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  • Humanity's Edge

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Paul B Kohler
  • Narrated by: Wayne Mitchell
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 10

The Crazed are flesh-hungry monsters. Can civilization survive...and escape from the edge of humanity? Three books of non-stop zombie action that audiences are calling "fresh" with "dollops of violence" to satisfy even the most discriminating post-apocalyptic fan. From an Amazon best-selling author.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • an okay book

  • By April Hudson on 01-16-19

Good if you like the genre or are in the mood

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Solidly written and well narrated. This particular series was not to my personal taste, but not because it lacked quality. On the plus, the story is more about survivors and their character development than it is about apocalyptic monsters -- though those are present. I think I just wasn't in the right mood to appreciate this series, which I still suggest as a good credit purchase if you're a fan of the genre. It does skew a little less political than some, which is also a plus. I just didn't get pulled in. I hope you all enjoy it more. I will come back and listen again in a couple months, and rewrite this at that time.

  • The Hobgoblin Riot

  • Dominion of Blades, Book 2
  • By: Matt Dinniman
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau, Hays McGee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

It was supposed to be a simple scouting mission. In and out. No fighting. No new quests. Just me, my hippocorn, Alice, and a few hired mercenaries. We were going to tiptoe into the Spiral, get the info we needed, and leave. You know, the Spiral? That tower-defense run that protects the hobgoblin capital from invaders? Easy, right? Nobody would even know we were there. Yeah, so about that....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They are rioting in the streets to read this!

  • By Ray Johnson on 08-29-18

Gross and Weird failure

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

This book has gone downhill very quickly. The narrator changes the voice of the protagonist and it's very odd to see the same narrator do that in a second book. It's distracting. Feels like a stranger instead of the person you got to know over book 1. The situations devolve into gross-outs and bathroom humor. When the characters are massaging troll nipples then referencing bukkake it's really obviously changed the kind of story it's telling. It's like the author lost their damned mind. Didn't give 1 star because I've read worse. But definitely not for me anymore. Good riddance.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,866
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,640

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

A sort of Twisted modern Austen

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

One of those novels that comes around every few years that will be loved by anyone who reads it. At least anyone who likes interesting characters. Who couldn't love Eleanor? Light romance, insight, a sort of dark Jane Austen feel. Plenty of humor. I laughed a lot and cried once or twice. Just... such a good, filling book (because it has such fulfilling people in it)

  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,268

Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not a runner ...

  • By B.J. on 09-01-09

new classic

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Read this. I don't run, don't jog, don't go anywhere, or do much of anything, but this books was still amazing to me. Read about crazy people and mythologize endurance athletes and mysterious canyons and dodge drug runners. It's just a great flipping book.

  • The Consolations of Philosophy

  • By: Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

Alain de Botton has performed a stunning feat: He has transformed arcane philosophy into something accessible and entertaining, useful and kind. Drawing on the work of six of the world's most brilliant thinkers, de Botton has arranged a panoply of wisdom to guide us through our most common problems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cheering, empathic, helpful

  • By Austin on 11-11-09

Perfectly okay.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Listen to an empathic feeling therapist teach you an intro to western philosophy class. It's totally … okay.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In Broad Daylight

  • By: Harry N. MacLean
  • Narrated by: Dave Clark
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

In Broad Daylight tells the story of the killing of Ken Rex McElroy on the main street of Skidmore, Missouri, in July 1981. McElroy, an illiterate hog farmer, had terrorized all of northwest Missouri for over 20 years, until the town, and even law enforcement, was terrified of him. McElroy was shot as he sat in his truck in front of the tavern. Over 45 men witnessed the shooting. Despite two eyewitness accounts and three grand jury investigations, no one has been prosecuted for the crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You have to hear it to believe it

  • By Brock on 12-09-14

good

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

fascinating story, worth a read, still remember bits of it a couple years later. Writing didn't blow me away but the events are worth learning.

  • Status Anxiety

  • By: Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

This is a book about an almost universal anxiety that is rarely mentioned: an anxiety about what others think of us, about whether we're judged a success or a failure, a winner or a loser. This is a book about status anxiety. Best-selling author Alain de Botton asks, with lucidity and charm, where our worries about status come from and what, if anything, we can do to surmount them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book about one of society's worst diseases

  • By Jesse on 02-02-10

Nice.

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Comforting and easy to read. Ordinary pop philosophy. Enjoyed it. Didn't learn anything, or get blown away, but was a pleasant experience.

  • Crash Override

  • How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate
  • By: Zoe Quinn
  • Narrated by: Zoe Quinn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

You've heard the stories about the dark side of the Internet - hackers, #gamergate, anonymous mobs attacking an unlucky victim, and revenge porn - but they remain just that: stories. Surely these things would never happen to you. Zoe Quinn used to feel the same way. She is a video game developer whose ex-boyfriend published a crazed blog post cobbled together from private information, half truths, and outright fictions along with a rallying cry to the online hordes to go after her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suffer a witch to live.

  • By Tim Branann on 04-06-18

As much journalism as memoir.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

This book is great, better than I expected, with lots of back ground information and context provided. Also, Quinn does a good job narrating her book, a move that's often a mistake. She's *almost* pro level there. Very impressed.

3 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • War and Genocide

  • A Concise History of the Holocaust
  • By: Doris L. Bergen
  • Narrated by: Collene Curran
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

In examining one of the defining events of the twentieth century, Doris L. Bergen situates the Holocaust in its historical, political, social, cultural, and military contexts. Unlike many other treatments of the Holocaust, this revised, third edition discusses not only the persecution of the Jews, but also other segments of society victimized by the Nazis: Roma, homosexuals, Poles, Soviet POWs, the disabled, and other groups deemed undesirable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Agency - the capacity or state of exerting power

  • By Angela on 03-22-17

Modern, reflective, and fairly brief.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

This book does not go into great details as a dry academic text, as it says it is concise, and the description of the Holocaust is effective and much shorter than similar works. The thing that sticks out about this book to me, is the voice with which the subject is discussed. The book has a conversation with you, from our modern world, about the causes and implications. It has a contemplative, social-sciences angle, but chooses words carefully to ensure respect and accuracy is clear.

The Narrator is easy to understand, has good inflection, and no annoying ticks. Collene Curran makes it easy to lose her voice and feel as if one was reading directly, which is all one could ask for in such a work.

If you are looking for an exhaustive work, this is not for you. If you want the outline, important events, and some quality insights, I recommend it.

-I received a free review copy of this work-

  • Without Mercy

  • Obsession and Murder Under the Influence
  • By: Gary Provost
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

On any Sunday morning in the Florida Redlands, Dee Casteel might have served you pancakes at the IHOP. She was a hard-working, cheerful waitress, one of the nicest people you'd ever want to know. She was also a three-bottle-a-day alcoholic, hopelessly in love with the IHOP's manager, Allen Bryant. Bryant wanted his live-in lover, IHOP owner Art Venecia, dead. And Dee Casteel helped him to arrange it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Thoroughly Enjoyed This Book

  • By Stephanie on 02-08-17

A more human, compelling narrative.

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

Kevin Pierce provides his avuncular and gravelly narrative to another True Crime novel. He's personally my favorite narrator for this genre, because his readings lack arrogance and seem to strive for understanding.

Gary Provost's Without Mercy is a slight twist on the TC formula, as he travels with those involved in the crimes more than the victims, and tries to piece together how their vile and/or tragic actions came into being, allowing the reader a wide angle from which to judge the scene. This books is just different enough that it's insightful, and while I can't call it a genre busting classic, it is definitely a good book and worth a read.

I was provided a free review copy of this work.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful