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  • Animals in Translation

  • Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
  • By: Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson
  • Narrated by: Andrea Gallo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

Temple Grandin’s professional training as an animal scientist and her history as a person with autism have given her a perspective like that of no other expert in the field. Grandin and coauthor Catherine Johnson present their powerful theory that autistic people can often think the way animals think—putting autistic people in the perfect position to translate “animal talk.”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, but I have a bone to pick...

  • By Tango on 05-06-13

Thought provoking but outdated dog behavior

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Really good book with a lot of good points. I don't agree with a lot of the dominance/submission talk and most of her discussions about dogs as a lot of that has been disproven. So, review the dog potions with a critical eye!

  • Norwegian by Night

  • By: Derek B. Miller
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,368

Sheldon Horowitz - 82 years old, impatient, and unreasonable - is staying with his granddaughter's family in Norway when he disappears with a stranger's child. Sheldon is an ex-Marine, and he feels responsible for his son's death in Vietnam. Recently widowed and bereft, he talks to the ghosts of his past constantly. To Norway's cops, Sheldon is just an old man who is coming undone at the end of a long and hard life. But Sheldon is clear in his own mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Miss This Amazing Book

  • By Sara on 07-17-14

Boiling Dislike

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

Cut out most of the old man's constant yammering on about politics, his view of gender roles, his constantly telling us how macho he is and what "real men" should be like, and his constant disdain for anything he views as touched by feminity.. and maybe the book would much more enjoyable. It would be much shorter.

Also, rape and abuse is mentioned (and lightly goes in to detail) for those who have sensitivities to the subjects.

  • Lord of the Flies

  • By: William Golding
  • Narrated by: William Golding
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,088
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,190

Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.

  • out of 5 stars
  • classic

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

Could have done without authors opinions

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

I couldn't finish it. The author narrates this story and this could have been improved without his voice ever being in the audio book.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 78,124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 70,934
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 70,894

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Sad, Sad Confession…

  • By Mike L Lane on 08-08-17

I wish it was Steven Fry narrating instead.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

Most of us here already well know and love the Harry Potter series so I won't review that. I love the series!
When I bought this I didn't realize that there were two different narrators for the audio versions. I had originally listened to the ones read by Stephen Fry which were just so enjoyable and flowed very well.
I didn't enjoy this narrator very much. He did the job well enough. I felt the flow of his narrating was very jarring at times and hard to settle in to. I didn't enjoy the voices he gave the character much. Oh well. It's nice to have the books available for my Audible library. If you get the chance, compare the two audios.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Return to Tradd Street

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Aimée Bruneau
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178

Facing her future as a single mother, psychic Realtor Melanie Middleton is determined to be strong and leave her past with writer Jack Trenholm behind her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where is the next?

  • By Susan on 03-31-15

Hated the interactions between characters

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

Reviewed: 08-02-15

I barely finished the book. Everyone kept talking down to the main character. Very annoying.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter International

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,518

Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My second Monster Hunter book

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

Twilight for boys

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

Reviewed: 02-07-14

This book is a romance. Only maybe 35% of it is action and monster fighting. The remaining 60+% of this book is the main character obsessing and creeping over the first female character he meets. Every action the main character does with her in mind.
This is the first book in which I loathed the main character. He is a Mary Sue (Marty Stu?) So you can imagine that he narrates himself as a good and nice guy. He is a real creep and a bully! As soon as the main character learns that the main girl as a boyfriend he sets out to harass and undermined her boyfriend. Like a bully he sets out to get everyone in the book and the reader set against her boyfriend too.
The narration is from the point of view of the main character. And throughout the narration he is always trying to find ways to put her boyfriend in a bad light. If the reader steps out of the main characters aggressive point-of-view we can see that the main characters disliking of her boyfriend is only be cause he is her boyfriend. Not because of her character's character. The main character automatically sees her boyfriend as a rival to be destroyed. His narration taints any opinion he has on her boyfriend.
At one point the main character attacks her boyfriend in a way that threatened his life. The main character believed that her boyfriend abandoning him during a difficult situation as a first attack on himself. However, her boyfriends action makes a great deal of sense for the situation that they were in. Despite her boyfriend apologizing, the main character physically and mentally attacks her boyfriend. I should also mention that her boyfriend is a senior and a veteran to their trade. His hatefulness toward her boyfriend does not end until they break off their relationship.
I don't understand how anyone could read this and not get sick of how continuously the main character mentions the girl he is obsessed about. I am not over-exaggerating when I say his apparent lives for her was more in the stalking, creepy, obsessive way. She even tells him that she is not interested and that she is in a relationship. So he sets off to woo her heart by destroying her boyfriend. Seriously, every action and thought the main character has is because of her.
The woman in question doesn't pay much of a role other than being a trophy for the main character. Her character is left wanting in development. She is very generic (Mary Sue). She had an alright story before the main character came along. Then it was all about him showing off for her.
The monsters in the book were cheesy but fun. I did enjoy the story of the main bad guy and his development. Although, all powerful beings can get a little dull. The monsters are really hard to kill. Like, all of the monsters are really hard to kill.
This book has potential. I would be willing to give it a reread if the author would rewrite the book completely without the love interests. Boy gets girl stories are such an irritating snore. This book is a romance with some action thrown in. The narration was very good. The book I would not recommend.

8 of 21 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 15,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,338

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

One bad thing after the other

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

Reviewed: 11-04-13

I felt the story and character (the dog) were lacking. The dogs character was overly humanized for my taste and too simple to boot. I really had to grind my teeth to finish. It's one of those stories where it's one bad thing takes place after the other but it somehow gets made up at the end. Not my favorite way to go. Plus, with my experience in animal behavior, the dogs logic and reasoning at times was silly.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,580

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By David on 04-03-13

Turned out book was a real drag...

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

Reviewed: 01-01-13

I picked this book up because of the reviews. I wish I hadn't wasted the point though. As soon as the book started I could tell I did not care for the style the book was written in. But, I continued to listen, hoping it would get better. When the story started to become more emerged into the plot and mystery, it became interesting enough to be tolerable. However, that didn't last at the end. At the end, I was grinding my teeth as I waited (hoped) the story would end. The characters were dull and similar after getting introduced to them. It was very predictable and cliche. For example, the groups in trouble. Only one guy knows how to fix the mess they are end. He begins to explain what they need to do in order to fix their mess before it's too late and the world is destroyed. But, when he reaches the information that everyone needs to know, he surprisingly gets dragged away before he can finish saying it! Oh plot twist!
I'm being a bit harsh though. The book had it's interesting points. I really enjoyed the unraveling mystery of the building. There were even a few points that had me laughing. It... Just flopped pretty bad at the end. Not to mention I really did not care for the style of the writing.

22 of 30 people found this review helpful