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  • The Pole Vault Championship of the Entire Universe

  • By: Conor Lastowka
  • Narrated by: Eliza Skinner, Janet Varney, Al Yankovic, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 188

Kara Everglades has just finished her first year of high school and is longing for an adventure. So far, her only option is an invitation from some upperclassmen to watch them race a bunch of bullfrogs in a ditch. Her grandfather, Cornelius Everglades, is a family legend (and a loose cannon), who founded his own island micronation. Unfortunately, the rest of the world refuses to acknowledge it. When Cornelius shows up at Kara’s door needing her help and promising an adventure, Kara agrees to go along with his far-fetched plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! fun and hilarious

  • By Carter G. Deekens on 02-09-19

Actual "Laughed Out Loud"

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Starting with the obvious, having the cast from RiffTrax/MST3K voice an audiobook makes it an automatic win. The story itself reminded me a lot of Daniel Pinkwater, especially Slaves of Spiegel. The humor is absurd and farcical, so if you like subtlety this is not the book for you. But, if you do like silly humor and ridiculous characters you are in the right place.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,909

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By TheBookie on 06-04-18

Powerful

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

It's hard to imagine a more impactful work than 12 rules. There were moments, many moments, when I had to stop the book and think and reflect. As other reviewers have mentioned, the author is brought to tears during the reading. This was not some stunt, the topic he was discussing was so biting and deep that it was impossible not to cry.

It's important not to go into this book pre judging Peterson. His or your ideology is not relevant to the importance of this book. He speaks truth, simple and plain. Of course, it is HIS truth and you must understand it as such. It's also not simple. Peterson has this uncanny ability to talk for an hour and have 20 soundbites you want to remember. It's honestly, uncanny.

I can't possibly recommend this book highly enough. It's interesting, it's funny, it's biting, and it's deep. It will change you, but in a good way!

373 of 464 people found this review helpful

  • My Friend the Fanatic

  • Travels with a Radical Islamist
  • By: Sadanand Dhume
  • Narrated by: Andrew Randall
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

A nation once synonymous with tolerance, Indonesia, the fourth most populous country in the world, and the world's most populous Muslim country, now finds itself in the midst of a profound shift toward radical Islam. Sadanand Dhume, a Princeton-educated Indian atheist with a fondness for literary fiction and an interest in economic development, travels to Indonesia to find out how a society goes from broad inclusiveness to shrill intolerance in the space of a generation. His traveling companion is Herry Nurdi, a young Islamist who hero-worships Osama bin Laden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting setting and people

  • By Lane on 05-01-17

Interesting setting and people

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The subject and presentation is interesting. It tells the story of the authors travels through Indonesia. The "fanatic " he travels with is an interesting fellow and provides a novel perspective on Islamization. The book itself feels a bit disjointed but that didn't really bother me because the subject was fascinating.

  • Brazillionaires

  • Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country
  • By: Alex Cuadros
  • Narrated by: Alex Cuadros
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

When Bloomberg News invited the young American journalist Alex Cuadros to report on Brazil's emerging class of billionaires at the height of the historic Brazilian boom, he was poised to cover two of the biggest business stories of our time: how the giants of the developing world were triumphantly taking their place at the center of global capitalism and how wealth inequality was changing societies everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Michael Lewis style take on Brazil

  • By Lane on 07-18-16

A Michael Lewis style take on Brazil

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

Reviewed: 07-18-16

If you are looking for an explanation of what happened to Brazil's economy on the characters involved in it then this is your book! It's framed around the rise and fall of Eike but gives a lot of perspective both on the country and the ultra rich class.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Beanie Baby Bubble

  • Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute
  • By: Zac Bissonnette
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

There has never been a craze like Beanie Babies. The $5 beanbag animals with names like Seaweed the Otter and Gigi the Poodle drove millions of Americans into a greed-fueled frenzy as they chased the rarest Beanie Babies, whose values escalated weekly in the late 1990s. A single Beanie Baby sold for $10,000, and on eBay the animals comprised 10 percent of all sales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • King of Crushed Dreams

  • By Carole T. on 03-06-15

Fascinating subject

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

In an odd way this book feels like a corollary to Steve Jobs. Two different kinds of flawed geniuses one who built a brand to last and one who built a flash in the pan phenomenon.

Narration is stellar and the topic is interesting. What more do you want?

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Alchemist

  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,864
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,691

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Timeless Tale

  • By Judi on 01-07-07

A beautiful story beautifully told

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

Reviewed: 01-16-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Alchemist to be better than the print version?

Yes, Jeremy Iron's narration is sublime. The story itself being a fable comes to life when told to you. I would consider this the definitive version of The Alchemist.

What did you like best about this story?

The pacing was just outstanding. Never preachy or slow the story just flows.

Which scene was your favorite?

Every scene is outstanding.

Who was the most memorable character of The Alchemist and why?

Santiago is a perfectly realized character.

Any additional comments?

A perfect audiobook, it's as simple as that.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,251
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,744

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Take My Buds Out

  • By Judith on 11-08-07

Should have been better

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

Reviewed: 10-28-11

Oh, how I wanted to love this book! Everything about the cathedral and the setting was wonderfully realized. The day to day struggles were engaging and well described. Unfortunately, the actual plot revolved around characters and situations that felt like they were pulled directly from a Mexican soap opera. The story is filled with contrived situation after contrived situation that violently ejected me from the world of the book. By the final part when we suddenly had a cameo from Thomas Beckett I was about ready to strangle the author. As historical fiction epics go, this one is very much middle of the road, distinguished only by the strength of the setting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57,666
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52,381
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52,378

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

2010's best fantasy novel

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

Reviewed: 04-08-11

What Brandon Sanderson does better than any other fantasy author is combining immense scale with amazingly intimate character arcs. As much as I love The Wheel of Time one of its great failings is that epic set pieces come and go in a couple of pages. The Way of Kings revels in its set pieces, and they are magnificent! That's not to say the characters suffer in favor of battle scenes like a Joe Abercrombie novel. The three character arcs in this novel are some of the most satisfying I have ever read. Combine that with a beautifully realized world that unfolds wonderfully throughout the book and you have one of the best fantasy novels ever written.

The narration is very well done. At first I was concerned by the narrator's slow pace but it flows well with the novel and somehow makes it feel like you are being told the story rather than read to.

Around the World in 80 Days
    
    
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        Jules Verne
    
    


    
    
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        Jim Dale
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    1,309 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Around the World in 80 Days

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956

Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne's hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous narration for Verne Classic

  • By Gary on 05-03-05

Magnificent production

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-11

I tried to read around the world in 80 days twice and both times I found it boring and lifeless. This version though, I was caught up in the epic journey and incredible scope. Jim Dale is a flawless narrator and the sound effects and music make this one of the best audiobooks I have ever heard!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful