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  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,719

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Fun romp

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

What a fun romp in make believe with old world gods in today’s time. So inventive!

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,305

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Love this!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

The story was intriguing and the narrator was fabulous! Five stars PLUS! Sorry when it was over but it was the perfect length for the storyline

  • Food: A Love Story

  • By: Jim Gaffigan
  • Narrated by: Jim Gaffigan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,935
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,919

Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet ("choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover") and decrying the worst offenders ("kale is the early morning of foods"). Fans flocked to his New York Times best-selling book Dad Is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave - his thoughts on all things culinary(ish).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, but read more like a series of jokes

  • By Adam Shields on 10-24-14

Laugh out loud funny!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

I am sure my neighbors wonder what is so funny about cleaning off my deck. This book made me laugh so loud and long I would have to stop it for a while to catch my breath just sit down. I will listen to it again because I missed so much of it by laughing so loud I couldn’t hear parts.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hardcore Zen

  • Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth about Reality
  • By: Brad Warner
  • Narrated by: Brad Warner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566

This is not your typical Zen book. Brad Warner, a young punk who grew up to be a Zen master, spares no one. This bold new approach to the "Why?" of Zen Buddhism is as strongly grounded in the tradition of Zen as it is utterly revolutionary. Warner's voice is hilarious, and he calls on the wisdom of everyone from punk and pop culture icons to the Buddha himself to make sure his points come through loud and clear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clear understanding with colorful personality

  • By Robert Leverton on 05-08-14

I enjoyed this book!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-16

I wasn't that interested in the autobiographical stuff frankly, but it was sometimes pretty interesting and amusing. I really loved the descriptions of zazen and pointers on what it is and it isn't. Worth the read for sure!

  • Jefferson and Hamilton

  • The Rivalry That Forged a Nation
  • By: John Ferling
  • Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

The decade of the 1790s has been called the age of passion. Fervor ran high as rival factions battled over the course of the new republic - each side convinced that the others' goals would betray the legacy of the Revolution so recently fought and so dearly won. All understood as well that what was at stake was not a moment's political advantage, but the future course of the American experiment in democracy. In this epochal debate, no two figures loomed larger than Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well presented and insightful

  • By Andy on 01-24-15

Illuminating!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-16

I was amazed to find politics as divisive at the start as it is today. The details if how events transpired and the personalities of these two men were so worth the time to learn about. Love it all!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Curious Mind

  • The Secret to a Bigger Life
  • By: Brian Grazer, Charles Fishman, Brian Grazer - introduction
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 928

From Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer and acclaimed business journalist Charles Fishman comes a brilliantly entertaining peek into the weekly "curiosity conversations" that have inspired Grazer to create some of America's favorite and iconic movies and television shows - from 24 to A Beautiful Mind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The content is just not that good

  • By Piano Player on 05-25-15

Here is the whole book: I am Curious

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-16

OMG. We get it already, how many different ways can you tell us you are curious.... Ad nauseum?!?? I can't even finish this "book" because I have to listen to that mantra repeated for thousands of times before we get to hear one lousy interesting sentence from someone he interviewed. The only thing I am curious about now is however did this get published?

  • How We Learn

  • The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens
  • By: Benedict Carey
  • Narrated by: Steve Kramer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

From an early age, it is drilled into our heads: Restlessness, distraction, and ignorance are the enemies of success. We’re told that learning is all self-discipline, that we must confine ourselves to designated study areas, turn off the music, and maintain a strict ritual if we want to ace that test, memorize that presentation, or nail that piano recital. But what if almost everything we were told about learning is wrong?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly how we "remember", not how we "learn"

  • By NH Mama on 05-05-16

Good information

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-15

Easy listening, great info and insights. So many of my beliefs were wrong about the best way to learn. Enlightening read,

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • State of Wonder

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,448

Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!

  • By F. B. H. In TN on 06-10-11

Interesting premise

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

Reviewed: 08-24-14

What made the experience of listening to State of Wonder the most enjoyable?

Just the idea of the research being done at the center of the story

Any additional comments?

I thought the writing was engaging and done well - I really was involved and interested in the characters and the central idea of the book

0 of 1 people found this review helpful