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  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,247

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Typical Plot -- Though Interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

Fine, Every Dan Brown book has the same plot. Langdon, an attractive woman , time frame - one day, no romance, and social awkwardness. His books are usually packed with codes where Langdon and his memory are able to unravel just one step ahead of being killed. This book is that.

This book is a little different in this plot is relevant to today and issues that we face as a race rather than the hunt for some ancient artifact. It starts out really slow, so you have to make it though the first two hours of listening, but then you'll be swept up. I giver it a thumbs up.

  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,409
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,632

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Sam A. Havens on 09-09-17

Fascinating and unexpected

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

I expected the book to be interesting, a dry stroll through the millennia to to understand another perspective on the development of modern man. What I didn't expect was a rational, well thought out and plausible explanation for wealth, religion and nationalism. I didn't expect an explanation of why it extremely difficult to change perspectives. And, I certainly didn't expect the idea of story in our collective culture or the leverage of cooperation. This book is a great listen and it will provoke you thinking. There are many thinks in this book that will depress you, but also to enlighten. Well done!

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  • Issued to the Bride: One Sniper

  • Brides of Chance Creek Series, Book 3
  • By: Cora Seton
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Jo Reed watched two of her sisters marry the men her father sent to help them on the family ranch, so when Hunter arrives, she's ready for him. She doesn't want a husband; she wants a house of her own where she can call the shots - and if the Navy SEAL wants to stay, he'd better build it to her specifications. More to the point, he'd better stop kissing her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love a Military Man!

  • By Amy on 05-04-18

Can't wait till the next one

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Each of the these novels is unique and interesting. This one is about Joe, the youngest daughter. She is in touch with the animals. The common thread in this book is loyalty. The message is a bit on the nose, but the sweetness of the book makes up for Seaton bludgeoning the message. That's the only negative. Audible has put up book four. Say alert. I give it a thumbs up.

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  • Questions That Sell

  • The Powerful Process for Discovering What Your Customer Really Wants, Second Edition
  • By: Paul Cherry
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

As a salesperson your product knowledge is extensive, but that's not enough. If you fail to ask the right questions - the ones that uncover a customer's real needs - you will never close the deal. Questions that Sell reveals advanced questioning techniques that will help you sell your products or services based on value to the customer, rather than price - and increase your success rate as a result.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting for a novice

  • By GH on 01-22-18

Interesting for a novice

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

This is a great resource for someone leaning the art of questioning. For someone who has done a great deal of customer interaction, there is nothing in this book to help you. Its a good codification of lessons of hard knocks.

I would recommend getting the paperback. Also, the book would have benefited from a PDF that summarizes all the areas and question types. It's okay for early career people, but the grizzled veteran should pass.

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  • The Economists' Diet

  • Two Formerly Obese Economists Find the Formula for Losing Weight and Keeping It Off
  • By: Christopher Payne Ph.D., Rob Barnett
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Combining the authors' personal weight-loss stories with their passion for economics, this bold new behavioral approach to dieting recommends micro habits and meta-rules that will enable dieters to control their impulses to overeat, approach food in a healthier way, and lose weight once and for all. Chris Payne and Rob Barnett are two formerly obese economists who met while working at Bloomberg. When they finally decided to do something about it, they lost weight by applying what they know best - economics - to their waistlines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Diet Book!

  • By whatithinkofstuff on 01-15-18

Not substantive - Hard pass

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

The authors write of weight loss from an economist point of view. I found this approach to be uninspired and superficial. They uncover nothing new and rehash mainly things that have been said over and over. If you are going to do a book like this, there has to be something new and insightful -- that did not occur in this book. I give this book a hard pass.

  • The Secret

  • By: Elizabeth Hunter
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810

For thousands of years, the scribes and singers of the Irin race have existed to protect humanity and guard the gifts of the Forgiven. They have lived in the shadows. They have kept their secrets. But the Irin aren't the only race with secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great conclusion!

  • By Aymie on 07-06-15

Wow squared!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

This third book in the trilogy delivers. Hunter pulls everything together and explains it all. You will find more romance and sweet moments in this book which makes that past 22 hours or listening worth the investment.

In retrospect, I like the plot and the characters. The characters are interesting and each have their complexities which drive the emotional impact. If your like romance woven into an action story,and like super natural, you will love this series. I give this series a big thumbs up.

  • The Singer

  • By: Elizabeth Hunter
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947

When you've lost everything you love, how do you fight the darkness? Ava left Istanbul with a new identity, new name, and new magic she could barely control. Laid low by Malachi's sacrifice, she searches for help from the fabled Irina. But will the secretive women of the Irin race welcome or shun her? Ava's origins are still a mystery, and her powers are darker than any they've encountered before. The Irin world hangs in the balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Sing for The Singer

  • By The Elf in the Kitchen on 01-21-15

Searching ... Searching and Searching

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

This is the second installment in the trilogy. This book is summed up by, you guessed it, searching. It is not really a cliff hanger as you know what is going to happen. It's really about the frustration you feel about getting what you want to happen to happen.

This has a very low romance content and is all about drama and twists and turns of the plot. This book is about the background information of the plot. It is good. The middle book of trilogy are usually all about setup. You certainly can make that statement about this work. That said, it is a strong second book. Let's get to the third and last.

  • The Scribe

  • By: Elizabeth Hunter
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131

Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within. Ava Matheson came to Istanbul looking for answers, but others came looking for her. A reckless warrior guards her steps, but will Malachi's own past blind him to the truth of who Ava might be? While ancient forces gather around them, both Ava and Malachi search for answers. Whispering voices. Deadly touch. Their passion should be impossible... or it could be the only thing that will keep them alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Listen, Terrific Story

  • By The Elf in the Kitchen on 01-14-15

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

This is a drama romance story. This is not your traditional romance story, it has a very strong drama plot with lots of suspense. It is set with a supernatural theme. Ava is the central character who is unaware of her unique history and associated powers. Malachi is a member of a race of angle descendants. He is drawn to her for some reason.

This novel open slowly as Ava and Malachi discover each other. Ava learns a little about her background. Yet, there are many clues in book one to unresolved issues. This is a trilogy. t, so don't expect a great deal of resolution. Also, there is tragedy, be prepared for the roller coaster.

Webber does a great job narrating. Hunter introduces many characters, it's challenging to keep track at first, but over time it smooths out and the story keeps you straight. This is heavy on action and drama preferring it overt sex scenes. I really liked this novel, thumbs up. On to book 2.

  • Issued to the Bride: One Airman

  • Brides of Chance Creek, Book 2
  • By: Cora Seton
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Airman Connor O'Riley never believed in love until he saw proof of it in the most unlikely place - a battlefield in the middle of the Syrian civil war. Now he's in hot water with the Air Force, and if he wants to clear his name he'll have to put his new-found belief in love to the test-by convincing his superior officer's daughter to marry him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love an Airman!

  • By Amy on 05-03-18

Great installment

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

Saddie, the gardener of the sisters, has lost her connection to the land. That is, until Connor Reid shows up. I like this novel because Seton did a nice job giving Connor some flaws and character issues he must overcome. Her characterization of the sisters is a strong point for this series. I am not particularly fond of "The General". A little more color on him would be good.

This story has a touch of mysticism, but is far from paranormal. King is a great narrator. I am awaiting the third book.

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  • The Little Book of Big Weight Loss

  • 31 Rules to Live By
  • By: Bernadette Fisers
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Fisers
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Successful hair and makeup artist Bernadette Fisers struggled with her weight for years. She tried and failed many diets, but her life took a turn when her weight crept up to 287 pounds and her BMI, to 42. Bernadette decided to ditch the fad diets and take matters into her own hands. She asked the models she worked with about their eating habits and their tips for staying trim. She researched medical reports and nutrition papers. Finally - through trial, error, and a lot of experimentation - she created a healthy lifestyle plan that was easy to understand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great rules

  • By GH on 01-06-18

Great rules

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

This is a solid set of rules. None of them were surprising or something I didn't know about. However, hearing them in one book in one hour was great.