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  • Waking the Buddha

  • How the Most Dynamic and Empowering Buddhist Movement in History Is Changing Our Concept of Religion
  • By: Clark Strand
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Is there more to Buddhism than sitting in silent meditation? Is modern Buddhism relevant to the problems of daily life? Does it empower individuals to transform their lives? Or has Buddhism become too detached, so still and quiet that the Buddha has fallen asleep? Waking the Buddha tells the story of the Soka Gakkai International, the largest, most dynamic Buddhist movement in the world today - and one that is waking up and shaking up Buddhism so it can truly work in ordinary people's lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! 5 stars

  • By franco espina on 01-25-15

Great Intro to Nichiren Buddhism!!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

If you're interested in Nichiren Buddhism, and prefer to hear a take on from someone who doesn't practice it, this is the one!

  • Deception Point: A Novel

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,495

When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth checking out!

  • By Jeffrey on 03-06-09

Movie Please!!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Deception Point would make an AWESOME FILM!!! With the right cast, it'd no doubt be Oscar worthy.

  • The Cove

  • FBI Thriller #1
  • By: Catherine Coulter
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 941

The Cove is a quaint little postcard town made up only of old folk who sell the World's Greatest Ice Cream - a secret recipe that brings lots of tourists into town.

Into The Cove comes Sally Brainerd, daughter of murdered Amory St. John, of Washington, D.C., seeking sanctuary, and FBI Special Agent James Quinlan, who's undercover and after her. He's got a murder to solve, and he believes she's the key. But is she really?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - Can't believe how bad this was!

  • By LeeAnn on 09-29-13

Great Story, Mediocre Narration.

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

The story is a slow build, but once it gets going it's engrossing. The narration left something to be desired.

  • Red Queen

  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,918

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own--an ability she didn't know she had.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Story, Better Writing

  • By FanB14 on 09-04-15

I got sucked in!!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

This is as good as... or dare I say, BETTER THAN, The Hunger Games. Plot twists still have me wondering where I missed the signs!

  • We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

  • Essays
  • By: Samantha Irby
  • Narrated by: Samantha Irby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974

Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a Dumpster fire. With We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., "bitches gotta eat" blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect balance of humour and pathos

  • By Salimah J. Perkins on 07-06-17

Kindred

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Samantha Irby legit sounds like someone that would've had a spot at my high school lunch table. I found myself yelling "EXACTLY" more times than I can count. Awesome read.

  • The Girl Who Dared to Think

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Leigh
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905

How do you fight an enemy when they're inside your mind? A gargantuan glass-walled tower looms over a deadly wilderness. They say it's all that's left. The Tower's survival is humanity's survival, and each must serve it faithfully.... Twenty-year-old Liana Castell must be careful what she thinks. Her life is defined by the number on her wristband - a rating out of 10 awarded based on her usefulness and loyalty to the Tower, and monitored by a device in her skull. A device that reports forbidden thoughts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator killed it for me

  • By wesw woods on 10-30-17

Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

Didn't think I would like this after finishing The Gender Game series, but I was pleasantly surprised. You really become very invested in what happens next very quickly. On to book 2!

  • The Gender Game 7: The Gender End

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Jason Clarke
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707

The breathtaking, earth-shattering, grand finale of the best-selling Gender Game series. Return to Matrus and Patrus one last time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a wonderful ending!!!

  • By sara on 09-08-17

Best of the Series

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

Spent most of this one on the edge of my seat! Enjoyably nerve wracking! Awesome!

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  • The Gender Game 4: The Gender War

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Jason Clarke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414

"For the sake of Viggo, my brother, my family in Patrus, and every single citizen of our God-forsaken nations, I had to stop the war." Continue Violet and Viggo's journey in the electrifying fourth book of The Gender Game series!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just excellent story and perfect narrators

  • By Clarica Claudia on 05-21-17

Better than Divergent!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

While I enjoyed the Divergent Series, this one seriously tops it for me. THIS series really should be made into a movie. I believe is
it'd be as successful as The Hunger Games.

  • The Wrath and the Dawn

  • By: Renee Ahdieh
  • Narrated by: Ariana Delawari
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the 18-year-old caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when 16-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story, Passable Narrator

  • By Shelby Ence on 10-24-15

Voices

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

My only criticism is that the narrative, while very well spoken and clear lacked variety. I've listened to several audio books, and the narration really makes. If you've ever listened to Susan Erikson narrate in the In Death series, you'll know what I mean. I found it hard to catch when someone besides Shazi was speaking since everyone sounded the same. Other than that, this book was surprisingly captivating.

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  • Around the Way Girl

  • A Memoir
  • By: Taraji P. Henson
  • Narrated by: Taraji P. Henson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,909
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,349
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,326

With a sensibility that recalls her beloved screen characters, including Yvette, Queenie, Shug, and the iconic Cookie from Empire, yet is all Taraji, the screen actress writes of her families - the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of her father, a Vietnam vet who was bowed but never broken by life's challenges, and of her mother, who survived violence both in the home and on DC's volatile streets. Here, too, she opens up about her experiences as a single mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Around My way, Your Way & Every Woman's way

  • By Yolanda on 10-26-16

I LOVE TARAJI!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

And hearing her story in her own words, with so much candor and feeling, just made me love here more.