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  • Knife of Dreams

  • Book Eleven of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 32 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,385
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,107

The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity's only hope. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison and has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean and increasingly seem too entrenched to be fought off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Getting us there!

  • By Natasha on 10-24-05

The story drought is over

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

After the drought of the past few books, the storyline and plot development finally make this series fresh and engaging. The pace of events and pulling together of dangling plot lines suggested the wheel was actually turning once again.

  • From Sand and Ash

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,223

As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood. Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such beauty in the darkest of times <3

  • By featherlashes on 12-04-16

Drew me in thoroughly

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

Beautiful narration and a pull-you-along story line made it hard to take breaks from listening. At times, the story seemed overly contrived and dramatic, but it fit with the allegorical premise of this tale.

  • Ender’s World

  • Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender’s Game
  • By: Orson Scott Card (editor)
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir, Janis Ian, Arthur Morey, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is a science fiction classic. In Ender’s World almost two dozen writers offer new perspectives on the 1985 novel, along with insights gleaned from other Ender stories that fit within the Ender’s Game chronology. In addition, military strategists Colonel Tom Ruby and Captain John Schmitt offer insight into the human-Formic war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just let Stefan Rudnicki read... Seriously.

  • By Matt Z on 04-02-13

Familiar Echoes

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

While this book is NOT a novel or another story set in the Enderverse it is a powerful exploration of the themes, lessons and emotions that draws so many of us back to Ender's World. The authors of each essay highlighted echoes of the experiences I felt when I first read--and repeatedly reread each of the Ender, Speaker, and Shadow books.

While I would have loved to hear these essays read directly by their authors, using the narrators of the Ender's series audiobooks tied it all together for me.

  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,229

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

One of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

I've read this multiple times and the audio version did not disappoint. The narration added a rich layer of being there.

  • Promise of Blood

  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,485

Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail. But when gods are involved.... Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Promise of Awesome!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-13

Plunge through first chapters and it'll reward you

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

Reviewed: 02-28-15

As others have stated, the names and milieu and challenging to follow at first. I think a print or ereader version would be easier at first. But after relistening to the first few chapters, it was hard to put down.

Reminds me of a Brandon Sanderson series.

Worth the listen.

  • Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters

  • By: Alan S. Miller, Satoshi Kanazawa
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 311

Contrary to conventional wisdom, our brains and bodies are hardwired to carry out an evolutionary mission that determines much of what we do, from life plans to everyday decisions. With an accessible tone and a healthy disregard for political correctness, this lively and eminently readable book popularizes the latest research in a cutting-edge field of study: one that turns much of what we thought we knew about human nature upside-down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad but didn't live up to the reviews

  • By Ana Mohammed on 01-08-12

Interesting worldview

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

Reviewed: 06-18-12

Would you listen to Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters again? Why?

Yes. I was intrigued by the theories of evolutionary psychology to which I had never previously been exposed. I would probably listen again at 2X speed (thanks Audible player) for a refresher. Although I felt the authors went out of their way to avoid placing any moral or value-based judgement on the outcomes and motivations of the decisions we make in our human behavior, I did feel a critical dimension was missing from the book:How do we account for those individuals ho overcome evolutionary tendencies to make decisions that showmahigher human nature?

What about Stephen Hoye???s performance did you like?

Well articulated and kept the listener engaged.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Good to Great

  • Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
  • By: Jim Collins
  • Narrated by: Jim Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,889

Built To Last, the defining management study of the 90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but Requires Revision

  • By Bryden on 01-18-15

Great passion

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

Reviewed: 03-12-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Good to Great to be better than the print version?

Yes. Jim Collin's passion and investment in his research comes through loudly and adds credibility to the work. A first I was slightly put off my his conversational style, but in the end it made the book great,

What was one of the most memorable moments of Good to Great?

Selling the mills!

What does Jim Collins bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

His own passion.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
    331 ratings
    Overall 3.7
  • The First 90 Days

  • By: Michael Watkins
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Norris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

You've just been promoted to a new leadership position. You're not yet sure of the challenges ahead or how you will meet them. All you know is that you have three months to get on top of the job and move forward, or fail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read & Re-Read

  • By Eric Levos on 02-07-08

Better in another format

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

Reviewed: 03-12-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Although the content was well structured for comprehension and implementation, the audiobook format is difficult to follow. The narration did not help.

I bought a tablet e-book version instead.

  • Time's Eye

  • A Time Odyssey, Book 1
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 879
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 530

For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind - until they act. In an instant, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist in a single timeline.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A nice road to nowhere

  • By Tim on 10-17-09

I wanted to like it

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-11

I have always enjoyed Clarke's thoughtful commentaries on life and perception as told through his fiction, but this book just book just didn't deliver. The characters were flat and the juxtaposition of historical threads just didn't sound believable.

I'd give it a listen if you want to catch the entire series, but this will be the end of the series for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cutting for Stone

  • A Novel
  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,592

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration

  • By Mary Lynn Richardson on 03-20-09

Powerful and moving

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-11

Superb character developement and the author's ability to transport me to a world I never knew existed and yet was at the same time familiar, make this a delicious read. From the pain of secrets kept hidden, to the joy of forgiveness and personal redemption, this story has changed me.

Authentic narration.