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  • Spoonbenders

  • A Novel
  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,405

Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it's not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed but her mind - Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the Right Amount of Everything!

  • By JILL CAVANAUGH on 07-02-17

Fantastic Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

This is probably the best narration I've heard. Fliakos is a man of a thousand voices.

The story drew me in with the government project. It was very similar to the real project the government conducted in the 80s. The story of the family is very interesting. How does a psychic live when he is no longer in business? This is the story of a family of psychics that had been outed as fakes and put out of business, though their powers are quite genuine. Some struggle with their talent, some want it gone, and the grandkids are just aquiring the power.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,627

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Slow Start

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

Reviewed: 10-11-15

The novel gets off to a slow start with a series of short stories to introduce this crabby old man who is someone I did not care to know. The previous reviews enticed me to hang in there and things did pick up as we get to know more about Ove's history and life with his neighbors. I found this to be engaging and humorous.

  • How to Speak Dog

  • Dog Training Simplified for Dog Owners
  • By: Amy Morford
  • Narrated by: John Eastman
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 8

Amy Morford is a dog whisperer. She's been training dogs for more than two decades and understands what makes your dog tick. How to Speak Dog provides a general overview of dog behavior before specifically focusing in on training solutions for six of the most common dog misbehaviors: aggression, digging, nuisance barking, fear biting, submissive urination, and separation anxiety. Morford understands that not everyone understands "dog talk" so she kicks off by introducing basic obedience training methods. She explains each training situation by breaking it down into chronological micro-steps.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The basics

  • By David on 08-25-14

The basics

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

Reviewed: 08-25-14

The most basic of basics. If you have never had a dog this book may be helpful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Influx

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,839

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid to Silly to Inane

  • By Craig on 05-15-14

Technobabble

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

Reviewed: 05-13-14

The first chapter is so strewn with techno-babble that it is hard to listen to. The story held my interest but did not capture my emotions. The technology is fully developed but the characters are not, so in the end I did not really care which side won the conflict. The narrator was incredible. I really thought there was more than one person reading.

  • 30 Minutes Before Your Job Interview (Executive Summary)

  • By: June Lines
  • Narrated by: Bookbytes, Kogan Page
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 12

So you've got an interview. Congratulations! But how do you feel? Nervous? Excited? Cure those pre-interview nerves in just 30 minutes with this handy self-help audiobook. It will help you to look the part and feel confident enough to do yourself justice by explaining how to answer tricky questions and offering guidance on taking tests. Practice questions will help you plan what to say. This helpful guide will prepare you for any interview in just 30 minutes.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Only for first time job seekers

  • By Patricia on 09-27-07

Ugh!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-14

Ugh. If you have never had a job interview, if this is the first time you have ever looked for a job, if you did not graduate high school, then you might get something out of this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One Last Thing Before I Go

  • By: Jonathan Tropper
  • Narrated by: John Shea
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 317

You don't have to look very hard at Drew Silver to see that mistakes have been made. His fleeting fame as the drummer for is nearly a decade behind him. He lives in an apartment building filled almost exclusively with divorced men like him, and makes a living playing in wedding bands. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter, Casey, has just confided in him that she's pregnant - because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down. So when he learns that his heart requires emergency surgery, Silver makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to use what time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • sentimental but strong...

  • By Annette on 08-29-12

Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 10-26-12

Drew Silver passes out and wakes in the hospital to learn he must undergo emergency surgery or die. He decides against the surgery. The story follows Silver, a former rock star, over the course of the following week as he learns his teen-aged daughter is pregnant and we learn that he is still madly in love with his ex-wife who is about to marry his doctor. Silver realizes time has moved too fast, and at the same time not at all. Like the universe had been on pause. So, a lot of serious stuff. Broken heart literally, broken heart figuratively, and an unplanned pregnancy. And it is told in the form of a sitcom. It is hilarious. I have never read a comedy before. The book gives you some things to think about in your own life and offers a laugh. Another reader mentioned that the book gets off to a slow start, and I agree. Didn’t know if I would continue, but after about an hour it really gets going. Stick with it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Defending Jacob

  • A Novel
  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,221

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific!

  • By cristina on 03-12-12

Good story

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

Reviewed: 05-27-12

Almost four stars. The narrator does a great job. The voice never really changes but he still gives each character a distinct voice.
The story is good, riveting, but not surprising. The author leads us to the conclusion, dropping hints along the way so we aren't thrown for a loop. Most of the story takes place in the courtroom and it held my interest.

  • The Only Leadership Book You'll Ever Need

  • How to Build Organizations Where Employees Love to Come to Work
  • By: Peter Barron Stark, Jane Flaherty
  • Narrated by: Wesley C. Bleed
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

The Only Leadership Book You'll Ever Need teaches leaders how to overcome their most difficult obstacle: employee engagement. By pinpointing specific areas leaders can focus on and change,this book shows how one leader can effectively change the entire workplace environment - for the better.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • the only leadership book you'll hate

  • By Victor on 08-14-16

Well, not the only book...

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

Reviewed: 03-16-12

It's okay, but not the only leadership book you will ever need. Some gems, many you have heard before. I much prefer, and think your money would be better spent on the books by Dan and Chip heath.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,920

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

  • By Robert on 12-22-08

Exposition Extravaganza!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-12

The main story is great and deserves five stars. The problem is with the exposition. There is more set up than you really need (about five hours of narrative) before we get to the real story and then two hours of narrative as an epilogue. The main story is moving and gripping. The epilogue would have been interesting if the author had shown us what was going on rather than told us what was going on. Wait for the Reader's Digest version.

  • Anything You Want

  • 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur
  • By: Derek Sivers
  • Narrated by: Derek Sivers
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,823

When anyone can start a business (when everyone is running their career like a business), it begs a question. This is your one chance at life, you can have anything you want, what is worth doing? Most people don't know why they're doing what they're doing. They imitate others, go with the flow, and follow paths without making their own. They spend decades in pursuit of something that someone convinced them they should want, without realizing that it won't make them happy. Anything You Want is a manifesto about living life, appreciating enough, and doing what matters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short and poignant

  • By Richard Mattson on 07-03-11

Not just for Entrepreneurs

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

Reviewed: 10-30-11

The history of CD Baby is used to illustrate management points. Interesting history interspersed with management gems.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful