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  • The Price of Justice

  • A True Story of Greed and Corruption
  • By: Laurence Leamer
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

This nonfiction legal thriller traces the 14-year struggle of two lawyers to bring the most powerful coal baron in American history to justice. Don Blankenship, head of Massey Energy since the early 1990s, ran an industry that provides nearly half of America’s electric power. But wealth and influence weren’t enough for Blankenship and his company, as they set about destroying corporate and personal rivals, challenging the Constitution, purchasing the West Virginia judiciary, and willfully disregarding safety standards in the company’s mines - mines in which scores died unnecessarily.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good story

  • By Mr. on 10-06-13

WTH! illuminating, gripping and maddening- I loved it.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Everything you want in a book, and left out of our legal system.

This book should be a riveting fictional portrayal of a history overcome. Instead it’s a recent chronicle on unchecked power. Any US citizen will cringe at the unethical reality presented in this book.

We can all do better.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,452
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,569
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,482

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Wreaks sanity with his perspective

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

James Comey weaves a nuanced accounting of his perspective through his working career. So what if we don’t all chuckle at the same phrase, and clinch our jaw at the same frustrations? Don’t we all feel better informed after this book? I do. Thank you for your service Jim!

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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 198,902
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185,318

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

A nostalgic science fiction tour de force

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

I can only imagine Wil Wheaton enjoyed every second of narrating this loners journey. Once I hit play I couldn't stop listening until I had devoured the entire story line. It simultaneously pushed me into the future and rocketed me to Saturday and Sunday mornings of my childhood. As a geek I felt like the protagonist had good taste in cheesy movies, television shows, video games and music... Yet I'm sure I would have enjoyed arguing with him about certain selections. All this while immersed in futuristic poverty. Way to go Ernest Cline, way to go. How do you type a slow clap in a review? ;)

  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,824
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,822

For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!

  • By D. S. Smith on 05-19-12

Funny and she was designed for audiobooks!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

Reading the book herself, she made me laugh repeatedly. What else is their to say?

  • You're Next

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,163

Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This guy is really cheesy

  • By Randall on 08-03-16

I want more Mike and Shep!

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

I was drawn into the story and curious to the last sentence. The characters were grungy and intelligent.

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  • What Every BODY Is Saying

  • An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People
  • By: Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,268
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,644
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,621

Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Let Me Hear Your Body Talk

  • By Cynthia on 07-06-13

In Depth and Practical

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-16

This book gives an overview of body language and how one can interpret body position and movement along with its limitations of use. I found the verbal description easy to picture in my mind, and the PDF was helpful when needed.
I believe I will have a better understanding of how I am effecting others based on reading their comfort level.
I am very happy I bought the book and recommend it.

  • The Cartel

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 23 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,418

From the internationally best-selling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best ever…

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-24-16

I was completely engulfed in the story.

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

This book rips it's violent setting from real headlines regarding real cartels giving this fictional story a background of grit rarely paralleled. The accents rung of realistic tones and the corruption pulls one into the deep character development. I applaud both Din Wilson as the writer and Ray Porter on his narration.

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  • I, Robot

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,880

They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the violence - Read this one for the humor

  • By Herb on 02-19-05

Get Ready to Move Through Time.

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

Reviewed: 05-29-15

I had not read Asimov's work. This is the second of his book in as many weeks I have consumed. The way he takes snapshots of characters, and tells the evolution of a new intelligence is fascinating. I wish I would have had this book as a kid. However, Asminov is still stretching the thoughts of this new fan. Now, about that Foundation. ..

  • The Power of One

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,309
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,932

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story lifted higher by the narration

  • By Bob on 05-14-09

Slow start, with a strong building story

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

Reviewed: 10-26-12

Would you listen to The Power of One again? Why?

Yes, it is a positive and enlightening story that should be the basis for a modern thinker raising the next generation. Heroic in scale, yet the only superpower is mindful determination.

What did you like best about this story?

The wonder as you see the mystique of a mind being built, and the effect of a single mind's effect on the world.

Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to other books of his, but I will now.

If you could take any character from The Power of One out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Doc is the inspirational figure in this tale for me. I could see other characters that I would love to listen to over dinner, but the man that taught Peekay to think... that is a man that offers true power and wisdom.

Any additional comments?

This is not written as a first book. This is a novel many try to achieve writing once in their life. It is an aw inspiring heroic tale of an ordinary boy that should have never been on anyone's radar, but became larger than life as life hits him and he trudges forward.

  • What Einstein Told His Barber

  • More Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions
  • By: Robert L. Wolke
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Arranged in a question-and-answer format, What Einstein Told His Barber is for anyone who ever pondered such things as why colors fade in sunlight, what happens to the rubber from worn-out tires, what makes red-hot objects glow red, and other scientific curiosities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Science - Well Presented

  • By kentennis on 05-02-16

Majority of Info NOT information from Einstein

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

Reviewed: 07-10-12

What disappointed you about What Einstein Told His Barber?

I bought this book too quickly, and the title mislead me.

Has What Einstein Told His Barber turned you off from other books in this genre?

Many of the concepts in this book are not as thought provoking as I would have thought.

What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

I think he did a fine job, and the narration was done well.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I fell asleep a few times. I thought some of the information was informative, but I had higher hopes. I may have just been disappointed, because I like Einstein, and this was not his work or thoughts I was purchasing, rather a hodge-podge of general information.

Any additional comments?

If you know it is not Einstein, you may have a better reaction, and go in with less excitement. This may give you a better overall experience. I should have read up on the book a little more, but what a concept - listen in on conversations between Einstein and layman around him. Title of book fail, not a writing fail.

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