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  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,150

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Love Twain, Love Offerman, hated this.

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

I love the writing of Mark Twain, and the renditions Nick Offerman has contributed are excellent. However, this is a sloppily produced podcast that is, as Offerman describes, "bummer after bummer." It felt like "An Inconvenient Truth" with tidbits of Twain thrown in.

I expected something fun and informative. The book was informative but far from fun. I learned details about Twain's life that I did not know. But if I were to sum up the "feast" portion, it would be this: nothing that existed in Twain's day still exists, we cannot eat any of it or experience any of the things he did, because it has all been destroyed. Probably by you, the listener.

Also, the book entirely falls apart about halfway through. It starts out as a dinner party with interesting guests eating and discussing the foods Twain loved, but gives up any pretense of this narrative about hour 2. Instead, the book turns into a bit of a rant by Andrew Beahrs. Offerman almost entirely disappears, and, we never really hear from the other guests. This was a great idea that was an utter failure in execution.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,654

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

The best of sci-fi: darkly realistic but hopeful

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

I read a fair amount of sci-fi, and this is one of the best titles I've read in years. As others have commented, the ideas are a novel and interesting take on the alien, and on the nature of humanity. Importantly, this is also an excellent book. The characters are well developed and whole, the pacing is good. The plot develops to a thrilling climax, and a satisfying though surprising ending.

The narrator does an excellent job of getting you emotionally involved. I found myself HATING the villains, and alternately rooting for the protagonists as the perspective of the narration changed. Very well worth the read.

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,235

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Excellent performance of a well crafted novel

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

The characters absolutely leap into reality in the first act. The pacing is good throughout the book, and the author does a great job of.... if this were a fantasy book I would call it world crafting, but it's based in contemporary LA. It's an immersive experience not many books are able to achieve. This book was an absolute pleasure that I couldn't stop listening to.

  • Geekerella

  • A Novel
  • By: Ashley Poston
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens, Tristan Morris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,319

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad's old costume, Elle's determined to win - unless her stepsisters get there first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh new take on the Cinderella tale

  • By Kathleen Y. Danis on 05-02-17

Unlikable lead - abandoned after 5 hours

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

More than half way through the book I've had to just stop.

The story is told from the perspective of both a female and male lead. I like this genre, and the idea is a great one, but the execution is unbearable. Several have commented about the bad editing for the audio book (though the actors perform admirably), what I have not seen are reviews commenting on the horrible writing and editing of the text. Even for this young-adult fiction fan, the writing is cringe-worthy and needs a good editor.

Worse, the female lead character is bewilderingly unlikable. This goes beyond the "insert personality here" main characters from the likes of YA vampire and post-apocalypse novels. The main character's dithering and insecurity were such a turn off I've abandoned the book (rare for me at about 70 books a year).

Maybe she turns human in the third act, but the publisher should really consider a second edition of this book (which is chock full of potential) after the text is visited by a healthy red pen.

  • Criminal Procedure

  • Perfect Study Tool for Every Law Student & Practicing Attorney
  • By: Benjamin Morton
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

This three-hour audiobook will let you learn and review the core elements of criminal procedure, which apply in most states and local districts, as well. Morton covers the eight important areas: the fourth amendment, statesments, confessions, identifications, pretrial procedure, the sixth amendment, post trial, prisoner and juvenile rights, double jeopardy, and procedural considerations, and the criminal defendant. A must-listen for every law student, lawyer, and people interested in the law or involved in legal cases.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible listen, possibly wrong

  • By SH on 04-18-15

Terrible listen, possibly wrong

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

What disappointed you about Criminal Procedure?

This is an outline, written with no thought whatsoever given to the fact that it would be read aloud. Imagine passages like this "Five. For a discussion of whether suspects have R-E-P in car containers, see section 1.3.2.a supra." Godawful. This would be a bad outline in text format, it is a crime in audio.

Would you be willing to try another one of Deaver Brown’s performances?

No. This should not really be called a performance, so much as reading into a laptop in Deaver's house, apparently, based on background noise. He should have had someone edit his reading to fix obvious errors, like reading the wrong word in a sentence, and then continuing on like nothing had happened. Very distracting. He also should have learned the difference between words like "peremptory" and "preemptory," This is like an advertisement for Sum and Substance, what an awful performance.

Any additional comments?

There are different interpretations of law, but several statements in the outline are directly contradictory to statements made in crim pro class at law school, and in textbooks from well known authors.. The law may have changed since publication, or, given the competence of the rest of the production, the author has the law wrong.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Frackers

  • The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters
  • By: Gregory Zuckerman
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

Everyone knew it was crazy to try to extract oil and natural gas buried in shale rock deep below the ground. Everyone, that is, except a few reckless wildcatters - who risked their careers to prove the world wrong. Things looked grim for American energy in 2006. Oil production was in steep decline and natural gas was hard to find. The Iraq War threatened the nation’s already tenuous relations with the Middle East. China was rapidly industrializing and competing for resources.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Balanced approach on controversial topic

  • By Chris on 01-02-14

The uninteresting story of uninteresting men

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

Reviewed: 09-14-14

What disappointed you about The Frackers?

There is not a story here. These are average men who won the lottery, with no drama, no passion, and nothing to interest the reader. If you have EVER read another biography, you need not listen to this paper thin piece of "journalism." I have no idea what possessed Mr. Zuckerman to waste years of his life writing this book, since there is literally nothing to set the subjects of his book apart from, say, your average restaurateur, or real estate developer. The topic is an interesting one, but Zuckerman has grasped failure from the jaws of victory by drafting painstaking portraits of men without character or distinction.

Beyond the dryness of the biographies, there is no meaningful explanation of the science or technology behind hydraulic fracturing. In all fairness, I could not devote more than 2 hours of listening to the book, but in that two hours there was nothing to keep me coming back, so a more patient reader might find that somewhere in the bowels of this book are some specks of insight. I should note that I am a fairly prolific audio listener, I am on pace to finish around 70 audiobooks this year, many of them biographical or industry related non-fiction, and this is the worst I have heard in recent memory.

Further, the policy discussion in the book is nonexistent. Again, I couldn't take it for more than 2 hours, but the teasers of any policy discussion were thinner than you might expect from a two paragraph description of the subject in "The Week." I bought the book on sale for $4.95, and have considered requesting a refund, an all around failure.

Has The Frackers turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I just finished a book about derivatives trading by Michael Lewis, (the Big Short) and he found a way to make a terrifically complex and boring subject into a nail biting edge of your seat narrative. The failure of The Frackers is in the author, not the genre.

Any additional comments?

The narrator does a fine job. There is nothing wrong with his performance, and I would not hesitate to listen to another text with the same reader, but I purchased the book on the basis of its reviews, and I did not want someone else to see such an inflated number. My apologies to Mr. Pratt for the 3 star rating, it wasn't you.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dad Is Fat

  • By: Jim Gaffigan
  • Narrated by: Jim Gaffigan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,268

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads

  • By Sean on 05-17-13

Don't buy the interviews, bleak and depressing

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

Reviewed: 07-03-13

Would you try another book from Jim Gaffigan and/or Jim Gaffigan?

I love Gaffigan's standup, and seeing him talk about his book on the Daily Show, I thought this would be lighthearted fun that looked at the funny side of fatherhood. As someone who doesn't have kids, someone who "hasn't joined the cult" as Gaffigan puts it in his book, this was not funny, not lighthearted, and deeply depressing.

Has Dad Is Fat turned you off from other books in this genre?

This book has turned me off of fatherhood.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The book is read by Gaffigan, so his timing is good, and if I had a way to access his humor in this genre, I'm sure I would have enjoyed it.

  • Boundaries

  • By: Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend
  • Narrated by: Dick Fredricks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,144

Christians often focus so much on being loving and giving that they forget their own limitations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Changed my life

  • By Louise on 03-05-05

Helpful for some, irrelevant for me

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

Reviewed: 05-03-13

What could Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I could not identify at all with the overworked door-mat mother that is the central character introducing the valuable lessons.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Fredricks?

Several reviews have talked about the negative cast female characters have when portrayed by the voice actor. Any female voice actor would have been a better choice, especially given the tone of the opening hours of the book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

If you have difficulty setting boundaries in totally normal situations, with average people, as a result of your Christian guilt, this is the book for you. This is not the book for me.

  • Hard Magic

  • Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,975

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought it was going to be.

  • By Clinton on 08-06-11

Took a chance, very pleasantly surprised

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

Reviewed: 04-18-13

If you could sum up Hard Magic in three words, what would they be?

Magical alternate history

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Magic?

Several rich characters, awesome battle scenes, and a well paced story

What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

Made the characters of both genders come alive, you were right there in the room with each distinct voice.

  • Predictably Irrational

  • The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
  • By: Dan Ariely
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,277

In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched, well written, & well read

  • By Stephen on 03-18-08

You can feel yourself get dumber

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

Reviewed: 04-18-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Terribly researched book. Dan Ariely is a discredit to his university and social science generally.

Has Predictably Irrational turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Jones?

Yes, the reading is not the problem, he did fine.

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

Frustration and disappointment. I was so hoping to like this book.

Any additional comments?

Do not read, you will not sound smarter at a cocktail party, you will just be less informed if you read this book.