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  • Titanborn

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910

After decades hunting wanted offworlders throughout the solar system, Corporate Bounty Hunter Malcolm Graves doesn't bother asking questions. So long as the pay is right, he's the man for the job. And he always works alone. But when a high-profile bombing on Earth has Pervenio Corp clamoring for answers, they force him to team up with a strange, cyber-augmented partner. A young man more interested in statistics than instinct. Their assignment: Track down a suspected group of extremists from Titan who will go to any length to free their moon from the grip of Earth's corporations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery Sci-fi

  • By Bryan on 02-08-19

Depends on what you're looking for...

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

To offer a full disclosure on the front end, I was offered a free credit for Titanborn from the author/publisher, but was not required to offer a review.

I recently plunged through Titanborn over a 2 day period of time. Being behind the curve in Audiobooks, I hadn't yet listened to a book narrated by R.C. Bray, nor have I read or listened to any of the other works by Rhett Bruno.

WHAT I ENJOYED:
Honestly, I enjoyed the overall state of civilization portrayed in Titanborn. Bruno has done a really thorough job in creating a futuristic world, providing creative insight into the various people groups depending whether they are on Earth, Titan, or elsewhere in the galaxy.

I also really enjoyed the narration by R.C. Bray. I can see why he's popular, especially among Sci-Fi fans.

WHAT I DIDN'T ENJOY:
While the story was easy to follow, it was perhaps, too easy to follow. Not only was the overarching storyline fairly predictable, but I didn't really find myself rooting for the characters. A good story isn't a good story if the reader (or listener) isn't really inclined to root for one or more of the main characters, and by the end of the story, I just didn't really have much of an affinity for any of them.

WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?:
All in all, this depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking for decent sci-fi that helps fill the time and offers some level of entertainment, then sure, I'd recommend it. All in all, I was intrigued enough that I would consider listening to another book or two within the series. But for me, it isn't a series I'll put near the top of my wishlist.

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  • Sovereign

  • By: Jeff Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,385
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,446
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,445

Micah Cole has been in deep space for three years while his parents chase their obsession with finding intelligence to the far corners of the universe, but Micah dreams of the friends he left behind and counts the days until they return home. When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys their ship, Micah is separated from his family and stranded on Sovereign, a vast planet of raging rivers, towering forests, and deadly creatures. If Micah ever wants to see his family or his home again, he’ll have to learn to how to survive on a hostile alien world, all alone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NOT like the Martian

  • By TrustedReviewer on 02-21-19

It was...tolerable

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

On a recent road trip, my family listened to Sovereign by Jeff Hirsch, but only upon completing The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1 by Brandon Sanderson. To say Sovereign doesn't live up to Mistborn quality would be an understatement. Sure, Hirsch isn't trying to be Sanderson, and I wouldn't want him to. But Sovereign lacks good character development, and the overall story was just...meh.

This won't be a title my family or I return to again. It was tolerable. But not good.

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  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,964
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,573

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2nd to the Storm-light Archives.....

  • By Mitchell on 03-30-18

WOW!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

To keep this review short and sweet, I'll begin by saying I've never considered myself a fan of the Fantasy genre. I've read Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and of course, the Harry Potter Series.

But after reading about the Mistborn books and seeing them recommended over and over again on Reddit, I thought I'd give it a try. Wow, such great writing. And Kramer does a fantastic job with the narration. After listening to it on my own, I introduced The Final Empire to my family during a recent extended road trip. We finished The Final Empire (it was a long road trip) and everybody in the family, including my wife, is really looking forward to Book 2.

If you don't consider yourself a fan of the genre, go ahead and give it a try. There's a good chance Brandon Sanderson will draw you in, and do so in the best way possible.

  • The Color of Compromise

  • The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism
  • By: Jemar Tisby
  • Narrated by: Jemar Tisby, Justin Henry - foreword
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

The Color of Compromise is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just don’t know. Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. The Color of Compromise is not a call to shame or a platform to blame white evangelical Christians. It is a call from a place of love and desire to fight for a more racially unified church that no longer compromises what the Bible teaches about human dignity and equality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Challenging Review to Write

  • By Maximus on 02-19-19

A Challenging Review to Write

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

WHO IS THE TARGET AUDIENCE?

Let me be clear right at the start - this is probably one of the most difficult books I've ever attempted to review, and the thoughts represented below may evolve as I continue to ponder and meditate on some of the key themes communicated throughout the book.

In a preview video about the book, Jemar Tisby said, "“Christians in America have (by and large, not to a person, but as a group and historically) have cooperated with racism instead of confronting it.”

This quote will almost certainly create an emotional response from those who hear it, and I would caution anybody who would have a negative thought to lean into the discomfort a bit. In other words, when thinking about the target audience, I would say:

(1) Anybody who DOES NOT have much knowledge of enslaved peoples in the United States, from the 1700's through present day. For example, a high-school / college student, or other adult who is unaware of just how much history there is regarding this subject, or...

(2) Those who DO have knowledge of enslaved peoples in the United States, but that knowledge has come from select sources that may not represent the full picture, or...

(3) Anybody who is willing to go into this book with an OPEN mind, who is willing to seriously consider any unconscious thoughts or beliefs they may have regarding racial equality (or inequality) in the United States.

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT "The Color of Compromise"? HOW WAS THE CONTENT?

Admittedly, much of the general content was history in which I was familiar. For example, I was familiar with the atrocities of enslaved people in the 1700-1800's, the horrendous Jim Crow laws, and more. However, there are several specific examples as to laws passed or other examples of the church's failures to address the issue, and many of the specific examples are ones I may not have been aware of.

One criticism I'll note is that Tisby did not fully cover the differences of slavery / enslaved people in the U.S. in the 1700-1800's vs. how slavery functioned in Ancient Israel (Old Testament) and the Roman Empire (New Testament). There was a short section in which this was mentioned, but it provided very little detail. As such, I think it would've been very helpful for most readers to have more insight that when reading about "slavery" in the Bible, the cultural context was very different than how slavery occurred early in U.S. history.

This criticism aside, I rate the book a solid 4/5 stars. Mostly, I appreciated the final chapter in which Tisby outlines potential solutions for how the church / Christians today can better address the topic of race. His point that evangelicals are concerned about understanding the Scriptures well, and would do well to better educate ourselves on understanding the history of enslaved peoples and the impact it has had on our culture was a good point to make, and worthy of further reflection.

HOW DOES IT STAND OUT AS AN AUDIOBOOK? HOW WAS THE NARRATOR AND/OR THE RECORDING QUALITY?

Tisby does a good job narrating the book, and it was good to hear from the author's voice. I will note that...

(1) The cadence of his voice wasn't always natural or as conversational as it could've been. It wasn't distracting, but didn't quite feel natural, and...

(2) There were 2 or 3 times when a clear recording error was found. For example, on one occasion Tisby read the exact same sentence twice. There were other moments when a word or short phrase may have been repeated as well.

But all in all, I was able to listen at 1.25 or 1.5x and could retain the information well.

ANY FINAL THOUGHTS? WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS RESOURCE TO OTHERS?

All in all, I would recommend the book to others. While there were some sections that were slightly lacking, and while I believe Tisby could've provided MORE examples as to how the church can better respond to the topic of racial equality today, it was a good listen.

I would likely give it another 1/4 to 1/2 star if there was a short PDF included with questions for discussion added for each chapter. This would be a great book for a church staff or small group to read through and discuss, and having good discussion questions available would've been a big help.

If not a discussion guide, having a "Questions for Individual Reflection" at the end of each chapter would also prove valuable. Providing the reader the opportunity to really dig-in to their own upbringing / experience, to journal and consider perspectives that may differ from their own would make this an even better resource.

Despite these minor shortcomings, it's a good resource. As somebody who lives in a town that is 95% white and grew up in a WASP (white Anglo-Saxon protestant) family, I'll likely listen to it again in the future, as I really would like to better understand the topic, and would like to enter into conversations about race feeling more informed, and more empathetic towards those who may have grown up less privileged than myself.

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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 96,129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87,428
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 86,951

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Q & A for "Becoming"

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

WHO IS THE TARGET AUDIENCE?

To be clear on the front end of this review, I didn't vote for Barack for either term in his office. Nevertheless, I wanted to take intentional opportunity to listen to some books from authors who grew up in a much different family environment than my own, and/or those who have a different perspective on life than my own. As such, I found "Becoming" to be a good candidate to meet the requirements I was looking for.

I'd say anybody who would like more insight into the Michelle's upbringing, the Obama Presidency, and more, would enjoy this book. But as noted above, anybody who is open to hearing/reading from those who have a different perspective on life would also find this to be an enjoyable listen.

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT "Becoming"? HOW WAS THE CONTENT?

The main quote that stood out to me from "Becoming" was, "I've learned that it's harder to hate up close." I think we've all learned that it's 'easy' to say things through social media, email, texts, or other forms of communication, but that when having conversations with others up close, we're much more aware of our words and actions. As such, "Becoming" provided a great reminder of the value of being open and real with others, even those who may have a different perspective.

As noted in the overall rating, I provide the book a 4/5 stars.

HOW DOES IT STAND OUT AS AN AUDIOBOOK?

Having Michelle narrate the book was an added bonus. Personally, I don't think I would've ever read through the entire Memoir, but I found it to be an enjoyable listen.

HOW WAS THE NARRATOR AND/OR THE RECORDING QUALITY?

Overall, the narrator / recording were very well done.

ANY FINAL THOUGHTS? WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS RESOURCE TO OTHERS?

All in all, I would recommend the book. It most likely won't be one of my top listens of the year, but it is very well done and has helped me to pause to consider seeing things through a different lens.

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  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,992
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,989

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

Q & A for "Norse Mythology"

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

WHO IS THE TARGET AUDIENCE?

Anybody who is interested in fun, short stories from Norse Mythology (Thor, Loki, etc.) would enjoy this book. A couple of the stories may use verbiage such as "genitals," "make love," "naked bodies," but is generally done with good taste. My kids are currently ages 13 & 11 so I may skip one or two of the stories for them, but the majority of them are appropriate for low teens and up. For those who may be concerned, I would simply recommend previewing each story first.

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT "Norse Mythology"? HOW WAS THE CONTENT?

Honestly, I was very unfamiliar with the actual stories of Norse Mythology, and was only familiar with the characters by how they were represented in the MCU (Marvel Comic Universe). As such, I found the stories not only enlightening, but entertaining.

HOW DO THESE STORIES STAND OUT AS AN AUDIOBOOK?

Neil Gaiman does such a great job with the Narration that many of these stories are probably BETTER in audiobook format than in print. Each story is only 20-40 minutes in length, and his re-telling of each story is done very, very well.

HOW WAS THE NARRATOR AND/OR THE RECORDING QUALITY?

As noted above, the author did an excellent job with the narration, providing different voices for each character.

ANY FINAL THOUGHTS? WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS RESOURCE TO OTHERS?

I literally knew next to nothing about Norse Mythology before listening to this, and found myself getting through the book in just a couple of days so I could listen to the whole thing. It was quite an enjoyable experience. As such, I would definitely recommend it to anybody who may be interested in the subject.

  • Satan's Plea

  • By: Nelson Lowhim
  • Narrated by: Mark Lindgren
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

The battle between good and evil, God and Satan.A fight older than time. But is everything we know about this struggle just a matter of propaganda? Satan, Lucifer, the Devil, Shaytan sure thinks so. In this letter he tries to convince the human race, you, of his intentions. They are pure. Everything that was blamed on him was done as a smokescreen to cover more sinister motives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really nice short story

  • By Ian Sosa on 03-26-17

Q & A for "Satan's Plea"

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

WHO IS THE TARGET AUDIENCE?

It's challenging to pinpoint a specific audience for Satan's Plea, but I think anybody who is looking for a heavily fictional account from the perspective of Lucifer/Satan as to how and why he was removed from the heavens would find it intriguing. It may not be the most entertaining short story, but does offer a little intrigue.

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT SATAN'S PLEA? HOW WAS THE STORY / CONTENT?

While the story is somewhat intriguing, there's not much new with the subject matter. For decades, authors have written books from an alternative perspective. Children have "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" from the perspective of the wolf. Looney Tunes cartoons are also full of differing perspectives. In other words, while the theme initially seems unique, it has a good bit in common with some other works available today. All in all, I can say I liked the story and thought it was well done, but it isn't something I'll repeatedly listen to.

DO YOU HAVE ANY INPUT ON LANGUAGE, VIOLENCE, OR OTHER ADULT THEMES?

With the main character being Satan himself, there is some adult language that comes in here and there.

HOW WAS THE NARRATOR AND/OR VOICE ACTORS?

The voice actor did a great job with the voice of Lucifer, as well as other characters throughout.

WILL YOU LISTEN TO IT AGAIN?

It's doubtful I will listen to it again. As I noted above, I found it somewhat intriguing. But there isn't anything here worth giving serious mental energy to, nor is it something that's laugh out loud entertaining that would make me want to return to it. It's certainly not poor writing or a poor performance. It's just not something I would return to on a regular basis.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FINAL THOUGHTS?

In full disclosure, the author offered me a free copy of the book for a fair and honest and review. I believe the 4 star rating for story, narration, and overall, is fair.

  • The Love Dare Day by Day

  • A Year of Devotions for Couples
  • By: Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick
  • Narrated by: Jeff Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Love is a choice. A daily choice. The Love Dare Day by Day is a daily reminder of how it’s done - and done well - taking the source material's original experience to the next level. With 52 weekly dares, this one-year devotional invites you to go deeper into the scriptural principles of The Love Dare and is meant to enrich your relationship with God and your spouse through a daily time of listening, prayer, and action.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making better connections

  • By Backlash on 04-23-19

Q & A for "The Love Dare Day by Day"

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Updated: The initial review I published on Audible was edited, but the edited version didn't get published. This is the most recent update of my review.

Admittedly, reviewing "The Love Dare Day by Day" presents a few challenges, each of which will be addressed in the questions and answers provided below.

WHO IS THE TARGET AUDIENCE?

Married or Engaged couples with a Christian background will be right at home with "The Love Dare Day by Day." The Love Dare was made popular among evangelical churches across the country, and this devotional provides engaging, succinct devotionals for couples to listen to and practice on a regular basis. Those who do not come from a Christian background ought to know that there is a great amount of Biblical Scripture included.

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT "The Love Dare Day by Day"? HOW WAS THE CONTENT?

As noted above, the content is on par with other devotionals that have been created for married couples. My wife and I regularly "coach" or mentor other couples, and our experience has led us to recognize which resources we have on hand will best compliment the couple we're working with. To be clear, "The Love Dare" and/or "The Love Dare Day by Day" are resources we would recommend to couples we work with on a regular basis.

HOW DOES THIS DEVOTIONAL STAND OUT AS AN AUDIOBOOK?

This devotional, in my opinion, would be much more accessible and easier to go through in paper or kindle form. I've been listening to the devotionals each day, and while I enjoy the content, it's just odd (at least for me) to listen to a 2-3 minute devotional and then follow through on the questions at the end of each daily reading. As such, I would recommend those who would like to go through this devotional to do so with a printed or kindle copy and also have a journal handy.

HOW WAS THE NARRATOR AND/OR THE RECORDING QUALITY?

The narrator for this devotional does a fine job. With each daily reading only being a few minutes in length, there's not much time to become really engaged or disengaged by his voice. His readings are on point, which is a plus.

However, the audio quality of this particular Audible book is not of the same quality as other recordings in my library. In full disclosure, I not only coach other couples, but I have also spent a lot of time as a stage musician, and over the past 20 years I've become accustomed to quality audio equipment. If I were to listen to "The Love Dare Day by Day" with standard iPhone earbuds, it would be OK. But I regularly listen to Audiobook and/or music through decent earbuds, and sometimes professional IEM's (in ear monitors). While using more refined audio equipment, there's a little bit of high pitch static on the recording that would make it hard for me to listen to on a regular basis.

But for the majority of users/listeners, this will not be noticeable.


ANY FINAL THOUGHTS? WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS RESOURCE TO OTHERS?

In full disclosure, I received a free copy of this book for a fair and honest review. While it pains me to leave negative marks regarding the audio quality, I believe I'm being fair to note the criticisms outlined above.

All in all, I WILL recommend this resource to some of the couples I meet with, but I'll be much more likely to encourage them to purchase the print edition as it will be easier to navigate, and will provide better opportunities to dwell on and journal through each of the daily readings.

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  • Why Won't You Apologize?

  • Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts
  • By: Harriet Lerner PhD
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

Renowned psychologist and best-selling author of The Dance of Anger sheds new light on the two most important words in the English language - I'm sorry - and offers a unique perspective on the challenge of healing broken connections and restoring trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm sorry

  • By D. Thomas on 10-19-17

3.5 Stars...for one reason

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I picked up this Audiobook as Brené Brown has listed it as one of her favorites, and Brené's work has been invaluable in my life. Most of the content is good, but I'm not in agreement on Lerner's thoughts on the topic of forgiveness. While I understand a definition of forgiveness is often misunderstood (or not always agreed upon), I personally believe that forgiveness itself - and not just the emotions that go along with it - is quite important. I see other reviewers have similar thoughts.

All in all, it's a GOOD book, and I've taken notes on what I will want to refer to again. But Lerner's belief that forgiveness isn't necessary isn't something in which I can fully agree. As is, 3.5 stars.

  • A Knack for Embarrassment

  • By: James D. Beers
  • Narrated by: Chris Brinkley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Follow the author and his family and friends in their rollicking adventures as they sled down the dreaded Sleddin' Road, ride in a Volkswagen Rabbit that smokes more than a steam locomotive, and practice "Premeditated Bear Situation Thinking" while out in the woods. Just try not to laugh as you hear about the cutthroat cookie-decorating contest of Christmas 2007 or as the author guinea-pigs his younger brother in a game of spit wads. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Q & A for A Knack for Embarrassment

  • By Maximus on 01-17-19

Q & A for A Knack for Embarrassment

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Who is the target audience?

The target audience for this audiobook is anybody looking for a good laugh. If you’ve grown up in a family that ever experienced camping, snoring, family contests, or anything of the sort, this audiobook is for you. Similarly, if you enjoy stories that include humor such as “a little pee coming out of me,” or other bodily functions, you’ll be right at home.

Truth be told, I’ll rank some of these stories up there with comedian Tim Hawkins. It’s good clean humor which is a rare find these days!

What did you enjoy most about A Knack for Embarrassment? How was the story/content?

The book is essentially a number of short stories shared back to back. Admittedly, some are more entertaining than others, but there’s a general flow to them so that on first listen, you don’t want to skip ahead. That said, I found myself laughing out loud, even to the point of tears during some of the stories.

Do you have any input on the language, violence, and/or other adult themes?

My kids are currently ages 11 & 13. I would have zero concerns listening to this with them. In fact, after listening to the whole of the book in a day, our family immediately listened to the first two stories before bed. Ending the day in laughter together as a family is always a good thing.

If I recall correctly, the only adult language may have occurred during a story in which there was a huge commotion and the author’s dad ran in to say, “What in the hell is going on?!” Again, it was very, very mild and I would have zero concerns listening with my kids.

At what playback speed did you listen? How long did it take you to get through the entire book?

I listened to it at 1.25x. As noted above, I was so entertained I was able to get through the entire book in a day.

How was the narrator and/or voice actors?

Honestly, I can’t think of a better narrator. For the content of the book, it was outstanding.

Will you listen to it again?

Yes. Some of these stories will be a go-to during family travel and/or other seasons in which we’re just looking for a laugh.

Final Thoughts?

Admittedly, I received a free copy from the author in return for an honest and fair review. I believe I’m being fair. I haven’t laughed this hard in weeks, maybe months. A Knack for Embarrassment was a great listen!

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