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  • Robin

  • By: Dave Itzkoff
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496

From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations - all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams’ comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Robin...

  • By Leigh on 05-24-18

Great book

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I really enjoyed this title and now want to go rewatch some Robin Williams movies. There is so much more detail here than was in the HBO TV special. I highly recommend this performance.

  • Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Sherlock Holmes' Rediscovered Railway Stories

  • Four Original Short Stories
  • By: John Taylor
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,376
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,141

Benedict Cumberbatch reads these four new Sherlock Holmes stories by John Taylor: 'An Inscrutable Masquerade', 'The Conundrum of Coach 13', 'The Trinity Vicarage Larceny' and 'The 10.59 Assassin'. Inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes stories, John Taylor has written four more mysteries featuring the world's greatest detective. Read by acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch, these new adventures share all the suspense of the original tales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No One Writes Holmes Like Doyle

  • By Amy Deringer Robinson on 12-06-15

Gets better as you go.

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

The performance is wonderful. The first two stories are lame and not believable. The third story gets better and they save the best for last.

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  • 101 Amazing Harry Potter Facts

  • By: Jack Goldstein, Frankie Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jack Goldstein
  • Length: 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Through JK Rowling’s series of Harry Potter books and the eight films, we have been introduced to a fantastic and magical world that many of us would like to visit. But what is the story behind what we see and read, and what are some little-known facts about the books, the films, the actors and the characters? This audiobook contains 101 amazing facts which you most likely didn’t know!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • :-/

  • By Theresa S on 05-18-15

Fun, short listen

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

I liked this book. I treated myself when I got a $10 credit and bought low priced items not worth blowing a credit on. There is background music throughout, which might be a negative for some and a few times caused me to lose a word. It’s kind of like reading trivial pursuit cards for Harry Potter. At my level of fandom, (multiple times listener of the audio books), I learned things about the author, actors and films.

  • Happily Ever Esther

  • By: Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, Caprice Crane
  • Narrated by: Steve Jenkins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter had their lives turned upside down when they adopted their pig-daughter Esther - the so-called micro pig who turned out to be a full-sized commercial pig growing to a whopping 600 pounds - as they describe in their best-selling memoir Esther the Wonder Pig. Told with joy and humor and filled with delicious Esther-approved recipes dispersed throughout the book, this charming memoir captures an emotional journey of one little family advocating for animals everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Esther Approved Book

  • By We jdud on 07-25-18

Sequel to Esther the wonder pig

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

I think of you already know Steve, Derek and Esther from their social media platforms, you will like this book. I do follow Esther, so I found it an enjoyable addition to what I see on Facebook. If you are not a fan, I don’t think this book is for you. At minimum, you need to read Esther the Wonder Pig and decide if you want to continue. That is the place to start.
Otherwise, it is the tale of two city guys who decide to jump in and run an animal sanctuary named for their pig Esther. At least they are honest that this is a really bad idea if you have no farm experience, as is owning a pig in the first place. Some of the things that are “problems” to them will be laughable to readers depending on life experience, like how difficult it is to manage a woodpile and wood stove or how difficult it is to maintain fences. Other people might find this very informative.
I’m surprised at how many negative things made it into the book from in law problems, to a volunteer who stole their cat, to a volunteer they had to fire due to being too extreme. I’m sure these people aren’t too happy about the way they were portrayed and I’m not sure what the repercussions of that will be. The book ends with coverage of the Esther cruise fundraiser on a Carnival cruise ship, ignoring any ethical problems with the cruise industry.
So a mixed bag here, a fun story about a pig everyone loves, a lot of farm problems, and the airing of personal conflicts. If you love Esther, go for it. If you don’t know anything about it, read the other book first.

  • Catching Fire

  • How Cooking Made Us Human
  • By: Richard Wrangham
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 704
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 465

Ever since Darwin and The Descent of Man, the existence of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. But in Catching Fire, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. In a groundbreaking theory of our origins, Wrangham shows that the shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating book about early human development...

  • By KHarrang on 12-10-09

Not inspired to finish

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

The evolutionary science at the beginning is interesting. Then the author goes on an anti raw foodist rant. They note that raw foods must be deficient in energy as the more raw food a person eats, the more weight they loose and the lower both their blood pressure and cholesterol are. Hmmm, maybe in this day of obesity, the weight loss was desirable? The next chapter goes into the Inuit and all the gross stuff they historically ate like blubber and animal droppings, just not sure I have the desire to continue.

  • All Things Wise and Wonderful

  • By: James Herriot
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,344
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 992

This enchanting collection of stories is the warm and joyful sequel to All Things Bright and Beautiful and All Creatures Great and Small, the memoirs of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, Poor editing

  • By Sassy1980 on 09-11-13

Final chapters out of order

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

This book needs to be re edited. The story ends nicely with him coming home from the Air Force but then there are more chapters following with him still in the air force. The animal tales are good as expected. Audible should really fix this glaring error.

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  • What a Fish Knows

  • The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins
  • By: Jonathan Balcombe
  • Narrated by: Graham Winton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

An underwater exploration that overturns myths about fishes and reveals their complex lives, from tool use to social behavior. There are more than 30,000 species of fish - more than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined. But for all their breathtaking diversity and beauty, we rarely consider how fish think, feel, and behave.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Title misled me

  • By Margaret Weidemann on 08-12-17

Fish have feelings too 101

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

I'm really glad to have this book as part of my animal advocacy tool box. At first I found the audio on the performance not too good as all the s sounds were really harsh. However, that seemed to correct later in the piece. I feel like it was a technical issue, not a narrator issue.
I would recommend this to someone who is interested in the subject.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful