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  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

  • And Other Lessons from the Crematory
  • By: Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,102

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre - took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Frizzle Takes the School Bus to a Morgue

  • By Ren on 06-02-16

DEATH FOR THE LIVING

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

I wasn't sure what to expect when I began this book, but I found it to be most worthwhile. Not only did the author do an excellent job in writing the book, she also did an excellent job reading it.

The book is worthy of considerable reflection and illuminates a topic that will ultimately be personal to all of us. We need to reflect upon it before it is too late.

Highly recommended.

  • A Little History of Philosophy

  • By: Nigel Warburton
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,528

Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met by showing them how little they genuinely understood. This engaging book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the world and how best to live in it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Listen

  • By Eric on 12-30-15

EXCELLENT SUMMARY OF PHILOSOPHY

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

Reviewed: 06-24-16

This book would be a great introductory text for a beginning philosophy course. Unlike many philosophy books, it is clearly written and easy to understand. The examples are "on point". I found it to be a delight.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Book Scavenger

  • By: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792

For 12-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it's the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bibliophile? - Check this out!

  • By ASW on 03-05-16

BETTER FOR A YOUNG PERSON

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

Reviewed: 06-24-16

I believe that this book is better suited for a young person (teen). It is somewhat amateurish in plot and lacks depth in details.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Night Life

  • By: David C. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043

New York City, 1954. The Cold War is heating up, Senator Joe McCarthy is running a witch hunt for communists in America, the newly formed CIA is fighting a turf battle with the FBI to see who will be the primary United States intelligence agency, and the bodies of murdered young men are turning up all over the city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific noir mystery

  • By Jeremy D. Cohen on 05-07-16

NOT BAD

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

Reviewed: 06-24-16

I found that this book got better as it progressed. To me, the first part was boring. however, the last last became more interesting as it interwove J. Edgar Hoover, Russian Spying and a last minute rescue. Doubt that I would try another book by this author.

  • Shady Cross

  • By: James Hankins
  • Narrated by: Bon Shaw
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,427

In one hand small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else's money--$350,000 of it. In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the money. On the line a little girl he doesn't know asks, "Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them the money, they'll let you take me home."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced, very entertaining

  • By shelley on 03-14-15

EXCELLENT STORY

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

Reviewed: 06-19-16

I especially liked the premise of the book. There were enough twists in the plot to keep the reader engaged. It was an excellent listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rise of the Robots

  • Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
  • By: Martin Ford
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,426

In a world of self-driving cars and big data, smart algorithms and Siri, we know that artificial intelligence is getting smarter every day. Though all these nifty devices and programs might make our lives easier, they're also well on their way to making "good" jobs obsolete. A computer winning Jeopardy might seem like a trivial, if impressive, feat, but the same technology is making paralegals redundant as it undertakes electronic discovery, and is soon to do the same for radiologists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great content and this mechanization IS coming!

  • By Mike on 06-30-15

BEWARE THE ROBOTS

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

I expected a more technical discussion of the technical aspects of robots, but found that the book concentrated more on the economic consequences of robots.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alibaba

  • The House That Jack Ma Built
  • By: Duncan Clark
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,847
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,839

In just a decade and a half, Jack Ma, a man from modest beginnings who started out as an English teacher, founded Alibaba and built it into one of the world's largest companies, an e-commerce empire on which hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend. Alibaba's $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the largest global IPO ever. A Rockefeller of his age who is courted by CEOs and presidents around the world, Jack is an icon for China's booming private sector.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange: Best part of story happens "off-screen"

  • By Tristan on 09-02-16

AMAZON AND E-BAY COMBINED

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

A good overview of the Alibaba story. Until I listened to this book, I wasn't aware of the nature of the company, thought that it was just another Amazon, but found that it was more akin to E-Bay.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Prettiest One

  • A Thriller
  • By: James Hankins
  • Narrated by: Bon Shaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,581
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,567

When Caitlin Sommers finds herself alone in a deserted parking lot with blood on her clothes and no memory of the past few months, it seems like one of the nightmares that have tormented her for years...but it's all too real. Desperate to learn the truth about where she's been and what has happened to her but terrified of what she may find, Caitlin embarks on a search for answers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Suspense Thriller

  • By qpj100 on 01-24-16

GREAT NARRATIVE

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

Excellent story, with appropriate twists and turns. I was very impressed with the pace of the story, neither too fast nor too slow. Interested in trying another book by this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Burning Room

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,097

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By Patroo on 11-07-14

NOT AS GOOD AS USUAL

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

This book is not up to the standards I have come to expect from Michael Connelly. It was worth the listen but not one of his best. Maybe better next time.

  • The Price of Justice

  • By: Marti Green
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 903
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 826

Seven years ago, Winston Melton was on top of the world: a privileged kid fresh off his first semester at Princeton. Life was perfect - until he was accused of the rape and murder of an ex-girlfriend. Years after his conviction, another death-row inmate has come forward with an 11th-hour confession, casting Win's conviction in a new light. But with the ink drying on his death sentence, time is running short.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Vanilla

  • By Richard Hallum on 02-10-16

EASY LISTEN

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

An easy listen, but rather predictable. Some have been critical of the lack of character development. This is the case however it doesn't destroy the novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful