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  • Elevation

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,193

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis. In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low-grade - but escalating - battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By Marine C. on 01-13-19

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

This is a captivating story, well-written. A very enjoyable read. I really liked the bonus story at the end, too.

1 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Fortunately, the Milk

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782

Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and best-selling author Neil Gaiman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where There Is Milk, There Is Hope

  • By Dave on 09-21-13

Charming and delightful!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

Charming, brilliant, and utterly delightful! This book is not just for kids. It’s for anyone with a great imagination, or an imagination that needs some dust blown off of it. I very highly recommend the audiobook in conjunction with reading the book – Gaiman is an exquisite narrator, but you wouldn’t want to miss the delightful illustrations. A refreshing shot of joy!

  • Make Your Bed

  • Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World
  • By: William H. McRaven
  • Narrated by: William H. McRaven
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,083

On May 21, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves - and the world - for the better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the YouTube video

  • By A. Yoshida on 01-31-18

Very redundant

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

I have tremendous respect for the author of this book and all other Americans who have served in our military. Thank you for your service in protecting our freedom.

I appreciate the useful gems of advice in this book— make your bed every day, surround yourself with people who care about you, don’t waste time saying “woe is me” or “why me”— just power through it and make the best of things.

Unfortunately, this book is very redundant. The author repeats himself several times. For example, the reader is told twice in the book what a “sugar cookie” is, and then towards the end of the book the author again explains in detail what a sugar cookie is as if we never heard of it before. Same with “circuses”. I think the editor could’ve done a much better job here.

The military insight was enlightening, but there was a lot of very gruesome, upsetting material that I did not enjoy hearing about in such detail.

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,884

A natural storyteller and raconteur in his own right - just listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe and Gumption - actor, comedian, carpenter, and all-around manly man Nick Offerman ( Parks and Recreation) brings his distinctive baritone and a fine-tuned comic versatility to Twain's writing. In a knockout performance, he doesn't so much as read Twain's words as he does rejoice in them, delighting in the hijinks of Tom - whom he lovingly refers to as a "great scam artist" and "true American hero".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fall in Love All Over Again

  • By Doug - Audible on 07-05-17

Fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

This is a fabulous story, and a brilliant performance by the narrator! Truly delightful and enjoyable. Laugh-out-loud funny, and full of childhood excitement.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,402
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,161

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Couldn’t put it down!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

This book far exceeded my expectations. The story is completely captivating, exciting, original, and well-executed. It’s written very well. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that you don’t have to be a hard-core nerd to appreciate it. Settings are so vivid, and the characters are so real. I literally had to just drop everything and read this book straight through, because it had me so enthralled that I couldn’t focus on anything else. Five stars! I highly recommend the audio. I know I enjoyed it far more because of the excellent narration.

  • Drive

  • The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us
  • By: Daniel H. Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 314

A book that will change how you think and transform how you live.Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people – at work, at school, at home. It is wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This should become required reading

  • By Randall W. on 03-03-12

Groundbreaking ideas

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

A very good book, shares some groundbreaking ideas. The author read it well. It wasn’t the most exciting page turner I’ve ever read, but it is definitely an important book. I like how the authors includes several additional resources for further reading and learning.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Never Let Me Go

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,668
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,682

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be patient; it will pay off

  • By Kc on 05-23-05

Depressing but unique

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

Interesting, but very depressing. A unique story. Written well enough. The audiobook narrator did a great job. Nothing about this made me want to run out and buy the next book by this author though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rebecca

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,233

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives - resenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite novels, ever

  • By Calliope on 11-24-14

Brilliantly done!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

What a fabulous book! This is one of the most brilliantly-written books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Beautiful, poetic language, deft sentence structure, wondrous wordsmithing. Absolutely a delight. And the story is so rich! A complex, well-wrought plot, about the wicked web woven by human sentiments of jealousy, insecurity, anger, hatred, and love. So well done, I can't praise this book enough. Five stars! I'm eager to read more of Daphne du Maurier's works.

Also, if you can, listen to the audiobook. The narrator, Anna Massey, is phenomenal and brings the characters and their personalities to life.

  • Furiously Happy

  • A Funny Book About Horrible Things
  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,987

Audie Award, Humor, 2016. In Furiously Happy, number-one New York Times best-selling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Small doses.

  • By Shawna on 10-18-15

Too much nonsensical ridiculous rambling

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

Meh. I know some of you loved this book, but I cannot concur. So much of it is nonsensical ridiculous rambling. Much of it I also found funny and some of it even delightful, but not the majority. I will give the author credit for her bravery in making her flaws public and poking fun at them. I found some of it relatable, but much I didn't. She does a great job reading the audiobook. That's hard, so kudos for that. She has a lovely, charming voice. I didn't hate it, I just didn't love it.

  • Tough Sh-t

  • Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good
  • By: Kevin Smith
  • Narrated by: Kevin Smith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,368
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,131

Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bow at the feet of Kevin Smith!

  • By january on 05-24-12

Crass and profane, but still inspiring

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

I listened to the audiobook, which is read by Smith and captures his personality and humor, so I recommend that over the print version. My first and biggest impression of this book: wow, this guy is crass. Lewd and crass. Like a sleazy high school boy. If you can look beyond the constant sleazy sex, sexual fluid, and sexual organ references, and excessive profanity, the book does have some worthwhile, uplifting messages: namely, if you believe in your dream and follow that dream, you can make it a reality.

On the basis of motivation and inspiration, my best friend bought this for me and insisted I read it. I’m neutral on Smith and his work – I really liked Clerks, and I recall enjoying Chasing Amy, but I haven’t seen all his films and I’m okay with that – I’m not into stoner flicks. This book would certainly be more enjoyable for a fan of Smith’s work. There is a lot of name-dropping of movies, actors, directors, and others in the movie biz, and since I don’t take much interest in that world, a lot of it was lost on me. Smith sums up his life and work, sharing humorous anecdotes. He actually did make me laugh out loud a few times, which I appreciate. It’s not a long book, so I suppose it was worth the listen (or the read).