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  • How to Lose a Marathon

  • A Starter's Guide to Finishing in 26.2 Chapters
  • By: Joel A. Cohen
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Techosky
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 655

In How to Lose a Marathon, Joel Cohen takes listeners on a step-by-step journey from being a couch potato to being a couch potato who can finish a marathon. Through a hilarious combination of running tips and narrative, Cohen breaks down the misery that is forcing yourself to run. From chafing to the best times to run, explaining the phenomenon known as the "Oprah Line", and exposing the torture that is a premarathon expo, Cohen acts as your satirical guide to every aspect of the runner's experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something for everyone

  • By Matt Cobb on 04-12-17

A Marathon of Laughs

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

This was a great listen. Joel’s humour is very crisp and relentless. I was winded a few times during the book. Nicholas’s narration was right on. The book needed someone with comedic timing and he delivered.

So, inspired to try a marathon? I keep asking my legs that question, and so far no response.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Little Children

  • By: Jo Furniss
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 703

Struggling with working-mother guilt, Marlene Greene hopes a camping trip in the forest will provide quality time with her three young children - until they see fires in the distance, columns of smoke distorting the sweeping view. Overnight, all communication with the outside world is lost. Knowing something terrible has happened, Marlene suspects that the isolation of the remote campsite is all that's protecting her family. But the arrival of a lost boy reveals they are not alone in the woods, and as the unfolding disaster ravages the land, more youngsters seek refuge under her wing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed

  • By Jeanne on 09-18-17

Not bad but not new enough

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

This is another take on the disaster story and it has some interesting new ideas but one of the main new focuses is not enough. The concentration on children has its moments but at the end of the day is not that interesting an element. It is a good start for this new author and I hope to see more in the future.

The performance is excellent. Very easy listening and nice tension build up.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Spaceman

  • An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
  • By: Mike Massimino
  • Narrated by: Mike Massimino
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,496
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,492

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Likable guy, great storyteller

  • By Joy Woller on 10-09-16

Inspiring story about guts and perseverance.

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing is straightforward and compelling. The topic one of the most interesting there is. I'm glad that Mike Massimino read his own book. Not as polished as a professional reader but know one else could have captured the meaning and emotion as well. This everyday guy with a Jersey accent did something incredible and any one reading this can follow his formula to achieve great things as well. The formula is simple: never give up.

  • The Pickwick Papers

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 30 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (commonly known as The Pickwick Papers) is the first novel by Charles Dickens. The book became the first real publishing phenomenon, with bootleg copies, theatrical performances, Sam Weller joke books and other merchandise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Silly, Corny, Delightful 'Dickens Lite'

  • By Sand on 07-13-13

The genius and humor of Dickens. Such a pleasure.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

Where does The Pickwick Papers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top five

What other book might you compare The Pickwick Papers to and why?

Dickens is such a masterful writer it is hard to make comparisons. Against others of his books this was the lightest and most enjoyable. Another book that I found as enjoyable to listen to although very different was The Rosie Project. It also did a good job of the trick of misunderstood impressions.

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

Brilliant reading. Every character stood out clearly and each personality captured in his phrasing and tone.

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

A sleeping Mr Pickwick being wheeled into town to face charges of trespassing

Any additional comments?

Let the rich vivid prose take you away to another time. Not a simpler time. But one in which the author worked to fix the tragedies of society.

  • Summit

  • A Novel
  • By: Harry Farthing
  • Narrated by: Harry Farthing
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,441

In the autumn of 1938, Germany's reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, is growing frustrated at the British using their regional power in India to block the passage of an SS expedition to Tibet. Determined to spite them, he plots to steal something the British hold dear and have failed for the seventh time that spring to achieve: a first summit of Mount Everest. Seventy years later, seasoned mountain guide Neil Quinn's ninth visit to the top of the world's highest mountain, this time in charge of the 16-year-old son of a Long Island billionaire, begins to unravel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction at its Very Best!

  • By Paula on 08-23-16

Two great stories interwoven.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. The writing is intelligent and always interesting. The characters well defined. Two sets of heels and villains to root for and contrast.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joseph Becker. His ability to survive and do the right thing.

What does Harry Farthing bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It can be tricky when authors narrate as well. He does a pretty good job but has difficulty keeping consistent with the accents and genders. That said, he is very easy to listen too and who better to get the interpretation right.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The suspense and interplay of past and present story lines was very interesting. Below that was the question: this being historical fiction that could rewrite the actual events how believable would the ending be. The author handled it well and left me satisfied.

  • The Hatching

  • A Novel
  • By: Ezekiel Boone
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 348

Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India, earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government "accidentally" drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Part One of ???

  • By Patrick Marstall on 07-17-16

The next B disaster movie

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would reduce the amount of obvious and uninteresting character backstory. Made the story too telly instead of showy. Also the author would choose the wrong time often to digress and any tension build up in the story line would dissipate

Would you recommend The Hatching to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Too cliche and not well enough written.

Which scene was your favorite?

The spider attack on the plane.

Could you see The Hatching being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I can see this being turned into a B movie. Don't expect there to be any major names.

Any additional comments?

I gave the narrator a four because didn't want to blame him for the poor writing. The only gripe with the narrator was the lack of gravitas in his delivery. This may have had more to do with the authors use of too cute dialogue at the wrong time.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 400 Things Cops Know: Street-Smart Lessons From a Veteran Patrolman

  • By: Adam Plantinga
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,654

400 Things Cops Know shows police work on the inside, from the viewpoint of the regular cop on the beat - a profession that can range from rewarding to bizarre to terrifying, all within the course of an eight-hour shift. Written by veteran police sergeant Adam Plantinga, 400 Things Cops Know brings the listener into life the way cops experience it - a life of danger, frustration, occasional triumph, and plenty of grindingly hard routine work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you, Adam Plantinga!

  • By Alexis Ward on 05-30-16

Glad I'm not a cop

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

This book was well written and covered police work from the mundane to the interesting to the frightening. It gave me new respect for people doing this tough usually thankless job.

  • The Woods

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,239

Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Coben's worst I've read

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 05-27-08

Decent story marred by so-so writing and reading

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

Reviewed: 05-27-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Some of the logic in the book is poor. Attempts to build suspense with week devices. Like the way the hero (a DA) is treated by the police with very little incriminating circumstances. Didn't make sense. This type of bad logic crops up in other places in the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woods?

The ones that stick out are representative of the bad logic mentioned above.

Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

No. I wish I had listened to the preview first because I don't like his style and have struggled with another book by him. He has a clipped and almost bored sounding way of reading. It isn't convincing when he tries to be dramatic. It's a bit like listening to Captain Kirk. This style infests his dialogue as well making his characters often sound the same as each other.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

  • The Child Thief

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613

A troubled World War I veteran races across the frozen steppe of 1930's Ukraine to save a child from a shadowy killer with unthinkable plans. Luka is a war veteran who now wants nothing more than to have a quiet life with his family. His village has, so far, remained hidden from the advancing Soviet brutality. But everything changes the day a stranger arrives, pulling a sled bearing a terrible cargo. In the chaos, a little girl has vanished, and Luka is the only man with the skills to find the stolen child and her kidnapper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cold, Subtle, and Full of Suspense

  • By JD on 04-23-14

Tense read.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-16

Interesting story and historical setting. Narration was very strong. Well written book with well developed characters

  • Ark Royal

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,351
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,055
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,047

Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good solid effort at a Space Opera

  • By Jim In Texas! on 08-05-14

A solid sci fi book.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Ark Royal is a good listen, but I didn't feel hungry enough at the end to proceed with the rest of the series.