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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 198,673
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185,500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185,103

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

Love this story

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

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Fun story but you really need to know something about gaming in 1980's to enjoy it fully.

  • Year of Yes

  • How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
  • By: Shonda Rhimes
  • Narrated by: Shonda Rhimes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,026
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,278

The megatalented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder chronicles how saying yes for one year changed her life - and how it can change yours, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 7 Hours Listening to an Audio Book Ever!

  • By ccreads on 02-20-16

Hooray for the introverts

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

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This book is a victory for introverts everywhere! If you are an introvert surrounded by extroverts, read this book, but remember, it is not a self-help book. It will not give you any answers or coping mechanisms. It will emphasize that you are not alone in your struggle with hilarious, anxiety-ridden anecdotes to which all introverts will relate and have probably experienced firsthand. For example, while I have never launched a chicken bone across a crowded room, I have propelled pens, forks, cake, candy, etc., across large crowds as well as accidentally snorted loudly and spit while talking at good-intentioned people who have held me hostage in conversations. It will probably make Ms. Rhimes uncomfortable, but she is my hero!

  • Troublemaker

  • Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
  • By: Leah Remini
  • Narrated by: Leah Remini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,786
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,671
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,623

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is fascinating and funny! Fantastic!

  • By Kim on 11-04-15

How do people get into cults?

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

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If you have ever wondered how people get into cults and why they stay, this is the book for you. Leah Remini does an excellent job explaining what so many others have failed to explain, namely, how do smart or aware or strong-willed people get suckered into joining cults? This is a great book. It is real and raw and honest, and Leah does a wonderful job bringing it to life. Sometimes, you will want to be her best friend. In the end, you will feel like you finally learned something about why people join cults.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • By: Rebecca Skloot
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,998

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story

  • By Prisca on 04-30-10

What an amazing book

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

Reviewed: 11-18-15

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As a biologist, I am quite familiar with the story of Henrietta Lacks. As an undergraduate, it was a story we were told in cell biology class. It wasn't until my first bioethics class in graduate school that I became aware of the long-term effects of situations such as Ms. Lacks, her family, and her descendants. This is such an important story for science. BUT it is also an important story for non-scientists, because this is a story about a person's right to know and the importance of transparency and honesty. This is a tale about how easily unintended consequences can truly harm people. The author has created a rich story that is honest, complete, and respectful. The narrators do an amazing job bringing it to life.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Aeronaut's Windlass

  • The Cinder Spires, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,723

Since time immemorial the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Brave New World

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-02-15

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 11-07-15

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This is a fantastic new series from Jim Butcher. If you like his work, you will like this book. If you are new to Jim Butcher, I am so excited for you. Listen to this rich new world of honorable air pirates and enjoy it. I am pretty sure Jim Butcher cannot write a bad book. Also, I am pretty sure no one in history has ever understood a cat as thoroughly as Jim Butcher.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cleopatra's Shadows

  • By: Emily Holleman
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

Abandoned by her beloved Cleopatra and an indifferent father, young Arsinoe must fight for her survival in the bloodthirsty royal court when her half sister, Berenice, seizes Egypt's throne. Even as the quick-witted girl wins Berenice's favor, a new specter haunts her days - dark dreams that have a habit of coming true.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love it but..

  • By Leanna on 11-01-15

Love it but..

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

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This is an interesting book that explores the lives of Cleopatra's sisters, and I really liked it. But rather than firmly setting the story within the cultural aspects of Ancient Egypt, it also felt like a lot of contemporary sensibilities were weaved into the story. While it may seem like that would add relatability to the story, it was distracting for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crimson Peak

  • By: Nancy Holder
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 367

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend, and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds...and remembers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this Gothic Novel

  • By Lisa B. on 11-17-15

God awful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-15

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I really wish I had realized this was a novelization of a movie. I would never have bothered, and I would have save myself some heartache. This is an awful book and as bad as one would predict. I haven't seen this movie; so, I don't know if the book is bad because of the writing or because the base material is horrific. I just know I am mad at myself for not paying more attention.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156,557
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144,471
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144,314

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Holy cow!!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

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I LOVE THIS BOOK. I LOVE THIS BOOK. I LOVE THIS BOOK. I LOVE THIS BOOK.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Why Not Me?

  • By: Mindy Kaling
  • Narrated by: Mindy Kaling, Greg Daniels, B. J. Novak
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,248

In Why Not Me? Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it's falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or, most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you're constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love mindy

  • By green ice cream garden on 04-24-17

Sweet, sassy, and yes-poignant

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

Reviewed: 09-27-15

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I'm fairly certain Mindy Kaling could read a grocery list, and it would be hysterical. Indeed, she might have done that in this book, but I don't want to spoil it for you. And Kaling isn't just funny. Her dry humor has a sweetness and poignancy to it that makes it memorable. Thanks for another great book.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • One More Thing

  • Stories and Other Stories
  • By: B. J. Novak
  • Narrated by: B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,615
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,622

B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins - turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It gets better, and better, and better, and better

  • By David Shear on 02-07-14

On Fleek

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

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I'm typically not a fan of collections of short stories. I feel this way largely because I almost always think the story ends right when it is getting to the good part which is irritating. Then while I am irritated that the story is over, I am required to think about something completely different when the new stories starts. I have an irrational resentment of this micromanagement of how I enjoy creative minds. So, I typically do not read or listen to short stories. BUT, B.J. Novak's book does not suffer from this problem. Stories are full, flushed, and funny. Definitely, give this a try, and laugh at the ridiculous outrage and twists of fate to which you are introduced.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful