible. With his help and expertise, his clients' fantasies and wildest dreams come true. Getting married by the Pope in the Vatican, being serenaded by Elton John, and connecting with powerful business moguls like Elon Musk are just a few of the many projects he has worked on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hella good

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-18-18

Hooked on Bluefishing

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Usually I find "success" books condescending, but Steve Sims manages to come off refreshingly unpretentious in Bluefishing, his personal guide not only to success, but knowing who you are and what your passion is. The advice is simple, doable, fun and self revealing. His enthusiasm is contagious. The personal anecdotes are thought-provoking -- not trite. This is simply a fun, action-packed, helpful look at how to succeed.

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  • Never Look at the Empty Seats

  • A Memoir
  • By: Charlie Daniels
  • Narrated by: Charlie Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 175

Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. Listeners will experience a soft, personal side of Charlie Daniels that has never before been documented. In his own words, he presents the path from his post-Depression childhood to performing for millions as one of the most successful country acts of all time and what he has learned along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t stop listening!!

  • By f on 10-26-17

An Entertaining Romp Through a Musical Life

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Charlie Daniels' narration of his own story is an unexpected treat: a delightful combination of personal wisdom and musical advice. There are many life lessons to learn about dedication, hard work, family, music and dreams. He articulates the "redneck" point of view like no one I have ever heard. It's not my point of view, but I enjoyed hearing someone wise and seasoned who could explain the south, its music and its politics in a respectful way. I rarely listen to an audible book on normal speed. It seems too slow, but I listened to Charlie Daniels on normal speed and never wanted his story to end. Simply delightful.

  • Matriarch

  • Queen Mary and the House of Windsor
  • By: Anne Edwards
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980

The life of Princess May of Teck is one of the great Cinderella stories in history. From a family of impoverished nobility, she was chosen by Queen Victoria as the bride for her eldest grandson, the scandalous Duke of Clarence, heir to the throne, who died mysteriously before their marriage. Despite this setback, she became queen, mother of two kings, grandmother of the current queen, and a lasting symbol of the majesty of the British throne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Did not want this to end!

  • By Susan Nall Sheehan on 07-16-17

A Fascinating Story Superbly Narrated

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

This is not your typical royal story. Although it is a biography of Queen Mary, which touches on the royal family from Queen it is the unstated conflict of personal happiness vs. duty that makes this book so intriguing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rewire Your Anxious Brain

  • How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry
  • By: Catherine M. Pittman PhD, Elizabeth M. Karle MLIS
  • Narrated by: Susannah Mars
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Do you ever wonder what is happening inside your brain when you feel anxious, panicked, and worried? In Rewire Your Anxious Brain, psychologist Catherine Pittman and author Elizabeth Karle offer a unique, evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety, based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helpful

  • By TanyaS on 06-28-17

A Useful Tool for Dealing with Anxiety

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Although I found I would have liked a little less scientific discussion, on a whole this book proved quite useful for understanding how the brain manufactures anxiety. Better yet, this book offers useful exercises in measuring your anxiety and dealing with solutions. A most helpful read that provides a better understanding of neuroplasticity and how to make it work in your favor.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Radical King

  • By: Martin Luther King, Cornel West - editor
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Gabourey Sidibe, Cornel West, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 169

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is celebrated as one of the greatest orators in US history, an ambassador for nonviolence who became the most recognizable leader of the civil rights movement. But after more than 40 years, few people appreciate how truly radical he was. The Radical King includes 23 selections, curated and introduced by Dr. Cornel West, including essays and speeches that were never recorded for posterity - a revelation for King's legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Remember Martin Luther King

  • By Barbara C Houston on 04-10-18

An Alternative View of Martin Luther King

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

A thought-provoking listen made enjoyable by the many famous actors who read key Martin Luther King Jr speeches, articles and letters, which show King in a more radical light. Here, you will find King's finest work "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and "Black Power" in which he discusses his feelings about using this as a slogan when Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) introduced it. Cornel West provides an introduction for each piece of King's writing providing an understanding of King's views in a radical context.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Everybody Behaves Badly

  • The True Story Behind Hemingway's Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises
  • By: Lesley Blume
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 341

In the summer of 1925, Ernest Hemingway and a clique of raucous companions traveled to Pamplona, Spain, for the town's infamous running of the bulls. Then, over the next six weeks, he channeled that trip's maelstrom of drunken brawls, sexual rivalry, midnight betrayals, and midday hangovers into his groundbreaking novel The Sun Also Rises. This revolutionary work redefined modern literature as much as it did his peers, who would forever after be called the Lost Generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book

  • By Michael Scanlon on 07-04-16

Everybody Behaves Badly Indeed

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Leslie Blume exposes Hemingway's penchant for nastiness on a whole new level. This is not only a book you want to listen to if you're a fan of Hemingway's writing or if you want the story of the making of The Sun Also Rises. It is a gripping story of how Hemingway became a published author. He had much help along the way from a colorful cast of characters: F Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Dorothy Parker, and more. I couldn't wait to get a chance to finish listening to this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hero of the Empire

  • The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297

At age 24 Winston Churchill was utterly convinced it was his destiny to become prime minister of England one day, despite the fact he had just lost his first election campaign for Parliament. He believed that to achieve his goal, he had to do something spectacular on the battlefield. Despite deliberately putting himself in extreme danger as a British army officer in colonial wars in India and Sudan and as a journalist covering a Cuban uprising against the Spanish, glory and fame had eluded him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding work

  • By G on 10-04-16

Unimaginable Excitement

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

No one writes biographical history like Candice Millard. Her stories always have an unusual angle, and they are packed with adventure, excitement and tension. As for narrator Simon Vance, I would follow him on any journey. He is one of my favorite audible.com narrators.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Talk Like TED

  • The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds
  • By: Carmine Gallo
  • Narrated by: Carmine Gallo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685

Many people have a fear of public speaking or are insecure about their ability to give a successful presentation. Now public speaking coach and best-selling author Carmine Gallo explores what makes a great presentation by examining the widely acclaimed TED Talks, which have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking. TED - which stands for technology, entertainment, and design - brings together the world's leading thinkers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gallo cuts to the chase...

  • By Carol Crouse on 03-05-14

Invaluable Advice on Public Speaking

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

I found this to be a riveting audio book filled with practical advice. I loved how the author dissected successful public speaking by using TED talks for examples. It never felt preachy, and the talk turned out to be easy to visualize because of the examples. The narrator's voice conveyed confidence and excitement. There is much to learn from this well-organized presentation. This is a book I would definitely listen to again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Treating People Well

  • The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life
  • By: Lea Berman, Jeremy Bernard
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bernard, Lea Berman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

A guide to personal and professional empowerment through civility and social skills by two White House social secretaries who offer an important fundamental message - everyone is important, and everyone deserves to be treated well. Part etiquette, part leadership, part personal empowerment, Treating People Well is a guide to developing social skills in order to build more successful relationships in life and at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun-filled and Much Needed Guide to Civility

  • By Deborah Jacob on 02-17-18

A Fun-filled and Much Needed Guide to Civility

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

I chose this book because I am appalled at how people treat one another -- especially in the work place, but I never expected to get such invaluable advice from former Social Secretaries in the White House. Their anecdotes about dealing with people were informative, fun and thought-provoking and they made this an enjoyable and light listen. I like that they included Social Secretaries from the George HW Bush and Barack Obama presidencies so that people could see that civility has no political boundaries. The tidbits offered about how both of those presidents treated people came off as truly inspiring. The authors personally gave there advice and I enjoyed their voices. (I don't always enjoy authors reading their own books). I highly recommend this audio book. There's a lot to learn from this book about treating people well.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful