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  • Once & Future

  • By: Cori McCarthy, Amy Rose Capetta
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together, they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Once & Future...but always the same story

  • By AdarkanddrearyKnight on 04-28-19

A Must Read-Hillarious-LGBT Pride Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 06-15-19

On this amazing retelling of White's _Once and Future King_ we have all the twists and moral challenges of thw Arthurian Legend taken to a galactic scale. It accurately captures life as it would be under a corporate reality tv and product marketing tie Capitalist utopia, where you every need is met before your are even aware if it, because of ubiquitous computers tracking your needs and desires.
Lots of hot LGBTQ sex scenes between main character, withoutnany religious taboo for Gwenniviere mistakingly cheating on her Ari (female arthur character). And as Merlyn grows to a younger teen, his homoerotic scenes are award winning.
This parody of the Arthurian legends is sublime, and a very enjoyable listen. The reader was outstanding.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Poet of the Invisible World

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Golding
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

A Poet of the Invisible World follows a boy named Nouri, born in 13th-century Persia with four ears instead of two. Orphaned as an infant, he's taken into a Sufi order, where he meets an assortment of dervishes and is placed upon a path toward spiritual awakening. As he stumbles from one painful experience to the next, he grows into manhood. Each trial he endures shatters another obstacle within - and leads Nouri on toward transcendence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond inspirational

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-29-19

Great writing, disgusting content

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

The Sufi info was nice, not Rumi quality, but decent. The amount of gay sex, pedophilia and immoral fleshly behavior could have been written in a Catholic monastery setting and conveyed the same message: pedophilic homosexual sex can be consensual according to authors like this. The foil to it is a character literally called “Shadow” who is supposed to represent the Koran or traditional view of sodomy being disgusting and not spiritual as the love between the male character and a boy child is portrayed! Want a good example of normalizing sodom as acceptable, even spiritual, this is your book.

  • Stone's Rules

  • How to Win at Politics, Business, and Style
  • By: Roger Stone
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

At long last, America’s most notorious political operative has released his operating manual! A freedom fighter to his admirers, a dirty trickster to his detractors, the flamboyant, outrageous, articulate, and extraordinarily well-dressed Roger Stone lays out Stone’s Rules - the maxims that have governed his legendary career as a campaign operative for four American presidents, from Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Knowledgeable and informative

  • By Anonymous User on 06-01-18

Not Boring

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Lots of decent advice that Democrats, Greens, and #DemExit people could learn from. Nice style and class advice. Recipe for Italian gravy was delicious. Martini recipe win gin sounds delicious but I don’t drink. Hope the next generation of political women and men learn from this work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Beloved: Vol. 2

  • By: Osho
  • Narrated by: Osho
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Ten talks based on the natural, magical wisdom inherent in the songs of the Bauls of Bengal, those "delicious madmen, mystics, fools and poets". Osho also responds to seekers' questions, and no matter what the question may be, the answers he gives always convey the trust, oneness, and love experienced by the Bauls. Osho says of the Bauls: "Theirs is the path of the dancer, the singer, and the aesthetic man."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Osho

  • By Dr Purple on 10-27-18

Classic Osho

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

There is almost nothing not to love in this. This is Osho at his best: playful, humorous, and full of truth. I highly recommend it to people who like Osho.

  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,252
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,936

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't make it through the whole book

  • By David on 07-11-17

Original, fun d&d style

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

It’s hard to get through a novel when the main character seems like such a craven tentative nerd. When nearly a third in you find out he may not just be an asexual and interest-obsessed nerd or highly functioning person on the autism spectrum, but is actually gay or bisexual, his cowardice fits and starts might be less annoying. The other openly gay/bi characters are far more heroic except in their flirting.

See as a hero’s journey he definitely took some convincing. However, even after getting more competent and confident the main character is still annoyingly lacking in the positive snarkiness that would have been more logical ending.

Alas, this is just the first step. Most of the other characters and the complex magic system seem perfect for a dungeon crawl role playing constraint, but in the novel they feel clunky.

The narrator was excellent and they conveying of different nationalities and god/monster’s with attitude was fun. This would make a good Netflix or Amazon series, but it is of a tv rather than book quality at this stage.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,067
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,491

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

A masterwork! Genius

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Circe tells the tale of the famous witch goddess as never before. Like Mists of Avalon, it takes the legendary myths and tells it from Circe’s point of views. We see Circe in her own hero’s journey and discover the depth and breadth of human (and gods’) experiences. The wisdom here is shown never preached, if only other contemporary authors could learn from Madeline Miller’s genius.

Jin Min Lee needs to read this and rewrite her tale.

  • Pachinko

  • By: Min Jin Lee
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,945
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,933

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book

  • By erin on 12-11-17

A great exploration of Korean racism

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

This book clearly shows why you can’t trust Koreans and why the splitting of the peninsula was so necessary. This book traces the criminal and immoral family from Korea to Japan ultimately weakening and leading to the decline we see today in Japan. It serves as a strong warning against the evils of treating foreigners who deserve no respect with jobs or education. Ultimately this debased book full of immorality, suicide and death shows the need now more than ever the need to return to colonial ways and missionary work.

It’s a well read, compelling story. Imagine if native Americans could rewrite history.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Change Your Mind

  • What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,577
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,439

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful trip

  • By Paul E. Williams on 05-19-18

Fascinating subject rendered boring

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

This brand new remedy for insomnia has its use. However, it’s like take a 101 level freshman course on the history of psychedelics told in most droning sleep inducing way. Read anything by any of the people in this book and you’ll have something more useful. This book might be good for your Republican grandma. But only if she has trouble sleeping. Can I have my time back?!

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,846
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,108
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32,993

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Page turner! Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Must read of 2018 and beyond. Best reality based fiction I’ve read in a decade. Like Bonfire of the Vanities in the 80s. It sheds light on the f-ed up culture of America of America today. Way deeper than other reviews lead me to believe. Step children and multiply-family relationships portrayed better than thing I’ve read or seen.

  • The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick

  • By: Philip K. Dick, Pamela Jackson (editor), Jonathan Lethem (editor)
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 52 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this is the definitive presentation of Dick’s brilliant, and epic, work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Journals of a Garage Philosopher

  • By Rich S. on 10-05-13

Wow! Read after every other PKD work

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

This is the ultimate book for PKD fans. It’s like VALIS on acid. Psychonauts And Mystics will love it. If you expect VALIS is real, this book proves it.