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  • Desecration

  • By: J.F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Rosalind Ashford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

When the body of a young heiress is found within the Royal College of Surgeons, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke is assigned to the case. She enlists Blake Daniel, a reluctant clairvoyant, to help her discover the message it holds. When personal tragedy strikes, Jamie has nothing left to lose and she must race against time to stop the mysterious Lyceum claiming another victim. As Jamie and Blake delve into a macabre world of grave robbery, body modification, and the genetic engineering of monsters, they must fight to keep their sanity, and their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than a thriller

  • By Michael Parsley on 06-10-14

love it

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

I got the book because I was keen to try some other genres and it was perfect and amazing.
love the story
love the narration
love the brilliant and elaborate descriptions
love the mystery
love all the things

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nerdist Way

  • How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)
  • By: Chris Hardwick
  • Narrated by: Chris Hardwick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,839

Nerds: Once a tormented subrace of humans... Now captains of industry! You don’t have to be a stereotypical geekwad to appreciate the tenets of Nerdism and to make your innate talents for overanalysis and hyper-self-awareness work for you instead of against you. Join Nerd superstar Chris Hardwick as he offers his fellow “creative-obsessives” the crucial information needed to come out on top in the current Nerd uprising. Success is the most satisfying - and legal - form of vengeance there is. And you can achieve it when you follow the Nerdist Way,

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a disciple of The Nerdist Way!!

  • By Heather on 07-02-14

apparently all nerds are boys obsessed with boobs

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

Reviewed: 09-15-14

It's got some really good parts, some brilliant ideas, and some fun and interesting things to say but...

The author constantly talks as though he is talking directly to straight guys and assumes getting the girl is a common desire for everybody reading.
It's distracting and kinda awful.

I will however say it happens a lot less often than in other "nerd" based self help books I've impulse bought during sales.
It's not so often as to make me want to stop the book all together, so I forget that it's even a thing that happens. Then it happens again like a slap in the face.

A consistent reminder that some men think of women things you get for being awesome enough, and the men who think that way will really like this book.

10 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Obstacle Is the Way

  • The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,584

We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn't be this way. There is a formula for success that's been followed by the icons of history - from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs - a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book I wish I had 25 years ago

  • By Jason DeFillippo on 05-08-14

paranoid author

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

author seems convinced that the world is out to get him.
he lives in a world of kill or be killed.

perfectly calm and reasonable advice such as "don't freak out" turns into "don't freak out OR YOUR ENEMIES WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR WEAKNESS AND OVERPOWER YOU! YOU MUST TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEIR WEAKNESS! THEY ARE THE WEAK ONES! and that's why you should stay calm"

alright the capslock is taking things a bit far,
but honestly, that's the message.
I work really hard on cultivating love and acceptance. I don't need it undermined from a book that pretends to be about helping me.

8 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Nerd's Guide to Being Confident

  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,252
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,102

Everyone knows confidence when they see it; but seemingly no one can actually describe what goes into it or how to get it. The Nerd's Guide to Being Confident is an unconventional way of looking at one of the most basic and obvious human traits and what one can do to gain a little more of it without feeling like a phony. Laughter included.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A More-Than-Pleasant Surprise

  • By Anthony A. on 01-03-14

packed with hegenomic sexism

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

Reviewed: 03-22-14

talks about women the same way most people would talk about dogs.
ya know, act a certain way to gain their trust
be commanding and then they'll respect you
punish bad behavior by withholding affection

it's all very dehumanizing.

I gave up at the point he claimed a friends exgirlfriend "faked a rape story to create drama"


1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Wrinkle in Time

  • By: Madeleine L'Engle
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,992

Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract", which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You for a New Narrator

  • By Patricia on 02-01-12

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 10-06-13

I was recommended the book by a friend after I said how much I enjoyed Narnia.
A bit heavy handed with it's christian metaphors, and I could have done without the "perfect guy falling in love with the quirky protagonist with low self esteem" but that doesn't intrude much, if at all, with what's amazing about the story.
All the characters are amazing
The worlds are amazing
The truths and metaphors are amazing
The lessons are amazing.
Loved it.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief

  • Guided Practices for Reclaiming Your Body and Your Life
  • By: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

If you're reading this, chances are your life, or the life of someone you know, is shaped by pain - and the physical and emotional suffering that usually accompany it. The good news: Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues have helped thousands of people learn to use the power of mindfulness to transform their relationship to pain and suffering, and discover new degrees of freedom for living with greater ease and quality of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a friend talking to you

  • By A reader on 08-27-11

made the pain worse

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

Reviewed: 11-04-12

between every moment all I could think was AAAAAAHHHH HOLY FUKINNNN AAAAHHHH THIS FORKINNN HURTS! OH GOD KILL ME! and the pain was definitely worse when listening to this book than at any other time. It felt like all this attention to the pain was holding a magnifying glass up to the pain

Seriously
one of the first instructions was to bring your minds eye to the pain.
Who the hell does that without numbing or strengthing the body first?

I know this kind of pain can be treated with hypnotism, but not with this book.

Maybe it's better if you only have a minor ache.
Shame the book wasn't called "Meditation for minor ache relief"

so I am going to call it ineffective.
VERY ineffective.

3 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Stein on Writing

  • A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies
  • By: Sol Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732

Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent advice and examples for better writing.

  • By Jane on 06-22-12

Annoying bigoted old man can't get to the point

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

Reviewed: 10-28-12

"nobody likes ordinary people, they are boring"
"think of the sexiest woman you know, now think of her bald, not so sexy now is she"
STFU
I want writing tips, not tips on how to reject everything that isn't mainstream.
Yes there are genuinely good writing tips in here, but they are each buried under half an hour to an hour of boring bs examples and waffle.
This book written by and editor SURE AS HELL NEEDS AND EDITOR!
The irony of that and reading a book discussing how to make your characters more likeable while finding the narrator deeply unpleasant wasn't lost on me.

I got through two and a half hours of this and I want a damn medal.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

  • By: Jane Austen, Steve Hockensmith
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 913

In this terrifying and hilarious prequel, we witness the genesis of the zombie plague in early 19th-century England. We watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a nave young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. We laugh as she begins her first clumsy training with nunchucks and katana swords and cry when her first blush with romance goes tragically awry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Narrator for a Fun Story!

  • By Dawn on 03-30-10

Clearly the best thing I've ever heard.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's glorious.

What did you like best about this story?

EVERYTHING! The strong female lead roles that still maintain their essential softness and stay true to the characters. The chance to see characters I love so much kick zombie ass. Every minute was glorious and wonderful. Not a single scene was dull.

What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The accent is a lot like one me and my friends would put on when telling made up stories to each other so it added a lot to my personal experience of the book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I stayed up until 4am listening to the book. The next morning/lunch time I slept through three phone calls from the boy I was supposed to be having a date with, the sound of the ringing tone working its way into the narrative of my dream as I try to work out which zombie I need to slice in half to answer the call.

Any additional comments?

I love this book and will send myself broke listening to the series.

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,494

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

I have never been so happy to cry.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-12

Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

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What did you like best about this story?

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What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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Any additional comments?

Why is it that the closest thing to an invitation to say what I thought of the book is

1 of 4 people found this review helpful