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  • Under the Dome

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,626

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Stephen King I've Heard

  • By Scott on 02-10-10

Really stupid people, very unbelievable

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-10

If you're going to read, wait for the abridged version. This was really, really, really long!

I almost didn't finish the book; actually stopped listening for several days.

Several of the key people in this book were really very stupid. It was hard to read many parts because of that. This book had a lot going for it, actually very intriguing about unknown entities and what they could do to us, as humans. I really liked that part. However, it could have been portrayed much better. I was pretty frustrated after reading the book, and should have listened to the other reviews and not wasted my time.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Perfect Christmas

  • First Chapter
  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 17

For Cassie Beaumont, it's meeting her perfect match. Cassie, at 33, wants a husband and kids, and so far, nothing's worked. Not blind dates, not the Internet and certainly not leaving love to chance. What's left? A professional matchmaker. He's Simon Dodson, and he's very choosy about the clients he takes on. Cassie finds Simon a difficult, acerbic know-it-all, and she's astonished when he accepts her as a client.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • will have to get this one

  • By Susan on 01-18-10

If you like sappy main characters, read the book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-09

Let me say up-front, that I really don't care for stories where the heroine can't be happy unless she's married with kids. The first chapter sets the stage where she's desperate enough to spend $30k to hire a matchmaker. I can foresee where there could be a lot of humor with this book. However, I'll gladly pass.

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  • The Nature of Technology

  • First Chapter
  • By: W. Brian Arthur
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 20

In this groundbreaking work, pioneering technology thinker and economist W. Brian Arthur sets forth a boldly original way of thinking about technology. The Nature of Technology is an elegant and powerful theory of technology's origins and evolution. It achieves for the progress of technology what Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions did for scientific progress.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'll pass

  • By Stacy R on 12-26-09

I'll pass

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-09

While the idea is very interesting, the details of just the first chapter were eye-crossing. The author kept going on and on about his argument and why he was writing the book. If an abridged version comes out, I might listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Impact

  • First Chapter
  • By: Douglas Preston
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49

Wyman Ford is tapped for a secret expedition to Cambodia... to locate the source of strangely beautiful gemstones that do not appear to be of this world. A brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast... and two young women borrow a boat and set out for a distant island to find the impact crater. A scientist at the National Propulsion Facility discovers an inexplicable source of gamma rays in the outer Solar System. He is found decapitated, the data missing....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds very promising

  • By Stacy R on 12-26-09

Sounds very promising

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-09

I intend to purchase when it's available. Gets your attention almost immediately.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Eon

  • Dragoneye Reborn
  • By: Alison Goodman
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 576

Twelve-year-old Eon has been training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on Oriental astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sword-work and magical aptitude. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye - an apprentice to one of the 12 energy dragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a 16-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a 12-year-old boy for the chance to become a Dragoneye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was hooked

  • By Staaj on 04-22-12

Wait for the abridged version.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-09

And save yourself a lot of frustration. The book overall has a lot of potential. However, it's so long I skipped chapters (and it was still too long) and the plot was so obvious you wanted to slap the characters! Also, do NOT let children listen; older teens would be ok. Doubt if I read the sequel as I already know how things will end up.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • State of Fear

  • First Chapter
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52

Audible is pleased to present the first chapter of Michael Crichton's State of Fear. Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read after MC's death

  • By Dennison on 12-05-08

Very choppy

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-09

Listened to the first chapter and have no desire to read the rest of the book. Boring!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Blame

  • First Chapter
  • By: Michelle Huneven
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 5

Patsy MacLemoore, a history professor in her late 20s, has a brand-new Ph.D. from Berkeley and a wild streak. She wakes up in jail after an epic alcoholic blackout. "Okay, what'd I do?" she asks her lawyer and jailers. In fact, two Jehovah's Witnesses, a mother and daughter, are dead, run over in Patsy's driveway, and Patsy will spend the rest of her life trying to atone. She goes to prison, gets sober, and upon her release finds a new community (and a husband) in AA.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing but nothing like the write-up

  • By Stacy R on 12-07-09

Intriguing but nothing like the write-up

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-09

I listened to the first chapter and was definitely "caught". However, when I went to purchase the book, the write-up appears to be a completely different book. What happened? They both started in 1980, but the listen talked about a 12 year old girl dealing with her Mother's impending death and an ensuing mystery.

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  • One in a Million

  • Free First Chapter
  • By: Kimberla Lawson Roby
  • Narrated by: Nehassaiu deGannes
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

Ask Kennedi Mason and she'll say she and her husband, Blake, have a good marriage. That's why she can't wait to tell Blake the fabulous news - that something he's always wanted has finally happened. But when Blake arrives home that evening, he has an announcement of his own, one that shocks Kennedi into silence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1st Chapter Review

  • By Starlet on 08-24-09

Too much information

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-09

Within the first chapter, you learn all about her very healthy lifestyle (no caffein, limited sodas, etc), which is directly related to her Mother's recent death (died of breast cancer, potentially related to sodas, etc.). Wwaaaaaayyy too much detail! About half way through the chapter, I put my iPod playback on fast, but it wasn't fast enough.

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  • Our Iceberg is Melting

  • Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions
  • By: John Kotter, Holger Rathgeber
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

Our Iceberg is Melting is a simple fable about doing well in an ever-changing world. Based on the award-winning Eight Steps work of Harvard's John Kotter, it is a story that has been used to help thousands of people and organizations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very good, but similar to other books

  • By Stacy R on 11-29-09

Very good, but similar to other books

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-09

Although I liked Who Moved My Cheese better. Worth reading as a refresher to keep yourself open to new ideas and to keep your skills flexible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Buyology

  • First Chapter
  • By: Martin Lindstrom
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 58

Based on the single largest neuromarketing study ever conducted, Buyology reveals surprising truths about what attracts our attention and captures our dollars.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Buyology

  • By Chiang on 04-24-09

Slow on the upstart but very interesting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-09

I'm going to purchase and read the rest. Think this will be interesting to understand my own purchasing process.