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  • Kenobi: Star Wars Legends

  • By: John Jackson Miller
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,229

Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "The Rifleman"... with a Lightsaber

  • By Troy on 08-27-13

Entertaining story with silly dialogue

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

The story was fun and about Obi Wan so it's hard to find fault with that. It was a bit slow at times, but that is to be expected with "Ben's" voluntary exile to Tatooine. My main issue with the story was with the dialogue. I felt that the interactions between mother and daughter/son would be something you'd hear in a suburban home when a child doesn't want to go to soccer practice rather than the what would transpire between a parent and child that have subsisted in hardship and sorrow for decades. The dialogue did not fit people that suffered daily to survive in an unforgiving environment or those that had been surrounded by death and constant threat their whole lives.

Killing Tuskan raiders, the creatures that had been kidnapping, torturing and murdering the community for years, was presented as a moral dilemma which felt very forced. Again, it felt very out of place to have certain settlers concerned about the fate of the band of killers that had been hounding them for generations.

Even with the problems, the story was very entertaining and it's hard to go wrong with a book about one of the most famous Jedi. The struggle of Obi Wan to want to help the locals and fight off loneliness but keep his presence unnoticed was very well done. I also found the Tuskan folklore to be very enlightening, showing some of the motivations behind the raiders' actions.

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,163

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

Main message not really about Mark Twain or food

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Here's a breakdown of what I heard in this book:
20% - Mark Twain history and information
20% - Background and information about food that Twain enjoyed
60% - Thinly veiled disgust about how early European Americans settlers screwed everything up as seen through a 21st century lens

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Replay

  • By: Ken Grimwood
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,191

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book for the past 10 years

  • By psnorb on 12-29-08

Awesome story with some problems

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

The story was gripping and very thought provoking. The thought exercises that this book ignites are intriguing to say the least and I love the fact that the time period in question covered the 60's though the 80s... some of the most interesting times in modern history. The author did a fantastic job displaying the shock and confusion that an event like this would trigger in a person and the elation at the realization that the characters could "do it all over".
The main issue I found with the story was that the characters, regardless of being a hundreds of years old in their minds, don't seem to mature or change. They seem to stay the same mental age regardless of how many "replays" they've gone through. This, along with the narrative jumping decades ahead with little explanation, added to the lack of feeling that much time was passing. I was constantly thinking of the changes to mental and emotional maturity, wisdom, knowledge, etc. that even five or ten years can bring to a person then extrapolating that out twenty times over and comparing that to the behavior of the characters... it was somewhat disappointing that the behavior and thought processes of the characters never deviated from when they were in their 30's/40s.
Overall the book is definitely worth a read/listen. I would highly recommend it even with it's character development problems and ham-fisted sex scenes.

The Home Front: Life in America During World War II
    
    
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    Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    4,067 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

  • By: Audible Original
  • Narrated by: Martin Sheen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,668

[Contains some explicit content] Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in the newest Audible Original series. Martha Little is the Executive Producer. Dan Gediman is the Series Producer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! But incessant breaks with credits along the way.

  • By Bradley Justice on 09-11-17

Very mixed feelings about this audio book

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Better balance all the negative stories with the accounts of the United States goodness and willingness to sacrifice.

Any additional comments?

I am torn about this audio book. On the one hand hearing actual recordings from people that lived through it is very meaningful. There is something about hearing first hand accounts that brings the sacrifices people made that much closer.
On the other hand it attempts to judge a nation in the 30's and 40's through a 21st century lens. Learning from the past and never forgetting those mistakes is vital, but almost every chapter in this book has it's main focus on what was wrong with the nation instead of what was right.
I can definitely see why other people would think there is a political agenda to this book simply because of where it devotes most of it coverage and how it so often portrays white males as the villains.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Dungeon Born

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,741

For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Several questions have always plagued the minds of those who enter these mythical places of power: why are there so many monsters? Where do the amazing weaponry and heavy gold coins come from? Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies? Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem in the RPG/Fantasy Genre

  • By SirMehr on 04-01-17

Fantastic story, Excruciating dialogue

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

What would have made Dungeon Born better?

The dialogue is irritating, childish and it makes me want to smash myself over the head with a manhole cover.

How could the performance have been better?

The voice of Dani should be performed differently, it was very difficult to listen at times.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The idea behind this story is unique and very interesting, I enjoyed the twist on fantasy point of view but the dialogue was just to much to handle.

Any additional comments?

I think if I had read the book instead of listening to it I may have had a different opinion. The performance just took weak and annoying dialog and amplified it ten fold.

  • A World Undone

  • The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
  • By: G. J. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 27 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,958

The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War

  • By Andrew on 12-14-12

Best WWI western front book I've read/listened to

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

What made the experience of listening to A World Undone the most enjoyable?

The author brought a whole new light to understanding WW1. I absolutely loved the "background" chapters which set up the reasons and mindsets for some of the decisions that were made during the war.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A World Undone?

The German and French reasons for events that unfolded that would become the battle of Verdun.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book contrasted the generals that were willing to throw wave after wave of their own men needlessly at the enemy with the generals that thought more strategically and wouldn't waste the lives of their men. As I listened to the book, I felt myself wanting the generals that used strategy to preserve the lives of their men to succeed, regardless of which side they fought for, as opposed to the generals that subscribed to the "meat grinder" theory of warfare.