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Wixom, MI
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  • How to Raise a Wild Child

  • The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature
  • By: Scott Sampson
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

American children today spend 90 percent less time playing outdoors than their parents did; instead they spend an average of seven hours a day interacting with a screen. Scott Sampson asserts that not only does exposure to nature help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits, but it also reduces bullying and helps boost academic scores. Even more important are the long-term benefits linked to cognitive, emotional, and moral development.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yay! It's Dr Scott!

  • By Nichole Ploughe on 07-24-16

Best book of its kind

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

I have read a number of books about the importants of raising children with a connection to the natural word. This one is probably the best. Dr Scott (known to many parents and children from PBS’ Dinosaur Train) lays out the problems, gives actionable solutions then gives you reference if you want to do more reading on any particular idea. Well done.

  • Child of the Daystar

  • By: Bryce O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

Among the scattered fringe cities bordering the Cienbal desert, the true name of the Monster of Karth is spoken only in whispers...RAZ I'SYUL ARRO. A sellsword of the utmost caliber, Raz is a killer of paramount skill and highest regard. Towering tall even amongst the atherian, he is the only of his kind to live free in the "civilized" confines of mankind's varied cultures. He has no need of loyalties, his sole affections pledged to the gold crowns that buy his time and skills.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Solid Start To A Potentially Great Series

  • By Drake Vato on 08-26-16

I can't wait for the next!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

This is a wonderful first book. O'Connor is a great writer; the world is interesting, the characters are complex, and he leaves you wanting more. I have read 50 books so far this year (Jan. 1 to Aug. 1) and I would put this in my top 10.

Mikael Naramore is also a top notch narrator.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Detroit Christmas

  • A Grimnoir Chronicles Audio Drama
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 922

Private eye Jake Sullivan is a war hero - and an ex-con. He's free because he has a magical talent, and the Feds need his help in apprehending criminals with their own magical abilities. Jake's talent is gravity spiking. He can vary the force of gravity however he wishes in an area. When it comes to spiking, Jake is the best.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • PINCHOT MAKES THIS SERIES

  • By Jarboguts on 04-28-16

Not the Jake Sullivan I Love

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

So for I have never given a Grimnoir Chronicles story less than 5 stars, but the Jake Sullivan in this book sounded more like a Dashiell Hammett character than the one Larry Correia has been writing about. I work in Detroit, love Correia, and even like radio drama's so I had great hope for this book, but it is probably one of the worst books that I have listened to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reprobates

  • The Cavaliers of the English Civil War
  • By: John Stubbs
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 23 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

In the follow up to his "vivid, ardent, and engaging" John Donne: The Reformed Soul (New York Review of Books), John Stubbs finds his next subject in the turbulent period of the English Civil War. With a centuries-old conflict between the monarchy and Parliament threatening to explode, a group of poets known as Cavaliers emerged to defend the king against the Protestant reformers and, in doing so, defined an artistic movement exemplified by lines such as Robert Herrick's "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, so-so narrator

  • By Paul Z. on 12-31-14

Good book, so-so narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-31-14

This is a very academic book and great if you are looking for more information about the social context of the Caviler Poet and the world they lived. It points out many of the inconsistency in what many of us were taught in survey classes. My only complaint is that the narrator, John Lee, reads this book in a really odd cadence. It was very distracting, and not his best work, but I am glad that I stuck with it and listened to the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Brief History of Robin Hood: The True History Behind the Legend

  • Brief Histories
  • By: Nigel Cawthowne
  • Narrated by: Eleanor David
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Who was Robin Hood? Throughout history the figures of the hooded man of Sherwood Forest and his band of outlaws have transfixed readers, listeners, and viewers; but where does the myth come from? The story appeared out of the legend of the Green man, but found its location during the reign of Richard I, the Lionheart, who was away from England fighting in the crusades. In his absence, his brother John laid waste to the country. But does this tell the full story?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For the love of Robin

  • By Paul Z. on 11-21-14

For the love of Robin

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

Reviewed: 11-21-14

This is a good book, and it was well read. It does lean more to the scholarly side that the action, adventure so be warned. Nigel Cawthowne does a great job exploring both the origins of the legend of Robin Hood and looking at how the legend has changed over time. While he doesn't pin down the “real” Robin Hood, I did find it interesting to find out how many parts of the legend can be tied to historical events and people.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Make Art Make Money

  • Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career
  • By: Elizabeth Hyde Stevens
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

In our culture, artistic genius and poverty seem inevitably linked, but does it have to be that way? Jim Henson didn’t think so. An iconic creator and savvy businessman, Henson is a model for artists everywhere: Without sacrificing his creative vision, Henson built an empire of lovable Muppets that continues to educate and inspire - and a business that was worth $150 million at the time of his death. How did he ever pull it off? And how can other creators follow in his path?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not Really a Book

  • By Mr Conway on 01-06-17

Great book for Artists!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

First off I am a lover of all things Jim Henson, so I might be a little biased, but I think Elizabeth Hyde Stevens does a wonderful job breaking down what did and didn't work with Henson Studios. It does seem possible to make art and money without feeling guilty.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End

  • Book 3
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,167

When 22-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the poorest section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End is the last book in Worth's memoir trilogy, which the Times Literary Supplement described as "powerful stories with sweet charm and controlled outrage" in the face of dire circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hated to see it end...

  • By Jan on 02-20-14

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

I really liked this book, some of the content is a little darker than the other two book (so much so that I discouraged my wife who just had a beautiful baby from reading it) but even saying that it is an amazing book. It is great to find out what happens to all of the nurses and sisters.

  • Moby Dick

  • The Whale
  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 26 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

Moby-Dick is widely considered to be the Great American Novel and a treasure of world literature. The story details the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whale ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale: Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. And Ahab intends to take revenge.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Heed the advice

  • By Agnes Crow on 08-17-14

Bad Narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

I bought this edition without reading reviews. I only listened for about 30 minutes, then bought a different version. Don't take my word for it, look at the other reviews. Great book, just try another.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Moby Dick: or the Whale

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: Mark Nelson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 247

Moby-Dick is widely considered to be the Great American Novel and a treasure of world literature. The story details the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whale ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale: Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. And Ahab intends to take revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid narration of a timeless classic

  • By G.T. on 05-20-12

Should have read sooner!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

I did not read this in high school, and I kind of glad I didn't. I honestly don't know if I would have gotten all of the humor at that time. Not only was I surprised by the puns and word play, but also by how modern it felt. What a great read.

  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

  • Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,318

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined Ari for me

  • By Andrey Barsukov on 06-03-18

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

Patrick has a warning at the beginning of this book saying it might not be for everyone... well that might be correct, but it is amazing story! If you like his writing,there is no way you can miss this book. I just can't wait for him to finish the third book!

8 of 18 people found this review helpful