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  • Slaughterhouse-Five

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,875
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,857

Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralfamadorians, who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narration.

  • By Walter W. Quinn on 07-05-18

Always a Classic

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Great story and great author. The story is told in a non-linear fashion. The main character, Billy Pilgrim, is a self-described time traveler. The book bounces around from time period to time period In Billy's life. You hear about his life as a prisoner of war during the bombing of Dresden, being an exhibit in an alien Zoo, and other parts of his life mixed in to draw from the time traveling narrative.

I read the book myself a few times as I am a fan of Kurt Vonnegut. My main interest in listening to the book was hearing the story again but also listening to it read to me rather than reading it for myself. I'm not sure James Franco was the best choice for a narrator here. He certainly reads Vonnegut different than I would have. Maybe it was James Franco's interpretation of the book... but it sounded unenthusiastic and lazy. James wasn't terrible... just not Kurt Vonnegut to me.

  • Financial Freedom

  • Creating True Wealth Now
  • By: Suze Orman
  • Narrated by: Suze Orman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

This practical, systematic approach to financial freedom is divided into three sections. The first one takes us back to our most formative experiences with money. We do this in order to break free of financial worries and take control of our feelings about money. Once we've made this connection, we're then able to change both our attitudes and our actions and start to create a life that is financially free.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great clarification

  • By Deborah on 12-20-09

Useful but outdated in some parts

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

Some really good financial information is contained in this book. However there is a reference to the financial laws changing with a deadline in 2010... which of course has already come and gone. The book is outdated in a few parts but that fact doesn't take away from the rest of the book.

If you have ever listened to Suze Orman or have watched her show, than this book is the same Suze Orman that you know and remember. The book is a combination of Suze narrating and some short segments from her seminars. I got the feeling that I attended one of her financial seminars by the time I was done the book.

Suze does give a lot of advice and there are some personal stories mixed in. There's a number of explanations of financial vehicles and different methods of investing your money. The book has some old information in it so it shouldn't be the last financial book you ever listen to. Good book and great narration by the author herself.

  • The Queen

  • Aretha Franklin
  • By: Mikal Gilmore
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,489
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,133

You know her voice. Now hear her story.

Audible has teamed up with Rolling Stone to produce an uncompromisingly honest Audible Original that honors the life and legacy of the incomparable Aretha Franklin. Aretha’s universal appeal was evident from the release of her first album at age 14 through her nearly 50 Top 40 hits. Yet this intimate biography reminds us that Aretha knew pain as much as she knew glory. It was the blues, residing deep within her soul, that gave way to a voice able to lift millions with a profound sense of freedom, self-worth, and undeniable talent to rise above sorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I learned so much

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-15-18

A nice overall look of Aretha Franklin's life

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

This was a good overview of Aretha's life and career. It starts from her birth and roots and continues on until she passed away. The book is told from the perspective of her friends an family... and occasionally her own perspective creeps in.

The author doesn't simply write a glowing account of her life. Aretha's flaws and thoughts are sometimes on full display here which as a reader, I like to see. I believe it lends some human characteristics to an icon instead of a rosie account that would paint an unrealistic picture.

The book is a nice short listen if you're looking to get in a cram session to learn about her life and career. There were some light details on a few subjects and more in depth explanation needed in some other places but many times the ultimate account is from Aretha. If she didn't talk about it... we'll never know.

Book is well written and well narrated.

  • Boston Bruins

  • Greatest Moments and Players
  • By: Stan Fischler
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Skate the length of the ice with the greatest legends of Boston Bruins hockey - newly updated! Written by hockey's most authoritative author, this is the definitive collection of Boston Bruins history

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Historical Information on The Bruins

  • By kevinf on 12-20-18

Good Historical Information on The Bruins

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

A good listen for Boston Bruins fans. The first half of the book reads like a high school yearbook. Historical Bruins players have individual bios as chapters that include stories from their playing days. I would have liked to have seen more players there that made the list. However; most of the popular and star players have made the list. After the bios there are various awards like worst suspension, longest feud, and fastest shot, Etc.

The second half of the book is a collection of stories from some of the players and coaches. Some from previous interviews or stories from one player to another. There's also short chapters like "A day in the life of Ray Bourque".

Good listen if you are looking for historical context of the Boston Bruins. Written by Stan Fischler and narrated by Ray Childs only adds to that Bruins feel. #bostonbruins #hockey #sports

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,475

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Short Version of The Fifth Risk

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

This audiobook is basically a short version or summary of Michael Lewis's other book "The Fifth Risk". If you've already listened to that book then you have already listen to this book as well.

It is all very interesting information. The book deals with weather data and science that is in some or most cases ignored. If you know Michael Lewis... then you know he's not a Donald Trump fan and that comes through a bit here.

If you are on the fence about buying Michael Lewis's other book "The Fifth Risk", then this short listen well give you a good example or introductory listen to the larger book. If you have already read the larger book "The Fifth Risk", you can pass on this one.

I only gave this book 3 stars because I feel like I've already listened to it with the other book. However I did give the other book 4 stars. Its a good book taken as a whole.

  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,048

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully "illustrated"

  • By anonymous on 12-25-14

Christmas Spirit in the Face of War

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

This audiobook is a short account of Christmas Eve on a Battlefield in 1914. The book is told from the perspective of a commanding officer writing a letter to one of his former soldier's mother concerning what happened that night.

A moment in time when the Germans, French, and English stopped the war for one night in the spirit of Christmas.

This audiobook is a nice short listen that you can get through in one sitting. It is dramatized audio but. not from a stage performance.

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,633

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Should be added to your Mark Twain Library

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

This was a good project that not only takes you through a feast of foods Mark Twain would have eaten and loved but also gives a substantial amount of facts and history. Previously unknown facts and history about Mark Twain, even to a fan like myself.

This audiobook is not a simple reading of a book. it is a project that takes you on a journey to different places that Mark Twain would have been able to get some of the foods that he liked. You go on a prairie hen hunt, a raccoon hunt, and a journey down the Mississippi as Mark Twain would have. These destinations are arrived at with an audio recorder so that you hear some of the conversations they had while on that prairie hen hunt or where ever.

The group has a feast at Mark Twain's home in Connecticut. They get a chef to cook the food as he would cook it today. I very much enjoyed the book. They didn't gloss over Mark Twain's flaws while telling the story which adds to the Integrity of the book my opinion. The feast only has eight of the foods Mark Twain listed in his letters. However I can see future projects where they tackle some of the other foods that Mark Twain craved. Good project and nice listen.

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  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  • Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,921

Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new foreword and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant and answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past 15 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I don't understand these other reviews

  • By Scott on 08-29-10

A "Must Read" Classic

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

This book was recommended to me and I was somewhat apprehensive before reading. I've read plenty of self-improvement books and was skeptical I would learn from another. There's some really good advice and guidance within. I found the author very knowledgeable and helpful in his approach to becoming more effective.

The book explains the difference between effectiveness and efficiency as well as the differences between principles and values. Helping you learn these differences and applying the techniques that the author recommends will help you on your path in life and in business.

After reading this book you will have strategies and techniques that will help you become more effective and it will help your approach to others in encouraging their effectiveness. Better results from you and the ones around you. While some of the book is geared towards a business perspective... the whole book is not this way. These techniques here will help you lead a more principled centric life.

The book is well written and well narrated. #SelfDiscovery #SelfImprovement

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,666

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

A warming Christmas Story

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

A Christmas story that warms the heart. A great reminder of not only what Christmas is about but also why family can be such a big part of it whether you realize... or want it to be that way.

This was a holiday story I had not heard previously and I was able to get through in one sitting. Excellent short listen that dares to bring some Christmas spirit to a cold heart. Nicely written and Armitage does a good job with narration. #Christmas #Holidays #HeartWarming

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Faster Than Normal

  • Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD Brain
  • By: Peter Shankman, Edward Hallowell - foreword
  • Narrated by: Peter Shankman, Bernie Wagenblast
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

Peter Shankman is a busy guy - a media entrepreneur who runs several businesses, gives keynote speeches around the world, hosts a popular podcast, runs marathons and Iron Mans, is a licensed skydiver, dabbles in angel investing, and is a loving father to his young daughter. Simply put, he always seems to have more than 24 hours in a day. How does he do it? Peter attributes his unusually high energy level and extreme productivity to his ADHD.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, not great

  • By George on 07-25-18

tools and techniques for the ADHD brain

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

"Faster Than Normal" is a book to help you focus more and be more organized. Although the book is geared more for people with ADHD, I think many will find the techniques and tools that Peter uses to help them focus whether they have ADHD or not.

Peter shares his own stories and experiences as it relates to his own diagnosis of ADHD. He has managed to develop techniques and tools that help him with ADHD as well as help focus more in everyday life. The author shares resources and digital tools that better help organize one's life if they think on the hyperactive side and have a "SQUIRREL!" attention span.

Several people contribute their own stories to the book and share some techniques they use to cope with a faster than normal brain. Peter demonstrates how ADHD can be a Plus in life and not a negative diagnosis that hinders you. Excellent book. Well written and well narrated. #SelfDiscovery #SelfHelp #Inspires #LifeTools