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J. James-Long

Portland, OR United States
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  • Legends of Ahn

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 3
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,063
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,436

Rezkin is an elite warrior who aims to restore order in Ashai after Caydean's attack on the King's Tournament transformed former allies and trading partners into enemies. With no army and only a ragtag group of refugees, Rezkin must wrest control of the kingdom from the mad and powerful usurper, who seems bent on destruction, and this may not be the biggest challenge. If he fails, the kingdom will be ripped apart, and Rezkin will have violated Rule 1 - to protect and honor his friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Are you kidding me?

  • By Kimberly C. on 12-13-17

What kind of ending is that?

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

The end is like reading a paper grabbed off a student's desk in mid-sentence. I had to wait a long time f ok r the next book to come out. If this is your first time reading this series, you are lucky that you can just move on to the next book!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 60,659
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55,393
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 55,079

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Thank you, Michelle. That was some speech!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

I've been a member of Audible since 2002. I have 670 titles in my library and have listened to all but a handful. They cover almost every genre and I have to say that, while every biography has a unique angle with worthwhile message, Michelle Obama's story is exceptional.

How often are the words in an audiobook actually written by the subject, and not just written in first person by a ghostwriter? How often does an author read more than the first chapter, like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his book? A few. And mostly by actors or comedians who are used to the work.

I loved this book, not only for what Michelle had to say, but because SHE recorded her words in her own voice. This has an effect like no other. The only other book I can think of that stepped out of the audiobook formula was Ruth Bader Ginsburg's story, with its interjection of the actual recordings of events in her life. In Michelle's book you feel like she is sitting next to you, being her true self and telling you her sincerest thoughts over a cup of tea. It is like being in a room with doilies on the coffee table and her aunt playing piano downstairs.

On finishing "Becoming" I have to remind myself that she doesn't know me. If I see her on the street I can't just say "Hi Michelle!" But in this review I can at least say "thank you." Thank you, Michelle, for sharing your story so far. You still have so much good to offer the world, and this story is a great beginning. You are reaching a network of people through this book who are poised on the balls of their toes, ready for something. You are still young (yes!) and positioned to harness all the love and goodness to create something good. You show through example that the world can become a better place through one hand holding another, one mind inspiring empowerment in another. Now go build your own personal life work! Follow up on the plans you made to build your own career. Here is a hug for you!

Now I have to go find you on Twitter or wherever you are.

767 of 1,013 people found this review helpful

  • The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

  • A Novel
  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 570

In this brilliantly imagined novel, acclaimed author C. W. Gortner brings Catherine to life in her own voice, allowing us to enter the intimate world of a woman whose determination to protect her family’s throne and realm plunged her into a lethal struggle for power. From the fairy-tale chateaux of the Loire Valley to the battlefields of the wars of religion to the mob-filled streets of Paris, this is the extraordinary untold journey of one of the most maligned and misunderstood women ever to be queen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great author and fabulous narration

  • By MissSusie66 on 08-17-12

Reads like a romance novel

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Coming from more series biographies and history, it was a jolt to listen to this book. I found myself rolling my eyes at some of the story threads created to create some of the character drama. If you just want simple entertainment then you will be entertained, but it was really hard for me to finish this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Queen

  • A Novel
  • By: Signe Pike
  • Narrated by: Toni Frutin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

In a land of mountains and mist, tradition and superstition, Languoreth and her brother Lailoken are raised in the Old Way of their ancestors. But in Scotland, a new religion is rising, one that brings disruption, bloodshed, and riot. And even as her family faces the burgeoning forces of Christianity, the Anglo-Saxons, bent on colonization, are encroaching from the east. When conflict brings the hero Emrys Pendragon to her father’s door, Languoreth finds love with one of his warriors. Her deep connection to Maelgwn is forged by enchantment, but she is promised in marriage to Rhydderch, son of a Christian king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost no more!

  • By Beckersly on 09-13-18

Ended Too Soon!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I loved this story. It came alive with Toni Trutin's narration and I was so disappointed when it ended. There had better be a second book because the story just ends without any satisfaction. There was too much work and character development to leave it as it is. There is a lot of potential for a second and/or third book here.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Passive Income

  • 7 Predictable Ways to Generate a Passive Income Stream When You Are over 40 and While Working a Full-Time Job
  • By: Quinton David
  • Narrated by: John Lewis
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Discover how to set up a passive income in three to six months! You're about to discover actionable information on seven predictable ways through which you can generate passive income while retaining your full-time job. Being dependent on one source of income is risky in today's uncertain economic environment. We all know that developing multiple sources of income is the smart thing to do. But what are the options available to create these sources of income when you are over 40 years old and have a full-time job? Find out!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some Good Suggestions and Allowed Me to Brainstorm

  • By J. James-Long on 07-06-18

Some Good Suggestions and Allowed Me to Brainstorm

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Short, sweet and to-the-point. I will probably listen a couple more times and take notes!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Frankenstein

  • By: Mary Shelley
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,981

Narrator Dan Stevens ( Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Modern Prometheus

  • By Anon on 07-23-18

Wow! I never read this in school

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

My son read this for his senior English class and I thought I would too. Whew! This is such a sad and depressing story. The anguish of the monster and the self flatulation of Frankenstein and the pain they inflict on each other is really awful. I am so glad to finish the book and look at my ordinary surroundings.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

  • By: William Manchester
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 41 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,673

Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II

  • By Wolfpacker on 01-23-09

Excellent book! I've listened several x's

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

I've owned this audiobook for about 8+ years and have listened to it several times over the years. It is really enjoyable and well-narrated. I highly recommend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Iron Gold

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, John Curless, Julian Elfer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,367

Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned. Pierce Brown expands the size and scope of his impressive Red Rising universe with new characters, enemies, and conflicts among the stars.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration Ruined the amazing series

  • By Geoffrey Davis on 03-24-18

Great shift in narration!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

I'm a fan of several sci-fi writers and I've always enjoyed a multi-cast narration production. I was surprised that this new addition switched gears, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was well-done and I look forward to the next!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Reign of Madness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 2
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,399
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,383
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,343

Equipped with skills far beyond those of the outworlders, Rezkin has been suddenly thrust into a foreign world. The young warrior clings to his only known purpose as he continues his search for any information about his identity and the reason for his existence. While the hardened warrior scorns both dueling and tournaments, he believes some of the answers he seeks may be found at the King's Tournament, the greatest dueling championship in all of the kingdoms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, very WELL DONE!

  • By Lorraine on 10-05-16

I am enjoying the series, but

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

I am enjoying the series, but I do get tired of the limit of the narrator in producing only one voice to represent all females. They all come across as flighty and air-headed. my son walked in and asked "Jeez mom, what are you listening to?" "...A soap opera, hon."

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Own Words

  • By: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Hartnett, Wendy W. Williams
  • Narrated by: Linda Lavin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753

The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993 - a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women's rights, and popular culture. My Own Words is a selection of writings and speeches by Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, law and lawyers in opera, and more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacularly Dry

  • By CMP on 07-27-18

Not what I expected but it was a great

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

I was expecting a biography about RBG's life, but it was more of a glimpse into life through her eyes. I am glad I listened. My grandmother (84 yo) had this book in hard copy laying on her reading table and, since we like to read the same books, I got this audiobook version. I think this is the first time I have seen this format (audiobook) taken advantage of as a way to hear actual recordings rather than the narrator only reading the script. I think I will tell my grandmother about this because hearing Ruth's voice and cadence really made the story personal.

102 of 109 people found this review helpful