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  • Bad Blood

  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 308

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar start-up, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up ‘unicorn’ promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The very first book I listened in Audible

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-09-19

An unbelievable story told perfectly

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

this book is fantastic. One of the best company bio/deal stories ever. Ranks with Barbarians at the Gate as a must read

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,322

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

guessed the twist

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

curses. good story but I guessed the twist early on. Not hard to. then it is a lot of book to wait for confirmation

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris' cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining as ever

  • By Amrik Cooper on 03-22-19

Mundane. Sedaris on boring subjects

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Big Sedaris fan. But this a drag. Hit wit and storytelling is buried underneath the mundane and boring subject matter. Tried 3 times to finish. But can’t

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Naomi Alderman, Thomas Judd, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining story, nice structure, perfect performance

  • By Tim on 01-09-18

Entertaining story, nice structure, perfect performance

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

Story flows easily and in an addictive way despite a series of characters (and perspectives) that never meet. Performance is perfect. The different characters come to life, adding richness to the story

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fear Index

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

His name is carefully guarded from the general public but within the secretive inner circles of the ultra-rich Dr Alex Hoffmann is a legend – a visionary scientist whose computer software turns everything it touches into gold. Together with his partner, an investment banker, Hoffmann has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that tracks human emotions, enabling it to predict movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Topical tale, well told.

  • By Hugh on 10-25-11

Brilliant voices on a good story

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

Fun, easy to digest thriller with twists and turns. The big winner in this is the performance- particularly the accents. They bring forward the style and nature of each of the characters

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,510
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,464

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

Holiday fiction- at best

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

Is the book equivalent of a good netflix original action movie. Passes the time with few surprises, plot hotels but a good concept

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Midnight Watch

  • By: David Dyer
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

On a black night in April 1912, fifteen hundred passengers and crew perish as the Titanic slowly sinks beneath the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. Charting the same perilous course through the icebergs is the SS Californian, close enough for her crew to see the eight white distress rockets fired by the Titanic. Yet the Californian fails to act, and later her crew insist that they saw nothing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable- but too quick to pick a villian

  • By Tim on 08-16-17

Enjoyable- but too quick to pick a villian

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

With human tragedy, there is rarely one cause. It is normally a series of errors. So too with the Titanic. A flaw in the watch process and navigation, a flaw in the boar structure, insufficient lifeboats, on board errors in managing the escape of the passengers , and the story brought out in this book. This a well crafted, engaging and well written book. But it pins the blame too quickly on one player in the Titanic disaster

  • After the Crash

  • By: Michel Bussi, Sam Taylor - translator
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

On the night of 22 December 1980, a plane crashes on the Franco-Swiss border and is engulfed in flames. Out of 169 passengers. 168 are killed instantly. The miraculous sole survivor is a newborn baby. But the identity of the child is unknown, and two families - one rich and affluent, and the other poor - step forward to claim her. So begins a private investigation that wil go on for the next 18 years.... The novel opens on the eve of the girl's 18th birthday.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Original Thriller but Ending Twist Guessable

  • By Tim on 02-02-17

Original Thriller but Ending Twist Guessable

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

I like this thriller. The French setting. The imperfect nature of each character. The multiple leads. But I guessed the ending very early on.

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,315

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

Ready to change my life

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

Having read a few chapters of this book I am ready to

1. Start smoking and encourage my kids to do the same

2. But a gun for each member of the family including the toddlers

3. Double - screw it- triple the defence budget

4. Find a token Pakistani store owner to befriend and take to a 4th of July pork reduced BBQ

5. Preemptively nuke the Chinese, Nth Koreans and Iranians - just in case

6. Buy more family friendly entertainment. I was thinking "Leave it to Beaver" and "my three sons"' on DVD. But can no longer trust the new fangled tech of a DVD player. Hopefully I can find a written transcript book form

And

6. Get a refund on this trash fast

This is not a book. It is a political manifesto and pro gun, smoking and defence lobby hand book. I listened to just two or three chapters. And I need a shower and a couple of episodes of real time with bill maher to recover

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,018

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Schrödinger's box gets opened. Meh steps out.

  • By Darwin8u on 09-19-16

Great airplane or holiday read

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

Great premise with a couple of good twist. Could have done with some editing to make shorter and faster. Worth it for a holiday or long flight