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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,078

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By TheBookie on 06-04-18

An Agenda but Much Good Advice

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

This is an excellent book if you need a strong talking to in order to get your act in order. There is tremendous advice, I suspect for a wide range of people - even myself, an older seemingly "got it together" person. The author's professional background contributes greatly to the soundness of that advice. Narration is fine. But some type of political agenda throws things off in the last two chapters. He seems to have serious issues with women and it's very disconcerting. I'm going to be cautious with this guy.

  • A Pope and a President

  • John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century
  • By: Paul Kengor
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 23 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 118

Even as historians credit Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II with hastening the end of the Cold War, they have failed to recognize the depth or significance of the bond that developed between the two leaders. cclaimed scholar and best-selling author Paul Kengor changes that. In this fascinating book, he reveals a singular bond - which included a spiritual connection between the Catholic pope and the Protestant president - that drove the two men to confront what they knew to be the great evil of the 20th century: Soviet communism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful account of two amazing lives and their impact on us all!

  • By Lesia Petrizio on 01-25-18

Astouding Book But Frightfully Messianic

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

This is an important book that I'll share many times. It is extremely well written. The topic and events are covered in great detail, but written in a manner that is easy to follow. I have to say that for such a deep plunge into a historical event this writer is one of the best I've encountered. I will look for other works of his. I aim to characterize this author only accurately and respectfully when I state that he is associated with a Christian college and think tank, so there is a religious view presented here. He offered too little (i.e. nothing) in reporting of factors other than religious missions bringing about the fall of Communism. Therefore this is an account of a friendship and joint mission, not an accurate account of the multiple causes for the fall of Communism. The story of Fatima and the long Fatima beliefs/influences is another thread that is well told here. The accounting of the friendship between these two world leaders is enthralling. Most startling to me - Ronald Reagan's messianic bent was frightfully illustrated, as well as this example of religion's influence on a political matter. (A huge discussion for another time and place. I want to note that only to give readers a more complete review. It's also an interesting reason not to miss this book.) Overall, with strongest praise I do want to say that it is a most well written and fascinating account of a key historical event. The narrator is wonderful - weaves complex text to make it more understandable. I'll look for his work again too. If you're not a religious person or a great skeptic it might be quite difficult to get through this one. But I truly hope you do.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,150

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

What an Insufferable Time!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

I read (listen to books) in order to not have to witness the phony egotism of TV and Hollywood junk. Well, it followed me here in this book. It's really written as an autobiography - someone hasn't been getting enough press and accolades apparently. How tiresome! It's like spending time eavesdropping on table conversations in an LA restaurant. Me, me, me. The author seems to believe he's the next Arthur Conan Doyle and this is the new Sherlock and Watson. Just a little arrogant? So many lines in the final chapter are pitifully reflective of his insecurity, especially "I shouldn't have written this book." The writing is nothing notable - staccato, stilted. The narration is quite tiresome as well. I'll keep this book just to remind myself who was that author on whom I never want to waste a credit again?

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Believers

  • By: Rebecca Makkai
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying, and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story for all time

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

A Most Stunning Testament

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

There are so many levels on which this book is simply extraordinary. And then the narration is spellbinding. The book is an incredible testament to those who suffered and suffer from AIDS, those who love, and find great beauty in living. As someone who listens to many audiobooks and rarely considers 5 stars, I can't scream 5-5-5 loudly enough. I believe this will be a classic of our time.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,833
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,793

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 🌬🌥☁️🌦Fun, Fluffy, and Forgettable🍭🍬🍭

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-03-19

What a Slog!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Self-possessed people go to a health spa to feel better and find out it’s them. This book feels like every slow drip of sweat as you sit in a sauna.The book opens with the main character having a manuscript rejected. Moriarity’s foreshadowing is spot on; I’m rejecting this one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Everything Trump Touches Dies

  • By: Rick Wilson
  • Narrated by: Rick Wilson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,807
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616

