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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily accessible wisdom

  • By Jarrod on 01-16-18

Food for thought, inspite of the commercial title

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

This book has the same feel as Peterson's lectures; it's organized in logical and easy-to-follow yet worth-listening-to-again chapters. I have listened to 90% of the author's online lectures and watched many of his interviews, so I was expecting a lot of rehashing of his older material. Which in part is true, and yet this book still offers more insight, even to the seasoned interview-listener and lecture-watcher. I guess that is because in his lectures Peterson has a different goal, to educate his students on their way to their PhD's, so he presents his points in different order and highlights different things. And in his interviews he (understandably) often offers a limited number of roughly the same main points, not quite oneliners but close.
This book, differently organized and ordered by 12 life rules, really offers new insights on top of his known material, inviting you to comtemplate them at your leisure - as long as you're honest about yourself (or at least are not lying).

I particularly enjoyed his analyses of several well-known fairytales. I'd heard his elaborate analysis of Pinocchio in his lectures before, plus short insights into Sleeping Beauty and Hansel & Gretel, but this time he shortens Pinocchio and dives deeper into the other two. Plus the Little Mermaid and some others. I really wish he would write a book on all the psychological layers in the old fairytales we all know and love! "12 Fairytales to Remember" or some such. I would immediately buy such a book, his analyses of those are astonishingly insightful.

Narration: I almost always like it when an author narrates his own work, for the author knows exactly what he wanted to say through his specific sentences and chapters, and will accentuate and highlight the words and phrases he wants to emphasize. Peterson does that very well, and makes sure that we know exactly what he thinks about certain issues - "and that's that!" That in itself does not necessarily earn it five stars from me. What was truly unique about Peterson's reading however, is his emotion. After all, this is not a novel; I don't expect any deep emotion while listening to non-fiction, other than, perhaps, some light humor. But in 4-5 different moments in the book, the author is deeply moved by what I suspect are his own memories, sometimes painful and sometimes very beautiful and touching. It must have been his conscious choice not to edit those narrated passages out and re-do them, but to leave the more emotional readings in as they are.
A unique choice, that took some getting used to; for me it sometimes bordered on cringe, especially when I could not follow him into that same emotion - for instance when his emotion was evoked not by a personal memory but by an abstract concept such as "what is the meaning of life" or some such.

His coda at the end is of a different tone. Peterson quotes the bible a lot but as far as I can see he's not a born-again christian. He seems to treat the bible as a precious book of wisdom, not the Word of the living God. I suspect it's all a bit Jungian in that it's a mix of New Age concepts, gnosticism, buddhism and several other spiritual influences, even some freemasonry; together with, of course, psychological, historical and cultural insights. It's this odd mixture that made it different from the entire rest of the book, and for me personally was the least insightful as gnosticism, New Age, freemasonry etc. mostly bring confusion instead of wisdom (imho; n=1).

In conclusion, I really liked the book and will most likely be repeat-listening to it regularly. I am also looking forward to the sequel, which the author has announced in the media he's seriously contemplating - as apparently he has in fact 40 rules for life and these were only the first 12 :-)

Recommend.

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,642
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,249

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-02-18

Nice and short interlude between actual books

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This is a short audiodrama, resembling the radio plays of old, with a full cast of actors and sound effects to give you a full audio experience. Narration was of course expertly done, since the entire cast consisted of actors and voice actors, some of whom well-known movie stars.

The story itself was entertaining enough; it's not very suspenceful but it serves as a fun intermezzo between long literary works and other novels that require your attention for more than a few hours. All in all it felt like a nice but forgetable tv play.

I wouldn't have spent a credit on it but of course it's great that Audible offers this for free to its subscribers.

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  • Summer Loving: A Slow Change Gender Swap Romance

  • By: Alyson Belle
  • Narrated by: Scottie Calif
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

When Ben invites his best friend, Jesse, for a weeklong getaway to his family’s beachside vacation home, Jesse is thrilled! It’ll be the perfect way to spend some quality bro time together, away from jobs, chores, and Ben’s nagging mother, who is always asking him when he’s going to find a nice girl and settle down. He’ll settle down later - when he finds the perfect girl.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Title tells the story

  • By Long Island Reader on 05-22-18

More a very slow romance than steamy

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

So if you're reading Alyson Belle's work, you're probably not into it for the romance... Which is why I'm not rating this one as high as, for instance, her Swapped by the Witch Queen omnibus. For this is mostly a very slow and even a little boring buildup to what in the final chapters leads to somewhat of a romance. It all has a YA feel about it (hence the boring I guess), except for the one steamy scene at the very end - which makes it adults only after all.

The main character, a young man, was written very effeminately from the start, which I wasn't into. I get there is some gender swapping to be done, but it's hardly a gender swap fantasy if he's acting and reacting femininely all the time anyway. It would have been cooler if he'd started out very masculine and then surprising himself by enjoying the unexpected swap. In her other novels Belle is doing a much better job there. Like the protagonist in Fantasy Swap Online, that was awesomely done!

So imho it's a nice jumping on point to Belle's complete body of work, if you'd like a slow and careful start that is. If you're looking for some restlessness, better skip this one and move on to her other books. Like Fantasy Swap Online, her Space Swapped novels or the aforementioned Witch Queen series.

Narration is fine, with some nice voice acting here and there, including the steamy scene.

~ I was given a free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I was not required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

  • Mogworld

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,472

In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yahtzee learns to enunciate

  • By Alyssa on 10-18-12

Nice Surprise!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This was a new author for me; I bought the book as an experiment. I only later found out that the author is on Youtube doing reviews while talking extremely fast, and that his normal narration of this book bothers his youtube fans. But since I had never listened to him before I thought his narration was great! He does great voices and accents, clearly distinguishes between the characters and of course has the perfect inflection for each sentence since he’s reading his own work. The reason he gets only 4 stars for narration from me is because there are some editing issues. You can hear cuts, swallowing, intaking of breath between long sentences (louder than is to be expected), etc., which is somewhat distracting. If he improves this I’d give him 5 stars in a heartbeat.

The story is very entertaining and funny, it regularly had me laughing out loud - which I don’t do often with a book so there’s a real accomplishment. I really liked all of the NPC characters (who don’t know they’re NPCs in a game). I loved Jim the protagonist, an antiheroic zombie, and all of his sidekicks and the other minor characters. I especially enjoyed Barry (which the author read as a true John Cleese adept, perfect!) and Slippery John.

In short, nothing but praise for this book. I’m definitely going to try other books by this author!

#zombies #antihero #LITRPG #Clever #Funny #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Living History: Experiencing Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151

These 24 dramatic lectures examine key events from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to medieval Europe and Asia. Spanning thousands of years and three continents, this course illuminates fascinating historical dramas on the individual scale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent material, engaging presentation.

  • By Mike McGuire on 06-26-15

Interesting, but somewhat random

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

As other reviewers have noted, the professor obviously loves history with a passion and he is not a dull speaker. He does his best to help you relate to the people, mostly citizens, who lived during the ancient histories he's talking about. He succeeded only partly with me. As a lectures series I found his method helpful not to get distracted or bored; as a book, a re-telling of ancient history, I did found it somewhat forgettable. Perhaps because he skims through thousands of years in relatively little time, and because his selection of ancient figures and events seemed somewhat random. Sometimes they are well-known names, like Xerxes, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and sometimes they are completely unknown, like for instance the Chinese empress whose name I can't reproduce. Which made me wonder, why did he include her, among these many well-known figures? I would have thought he might have lumped the well-known people together into one history series, and the less known people into a second series.

Anyway, to me it was okay, mostly interesting even. But not enough to make me want to listen to it again.

  • Swapped by the Witch Queen: A Steamy Gender Swap Fantasy Romance Omnibus

  • By: Alyson Belle
  • Narrated by: Sophia Chambers
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Azlato, the young and powerful chieftan of the noble grassland people, is used to having his way with women. With each conquest of a neighboring tribe, he selects the most beautiful female captives to serve his men in the pleasure tents, and he delights in their subjugation. But when the gorgeous queen of a newly conquered tribe warns Azlato that she won't stand for her people to be used like this, he mocks and ignores her. To punish him, she gives him a taste of his own medicine by swapping bodies with him and sending Azlato to his pleasure tents in her body!  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • first romance through audio book.

  • By kaleb william jordan on 09-20-18

One of the steamiest

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I have only read some, and not yet all, of Belle's titles, and thus far this one is definitely the steamiest of them all. The story is fun and light-hearted. Don't expect high literature without any plot holes, for there are several - but that's not the point of this genre anyway. And of course you'll have to suspend your disbelief as to the gender swapping part, as with all of Belle's titles. But if you can manage that, you're in for a fun ride! (Pun intended.)

I was given a free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I was not required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

  • Nanodaemons: A God Complex Cyberpunk Story

  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Luke Rounda
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

When an ordinary guy’s implanted devices are reset after a construction accident that costs him his arm, the daemons in charge of his electronics are just trying to do their job as usual. But will they manage to keep their user happy and alive, when every bit of info they uncover becomes another part of a mystery, when it becomes clear that someone is framing him for murder, and when a corporation is sending a snake charmer assassin after him? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining, a very unique point of view

  • By David Hope on 11-05-18

Great story in a fun neo-mythological world

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

This author was a new find for me, and this first try has been great fun! As it turns out he has written several novellas and short stories in this same story universe, where the ancient Greek gods still thrive and have had modern day makeovers. Great concept.

This particular story is indeed cyberpunk, where cybernetic bodyparts and enhancements are a normal thing, including a continuous internet connection in people’s own heads.

Although it is quite short, this story has many things I enjoy: it’s part adventure, part murder mystery, part romance, part comedy, and of course part mythological scifi.
I’m definitely keeping an eye on this author!

As for the narrator, he is absolutely perfect, loved everything he did, but especially all the different voices, accents, tones and sound effects of the nanodaemons. Hilarious! He gets 5 stars from me.

The only issue I have is the shortness of this story. Had the author taken more time he would have been able to develop his story and characters more, which would have likely made it even better.

Recommend!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

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  • DragonMan: Unfathomable

  • By: Ted Lazaris
  • Narrated by: Thames Johnson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 7

To most people, unfathomable is just a word expressing similar definitions and nothing more. But when a bizarre sequence of events draws not only the United States but every world superpower on the globe into the threat of World War III, the word takes on a whole new meaning. The president is missing, and all the world can do at this point is watch as the horror and mystery slowly begin to unravel, revealing the Unfathomable.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was such a fun listen.

  • By Spooky Mike on 10-23-18

Not a superhero story

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I had trouble concentrating while listening, and almost did not finish the story, because it wasn't very interesting to me. I did not care for any of the characters. What's really strange is that Dragonman, after whom the book is titled, isn't even the main character of the story, a man named Brad is. Brad is sort of a very weak version of Mulder from the X-files, in the sense that he's the only one seeing the 'truth' that's out there. The story starts off with him and it takes many many chapters before DragonMan arrives in the story. And even then he remains a minor character.
Another strange thing is that the publisher's summary hardly seems to fit the actual story at all.

I love scifi, I love superhero stories and I love the X-files. This story however, does not tick any of those boxes for me.

Narration was fine, I liked the deep voice of the narrator, although he does nothing to distinguish the voices of the different characters.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I was not required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

  • Jesus Triumphant

  • Chronicles of the Nephilim, Volume 8
  • By: Brian Godawa
  • Narrated by: Brian Godawa
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

The story of Christ like you've never heard it before. Told through the eyes of the two thieves on the cross and the spiritual warfare hidden from mortal men. It starts with the temptation in the desert by Satan and ends with Christ's descent into Hades, his resurrection and his ascension.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read for All Christians

  • By E. A. Mourn on 11-23-15

Great last part, wish there were more

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I was wondering how the author would incorporate the story of Jesus Christ himself into his fantasy series about the Nephilim. Well, now I know: very well!
I love the through line between all 8 novels, where the nephilim we get to know in the first parts keep returning in the other parts, often taking different shapes and names, but to the reader it's clear it's them. I like the author's take on the possibility that this is how things happened. Of course they are all novels, thus fantasy, but still the author's ideas made me think. And I love that about a good novel: it has a great story, lots of action, romance and even sex, yet it makes you think about deeper meanings.

If you made it to part 8 I'm going to assume you liked the first 7, just like me. So of course I recommend this novel, and the entire series.

  • The Slayer

  • A LitRPG Saga (Aether Gate Online, Book 1)
  • By: Darren Hultberg Jr
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

When the newest VRMMORPG title gets announced, Adam and his best friend, Max, are more than ready to dive in. Launch day arrives quickly, and Adam is plunged into a world that’s more immersive than anything he’s experienced before. Although the game offers a bevy of character choices, Adam quickly chooses the title of Slayer, a class that specializes in taking down stronger, more difficult opponents. Adam begins his adventure, but it's not long before he realizes there’s much more at stake when taking a life in this new game. The pain is very real, and death...is permanent. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another LITRPG all star story

  • By Mary Karowski on 09-18-18

Great for YA, mildly entertaining for adults

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

This is not the best of LitRPG novels I've listened to, but it's okay nonetheless. I liked the main premise, i.e. the way people got stuck in the game. I also liked the fact that although the MC starts out as a somewhat insecure game character, he grows into it and develops into kind of an action hero - although at heart he's still a teenager or adolescent, with the insecurities that come with that. I also like the game world, and the way it works, the familiars and their bonding to characters, and the Guilds.

What didn't keep my interest were the somewhat superficially developed characters and the interactions between them. For instance, if more time had been spent on who they were as a real person and why certain relationships in their real lives mattered, I would have been able to empathize more with their longing to go home. In that sense there were some inconsistencies in the plot that bothered me. Maybe it was sloppy writing, maybe the author didn't want too many pages in his book, who knows.

Then again, maybe it was because this is probably a YA title that I found it lacking. The thing is, Audible most of the time does not mention this in its genre categories, so I usually only find out through actually listening to a novel. Which is why I'm mentioning it in my review title, to help others along.

However, the ending had some fine nuggets that made me want to listen to part 2 anyway!

Narration was fine, I enjoyed listening to J. Scott Bennett and would listen to other books read by him. He has variety in his character voices and even adds emotion.

So depending on your age and interests, this could be a fun and thrilling game adventure for you. However, if you are a seasoned reader/listener of 40+, I wouldn't spend a full credit but wait for a Daily Deal or a review copy.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I was not required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

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