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  • The Secret of the Stones

  • Lost Chambers Series, Book 1
  • By: Ernest Dempsey
  • Narrated by: John Glouchevitch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

A 4,000-year-old mystery lurks in the hills of Georgia. While investigating a strange series of ancient symbols, an archaeologist vanishes, and a professor he entrusted with the secret is murdered. Former government agent Sean Wyatt learns of his friend's disappearance and the murder. Now he must unravel the clues to the ancient mystery that holds incredible power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great history mystery with a hunky hero!

  • By Tara on 07-18-18

Great history mystery with a hunky hero!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I loved this book! Sean Wyatt was a fun character that reminded me of the cleverness of Nelson DeMille's John Corey and the smart history buff of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon. I was super surprised to find myself liking Sean right from the start (usually it takes me a couple of books to really get to know a character.) The pace of the story was fast and there were some super interesting ideas that made me do that "mind blown" motion off the side of my head. Will for sure get the rest of the series! I thought the narrator did a good job, an interesting and entertaining listen!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Girl, Wash Your Face

  • Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
  • By: Rachel Hollis
  • Narrated by: Rachel Hollis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,116

As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the 20 lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More for women who are mothers

  • By MeredithNCSU girl on 04-07-18

Best self help book for women ever!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I am definitely not a self help kind of gal (I have friends who are so I know what they look like!) But I decided to dive in and check out a few audio books and started with not Rachel's book. Whoa, that first one was not a winner (I loved the concept but it was not a great listen). So I started Rachel's book with a little bit of trepidation. And now I am a total convert. I LOVED this book so much that I bought it for my girlfriend who just had a baby and is an entrepreneur too! I love that Rachel read this herself and all the wisdom she gave throughout! I am a total fan girl now! I don't always find that "youngsters" have good ideas (Rachel is just a little older than my oldest daughter), but she is wise beyond her years!

  • The Blue Nowhere

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Jeffery Deaver, best selling author of The Empty Chair and Speaking in Tongues, turns his talents to the labyrinthine world of cyberspace - a world where the most powerful can lose their wealth, their minds, and their lives with a hacker's touch of a button.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No MUD slinging here!

  • By Joel on 12-23-04

A little outdated tech wise but a great story

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

This is one of my all-time favorite audible books. The story is amazing edge of your seat exciting and you don’t guess the whole thing the way you do and so many thrillers.

And the narrator is such a good voice actor.

  • Dead City, Book 1

  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

One drug saved the world. Now, the same drug threatens to destroy it. Ian Keys's rocket career took him to the top of pharma giant Hemisphere - creator of Necrophage, the drug that paused the outbreak and allowed the infected to live among us as normal. Ian's new position gives him access to secrets. To information the company doesn't want others to know. And now, an anonymous insider has begun feeding him ominous hints. Ian can't say what's wrong at Hemisphere, exactly - only that something is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Closet Philosopher on 06-09-17

Such a good story!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

I loved the works of Michael Crichton and this book felt like it had that same kind of mix of smart science and superb storytelling!

There were a couple of places where I was like, no I did NOT see that coming which is rare as I am good at guessing endings early.

This story was finished (I hate open questions!) but enough going on that I can't wait for book 2!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,690
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,645

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Such a fun story with a great narrator!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to anyone who loves Paul Hogan or Orson Scott Card. It is fast paced but thoughtful, not just a mashup of things but a real storyline to follow.

What was one of the most memorable moments of We Are Legion (We Are Bob)?

I really liked the way the fate of the earth and humans came out over time instead of in a big story.

Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

Bob...HA! I thought the challenge was to be all the bobs without it becoming confusing or too hokey without all different voices.

Any additional comments?

I am so glad I found this when the next one was on deck to dome out. Don't know how long I would have wanted to wait!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • #AskGaryVee

  • One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness
  • By: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Narrated by: Gary Vaynerchuk, Jack Welch, Dave Ramsey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,512
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,995

Gary Vaynerchuk—the inspiring and unconventional entrepreneur who introduced us to the concept of crush it—knows how to get things done, have fun, and be massively successful. A marketing and business genius, Gary had the foresight to go beyond traditional methods and use social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to reach an untapped audience that continues to grow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book

  • By Chris B. on 04-03-18

I had thought it might be a repeat of "the show"

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

I have listened to both Crush It and The Thank You Economy and this book far exceeded all of my expectations. One of my main concerns was that this book was going to be just reading the answers from the show and it was nothing like that. Gary's thoughtful consideration of each answer was obvious and really informative. I will be listening to this one again.

  • Big Magic

  • Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,547
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,668

Readers and listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Biggest Inspiration In a Long Time

  • By Gillian on 09-23-15

Such an awesome, practical book for creatives!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

I first heard about this book through Marie Forkeo and even though I had seen it before, I had never picked it up. Then I saw an interview with Elizabeth and was really intrigued by her style of thinking about creativity. I loved everything about this book from her style of speaking which is very low-key to her funny wit and interesting commentary about creativity and inspiration. If you are in a creative business make sure to listen to this one more than once.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,909

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

Such practical advice!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-15

I have shared this book with many of my friends. It is funny how for such a semi spiritual book it has such practical knowledge about how to keep your rooms clean and your life in order.

  • Axis of Aaron

  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: David H. Lawrence XVII
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Desperate to forget the sudden death and illuminated betrayal of his new wife and longtime girlfriend, Ebon Shale flees to the quiet seaside town of Aaron, a place that's been calling him back since he was a child. But once there, Ebon feels lost. The small town's citizens are as odd as its energy, and seem to shift the reality before him. Will Aaron help Ebon forget, or will it swallow him whole?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Stupid Waste of Time

  • By Fred Gronvall on 09-20-15

Half Mystery, Half Love Story

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

Would you listen to Axis of Aaron again? Why?

I would definitely listen to Axis of Aaron again! So full of twists and turns that you feel like you are sitting in a tilt-a-whirl, but in the really great way as each little piece of the story spins out and more is revealed.

What other book might you compare Axis of Aaron to and why?

Listening to this I was reminded of the magical other worldy-ness of Black House and the Talisman where you are never really fully in this world, or totally on the other side either.

What about David H. Lawrence XVII’s performance did you like?

I thought Mr. Lawrence gave a really solid performance. His reading of the story was steady and measured, letting the words speak instead of having to be distracted by his performance.

Any additional comments?

This is not one of those books you "get" right in the first couple of minutes listening. Please take the time to get into the story. A couple of times I started thinking "oh I know what is going on" and then bam, another part opened up and I was hooked on a whole other level!I was given a review copy of this work to leave an honest review.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Youtility

  • Why Smart Marketing Is About Help Not Hype
  • By: Jay Baer
  • Narrated by: Marcus Sheridan, Jay Baer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

Jay Baer's Youtility offers a new approach that cuts through the clutter: marketing that is truly, inherently useful. If you sell something, you make a customer today, but if you genuinely help someone, you create a customer for life. Drawing from real examples of companies who are practicing Youtility as well as his experience helping more than 700 brands improve their marketing strategy, Baer provides a groundbreaking plan for using information and helpfulness to transform the relationship between companies and customers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Framing, Examples and Supporting Concepts

  • By Adam Helweh on 10-13-13

I wish there was a 10 for performance!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

Would you listen to Youtility again? Why?

Yes I would! Jay's delivery of this book was superb and I truly enjoyed listening, even on crazy busy week when my kids were home. The way he read the book added to my enjoyment and understanding. Having it in Jay's voice really made it better for me. This book would not have been the same had the author not read it.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved all the examples. While I was listening in the gym I got a great idea from one of the stories that I think will change my business forever! That is beauty of this book, yes, it is about the companies Jay talks about, but the ideas it sparks are the true value.

Any additional comments?

If you are a small business owner like me, this book has the most examples of any that I have read recently which are easily implementable by a few person team or even a solopreneur. Many business books seem to cater to corporate marketing (and budgets) but many of the examples in this book could be done with a small budget and just some time.