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The Wrong Side of Goodbye audiobook cover art

Binge-worthy story & performance.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-19

Could not stop listening! Titus Welliver brings this story to life in ways I never expected. Felt like I was riding shotgun with Bosch. Can't wait to listen to more!

The Four Agreements audiobook cover art

Exceptional book, exceptional narration.

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Brilliantly and beautifully narrated! don Miguel Ruiz's words come to life through Peter Coyote's narration to make the already strong message so much more powerful.

Summary of Getting to Yes, by Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton | Includes Analysis audiobook cover art
  • Summary of Getting to Yes, by Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton | Includes Analysis
  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Sam Scholl

Inaccuracies in critical elements from text.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Executive summaries can be very useful but only if the essence of the subject matter is accurately delivered. One of this text's most fundamental principles is called "Best Alternative To A Negotiated Agreement" and referred to by acronym "BATNA." After describing what the acronyn stands for, the narrator incorrectly refers to "BANTA" for the remainder of the recording. While this may seem like nitpicking, this detail is a bedrock principle to the entire negotiating method. Such carelessness leads the listener to wonder what other details have been overlooked in this and other Instaread recordings.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Summary of Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée A. Mauborgne audiobook cover art
  • Summary of Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée A. Mauborgne
  • Includes Analysis
  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Sam Scholl

good content, poor narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Narrator reads far too quickly for listener to absorb material. Slow it down. this is delivered as if it were a speech or an address, not the dissemination of crucial information.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Traitor to His Class audiobook cover art
  • Traitor to His Class
  • The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • By: H. W. Brands
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins

Worth every minute.

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

I felt as if I was listening to FDR's own voice through the author's pen and the narrator's performance. The scenes were painted with such two tail and the narrator made them come alive. It was a treat to learn so much more about FDR then I ever could have imagined. I recommend the unabridged version - it may seem daunting to listen to, but I found myself hanging on every word.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Blindspot audiobook cover art

Difficult to interpret.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-15

This book does not translate well to the audio book format. It relies heavily upon printed supplemental material, which renders the point of an audiobook moot. it is well narrated, but is best left to the reader.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

The Last Jump audiobook cover art

Exquisite narration of an amazing story.

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

The story is one of brotherhood long after the battle ends. Do not be discouraged by the length of this audiobook. The narrator is truly amazing! You will be drawn in by every word of his masterful performance. I cannot you have enough praise for this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Odium audiobook cover art

Devoured In A Matter of Days

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

Reviewed: 12-03-14

If you could sum up Odium in three words, what would they be?

Audible page turner

What other book might you compare Odium to and why?

Outside the genre, "Odium" compares to any book that moves quickly and takes the reader for a ride. Within the genre, "Patient Zero" by Jonathan Maberry.

Have you listened to any of Jennifer Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm not familiar with Jennifer Reilly's other reads. This performance is a very fine "hello," though!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Without giving too much away, there's a point where several of the characters race across what I can only describe as No Man's Land on the Western Front in WW1. Though certain death may await some, there's no choice but to brave what lies ahead.

Jennifer Reilly describes each anxious heartbeat and adrenalin-laden step so vividly that your heart speeds up as you feel your adrenalin rising.

Any additional comments?

I'm not one for zombie books or films. Odium, however, absolutely sucked me in. During parts where several characters were interacting, it was easy to follow along with who was saying what. Each character has a unique voice that keeps you from getting lost through the plot twists and turns.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful