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WizBangWow!

Raleigh, NC, United States
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  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,845

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Schrödinger's box gets opened. Meh steps out.

  • By Darwin8u on 09-19-16

Nothing too original, but still enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

A real "popcorn" novel- not very substantive but a quick, fun read. Mostly predictable, but a good twist at the end.

  • Manifesting Your Goals and Dreams

  • By: Glenn Harrold
  • Narrated by: Glenn Harrold
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

This audio presentation by best-selling UK hypnotherapist Glenn Harrold combines powerful clinical hypnotherapy techniques with state-of-the-art digital recording. During this audio you will hear a pleasant voice guiding you through each of the stages. There are a number of specially created sound effects that can be heard in the background at certain times. These subtle sounds are written in certain keys and frequencies to enhance the therapeutic content.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic... but!

  • By WizBangWow! on 10-13-18

fantastic... but!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

I love all of Glenn Harrold's meditation programs. I use them to help fight my mid sleep insomnia (when I wake up at 1 or 2 or 3am). While not a magic bullet, I also feel like they have made a notable difference on my mental health and well being. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is that, although the title says audible original, this and basically all of his programs are available available through the Google Play Store as individual apps for about $3 each. I love audible, use it all the time, but you can't fight the economics on this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,911

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My First Completed Stephen King Novel

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 02-20-12

"Unabridged" feels more like "Interminable"

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

When I saw 47 hours of listening time for one credit, I thought "what a bargain!" By hour 28, I wished that the super flu had been more than 99.9% effective. It feels like I have been listening to this book forever, and I cannot wait for it to be done.

To be clear: I'm a fan of Stephen King generally. I have read and listened to dozens of his books... which I think gives me some authority to say that his writing style has improved dramatically over time.

As inventive and iconic as "young" Stephen King's stories may be, his early writing was clumsy, meandering, self-indulgent and inauthentic. And the very WORST of young King's writing style is on full display in this unabridged copy of the Stand.

There's an author's note at the begging of the book in which King acknowledges his self-indulgent writing tendencies, but defends the release of the unabridged version as "having something to add." I assure you, it does not. The 700 additional pages of side-stories and "character development" succeeds in only two things: exhausting the reader and making you hate every single character in this book.

I'll stick with King's more recent works from now on (ex: 1/22/1963, Revival, the Mr. Mercedes trilogy). They may be less inventive and less iconic than classics like "The Stand" or "IT, but they are significantly better written. That's a trade-off I'm willing to make.

  • Radical Self Love

  • Increase Self Acceptance, Embrace Your Authentic Self and Realize Your Value with Affirmations and Hypnosis
  • By: Sarah Palmer
  • Narrated by: Jason Kappus
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

It is time for an awakening in your life. It is time for you to realize your value and do something bold - unconditionally love yourself. You are a soul who is worthy of love, appreciation, and forgiveness for your faults. Before you can receive those gifts from someone else, you must first give them to yourself. This is what radical self-love is all about. These affirmations are designed to help you increase your self-acceptance and practice loving yourself unconditionally.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible.

  • By WizBangWow! on 07-20-18

Terrible.

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Total waste of money. No hypnosis element, just mediocre and ineffective affirmations. Try Glen Harold instead.

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,692

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GOOD START TO A SERIES

  • By Randall on 12-24-18

Not thrilling, but still entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

While it is not particularly unique or inventive, it's a relatively solid and decently entertaining fantasy novel with an excellent narrator.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,228

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

Beautiful writing, SUPER GAY.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

This is a beautiful, fantastically written, incredibly creative and inspired book. It's also (spoilers) a gay love story. So, if you're not into gay romance, I wouldn't recommend it

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,583

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

A truly unique piece of sci-fi!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

I have never before encountered a book so unique and engaging that I insist that my friends read it... just so that I have someone to talk about it with.

While the word "cool" is overused, this book is, quite simply, incredibly cool. I would literally pause the audio book at regular intervals to declare aloud to no one in particular "God! this book is so cool!!!" I have shared it with two friends, each of whom texted me unsolicited to say "this book is so cool!!!"

It's just an incredibly unique and engaging piece of sci-fi. Six stars!

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,863
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,866

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-16

good story, excellent naration

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

I very much enjoyed this book. The author does a wonderful job of creating a diverse group of unique characters, and the narrator expertly brings them to life. The story takes a wide turn from mystery with some sci-fi elements at the beginning to full blown sci-fi by the end, but I was completely invested by that point. Overall a great listen!

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Process

  • By: William Hertling
  • Narrated by: Jane Cramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 723

By day, Angie, a 20-year veteran of the tech industry, is a data analyst at Tomo, the world's largest social networking company; by night, she exploits her database access to profile domestic abusers and kill the worst of them. She can't change her own traumatic past, but she can save other women. When Tomo introduces a deceptive new product that preys on users' fears to drive up its own revenue, Angie sees Tomo for what it really is - another evil abuser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great on Many Levels

  • By Carl on 07-20-16

overly technical and underwhelming

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

I loved the premise, and when I first started the book I thought it would be great , but the vast majority of the book is a relatively dry narrative about starting a tech company. it is extremely heavy-handed with the computer science background information, which could be very off-putting to certain readers. It was interesting on some levels, but the entire middle of the book felt completely disjointed from the beginning and the end. it wasn't bad per se, I just found it disappointing

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Imagine

  • How Creativity Works
  • By: Jonah Lehrer
  • Narrated by: Jonah Lehrer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 589

From the best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types”, Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively. Lehrer reveals the importance of embracing the rut, thinking like a child, daydreaming productively, and adopting an outsider’s perspective.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Starts out Promising, but Then....

  • By aaron on 03-23-12

Slow start, but truly thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 06-18-12

Where does Imagine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In terms of non-fiction, very high.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The further I got into the book the more interesting it became.

What about Jonah Lehrer’s performance did you like?

His performance was probably one of the primary detractors. He has an unusual tone to his voice that can be somewhat off-putting.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Too many insights to count, but one of the ones that stuck with me is the calcuation of "Q" -- the correct ratio of familiar partners and new talent to promote succeful creative collaborations.

Any additional comments?

Very thought provoking. I ultimately bought the hardcopy so I can read it again and lend it to friends. I highly recommend this book.