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  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,179

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook of the year!

  • By karen on 11-30-05

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

If I could have listened to this wonderful book in one uninterrupted sitting, I would have! Great story, great characters and almost above all, GREAT narration! Thank You, Thank You!!

  • Origin Story

  • A Big History of Everything
  • By: David Christian
  • Narrated by: Jamie Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945

Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day - and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence? These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of "Big History", the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great introduction into big history

  • By Diana on 08-15-18

Started out ok.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Was an interesting read to start out, but when it came to conclusions and advise to go forward, not so much. When one argues that socialism and communism is the answer, I tend to discard the interesting beginning of the book.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Four

  • The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google
  • By: Scott Galloway
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,393

Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are the four most influential companies on the planet. Just about everyone thinks they know how they got there. Just about everyone is wrong. For all that's been written about the Four over the last two decades, no one has captured their power and staggering success as insightfully as Scott Galloway. Instead of buying the myths these companies broadcast, Galloway asks fundamental questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Smart and well written!

  • By Joe Walsh on 10-16-17

So bitter?

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Scott seems so bitter about Steve Jobs and his many successes. I'll finish the book, but... DID NOT! Doing so would have been a total wast of my time. I'm going to try to get my money back now!

  • Coyote America

  • A Natural and Supernatural History
  • By: Dan Flores
  • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301

Coyote America is both an environmental and a deep natural history of the coyote. It traces both the five-million-year-long biological story of an animal that has become the "wolf" in our backyards and its cultural evolution from a preeminent spot in Native American religions to the hapless foil of the Road Runner. A deeply American tale, the story of the coyote in the American West and beyond is a sort of Manifest Destiny in reverse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable Book, Subject Matter, and Reader

  • By John Townsend on 03-17-17

Not enough coyotes!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I was hoping for much more Coyote! The title was after all - Coyote America, A Natural and Supernatural History.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cesar Millan's Guide to Bringing Home a Shelter Dog

  • By: Cesar Millan
  • Narrated by: Angelo Di Loreto
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

This exclusive audiobook answers the most commonly asked questions about dog adoption and lays out everything you'll need to integrate a new canine companion into your home. Whether you are a first-time adopter or have a household full of dogs already, Cesar Millan's Guide to Bringing Home a Shelter Dog is full of practical tips and illuminating insights on everything from choosing the right leash to housebreaking, from practicing basic commands to managing common misbehaviors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what if?.?.

  • By Richard Freeman on 08-19-17

Ok.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I have disagree with Cesar when he said “every human life is worth more than the life of any dog”. Simply not true! On my way to work most every morning, I see human debris dragging garbage in stolen shopping carts. Sorry, my dogs come before them!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18,304

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So thankful we still have Lizbeth!

  • By AudioAddict on 09-04-15

No no no!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Any additional comments?

Compared to the three authentic books in the series, which were just great, this one lands FLAT. Never gets underway, so disapointing!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Breaking Free

  • How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult, and My Father, Warren Jeffs
  • By: Rachel Jeffs
  • Narrated by: Rachel Jeffs
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

In this searing memoir of survival in the spirit of Stolen Innocence, the daughter of Warren Jeffs, the self-proclaimed Prophet of the FLDS Church, takes you deep inside the secretive polygamist Mormon fundamentalist cult run by her family and how she escaped it. Born into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Rachel Jeffs was raised in a strict patriarchal culture defined by subordinate sister wives and men they must obey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart breaking addition to the FLDS cult story

  • By blueskies982 on 12-10-17

Wicked Cult!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

How can a group of adults be as wicked as these FLDS leaders??
Good on you Rachel for rescuing your children and yourself, and for sharing your story of hell and misery! Not the best reading, but maybe it adds to the story.

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,807

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

Incredible true story!!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

This true account makes the Apollo 13's return for a safe landing seem almost easy!

  • The Possibility Dogs

  • What a Handful of 'Unadoptables' Taught Me about Service, Hope, and Healing
  • By: Susannah Charleson
  • Narrated by: Susannah Charleson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

From the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller, Scent of the Missing, comes a heartwarming and inspiring story that shows how dogs can be rescued and can rescue in return. For her first book, Susannah Charleson was praised for her unique insight into the kinship between humans and dogs, as revealed through canine search and rescue. In The Possibility Dogs Charleson chronicles her journey into the world of psychiatric-service and therapy dogs trained to serve the human mind, a journey that began as a personal one. After a particularly grisly search led to a struggle with PTSD, Charleson credits healing to her partnership with search dog Puzzle. Inspired by that experience and having met dogs formally trained to assist in such crises, Charleson learns to identify abandoned dogs with service potential, often plucking them from shelters at the last minute, and to train them for work beside hurting partners, to whom these second-chance dogs bring intelligence, comfort, and hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Given, Love Returned--Tenfold

  • By Gillian on 02-06-15

Such a Gifted woman and GIfted author!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-15

What did you love best about The Possibility Dogs?

What did I not like about this book? Absolutely nothing!

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

It added to the value of this book, that the author did the reading. Now I will look for all of her work and read them as well, no matter the subject.

Any additional comments?

Thank You, Thank You!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 160,953
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,539
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,375

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-18-15

Would you try another book from Andy Weir and/or R. C. Bray?

I don't think I would.

What didn’t you like about R. C. Bray’s performance?

I think he had bad material to work with.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None comes to mind.

Any additional comments?

In my opinion it should have been marketed to pre-teen boys, the whole book struck me as plain silly!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful