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  • Tenemental

  • Adventures of a Reluctant Landlady
  • By: Vikki Warner
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 198

Detouring from the traditional timeline of marriage-kids-house, 26-year-old Vikki Warner skips straight to homeownership. She buys a run-down three-story house in Providence, Rhode Island, and suddenly finds herself responsible for a rotating cast of colorful tenants. Adulthood comes with unforeseen challenges: backed-up sewage, gentrification, global economic downturn. Tenemental is a candid portrait of how sharing space profoundly reshapes our lives, and forces us to grow into ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tenemental is a Great listen

  • By Meredith on 08-09-18

Meandering, self-indulgent

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

I'm not sure what I expected from this book; probably more crazy-tenant stories. There were some of those, but nothing particularly outrageous, and those tended to be self-inflicted as she didn't vet her tenants beforehand. Then the story veered into her love life as she struggled to balance relationships with this Albatross of a house that she'd hung around her own neck. It became a story about how she never expected her life to revolve around this house, but here she was, and what did that imply about *her*?

I tried to finish the book, but lost interest 2/3 of the way through.

  • The Last Punisher

  • A SEAL Team Three Sniper's True Account of the Battle of Ramadi
  • By: Kevin Lacz, Ethan E. Rocke, Lincy Lacz
  • Narrated by: Timothy Phillips
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,045

The Last Punisher is a bold, no-holds-barred first-person account of the Iraq War. With wry humor and moving testimony, Kevin Lacz tells the story of his tour in Iraq with SEAL Team Three, the warrior elite of the navy. This legendary unit, known as The Punishers, included Chris Kyle ( American Sniper), Mike Monsoor, Ryan Job, and Marc Lee. These brave men were instrumental in securing the key locations in the pivotal 2006 Battle of Ramadi, told with stunning detail in this book.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, poorly read

  • By Dusty on 09-03-16

Great combat stories, stilted narration

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

Some great combat stories from the battle for Ramadi in 2006, including several involving Chris Kyle mentoring the author when he was a FNG.

The narrator does a decent job, except he regularly has a sentence come up where his unnatural cadence is jarring, and brings you out of the narrative, wondering why in hell the director didn't call for another take?

Entertaining book if you like 1st person war stories, and can get past the uneven narration.

  • The Lost Airman

  • A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied France
  • By: Seth Meyerowitz, Peter F. Stevens
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603

Bronx-born top turret-gunner Arthur Meyerowitz was on his second mission when he was shot down in 1943. He was one of only two men on the B-24 Liberator known as Harmful Lil Armful who escaped death or immediate capture on the ground. After fleeing the wreck, Arthur knocked on the door of an isolated farmhouse, whose owners hastily took him in. Fortunately, his hosts not only despised the Nazis but had a tight connection to the French resistance group Morhange and its founder, Marcel Taillandier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story of the French Resistance in WW2

  • By Rebecca Lawton on 06-19-17

Extraordinary

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

Written in a in-the-heart-of-the-action narrative style that grabs a hold of you and won't let go. Extremely well done, even if it did leave me wondering how so much detail was available to the authors.

Nearly as much about Marcel Taillandier and the resistance as Arthur Mereyowitz; leaves me wanting to know more.

  • Scores

  • How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
  • By: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,086

Meet Michael Blutrich, mild-mannered New York lawyer and founder of Scores, the hottest strip club in New York City history, funded by the proceeds of an insurance embezzlement scheme. All Blutrich wanted was to lay low, make the club a success, and put his criminal acts behind him. But the Mafia got involved, and soon the FBI came knocking. Scores became wildly popular, in part thanks to Blutrich's ability to successfully bend the rules of adult entertainment. Unfortunately for Blutrich, it would all soon implode.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seductive narration about fortunes and betrayals

  • By Eugene on 02-06-17
  • Scores
  • How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
  • By: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich

Extraordinary

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Tremendously entertaining. The author is a natural storyteller, and has one hell of an interesting story to tell!

Several very memorable moments, including a mob-assisted medical procedure, and the author being forciblly strip-searched by goons moments after removing a hidden recording device.

I'd look forward to more books by this author, but I don't think he'd be up for more similar adventures.

  • No Baggage

  • A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering
  • By: Clara Bensen
  • Narrated by: Clara Bensen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 628

No Baggage is a memoir that will resonate with adventurers and homebodies alike - it's at once a romance, a travelogue, and a bright, modern take on the age-old questions: How do you find the courage to explore beyond your comfort zone? Can you love someone without the need for commitment or any expectations for the future?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I think I can finish, I think I can finish....

  • By Lisbeth on 08-20-16

Meh

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

Very interesting premise, and I had a lot of hope for this book, but there's too much angsty introspection, and not enough about the experiences had while going on what must have been a truly amazing, throw-caution-to-the-wind adventure across Europe with a quirky, almost-stranger.

If you're a fan of travel adventures like those by Twain, Bryson, or even Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, this book isn't what you're looking for. If you're an anxiety-ridden 20-something Austinite with daddy issues, low self-esteem and an attraction to men who live in their office and begrudgingly shower once a week, you'll probably love this book.

That said, the book's not bad. Just not as good as it could have been.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • More Dirty, Funny, Sexy, Witty One Liner Jokes

  • Volume II
  • By: Lazaro Droznes
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

Women love men with a sense of humor. The life of the party is the man who cracks the right word in the right moment. The problem is: Where are the good lines when you need them? They are here. The best one-liners to show off in public and in private. All the one-liners are related to sex, women, love, and relationships. Take the lines you'll need to become the life of the party. Dating will never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and possibly offensive

  • By Gene on 03-03-16

Absolutely dreadful

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this was awful. Completely unlistenable.

0 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Ivy and Bean

  • By: Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

Annie Barrows introduces Ivy and Bean, two unique girls who certainly didn't plan on becoming friends. Bean, a mischievous yet lovable tomboy, never thought she'd enjoy playing with Ivy, the quiet new neighbor who looks rather boring. Ivy, however, happens to be a witch in training! When Bean gets into a real pickle, Ivy unexpectedly comes to her aid, sparking a rambunctious backyard caper that just might lead to a fabulous new friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fun, but too expensive

  • By Sean on 11-04-15

fun, but too expensive

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

Reviewed: 11-04-15

my 6 year old daughter loves this book, and wants to listen to more, but they're priced at $7/hr. which is 2-3x what they're worth.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Coming Clean

  • By: Kimberly Rae Miller
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Rae Miller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,376

Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room - the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home and her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's Like a Car Wreck...

  • By Elisabeth on 02-09-14

tremendously compelling

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

Reviewed: 10-26-15

This is a tremendously compelling, often difficult to listen to story told by the author. It must have been painful for her to write and perform, but it offers insight into hoarders, and how their habits profoundly affect those who love them.

I'm glad I bought this book.

  • The Aviators

  • Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight
  • By: Winston Groom
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720

Gifted storyteller Winston Groom, the best-selling author of Forrest Gump, has written the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age of flight: Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle. These cleverly interwoven tales of their heart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through the heroism of World War II and beyond, including daring military raids and survival at sea, and will appeal to fans of Unbroken, The Greatest Generation, and Flyboys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listening experience!

  • By tjcrewsbooks on 11-12-13

A great overview of these early pioneers

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

There are certainly more detailed books about these three giants of aviation, but this one does a great job in pulling everything together and weaving it into a relatively coherent narrative that culminates in these men's contributions to aviation as well as to World War 2.

Well-paced and entertaining, I enjoyed this book very much.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paddle Your Own Canoe

  • One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living
  • By: Nick Offerman
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,339

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like bacon for your ears

  • By Kyle on 01-03-14

He keeps referring to it as a humorous book

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

I'm a fan of Parks & Rec. Loved Amy Poehler's book "Yes, Please". Am generally a fan of the Ron Swanson caricature Offerman has played.

But in the first hour, this book is nothing but is Offerman lecturing the listener about organic foods (he's in favor of them), the joy of meat, and religion (keep your fictional stories to yourself) in a fairly condescending why-isn't-this-obvious-to-you manner.

All of which would be forgivable if the book were funny. It's not. Not so far, anyway, and my patience is running out.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful