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Poulsbo, WA
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  • The Quiet Game

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,123

When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret - and the small town's violent past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complex and Good Courtroom Drama!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 02-09-15

GREAT STORY!!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

This may be the best story I’ve ever heard through Audible out of 250+ books. The characters are well developed. The story line is believable, yet not predictable. A great listen!

  • The Undoing Project

  • A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,361

Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made Michael Lewis' work possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Behind the scenes of amazing science

  • By Neuron on 10-16-17

Disappointing, but still a fan of Lewis

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

Michael Lewis is my favorite author, but the subject matter in this story just wasn't that interesting. The manner in which Lewis writes is always interesting to listen to, and the reader did a great job, but for me this book was just ho-hum.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,003
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,486
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,482

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

This book was full of everything I ever hope for in a book. It was super interesting, and hard to put down. Iit was funny, and I found Knight to be a person I was cheering for throughout the book as he faced one trial after another. It was a truly inspirational story. I wish everyone I know could read this book

It was also an awesome business book. It discussed significant business challenges Nike faced throughout its journey to becoming the world leader it is today. As a business owner I was very interested to read about the number of times it seemed as though Nike may need to close down due to challenges it faced, yet each time they found a way to overcome the problem. It is an amazing story of Knights resolve to never give up. I also loved hearing about Knight's leadership style of allowing the voices of his employees to be heard, even when they ran counter to his ideas. I think this is a must read for business owners, but everyone who's heard of Nike will enjoy it too.

The only negative about this book is that it's not nearly long enough. I would love to hear there will be a sequel to this book. There are so many aspects that could be delved into more deeply, and with the way Knight wrote this book I know they would be just as riveting as everything in this book.

28 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,891
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,535
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,481

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

AMAZING STORY

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

Reviewed: 10-13-15

This was a great book and an amazing story! I want to listen to it again with my husband.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In Broad Daylight

  • By: Harry N. MacLean
  • Narrated by: Dave Clark
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

In Broad Daylight tells the story of the killing of Ken Rex McElroy on the main street of Skidmore, Missouri, in July 1981. McElroy, an illiterate hog farmer, had terrorized all of northwest Missouri for over 20 years, until the town, and even law enforcement, was terrified of him. McElroy was shot as he sat in his truck in front of the tavern. Over 45 men witnessed the shooting. Despite two eyewitness accounts and three grand jury investigations, no one has been prosecuted for the crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You have to hear it to believe it

  • By Brock on 12-09-14

You have to hear it to believe it

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

Reviewed: 12-09-14

I really enjoyed listening to this book, and found it difficult to break away from it. The remarkable thing about this story is that an entire town could loathe a man so much that some men could shoot and kill him in broad daylight in front of many people, and not a single person would say who did it. In this book the author does a great job of helping us understand how the townspeople felt, and why they felt so powerless to stop Mr. McElroy.

I would strongly recommend this book to people who enjoy reading true crime (a genre I love).

The narrator did a great job of telling the story, without getting in the way of it. It was enjoyable to listen to.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Gray Mountain

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,342
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,634
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,642

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Painful to listen to

  • By Toni on 10-24-14

Not great, but not horrible either

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

Reviewed: 10-27-14

It was OK. I'm not upset I listened to the whole book. I've seen a lot of the reviewers blasting this latest work by Grisham, and I'll agree, it doesn't measure up with his great books. It was still enjoyable to listen to, I never once thought I should abandon ship midway through the book. Grisham is a great writer, and does an outstanding job of developing characters and relationships between them. The problem for me though, is it doesn't seem like he spent a lot of time really developing a great story in his mind before he set out to write just another book.

For me the reader was fine. I've seen several people complain she read too slow, but that's why audible has speed settings you can pick from. The book and the reader went well together, but neither one of them were able to raise the level of the book above mediocrity.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Winners Dream

  • A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office
  • By: Bill McDermott, Joanne Gordon (Contributor)
  • Narrated by: Bill McDermott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 282

In Winners Dream, Bill McDermott - the co-CEO of the world’s largest business software company, SAP - chronicles how relentless optimism, hard work, and disciplined execution embolden people and equip organizations to achieve audacious goals. Growing up in working-class Long Island, a sixteen-year-old Bill traded three hourly wage jobs to buy a small deli, which he ran by instinctively applying ideas that would be the seeds for his future success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly inspiring story

  • By Brock on 10-16-14

A truly inspiring story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-14

Listening to this book was an awesome experience. More than just hearing his Bill McDermott's story, this book inspired me as a leader. I had to constantly pause the book to write notes I really want to remember. In stark contrast to books about Jeff Bezos and the Google guys that constantly talked about the way they've build their companies by hiring people with off the charts IQ's, Bill McDermott's life has demonstrated the power of being interested in people, and inspiring them dream big dreams. By doing this he has accomplished amazing things as a leader.

I have been telling every business person I've talked to in the past couple days they've got to listen to, or read this book. There is so much wisdom that can be gleaned from the way McDermott has led, and what I loved most was his boldness to believe he could make the impossible happen (the story of taking the Xerox post in Puerto Rico).

To complete the perfect listening experience McDermott read the book himself, and did a great job. To me there's nothing better than hearing a memoir like this in their own voice, where you can hear his passion and emotions throughout the book.

A definite 5-star book all the way around!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

  • Kind of the Story of My Life
  • By: Scott Adams
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,921

Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, to embrace it, then pick its pocket.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining - but not too Coherent

  • By David J. Hudson on 04-17-14

A very fun self-help book

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

Reviewed: 07-10-14

Scott Adams' story is a great one, and the majority of his advice is very solid. I loved his advice on diet and exercise, and laughed out loud many times throughout the book. This book is far more interesting and enjoyable than most self-help books. The only reason I gave it four stars was that some of his ideas were a little too far out there in my opinion, especially about the power of affirmations to actually change the future, even where it wasn't related to his actions. Although, in his defense he admits it seems strange, he just tells how this concept played out in his life.

I think most people, like me, don't read self-help books with the intent of completely emulating everything the author says, but rather to find a few nuggets that can be implemented in our own lives. If you are looking for an entertaining book that can also give you ideas to improve your own life, I highly recommend listening to this book.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • A Twisted Faith

  • A Minister's Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church
  • By: Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42

On December 26, 1997, near the affluent community of Bainbridge Island off the coast of Seattle, a house went up in flames. In it was the shy, beloved minister's wife, Dawn Hacheney. When the fire was extinguished, investigators found only her charred remains. Her husband, Nick, was visibly devastated by the loss. What investigators failed to note, however, was that Dawn's lungs didn't contain smoke. Was she dead before the fire began?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to believe it's a true story- but it is

  • By Brock on 07-10-14

Hard to believe it's a true story- but it is

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

Reviewed: 07-10-14

This story took place in my home county, and I'd even met the anti-hero of this book, Nick Hackney, many years before this all took place, but I had no idea how twisted and shocking all the details of this case really were. Since finishing this book last week I can't stop thinking about it, and have had amazing discussions with people who knew Nick very well.

The story of the murder and arson following it are very interesting, but even better is what happened in the five years between the murder and Nick's eventual arrest. He used the sympathy-factor of his wife's "tragic death" in a fire to cajole what seemed like every woman he was close to into a sexual relationship. If it would have been a fictional story it would have seemed too ridiculous to believe, but the fact it is a true story made this a story I couldn't stop listening to.

If you enjoy listening to true-crime stories this book is a must-listen. Like all true-crime books, you can't say it's "awesome", because real lives were destroyed, but this story is a fascinating look into the persuasive power a diabolical liar can posses over his unsuspecting victims.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Thirst

  • The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water
  • By: Charles Fishman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 318

The water coming out of your tap is four billion years old and might have been slurped by a Tyrannosaurus Rex. We will always have exactly as much water on Earth as we have ever had. Water cannot be destroyed, and it can always be made clean enough for drinking again. In fact, water can be made so clean that it actually becomes toxic. As Charles Fishman brings vibrantly to life in this delightful narrative excursion, water runs our world in a host of awe-inspiring ways, which is both the promise and the peril of our unexplored connections to it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative Book

  • By Lynn on 04-21-11

Best educational book I've ever heard

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

Reviewed: 06-03-14

My goal is always to learn something from the books I listen to, but sometimes it's endurance work to finish a science, biology, or even history related book. In the midst of many educational books I keep promising myself I'll indulge on a fun novel next, and take a break from the learning. This was not the case at all with The Big Thirst. I enjoyed every minute of this book, and because I enjoyed it so much, I probably learned more (and will retain more) than with any other educational book I've listened to.

My family is probably getting tired of hearing stories and facts about water at dinner each night. To me this book was awesome. I learned a ton about our world's most precious resource, and thoroughly enjoyed doing it. Fishman writes with wit and humor, and knows how to keep things interesting as well as informative. The major stories he covers in the book are all very interesting.

As I re-read through many of the reviews on this book I was amazed to see some people say it is a "doomsday" type book about our world's water problems. I didn't get that at all. It is true today that more and more people are recognizing the importance of water availability for our futures, but he doesn't hype up this fear. I think the goal of The Big Thirst is just to make people stop and consider water, something we live most of our lives completely taking for granted.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO EVERYONE. No matter what type of books you enjoy listening to, I promise you will connect with the subject matter in this book, and enjoy learning as you listen to it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful