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  • Summary: The Complete Guide to Fasting by Dr. Jason Fung

  • By: Booksuma Publishing
  • Narrated by: Andre G Chapoy
  • Length: 33 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

Fasting may be the solution to many of your health and weight issues. Fasting, when done correctly, provides a therapeutic approach that gives you fast, proven results regardless of your diet plan. The BookSuma summary of Jason Fung’s The Complete Guide to Fasting brings you the main takeaways from the book in less than half an hour. Our experts have extracted the most important points from The Complete Guide to Fasting, distilling those key points into an easy-to-read summary for your convenience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what I needed

  • By DivasMom on 02-06-19

Horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 04-21-19

Jimmy Moore has his own podcast?! I'm really glad I got the summary instead of the full book in audio form. I had a hard time concentrating because of the quality of the narration, which was robotic and stilted. I read The Obesity Code by Dr. Fung and didn't want to read or listen to testimonials, so I went with this. This distillation of fasting was useful information that I will be able to put into practice. I just won't be purchasing any more books narrated by Jimmy Moore.

  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue

  • The Untold History of English
  • By: John McWhorter
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,975
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,521
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,498

A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for casual linguists

  • By Anderson on 01-11-10

An enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I love this type of book. Explorations of the English language, grammar, and how our language has evolved fascinate me. This book doesn't disappoint, although I don't think I would attempt to tackle reading this book because of the authors extensive translations of the languages we have 'borrowed' from. It would drive me to distraction not to be able to pronounce the foreign languages. I finished this book in two days and would probably re-listen to it.

  • The Beam: Season 1

  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Tara Sands, Ralph Lister, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 640

The world's old political borders have dissolved. The NAU is civilization's carcass, a nation ruled by two political parties: Enterprise, the sink-or-swim party where each party member has no one else to blame for their starvation or astronomical wealth; and Directorate, whose members have a guaranteed safety net but can never rise above their station.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sheer entertainment

  • By cristina on 07-09-15

I really wanted to like this

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I really wanted to like this performance, this is the kind of story, but I just couldn't get into it, even after over 4 hours of listening. I normally really enjoy multi cast recordings because they give stories depth and dimension in a way that a single narrator sometimes doesn't, however, even this cast can't hold my interest. I feel that there was a better use for my credit.

  • Terms of Enlistment

  • Frontlines, Book 1
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,397

The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid military sci-fi.

  • By DAVE on 02-11-14

Well crap, I'm hooked

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I had been in an audiobook lull when this came u. Again. So, I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Marko Kloos has written an imminently bingable series. The story is solid military sci-fi with a romance thrown in that doesn't feel like it's an afterthought. I love having blocks of time to myself so that I can catch up with Andrew Grayson and the Lankies. Luke Daniels has been a very enjoyable narrator, he has made the characters compelling and likable.

  • Archangel

  • By: William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith
  • Narrated by: Josh Hurley, Victor Bevine, Elizabeth Jasicki, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 560

The year is 2016. Not our 2016. Theirs. Earth is dying, the result of a worldwide nuclear holocaust caused by America’s dictatorial President-for-Life Lewis Henderson, a man who will use any means necessary to maintain power and survive. Enter: The Splitter. A machine capable of splitting off an exact replica of Henderson’s world. A world where the cataclysmic events causing its destruction have yet to occur. That world is ours. In August of 1945, our postwar Europe becomes the battleground for Henderson’s operatives - led by his sociopathic son - as they engineer a complete redo of their history. By changing ours.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Performances All Around

  • By Brian on 08-26-18

I suppose I had much higher expectations

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

Cruel dictator for life, along with his equal vicious son wants to take over this world and the one that scientists discover, and the race to stop them. While the performances were good I simply wasn't engaged in the narrative.
I love full cast recordings and I was certain that I would love this one as well. I guess I had much higher expectations for the story, which was mostly interesting, but I never really got into it, because this story has been done so many times that I felt that I had read/listened to it already. I'm glad I got it on sale and didn't waste a credit on this.

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  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,812

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

An insight into a library I thought I knew

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

I never knew that the St. Agnes branch of the NYPL had a resident caretaker at any point in its history, and how lucky are we that Sharon Washington, a very gifted storyteller, lived there with her family in the late 60's and early 70's.
Feeding the Dragon is not just about keeping the coal fired furnace fed, it alludes to other aspects of Washingtons life as a WOC growing up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and her attempt to fit into not only society but her own expectations.
Definitely a story worth hearing.

  • A Walk in the Woods

  • Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Rob McQuay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,461

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By Diane S on 11-13-12

It wasn't as good as I remembered

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

I read A Walk in the Woods when it was published in 1997 and at the time it thought it was hysterical so I thought I'd give it a listen. I remember enjoying the anticipation and preparation for Bryson's AT hike, and while I mostly enjoyed it on a second visit, what struck me this go round was how cynical and pompous Bryson is.
He has no real respect for those who came before him, especially the women who have done what he and his companion, Stephen Katz, could not, they completed a through hike of the Appalachian Trail. He is extremely derisive of "Grandma" Emma Gatewood, who was the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail in its entirety not once, but three times. She should have been a source of inspiration to Bryson, instead he treats her very unfairly as he couldn't be bothered to actually learn about or understand her achievements.
He treats his own hike as a great accomplishment even though he didn't even finish 50% of the AT, and while most Americans don't walk more than two miles in any given month, and I will give him credit for actually planning and executing what most people wouldn't even begin to attempt. I don't really care for Bryson's self important manner or tone.
There are better books out there for anyone interested in a travelogue about the AT.

  • Star Force: Origin Series, Books 1-4 (Volume 1)

  • By: Aer-ki Jyr
  • Narrated by: Joelle Green-Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 162

The discovery of an ancient alien pyramid buried under the ice in Antarctica changes Earth forever. We learn that we are the forgotten slaves of a galaxy spanning empire called the V'kit'no'sat who abandoned our planet 100,000 years ago during a massive rebellion. Our ancestors, the Zen'zat, were given special genetic powers and ordered never to reproduce under pain of death...for themselves and their offspring. That means Earth's entire population is illegal and if the V'kit'no'sat return to reclaim their lost border colony they'll wipe out every last one of us.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story but the narration needs work.

  • By Tekii on 05-22-18

The narration ruined the story, what a shame.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Was there no one to actually oversee this narration, because I think my 13 year old could do a much better job of narration? I enjoyed reading the story, however, listening to Ms. Green-Forbes narration was extraordinarily distracting. Ms. Green-Forbes reads the story as if she is narrating a user manual. There were brief (far too brief) moments of clarity in her narration, but it doesn't make up for how terrible the production value is. What a disappointment that such a good story is ruined by such poor narration.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Spaceman

  • An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
  • By: Mike Massimino
  • Narrated by: Mike Massimino
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,802
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,797

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Likable guy, great storyteller

  • By Joy Woller on 10-09-16

Hard Work and Perseverance Pays Off!!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

Any additional comments?

Mike Massimino's story about hard work and doggedly following his dream to become a NASA astronaut is inspirational. It really shows what you can do if you put your mind to it. I love the fact that throughout the story he gives credit to all the people who helped him get to where he is. He said the (and I'm paraphrasing here) 'No one is a self made man, there are people who have helped me get to where I am today'.
I'm going to buy a copy of the book for my daughter to read!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

  • By: Laurie Viera Rigler
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up and finds herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom, or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England. Who but an Austen addict like herself could concoct such a fantasy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Twin2th on 08-15-07

It grew on me

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

Reviewed: 03-13-14

Any additional comments?

I didn't like 'Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict' during the first hour or so, but after giving the story a chance and it grew on me. It was a nice diversion for a few hours. Light and easy to follow. I decided to purchase the follow up book, 'Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict', just to see what happens to Courtney/Jane in modern day L.A..