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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,720
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58,858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,747

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're on the fence about whether to read this, get off and read it!

  • By I Don’t Need No Stinkin Name on 09-15-17

Fun story

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

This is a fun story. Not great literature or deep philosophy, but a good mix of possible ideas and story.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,920
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,006
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,915

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Nicely read by the author

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

This is an autobiography. That means that James Comey is telling his own story to defend his own actions. If you hate him for what happened with Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump, then don't bother listening. It is his story not theirs. With that caveat, I found it to be very interesting and scary. I found myself respecting Comey much more because of this book (and Trump much less). If you can listen with an open mind, it is a good book and more so since he read it himself.

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  • FREE: Ponzi Supernova

  • By: Steve Fishman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,263
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,912
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,909

Free for a limited time. Ponzi Supernova is an original audio series that profiles Bernie Madoff, the Wall Street financier sent to prison for orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history. The series, hosted by journalist Steve Fishman, includes hours of unheard conversations with Madoff behind bars, as well as interviews with law enforcement and the victims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow the story is a deep one

  • By Josh on 04-19-17

Fascinating Story

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

The author does a good job of telling the story of Bernie Madoff's ponzu scheme from a range of viewpoints. It is certainly a fascinating story. My only complaint is that I found the narrator's style to be a bit over the top.

  • Madame President

  • The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  • By: Helene Cooper
  • Narrated by: Marlene Cooper Vasilic
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 104

This is the harrowing but triumphant story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leader of the Liberian women's movement, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first democratically elected female president in African history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Jean on 04-28-17

An autobiography not a critical analysis

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

When I first started listening to the book, I was quite disappointed in how uncritical it is of the woman who became Mme President. It felt like propaganda. As I kept listening, I just adopted the attitude that the book was really just an autobiography--Mme President was clearly the primary source and it feels as if the book was written to get her approval. With this mindset, the book was far more interesting. It is not a critical look at the rise of this person but her story.

The reading was done by a Liberian which greatly added to the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

  • By: Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 60 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,144

One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book that Made Me a Better Person

  • By Coalition Deadboys Podcast on 03-29-13

Wow, What a book!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

I can't believe I finished it. It seemed like such a big task when I started, now I am sad it is done. It is an oddly meander story, but one well worth the time!

  • Peacekeeping

  • A Novel
  • By: Mischa Berlinski
  • Narrated by: Ben Williams
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

When Terry White, a former deputy sheriff and a failed politician, goes broke in the 2007-2008 financial crisis, he takes a job working for the UN, helping to train the Haitian police. He's sent to the remote town of Jérémie, where there are more coffin makers than restaurants, more donkeys than cars, and the dirt roads all slope down sooner or later to the postcard sea. Terry is swept up in the town's complex politics when he befriends an earnest, reforming, American-educated judge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Haiti story

  • By Daniel on 03-19-16

Great Haiti story

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

Reviewed: 03-19-16

I lived for several years in Haiti and found the story to be very familiar feeling. What a crazy country it is. I dinged the reader one star for mispronouncing the names of some towns. Highly recommended

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Winter is Coming

  • Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones
  • By: Valerie Estelle Frankel
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 750

Game of Thrones fans watch in delight as the epic battle of Lannister and Stark entangles the Seven Kingdoms. But only the sharpest notice how these houses echo Lancaster and York in the War of the Roses. Druids, Catholics, and even Zoroastrians wander through Westeros, reframing their religions for a new world of fantasy. But how medieval is Westeros? Did lady knights and pirates really battle across Europe? The audiobook Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones explores all this and more, from the echoes of history to the symbols and omens our beloved characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Look Into Future of Game of Thrones

  • By Rita Jones-Mayes on 07-05-14

A mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

This book feels like a series of blog posts. There are some very interesting points and lots of repetition--even long quotes are repeated. With a good edit, this could a fascinating 60 minute story. It is well read.

  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,438

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve, but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg - whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Martin is a genius

  • By Celeste Albers on 04-26-16

Great story while we wait for Winds of Winter

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

Great story, well read. This clearly shows how GRR Martin is an excellent story teller.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Relic Master

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 450

The year is 1517. Dismas is a relic hunter: one who procures "authentic" religious relics for wealthy and influential clients. His two most important patrons are Frederick the Wise, elector of Saxony; and soon-to-be Cardinal Albrecht of Mainz. While Frederick is drawn to the recent writing of Martin Luther, Albrecht pursues the financial and political benefits of religion and seeks to buy a cardinalship through the selling of indulgences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic -- and hilarious

  • By Actor on 12-17-15

Fun story

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

Reviewed: 12-23-15

This was a fun frolic through history. I loved the different characters and the story twists.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Chimes

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,920
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,207
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,201

A haunting tale set on New Year's Eve, The Chimes tells the story of a poor porter named Trotty Veck who has become disheartened by the state of the world, until he is shown a series of fantastical visions that convince him of the good of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Version of "The Chimes" on Audible!

  • By Gillian on 12-14-15

Not a Christmas story

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

Reviewed: 12-16-15

I'm a bit confused as to why Audible gave this out as a holiday gift. It is a tough story. The protagonist is a nice guy, struggling to get by under the grinding poverty that Dickens portrays so well. He is shown how much worse it is got those around him if he were to die. The "happy" ending is that he didn't die. But he is still poor. I would probably liked it more if I wasn't in a holiday mood.

The performance of the story was great--that's probably why I finished the story.