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  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

  • A Memoir
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023

Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century, 1951, in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, in the middle of the largest generation in American history, the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, his is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, but not for squeamish

  • By David on 11-30-06

Loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-18

Thoroughly engaging. Funny. Gave me the chance to look up “semaphore” to confirm its meaning. Who knew that ideas back-in-the-day could not be communicated in certain ways?

  • The Spy and the Traitor

  • The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,621
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,495
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,485

Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Oleg Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carré, it brings listeners deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely riveting story

  • By Rosemary on 09-25-18

Great story and narration.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-18

This is an amazing book. (never was so much owed by so many to so few, and a diaper).

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,920
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,432
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,413

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes' worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By Eugene on 05-29-18

Great investigative reporting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Thanks. The basics of the story were in the news, but this sheds much more light. I do wonder if some family reconciliation has taken place, but I suppose that is a life-long task. Great read.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,122

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Hits close to home. Literally. Please give us more.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Did I understand this correctly? A company seeks to privatize and charge for publicly funded weather information? I’d like the entire back-story! I was within siren-distance of both the Moore and El Reno storms. I am not a weather pro, but an active consumer in Tornado Alley. What is going on? The most helpful tornado outbreak prediction information, IMHO, was Dr. Greg Forbes hand-drawn TorCon value. It showed the one thing I need - the percentage chance of a tornado. Not a flood, hurricane, ice, earthquake, or even severe weather. A subscription service for pretty maps, or ads for competing weather services are not helpful.

  • Flight Behavior

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,026

Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Beautiful Storytelling From Kingsolver

  • By Dr. on 04-14-13

Try listening at 1.25 speed.

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Good book. I never have switched a narrator to a different speed, but in this case, other than a few sentences, 1.25 worked well.

  • Jerusalem

  • By: Alan Moore
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 60 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Alan Moore channels both the ecstatic visions of William Blake and the theoretical physics of Albert Einstein through the hardscrabble streets and alleys of his hometown of Northampton, UK. In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district's narrative, among its saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts, a different kind of human time is happening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magisterial, magnificent!

  • By JackFaust77 on 11-05-16

Amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Keep reading. This is a fascinating book, although FYI, maybe not a barn-burner out of the gate. Now that I am done, and understand some of the threads and “angles” I have begun again. It is well-worth the time. I hope Mr. Vance, an excellent narrator, received, in addition to his award, a large cash bonus. He deserves it.

  • Blown for Good

  • Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology
  • By: Marc Headley
  • Narrated by: Marc Headley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 100

Marc Headley provides an insider's view of life as a member of Scientology's "Sea Organization". Marc worked at Scientology's secret desert compound, which houses all Scientology management, for 15 years. The 500-acre property is located deep in the California desert. The local townspeople were told lectures and films were made there. But is that all that was happening? It is the location of a multi-million-dollar home for L. Ron Hubbard, built two decades after his death. It is the home of Scientology's current leader, David Miscavige.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily the Best Scientology Book Out There

  • By Brandon M. Salazar on 08-16-18

Even better the second time

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Glad this is on Audible now. I read the printed version a while back, and Mr. Headley did a great job as the narrator.

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  • God, If You're Not up There, I'm F*cked

  • Tales of Stand-up, Saturday Night Live, and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem
  • By: Darrell Hammond
  • Narrated by: Darrell Hammond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

Tina Fey’s Bossypants meets David Carr’s The Night of the Gun in Darrell Hammond's groundbreaking memoir, God, If You’re Not up There, I’m F*cked - a raw look inside the troubled life and mind of an American comic genius.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "must listen" for Hammond fans

  • By Karen on 08-12-18

Remarkable.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Wow. Mr. Hammond, what a remarkable journey. I had no idea. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,958

A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Great Story

  • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11

Glad I read this book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Great mix of humor, life, challenges, history, Hollywood, pain, and redemption. His family and friends are lucky to have him. I hope he writes another book.

  • Scientology: A to Xenu: An Insider's Guide to What Scientology Is All About

  • By: Chris Shelton
  • Narrated by: Chris Shelton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Former insider Chris Shelton grew up in Scientology and worked for it for 25 years. This critical analysis covers the key aspects of its beliefs, practices, and structure from the bottom to the top, including not just the confidential Xenu story but details of all of the upper-level scriptures. Chris goes into detail about what goes on inside Scientology churches, why its members get involved in the first place, and what it takes to get out should someone decide to leave.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent & book with some technical problems

  • By Dallas on 03-23-16

Informative, interesting and good narration

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

The subject of Scientology is fascinating. It’s new to me. I am ripping through every book, video, tv special, etc. to learn more. Mr. Shelton’s book covers some information in detail that I hadn’t read in some of the other sources. His take on organizational structure and day-to-day life is interesting because he experienced it personally. His narration is spot on.

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