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K. Schoff

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  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92,193
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 92,098

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Audible, PLEASE re-record series w/ new narrator!!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Game of Thrones is an excellently written series, and the books should be recorded with a narrator who does it justice. Roy Dotrice is an absolute legend and his speaking voice is excellent, however he fails to be a good fit for this series. I got through the first two books and gave up somewhere around the third GOT book ,solely because of the narration.

All the characters sound like old men, even the ones in their 30s and 40s. Many of the voices have that wet, mealy-mouthed, too much saliva in my throat sound and it is SO distracting. Drogo sounds like a poor imitation of a cholo gangbanger. I understand the narrator was elderly when he recorded this, but when he attempts to give the characters voices it is just awful and cheesy.

Hopefully audible will listen to the countless complaints about this series and invest in re-recording the GOT books with a new and superior narrator. May I suggest Ray Porter? He would do a stupendous job with this material and finally the series would get a talented voice to match the quality of the writing.

For now, with the current narrator I can't recommend this purchase unless you truly don't mind bad narration and it won't bother you.

76 of 82 people found this review helpful

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,302
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,338
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,307

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

Incredibly story, well told, great narrator!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I thought the subject matter might be dull and technical (TOR? blockchain??) so I let this book sit in my library unread for a while. Once I gave it a shot because I was bored with another book I was immediately drawn in to this amazing tale and kept finding reasons to go get my headphones and do some more chores so I could listen and hear how the tale would evolve.

This book reminds me quite a bit of another fantastic non-fiction I just read- Bad Blood by John Carreyrou- just as much fraud, high stakes, big money, secrecy and corruption. Both stories are excellent and the writing, background research, character development and - yes-. even the explations of deeply technical terminology- is all superbly done.

Can't recommend this listen enough- a credit well spent!!

  • California Fire and Life

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210

Jack Wade, a claims adjuster for California Fire and Life Mutual Insurance Company, is one of the best arson investigators around. He's a man who knows fire, who can read the traces it leaves behind like a roadmap. When he's called in to examine an unusual claim, the tracks of the fire tell him that something's wrong. So wrong that he violates his own cardinal rule - "You don't get personal, you don't get emotional. Whatever you do, you don't get involved" - and plunges into the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book about an insurance adjuster, oh yea.

  • By John S on 04-18-15

Slow burn of a listen- enthralling story!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I had my doubts about this story at first as the subject matter seemed a little dry, but holy cow did it develop into an awesome and thrilling listen! By mid-way through I was taking my dog on longer and longer walks just to hear what happens next.

I love most all of Don Winslow's books, and in my opinion this is right up with there with The Power of the Dog as an amazing story. Truly loved this book and highly recommend. It's a unique plot line and very fresh and enthralling look into a shady underworld.

Great listen- you will find yourself captivated and completely engaged waiting to hear what happens next!!

  • Wheelmen

  • Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever
  • By: Reed Albergotti, Vanessa O'Connell
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

The first in-depth look at Lance Armstrong's doping scandal, the phenomenal business success built on the back of fraud, and the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports. Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France after staring down cancer, and in the process became an international symbol of resilience and courage. In a sport constantly dogged by blood-doping scandals, he seemed above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping during the Tours and, in an interview with Oprah, described his "mythic, perfect story" as "one big lie."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed and balanced account

  • By Gabriel on 11-19-13

Non fiction that reads like a thriller

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I couldn’t stop listening. A fascinating story of greed and megalomania. It’s simply mind boggling how many athletes, coaches and sports companies were enthralled by Luke that they abandoned common sense. The irresponsibility of Armstrong is galling. Kudos to all who risked so much to bring this fraud to light.

Highly recommended. I couldn’t stop listening and finished it over a weekend. I was so glad for the long road trip that allowed me to listen almost continuously and really get into the book.

Santino Ferrara does a spectacular job with the narration. Overall fantastic listen.

  • You Are a Badass

  • How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,471

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Title misrepresents tone of content

  • By Matt on 07-29-14

Wasn't for Me... too much New Age

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

This listen felt like a lot of fluff and "whoo" inspirational tripe than any actionable steps to actually benefit your life. The author makes bad decisions and encourages others to "follow their dreams" and if they really want it, the universe will manifest that it happens.

Maybe I'm too cynical for this book, but it seems like encouraging people to not make plans and just follow the path of positivity and hope without any solid steps to make things happen. Not for me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I'm Judging You

  • The Do-Better Manual
  • By: Luvvie Ajayi
  • Narrated by: Luvvie Ajayi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,216

With over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi is a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. I'm Judging You is her debut book of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives - from the importance of the newest Shonda Rhimes television drama to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma's wake on Facebook.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good advice for all--adults, that is .

  • By anniep on 03-18-18

Couldn't get into it- author tries too hard

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

I couldn't get into this book. It just felt like the author was a bit contrived and trying too hard to be clever. I'm never really a fan of author-narrated books and this book is a perfect example of why. I found her voice somewhat obnoxious and it turned me off from the material. I rarely quit a book, I will force myself to finish the entire thing on faster speed. But for this one, I stopped listening halfway through. Not for me.

  • The Cartel

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 23 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,107

From the internationally best-selling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best ever…

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-24-16

Ray Porter is the GOAT Narrator!!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

I saw another reviewer mention, "I would listen to Ray Porter if he read me math" and I fully agree. I think he is one of the greatest of all time narrators. He makes the characters come alive and the stories sing.

Even better when you combine Ray's talents at narration with the thrilling writing of Don Winslow. Together they are one of my all-time favorite author/narrator combos on audible.

The Cartel is a gripping story of the cat and mouse game between an DEA agent and a drug kinpin. It is violent but fascinating and had me walking my dog on extra-long walks to hear what happens next. All in all highly recommend this book!!

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,846
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,669
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,626

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking story of a meteoric rise and fall

  • By Jeff Koeppen on 08-14-18

So Riveting I Binge-Listened

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

This is the type of audiobook that's so thrilling you stay sitting in your car after you get home just to hear what happens next. Incredibly well-researched and thoughtfully presented, it's a thrilling account of corporate fraud and regulation-skirting. I work in medical research and it is shocking to me how much Theranos got away with. How could Elizabeth Holmes charm these CEOs and government officials and just get them to so blatantly buy what she was selling without question? The audacity of her pathological lies!! How she was again and again able to fool everyone from the CEO of Safeway to General Mattis... it is truly bombastic how many power players and officials just didn't question the technology and allowed this scam to perpetrate for as long as it did.

Author John Carreyrou does a great job presenting dense material in a digestible fashion. My one criticism is that the author biased against overweight people, one heavy character is listed as being the smartest person in a meeting which he notes was surprising for a "300lb slob" and he later brings up that another large person "bellied a sharp intellect" ... but those things can be independent, fat people can be smart! But otherwise excellent reporting and writing by Carreyou.

The narrator is great, too. All in all, a truly awesome read. Truly shocking how an over-hyped medical device company was able to skirt so much oversight and bring a product to market to work on humans all while their tech never worked and having fooled so many tech industry analysts, Fortune 500 CEOs and military brass.

Theranos was so incredibly shady from the start. Very satisfying to finally see their house of cards finally come crashing down. Hopefully Elizabeth Holmes goes to jail.

  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,134

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing--Captivating--Altering

  • By Mel on 04-19-12

Still one of my all-time favorite audiobooks

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

I listen to five+ books a month and Heft was one of my very first audiobooks purchased and listened to based off recommendations in Reddit. I look back on it fondly as one of my all-time favorite listens. Just such a unique and grasping plot, told by narrators who really make the story sing. I loved this book and can't recommend it enough! Great listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • League of Denial

  • The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth
  • By: Mark Fainaru-Wada, Steve Fainaru
  • Narrated by: David H. Lawrence XVII
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

So concluded the National Football League in a December 2005 scientific paper on concussions in America's most popular sport. That judgment, implausible even to a casual fan, also contradicted the opinion of a growing cadre of neuroscientists who worked in vain to convince the NFL that it was facing a deadly new scourge: A chronic brain disease that was driving an alarming number of players - including some of the all-time greats - to madness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall, well worth the credit

  • By DPM on 03-07-14

Fantastic, moving, eye opening. Great narration!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

I never leave reviews but League of Denial was so well-written and compelling that I've been moved to review it in the hopes other people will also enjoy! Incredibly well-researched and put together in a compelling story. Your heart aches for Mike Webster and his family learning what they go through.

Great narration, David Lawrence does a great job with challenging medical material. Overall this book was a great listen- educational, moving, interesting and eye-opening. Highly recommend!