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  • 29 Gifts

  • How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life
  • By: Cami Walker
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 369

At age 35, Cami Walker was burdened by a battle with multiple sclerosis, a chronic neurological condition that made it difficult for her to walk, work, or enjoy her life. Seeking a remedy for her depression after being hospitalized, she received an uncommon prescription from an African medicine woman: give to others for 29 days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gift

  • By Elizabeth on 11-27-16

Nope

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

I don't agree with the other reviews. Not much substance and not uplifting, maybe I was expecting more based on the other reviews. As for the narrator, her narration with her normal voice was good, but her accents for the other characters was pretty bad.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Astoria

  • John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
  • By: Peter Stark
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859

At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history's dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Daring, greedy men take on nature and natives

  • By Pamela on 06-20-14

Great adventure book, and it is all true!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

Great way to learn about an important chapter in American history, that not many people have hear about, including many details about the part of the world from St Louis to the Pacific NW, rich with details on the explorers and indians that lived and explored there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Prince of Tides

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,929

Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "Prince" amongst novels

  • By Ella on 11-24-09

Stunning

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

Reviewed: 08-29-15

Really a great book, well written by the author and well performed by the narrator.

Do not be intimidated by the length, it is so engrossing, you will be surprised how quickly it goes.


  • A Darker Shade of Sweden

  • By: John-Henri Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda, Scott Brick, Adam Grupper, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 223

Ever since Stieg Larsson shone a light on the brilliance of Swedish crime writing with his acclaimed and best-selling Millennium trilogy, listeners around the world have sought out and devoured the crime fiction of his countrymen (and women), many of whom have proved to be some of the greatest masters of the genre. In this landmark and unique publication, Sweden's most distinguished and best-loved crime writers have contributed stories to an anthology that promises to thrill even the most jaded mystery listener.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very uneven collection with some gems (see below)

  • By Alcairha on 08-16-14

Not enough stories

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

To much blah blah blah, not enough of the stories. They only way I made it through the book is I thought the next chapter would be better.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Darwin's Children

  • By: Greg Bear
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

Eleven years have passed since SHEVA was discovered in human DNA, a retrovirus that caused mutations in the human genome and heralded the arrival of a new wave of genetically enhanced humans. Now these changed children have reached adolescence...and face a world that is outraged about their very existence. For these special youths are also ticking time bombs that could exterminate the "old" human race...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Serious Science Fiction

  • By Jim on 07-09-05

Sequel delivers

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

Reviewed: 08-01-14

Enjoyed the first book, Darwin's Radio, and enjoyed the Darwin's Children just as much.

Good book, it went by quickly. I hope there will be another book that continues the story....

  • Shatner Rules

  • Your Key to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large
  • By: William Shatner, Chris Regan
  • Narrated by: William Shatner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 463

Admit it. You want to BE William Shatner. This collection of rules, illustrated with stories from Bill’s illustrious life and career, will show you how Bill became WILLIAM SHATNER, larger than life and bigger than any role he ever played. Shatner Rules is your guide to becoming William Shatner. Or, more accurately, beautifully Shatneresque.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't believe he's 80!

  • By colleen on 07-09-12

Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-14

Shatner continues to entertain. He is a fireball at 80, with a great sense of humor. It is an enjoyable journey with Bill.

Shatner rules!

  • Darwin's Radio

  • By: Greg Bear
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

In a cave high in the Alps, a renegade anthropologist discovers a frozen Neanderthal couple with a Homo sapiens baby. Meanwhile, in southern Russia, the U.N. investigation of a mysterious mass grave is cut short. One of the investigators, molecular biologist Kaye Lang, returns home to the U.S. to learn that her theory on human retroviruses has been verified with the discovery of SHEVA, a virus that has slept in our DNA for millions of years and is now waking up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good science fiction

  • By Paul on 01-04-14

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 08-01-14

Good book, kept me intrigued through to the end. I didn't want it to end and was glad there was a sequel.

  • When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

  • By: Terry Tempest Williams
  • Narrated by: Terry Tempest Williams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 373

Terry Tempest Williams's mother told her: "I am leaving you all my journals, but you must promise me you won't look at them until after I'm gone." Fans of Williams's iconic and unconventional memoir, Refuge, well remember that mother. She was a member of a large Mormon clan in northern Utah who developed cancer as a result of the nuclear testing in nearby Nevada. It was a shock to Williams that her mother had kept journals. But not as much of a shock as what she found when the time came to read them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story, Amazing Voice

  • By E on 07-03-12

Not great

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

Reviewed: 08-01-14

Somewhat interesting book, but was not really very intriguing. Good if you have insomnia and need some help falling asleep.

The rest of this review is blank, just like her Mothers journals.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fuzzy Nation

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,463

In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling.

  • By Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on 05-11-11

Fun and enjoyable book

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

Reviewed: 04-19-14

Enjoyed the story and the characters plus the narration was good also. It is a short book, but well done.

  • Catching Fire

  • How Cooking Made Us Human
  • By: Richard Wrangham
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 437

Ever since Darwin and The Descent of Man, the existence of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. But in Catching Fire, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. In a groundbreaking theory of our origins, Wrangham shows that the shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating book about early human development...

  • By KHarrang on 12-10-09

Interesting and well done

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

Reviewed: 04-19-14

I recommend this book. It provided interesting information, which was presented well. Worth the credit!