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  • Dracula

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405

Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, the novel's influence on the popularity of vampires has been singularly responsible for many theatrical, film, and television interpretations since its publication. Required listening for any fan of the genre!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Do not purchase

  • By Kurt Faus on 05-20-17

Good story, narrator wasn't right for the job

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

The story is written as if it came from a collection of notes - which is not my style, but I got used to it. This classic is a classic for a reasons and it was great to hear it all.

The narrator, however, is pretty bad for the job. He makes Dr Van Helsing sound like a weak old man, despite the book defining his voice as "resonating", several of the voices are incredibly similar, they should should have had a women for the women's voices. Sometimes he talks extra low so volume adjustment is constantly needed, or an extra strong accent that is barely understandable.

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,788
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,070
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,040

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By 🔧Eugene on 05-29-18

A must-read for anyone interested in startups

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

This is the story about a women who tricked the world. It's useful both as historical information and as a book filled with warning signs to prevent it again. I can't thank the author enough for putting this together.

  • Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 62 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,719
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,233
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,185

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the definitive collection of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and four collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated eight insightful introductions, one for each title.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter Guide!

  • By Katya Rice on 05-25-18

Best audio book and an amazing classic

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I had no idea how many stories there were nor how much I would enjoy them. Stephen Fry enriches them even more both with his personal anecdotes of his Sherlockian days as well as history surrounding each of the books. I, along with the rest of the world, am sad to know there are no more.

  • Startupland

  • How Three Guys Risked Everything to Turn an Idea into a Global Business
  • By: Mikkel Svane, Carlye Adler
  • Narrated by: Christopher Price
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

Conventional wisdom says most startups need to be in Silicon Valley, started by young engineers around a sexy new idea and backed by VC funding. But as Mikkel Svane reveals in Startupland, the story of founding Zendesk was anything but conventional. Founded in a Copenhagen loft by three 30-something friends looking to break free from corporate doldrums, Zendesk Inc. is now one of the hottest enterprise software companies, still rapidly growing with customers in 150 countries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was sometimes tough, but hey look at me now.

  • By Jess on 04-08-15

A short inspirational startup story

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

A personal and personable story from the CEO of Zendesk - great read. Narrator is over serious and emphatic, but very clear.

  • Xenocide

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,192

Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • full of passion

  • By David on 06-13-04

Another masterpiece: philosophy in its best

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Orson Scott Card created another piece that I fell in love with. It continued to expand and open my mind with new concepts to ponder over for days to come.

  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Jim Killavey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a classic in which Verne prophesized many modern uses of the submarine. The story concerns the now famous fictional character Captain Nemo and his submarine, Nautilus, as seen by one of his passengers, Professor Pierre Aronnax. Over the years there have been many film, TV, and theatrical adaptations and variations of the book.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not satisfied

  • By Neekola27 on 10-31-16

It sounds like a scientific report

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

The writing is written exclusively in passive tense with an unusual amount of unnecessary detail as if we were going to fact check everything being said.

  • The 4-Hour Body

  • An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman
  • By: Timothy Ferriss
  • Narrated by: Zach McLarty
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,166

Join author Tim Ferriss as he shares the incredible experiments he's done over 10 years to beat genetics and achieve the impossible…for himself and more than 200 men and women aged 18 to 70. You don't need better genetics or more discipline. You need immediate results that compel you to continue. This is an abridged edition.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I knew this was abridged, but.......

  • By Joshua on 12-16-10

Abridged!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

This was great but I didn't see it say anywhere that it was abridged and I am thereforevery disappointed. Content was great, but now I have to read it in addition

  • Crystal City

  • Alvin Maker VI
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, M.E. Willis, cast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607

From the end of the 18th century, Americans traveled west to find new homes and new lands. They brought with them the magics of plain people. It is from these roots of the American dream that award-winning writer Orson Scott Card has crafted what the Charlotte Observer called "a uniquely American fantasy." Using the lore and the folk magic of the men and women who settled a continent, and the beliefs of the tribes who were here before them, Card has created an alternate frontier America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • start with the first book

  • By Sybil on 11-02-12

Great ending to a favorite story

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

I loved this as a Card fan. The performance was great, though they kept switching accents for Alvin. Would definitely recommend it.

  • Work Rules!

  • Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
  • By: Laszlo Bock
  • Narrated by: Laszlo Bock
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727

"We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It's not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing." So says Laszlo Bock, head of People Operations at the company that transformed how the world interacts with knowledge. This insight is the heart of Work Rules!, a compelling and surprisingly playful manifesto with the potential to change how we work and live.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Multifaceted

  • By jeremiah on 04-07-15

The best book on "HR"

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

I picked this up without any idea what it would be about and it has immediately earned its place on my shelf of go-to business books

  • Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

  • By: Tim Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Roberts
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 629
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 521

The myth of innovation is that brilliant ideas leap fully formed from the minds of geniuses. The reality is that most innovations come from a process of rigorous examination through which great ideas are identified and developed before being realized as new offerings and capabilities. This is not a book by designers for designers; this is a book for creative leaders seeking to infuse design thinking into every level of an organization's products or service to drive new alternatives for business and society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts strong, then becomes an Ideo advertisement

  • By Cameron on 09-10-12

Decent story

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

Reviewed: 01-13-17

This tries to make every problem solvable through design thinking, but the examples he used have often not panned out (many years since the book is written), so it's hard to think that he is correct in all he is saying.

The orator is very clear and easy to understand, but he emphasizes almost every word and that makes you miss what should be emphasized and makes it a bit droning, and he doesn't feel very connected to what's being written. Good orator for a different book.