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  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade

  • A Duty Dance with Death
  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Ethan Hawke
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193

Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What more can be said?

  • By W. Seligman on 09-22-04

Was there creepy back ground sound effects?

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-09

Was it me or was there creepy weird back ground sound effects?!? This is the first Audible book (after 50) that I was unable to finish. I tried twice to listen and both times stopped after 30 minutes. I know this is a supposed great American novel but Ethan Hawke ruined it for me before it began. Maybe I just didn't like the story but the narrator did not work.

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  • All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

  • 15th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Robert Fulghum
  • Narrated by: Robert Fulghum
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Fifteen years ago, Robert Fulghum published a simple credo that became the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Now, seven million copies later, Fulghum returns to the book that was embraced around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Wonderful

  • By Adam on 01-11-04

Boring, slow, tired, dated, fictitious, uninspired

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-09

What a disappointment. I've had this book on my list for awhile now since it was a bestseller 20 years ago. I usually enjoy these types of books. I've bought over 50 Audible books and this is only the second time I had trouble finishing the book because it was dreary.

The first problem is that Mr. Fulghum sounds like an old hippy grandpa. He sighs after every other sentence as if he is pondering some profound wisdom from his stories. I'm willing to give him benefit of the doubt because he is an old man and he is the book's author. But I think a more energetic, younger narrator would have put some life into his old essays.

The second problem is the stories themselves are not that interesting. Some of them barely seem to have a point and they are very simplistic (they really are on a kindergarten level). Not to mention they are partially fictitious (he admits) which seems to dilute their meaning for me. I guess my expectations were too high based on the "name" the book had made for itself over the years.

My conclusion is that this book was popular in 1986 (pre-Internet days) for what it was: feel good trite stories. But I think there are better, more current books out there. These stories have not stood the test of time and neither has Mr. Fulghum.

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  • Body for Life

  • 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength
  • By: Bill Phillips, Michael D'Orso
  • Narrated by: Bill Phillips
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 312

Imagine, just 12 weeks from now, having the lean, healthy body you've always wanted and not having to turn your life upside down to get it. Imagine having the energy to be at your peak from dawn to dusk, having the confidence to do all the things you've been putting off, having the certainty to make the right decision at the right time, and knowing that you really do have the power to change, not just your body, but anything in this world you set your mind to.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the Hardcopy instead

  • By T on 03-04-13

Good Starting Point

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-06

The testimonials don't detract too much from the basic content. This entire book is based on very simple principles: 1) exercise 2) eat healthy. It doesn't require a dragged out, long audio to cover that. The problem is that most people lack the motivation...which is why the testimonials are included. This is his "inside-out" approach because the mind must want to make changes to the body.

If you are new to working out and need to be educated on basic nutrition and exercise guide lines, this is a great starting point. If you are someone that is already in a program and needs improvements, this is also good.

The main downside on this abridged audio is that it does not include specifics on what exercises to do for each muscle group. I'm assuming that is included in the book...but you can also get it online on the website.

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