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Krykie

Miami, NM, United States
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  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 126,251
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 116,812
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 116,261

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I didn’t hate it

  • By MerBear1981 on 04-18-19

boring as hell

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

Reviewed: 05-06-19

If the author weren't already famous, this would be a very dull and zzzz book. There is no self reflection, no moment of discovery, no journey. It's Trevor talking about his life growing up in a dysfunctional family. He complains about unfairness, but he exploits and steals from others without regret. Not at the time, not in writing the book. Again, if it weren't Trevor Noah, I doubt the story would have been published.

50 of 57 people found this review helpful

  • So Much Blue

  • By: Percival Everett
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

Kevin Pace is working on a painting that he won't allow anyone to see: not his children, not his best friend, Richard, not even his wife, Linda. The painting is a canvas of 12 feet by 21 feet (and three inches) that is covered entirely in shades of blue. It may be his masterpiece or it may not; he doesn't know or, more accurately, doesn't care. What Kevin does care about are the events of the past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A slow blossom, but worth the read

  • By Kamna on 08-28-17

Audio version is annoying

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

The audio version is maddening. I downloaded it for a long trip and could not finish it. The author seems to use the phrase, HE SAID, SHE SAID, I SAID, SAID, SAID, SAID, SAID. Never did a speaker reply, assert, question, yell, exclaim, or a million other verbs. The word SAID SAID SAID SAID was said so many times it drove me to distraction. You know, like when some one gives a speech and says the word UM a lot. After a while, you start focusing on how many times that distractor UM word; the word SAID became obnoxious. Perhaps in print, your eyes glance over the words HE SAID I SAID, but when listening to the audio version, you can't help but hear it. Painful to listen to. If you must read this book, READ It, don't listen to it.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Fate

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 595

In six minutes, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming. So says Wes Holloway, a once-cocky and ambitious presidential aide, about the day that changed his life forever. On that Fourth of July, Wes put Ron Boyle, the chief executive's oldest friend, into the presidential limousine. By the time the trip came to an end, Wes was permanently disfigured, and Boyle was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too Much Psychobabble

  • By Nick on 06-06-07

A Great Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-06

This audiobook grabs your attention right away; no need to wait even five minutes to "get into it." Held my interest throughout the book, despite its long length. The narrator does a great job in putting appropriate personality in the characters, and is easy to listen to. The subject is a bit of a spawn from "The DaVinci Code", but only as a backdrop, and not the main storyline. Overall, a good and engaging book that will hold your attention for all the hours...

  • The Eye of the Prophet

  • By: Kahlil Gibran, Margaret Crosland - translator
  • Narrated by: Johnny Cash
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

In his writings, Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran weaves Christian, Moslem, and Buddhist ideals into a spiritual tapestry that transcends cultural barriers. This collection of his lesser-known writings reveals the author's insights on youth, love, marriage, and truth, and delves into nationalism, religion, and spiritual growth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, it is that Johnny Cash

  • By Krykie on 12-26-05

Yes, it is that Johnny Cash

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-05

"The Eye of the Prophet" is a great book, but the audiobook read by Johnny Cash makes it an even better book. June Carter gave Johnny Cash "The Prophet" (also by Kahlil Gibran) before they married, and it made an impression on him (it's even shown in the 2005 movie, "Walk the Line"). If this book were merely read by Cash, it would be good enough -- his rich voice goes deep. However, it is evident that Cash believed the words he was speaking, and it makes that book even more enjoyable. East meets West, and it's a great synergy!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • There is a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem

  • By: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  • Narrated by: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

With his trademark wit, wisdom, and humor, best-selling author and lecturer Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explains how we can evolve from the lowest level of consciousness (ego) to the highest (unity). Dr. Dyer starts out with a challenge from A Course in Miracles: "You don't have any problems; you only think you do." He goes on to illustrate how the mind can control both physical and emotional well-being, all one has to do is create healthy, positive molecules and move away from negative thoughts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I confess, I'm a little disappointed...

  • By Linda Jo Martin on 08-26-10

Yes, This is Worth a Download

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-05

If you've ever surfed past a PBS-TV fundraiser, you've probably seen Dr. Dryer on stage, giving a talk to a live audience. This program is the audio extension of that. Dr. Dryer talks without specfic organization, but that works for his message. It's a series of talks and stories and examples. I can't imagine reading this; it was meant to be listened to.

It is an easy listen, and I found myself wanting to hear more. Time flew past.

It's an audiobook on Dr. Dryer's observations about the meaning of life, how he discovered things, and examples of what he believes. No surprises in the book, but that's okay; it's enjoyable.

  • The God I Love

  • A Lifetime of Walking with Jesus
  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Narrated by: Joni Eareckson Tada, Ken Tada
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 39

More than three decades ago, a diving accident left Joni Eareckson Tada a quadriplegic. Back then she questioned how a loving God could condemn an active young woman to a lifetime in a wheelchair. Today she is grateful. Because it's from this vantage point that Joni has discovered a God who is so magnificent that no circumstance, no matter how terrible, can separate her, or you, from his fierce, tender, and enduring love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely relevant and personal

  • By dg on 03-29-04

So far, it's kind of boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-05

I read the other reviews, and was expecting a good book. Maybe it is, but I'm over two hours into it and so far, it's nice, but not very interesting. This is the first book of hers I've tried. I'm still listening to it because if so many people in other reviews liked it, maybe something will change soon...

Joni is enthusiastic in her reading, but frankly, listening to her early life was... boring as heck. She obviously loves her father and had a wonderful childhood, but I found it saccharine, true or not. It sounds like she had Ozzie and Harriet for parents.

The audibook begins well before her accident, "I dug my toes into the sand of Delware Beach,hugged my knees and drew as close to the campfire as I could. The flames warmed our faces...." , and soon the listener hears her experience in listening to her father's retelling of the retelling of the story of the Flying Dutchman. It's great that she finds such joy is such sweet memories, but... to me, "I guess you had to be there."

If you are looking for something that will hold your interest, or for something that shows insight, this is not the book for you. If you are a fan of the author, this book goes into tedious detail of her childhood.

It's a nice book, but, zzzzzzzz.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,519

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kitchen Confidential

  • By Holly on 02-20-03

I recommend it, just like the majority of others!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-04

This audiobook is read by the author, which always makes books more enjoyable. I was a waitress through high school and college, and I believe 100% of the stories told. As far as the crude and vulgar language used in the book -- well, that's reality too. I heard worse language in real kitchens than I did in the Marines; the tone of this book is the tone of commercial kitchens. A good, entertaining, enjoyable book that is easy to listen to and amusing.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Angela's Ashes

  • By: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,732

Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic book *and* a classic audiobook

  • By Karen on 01-30-03

A Great Audiobook!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-04

The book was good, the audiobook is great! The book is read by the author -- which always makes books better, but with the Irish brogue from the author, it makes it a GEM. This is my all-time favorite audiobook, and I'm not even Irish. It's a great story, a great piece of history, a great autobiography, a great audio story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • What Should I Do with My Life? The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question

  • By: Po Bronson
  • Narrated by: Po Bronson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 65

Best selling author Po Bronson began work on What Should I Do with My Life? at a time when he was asking himself that very question. For answers, he crossed the landscape of America to find people who have struggled to unearth their true calling - people of all ages, classes, and professions who have found fulfillment: those who fought with the seduction of money, intensity, and novelty and overcame their allure; those who broke away from the chorus to learn the sound of their own voice.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A bit childish

  • By J. Yoon on 05-28-03

A touchy-feely book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-03

This book is a chronicle of the author's discussions with different people from different walks of life, and how he FELT about them, and how he FELT they FELT about themselves. In short, it's a book about feelings, how normal it is to be confused about "What should I Do with My Life", but it offers no real insight. It is read in an emotive, gooey style and I'm sure that the author intended the reader to weep at the touching insight he provided into "everyday" lives. I fast forwarded through some of the stories as they were, at times, repetitive. If this book were half the length, I'd recommend it. At full length...you'll get cavities.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful