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  • Wrecked

  • An IQ Novel
  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

Isaiah Quintabe - IQ for short - has never been more successful or felt more alone. A series of high-profile wins in his hometown of East Long Beach have made him notorious. Dodson, once his sidekick, is now his full-fledged partner, hell-bent on giving IQ's PI business some legitimacy. So when a young painter approaches IQ for help tracking down her missing mother, it's not just the case Isaiah's looking for but the human connection. And when his new confidant turns out to be connected to a dangerous paramilitary operation, IQ falls victim to a threat even a genius can't see coming.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment for this once promising series

  • By Terry on 10-27-18

Worst IQ yet

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I liked the other IQ books because they were intelligent and well-crafted. This book is not that. It is a paste-together set of plots and characters, "spiced" up with needless sadism. I recommend you read something else. This may be the last IQ I read.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of the Human Body

  • Evolution, Health, and Disease
  • By: Daniel Lieberman
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893

In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman - chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field - gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly worthwhile read

  • By Jennifer on 05-02-14

Should be called Disease and Other Stuff

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18


Not a good read. I don't recommend it. Too much of the book is devoted to boring, negative statistics and commentary about modern human disease and negative assessments of life modern styles. The author's biases are so LOUD that it makes the latter half of the book a difficult, boring read.

  • How Language Began

  • The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention
  • By: Daniel L. Everett
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 166

Mankind has a distinct advantage over other terrestrial species: we talk to one another. But how did we acquire the most advanced form of communication on Earth? Daniel L. Everett, a "bombshell" linguist and "instant folk hero" (Tom Wolfe, Harper's), provides in this sweeping history a comprehensive examination of the evolutionary story of language, from the earliest speaking attempts by hominids to the more than 7,000 languages that exist today.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to endure

  • By Michael D. Busch on 09-09-18

Didatic, pendantic but unpersuasive.

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Everett disagrees with many other linguists, anthropologists and cognitive scientists on how and when language began and what the evidence for the origins of language are.

I find his arguments strident and unconvincing. He says the people who he is criticizing have no evidence and then spins his own theory on scant, if any, evidence.

No one knows when or how language began and we probably won't ever know unless someone invents a time machine.. Unfortunately, there are no fossil records for speech. Therefore, everyone who theorizes in this field is guessing, including Daniel L. Everett..

If I were grading this thesis, I would give the professor a "C".

The narration is top-notch and Jonathan Yen should not be criticized for the author's shortcomings.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,989
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,992

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Boring story with bad production values

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

The audio is mediocre at best. The Irish accents of the interviewees can be difficult for an American ear. The listening experience is further denigrated exacerbated by the poor audio of the recorded interview. Furthermore, the background music is both bad and distracting.

Add to the bad the audio characteristics, the fact that the storytelling is mundane. The subject could be riveting but not with this crew. Use your time wisely, listen to something else.

  • Motherless Brooklyn

  • By: Jonathan Lethem
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Cantor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 382

From America's most inventive novelist, Jonathan Lethem, comes this compelling and compulsive riff on the classic detective novel. Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's very own Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart language in startling and original ways. Together with three veterans of the St. Vincent's Home for Boys, he works for small-time mobster Frank Minna's limo service cum detective agency. Life without Frank, the charismatic King of Brooklyn, would be unimaginable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You're Not the Only Freak Show in Town!

  • By Dave on 05-01-14

A different murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This isn't your typical "Agatha Christie" murder mystery. The main character and narrator, Lionel, is both a hoot and the antithesis of Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade in "The Maltese Falcon". Buy it. I doubt you will be disappointed.

  • Deviate

  • The Science of Seeing Differently
  • By: Beau Lotto
  • Narrated by: Beau Lotto
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 572

Perception is the foundation of human experience, but few of us understand why we see what we do, much less how. By revealing the startling truths about the brain and its perceptions, Beau Lotto shows that the next big innovation is not a new technology: It is a new way of seeing. In his first major book, Lotto draws on over two decades of pioneering research to explain that our brain didn't evolve to see the world accurately. It can't!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Randy on 12-05-17

Wordy, wordy, wordy

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-18

Did I mention that Beau Lotto is wordy? Narration was fine. The topic would have been fine as an article of limited length. As a full length book, Deviate is a failure. Best to avoid.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Attention Merchants

  • The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads
  • By: Tim Wu
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

In nearly every moment of our waking lives, we face a barrage of advertising enticements, branding efforts, sponsored social media, commercials and other efforts to harvest our attention. Over the last century, few times or spaces have remained uncultivated by the "attention merchants", contributing to the distracted, unfocused tenor of our times. Tim Wu argues that this is not simply the byproduct of recent inventions, but the end result of more than a century's growth and expansion in the industries that feed on human attention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Been Sold

  • By Mr. Ess on 10-24-16

Worth the read

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Learn about the history of propaganda and advertising from a wonderful story teller and thorough researcher. Excellent narration by Marc Cashman. You will not be disappointed by this book.

  • A Life in Parts

  • By: Bryan Cranston
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,350
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,999

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny - until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly destiny took a backseat to survival. Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They're all good parts.

  • By kelli mcgourty on 10-23-16

Interesting, not profound

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

Great narration. Somewhat ragged storytelling. On the whole, quite enjoyable. Glad I listened to it.

  • The Deep Dark Descending

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,958
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,954

Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered, he devotes himself to hunting down her killers. Most of his life he had thought of himself as a decent man. But now he's so consumed with thoughts of retribution that he questions whether he will take that last step and enact the vengeance he longs for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely brilliant!!

  • By ryan on 10-25-17

Excellent Eskens Novel, but brutal

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

Allen Eskens continues to demonstrate his command of writing. This book is superb. Best of the four books he has published.

Reader beware: this book is brutal. It is not for the faint of heart.

66 of 71 people found this review helpful

  • Hell Is Empty

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,549
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,069

Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The MOST exciting and suspenseful book in the seri

  • By PlantCrone on 07-11-15

Every book in a series won't be great

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Of the seven Longmire books I read, I found this to be the worst. The story borders on absurd—superhuman resolve and ghosts. Give us a break, please!

I will buy the next book in the series—As the Crow Flies—hoping Johnson returned to telling believable stories again.