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  • Me Before You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply beautiful

  • By Roberto on 06-29-12

Beautiful story, characters & writing

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

A fantastic book with rich characters and great dialogue. Gave me a new perspective on the central issue of the book, which I was very grateful for as I've never understood it before. Excellent performances too.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,365

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Great performance, good story

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

Reviewed: 01-10-16

Great multi layered characters and unique story. I found just a few moments unbelievable and frustrating but overall was a great read and the performance was the best I've heard on audible. I read a negative review about the writing being sophomoric - I completely disagree. I found it beautifully simple (ie not flowery or overwritten which I dislike) with some very poignant turns of phrases and imagery. I think the author of that negative review must prefer more convoluted writing styles, or was just being petty - this definitely deserves to be a best seller.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Guise of Another

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,662
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,436

A former Medal of Valor winner, Minnesota detective Alexander Rupert is now under subpoena by a grand jury on suspicion of corruption. So when he's asked to look into the false identity of a car-accident victim named James Putnam, a man who in fact died 15 years earlier, Rupert sees a potentially big case and an opportunity to regain his respectability. But the investigation puts him in the path of "the Beast", the nom de guerre of Drago Basta, a cunning veteran of the Balkan wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen, terrific narrator

  • By mary on 01-15-16

Good unpredictable read

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

Reviewed: 01-10-16

I enjoyed this - easy to read, twisty and unpredictable storyline (for me anyway!), I like Max Rupert as a character- will be on the look out for more of his story.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,843

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

Fantastic- totally changed the way I look at possessions

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

A book with a clear philosophy, well expressed. Listened to this on holiday and can't wait to apply Marie's system when I get home. The only thing that might put some off is how she personifies inanimate objects. If you can't handle that then you're probably not ready for this book! But as someone who has always done a mass tidy and despaired how quickly everything becomes cluttered again, this book taught me a lot about where I've been going wrong. Thanks Marie :)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Playing Big

  • Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message
  • By: Tara Mohr
  • Narrated by: Tara Mohr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

A groundbreaking women's leadership expert and popular conference speaker gives women the practical skills to voice and implement the changes they want to see - in themselves and in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life-altering in all the good ways

  • By Natasha on 06-16-15

Life-altering in all the good ways

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

Reviewed: 06-16-15

Would you listen to Playing Big again? Why?

Yes I'm already on my second listen and I brought the paperback too so I could refer to the journalling questions. Every now and then I come across a book that makes a huge impact on me and this is one. I will be referring back to it many times I'm sure, and I have already recommended it to many friends.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Playing Big?

Identifying the Inner Critic has been the biggest moment for me so far but I still have work to do. I love how Tara doesn't just talk about the theory of an Inner Critic but also gives you real practical tools for identifying and characterising that voice so that you can be more aware of your default self-criticisms and what they really mean.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Inner Critic chapter and the Inner Mentor chapter are mind blowing; plus the chapter on the two different types of Fear and also Leaping.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Playing Big?

I have already applied many of the breakthroughs I've had to my personal and professional life; particularly in taking Leaps, and unhooking from Praise and Criticism. I was also surprised by many things I learnt from exploring my Inner Critic and Inner Mentor -and this process has helped me approach pretty much everything in my life with more calm and a greater compassion for myself.

Any additional comments?

I'm so grateful I found this book. If you struggle with self doubt, uncertainty with your purpose or anxiety about feedback then I am certain this book will help you, especially if you are a woman. It is smart, practical and also has a nice balance of spiritual content. I recommend it to anyone.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,036

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A festival of personality disorders

  • By Paula Dee on 04-20-15

Gave me a post Gone Girl fix

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

What did you love best about The Girl on the Train?

The characters were full and interesting and the writing was good - flowed well. The twists were slightly predictable but I didn't mind, I still enjoyed it.

What other book might you compare The Girl on the Train to and why?

Although not as good, it did remind me of Gone Girl - in the way that we are in the flawed character's brains and in the prose that feels poetic at times.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great performances, no annoying voices - a really enjoyable listen.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes I did find it hard to "put down"

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • NOS4A2

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,720
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,710

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping performance by Kate Mulgrew....

  • By Leslie on 05-06-13

Scary as hell

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

If you could sum up NOS4A2 in three words, what would they be?

Scary As Hell

What other book might you compare NOS4A2 to and why?

Some of Stephen King's scariest.. Joe Hill can paint a creepy scene much like his Dad.

What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

Great character work - good with suspense filled scary moments.

If you could take any character from NOS4A2 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I loved the character of Lou - it was refreshing to read about an obese character who wasn't comical or written with a tone of disgust or pity - he was a dude with a great heart and I thought he was very realistic and genuinely likeable despite his failings.

Any additional comments?

This book reads like some of my worst nightmares in places - scary kids and creepy Xmas carols.. I only listened to it in the day time! Great work by Joe Hill.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rewire

  • Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self-Destructive Behavior
  • By: Richard O'Connor Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,049

We humans tend to get in our own way time and time again - whether it comes to not speaking up for ourselves, going back to bad romantic partners, our umpteenth diet, or engaging in any of a range of bad habits we just can’t seem to shake. In Rewire, renowned psychotherapist Richard O’Connor, PhD, reveals why our bad habits die so hard. We have two brains - one a thoughtful, conscious, deliberative self, and the other an automatic self that does most of the work without our attention.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Julie Simiskey on 12-31-14

Helpful, explains self destructive behaviour well

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

This book helped me understand friends and family with depressive and self destructive tendencies - I have a lot more empathy towards them and myself as a result.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Spark

  • A Novel
  • By: John Twelve Hawks
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 195

Jacob Underwood is a contract employee of the Special Services Section, a shadow department in the faceless multinational corporation DBG. Jacob is not a businessman...he is a hired assassin...and his job is to neutralize problems deemed unacceptable by the corporation. Jacob is not like other employees, nor is he like other people. Suffering from Cotard's syndrome - a real condition that causes people to believe they are dead - Jacob perceives himself as nothing but a Shell with no emotion...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-10-14

Slow in places but satisfying towards the end

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

If you could sum up Spark in three words, what would they be?

Original, Smart, Slow

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was fairly satisfying - I wanted more of a fairytale ending but that probably wouldn't have suited the story. I would also like a sequence to see what happens to the characters next. The climax showdowns were well written and rewarding.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

He nailed it. He portrayed the different characters very well. In the slow points I may have given up but I quite enjoyed listening to the tone of his voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

I thought some sequences were unnecessary and dragged the story when I wanted to get to the point where he spent time with Emily. That could've happened sooner for me - I didn't need so much back story on his character. He was an interesting character - I like the way he sees details as colours. Supporting characters were great too, Ms Holquist especially. I would definitely read a sequel to this.

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The 8th Habit (Special 6-Hour Abridgement)

  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 442

This new audio set is a very special abridgement of two of Stephen R. Covey's best-selling business books, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit, read by Dr. Covey himself. We've condensed the content of two entire books into just six hours of audio, but you'll still enjoy Dr. Covey's lessons on powerful personal change and how to incorporate his ideas into your life to fulfill your ultimate potential.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By R. Whitten on 12-07-05

Changed my life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-15

You have to be ready for this book but if you have the willingness and maturity to understand it, it will change your life :) timeless principles explained simply.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful