LISTENER

Thor, goT

  • 41
  • reviews
  • 275
  • helpful votes
  • 249
  • ratings
  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,225
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,911

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-02-18

well done and uplifting

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

I enjoyed this very much. The story was good with a positive message and the acting was great. Finally one of these free downloads was worth a full listen!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Man on the Mountaintop

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Susan Trott, Libby Spurrier - adaptor
  • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Clare Corbett, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,131

The Man on the Mountaintop tells the story of Holy Man Joe, an ageing and unassuming man who lives in a hermitage on top of a mountain. During the summer months, thousands of hopefuls line the path leading to his door, seeking his wisdom. From bombastic, wealthy nobles intent on cheating their way to the top to drunkards who gradually build the physical and mental strength they need to quit their addiction, The Man on the Mountaintop is a rousing tale full of humour, wit and life lessons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple - which is all you really need

  • By Solunari on 02-01-19

Not very good

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Like a lot of these free audible selections, the premise was initially interesting but pretty quickly broke down. There were a lot of vapid, silly thoughts presented by a holy man character as if they were profound, which were only slightly less annoying than the obvious points anyone has figured out by the 6th grade being presented as a gem of a life lesson. The whole thing started to feel like a conversation with a model that had just come back from a yoga retreat... I couldn’t finish this.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Clarke

  • With Bonus Performance: Lillian
  • By: David Cale
  • Narrated by: Billy Crudup, David Cale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,606
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,396
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,394

A sexually charged and wickedly funny thriller starring Tony Award-winning actor Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the titular cocky Londoner. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Come for Harry, stay for Lillian

  • By Celeste Albers on 12-17-18

interesting premise, but sinks fast

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

The premise seemed interesting, “guy from Indiana who speaks with a British accent because that is who he is inside”...but an hour and a half in there were already three gay scenes... I quit while I was ahead. I suggest this be labeled as a gay story to make it easier to find by people that actually want to read that. I don’t...most people don’t...

  • What Does This Button Do?

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Bruce Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Bruce Dickinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

Pioneers of Britain's nascent rock and metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style, and stage presence of its second but twice-longest-serving lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. As Iron Maiden's front man - first from 1981 to 1993 and then from 1999 to the present - Dickinson has been, and remains, a man of legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Iron Maiden Still Rules The World

  • By Michael on 11-15-17

Story of a polymath extraordinaire

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

I have been a fan of Iron Maiden and Bruce Dickinson since I was 13, and as the years have passed I have constantly been impressed with how both the band and the singer have kept relevant. This story could have easily gone down the path of many "band memoirs" and simply been a regurgitation of conquests, an exercise in ego stroking, and a way to spread gossip about old enemies. Except, 'kin 'el, this is Bruce D! He has been too busy actually living a full, rich, multi-layered life to have time to be petty!

Not only was this book interesting, but it was also inspirational and showed how satisfying it can be to constantly challenge oneself intellectually and physically. He discusses stupid behavior and missteps, but doesn't really dwell on it any longer than he does his triumphs. He has a lot of thoughts, a lot of experiences, and a lot to say. His openness about his emotions during time spent in Bosnia, flying back troops from Iraq, and dealing with cancer treatment are tender and transparent in a way that is thought provoking and helpful ... salacious details that would simply broadcast his machismo are left out. He is a private, thoughtful person sharing his story, not an attention hound validating his relevance.

This is one of the better autobiographies I have read recently. He also has an excellent reading voice, which made this especially enjoyable! Felt like I was commuting home with a childhood idol!

  • Jacob T. Marley

  • By: R. William Bennett
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,792
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,597

"Marley was dead to begin with...." These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is my favorite book! I listen to it all year

  • By Lyle K Holden on 08-07-17

Like getting to know a X-mas acquaintance

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

The author does an excellent and believable job building out the story of Jacob Marley. I was a little skeptical when I read the description, but this came together very well. I also think the character's story of personal growth and redemption was inspiring. Very well done!

  • Private

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,776
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,750

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks to Audible and Hachette Audio for...

  • By Wayne on 09-01-17

Mediocre, color by numbers

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

This was not even very good within the context of its generally weak genre. This book was mass produced, color by numbers, and silly. The narrator had a good voice, but he didn't have much to work with...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Spy Among Friends

  • Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242

Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a spy novel

  • By Kate M. on 08-15-14

Interesting look at an "enabling infrastructure"

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

The book unravels the fascinating tale of THE most destructive Soviet spy of the entire Cold War. As it does, it exposes the train wreck that was the informal network of "the right kind of people," who enabled Kim Philby to wreak so much havoc over a very long period of time.

"Oh, don't be silly, not good old Philby! I just talked with him at the club last evening!"

Yeah ... that kind of thing. The willful ignorance of some of his peers, as well as a very strange system of rewarding him as an effective British intelligence officer when, objectively, NOTHING he was involved with flourished or succeeded...was mind boggling. I enjoyed this book, but it made me very sad to think that the Cold War could have been much shorter and thousands less people could have died were it not for people like this traitor. I also found the analysis of Philby's lack of self reflection and possible motivations very intriguing, as it examines how he continued to assist a discredited Soviet regime to the detriment of a culture that defined who he was.

This book was very well done!

FREE: Ponzi Supernova audiobook cover art
  • FREE: Ponzi Supernova

  • By: Steve Fishman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,303
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,948
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,945

Free for a limited time. Ponzi Supernova is an original audio series that profiles Bernie Madoff, the Wall Street financier sent to prison for orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history. The series, hosted by journalist Steve Fishman, includes hours of unheard conversations with Madoff behind bars, as well as interviews with law enforcement and the victims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow the story is a deep one

  • By Josh on 04-19-17

Very informative and engaging

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

This was very informative and engaging, and I listened to it straight through. The journalist builds a convincing case that there were many, many that colluded with Madoff and made the Ponzi scheme larger than it might have been with just a minute amount of due diligence. There were echoes of the mortgage backed securities/credit default swap disaster... Well done.

  • Adopted for Life

  • The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches
  • By: Russell Moore
  • Narrated by: Russell Moore
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 128

The gospel of Jesus Christ—the good news that through Jesus we have been adopted as sons and daughters into God’s family—means that Christians ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans in North America and around the world. Russell D. Moore does not shy away from this call in Adopted for Life, a popular-level, practical manifesto for Christians to adopt children and to help equip other Christian families to do the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Invaluable

  • By vianna kreuder-crowell on 02-08-19

Author should stick with the subject of the book

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

This book definitely has useful perspectives and points of consideration for a Christian considering adoption, but, honestly there are too many little "social war" bunny trails and it ends up becoming both insulting and annoying. This is a problem frequently in Evangelical writing circles, and the basic issues that are force-crammed into any narrative, whether they fit or not, typically include: legalized abortion (and Planned Parenthood); feminism; evolution (or "Darwinism"); and suspicion of science (in terms of having the potential to be a tool of big government or amoral atheist activists). This book was no exception.

On the one hand, I appreciated some of the author's points about things to consider when adopting; his arguments that there is actually a higher calling to adopting (and generally taking social responsibility for the abandoned and vulnerable); and I very much liked the parallel to our spiritual adoption by Jesus. However, he also went on to make several insulting, provincial, ignorant comments that detracted from the stated theme of the book and began to irritate me.

Whether or not you support Planned Parenthood and think they should be defunded, it is overkill to compare them to "the Priesthood of Molech" and not the best way to reach out to women that may have had abortions and now regret that decision. It is also not necessary to think that the Earth is 6,000 years old and that the Genesis story is a literal account in order to recognize the importance of children and adoption, that is like saying "I like oranges, because planes fly fast.".

I also think he should consider what he is saying and how insulting it is when he alludes to something as straight forward and common as IVF in terms of a "Frankenstein technology." There is certainly not a Christian consensus that a human being is created at the exact second a sperm cell is inserted into an egg, nor is there a consensus about using donors being a violation of the "exclusivity of marriage." It is fine to believe that and outline those arguments, but the presumption of consensus in the context of a book about something completely different is presumptuous.

I find it interesting that so many small churches that do not believe in submitting to a formal external leadership structure, believe they have the definitive position on so many issues that they can speak in a callous, potentially insulting way about them. Additionally, even if an author prefaces a statement with "look, I don't want to be judgmental," of course it doesn't immunize them from BEING judgmental in whatever they write after the inevitable "but". I pulled some useful knowledge out of this one, but I have to imagine there is a MUCH better book out there that just focuses on the subject being advertized.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Brief History of Seven Killings

  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Cherise Boothe, Dwight Bacquie, and others
  • Length: 26 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,594

Winner, The Man Booker Prize, 2015 Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters - assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts - A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant!

  • By Philip on 01-30-16

Stunning in its scope

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

Reviewed: 11-25-15

This was indeed worthy of the Man Booker prize and I enjoyed the full slate of characters for whom the author provides multiple layers in terms of their motivations and formational events. I also thought the cast and the accents worked very well in most chapters, making the story come alive in a way in would not have otherwise. To me, one of the very creative and interesting characters was the Duppy ("ghost") of murdered British man. The use of this character and some of the commentary provided in these sections was so intriguing, I listened to them again.

The book builds out the greater story from a series of interconnected short stories that take place across three decades, most of which include some reference to Bob Marley. I really enjoyed this book on a lot of levels, and look forward to more of this author's work. The only downside were several very graphic homosexual sex scenes, which I don't think added anything to the story the way they were depicted. These were few in number, so in a 26 hour audiobook they were easy to forward past...but they were unnecessarily detailed and apparently reflect a bit of the author's own personal struggles with identity. I don't think this diminishes the overall genius of the work, but it is a valid criticism and something I hope he moderates in his future work.

Anyway, on the whole this is a fantastic book whose characters will stay with me for a long time.