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  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,611

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's 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 it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

53 min into this and NON-STOP fantastic.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

What an excellent word artist. I've laughed until I cried. Clear and real. Awesome. So many gems.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,446

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Great start to a disappointingly unfinished book

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This is the first 2.5 hours of an 9 hour book. The author, with very captivating writing, just scratches the surface of some of the true and real problems we are facing and leaves it at that. For example, I was looking forward to the nitty gritty of how insurance companies have taken a massive interest in weather modification for profit, which isn't quite gotten to here - along with actual depth on each of the other perspectives that are well introduced.

This could have been a really PHENOMENAL book but the author quit too soon.
In my opinion he never got to "the coming storm" part at all.

Michael Lewis, please pick up where you left off and go for it.

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  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,468

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

A completely sarcastic title.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

So this must be a juvenile book - I'm sorry I missed that fact before I bought it. Maybe it would be more interesting to a youth. I think it's trying to show that even an ordinary life is an "extraordinary" life, because boy was it boring and as average and ordinary as could be written. To make it worse, it perpetuates the BS of religion and tries to make it somehow right in the end - but doesn't. The characters, the lifeline, and the religion are as average as anyone could distill down. Nothing profound or enriching here, unless you want to be told to live in the same neighbourhood, go to the same church, believe the vague beliefs of your parents, and pass exactly the same thing onto the next generation.

It should be called how to get bogged down by life, cling to the past, and give in to the vague hope of religion.

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  • The Fifth Sacred Thing

  • By: Starhawk
  • Narrated by: Maya Lilly
  • Length: 21 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

The year is 2048. Climate change and bio-warfare have ravaged much of the Earth, and societal meltdown has splintered the US into fragments. But out of the ruins, Northern California has built a thriving culture based on respect for the four sacred things: air, fire, water and earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite!

  • By Jay on 09-19-16

I thought it would be more mature or profound.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Although I sincerely appreciate the positivity of this book, which is hard to find these days, I found the flakey "spirituality" too much, including some of the super flakey hippy voices created by the reader.
Although the overall idea is important, the shallow aura-reading-trying-to-get-grounded- spirituality has little depth to it. I have to keep turning it off - I am trying to finish the book in case there is something profound in the end.
I may be too old for this.

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  • Fear the Survivors

  • The Fear Saga, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,637
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,175

The Earth lies shaken in the aftermath of a conspiracy. Some of the smartest minds on the planet have striven for and died in an effort to scour the skies of four vast alien satellites, but their success has brought a terrible vengeance down upon us. While alien agents stalk the Earth, a team of exhausted scientists and military outcasts struggle to fight them among a planet on the brink - the brink of plague, the brink of war, and the brink of an invasion larger than they can possibly imagine. But they have allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent scifi series, look forward to anything else this author does!

  • By Thomas Gingery on 02-26-16

Vividly written, expertly read, but way too violent for me

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The graphic violence was over the top - and too well written.
Im not that into military books either - but I must say Steven Moss is an Excellent writer.

Do you think Fear the Survivors needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It does need a follow-up book, and I believe there is one, but I will not continue with the series.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 158,583
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146,352
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146,193

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

MASTERFULLY READ and so Excellently Written.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best #1Even if you've seen the movie, listen to this book!!!

What did you like best about this story?

The detail, the incredible determination of the central character, the imagination and research involved in writing this EXCELLENT book.It is an absolutly gorgeous mind movie. The narration!

Which scene was your favorite?

Andy Weir paints such excellent vivid scenes and RC Bray brings them to perfect life - there are too many favourite scenes to pick just one or two.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - and I have listened to it 50 times more while I cant sleep - I'm on Mars in my dreams now.

Any additional comments?

I am now looking at all the Andy Weir books and R.C Bray is my all time favourite narrator- I will buy almost anything read by him. Very talented guy. So easy to listen to - doesnt do stupid female voices - brings each character ablolutely alive. The only reader that even compares is Roy Dotrice (Game of Thrones narration) but for completely different reason. R.C. Bray is FLAWLESS.

  • YOU

  • Being Beautiful: The Owner's Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty
  • By: Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz
  • Narrated by: Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

With their usual candor and honesty, Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz break down the mechanics of beauty and explain how little adjustments in your routine can help you become a happier, healthier person. You will learn about the biology of beauty, take YOU Tests to determine where you are on the beauty scale, get tons of YOU Tips to help you improve your life, as well as learn the secrets of the Ultimate Beautiful Day.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I don't recommend this book.

  • By Mary Bolton on 05-22-16

Everything that isn't good enough about you

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

Reviewed: 02-19-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

When a man with a pronounced Elmer Fudd speech impediment tells me I should get a boob-job if I have small breasts in order to improve myself and "be beautiful", I'm walking away and not looking back.
That was the last straw, of MANY straws......

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz again?

No

Any additional comments?

Don't listen to them girls. Just be entirely, originally, yourself, as you are.

  • A Dance with Dragons

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,231

Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A tale of two publishers:

  • By J. Cano on 07-31-11

Having withdrawal symptoms....

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

Reviewed: 02-20-14

What made the experience of listening to A Dance with Dragons the most enjoyable?

Roy is an incredible reader. The story is so well built - the characters are expressed from the inside out - incredible depth - creating incredible visuals for me. Wow.

What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

My god he has endurance. Excellent voice. Perfect for this genre. I think it would be hard to have to come up with the voices for all the characters, - some of the accents (East Indian, French, pirate etc) were a bit too cliche'. But I'll take this over boring reading any day. I understand it may be very hard to follow without variation in the characters voices as the story is rich and deep, and so are the characters.

  • Hominids

  • The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1
  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,732
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,047

Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature

  • By Scott on 08-10-09

I feel like I'm reading a childrens book...

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

Reviewed: 02-20-14

What would have made Hominids better?

Said Ponter, said Adicore, said Ponter, said Adicore.. and the simplest of language.

Either act the reading or read it please! The laid back tone of the reader during intense moments helps make the already simple and barely descriptive writing even less believable. The sudden acting in a few places and not others is frustrating.
The characters are simple, plastic, so surface, no depth of human experience expressed here.

Maybe its because I just finished the Game of Thrones series, searingly written, and masterfully read.

It was painful enough that I only got 1.5 hours through - maybe it became incredible and rich but I couldn't stand it any longer.

Would you ever listen to anything by Robert J. Sawyer again?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ’s performances?

no

  • Paladin of Souls

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233

Three years have passed since the widowed Dowager Royina Ista found release from the curse of madness that kept her imprisoned in her family's castle of Valenda. Her newfound freedom is costly, bittersweet with memories, regrets, and guilty secrets, for she knows the truth of what brought her land to the brink of destruction. And now the road, escape, beckons...A simple pilgrimage, perhaps. Quite fitting for the Dowager Royina of Chalion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Sequel

  • By Dave S on 04-02-05

Very good story with Perfect performance -

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

Reviewed: 07-24-12

What made the experience of listening to Paladin of Souls the most enjoyable?

I can't imagine a better reader for this story - Kate Reading was exemplary. The story is so well written and paints not only an excellent visual picture, but an auditory and sensory story as well - I will be looking for more books by Lois McMaster Bujold.I enjoyed the experience from beginning to end.
I would also add that the audio quality is very good -

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