In Everything Trump Touches Dies, political campaign strategist and commentator Rick Wilson brings his darkly funny humor and biting analysis to the absurdity of American politics in the age of Trump. Wilson mercilessly exposes the damage Trump has done to the country, to the Republican Party he served for decades, and to the conservative movement that has abandoned its principles for the worst president in American history. No left-winger, Wilson is a lifelong conservative who delivers his withering critique of Trump from the right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gives me hope

  • By Greb on 09-17-18

Nothing New

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

If you've heard Rick Wilson on some of the recent television shows, you've already heard this book. His vitriol is all here in one volume if that's what you're after. But there is nothing new to be heard or learned. Although I tend to be in full agreement with his position, this book is full of irony, given that he's worked for 20 years creating the climate that lead to this historical disaster. But nowhere did he assume any responsibility for it. That would have made the book more revealing and of interest. If you haven't heard Rick on one of the television shows, save your credit and just look up one of the shows.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,721

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

Not Capote

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

All the 5 star ratings had me expecting an astounding book and new voice. Well, this is not. While it is interesting, the author’s tragic death, and her husband’s celebrity seem to be pushing it into extra notoriety. It is not great literature that will be studied
for decades. It’s an easy listen for true crime, Hollywood fans, or CA residents. That is all.

  • Robicheaux

  • A Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,211
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,033

During a murder investigation, Dave Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he's investigating, one that involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave's beloved wife. As he works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, Robicheaux encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern Day Master Work

  • By Meg on 01-05-18

Modern Day Master Work

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

If you haven't read James Lee Burke yet, you must get to know him. There may be no finer American writer alive today. The characters, place, and stories he offers are soul searing and profound. Along with Will Paton as narrator Burke's audiobooks are my standard for 5 stars. Do not miss Robicheaux. These are audiobooks I go back to, discovering more layers each listen. Set in the New Orleans area, the Robicheaux novels brings place to mind with the heat, lushness, and dankness palpable. It is like going on vacation to NOLA but getting caught in a dark web. Time with Dave Robicheaux and his oddly charming partner Clete Percel is probably my favorite escape. Knowing their backstories from previous works brings richness to this book. But you can pick up and put this plot in order easily. So much of what Burke does is magical. He leaves me haunted, loving Iberia, thinking deeply, and always wanting more.

30 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • She Wanted It All: A True Story of Sex, Murder, and a Texas Millionaire

  • By: Kathryn Casey
  • Narrated by: Moe Rock
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Trophy wife Celeste Beard wasn't satisfied with a luxurious lifestyle and her rich Austin media mogul husband's devotion - so she took his life! The wife: She wanted everything, but her husband stood in the way. The lesbian lover: A love-struck, middle-aged woman with a history of mental illness, she would do anything to set Celeste free. The beauty salon receptionist: Celeste hired her to tie up the loose ends ... in a second conspiracy to commit murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By AH on 02-28-13

Horrible!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

If I could give a narrator a zero I'd do it here. This is a most abrasive narration, the worst I've heard on Audible, on par with a bad middle school play performance. The narration was so irritating that I was distracted from the story. Do not waste your credit on this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Madam

  • A Novel of New Orleans
  • By: Cari Lynn, Kellie Martin
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

New Orleans, 1900: Mary Deubler makes a meager living as an "alley whore". That all changes when bible-thumping Alderman Sidney Story forces the creation of a red-light district that’s mockingly dubbed "Storyville". Mary believes there’s no place for a lowly girl like her in the high-class bordellos of Storyville’s Basin Street, where Champagne flows and beautiful girls turn tricks in luxurious bedrooms. But with gumption, twists of fate, even a touch of Voodoo, Mary rises above her hopeless lot to become the notorious Madame Josie Arlington.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh no no no no no

  • By Robin on 08-11-18

Interesting But...

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

The narrator here is very poor, to the point of distraction. The story started well and dwindled into somewhat of a Danielle Steele novel. I'd save my credit except that I do enjoy New Orleans and found the history interesting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful