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  • Natural Born Heroes

  • How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance
  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495

After running an ultramarathon through the Copper Canyons of Mexico, Christopher McDougall finds his next great adventure on the razor-sharp mountains of Crete, where a band of Resistance fighters in World War II plotted the daring abduction of a German general from the heart of the Nazi occupation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!!

  • By Brian on 05-11-15

Should of been two!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

So much potential . I would love to have the author talk in detail about fitness through living activities and how to run long distance . And I would love a book on the battle of Crete.
I don't think this attempt at meshing the two together works.
Neither theme is developed as much as deserved and the book is unfocused.
I very much like McDougall's writing but not this work.

  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers

  • Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
  • By: Katherine Boo
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,486

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Antidote for Shantaram

  • By Dr. on 06-14-12

Litany of horrors

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

Reviewed: 05-25-14

Well written with convincing characterization of people and place.
My complaint is that the constant emphasis is on the horrors of life for these people.
The unjustness is noted in seemingly ever aspect of life.
Yes we who live in so much better conditions need to know but there is too much of
the "Behind" and not enough of the "Beautiful Forevers".
More subtlety or write a sociological essay.

  • The Maharajah's General

  • By: Paul Fraser Collard
  • Narrated by: Dudley Hinton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

A riveting tale of battle and adventure in a brutal land, where loyalty and courage are constantly challenged and the enemy is never far away. Jack Lark barely survived the Battle of the Alma. As the brutal fight raged, he discovered the true duty that came with the officer's commission he'd taken. In hospital, wounded, and with his stolen life left lying on the battlefield, he grasps a chance to prove himself a leader once more. Poor Captain Danbury is dead, but Jack will travel to his new regiment in India, under his name.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • bloodshed and treachery

  • By Donald on 12-17-13

bloodshed and treachery

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

Reviewed: 12-17-13

This is a story of rather disgusting bad behavior in men.
From the East India Company commander who incites a war with a Maharajah to win personal laurels, to a British officer who arrogantly makes bad battle decisions, putting his men in grave danger, and then blames others for the result. Worse still the "hero" of the book is offered refuge by the Maharajah when he is found guilty of impersonating an officer and repays the Maharajah's kindness by betraying him to the British and then leading the fight against his seemingly justified cause.
Gory and inglorious.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beau Geste

  • By: P.C. Wren
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

A shot rang out. The Arabs surged forward under a savage fusillade of heavy fire. Nearer and nearer they came, shouting with hate and blood-lust. Geste rushed up and down his side of the roof, pausing only long enough to load his rifle and fire into the shrieking mob below, hoping to trick the Arabs into believing the fort was heavily manned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely a classic.

  • By Loren D. on 10-15-06

A dated thriller

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

Reviewed: 10-26-13

An uneven book with some quite interesting and exciting portions mixed with protracted dull parts that do not contribute to the main story. The dialogue is at times repetitive and dull.
Old British Empire superiority and a short anti semantic portion are a little hard to take.
I don't recommend it.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Ballad of the Sad Café

  • By: Carson McCullers
  • Narrated by: David Ledoux, Joe Barrett, Therese Plummer, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

A classic work that has charmed generations of readers, this collection assembles Carson McCullers' best stories, including her beloved novella The Ballad of the Sad Cafe. A haunting tale of a human triangle that culminates in an astonishing brawl, the novella introduces readers to Miss Amelia, a formidable southern woman whose cafe serves as the town's gathering place. Among other fine works, the collection also includes "Wunderkind", McCullers' first published story, written when she was only 17, about a musical prodigy who suddenly realizes she will not go on to become a great pianist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming

  • By Donald on 04-18-13

Charming

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

Reviewed: 04-18-13

an interesting group of short stories with color and character.
they are not all perfect but enjoyable

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Animal Wise

  • The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures
  • By: Virginia Morell
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domesticated animals. Did you know that ants teach, earthworms make decisions, rats love to be tickled, and chimps grieve? Did you know that some dogs have thousand-word vocabularies and that birds practice songs in their sleep? That crows improvise tools, blue jays plan ahead, and moths remember living as caterpillars?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "The Age Of Animals..."

  • By Douglas on 12-13-13

Where are the animals?

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

Reviewed: 03-31-13

I was disappointed in this book.
The writer, instead of being invisible, was too much center stage.
We found out too much about the life stories and personalities of the researchers.
There simply wasn't enough interesting material about animals.
The narration droned on and on. Perhaps that was more the material than
the narrator.
I couldn't keep at it and did not download the second of two parts

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,574

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

If you love detective stories and dogs, smile

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

Reviewed: 03-31-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

Yes it moves along quicker than I could read

What did you like best about this story?

the insight into animal mind, correct or not, is interesting

What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

Great voice though didn't like the talk to dog voice a lot.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Love crosses borders

  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,001

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook of the year!

  • By karen on 11-30-05

writer with unfortunate influences

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

Reviewed: 03-10-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I have read the author has said "Growing up in a strict, punishing church-run orphanage in South Africa during the apartheid era... ‘I know all about the God of wrath but have never met the God of love"
Unfortunately this has lead to a narrow and flawed view of Christianity reflected in this story.
Among the vast number who loved the book, another reviewer commented on bigoted treatment of religion.
That is my biggest problem with this book though I disliked, what I felt, was excessive detail of the cruelty and squalor of the time.

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

From the author not the genre

What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

excellent

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Blue Edge of Midnight

  • By: Jonathon King
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Max Freeman's old life ended on a night that will haunt him forever. The night he killed a twelve-year-old child in self-defense in a Philadelphia shootout. The night he stopped being a cop. Now he lives a solitary existence on the edge of the Florida Everglades, where he answers to no one but the demons that eat away at his conscience. When he finds the corpse of a child beside an ancient river and another child goes missing, all eyes turn to Freeman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Florida swamp thriller

  • By Donald on 12-23-10

Florida swamp thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-10

I enjoyed this story of a ex cop resettling in Florida and trying to live alone in peace after trauma in his personal and professional life. He has about a year of solitude but no peace, and then things go bad.
When its all over there is a glimmer of hope for him.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ford County

  • Stories
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: John Grisham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, A Time to Kill. This wholly surprising collection of stories reminds us once again why Grisham is America's favorite storyteller.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, hard to listen to

  • By Wendy O on 11-07-09

if you like southern and short...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-10

I enjoyed the local color and character development.
To me the narration was honest certainly not the worst I've heard.
Even found them a bit thought provoking

0 of 1 people found this review helpful