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  • Life

  • By: Keith Richards, James Fox
  • Narrated by: Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,967

Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ins and outs

  • By Jesse on 11-07-10

Two narrators was a poor choice.

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

Did they just not have enough money to pay Depp to read the whole book? He reads like the first 3 hours, and then out of nowhere, without any explanation - they switch to Joe Hurley. Then near the end they switch back to Depp. It's jarring and ruins the connection between the listener and the reader. Neither of them were bad, really, but I give the narration 1 star because of those poor decisions.

Plus, the story switches to different people at times. Some segments are written by Mick, some by other people... and the book just plows through these parts without ever even acknowledging who is speaking or at one point it switched. The only 'tell' is the narrator's accent changes from English to Southern or American out of nowhere. Which leaves you having to try and figure it out on the fly.

Very very poor creative choices behind the audiobook of this one. Otherwise, the autobiography in itself was good.

  • 7 Keys to Unlock Your Full Potential

  • By: C. James Jensen
  • Narrated by: C. James Jensen, Cliff Dumas, Lisa Dumas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

7 Keys to Unlock Your Full Potential is filled with the incredible promise for listeners who may better understand the true relationship between the conscious and subconscious areas of the mind. The listener will be taken on a journey toward a doorway that opens a life of expanded opportunities and potential successes. The book does not require a leap of faith. The principles and techniques presented herein are both practical and well documented by modern science.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

  • By Stephen on 09-18-16

Loved this book...

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

So much great information here. Highly motivational and it could change your life! Just approach it with an open mind!

  • Team Dog

  • How to Train Your Dog - the Navy SEAL Way
  • By: Mike Ritland
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

In Team Dog, Mike taps into fifteen years' worth of experience and shares, in accessible and direct language, the science behind the importance of gaining a dog's trust. He also offers invaluable steps for achieving any level of obedience. His unique approach incorporates entertaining examples and anecdotes from his work with dogs on and off the battlefield and tips from the Navy SEAL guidebook.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Here's what's wrong with the book...

  • By Jay on 12-30-15

Here's what's wrong with the book...

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

I am both a HUGE fan of Navy Seals and of dog psychology. So when I saw this book I was needless to say pretty damn excited. But I was pretty let down. Here's why:

1. It doesn't actually teach you anything about training a dog the "Navy Seal Way". It merely has the same dog training advice you can get in any other book, only this one is poorly explained and there's far less information overall. The title is completely misleading. Although I suppose I should of seen that coming because to train a dog the "Navy Seal Way" would mean that you'd be training a war dog. Which is neither practical nor safe.

2. This book should have been called "Dog Anatomy", because that's what it's mostly about. It goes into GREAT length about the science of nutrition, how it affects the dogs muscles, tooth care, bite force, raw diets vs. dry diets and the science behind each. The book goes on and on about the color of a dog's gums and what that means, tongue color, texture, eye discharge etc... etc... etc... It describes every possible health scenario, and then proceeds to describe every possible symptom and every possible cure, no matter how rare or obscure. I'm not a vet, nor do I aspire to be one. I wanted to learn about dog training, not dog anatomy.

3. His training philosophies are sound, but poorly explained.

4. Narrator was a bit sing-songy for me. He sounded like he was talking to children.

When he was talking about training, the book was good. But honestly maybe only 20-30% of the book is about training. The rest is about how to be a vet. It left me very disappointed.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,467

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired me to restart my meditation practice

  • By Julie W. Capell on 12-07-16
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

Can good narration actually be bad?

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

The narration is actually pretty good. But I have a problem with the audio engineering of the book. I'm an audio engineer as well, so maybe the average person wouldn't really notice or care. But I found the voice to be grating. Too much high frequency information in the audio. It's very piercing and harsh. They should have used a warmer mic, or used less EQ ducking in the low-mids frequencies of his voice.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,330
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197,842

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

Wonderfully geeky!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-14

This book is so incredibly nerdy that I caught myself rolling my eyes on more than one occasion, completely embarrassed to even be listening to it.... and yet.... I couldn't... stop... listening...

This book was amazing! Full of nerdy nostalgia! And honestly, even if you weren't around for the 80's, or even if you're not into video games, you'll still enjoy it immensely.

However, if you ARE an 80's baby or a video gamer.... you're in for a treat...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Worst Ideas Ever

  • A Celebration of Embarrassment
  • By: Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 718

From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wears out quickly

  • By Sara on 04-28-14

Lame humour. Poorly researched.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-14

I bought this book because I thought it was be a fun light hearted read that would get a few laughs out of me. It didn't. It's not funny at all really... and it's poorly researched. It's like a 3 hour rant about nothing.

Honestly, unless you paid 99 cents for it like so many of us did, there's really no reason to purchase this.

This book should be on its own list of terrible ideas. Hah!

Crap! I guess they DID get a laugh out of me!

  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

  • By: Chris Hadfield
  • Narrated by: Chris Hadfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

As Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space. Now, reading from his first book, Chris takes listeners deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not without flaws.

  • By Jay on 02-27-14

Good, but not without flaws.

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

Reviewed: 02-27-14

The writing is a bit choppy. It definitely might have benefited from better editing. Perhaps a rushed release?

I appreciate his outlook on life. He's a highly impressive individual with a very long laundry list of accomplishments and qualifications. Even though I get the feeling that he's a genuinely humble person, the writing style gives a certain aura of self-indulgence. I'm sure this wasn't desired or intentional, but perhaps better editing may have been able to correct a lot of these issues.

Some of the stories are very inspiring and motivational. Others are quite obviously filler.

The narration isn't terrible, but again, a bit choppy. He is able to inject a ton of personality and enthusiasm into the reading, but it also lacks a professional polish.

The inside look at how NASA operates was extremely interesting though. I really enjoyed that.

Overall, it was good! 4 stars. Or perhaps 3.5. It was a good listen!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

  • By: John Green, David Levithan
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,326

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good!

  • By Jacqueline on 06-14-10

Immerse Yourself in Teen Drama

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

Reviewed: 01-23-14

It's like 7 hours of lame high school drama, with occasional pockets of insight and thoughtfulness, but seriously, not that much.

Here, I'll summarize the entire book for you: Omg, he kissed who?! She said what?! Oh no he did'ennnt! Woe is me.... my life is terrible.... omg he broke my heart.... blah blah blah blah.

These kids are all self-absorbed morons that haven't yet developed a sense of maturity. So I guess that makes them normal... but c'mon... they're all idiots. I wanted to punch every single one of them in face and tell them to stop being a whiny little *$^#*.

I absolutely adored Fault in our Stars... but you can skip this one.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,962
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,408
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,246

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

Funny as hell with great Sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 10-15-13

Totally loved this one. Compelling story, funny as hell AND it was great Sci-Fi about Nasa's future missions to Mars. Accurate too from what I can tell.

The amount of research Andy Weir must of put into this is truly unbelievable. But he did a great job. Describing in detail the machinery, the physics, chemistry and even the inner workings of Nasa.

The narration was spot on too. Extremely funny and engaging.

Loved it.

  • The Elephant Whisperer

  • My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
  • By: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,219
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,806

>When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story, beautifully written

  • By Tango on 01-12-13

My Favorite Book This Year

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

Reviewed: 09-27-13

I loved it. I think it's a poor choice for a title, but otherwise, I adored this book. If you like or appreciate animals and the wild... give this one a shot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful