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  • Quench Your Own Thirst

  • Business Lessons Learned over a Beer or Two
  • By: Jim Koch
  • Narrated by: Jim Koch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 634

Founder of The Boston Beer Company, brewer of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, and a key catalyst of the American craft beer revolution, Jim Koch offers his unique perspective when it comes to business, beer, and turning your passion into a successful company or career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story and inspirational!!

  • By Kimberly S. on 04-17-16

Super Interesting!!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

I love learning the history of great companies and this one did not disappoint. There are some great lessons in this book, and Jim Koch does a fantastic job reading. More over, this is just a great story of a really great company. Now I'm off to have a Boston Lager, Prost!

  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,555
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,522

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Mixed Bag

  • By Thomas More on 02-24-17

Struggled to make it 1/2 way through the book

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

I want to start by saying that I have listened to numerous books that make you "work for it", Atlas Shrugged being one of them. So this review is not written by someone who gives up after the first few pages wishing for an easier more "entertaining" listen. With that said, this book made me crazy after about half way through. The story is interesting enough and very unique, as is the all-star cast of readers. However, the constant use of "op. cit." after almost every sentence finally made me pull out the white flag in complete surrender. There should have been some discussion in the pre-production meetings as to the best way to read or NOT read the freaking citations from every source that is listed. It's like listening to someone read from a history text book. Actually it's not, because someone reading from a history text would not cite the sources after every sentence. They would let them sit silently on the page and mind their own business.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,774
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,739

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

Highly recommend for fans of Harper Lee

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

I waited to get this one based on early reviews and also for the fear of being disappointed. To Kill a Mockingbird is in my top 5 favorites of all time and I was afraid this one would kill the mockingbird. I loved this story! It was well written, just like it's predecessor, and was certainly a fitting follow-up. If you were a fan of Lee's other work, then do yourself a favor and give this one a listen. Reese Witherspoon does a fantastic job and her accent fits this one perfectly.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,538

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Great story great narration

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

Grabbed this one based on previous reviews and was certainly not steered wrong. This is a great story that I had no idea how it would turn out. I really loved all the characters in this one and the writer doesn't bog you down with pages of character development. The narrator did a great job keeping the characters separated without over-acting.

  • Gaining Ground

  • A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm
  • By: Forrest Pritchard
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890

One fateful day in 1996, after discovering that five freight cars' worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard vows to save his family's farm. What ensues-through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters-is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his son's career choice and rejects organic foods for sugary mainstream fare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! I wanted it to go on further

  • By Sweetbay on 01-12-14

Beautiful and inspiring story

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

Being a city boy, as I have gotten older, I have gained a great appreciation for quality food. This book has inspired me to continue supporting local farms by eating organically. The book is well written and well narrated and gives great insight into the world of organic farming. If you are a foodie, or appreciate the value of farmers, this is a must listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nothing to Envy

  • Ordinary Lives in North Korea
  • By: Barbara Demick
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,327

Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent listen!

  • By Laura on 06-05-10

Bucket full of crazy

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

Reviewed: 01-29-14

I am a fan of David Sedaris, so at a recent reading he encouraged fans to check this one out. Very good advice! As you listen to this one, it's almost surreal that as advanced as our society has gotten, there are still people like this in charge of the lives of human beings. It also make you wonder what is going through Dennis Rodman's head to befriend people like this. Next time you hear someone complain about their "first world" problems, point them in the direction of this book. It is truly eye opening. The author did an amazing job at mapping out the lives of the chosen few and, as a reader, I felt like I was living in the shoes of these poor souls and couldn't wait to get to the end to see how it all ended. The narrator also did an outstanding job giving a voice to this book.

  • Defending Jacob

  • A Novel
  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,024
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,019

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific!

  • By cristina on 03-12-12

Really makes you think

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

Reviewed: 01-29-14

If you are a parent, this one will make you think about how your unconditional love for your kids can sometimes leave you blind to the obvious, and the lengths you would go to protect them. This is a book that you will have a hard time figuring out what's going to happen from chapter to chapter and the ending will leave your mouth open. When I started listening to this, I was coming off a book that was really well narrated so the bar was set pretty high, so I was pleased that the narrator didn't disappoint me here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Son

  • By: Philipp Meyer
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,811
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,817

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries. Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer

  • By Mel on 06-04-13

Haunting

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

Reviewed: 01-29-14

I'm a long time fan of Will Patton's incredible gift of narration, so when I ran across this one, I couldn't pass it up. I'm certainly glad I didn't. Meyer did a wonderful job telling this story. The book is put together so you are left wanting more after each chapter. It is also unique to see the story unfold across the three generations and be able to hear the perspective from each person. All of the narrators do a superb job at bringing life and a certain personality to each part. I finished the book several days ago and I still find myself thinking about it. I love the way Meyer gave a current vocabulary to the Native Americans. It really helped make the story entertaining and kept this from being a history book. I am from Texas and really enjoyed hearing how the state transformed over more than 100 years.

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,646

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham at his best (again)

  • By Brock on 10-23-13

Really outstanding story and narration!!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

As an audio book listener, you occasionally run across that really great book that makes the first couple of books after it seem really disappointing. This is that really great book! I was a fan of "A Time to Kill" and kind of skeptical when the follow-up came so many years later. Believe me, it was worth the wait. This is a true page turner and really rich story telling. I found myself sitting in my car after pulling into work and home because I couldn't wait to hear what was next. The narration was also first rate. Michael Beck did a superb job of really distinguishing the characters, which is a huge part of listening to a book.

  • Horns

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,984

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • people are funny

  • By bet on 12-05-10

Really great story!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-13

Joe Hill does it again. He is a great story teller and I found myself sitting in the car wanting to hear what was going to happen next. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Narration was top notch as well.

0 of 7 people found this review helpful