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  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run

  • True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide
  • By: Peter Allison
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 842
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 835

Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!

  • By D. in Dallas on 09-21-12

A primer for my trip to Africa

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I have been to Africa on safari twice and will be going to Botswana this Fall. That is, of course, what attracted me to this book. It's a light book, but I totally enjoyed listening to all of it. Much of it is very amusing and the author doesn't hesitate to tell tales on himself. The narrator, Antony Ferguson was very good. As a client, it was interesting to hear Peter Allison talk about some of his clients. We've had similar experiences ourselves, and sometimes wonder why people go to the expense and time it takes to go to Africa, only to be uninterested, bored, or wanting to simply check off species that they've seen on some sort of checklist. If it isn't a lion killing something they are not interested. Everything about Africa is so interesting that I would love to have a guide like Peter Allison.

  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, Alexandra Allwine, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,778

The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***EXCELLENT*** Six stars if I could !!

  • By ROBIN on 04-10-17

Too much like a fairy tale to me

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

I am a fan of Lisa See and was anxious to read her new book. It started out well, and it was very interesting to hear about the Akha people and to learn more about tea. Lisa See's writing is great, but this particular story was just way too pat for me. Everything just fell into place so perfectly - and predictably - that I turned the speed up to get through it.

  • Wishful Drinking

  • By: Carrie Fisher
  • Narrated by: Carrie Fisher
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,293

In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabers."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Perspective....

  • By Allan on 12-22-08

We're going to miss you, Carrie

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

I never paid much attention to Carrie Fisher, as I grew up in the Debbie Reynolds era. But, after they both died in December, I saw an old interview of both of them with Oprah on TV. I fell in love with Carrie on the spot. Her droll delivery, and her dark sense of humor really appealed to me.
This book talks about many dark subjects, but I laughed all the way through it. I loved the parts about her's parents many spouses, the whole Eddie-Debbie split, the Hollywood life style, etc. It's no wonder she got hooked on drugs and alcohol and was bi-polar. Despite all that, she came through it, shared the experience with the world, and I think, made the world a better place.
The book is a bit repetitious in parts, and drags a bit in other parts, but overall I loved it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tippi

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tippi Hedren
  • Narrated by: Tippi Hedren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

For decades Tippi Hedren's luminous beauty radiated from the silver screen, enchanting moviegoers and cementing her position among Hollywood's elite - beauty and star power that continue to endure. For too long Hedren's story has been told by others through whispered gossip and tabloid headlines. Now Hedren sets the record straight, recalling how a young and virtuous Lutheran girl from small-town Minnesota became a worldwide legend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You've got to love lions!

  • By Sharon on 12-15-16

You've got to love lions!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

I remember when Tippi Hedren, a total unknown, was selected to be the leading lady in Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS. It caused quite a stir. I also knew that she had some sort of a big cat sanctuary here in California. As a person who works with and advocates for wildlife, I have to admit that I was more interested in learning about the big cats, than I was in anything else, but the whole book was very interesting.

Ms. Hedren narrates the book. She is now 86. I worried a bit about that, but didn't need to. Her narration is fine, and I'm sure adds to the story. I admire anyone who is her age not only writing a book but narrating it as well.

Tippi is totally enjoyable. Ms. Hedren is a real survivor. She has lived quite a life, survived many setbacks, and always bounced back for more. She comes across as very independent. Her work with big cats and other wildlife has been admirable and we in the wildlife community support it.

Good for her for writing this book and sharing her very interesting story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Red Chairs

  • By: Edna O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 391

Vlad, a stranger from Eastern Europe masquerading as a healer, settles in a small Irish village where the locals fall under his spell. One woman, Fidelma McBride, becomes so enamored that she begs him for a child. All that world is shattered when Vlad is arrested, and his identity as a war criminal is revealed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite prose

  • By Sharey on 05-04-16

Didn't think I would like it, but . . .

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

I loved it. This is not a typical Edna O'Brien story, and when I read about the subject matter, I thought I'd skip it. I'm so glad I didn't, because Edna O'Brien is such a marvelous writer, that I would have missed a truly wonderful book. I loved every minute of it.

It's hard to believe that just one person narrated this book. Juliet Stevenson must be a chameleon! All the different accents and characters were spot on.

  • H Is for Hawk

  • By: Helen Macdonald
  • Narrated by: Helen Macdonald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,760
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,751

When Helen MacDonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer captivated by hawks since childhood, she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators: the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral anger mirrored her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mabel The Hawk--The Fire That Burned The Hurts Away

  • By Sara on 04-09-15

Sorry, but it didn't grab me.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

This book has won numerous awards and Helen Macdonald is an excellent writer. I guess the subject matter didn't go down well with me, even though I work with wildlife.
In the end, it is about caged birds (which I disapprove of) that are trained to hunt and kill other wildlife. I know falconry is an ancient sport and all that, but sometimes we just need to evolve.
I didn't finish the book, but didn't return it either, as I did listen to most of it before giving up.

  • Carrying Albert Home

  • The Somewhat True Story of a Woman, a Husband, and Her Alligator
  • By: Homer Hickam
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam (the father of the author) were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields, graduating just as the Great Depression began. When Homer asked for her hand, Elsie instead headed to Orlando, where she sparked with a dancing actor named Buddy Ebsen (yes, that Buddy Ebsen). But when Buddy headed for New York, Elsie's dreams of a life with him were crushed, and eventually she found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Delightful!!

  • By Sharon on 03-01-16

Absolutely Delightful!!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

When I saw that this book was about an alligator, I wanted to read it. I'm so glad that I was drawn in by both the cover and the title. This is a delightful story about the ups and downs of a young married couple, the wife's pet alligator (not a crocodile!!) named Albert, and the attempt to return him to the wild. Believe me when I say it is quite a journey.
If we are to believe this "Somewhat True Story", we meet many amazing characters along the way, including Buddy Ebsen, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway and more. Such fun. I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narration perfectly captured the tone of the book.
I plan to read more by Homer Hickam soon.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond Words

  • What Animals Think and Feel
  • By: Carl Safina
  • Narrated by: Carl Safina
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina's landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book by a scientist with a heart

  • By Sharon on 11-12-15

Great book by a scientist with a heart

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

I loved this book. The narration could definitely be better, but I will forgive Carl Safina for this, as the content of this book is so good. It's taken forever, but science is finally catching up with what many of us have known all along - that animals have feelings, have family bonds, have their own language, etc. In many ways they are superior to us.
It was fascinating to read about the elephants, wolves, whales, and the terrible things that humans have done to them. There are many species on the planet. Humans are just one, but we sure are making life difficult for so many of the others.
This book is difficult to read in places, heartbreaking in others, but, for the most part, it is so interesting to get an in depth look at these particular species. Also, we need to know the bad things that are happening to them, so we can do something about it.
I highly recommend this book.

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Harder They Come

  • A Novel
  • By: T.C. Boyle
  • Narrated by: Graham Hamilton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 680

Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people - an aging ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover - as they careen toward an explosive confrontation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intense, gripping, absorbing

  • By Bonny on 04-10-15

Based on a true story

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

I live in Northern California where the events that this book is based on played out. It was a scary situation and the local media could focus on nothing else at the time. I am a T.C. Boyle fan, and familiar with the story, but I thought I would pass on this book. I was tempted though, so listened to the sample, at which point I became hooked!

This book is a very good read from page one through the finish. The story pulls you right in and never lets you go. Graham Hamilton does a great job of narrating. This is T.C. Boyle's 25th book, and I hope he keeps right on writing. He is a master.

38 of 42 people found this review helpful

  • The Romanov Sisters

  • The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
  • By: Helen Rappaport
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive, and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution - the nightmare that would sweep their world away and them along with it. The Romanov Sisters will surprise people, even aficionados.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Made you want to change the ending

  • By MissSusie66 on 01-23-15

Good book despite terrible narrator.

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

Reviewed: 10-27-14

It was all I could do to get through this book. I have to give Helen Rappaport a lot of credit for writing such an interesting book, as the narration was simply terrible. Xe Sands narrated with a very affected, disinterested voice. I would not know if her Russian was pronounced correctly, but she certainly got a lot of English words wrong. The book itself is interesting and I was glad that it was not just about the four sisters, but rather more about the family. If I were doing this again, I would definitely get the hardbound edition and skip the Audible version.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful