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  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,912

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

  • By Carrie Arnold on 02-09-17

Witty an Smart

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

This book is awesome. one of few books I've ever listened to all in one sitting (road trip)
It is really well written, witty, relevant, and we'll researched.
The narrator is clear, has a good command of the humor, and a good reading pace.
I absolutely recommend it!!!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Upside of Your Dark Side

  • Why Being Your Whole Self - Not Just Your "Good" Self - Drives Success and Fulfillment
  • By: Todd Kashdan, Robert Biswas-Diener
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 582

In The Upside of Your Dark Side, two pioneering researchers in the field of psychology show that while mindfulness, kindness, and positivity can take us far, they cannot take us all the way. Sometimes, they can even hold us back. Emotions like anger, anxiety, or doubt might be uncomfortable, but it turns out that they are also incredibly useful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comfort is killing us

  • By Brian on 02-06-17

Aquaman!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

I really enjoyed the pacing, level of detail, and approachability if this work. I also tend to agree that the search for happiness is overrated.
I especially liked the authors' comparison of the whole life to Aquaman!
I recommend this book to almost anyone looking to get a little more understanding of a satisfying life, as opposed to a happy life.

  • The Science of Cheese

  • By: Michael H. Tunick
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 131

In an engaging tour of the science and history of cheese, Michael Tunick explores the art of cheese making, the science that lies underneath the deliciousness, and the history behind how humanity came up with one of its most varied and versatile of foods. Dr. Tunick spends his everyday deep within the halls of the science of cheese, as a researcher who creates new dairy products, primarily, cheeses.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not designed for car audio

  • By Anshuman on 04-30-16

not the best as audio

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

this book is packed fantastic information and a comprehensive history of cheese and cheese making. unfortunately this book was never intended for studio and there is to much reference to visual items. I do recommend it if your are able to look past that.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Staked

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 8
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,504
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,783

When a Druid has lived for 2,000 years like Atticus, he's bound to run afoul of a few vampires - make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers - led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus - have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It's time to make a stand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I have to agree. . .

  • By Jessica on 02-04-16

More Sausage!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

Another fantastic fun read by Kevin Hearne. I am really enjoying this 3 narrator format and the evolution of the characters. I am once again impressed by the body of world religions and culture rolled into a story of maybe good versus maybe evil with a lot of grey space in between. And the audio version with Luke Daniels is hysterical as ever. Absolutely recommended.

  • The Science of Evil

  • On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty
  • By: Simon Baron-Cohen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 331

Borderline personality disorder, autism, narcissism, psychosis, Asperger's: All of these syndromes have one thing in common---lack of empathy. In some cases, this absence can be dangerous, but in others it can simply mean a different way of seeing the world. In The Science of Evil, Simon Baron-Cohen, an award-winning British researcher who has investigated psychology and autism for decades, develops a new brain-based theory of human cruelty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fine primer...

  • By Douglas on 02-16-12

detailed, intelligently presented and interesting

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

Reviewed: 07-28-12

if you are interested in the why people do what they do aspect of life, this is an interesting take on the definition of evil and what may make them fall into this category. i don't agree that evil is equated with a lake of empathy, but Baron-Cohen has a compelling argument and research to back it up. He has done a good job of guiding you through what makes people lack empathy and what the impacts of it are in their lives/actions.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Narrated by: Scott Holst
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,015
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,378

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My friends thought I was crazy.

  • By bluecat1861 on 03-23-10

Good historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 05-04-12

i thought this book was very fun. Grahame-Smith did i wonderful job adding vampires to a popular historical figure, and made it plausible. if you get past the vampires being real bit, this story integrates Lincoln's disdain for them and motivations driven by it into the facts we all know regarding President Lincoln. Bravo. The story itself is a god read, slow at some parts, but overall engaging and interesting.

  • Black Potatoes

  • The Story of the Great Irish Famine
  • By: Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

In 1845, a disaster struck Ireland. Overnight, a mysterious blight attacked the potato crops, turning the potatoes black and destroying the only real food of nearly six million people. Over the next five years, the blight attacked again and again. These years are known today as the Great Irish Famine, a time when one million people died from starvation and disease and two million more fled their homeland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the facts

  • By Tina on 05-04-12

Just the facts

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

Reviewed: 05-04-12

this book was a wonderfully efficient overview of the potato famine in Ireland. there is no opinion or fluff. it is a quick read and very well written. the book is fully encompassing of the tragedy without being too long or tedious.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Venetian Betrayal

  • A Novel
  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857

Locating Alexander the Great's final resting place, unknown to this day, remains a tantalizing goal for archaeologists and treasure hunters - as well as a cunning despot with the single-minded desire to surpass Alexander as history's ultimate conqueror. Cotton Malone, former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer, learns from his friend, Cassiopeia Vitt, that a suspicious blaze was part of a campaign of arson masking a diabolical plan to find Alexander's grave - and a miraculous serum.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok, not great

  • By W on 01-02-08

another great one from Steve Berry

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

Reviewed: 03-23-12

again, i was quite impressed with this piece. Berry did a wonderful job twisting the history of Alexander the Great and the current event of the AIDS epidemic. i would never have thought these had anything to do with one another and he weaves a tail to keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. It was also another great read by Scott Brick. One lovely thing Berry does is at the end he draws the line between reality and fiction in the epilogue. i really enjoy this addition to his novels, a wee bit of education with my entertainment? this part of the series definitely involves a lot of character development and it is done very well without distracting from the fast moving plot.

  • The Alexandria Link

  • A Novel
  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184

Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives to lead the life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: " You have something I want. You're the only person on earth who knows where to find it. If I don't hear from you, you will be childless." His ex-wife confirms that their teenage son has been kidnapped, and it becomes clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want: the lost library of Alexandria.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By Glenda on 03-05-07

Steve Berry does it again

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

Reviewed: 03-23-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Alexandria Link to be better than the print version?

i preferred the audio version because i didn't have to put it down. the story was so intriguing i found myself listening almost non-stop to the end!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

the suspense of finding the library and the characters was amazing. Steve Berry did i great job giving enough detail to keep you hooked, but not enough to

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

i personally love to listen to Scott Brick. he reads well, the speed and inflection helps the story along. i am glad he does the remainder of the series.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

a few points made me laugh. on the whole the story made me think a lot about conspiracy theories and the main-stream histories we are all taught. Steve Berry did a wonderful job intertwining history and current events.

  • Wicked Plants

  • The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
  • By: Amy Stewart
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 989
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 894

Beware! The sordid lives of plants behaving badly. A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Amy Stewart, best-selling author of Flower Confidential, takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grows on You Like Kudzu

  • By Cynthia on 04-23-13

Buy the Book

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

Reviewed: 11-09-11

i would highly recommend you purchase the printed version of this book. the text is interesting, but it reads like an encyclopedia.

46 of 49 people found this review helpful