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  • Blockchain Revolution

  • How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World
  • By: Don Tapscott, Alex Tapscott
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 573

The technology likely to have the greatest impact on the future of the world economy has arrived, and it's not self-driving cars, solar energy, or artificial intelligence. It's called the blockchain. The first generation of the digital revolution brought us the Internet of information. The second generation - powered by blockchain technology - is bringing us the Internet of value: a new, distributed platform that can help us reshape the world of business and transform the old order of human affairs for the better.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent to start for non techies

  • By benedikt on 05-14-16

Good primer on the subject

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-18

While some of the critical reviews here are valid, I think they largely miss the point. This is not a technical manual, nor an investing guide, but a decent introduction to a complicated subject. Yes the authors are true believers and yes there's more magical hand waving than I would like. But I learned a great deal and feel far more confident engaging with the subjects of block chain technology and cryptocurrency than I would otherwise.

  • The Marsh King's Daughter

  • By: Karen Dionne
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 301

At last, Helena Pelletier has the life she deserves. A loving husband, two beautiful daughters, a business that fills her days. Then she catches an emergency news announcement and realizes she was a fool to think she could ever leave her worst days behind her. Helena has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to like this...

  • By Cayce on 06-16-17

I wanted to like this...

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

I wanted to like this book. The blurb sounded great and the mention of Karin Slaughter and Lee Child made me think it was going to be a thriller. So maybe expectation was partly to blame for my lukewarm response.

This book is slow and filled with detail about living in the wild in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The writer is good and if you like detail filled fiction or stories about living in nature and how to survive with your hands and makeshift tools, then you will likely enjoy this book. But I play books in the background while I edit photos and I need them to move more quickly than this.

I'm also not sure the narrator did this book any favors. The woman's voice is innocent sounding with a slight singsongy quality. It really grated on my nerves after awhile. The long descriptions of hunting and killing the animals and how wonderful she thought her father was went on way too long for me.

It's possible this book picks up in the second half, but I couldn't get that far. Check out the sample and make sure the narration doesn't drive you nuts.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Quiet Game

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,926

When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret - and the small town's violent past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complex and Good Courtroom Drama!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 02-09-15

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

This is a good book that moves through the story comfortably until close to the end when it goes into high speed. I defy you to stop listening at that point.

It stops short of being a perfect book, largely because it's trying too hard. As a fellow southerner, I understand Ile's desire to remind the rest of the country that racism is and was far more widespread than the borders of the southern states as well as to let people know that everyone wasn't bad. But there's a subtlety to the argument that's lacking. As another reviewer pointed out, our hero was wildly heroic, with few obvious character flaws and it didn't land in a completely honest way for me.

That said, it's a very interesting listen and a worthy effort. You won't be wasting your time listening to it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Nutshell

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,420

From the best-selling author of Atonement, Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master. To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all of literature, all of art, of human endeavour is just a speck in the universe of possible things?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Long Version, and the Short.

  • By Ilana on 09-19-16

Truly excellent

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

I've never read Ian McEwan before, but after reading this very clever novel, I will definitely read his other books. It was smart, inventive and suspenseful. What more could you ask!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gunmetal Gray

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,709
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,156

After five years on the run, Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA. But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the Chinese prefer to stay eyes-only on foreign agents. So why are they on such high alert? Court's high stakes hunt for answers takes him across Southeast Asia and leads to his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the Chinese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greaney sets the bar even higher.

  • By JACKIE on 02-17-17

I'm always so sorry when these books end...

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

I love this series - everything about it. The character, the writing and the narration. If you like thrillers, do yourself a favor and take a ride with the Gray Man. The only thing you have to lose is the hours you're going to spend listening.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,014

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

Pretty brilliant...

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

I loved this book but I can understand why the reviews are mixed because it would not be for everyone.

First off, it's not a sweet or heartwarming story. It's a clunky coming of age and never quite getting there story. The characters are flawed and confused and just downright crazy at times, but I thought it was masterful and I never lost interest.

While it's not even remotely political, if you are a law and order kind of person, you might find yourself a bit put off by the characters and the situations they find themselves in.

If you love books like Confederacy of Dunces (which was even more brilliant, I think), you might find yourself right at home with this quirky, surprisingly deep novel.

Listen to the sample (always listen to the sample) and if you laugh a few times, then buy the book.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Most Wonderful Tales of the Year

  • Holiday Memories Written and Performed by Our Favorite Narrators
  • By: Audible Narrators
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Kate Reading, Michael Kramer, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,026
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,015

Here at Audible, we know just how much of an impact a voice can have on a story - taking simple words and filling them with elation, wonderment, tragedy, or pure satisfaction. We rely on our narrators every day to bring our favorite stories and characters to life - to introduce us to new authors and genres, or even to a new (perhaps longer) commute. And though our narrators are the best story tellers in the business, it's usually someone else's that they're telling.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is Some Kind of White Elephant Gift?

  • By Dave on 12-12-16

This is not really a gift...

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

I tried to listen to this but it was just boring. Off the cuff reminiscences about Christmas from the narrators felt like I was stuck at a party listening to people's family memories. Not everyone is good at telling stories, even if they have a nice voice.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Promise

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,647

Loyalty, commitment, the fight against injustice - these are the things that have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they keep it. Even if it could get them killed. When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case - until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defense contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "They Call K-9 When They Need Superpowers, Woof!"

  • By Empress Karen on 11-10-15

Really missed on the narration

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

I like these books and I like both sets of characters. It was fun seeing them come together and I hope we will get more of that, but the narration was a total mess! There's nothing wrong with either narrator, but I can't figure out for the life of me why they broke this story up into two narrators. It just made a slightly convoluted story way more difficult to follow. It was jangled and jumpy and basically a really bad idea.

Pick a narrator and let them read the story!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

  • A Novel
  • By: Dominic Smith
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187

In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland, the first woman to be so recognized. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain - a haunting winter scene, At the Edge of a Wood, which hangs over the bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Story Definitely NOT a Forgery!

  • By KarKinz on 05-13-16

Well worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

This is a quiet story that moves between current day, 1950's NYC and the life of an old Dutch female painter. The way the writing and narration flows out of the speakers is actually kin to the paintings being described. That might sound dull, but it's not. The story has quite a bit of tension, but it's nothing like a typical mystery or thriller. It's literary without being stuffy.

I thought it was lovely and I highly recommend it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Spilled Blood

  • A Novel
  • By: Brian Freeman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 310

Linked by the Spirit River, the two towns couldn’t be more different: in affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that company’s carcinogenic waste struggle to survive. The bad blood between the communities escalates into open warfare when the beautiful Ashlynn, daughter of the corporation’s president, is found shot dead—and a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story

  • By cristina on 07-28-13

Very entertaining read!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

This was a nicely done mystery. The pacing was good, the characters interesting and the ending sound and well earned.

I don't give away stories in reviews because that's whey we all listen, right? But there are some elements in this book that were fresh for the genre, which can be really formulaic. I listen to a lot of thriller/mysteries and I've found a new author in this one!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful