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  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,300

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Enjoyable ending

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

A little slow start
Somewhat slow pace
Predictable
Enjoyable last quarter.
Worth the listen.
End

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  • The Butterfly Garden

  • By: Dot Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Mel Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,744

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees...and a collection of precious "butterflies" - young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let the negative reviews fool you...

  • By Angela Lee on 03-24-17

Slow and thin

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

Thin plot, slowly told. Heroine is a memorable character and warrants the extra star. End

  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

  • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,032

No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Material Different Title

  • By rkeinc on 09-21-14

Interesting lessons to help critical thinking.

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

Reviewed: 06-29-15

While last 1//3 of book drags as he speaks generally of the value of critical analysis, the 1st 2/3ds teach analysis traps and weaknesses. Very interesting and valuable.
No book comes with audible so suggest you try direct from great books.

  • No Easy Day

  • The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
  • By: Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,450

From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear

  • By Darwin8u on 09-04-12

Laugh Out Loud

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

Reviewed: 11-29-12

What did you love best about No Easy Day?

The humor and the heartache.

What was one of the most memorable moments of No Easy Day?

When the protagonist is jumped by his sister in law. Or, when he throws the candle lit birthday cake.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

His sister's nostalgic attraction to her former boy friend.

Any additional comments?

A very good book that pulls you along with plot, humor and pathos.

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  • Kill Decision

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,593

Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Daemon/Freedom, but still good Thriller

  • By T. Menefee on 07-21-12

Exciting, Timely & Important

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

Reviewed: 11-29-12

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kill Decision?

So many. The horde of drones circling the freighter.

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

I don't, but "yes".

Any additional comments?

Suarez does it again. So timely that the Washington Post ran a column last week on autonomous drones. A memorable and exciting story. Not quite as good as his first 2 books, but a fine read.

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,358

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Take My Buds Out

  • By Judith on 11-08-07

Skeptical it wasn't highbrow

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-11

True that I'm a non-fiction kind of guy. And not a fan of cathedrals to boot. But this is a wonderfully interesting, exciting and engaging saga. The narration is nothing short of terrific.

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  • The Social Animal

  • The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
  • By: David Brooks
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 944

This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica - how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!

  • By Pamela Harvey on 03-13-11

wonderfully informative and different

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-11

Brooks writes an engaging story of 2 people followed from inception (literally) to death (literally). In that saga, he incorporates what science has to tell us today about nature and nurture. My daughter-in-law is due to have her first child 2 months from now and i found the chapters on birth and infancy to be quite fascinating. I was also quite taken with Brooks first person accounting of death. Not something you read (hear) every day! The narration is excellent. Admittedly, there are some boring chapters but there's a trade off between information and story line. Go for it.

  • Earth Abides

  • The 60th Anniversary Edition
  • By: George R. Stewart
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,061
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,079

A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, beautiful, sad, terrifying

  • By J. Rhoderick on 04-05-10

Memorable but Long

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-10

I agree with prior reviews that this book is unforgettable. It's almost worth the slog. But it's very long and desperately needs editing (they did edit books in 1949). Making it more tedious is the slow narration. On the positive side, its creative and provides great incites to human nature. Although written 60 years ago, there are only a few points in the book where this is noticible (e.g., reference to a "telegraph" and an almost Victorian propriety when discussing sex).

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Child 44

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,411

It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be Prepared Be Forewarned

  • By Steven on 02-22-10

original & riveting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-10

This is a thriller unlike most you've spent time with. Set in the morally corrupt Stalinist era, this is at once a political lesson, a love story, and a story of virtue among the ruins of a failed society. The characters are well developed and the narration is very effective even if the accents can sometimes be annoying. excellent use of your time and money!

  • Freedom (TM)

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,729

Daemon is firmly in control, using an expanded network of real-world, dispossessed darknet operatives to tear apart civilization and rebuild it anew. Soon civil war breaks out in the American Midwest, in a brutal wave of violence that becomes known as the Corn Rebellion. Former detective Pete Sebeck, now the Daemon's most powerful - though reluctant - operative, must lead a small band of enlightened humans toward a populist movement designed to protect the new world order. But the private armies of global business are preparing to crush the Daemon once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow - a must read

  • By James on 07-11-10

terrific yarn

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-10

exciting. creative. political. techo-thriller that has it all. I read Daemon and immediately started this seamless sequel. The dark net evolves to places we'd not ever have expected.