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Pooler, GA, United States
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  • 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 597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537

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

good

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

some areas of opinion, especially about religion are arrogantly inaccurate, which leads me to question other facts, but overall good information. Entertaining. I wonder though how the author, who continually pointing out that researchers ignore facts to deny animals their behavioral due, can ignore the very evidence he presents, namely how many intelligent species consider us special, as evidence of our very religious belief, namely that we are animals which God has adopted as his own. The author says that in science, the simplest explaination if usually correct. So why does he intentionally ignore that Orcas ond many other animals seem to protect us, save us, and not consider us as food? He says it is a mystery. Is it? Or is he ignoring the simplest explaination in order to support his preconceived beliefs? just as he accuses other scientists of doing.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Walk

  • The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
  • By: Slavomir Rawicz
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

Twenty-six-year-old cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and sent to the Siberian Gulag. In the spring of 1941, he escaped with six of his fellow prisoners, including one American. Thus began their astonishing trek to freedom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, well read

  • By Roger on 09-13-07

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 09-27-13

Very entertaining. It kept my interest the entire way. It is very hard to believe the story is true, but then strange things happen. Very good book

  • The Plantagenets

  • The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England
  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,964
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,779

The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic history, Dan Jones vividly resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. We meet the captivating Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; her son, Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and King John, a tyrant who was forced to sign Magna Carta, which formed the basis of our own Bill of Rights.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narrative History

  • By Troy on 08-07-13

Should have been better

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

Reviewed: 09-27-13

Maybe its the breadth covered; maybe its the speed of which it is covered, but over time it lost my interest.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Dance with Dragons

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,207

Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A tale of two publishers:

  • By J. Cano on 07-31-11

Don't know if its me or the story, but

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

Reviewed: 09-21-12

It seems to get less and less interesting and to "formula" as the series goes on. There seems to be more and more "fluff" instead of story moving/supporting stuff. Could have been about 1/2 the length. Kind of like Cujal in that respect.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,210

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

Ok King we know your a liberal!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-12

I finally had to quit. The continual barbs about conservatives killed me. He even managed a quip about the Tea Party which wouldn't exist for 40 years after the setting of the book. The one that made me smile was after blaming Bush and Reagan for their violence, and basically conservatives for all wars, he dealt with Kennedy's having gotten us into Viet Nam with "he might have changed his mind". The premise of the book is to save Kennedy so that Viet Nam, race riots and even Martin Luther King's assassination wouldn't happen! And Geez my history research shows Kennedy doing basically nothing during his years as President. The Cuban missile crisis, and then what else? Oh yes, got us into Viet Nam, but in this book, "he might have changed his mind". King, between that junk and the constant and I do mean constant harping on smoking, (no I am not a smoker) finally caused me to put the book down. You have talent, why waste it on this cheap campaign sticker. I still won't vote for Obama and I don't believe Kennedy would have saved the world. Could have been a good book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,834

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

Too Darned Short!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-11

This is well worth the listen. I only wish it was longer. I also didn't want to cry at the end. But...

  • Raptor Red

  • By: Robert T. Bakker
  • Narrated by: Megan Gallagher
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

A pair of fierce but beautiful eyes look out from the undergrowth of conifers. The eyes follow every movement in the great herd of plant-eating dinosaurs that mills around the open meadows, moving back and forth with the rapid scanning of a hunter who is thinking about everything she sees. She is an intelligent killer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • why in the world is this abridged

  • By Meredith on 10-28-15

Karen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-11

I have always loved this book, and it sounds almost as good as reading it. I vastly preferred the unabridged book, as this version cuts out a lot and does the story a disservice. I really wish the author had done more like it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ride the Wind

  • By: Lucia St. Clair Robson
  • Narrated by: Laurie Klein
  • Length: 29 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

In 1836, when she was nine years old, Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanche Indians. This is the story of how she grew up with them, mastered their ways, married one of their leaders, and became, in every way, a Comanche woman. It is also the story of a proud and innocent people whose lives pulsed with the very heartbeat of the land. It is the story of a way of life that is gone forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • nice book but the narrator could be better.

  • By mamaD on 07-31-10

a little long and a little sappy, but not bad

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-10

In interesting coverage of tribal life and interesting story for the most part

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The World Is Flat

  • Further Updated and Expanded
  • By: Thomas L. Friedman
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 417

With the "flattening" of the globe, has the world gotten too small and too fast for human beings and their political systems to adjust in a stable manner? Now in a third edition with a new preface, Friedman's account of the flattening of the earth is a modern classic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • worth the listen

  • By Paul W. Johnson on 01-14-08

Wow his liberal bias is disgusting!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-10

Ok he hates Bush, I got it. So how is it that Bush is responsible for education? I'd say the heavily Democratic Teachers Union is more to blame. I was required to "read" this book for yet another ultra liberal attempt to teach me how to "think correctly". Lord I'm tired of teachers and their "I hate Bush" stuff. Now who are they going to blame?

It is a good thing for this author that his "I hate Bush" brothers in the college profession force us to buy this obviously biased junk. Worthless once he begins to pontificate, as his bias causes me to be highly suspicious. Bush isn't the anti-Christ after all. He isn't responsible for All the Ills of the world!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  • By: Betty Smith
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,531

A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book: flawless. SKIP THE RECORDED INTRO!!

  • By Wild Wise Woman on 09-04-11

Excellent The Best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-09

From the great story, to the fabulous reading of the story, to the music between the chapters, this is the best audio book I have heard. Buy it!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful