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  • Free the Darkness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 1
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,244
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,663

Raised and trained in seclusion at a secret fortress on the edge of the northern wilds of the Kingdom of Ashai, a young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows. With no understanding of his life’s purpose and armed with masterful weapons mysteriously bestowed upon him by a dead king, Rezkin must travel across Ashai to find the one man who may hold the clues to his very existence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck people?

  • By Mbot on 03-12-17

Not believable.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

For me the story was not believable at all. What I love in Fantasy books is when the different world is described so well that you feel you can understand it, believe it. The main character is not believable at all for me. A man that has been trained to be the master at everything including deception, that does not know the meaning of the word friend, knows nothing about sex and attraction between people and that people in the outside world do not live by the same rules he was though. I mean, how is it possible to be the master of deception when you dont understand 50% of what is going on?

  • 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 28,079
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,258
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,249

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

Fantastic, beautifully written, informative

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

Wow. I was a bit bored of reading books, I usually read 1 a week but lately I had a hard time finding a great. book. This is a fantastic book. I am a business owner myself, and I loved how Phil Knight described so many things that I could relate to. I loved how, even though partially romanticized in how some things are written, he was so honest about many things. I had a feeling, from how he described everyone, and himself that he was been super honest.

I loved how he painted the good and the bad part of been an entrepreneur, but as he saw it, as I see it, there is no other choice if you want to be your own boss.

thank you for taking the time to write this book, I have cried, laugh, and learned, I couldnt ask for a better read. thank you for sharing your learnings and your truths

  • Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell

  • A Cosmere Novella
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120

When the familiar and seemingly safe turns lethal, therein danger lies. Amid a forest where the shades of the dead linger all around, every homesteader knows to follow the Simple Rules: "Don't kindle flame, don't shed the blood of another, don't run at night. These things draw shades." Silence Montane has broken all three rules on more than one occasion. And to protect her family from a murderous gang with high bounties on their heads, Silence will break every rule again, at the risk of becoming a shade herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, What A Great Short Story!

  • By Cheri on 10-18-15

Just another story

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

I am a Sanderson fan, but this story felt to me like just another story, which you can find thousands off. Its not bad, just not particularly good either.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mating in Captivity

  • Reconciling the Erotic & the Domestic
  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,968

Esther Perel takes on tough questions, grappling with the obstacles and anxieties that arise when our quest for secure love conflicts with our pursuit of passion. She invites us to explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire, and explains what it takes to bring lust home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Thinker's Book...

  • By Todd White on 04-17-12

Great book, great insights

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

Reviewed: 06-24-16

Its a different sort of book, probably because it is not american. It does not give you a step by step approach to solving your problems, or the how to relationship manual. It engages you in a open ended discussion about couples, fidelity and how we view sex and attraction inside couples.

I love that the author has opened up this discussion, something that I believe we need to talk about and think more. This is the second book of its kind I read, and plan to read more, as it is such an important and interesting subject.

The only fault I find in this book are the French words. It is meant to make it cooler and sexy, but really, the book is in english! I knew some of the words as I do have some basic french, but each time I heard one I though to myself "not cool!" as on an audiobook, you don't even get the spelling to be able to go and look for it!

The narration was good for a author narration, but of course a professional narration is always better.

All and all, a great and fun read!

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,404
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,143
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,217

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Too American, too biast, too one sided

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

This is that type of book, that if it wore a movie (and I think it is) it would have american flags all over the place.

The book is interesting, as it tells a part of the war that is not told as often. I've read many books that focus in Europe and the Nazis, but this is the first book that tells about Japan.

From the book, it looks like the Japanese wore really bad guys, in some instances they make you feel they wore worst then the Nazis. For example by pointing out that Prisoners of war POWs, wore treated much worst by the Japanese then by the Nazis.

They paint America as a super nice guy in this war. Treating Japanese civilians nicely, treating a POW so nicely that he felt really good in the US and forgiving all japanese after the war all but immediately.

This is the typical American story. Flats, patriotism, resilience, suffering, finding God and forgiveness. The way is told, with so much biased opinion makes me want to read another book about this part of the war and try to get some more perspective on it.

So not to put any spoilers here. I just want to point out that when US did some HUGE bad things in the book, it was for one second, not discussed and justified as "if they didnt do that, then this really bad thing would have happen".

Both the narration and the writing style made the book very boring in my view, the scenes were clunky. This is the 3rd book I read from the author, and always the reading style si very clunky and boring. Why do I keep reading then? Well, I think its important to get perspective, and this author always write about important things that I want to know more about, like Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and the Innovators of silicon valley.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Before They Are Hanged

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,768
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,268

Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without a trace? It's enough to make a torturer want to run - if he could even walk without a stick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The single best fantasy experience I've ever had

  • By Matthew on 10-07-16

read 2 out of 3 books and is not worth it.

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

Its hard to rely on reviews to know if the book is worthwhile or not as some people will like a book, and others won't. I will try to explain why I did not like this book so much.

I am an Epic Fantasy fan. I love books with magic, inner dialogue, hero complex, smart plots and well crafted action scenes.

The Blade itself took FOREVER to develop characters. 7 hours into the audibook I went to look online for comments and reviews on the book, to see if the book was ever going to start. Many commented that it was normal, and the book would finally develop after. it didnt. I was going to title this review "the longest book intro ever", as I though the second book would surely have much more action. it didnt.

The characters are well developed, but after about 50 hours of book reading (2 of the 3 books) I did not developed a liking for ANY of the characters, which is a first for me. In part I feel the author is trying to make the characters more real, with their faults and failures, but this did not work on me.

The action scenes are very hard to understand. I like imagining things in my head, often repeating frowns or expressions in my own face to help me imagine what is happening. In the action scenes and many other scenes I was lost, I could not visualize what was happening.

Magic has NO explanation, or almost none. I got use in some of my favourite books like The stormlight archive by Brandond Sanderson or The name of the wind by Patrick Rothfus, that magic gets explained. In the Blad itself, a general reason for magic is explained, but thats it, no details. For me, the details help it feel real, and not just arbitrary. If a point to a rock and it explodes, that is great. But if I explain what I am doing to the rock, that I am trying to convince it to explode, or that I put energy inside, or something, that is much more exiting.

Finally, I read the 2 books and still nothing major happends. It builds up, and up and up and up and ...... I am sure, hopefully, that the 3 book exploits all that build up and something major happends, but I got quite irritated with the book to wait for that to happen. I mean, one would think that 50 hours of the trilogy would be enough for something major to happen, but no...

So, you have been warned, continue at your on peril.

Some suggestions for those looking for a great book, 2 of my favorites are mentioned above. Another a 3rd one would be the Black Prism, which narration is AWFUL on the first book, all but destroying the story, but boy is worth it when they change the narrator on the 2nd and 3rd book (4th still to come). If you can read the kindle version on the first book even better.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Blade Itself

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,239
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,686

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian - leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies. Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Characters drive the story. The Narrator rocks!

  • By Brian Alsobrook on 11-01-16

Read 2 out of 3 books and is not worth it for me.

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

Its hard to rely on reviews to know if the book is worthwhile or not as some people will like a book, and others won't. I will try to explain why I did not like this book so much.

I am an Epic Fantasy fan. I love books with magic, inner dialogue, hero complex, smart plots and well crafted action scenes.

The Blade itself took FOREVER to develop characters. 7 hours into the audibook I went to look online for comments and reviews on the book, to see if the book was ever going to start. Many commented that it was normal, and the book would finally develop after. it didnt. I was going to title this review "the longest book intro ever", as I though the second book would surely have much more action. it didnt.

The characters are well developed, but after about 50 hours of book reading (2 of the 3 books) I did not developed a liking for ANY of the characters, which is a first for me. In part I feel the author is trying to make the characters more real, with their faults and failures, but this did not work on me.

The action scenes are very hard to understand. I like imagining things in my head, often repeating frowns or expressions in my own face to help me imagine what is happening. In the action scenes and many other scenes I was lost, I could not visualize what was happening.

Magic has NO explanation, or almost none. I got use in some of my favourite books like The stormlight archive by Brandond Sanderson or The name of the wind by Patrick Rothfus, that magic gets explained. In the Blad itself, a general reason for magic is explained, but thats it, no details. For me, the details help it feel real, and not just arbitrary. If a point to a rock and it explodes, that is great. But if I explain what I am doing to the rock, that I am trying to convince it to explode, or that I put energy inside, or something, that is much more exiting.

Finally, I read the 2 books and still nothing major happends. It builds up, and up and up and up and ...... I am sure, hopefully, that the 3 book exploits all that build up and something major happends, but I got quite irritated with the book to wait for that to happen. I mean, one would think that 50 hours of the trilogy would be enough for something major to happen, but no...

So, you have been warned, continue at your on peril.

Some suggestions for those looking for a great book, 2 of my favorites are mentioned above. Another a 3rd one would be the Black Prism, which narration is AWFUL on the first book, all but destroying the story, but boy is worth it when they change the narrator on the 2nd and 3rd book (4th still to come). If you can read the kindle version on the first book even better.

  • Book Launch

  • How to Write, Market, & Publish Your First Best-Seller
  • By: Chandler Bolt
  • Narrated by: Al Kessel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Are you struggling to grow your business? No matter what your definition of success is, each one of us out there has the dream of being successful. Maybe you want to be an entrepreneur, speaker, coach, or writer. Maybe you just have the dream of making good, passive income. Book Launch reveals the proven approach that all the top experts and millionaires are using to become successful: writing your own best-selling book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly effective book

  • By Mikal Nielsen on 04-22-15

Average book with a few good insights

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

The autor spends 1/3 of the book talking about how if he, that hates writing, can do this, you can do this, and about how his course is great to help you succeed. he promise you will be a best seller, by choosing some obscure sub category on amazon, so you can be the best book sold of 3 obscure titles, great.

If you are serious about self publishing, read "Write, Publish, Repeat" way better. The book does have some valuable take aways, but I would trust much more on the guys from "Write, Publish, Repeat", which btw is very well written

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,720

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Incredibly inspiring. from a business owner

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

Reviewed: 11-30-15

I have 300 audibooks on my audible librery and this is the most inspiring one. I've read about Steve Jobs, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Google and this one tops them all. If you have read Bold, this gives you the same push to be greater, but with way more substance.

An individual with such drive and vision, not afraid to go against everybody's opinion and, as it seams, really interested in the development of mankind and not only of himself.

He cares about the financial, but also about the fundamental. I never felt so motivated to go after the big goals, and big problems in this world

Enjoy the read!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Udemy

  • Generate Full Time Income by Learning The Simple Strategies with Udemy
  • By: Aven Analie
  • Narrated by: Karl Balboa
  • Length: 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Udemy is much more than a website. It’s a full-featured community that enables anyone to offer online training on a single online learning platform. It makes learning fun, and teaching - very, very profitable. However, before we dive into the simple strategies that you can use to generate a full time income with Udemy, here in this book you will find are a few quick facts about this powerful and dynamic community.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Little thin on Detail

  • By Gary Kazragis on 02-19-15

There is no valuable information on this book

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

There is no valuable information on this book. The value in this book is the same of reading anhy general information on the internet. I do not usually give such harsh reviews, but in this case I am very annoyed at the waist of time it was, even for 17 minutes.