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  • One Summer

  • America, 1927
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,892

One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why 1927?

  • By Mark on 10-18-13

Classic

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

I loved this book. Bill Bryson always manages to take a topic I would not have thought was interesting and turn it into something fascinating.

  • Disrupted

  • My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble
  • By: Dan Lyons
  • Narrated by: Dan Lyons
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,528

For 25 years Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the top of his profession - until one Friday morning when he received a phone call: poof. His job no longer existed. "I think they just want to hire younger people," his boss at Newsweek told him. Fifty years old and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was, in a word, screwed. Then an idea hit. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, was flush with $100 million in venture capital.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't drink the Kool Aid

  • By Margaret on 07-03-16

Bang on

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

I feel relieved. I have worked at places where you had to be a true believer to succeed.

  • Hard Duty

  • Merkiaari Wars, 1
  • By: Mark E. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 413

Humanity's last encounter with aliens saw 16.2 billion people killed in a war with the Merkiaari that had spanned decades. Two hundred years later, the Alliance is cautiously exploring beyond its borders again, but the survey corp is considered a mere gesture by some. General Burgton of the 501st Infantry Regiment believes a lack of expansion is leading the Alliance into stagnation. So when one small ship discovers a new alien race, it should be an easy decision to make contact, but what if the aliens are like the Merkiaari?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very appropriate to call this a 'space opera'

  • By skinmaan on 12-02-15

Surprisingly good

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

I got this book on a whim. It was on a Goodreads forum and I took a risk. more often than not is a disappointment but this one was so engaging.

  • H.A.L.F.

  • The Makers
  • By: Natalie Wright
  • Narrated by: Dylan White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

You've seen the aliens known as "the Greys" in movies and on TV. But what if everything you think you know about them is wrong? And what if the Greys are only the beginning? On a nondescript planet on the far side of the galaxy, the M'Uktah have evolved from a wolf-like predatory creature into a highly advanced species that has mastered intergalactic travel. They are cultured. Refined. And hungry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read book 1 first but awesome (tho hard to follow)

  • By coreybeth on 01-11-17

This Second Installment was excellent

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

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

Yes. Fast moving round characters.

Have you listened to any of Dylan White’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Clear delivery. I was able to understand her pronunciation, and I enjoyed her style.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Torchship

  • By: Karl K. Gallagher
  • Narrated by: Laura A. Gallagher
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

A captain who'll take any job if there's enough money in it. A pilot with an agenda of her own. And a mechanic with an eye on the pilot. The crew of the Fives Full are just trying to make enough money to keep themselves in the black while avoiding the attention of a government so paranoid it's repealed Moore's Law. They're not looking for adventure in the stars...but they're not going to back down just because something got in their way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I like this author

  • By Teaat3 on 06-15-16

I like this author

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

The narrator was expressive, but the writer's story was a gem. I am heavily invested in Michigan's marriage, and want to know what happens next! The plot was borderline formula, but I get the sense the writer was getting better as the story progressed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shirley Jane and the Mystery of the Golden Monkey

  • Shirley Jane Mysteries, Volume 1
  • By: Brianna Benji
  • Narrated by: Giselle Lumas
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Shirley Jane Holmes is the great-great-granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes who solves mysteries with her friends, Janice Dickinson and Joshua Edgar Poe. Join them as you hear about how they solved the case of the missing golden monkey that was stolen from the Franklin D. Roosevelt History Museum in the town of Buckleville, Vermont.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Um

  • By Slim on 03-04-16

Daughter Approved

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

What made the experience of listening to Shirley Jane and the Mystery of the Golden Monkey the most enjoyable?

My daughter got really into listening to the story, and it was a fun experience watching her.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shirley Jane and the Mystery of the Golden Monkey?

The selection of "Sherlock Holmes" for the assignment. I enjoy his writings.

What about Giselle Lumas’s performance did you like?

She has a wide range, performs with different voices, and does not have an accent (accents while beautiful can make listening hard).

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

Just the reaction of watching my daughter enjoy it.

Any additional comments?

There should be more of a push to get children into audiobooks. My daughter was so enthralled with this one. I am grateful to have received this review copy and to have had this experience with my daughter.

  • Short Answers to the Tough Questions: How to Answer the Questions Libertarians Are Often Asked

  • By: Mary J. Ruwart
  • Narrated by: Marie Rose
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

In Short Answers to the Tough Questions, Dr. Ruwart has compiled hundreds of questions and her short, succinct answers from her 15-year web column with The Advocates for Self-Government. Short Answers is a great resource for libertarians, candidates, and those who are exploring what libertarianism is all about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A direct and honest approach for Libertarian answe

  • By CFC on 05-16-16

More of the same

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

Reviewed: 11-02-15

Would you listen to Short Answers to the Tough Questions: How to Answer the Questions Libertarians Are Often Asked again? Why?

No. I got everything I needed the first time.

Would you recommend Short Answers to the Tough Questions: How to Answer the Questions Libertarians Are Often Asked to your friends? Why or why not?

If I ever encounter a person with burning questions about Libertarians - sure.

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

She narrated the book in a clear unaccented way I enjoy. I am a fan of narrators that do not embellish or "interpret" what they are reading. She does an excellent job delivering the content in a smooth and relaxed voice.

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

What does this question even mean? It is 8 hours and 17 minutes long. I have listened to a book in a day, but there were interruptions. This book was a bit beyond my interests for me to listen to in one sitting. Also, I received the book for free so I could review it. And I can honestly say it's hot stuff if you are a Libertarian, but I am not. I think I am a Scorpio, or at the very least a person who takes beliefs and politics serious enough not to form an opinion after one book.

Any additional comments?

I would have found the book more engaging with a primer on Libertarianism. I would at least like to know a basic history and a few interesting characters. This whole subject was a bit of a head scratcher. I remember being enthralled by the subject a five years ago, but now it just feels naive. When I was in my early twenties I read Atlas Shrugged and thought it was amazing. Now I am more interested in how real people deal with real life.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Bluegrass Baseball

  • A Year in the Minor League Life
  • By: Katya Cengel
  • Narrated by: Bob Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Forget the steroid-addled, overpaid, and unmotivated players: America's pastime is still alive and well and is still the heartfelt sport it's always been...in the minor leagues. And nowhere is this truer than in Kentucky, whose rich baseball history continues to play out in the four teams profiled in this audiobook. Following these teams through the 2010 season - the triumphs, struggles, and big-league hopes and dreams - the book tells the larger story of baseball in America's smaller venues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On Par with books like it

  • By Teaat3 on 11-01-15

On Par with books like it

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

What did you love best about Bluegrass Baseball?

It was an engaging read. I am sure they have a better name for this genre then what I call it: nonfiction real life narrative. Another good name for it is stories about real people. I enjoyed this book because it was a well written account of real people and how they get along in this industry.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The accounts of the Hispanic players on the first ball team was classic. I felt the comradery and desperation as if I was actually there.

What about Bob Johnson’s performance did you like?

He has a smooth speaking voice, and it lent itself well to the topic at hand. That being said, I did get this for free to review. However, I would like you to consider how many audio books I must consume to be in a position to get free ones to review. In fact I am a bit of an audio book junky, and I could find no fault with this narration. I do have a tendency to listen at a speed of 2X and higher, which may make me numb to the more subtle aspects of his performance. However, for my needs he did a great job.

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

The stories about the wives and girlfriends was interesting. What a rough time they face. Also, I loved how hard this life was on the players and yet they kept at it.

Any additional comments?

I used the word "comradery" above, and yet it is flagged as misspelled. I dropped it in google, and the internet seemed to think it was correctly spelled the way I have it here. If I am completely honest; I both love and hate how we write these days. It is with total confidence the systems we use will catch all the errors, and yet I am never totally sure I have a comma in the correct spot. I know the general rules, but the finer points elude me.

  • A Thirty-Something Girl

  • By: Lisa M. Gott
  • Narrated by: Lori Faiella
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

A Thirty-Something Girl follows the story of Hope. At the age of 30, she finds her life in utter shambles. Everything that could go wrong has - divorce, loss of a child, financial struggles. It is the love and unfettered support of her close friends who keep her from being lost in the quicksand of utter despair. As she slowly begins to wrap her head around who she is and what it means to be happy, she meets a man, Sam. Sam is also not a stranger to hardship and finds himself at his own crossroads.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hope for Hope

  • By Renee on 04-12-15

Lady Parts Not Required

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

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

Yes. I would recommend this as an acceptable read for a romance junky. I myself am partial to escapism of a different kind. That said I did receive this free because the narrator wanted a review.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the rich lady who lived on the same street. She seemed pretty boss, and indifferent to the main character and her own friends, which I respect.

What about Lori Faiella’s performance did you like?

The narrator did a good job. My first criteria when listening to an audio book is it be narrated in a way which lets me listen to it with the speed cranked up around 2X and above. So accents and excessive dramatizing of characters disrupts my listening. I followed along seamlessly.

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

Yes. I wanted to know why I found it so enjoyable despite being a man. Probably, because she was such a complicated and flawed character the story rang true in most aspects.

Any additional comments?

Tomorrow I am going to go back to eating no carbs. It has been a week of eating candy, and the usual, but I think it is time to be done with the mood eating. The fall weather was perfect today, and my only regret was going over the data limit on my phone. Tomorrow, I am going to the office, and I am going to be purposeful about the day.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • H.A.L.F.: The Deep Beneath

  • By: Natalie Wright
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

H.A.L.F. 9 has taken his first breath of desert air and his first steps in the human world. Created to be a weapon, he proved too powerful for his makers, hidden from humans and sedated. H.A.L.F. 9 has escaped the underground lab he called home, and the sedation has worn off. He has never been more alive. More powerful. Or more deadly.Erika Holt longs to ride her motorcycle east until pavement gives way to shore. She bides her time until graduation when she'll escape the trailer she shares with her alcoholic mother and memories of her dead father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Got it for free, but a little in love

  • By Teaat3 on 11-01-15

Got it for free, but a little in love

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

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

Yes. The book is perfect escapism. I was engaged from the start, and at no point was I jarred by an inconsistency.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think the first alien hybrid was named nine and the one after was named ten. I enjoyed ten the most. Nine was a bit soft, and the "people people" were okay. Secretly, I want ten to turn into a Deadpool like character. Be all badass, working for number one, and unapologetic about it all.

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

His reading voice is deep, and without accent. I like this because I was listening to the book at 2X and above. At those speeds he came out clearly, and I followed along nicely.

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

No - who has time for that?

Any additional comments?

Well I have to be honest and say: This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com. But, that said, I enjoyed every minute. To escape the more painful realities of life I have consumed a fair number of books. Mostly fiction. In particular, Science Fiction. So I am a bit of a junky connoisseur. While I listened to this audio book I was not putting milk and yogurt away for minimum wage, but rather running around a desert with this predictable but fun lot of characters.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful