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  • The Lost Continent

  • Travels In Small Town America
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 384

Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • There are better Bill Bryson audiobooks

  • By Rachel on 08-10-14

One of Bryson's better books.

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

The author and narrator were great. Much credit to both who made this book very enjoyable on a roadtrip myself.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,441

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Didn't meet expectations, but was good

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Good book with a great narrative, but I didn't walk away with any real new life lessons or perspectives. Worth a credit if you are sitting on handful.

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  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is the most famous supernatural wild chase in all of literature. One of the best-known American short stories, this tale has been produced countless times for television and film. A Halloween classic!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-22-18

Narration was hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Good classic American folk lore, but the narrator's voice was too deep making it hard to follow along. This isn't worth a full credit, but is worth a buck or so if it's on sale.
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  • The Time Machine

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,881
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,697

The science fiction classic that coined the term "time machine" and is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel. A must listen for any fan of science fiction!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Random Pauses in Speech. (Captain Kirk narrates)

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-04-14

Worth a listen, but not worth a full credit

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I picked up this book on sale for a buck. It's a quick and good listen, but not worth investing a full credit. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 795

Benjamin Button was literally born an old man. He lived a backwards life, for his body grew younger as the years passed him by. Come and listen to the original, unabridged story by F. Scott Fitzgerald which inspired the movie.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • good story, bad performance

  • By K, on 10-12-16

Fast read, buy instead of using a credit

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

This is a quick and easy listen. Not sure I'd spend a credit on this book, but if it's on sale for a couple bucks it's worth a buy.

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,912

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

Better than Hulu

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I listened to this book before watching the Hulu series. Without sounding cliche, the book is better. Yes the Hulu series is good, but the book is told through a different lens and offers more insight. Excellent narration too! AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

  • 1922

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

The chilling novella featured in Stephen King's New York Times best-selling short story collection Full Dark, No Stars - soon to be a Netflix original film starring Thomas Jane and Molly Parker. A violence awakens inside a man when his wife proposes selling off the family homestead, setting in motion a grisly train of murder and madness.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good story; bad narration

  • By Patricia King on 01-09-18

Great story and narration

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

The narrator, Craig Wasson, did a great job as usual. And while most Steven King books tend to drag on and on, this one was tight and kept a good pace. Solid story, solid narration, great book. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201,305
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187,983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187,577

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Meh, no thanks

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

Being a child from the 80s and 90s, and now an adult working in the tech industry building apps, this book seemed right up my alley. Instead the book was just filled with a bunch of pop culture references, which felt hollow and annoying. Thus book was like listening hours upon hours of the Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons rant.

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  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,535

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspire to find why you do what you do

  • By A. Yoshida on 09-19-13

After 6 hours I quit. Meh

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

Not clear or inspiring. Long and dull. Just a bunch of stories, some are stretched or slightly fabricated to make a point

  • 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 21,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,574

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

Good info, little redundant

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

Reviewed: 11-07-15

Good information. A unique approach, to tidying. Some parts were redundant, but lots of clear practical information.