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  • The Black Stiletto

  • By: Raymond Benson
  • Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle, Chris Patton, Michael Ray Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Could Martin Talbot's elderly, Alzheimer-stricken mother, Judy, really have been the Black Stiletto? When Martin discovers several volumes of her diaries hidden by his mother, he is stunned beyond all imagination. His mother, the underground heroine of yesteryear? The famed, still unidentified woman who battled Communist spies, took on the Mafia, and preyed on common crooks? The woman who exacted punishment on evildoers without mercy? But it is all described, in great detail, in the diaries. Could it be true? Talbot is filled with doubt and disbelief.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy Listening

  • By Kimberly Berg on 12-04-15

Drew me in

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

Reviewed: 11-20-15

What did you love best about The Black Stiletto?

I have never listened to an audio book with more than one narrator, this was very enjoyable. I really liked the narrator who gave life to the main character, the Black Stiletto.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I'm not sure I would say edge of seat, but most surely kept my interest and attention.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

I liked the narrator who voiced the Black Stiletto, occasionally a southern accent seemed to creep into her voice, loved the natural way she worked.

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

I don't want to read/listen to any book all in one sitting, to me there is no enjoyment to a book you rush through.

Any additional comments?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Finish the Script!

  • A College Screenwriting Course in Book Form
  • By: Scott King
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Finish The Script! is a screenwriting audiobook for anyone who wants to be a writer. It takes a step-by-step approach and focuses not only on theory but also on the actual writing process. It's a full college course squeezed into audiobook form that will take novice writers from concept through rewrite. Based on actual class lectures and assignments, Finish the Script! is for any writer looking for that extra push and guidance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is THE book for Screenwriters & Writers!

  • By Lisa on 12-18-13

A great title for exploring screenwriting

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

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

Yes, I would recommend this audiobook. First, the author has "it",that specific quality that all great teachers have, the ability to connect to students and encourage them with their own personal passion for the subject matter. Book is easy to follow and would be perfect for anyone looking to explore an interest in screenwriting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author is wonderful, engaging and informative.

Have you listened to any of Eric Michael Summerer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm not sure I have heard of Eric Michael Summerer's other performances before. This performance was excellent though, he is very good at his job.

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

Yes and no. It would have been easy to listen to the narration all in one sitting but the author gives homework which necessitates stopping for periods of time to complete it.

Any additional comments?

This would be a good book for anyone looking to expand their skills in screenwriting, to see if it is something they would like to explore further. Author is passionate about his subject and it shows in his engaging and creative teaching. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Why You're Stuck: Your Guide to Finding Freedom from Any of Life's Challenges

  • By: Derek Doepker
  • Narrated by: Greg Zarcone
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Are you pissed off that life didn't come with an instruction manual? Do you find yourself struggling to figure out what you really want in life? Or do you know exactly what you want, but can't ever get it because you're trapped by fears, unwanted thoughts, and unshakeable habits?

Are you successful in certain areas, but still feel like something is missing in your relationships, finances, physical health, or overall happiness? Here's help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great motivation tool

  • By Memory B. Morgan on 07-28-17

So refreshingly different from other self help

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

Reviewed: 10-30-15

Where does Why You're Stuck: Your Guide to Finding Freedom from Any of Life's Challenges rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks up towards the very top. The author has such a refreshingly different viewpoint on how to get un-stuck.

What did you like best about this story?

From the first chapter I was hooked. Author looks at all aspects of issue and shows how even what we fear and the problems we encounter are blessings and sign posts on our journey to be the best us.

Which character – as performed by Greg Zarcone – was your favorite?

Greg does a great job of narration. One of the few I would seek out to listen to again.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

For me the biggest idea from this book is that re-thinking what is bad and what is good will change your entire perspective. Changing how you look at a situation or issue can make all the difference

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend to anyone looking for some help getting un-stuck in life. The ideas are sound, yet different from probably 99% of the other self help books out there. Nothing demeaning, all positive. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Word I'm Thinking Of

  • A Devilish Dictionary of Difficult Words
  • By: Michael Gates
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Absquatulate. Flumadiddle. Gongoozler. Squintifego. If you love words, you know the strange byways of memory or reverie that stumbling across a certain word or phrase will take you down. Chances are, you have never encountered words as unusual as those collected in this audiobook. You'll find definitions and parts of speech for each entry. And for each word, the author has also included a quotation to show how the word can be used in context. Amaze your friends with your selcouth vocabulary and indulge your inner logophile!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much more fun than the OED Word A Day

  • By Jan on 07-01-15

Interesting words to impress your friends

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

What did you love best about The Word I'm Thinking Of?

I liked that the subject is delivered with a touch of humor.. I liked learning the words.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Word I'm Thinking Of?

When I knew some of the words in the book. Very impressed with myself.

What about Jack Chekijian’s performance did you like?

Easy to understand, spoke with natural cadence and rhythm (hate narrators who speak monotone.)

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Word I'm Thinking Of?

Not sure about insights, but liked learning new words and expanding my vocabulary.

Any additional comments?

The words in this book are more rare and older than other books of the same subject matter. It's almost like a trip to the past. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wordcatcher

  • An Odyssey into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words
  • By: Phil Cousineau
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Who knew that the great country of Canada is named for a mistake? How about "bedswerver", the best Elizabethan insult to hurl at a cheating boyfriend? By exploring the delightful back stories of the 250 words in Wordcatcher, listeners will be lured by language and entangled in etymologies. It takes a special wordcatcher to create a treasure chest of remarkable words and their origins, and any word lover will relish the stories that Cousineau has discovered.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wordcatcher

  • By zoe on 11-11-15

Full of fun new words

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Wordcatcher to be better than the print version?

I think the audio edition is a bit better as you hear the word pronounced.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wordcatcher?

I really enjoyed learning the new words. I was pleasantly suprised to know several words covered.

Which scene was your favorite?

No real scenes in this book

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

No extreme reaction, just enjoyment.

Any additional comments?

If you like words, this book is a good choice. The narrator does a good job of pronouncing the words and reading the definition. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Choosing Wisdom

  • Strategies and Inspiration for Growing through Life-Changing Difficulties
  • By: Margaret Plews-Ogan, Justine Owens, Natalie May
  • Narrated by: Suzie Althens
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Based on interviews with two distinct populations-medical patients coping with chronic pain and physicians coping with having been involved in serious medical errors - Choosing Wisdom delves into how average people respond to adversity, how they change, and what factors help or hinder positive change. Through these interviews, the authors chart each person's journey, and though the circumstances of each case may be unique, the commonalities are remarkable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Choosing Wisdom

  • By Deedra on 05-07-15

Great title for someone struggling

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

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

I would recommend this audiobook. I like that it's based on research and study of individuals going through life-changing difficulties. It talks about real people going through real issues and how they dealt with it and how you can use what they discovered to help yourself through challenges

What was one of the most memorable moments of Choosing Wisdom?

For me it wasn't a specific memorable moment but when they discussed doctors who had lost a patient due to an error they made it really struck me. The depth of pain they had to deal with and overcome really hit me.

What about Suzie Althens’s performance did you like?

I really liked Suzie's voice, but just don't think this was the best fit for her. Her voice is soothing and calm which more than once caused me to "zone out" while she was speaking. I would have done better with someone different.

What did you learn from Choosing Wisdom that you would use in your daily life?

I learned I'm not alone. The biggest issue with major problems is they can make you feel totally alone and there isn't anyone who cares or can help you. The fact that they took people with a variety of issues really opened up my eyes to the fact that I'm not the only one who is trying to find some kind of normal in their lives.

Any additional comments?

I received a copy of this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The American Dream

  • A Cultural History
  • By: Lawrence R. Samuel
  • Narrated by: Claton Butcher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

There is no better way to understand America than by understanding the cultural history of the American Dream. Rather than just a powerful philosophy or ideology, the Dream is thoroughly woven into the fabric of everyday life, playing a vital role in who we are, what we do, and why we do it. No other idea or mythology has as much influence on our individual and collective lives. Tracing the history of the phrase in popular culture, Samuel gives readers a field guide to the evolution of our national identity over the last eighty years.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really tried

  • By K. Wade on 06-10-14

I really tried

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

Reviewed: 06-10-14

What did you like best about The American Dream? What did you like least?

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The story/subject is very interesting. The American dream has gone through many evolutions over the years and it's interesting to see who changed it how. As a culture we "hang our hat" on this phrase but I wonder how many of us really know it's history. What I liked least was the narrator's cadence or rhythm of speech. His words were clear and easy to understand, but the natural rhythm of his sentences was way off. There was no movement in pitch or tone, just flat reading. It distracted me very much.

What other book might you compare The American Dream to and why?

I'm not sure on this one. It's the story of one of our most iconic cultural standards so I imagine any other title on American culture.

Would you be willing to try another one of Claton Butcher’s performances?

No, not at this time.

Did The American Dream inspire you to do anything?

I can't say I was inspired but I did learn a lot.

Any additional comments?

It's very possible the narrator's style would not bother another listener. All I can say is check out the sample and decide for yourself.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Narrated by: Scott Holst
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,948
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,317

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My friends thought I was crazy.

  • By bluecat1861 on 03-23-10

Don't Let The Word "Vampire" Deter You.

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

Reviewed: 01-29-13

What did you love best about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

I can't tell you how much I loved this book, but I can try. The facts of Lincoln's life are seamlessly woven with the vampire hunter story line. As other reviewers have stated, you find yourself drawn in, totally engrossed while the line between fact and fiction blurs.

What did you like best about this story?

That the vampires didn't sparkle, and that they didn't overrun the story. We see Lincoln's life unfold with all its joys and trials. The vampire hunter aspect of his life, while integral to the story, is not the only aspect of Lincoln's life the story covers.

Which scene was your favorite?

I couldn't pick one, just too many good ones.

If you could take any character from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Mary. Many of Lincoln's words are preserved for history, but Mary was right by his side, sharing in his life. I would love to hear her take on everything that happened.

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,477

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not funny, boring and could not wait for it to end

  • By Robert on 08-10-11

Journey of a funny lady.

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

Reviewed: 01-25-13

Where does Bossypants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was pretty good. If your someone like me who really only knows her from her Sara Palin impersonation it is interesting to hear how she progressed through her career.

What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

This is my first memoir from Audible so I really have nothing to compare.

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

Because this is Tina telling her own story, there are changes in her voice as she reads that reflect her emotions. This adds an additional depth to the story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Because you never know.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Four Agreements

  • By: don Miguel Ruiz
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,898

In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!!!

  • By R. Baker on 05-25-05

Deceptively Simple

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

Reviewed: 01-14-13

What did you love best about The Four Agreements?

I loved the inherent simplicity in the Four Agreements. Four simple and straightforward statements to begin your journey with.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Four Agreements?

Not sure there was one moment that stood out.

Which character – as performed by Peter Coyote – was your favorite?

N/A, although Peter Coyote was a perfect choice for this book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Where the journey begins...

Any additional comments?

I liked this book because of it's simple and straightforward ideas. Don't confuse simple with ineffective though.