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  • Can't Hurt Me

  • Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
  • By: David Goggins
  • Narrated by: David Goggins, Adam Skolnick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,234
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,694
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,620

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'M A 60 YR OLD WOMAN AND LOVE THIS BOOK!

  • By Christine on 12-01-18

A true American story

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

All the pieces of a true American story. In summary: set a goal... go for it... be tough... don't quit... you will be rewarded.

Liked: a positive story of a self-made man, hard work and dogged determination. Didn't like: the format with interview segments between chapters (added nothing except length in my opinion)... the constant "raw" language (it may be part of how he communicates, but too much for me over 13 hours).

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,043
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,025

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Liked it all...

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Enjoyed both the story & the performance very much. Looking forward to another.
Based on this, Mr. Ide may have a bright future.

  • The Kremlin Conspiracy

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,017

Everything he learned to protect the president, he must use to take out theirs. With an American president distracted by growing tensions in North Korea and Iran, an ominous new threat is emerging in Moscow. A czar is rising in the Kremlin, a Russian president feverishly consolidating power, silencing his opposition, and plotting a brazen and lightning-fast military strike that could rupture the NATO alliance and bring Washington and Moscow to the brink of nuclear war. But in his blind spot is the former U.S. Secret Service agent, Marcus Ryker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding thriller

  • By DIANE M TINKLE on 03-12-18

If you like significant character development...

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This ones's for folks that enjoy deep background and character development. For me, too much time spent there.
I usually enjoy a good "Eagle" vs. "Bear" story, but struggled with this one. Despite a very good narrator, I seriously considered abandoning this in the middle for a couple of reasons... story moved way too slow... and too many absurd contradictions (like the eclectic moral commentary). Seems like the author may have had some outside help with this one, because it certainly was a different experience than my time spent with Mr Rosenberg's previous works.

  • Garden of Beasts

  • A Novel of Berlin 1936
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560

Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only "righteous" assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He's to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst - the ruthless architect of Hitler's clandestine rearmament.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favs

  • By nicholas on 11-02-17

Good listen, enjoyed it thoroughly

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

Great characters, not too typical... engaging plot that kept me interested beginning to end... and interesting settings.

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  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,228
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,087

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

My bad. I should have read the reviews a bit more thoroughly. I may have picked up on the purpose of the novel... a storyline to frame political commentary. This may be interesting for some listeners, but the rhetoric really gets in the way for me. I prefer novels that entertain rather than preach.

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  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,546

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Didn't expect to, but enjoyed it greatly.

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

Enjoyable in commute sized bites. Helped put a smile on my face twice a day.

  • A Hologram for the King

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 354

In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds. This richly layered novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Subtle Paean to Emptiness, Failure & Loneliness

  • By Darwin8u on 07-30-12

A man and his insecurities...

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. Not much to keep you engaged.

If you’ve listened to books by Dave Eggers before, how does this one compare?

n/a

Which scene was your favorite?

Visit to the mountain village.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It is and I won't.

Any additional comments?

Just couldn't get into it.

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  • Fat Chance

  • By: Nick Spalding
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds, Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,822
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,817

Meet Zoe and Greg Milton, a married couple who have let themselves go a bit. Zoe was a stunner in her college days, but the intervening decades have added five stone, and removed most of her self-esteem. Greg's rugby-playing days are well and truly behind him, thanks to countless pints of beer and chicken curry. When Elise, a radio DJ and Zoe's best friend, tells them about a new competition, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn their lives around.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I freakin loved this book!

  • By Maria on 10-20-14

A ride full circle

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Fat Chance to be better than the print version?

A bit... the male & female narrators did help connect with the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Greg... I could relate to his trials with exercise gadgets.

Which scene was your favorite?

The race scene... you felt as if you were right there with them.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Fat Chance... An unexpected path to a new life.

Any additional comments?

Light, personable, easy read.

  • Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!

  • By: Nicholas Carlson
  • Narrated by: Kiff VandenHeuvel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

When Yahoo hired star Google executive Mayer to be its CEO in 2012 employees rejoiced. They put posters on the walls throughout Yahoo's California headquarters. On them there was Mayer's face and one word: HOPE. But one year later, Mayer sat in front of those same employees in a huge cafeteria on Yahoo's campus and took the beating of her life. Her hair wet and her tone defensive, Mayer read and answered a series of employee-posed questions challenging the basic elements of her plan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Inside Story

  • By Jean on 02-01-15

Tech prodigy grows up

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

Reviewed: 01-21-15

Where does Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In my top 10 business titles. An interesting timely story.

What other book might you compare Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo! to and why?

Similar to many other bios. A scan of the journey... then a selection of defining moments... then add some snippets / characters and you get an interesting view of Yahoos growing pains as framed by some interesting events.

What about Kiff VandenHeuvel’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to voice. Not much dramatization, though none is really needed.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not quite... an enjoyable summary of different phases in the life of Yahoo and MM. A few good places to pause and pick up later. A good companion during windshield time.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed the ride. Whether you're a Yahoo / MM fan or critic, I'd suggest the book does a fair job of capturing the raw ambition that pervades the modern tech landscape. Some great inside information that helps you get a feel for how Yahoo is growing (or not)... by trial and error. Big money... Big egos... Big bets.

  • Quiet

  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • By: Susan Cain
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,729

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confidence booster for introverts their parents

  • By Neuron on 02-28-14

Listened and learned

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

Reviewed: 05-19-12

If you could sum up Quiet in three words, what would they be?

Revealing and insightful

Who was your favorite character and why?

As a non-fiction work, characters are not the focus of the book, but Ms.Cain did a deft job of weaving together pieces of research with everyday observations.

What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

Her performance as smooth... with a voice well matched the the subject matter.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

There's a distinct difference between being quiet and shy.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful