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  • Ruthless River

  • Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de Dios
  • By: Holly FitzGerald
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Holly FitzGerald and her husband, Fitz - married less than two years - set out on a yearlong honeymoon adventure of a lifetime, backpacking around the world. Five months into the trip, their plane crash-lands in Peru at a penal colony walled in by jungle, and their blissfully romantic journey turns into a terrifying nonstop labyrinth of escape and survival.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed!

  • By Teachermary on 08-20-17

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

If you could sum up Ruthless River in three words, what would they be?

Beautifully retold story of survival.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Holly, I suppose was my favorite character. Her thoughtful insights and beautiful descriptions during a time of unimaginable stress. Her perseverance and love of adventure.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think some of my favorite scenes were the conversations between Holly and Fitz. Especially the humor that they both could weave into lighten the mood despite the dire situation they were facing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I was really hooked. Listened in two days.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record

  • By: Leslie Kean
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 413

With the support of former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, investigative reporter Leslie Kean draws on her research to separate fact from fiction and to lift the veil on decades of U.S. government misinformation. Throughout, she presents irrefutable evidence that unknown flying objects - metallic, luminous, and seemingly able to maneuver in ways that defy the laws of physics - actually exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Books on UFOs That Is Out There

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 08-19-14

Worth Investigation

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

If you could sum up UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record in three words, what would they be?

UFO's do exist

What other book might you compare UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record to and why?

It would be hard to compare other UFO books to this one. Leslie Kean has collected story from top ranking officials and highly trained observers.

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

The narrations was well done

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

I never realized that other countries are more open to reporting UFO's. In the US there is a huge taboo about reporting. Some countries even have offices specifically tasked to deal with these reports.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Surviving Death

  • A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife
  • By: Leslie Kean
  • Narrated by: Leslie Kean, Erin Bennett, Gildart Jackson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Kean explores the most compelling case studies of young children reporting verifiable details from past lives, contemporary mediums who seem to defy the boundaries of the brain and of the physical world, apparitions providing information about their lives on earth, and people who die and then come back to report journeys into another dimension. Based on facts and scientific studies, Surviving Death includes fascinating chapters by medical doctors, psychiatrists, and PhDs from four countries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally convincing

  • By epicguy on 03-12-17

Surprising!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

If you could sum up Surviving Death in three words, what would they be?

Survival of Consciousness

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Leslie Kean does a really wonderful job of putting in the hard work and research to back up everything that is written in this book. Her addition of personal experiences in combination give you a sense that she has thought very deeply about the subject. As a reader this aspect drew me into the story and left room for my own beliefs about the subject while expanding my understanding.

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

The change in narrator during the chapters written by different authors was extremely helpful. You clearly understood who was speaking.

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

The stories about children who remember their past lives is particularly interesting.

Any additional comments?

The sections about mediums was fascinating. I didn't realize that there were still physical mediums today. I had assumed this was a sort of fad from the past. Very interesting!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mass Effect™ Andromeda: Nexus Uprising

  • By: Jason M. Hough, K. C. Alexander
  • Narrated by: Fryda Wolff
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 904

They slept for hundreds of years, dreaming of a new home in the Andromeda galaxy. When finally they awake, their dreams of peace are shattered. These colonists - turian, salarian, asari, human, and more - face an uncharted galaxy and threats beyond understanding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Star Review But Be Warned

  • By Lester on 03-27-17

After a 600 year nap...

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

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

Yes. If you are playing Mass Effect Andromeda this book really enhances the story. Giving you a glimpse into the life aboard the nexus before you arrive. There is a lot of talk about the uprising, but this gives you the perspective of the people involved while it was happening.

What did you like best about this story?

Learning the back story of some of the major players in Mass Effect Andromeda

Which character – as performed by Fryda Wolff – was your favorite?

Sloan Kelly

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

See you on the other side

Any additional comments?

Fryda Wolff did a great job narrating this book. I am playing the female Ryder character and it was a lot of fun to hear the narration match my game play experience.

  • Protector of the Realm

  • Supreme Constellations, Book One
  • By: Gun Brooke
  • Narrated by: Hilarie Mukavitz
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

With the fate of entire civilisations at risk, the galactic battleground makes for unusual alliances and unexpected passions as two women from very different worlds join forces. When Commodore Rae Jacelon of the Gamma VI space station apprehends the alluring but dangerous Kellen O'Dal, it is the start of an unlikely alliance and a breathtaking attraction. Against all advice, Jacelon decides to trust the mysterious O'Dal, risking her career and her life, and a daring intergalactic romance ensues, set against the backdrop of a space adventure filled with suspense.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love these books but couldn't stand the narrator.

  • By Ancient Warrior on 05-17-16

Awesome series! Terrible Narration!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

What did you love best about Protector of the Realm?

This Series of books is great fun! Especially if you love space operas. I love the universe that Gun Brooke builds. Especially the normalization of queer relationships. The romances are engaging and keep you reading just to find out what happens next.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Protector of the Realm?

The tension and attraction between the two main characters Kellen and Rae. Watching the story and their relationship unfold was very entertaining.

Would you be willing to try another one of Hilarie Mukavitz’s performances?

No, I did not enjoy the narration of these characters. I felt that she was off base with the voices she gave characters. The conversations between characters were often ridged and awkward. Not sure if this normally the way she narrates, but I would not actively look to listen to a book narrated by her again.

Who was the most memorable character of Protector of the Realm and why?

Kellen for her complexity and loyalty. She was a very interesting character to get to know.

Any additional comments?

Great series, but it might be better to read these yourself. Although part of me wishes they would be rerecorded with a better narrator in the future. It would be a fun addition to my audible library. I plan on reading these books again in the future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Women Who Run with the Wolves

  • Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
  • By: Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Narrated by: Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,372

Drawing from her work as a psychoanalyst and cantadora (keeper of old stories), Dr. Estes uses myths and folktales to illustrate how societies systematically strip away the feminine spirit. Through an exploration into the nature of the wild woman archetype, Dr. Estes helps listeners rediscover and free their own wild nature.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Book is superb; Audible edition is a ripoff.

  • By Allison on 06-03-15

Powerful Words

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

If you could sum up Women Who Run with the Wolves in three words, what would they be?

One of the most powerful works I've ever read. A combination of myth, reality and creative non-fiction used masterfully to tell the tale of woman.

What other book might you compare Women Who Run with the Wolves to and why?

I don't really think that there is a book that exactly compares, but I would say that it has changed my life in similar ways that books such as The Power of Now, The anatomy of the soul, and The Artist Way did.

What does Clarissa Pinkola Estes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is a master story teller!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,940

From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.' For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You To All Who Recommended This!

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-26-16

140 tongue lashings or less

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

Would you listen to So You've Been Publicly Shamed again? Why?

Possibly. It is a very interesting look at the phenomena of public shaming using the tool of social media.

What was one of the most memorable moments of So You've Been Publicly Shamed?

I think one of the really interesting things about this book is that it reveals what happens afterward. After the mess dies down. People are left jobless and unable to find work. Also some of the really vile things that people on the internet feel the freedom to say. That was very scary to hear directly even though I knew that things like that happened.

What about Jon Ronson’s performance did you like?

I love when he reads his books. It brings the story alive in a way that having someone else narrate would not.

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

140 Tongue Lashing or Less: Social Media and the Power of Shame

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gods Themselves

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,172

Only a few know the terrifying truth - an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun... They know the truth - but who will listen? They have foreseen the cost of abundant energy - but who will believe?These few beings, human and alien, hold the key to the Earth's survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Asimov's Best Stand Alone Novel

  • By thomas on 09-02-14

Wonderful concept of alien creatures.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

If you could sum up The Gods Themselves in three words, what would they be?

Captivating, Thought Provoking, and Different.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I became most attached to the alien creatures. Especially the Dua the emotional. I suppose the inner struggle of feeling different from everyone else and unable to really connect.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

I love Scott Bricks narration.

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

No I didn't have any extreme reactions, but I was wonderfully surprised by the ending of this book. Very thought provoking and interesting way to look at the structure of self and the meaning of identity.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Life on a Little Known Planet

  • A Biologist's View of Insects and their World
  • By: Howard Ensign Evans
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

This classic book is natural history at its best. The world of insects is Howard Evans' "little-known planet," the realm of the cockroach and the cricket, the wasp and the bedbug. With the precision and authority of a distinguished biologist, and the wit and grace of an accomplished writer, Howard Evans muses on the uniqueness of dragonflies, the romantic impulses of butterflies, the musicianship of crickets, and the mysteries of the firefly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some of my favorite bug groups!

  • By Anne on 02-16-04

Beautiful read even though it is a little outdated

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

What did you love best about Life on a Little Known Planet?

I loved the descriptions of the insects themselves and their habits.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the descriptions of the insects the most of all. Also the history of the scientist that studied them. This book is a little outdated at times and the author often rants on about political issue ( the budgeting of the space program and environmental hazards) but the essentials are worth reading. It is rather scary how little has change in the movement to protect the environment. There was quite a lot of time spent on the authors opinions about what was environmentally sound and what was not. I didn't really enjoy the opinionated parts, but it didn't ruin the book for me.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narration was pretty dry, but I don't think that there was much more that could have been done. Maybe a better recording.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really, but I did read it over a two day period

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Robot Dreams

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

A robopsychologist must outwit a machine determined to stay hidden in "Little Lost Robot"; a woman’s talent for "Light Verse" overshadows her true accomplishments with her robot servants; "The Last Question" presented to computer after computer over a hundred billion years may remain forever unanswered … and seventeen more future visions from the grand master of science fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The 3 Laws of Robotics

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 10-26-14

Narration isn't great

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

What did you like best about Robot Dreams? What did you like least?

Asimov! If you are a fan you really can't go wrong reading it, but if this is your first listen to an Asimov book I would start elsewhere. Mainly because the narration is kind of terrible. Start with something narrated by Scott Brick.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a series of short stories. I like some of them more than others, but all held my attention. I am glad I bought this book despite the description. I had only ever read one of the stories in this collection and almost did not buy it, because the description of the book recount the one story I had read.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It really felt at times like he was reading from a page. You could tell where the line in the book ended, but not the sentence. Also at first it was somewhat disjointed and bland.

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

Yes

3 of 5 people found this review helpful