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  • Seraffyn's European Adventure

  • By: Lin Pardey, Larry Pardey
  • Narrated by: Sonja Field
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30

Join cruising legends Lin and Larry Pardey as from England they proceed into the Baltic, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Germany. During their voyage they dealt with armed guards on the Polish waterfront who watched while the people greeted them with flowers and fruit. They weathered a fierce mast-under broach in a Baltic gale. And experienced great friendships found in harbors large and small.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen Despite It Being A Tad Dated

  • By Kathy on 09-08-18

Wonderful Listen Despite It Being A Tad Dated

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

This audiobook really gives you an idea of what it was like travelling around for extened periods on a very small "yacht" in the mid 1970's. The Pardeys, Lin and Larry, tell an engrossing story of what the day to day existence was like, the people they met along their journey, the incredible comraderie of fellow cruisers they met in the varioius ports and moorings, and much, much more. Sonja Field does a very pleasant, upbeat narration that adds to the enjoyability of the listening experience.

If you love the water and cruising, or if you are an armchair cruiser like me, this should be a really fun listen for you. I planned on getting another travel book by the Pardeys but am not so sure the other narrators would live up to my expectations after trying out a few samples. As far as this book is concerned, I give it a thumbs up!

  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,294

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By K. F. on 03-09-17

Fun Listen!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

It reminded me somewhat of Scalzi's funnier books, but I liked this one more. It had everything--good writing, interesting characters, a serious story line interlaced with moments of humor, and a good ending. Oh yes, and the author gave a very good narration. I would certainly listen to another book by Yahtzee Croshaw.

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,910

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Who The Man Is? or, Dare to Dream

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I disagree with a previous reviewer who said the book is not about Elon Musk, the man, but instead about his companies. In order to want to know anything about his companies, you must first understand who Elon is, what drives him, what he was like as a kid, what he is really like now, and just how he came to be where he is now. It's all here.

Sure, I have a degree in psychology and am very interested in human behavior, nature vs. nurture, and how our childhood affects us in adulthood. But this book is not for psychology buffs, it is for everybody. It is the story of how Elon Musk rose to where he is today, why he is so future-oriented when so many of the successful business wizards are living greedily in the present, and where Elon hopes to be going.

Along the way, you will learn a great deal about his companies--his early successes and experiences all the way up to his current day successes, the trials and errors, and what we might expect in the future. You see those Tesla cars on the freeway and all you think about is how expensive they are. You hear about Space-X launches and wonder why you should be interested. It is all laid out nicely in this book.

Ashlee Vance, the author, did thorough research. Fred Sanders gives a great narration. Besides being an important book, it is a fascinating listen. Highly recommended!

  • Cold Kill

  • The True Story of a Murderous Love
  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483

David loved Cindy and was loved in return. Or so he thought. The troubled young man clung to his new love and dreamed of their future together. So begins the chain of events that was to evolve into a horror of terrifying proportions. Jack Olsen, best-selling author of Son, now reveals the details of a true-life romance gone hideously awry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If Cindy Calls - DON'T Answer!

  • By Polly Poizendem on 02-12-17

Olsen and Pierce Are A Great Combo!

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I have always enjoyed true crime stories, and I knew what a dynamite combination Olsen and Pierce are. So it was easy to select this book for my next listen. I had immensely enjoyed their previous collaboration, simply "Son". Please see my review of that book below.

While this is an interesting and very good listen, it just did not grab me quite as strongly as "Son." I don't think it was through any fault of the author or narrator. I just did not find Cindy Ray and David West, the protagonists, very compelling or fascinating, nor did I engender any empathy for David for being a gullible follower of Cindy, who was clearly mentally ill. I found them to be two lowlife, not very bright, jerks who reeked devastation on Cindy's family for no real reasons whatsoever.

Despite my dislike of the two main subjects (and of course I should not like murderers, anyway), this is a good listen for true crime buffs. If it interests you, go for it! I have no regrets at all and will easily choose another Olsen/Pierce collaboration in the future.

  • Ghosts of the Tsunami

  • Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone
  • By: Richard Lloyd Parry
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. There he encountered stories of ghosts and hauntings and met a priest who exorcised the spirits of the dead. And he found himself drawn back again and again to a village that had suffered the greatest loss of all, a community tormented by unbearable mysteries of its own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting True Story You Didn't Hear On The News

  • By Kathy on 07-05-18

Riveting True Story You Didn't Hear On The News

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

If you are curious about the Japanese tsunami of 2011, this is a good place to start. If you want to learn some surprising facts about the Japanese culture, get this book, too. However, if you are concerned in your school age child's safety and well-being, as well as your own--and you ought to be--most definitely start here, download and listen to this audiobook. Don't put it off.

It is beautifully written, expertly narrated, and tells the story you didn't read in the newspapers or see on the 11 o'clock news. It details how 78 elementary school children in one village lost their lives in the tsunami. I don't think the loss can be blamed on the tsunami but from the inaction, passivity, and ignorance of the school officials.

Before I retired, when I was still working, I was sent to a training on Safety given by law enforcement. One of the key takeaways for me was the paralysis of trauma victims, that is, the inability to act or think for themselves along with the passivity of meekly waiting to be told what to do. What apparently happened at one Japanese school is a prime example of this phenomenon. When it comes down to it, it could happen anywhere given the right set of circumstances and "officials in charge."

Read the excellent publisher's summary and choose this audiobook if this review peaks your curiosity. It is, after all, up to you.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Humans

  • A Novel
  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 788

The critically acclaimed author of The Radleys shares a clever, heartwarming, and darkly insightful novel about an alien who comes to Earth to save humans from themselves. When an extraterrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this weird species than he has been led to believe. Eventually, the narrator sees hope and redemption in the humans' imperfections and begins to question the very mission that brought him there.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Adorable alien story

  • By cristina on 07-07-13

Light Sci-Fi Fare--You'll Love It!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

It was really a fun and enjoyable listen for me. If you are looking for techy stuff or military battles, you must look elsewhere. This book is more about human emotions, what makes us humans tick, and how we might look to an extraterrestrial species. It makes you feel things, take a new look at our purpose in this world, maybe even it could inspire you to reassess and rearrange your priorities. Not your typical sci-fi story, that's for sure.

Along the way, I found myself frequently laughing out loud at our disguised alien protagonist and his so-accurate and sometimes very misguided observations. I maybe even had damp eyes in a spot or two. It had me glued to the story all the way through with a very satisfying ending.

Even if you are not a sci-fi fan, maybe even more so, you will really enjoy this light-hearted, thought-inducing story about a possible first contact scenario.

Go for it! (If I haven't convinced you, scroll back up and re-read the Publisher's Summary. It is great, too.)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Why You Are Who You Are

  • Investigations into Human Personality
  • By: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Leary
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. That's the focus of these exciting 24 lectures, in which you examine the differences in people's personalities, where these differences come from, and how they shape our lives. Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly informative - thought provoking insights

  • By Dan on 03-30-18

Why Did I Do That, Anyway?

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

This is a good one, folks. It explains the reasons for many human behaviors, your own unique behaviors and those of other people whom you just can't fathom. Although it covered areas of which I was quite familiar (Personality Disorders), the Professor covered plenty of information that was new to me, enough to make me want to listen to the audiobook a second time to fix it into my brain!

The narration was just fine as it is in most of these Great Courses. It is a winner in my book!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,004

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

Written Mostly As A Tribute To Michelle

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

and also because a book deal had previously been signed which would lead to a documentary TV series. This reads more like a 'half book', as the author died in her sleep at the young age of 46 before her book (and her research) was completed. I was mostly disappointed in the content and the writing style--very disjointed, jumping around in time and a bit repetitive. However, it was an easy listen despite what I considered its failings. I loved the narrator. Gabra Zackman is wonderful!

I think what bothered me most about the book was that it didn't make me feel much. It seemed to skirt on the surface of the horror. Were they trying to make it palatable or protect us from the details? Were the living victims not interviewed by Michelle? Did she mostly review police reports and records?

I realize that alot of my discomfort with the story is that it really wasn't written by Michelle due to her unexpected passing. But given that the alleged killer was recently captured using new DNA methods, there is SO much that is missing and so many questions left unanswered . . . I can only hope that someone like Jack Olsen writes the complete story when more is known.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Process

  • By: William Hertling
  • Narrated by: Jane Cramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 705

By day, Angie, a 20-year veteran of the tech industry, is a data analyst at Tomo, the world's largest social networking company; by night, she exploits her database access to profile domestic abusers and kill the worst of them. She can't change her own traumatic past, but she can save other women. When Tomo introduces a deceptive new product that preys on users' fears to drive up its own revenue, Angie sees Tomo for what it really is - another evil abuser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great on Many Levels

  • By Carl on 07-20-16

I Might Be A Geek If I Was Smarter and Younger!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I liked this book ALOT! It had everything I am looking for--a really wonderful narrator, a fascinating and real-feeling female protagonist, good supporting characters, an interesting and intense story line, a bit of Dexterism at the start, a pull that made me unable to stop listening, and a satisfying ending. Usually, I am compelled to do something while I am listening--but for hours, I just sat on the couch in rapt attention, needing to know if Angie would succeed with her company or even survive her antagonists/competitors. Her company, a startup, aiming to take down a monopolizing, controlling, and corrupt social media outlet similar to Facebook.

Yes, the book had lots and lots of geek talk, most of which I did not understand fully, but I could get the gist of the techno talk (like in The Martian) enough to know what was happening. Here's the thing. I have always hated the idea of hacking, felt it is despicable. But if you are a knowledgeable enough geek, I can surely see the allure and the power trip involved in being able to hack into data to "fix" things. I must add, Angie used her skills judiciously!

If you liked Ready Player One, you will likely enjoy this one too. I sure did.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,467

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal book!

  • By A. Potter on 01-16-16

Excellent and Beautifully Written Pre-Death Memoir

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

The publisher's summary is excellent for this book. I recommend you read it and make your decision as to whether this is the kind of book you would like to listen to.

For me it was fascinating yet very, very sad. Paul Kalanithi was an extremely talented (actually, multi-talented), intelligent and capable upcoming neurosurgeon who left this earth well before he could leave his mark. He will be sorely missed by his family and by the medical profession who recognized his brilliance and stood with open arms to embrace him before and during his struggle with early onset lung cancer.

Profound and moving, highly recommended!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful