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  • The Way to Happiness

  • A Common Sense Guide to Better Living
  • By: L. Ron Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Art LaFleur
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

True joy and happiness are valuable. If one does not survive, no joy and no happiness are obtainable. Trying to survive in a chaotic, dishonest and generally immoral society is difficult. It is in your power to point the way to a less dangerous and happier life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Formula for Happiness!

  • By Morgan on 06-18-16

helped me in more ways than I could've imagined

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

As stated above, this gave me a much needed perspective of what I'm going through m Now all I need is to get rid of the toxic people hindering my progress for good.

  • The Horror at Red Hook

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Jim Donaldson
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 541

Lovecraft’s gothic horror masterpiece. During an investigation in Red Hook, Detective Thomas F. Malone, and discovers horrors that he never imagined. A horror classic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen, but not one of Lovecraft's best.

  • By Lee on 11-12-13

great narration

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

One of Lovecraft's best short stories. Magnificently performed. I felt chills as the first time I read.

  • Alien: Sea of Sorrows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: James A. Moore, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: John Chancer, Stockard Channing, Walles Hamonde, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,955
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,823

Set 300 years after the events of Alien: Out of the Shadows and Alien: River of Pain, Alien: Sea of Sorrows deals with the rediscovery of dormant Xenomorphs (Aliens) in the abandoned mines of LV-178, the planetoid from Alien: Out of the Shadows, which has now been terraformed and renamed New Galveston. The Weyland-Yutani Corporation, reformed after the collapse of the United Systems Military, continue their unceasing efforts to weaponise the creatures.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great performances but story is weakest of the 3

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

A must read for every Alien and Lovecraftian horror fan.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

I wish I could give it more than five stars. The production team outdid themselves. You feel pulled into this world from the very beginning and forget that you're listening to an audiobook. It is a worthy successor to the Alien franchise. And another good addition to cosmic horror. It doesn't have the bleak ending that most cosmic horror stories do but it is bleak enough without being depressive. In spite of this, there's a good mix of action thrown in the mix to keep you on the edge of your seat. And just like ever Alien story, there's more than one villain and an insidious threat that makes most of the characters go mad.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,693
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,630

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

a must listen for Alien fans!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

what a great production! Hats off to the voice actors, especially to the ones playing the iconic heroine Ripley and villainous A.I. Ash. Not only were they convincing, they also pulled at our heartstrings. Don't get me wrong. The lead is Chris Cooper. He's a great addition to the Alien universe but as usual, whenever Ripley is around, she manages to steal the show. However, he stands well on his own. His line about monsters reminds me of Newt to an extent but his is obviously more mature given his age. Last and not least, if there are fans of cosmic horror, they will want to add this to their bookshelves because ultimately that is what the Alien universe is all about and this is no exception.
Ash says it clearly towards the end, shit happens all the time (granted, he uses less strong language but the message remains the same) and it is further proof that the universe doesn't care about us. Cooper himself says it. His character parallels Ripley but unlike her, he uses more humor to alleviate himself and his crew. His character is resourceful, witty, and heroic. Not quite the pessimist as Ripley and most in the Alien universe and other characters is the cosmic horror genre are. Which is quite a relief because in a universe full of horrors, you need to be reminded once in a while of the little things that make it less horrible.
I would have given the story 5 stars if not for some of the secondary characters whom the author tried to make into more than canon fodder. He was successful with some but overall they felt quite unnecessary and should've been killed earlier or not given much dialogue. The only secondary character who did contribute to the plot and connected the dots to other movies and franchises was the science officer.

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Tom Conti, Jane Asher, Ruta Gedmintas, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,098

What begins as a routine journey on the luxurious Orient Express soon unfurls into Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery. This all-star production features lead performances from Tom Conti ( The Dark Knight Rises, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) as Hercule Poirot, Sophie Okonedo ( After Earth, Hotel Rwanda and Ace Ventura) and Eddie Marsan ( Sherlock Holmes, V for Vendetta and Hancock) plus a full supporting cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery, dramatized by Audible

  • By Tracy on 11-06-17

Great production!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

The best in the Poirot mysteries and a marvelous production. The suspense feels real. Although I had read it before, I was still on the edge of my seat. Agatha Christie has done a lot to contribute to mystery and most police dramas, once you start reading her books, you will find they've gotten a lot of their cues from her protagonists, especially Poirot.
This book is one hard pill to swallow and it is Christie's ability to flesh out every one of her characters that makes the murder mystery feel more real.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • On Power

  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Robert A. Caro
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245

From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time National Book Award winner Robert A. Caro: a short, penetrating reflection on the evolution and workings of political power - for good and for ill.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could be called 'On Robert Caro'

  • By Anna on 09-04-17

A straight shooter

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-17

This is a short audio centered around his reasons for focusing on complicated subjects and complex figures like politics and Lyndon B. Johnson so don't expect to get a lot of historical context as you would in his book about the latter. However, if you're unsure about the author, this is a good things place to start. I like his opening statement -something that many historians should take note on. There's no such thing as perfection and to add more to what he said-based on an interview he did with Charlie Rose when he was discussing his bio of LBJ- it is the absolute flawed figures that are the most interesting.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wiccan Rituals and Blessings

  • Celebrating the Traditions of Earth-Based Spirituality
  • By: Starhawk
  • Narrated by: Starhawk
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

Wicca is the earth-centered spirituality that draws its wisdom from the miraculous power of the natural world. From this tradition, Starhawk - a foremost voice in today's pagan renaissance and author of the best seller The Spiral Dance - brings a treasury of her favorite incantations to audio with Wiccan Rituals and Blessings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Would listen to this again

  • By Laurie on 03-14-17

this was a good book.

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

Reviewed: 02-16-16

This was a good book. Everyone who wants to read about wicca and what we are all a out, this is the book for you. My faith as strong as ever, I'm an Eclectic solitary wicca and this was amazing. Starhawk is amazing.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Thomas Cromwell

  • The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
  • By: Tracy Borman
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

Thomas Cromwell has long been reviled as a Machiavellian schemer who stopped at nothing in his quest for power. As Henry VIII's right-hand man, Cromwell was the architect of the English Reformation, secured Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon and plotted the downfall of Anne Boleyn, and upon his arrest, was accused of trying to usurp the King himself. But here Tracy Borman reveals a different side of one of the most notorious figures in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Behind the Scenes" of Wolf Hall!

  • By JMP on 11-23-16

great book

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

Factual and does justice to Cromwell. A man highly complex, amoral at times but deeply concerned for the poor in London and the plight of old widows and advancing the Reform movement in England and profiting off it.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Brief History of Time

  • By: Stephen Hawking
  • Narrated by: Michael Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,963

This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily Digestible Presentation of Complex Topics

  • By James on 05-19-04

Great

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

Reviewed: 02-23-15

Loved it. Enjoyable and highly recommend it. Stephen Hawkings is a genius and it is not hard to read. Or listen to, in this case.

  • At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,772
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,768

This Lovecraft classic is a must-have for every fan of classic terror. When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form - until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost civilization. Strange fossils of creatures unknown to man lead the team deeper, where they find carved stones dating back millions of years. But it is their discovery of the terrifying city of the Old Ones that leads them to an encounter with an untold menace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First Lovecraft

  • By Brian on 02-03-14

Hellish!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-15

Hellish nightmarish setting. The thing hell is made of. It was great. What is real, what is not and what or who did the old ones fear. Those Soggoths and all the other creations though they're never seen completely, you get an idea by the brief flashes he describes and from what his companion told him, that they are enormous and monstrous. Madness, horror, everywhere!