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  • Damned

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,070

“Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued 13-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a marijuana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As a new Chuck Palahniuk reader, I liked it a lot!

  • By William R. on 01-18-12

I think I am taking a Palahniuk break for a while

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

The story is lacking a real sense of immersion. I found myself wanting more of those kick-ass details he is known for. What you are left with is more flowery, poetic, almost artistic. I found the story kind of forgettable and the characters fleeting. I have read every book he has written to this point. Maybe I just outgrew him.

  • Empire of Imagination

  • Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons
  • By: Michael Witwer
  • Narrated by: Sam Witwer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

The life story of Gary Gygax, godfather of all fantasy adventure games, has been told only in bits and pieces. Michael Witwer has written a dynamic, dramatized biography of Gygax from his childhood in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, to his untimely death in 2008. Gygax's magnum opus, Dungeons & Dragons, would explode in popularity throughout the 1970s and '80s and irreversibly alter the world of gaming. D&D is the best-known, best-selling role-playing game of all time, and it boasts an elite class of alumni.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Story of Bittersweet Successes

  • By Sam on 11-16-16

I have never played D&D, but now I kind of want to

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

I went into it thinking this will be an interesting read. I know people who play and I never saw the draw but I like the community it created. I was not prepared for the unabashed story of this man who took a dream and built an empire while just trying to survive everything life threw at him. It is just as much a tale of Dungeons and Dragons as it is the story of entrepreneurialism, corporate america, greed, deceit, Management, failed relationships, and long lasting friendships. I don't regret a minute spent with this book.

  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven

  • Or, How I Made Peace with the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process
  • By: Corey Taylor
  • Narrated by: Corey Taylor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

In this book, Corey Taylor undertakes something never before attempted in the history of rock superstardom: he takes you with him as he journeys undercover through various ghostbusting groups who do their best to gather information and evidence about the existence of spirits. Taylor also gives you a behind-the-scenes tour of his crazy life and the many beyond-the-grave events he's encountered. (You'll be shocked how often Slipknot has been invaded by the supernatural).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Corey Taylor...witty, intelligent, brash.

  • By Jeffrey on 11-06-15

Trust me I know how this sounds. . .

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

I love the paranormal and I think Corey taylor is a genius as far as musical talent. Win-win when you put the two together. Add in the fact that he is very much a skeptic first and foremost. Cool and fun stories told in a very free speaking way. It is a fun read.

  • The Winter Depression Cure

  • How to Overcome Seasonal Affective Disorder and Winter Blues for Life
  • By: V. Noot
  • Narrated by: Wanda J. Dixon McKnight
  • Length: 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 5

If you are experiencing symptoms like sadness, fatigue, reduced energy, suicidal thoughts, or eating disorders, but they only come once a year (most likely in the winter), you might have seasonal affective disorder. Ouch! Bummer. But fear not! There is a cure!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Go build a snowman????

  • By Beth T on 10-17-16

Overly simplistic way to heal

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

I understand 35 minutes doesn't give you a lot of time to explain healing techniques but this is just like common sense. You might as repeat "Get over it or suck it up and wait for Spring" over and over.

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Marriage

  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey, Sandra Covey, John MR Covey, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

In today's world, the desire to create a strong marriage and family is not enough, it takes a new mind-set, a new skill-set, and a new tool-set to deal with the challenge. The principles of The 7 Habits provide a time -tested mind-set and skill-set. In this program, Dr. Stephen R. Covey and his wife Sandra along with his brother John and his wife Jane offer insights and personal experiences in applying these proven principles to marriage and home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent advise

  • By Dawn on 06-09-09

Informative like stereo instructions

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you are planning on getting married or have been married and need some refresher on marriage, then yes.

Would you recommend The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Marriage to your friends? Why or why not?

If they were having issues in their marriage it can be helpful.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

YES. . .the author's wife is very old and it sounds like your grandparent telling you how to sustain a marriage, but not cute like your grandmother would tell you, more like a lecture.

Was The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Marriage worth the listening time?

Yeah it is pretty short.

Any additional comments?

I had to read it, this was better then reading it.

  • Nine Lives

  • A Chef's Journey from Chaos to Control
  • By: Brandon Baltzley
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Nine Lives is about blazing a way out from a rough childhood through talent and an unbridled passion for the craft of cooking. A story that's still being written as Brandon works with Crux, the pop-up culinary collective he founded, and plans for the opening of his own restaurant, Nine Lives serves up a raw and riveting memoir about food, rock-and-roll, and redemption.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Forever Lost

  • By Christopher Doebler on 02-13-18

Forever Lost

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Would you listen to Nine Lives again? Why?

No, I couldn't go through the ups and downs of Brandon Baltzley's life again.

What other book might you compare Nine Lives to and why?

Dante's Inferno, it is a never-ending search through someone's personal hell while they seek to find themselves.

What does George Newbern bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A voice, more so probably a little more optimism than I would have read it with.

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

When you take the casino for every last dollar and walk away broke

Any additional comments?

This book is excellent especially for those of you who are in the food industry as well of those of you fighting addiction. As these things are often hand in hand. It will show you the epitome of gluttony and expanse of humility.

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,709
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,211

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes

  • By SantaFePainter on 11-18-13

It is exactly what it says

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

If you could sum up The Complete Sherlock Holmes in three words, what would they be?

Definitive, Intelligent, and Amusing

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sherlock Holmes, he is always one step ahead but not infallible

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

Sherlock Holmes. . .undeniably accurate performance.

If you could rename The Complete Sherlock Holmes, what would you call it?

Sherlock Holmes, the stories that made the Strand

Any additional comments?

If you have any interest in Sherlock Holmes this is for you.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,084
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,410

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

The True Tales of the Norse Gods

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

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

It really captures the most detailed versions of the Norse God myths in an easy to follow and entertaining way.

What other book might you compare Norse Mythology to and why?

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, as they are both collections of stories depicting larger than life characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Loki tricks the Dwarves into creating the most amazing items we know today as Norse symbols.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Loki cutting off the hair of Thor's wife in her sleep. I could actually feel the pain in that act.

Any additional comments?

I love Norse mythology but this book captured it so well, I will buy the hardcopy and read it as bedtime stories to my son when he is old enough to understand me. It is that good.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Locke & Key

  • By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Narrated by: Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,722
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,268

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill ( NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • don't waste your time/money

  • By Kyle Warren on 01-23-19

Like watching a play in your head

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

The story, in fact the base idea, is amazing. The story starts out in full action to the point that the middle of the book, the action is dulled and blown over as it would be almost too much to describe. The actual decline comes in chapter changes, there is music that is unnecessary to the story. Also at times the voices of the extravagant cast can get muddled and lost.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Seven Deadly Sins

  • Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good
  • By: Corey Taylor
  • Narrated by: Corey Taylor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588

For the first time, Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor speaks directly to his fans and shares his worldview about life as a sinner. And Taylor knows how to sin. As a small-town hero in the early '90s, he threw himself into a fierce-drinking, drug-abusing, hard-loving, live-for-the-moment life. Soon Taylor's music exploded, and he found himself rich, wanted, and on the road. His new and ever-more-extreme lifestyle had an unexpected effect, however; for the first time, he began to actively think about what it meant to sin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a raw story from a deeply interesting artist!

  • By Gizowarfum Fleepaflop on 07-13-13

Interesting opinion on the 7 Deadly sins

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you love Corey Taylor as I do, and are in your early 30's, you should give it a whirl. If not his opinion may just be that the opinion of a Rockstar.

What about Corey Taylor’s performance did you like?

He is a great storyteller!