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  • Illidan: World of Warcraft

  • By: William King
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,009

Illidan Stormrage is one of the most powerful beings ever to walk the lands of Azeroth. He is also one of the least understood....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good lore and unaccounted events explained

  • By Federico on 04-13-16

Good - In Context

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

This may be the first WoW Lore book available in an Audible format, but it is far from the first of the World of Warcraft Lore books. If you don't play the game, don't start here. If you do play WoW, the in-game lore should give you enough context to appreciate the points that get glossed over -- like who Malfurion and Tyrande are and why they even get a mention in this book.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
  • By: Jason M. Satterfield, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jason M. Satterfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-tested collection of practical techniques for managing moods and modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change. CBT illuminates the links between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical health and uses those connections to develop concrete plans for self-improvement. In 24 engaging half-hour lectures, you'll build a robust and effective self-improvement toolkit with the expert guidance of Professor Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great addition to my counseling practice

  • By Stephanie-Samantha on 01-09-16

Great Introduction

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

First and foremost, addressing the negative reviewers: It's twelve hours and it covers how CBT is used in various applications. It is not blanket therapy. Do not expect *personalized* guidance to better mental health. If you are seeking some kind of therapy, whether formal or informal, the last lecture is worth spending a credit for as he directly addresses how to separate the "smoke and mirrors" idiocy from substantive information.

If you're trying to figure out, "Is this the approach you want to take?" then this is an excellent overview of what to expect from a CBT therapist. Dr. Satterfield presents the core concept of CBT - the interaction of cognition (thoughts & expectations), emotions, and behaviors - in very clear, direct language. He doesn't throw jargon around, doesn't obscure what he's saying in technobabble, and does provide examples of what the therapy sessions he runs look like.

  • Agatha H and the Airship City

  • Girl Genius #1
  • By: Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

The Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare. Sixteen years have passed since the Heterodyne Boys, benevolent adventurers and inventors, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Today, Europe is ruled by the Sparks, dynasties of mad scientists ruling over - and terrorizing - the hapless population with their bizarre inventions and unchecked power, while the downtrodden dream of the Heterodynes’ return. At Transylvania Polygnostic University, a pretty, young student named Agatha Clay seems to have nothing but bad luck.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ever wanted visuals while audio book listening?

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-11-13

love the extras

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

the book is based on the Web comic series, and manages to capture most of the mad cap illustrations of the comic while providing details that the comic format is not suited to showcasing. the comic is at girlgenius.com. there are some minor continuity conflicts between the comics and this novelization, but minor enough that you can page through the comic while listening to the book.

  • Give Us the Ballot

  • The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
  • By: Ari Berman
  • Narrated by: Tom Zingarelli
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

The adoption of the landmark Voting Rights Act in 1965 enfranchised millions of Americans and is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement. Yet fifty years later, we are still fighting heated battles over race, representation, and political power - over the right to vote, the central pillar of our democracy. A groundbreaking narrative history of voting rights since 1965, Give Us the Ballot tells the story of what happened after the act was passed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In-Depth Blow by Blow Account of the VRA

  • By Gillian on 10-25-16

Well told history of voting rights activism

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

Reviewed: 10-31-16

There's a lot of information in here, but Berman keeps it grounded in the story of the people working to expand voting access. There were some dense parts to the material being covered, but that's one of the things that makes for a good non-fiction piece -- when you have to stop and really consider what you're reading/hearing in the moment.

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  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,050

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very funny

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 10-01-11

well worth full price

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

This was a truly enjoyable listen, an experience more than the sum of its parts.

  • Visions of Heat

  • Psy-Changeling Series, Book 2
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515

Hailed as a major talent in paranormal romance, Nalini Singh takes us deeper into the world of the Psy and the changelings in her latest extraordinary novel, where a gifted woman sees passion in her future---a passion that is absolutely forbidden by her kind. In danger from the Psy, Faith NightStar's fragile sanity will be tested by an all-consuming passion for a changeling who can take the form of man or jaguar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Things are heating up.

  • By Beccaboo on 10-12-14

Start with this book, then listen to the first one

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

When writing fantasy, Ms. Singh does a great job of creating heroines you can really root for. Some are bad ass fighters and some simply possess the kind of internal strength that lets them meet the challenges they face with dignity and resolution. Faith doesn't have to be a kick ass super star fighter to face down the scary stuff. She does it with smarts and the support of her mate.

Having listened to the second book now, the first book, "Slave to Sensation", is more enjoyable. My biggest gripe was with the concept of a group of psychics choosing to become emotionally neutered. Human consciousness is emotion with a patter of reasoning wrapped around it. Deny the emotions and of course you're going to have serious mental breakdowns.

This book provides more insight into what drove that decision and the very serious consequences it's having in the story's larger world. It's the set up that the first book didn't get to.

There's a slight bit of spoiler in the second book if you haven't read the first, but clearing up that bit of world building made a huge impact on how much more I was able to enjoy the first book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rock Addiction

  • Rock Kiss, Book 1
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine O. Keef
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 757

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media's harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad-boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin and a touch that could become an addiction.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • really disappointing

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-16

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

I'm 3 hours in and unimpressed. It's got good sex scenes and starts them early, but in between there ain't much plot. The story is set in New Zealand with New Zealanders among the main characters, but so far there has been one, exactly one, person read with a New Zealand accent, and that was an unnamed neighbor with maybe two lines of dialog.

Hero: aggressive male, a few issues, mundane trope.
Heroine: major issues, timid, and rather pathetic.

Bored and moving on. Hoping Ms Singh gets bored and returns to writing about angels that make vampires and the people who get to play catch with runaway vamps. At least those characters all have backbones.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Burn for Me

  • A Hidden Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career - a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire. Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan - a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Don't judge a book by it's cover" - TRUE!!!

  • By Lilian on 03-23-16

Different

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

This book sets the stage for a new series focused on the two main characters, and while the heroine is an enjoyable scrapper, the hero is more of an anti-hero, with hints lightly poking through the story that he might, possibly, maybe not be a complete psychopath. I await further character development in the books yet to come.

The universe is brand new --- ish. Magic is introduced into humanity during the 1860s, so most of the political set up is the same, but the similarities between real life places and institutions show that the alternate history angle wasn't pushed as hard as it could have been.

Iliona Andrews is one of my favorite authors because she writes compelling stories, and this definitely matched her prior books for drawing me through the story. Renee Raudman is my favorite dramatic narrator, and she delivers a great listen yet again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Twin Dragons

  • The Dragon Lords of Valdier, Book 7
  • By: S. E. Smith
  • Narrated by: David Brenin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630

Melina Franklin was barely 16 when she and her grandfather were kidnapped by an alien trader and sold to an Antrox mining asteroid in deep space....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not exactly the book I wanted...

  • By K. April Holgate on 11-02-15

fun listen

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

This was worth a return listen when I wanted to hear something frivolous. The male narrator seemed a little strange at first given the genre, but he pulled off the female lead without the corn ball sappy voices I've heard from other make narrators reading romances.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Death by Black Hole

  • And Other Cosmic Quandaries
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,209

Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for an introduction to space and astronomy

  • By Charles on 10-01-08

Enjoyable, Well Narrated, Repetitive

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

Reviewed: 08-03-15

I had fun listening to this collection of essays, and I am definitely looking for more works narrated by Mr. Graham as he had an enjoyable voice and diction.

The essays were well written, articulate, in places thought provoking, and drew upon sometimes too common examples. By the same token, the majority of places where I found the examples or metaphors repetitive concerned complex topics.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful