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Rockville, MD United States
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  • The Cypress House

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 382

Arlen Wagner has an awful gift: he can see death in the eyes of men before it strikes. He's never wrong. So when Arlen awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he tries to warn them. Only 19-year-old Paul Brickhill believes him, and the two abandon the train, hoping to escape certain death. They continue south, but soon are stranded at The Cypress House - an isolated Gulf Coast boarding house run by the beautiful Rebecca Cady - directly in the path of an approaching hurricane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book read by a great narrator!

  • By Michele on 01-28-11

So not that interesting

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

So this starts off about a guy who can see when people are going die soon, but ends up a deep south murder mystery. None of the characters were likeable, the women (woman? can't remember more than one) was exactly like a man's idea of a woman (not a compliment). the 'magical' premise of the story turns out to have been mostly a distraction, not very important to the story. Just a big waste of time.

  • Inside of a Dog

  • What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
  • By: Alexandra Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 337

Have you ever wondered what your dogs are thinking? What they're feeling? Now you can finally know! The answers will surprise and delight you as scientist and dog owner Alexandra Horowitz explains how our four-legged friends perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great insight to a dog 's life

  • By Jesus on 07-11-16

If you like dogs, you will like this

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

A complication of known scientific information about dogs arranged in a way to help you understand just how dogs see and interpret the world, and what their behavior means, to whatever extent is known currently. Very interesting, not fascinating I guess. I spaced out a lot listening, and I love dogs.

  • Breakfast with Buddha

  • A Novel
  • By: Roland Merullo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,066

When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a thoughtful and often hilarious journey

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-15-11

Not the story I thought I was going to hear

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I had it in my head from the blurb that this would be a absurdist road adventure with quirky characters and unlikely, funny situation, but I was about 1/2 mistaken. the premise is interesting and at times a bit absurd, but at its core this is a contemplative 'every man' story about being willing to be open to the unknown. I thought it started a little slow and I was impatient for the funny stuff and the nutty situations, until I realized that the physical journey of the book was a metaphor for a spiritual journey, and once I saw that, I began to enjoy it. Its like thinking you boarded a roller coaster and being impatient for the first drop, then realizing you are actually on the The Teacup ride, and then sitting back and enjoying it for what it was. I did enjoy it.

what I found particularly engaging was the slow revelation of the yogi master's perspective- I guess one that is basically a Zen or Buddhist way of viewing the world and life. I appreciate how it was presented as not a substitute for anything, but rather a paradigm shift- a different way of looking at the same thing than I currently have. The mark of a flexible mind is to be able to see things from more than one standpoint, and the mark of a courageous mind is the willingness to do so. This gentle and non threatening, non insistent slow revelation of how eastern thought might be able to be integrated into western christian thought was a bit of a welcomed revelation to me and has given me much to consider.

Those who are advanced Buddhists and think this is too basic might want to back off a little on the criticism. The story spoke powerfully to me, a non Buddhist- I think that is what it was meant to do..

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,443
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,561
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,474

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

An inside perspective from a man of integrity

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

This was a fascinating insight into government workings that gave me both great reassurance and confidence about the integrity and strength of our government institutions and the many people toiling daily to bring the crooks and liars and abusers to justice; and renewed worry about the daily assault to the institutions and traditions that we rely on. Comey is an excellent narrator and his character and sincerity and dedication come through loud and clear in every page. I am grateful for his service and his steadfast adherence to doing things the right way, no matter the political fall out. This is an EXCELLENT and eye opening read

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  • So, Anyway...

  • By: John Cleese
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320

In this rollicking memoir, So, Anyway..., John Cleese takes listeners on a grand tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University (with future Python partner Graham Chapman) to the founding of the landmark comedy troupe that would propel him to worldwide renown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cleese, the early years, in his own voice

  • By G. Beauchamp on 01-15-17

considered quitting half way in

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

I love him as an actor and comic, but this just went on way too long. Was interested in Monthy Python and he ended the book right before it took off. *sigh* who was his editor??

  • The Lilac Bouquet

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,033

Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren't cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas - a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Mercy Boujarwah on 09-28-17

Wanted to like it but....

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

first, the male voices were so so of putting- sounded ridiculous. I wish female readers would try other acting techniques than trying to talk in a low voice for the men- it makes the men sound so goofy, I couldn't get into the story. and the story was predictable and silly. such a waste of time

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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,885
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52,738

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Pretty good, not another 'Martian" but pretty good

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I disagree with the negative reviews for this book. It was a fun read but way more lightweight and less compelling story than The Martian. Oh well. but I still enjoyed it. Rosario Dawson is AWESOME!! Her accents are spot on, she can do men convincingly, she brought personality to the character. I even thought Weir did a credible job of telling the story through the eyes of someone of the other gender (hard to do well)- again, not perfect but not awful either. Its a good read, if lightweight. Will make a fun movie.

  • Surviving Ice

  • The Burying Water Series
  • By: K. A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Olivia Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492

Ivy, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her 20s on the move, is finally looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have found it in San Francisco, but all that changes when she witnesses a terrible crime. She's ready to pack up her things yet again when a random encounter with a stranger keeps her in the city, giving her reason to stay after all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • S York excellent...O. Song awful narrator!

  • By Lisa on 11-10-15

Good story but the narrator's male voices AWFUL

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

if you liked the earlier books in the series you won't be disappointed, though the first was the best. I hate it when a woman narrator does goofy male voices (and when a male narrator makes all women sound like Valley Girls) and that was very distracting. Please, more attention to the performances please! these are not cheap

  • Becoming Rain

  • By: K.A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Louise, Josh Goodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816

Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in, but he wants in on it - the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set - one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of a gorgeous socialite named Rain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to catch a car thief

  • By AudioAddict on 01-07-16

If you liked Burying Water, you will like this...

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

...but probably not quite as much, but that said, good story, interesting characters, satisfying story, but a little something less. I think the love story was a little less compelling (just slightly). That said, I enjoyed it very much and it really kept my interest until the epilogue!!

  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 765

It's 1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Story

  • By Jennifer Wadsworth on 09-05-15

Lovely and memorable

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. Thought it was going to be primarily a police adventure, but it was actually more of a love story with magic wrapped up with human impulse. Imaginative and gentle- I was waiting for something truly awful to happen to make me cry and was so relieved that the magic prevailed..in a way of speaking. Totally tasteful love story.

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