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  • Good Behavior

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Blake Crouch
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683

Fresh out of prison and fighting to keep afloat, Letty Dobesh returns to her old tricks burglarizing suites at a luxury hotel. While on the job, she overhears a man hiring a hit man to kill his wife. Letty may not be winning any morality awards, but even she has limits. Unable to go to the police, Letty sets out to derail the job, putting herself on a collision course with the killer that entangles the two of them in a dangerous, seductive relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HE DIDN'T GET ANGRY, HE JUST KILLED PEOPLE

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-16-17

I would rate high if....

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

The author would shut up. The stories were fine, not greatly developed but enjoyable. The author jumping in to explain why he wrote what he did is just an excuse for not developing the story. I got so sick of his rambling that I jumped to the next story.

I wanted more about Letty but I was thrilled when this audio was over. I got a drink and felt the author did this book a great disservice.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,457
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,573
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,486

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

We have a mess on our hands.

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Ouch! I have always suspected that there was so much more to the story than the media knew, or would tell. I figured that the jump to release the story first meant the real facts were still unknown.

I really enjoyed Mr Comey’s account of what happened during the email server investigations, why it became an issue right before the election and how his desire to work for the USA, and not the political farce we call Washington ultimately brought the Clinton issue to the forefront again.

I’m very anxious about what is happening to our country and the people who are loyal to a person or group being a lawmaker. All personal loyalties must be set aside for our country to thrive. Mr Comey helped teach me more about our government, how things work and why the American people must insist on honesty. I’m so glad I read this book.

I actually have a lot more respect for former President Obama, Hillary Clinton and other people. I also confirmed my feelings of other people who have served our country yet have been abused by selfish individuals.

I have less respect for former President Clinton, former President Bush and a lot less respect for former Vice President Cheney. I’m glad Hillary Clinton is not our president and I am horrified that Donald Trump is. We have a mess on our hands.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Meltdown

  • Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It
  • By: Chris Clearfield, András Tilcsik
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Weaving together cutting-edge social science with riveting stories that take us from the front lines of the Volkswagen scandal to backstage at the Oscars, and from deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico to the top of Mount Everest, Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik explain how the increasing complexity of our systems creates conditions ripe for failure and why our brains and teams can't keep up. They highlight the paradox of progress: Though modern systems have given us new capabilities, they've become vulnerable to surprising meltdowns - and even to corruption and misconduct.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good but lacking

  • By THoward on 04-02-18

Good but lacking

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Where does Meltdown rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would put this book in the 85-90 percent zone. I enjoyed the book but I believe the narrator could have been a better fit. This narrator sounds more suited to a fiction book and this was a major issue in the beginning.

Pause to research. There were a number of times I had to pause the narrative so I could do more research online, and there were a number of those searches that were made more difficult because I didn’t know how to spell the name of the person, place or company. This is where a print book would have been better.

My take from this book is that we often look for solutions which complicate the system we are working on. Yet looking to prevent meltdowns means looking to reduce system complexities.

I can see meltdowns in our tax law, healthcare law (tax law), insurance and local government operations. Sometimes it is so difficult to get an answer about why our government/citizen system must operate in the current fashion and the answer is really “I don’t know.”

All businesses need this book. I’m sending a link to my bankers about the warnings the bank sends which don’t need any action. They cry wolf everyday and this book has many examples of why constant alerts don’t work.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • True Grit

  • By: Charles Portis
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,695

Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So worth it!

  • By Tommygaus on 12-29-10

The swallowing and dry mouth crackles are terrible!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

The story is overshadowed by the dry mouth and saliva crackles. The production team needs to earn their keep.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Pets on the Couch

  • Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry
  • By: Nicholas Dodman DVM
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 501

Racehorses with Tourette's syndrome, spinning dogs with epilepsy, cats with obsessive-compulsive disorder, feather-plucking parrots with anxiety, and a diffident bull terrier with autism - these astonishing cases were all helped by One Medicine, which emphasizes the similarities, rather than differences, between animals and humans. Inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking, and utterly fascinating, Pets on the Couch demonstrates how what we share with our animals can only lead us to a greater appreciation for them - and for our mutual bonds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Oliver Sacks of Vets! Brilliant!

  • By Gillian on 08-28-16

Wow! I'm barking with joy!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

I've had dogs in my life since I was young. They are great companions that love unconditionally. I've heard many people tell me that pets don't have the same feelings that humans do but I have always disagreed.

I've seen fear, depression, anxiety, pain, hope, happiness and so many more emotions in the eyes of my dogs. This book is my first introduction to One Medicine and I am truly happy that I read this book. Animal testing has shown that we humans are just another species but animals all the same. I'm so happy that we can see in animal blood tests the same issues we see in people. We can treat our animals with great tenderness and compassion. Our dogs, cats, birds and horses all appreciate when their homes are happy, clean, with games and good food. They pay us back in spades when we choose great medical care for our companion animals. The care these animals get helps us but calming our stress hormones, getting us more exercise and feeling joy from being with our fur and feathered friends.

What I loved about this book were the examples of pets now thriving when before they were torn apart by malfunctioning brain chemicals. I enjoyed the vocal performance and enjoyed the accent. I'm thinking anyone who wants to understand their pets more will enjoy hearing how these researchers are paving the way for animals to be treated with the best care we can offer.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Way of the Warrior Kid

  • From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way
  • By: Jocko Willink
  • Narrated by: Thor Willink, Jocko Willink
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 881

Fifth grade was the worst year of Marc's life. He stunk at gym class, math was too hard for him, the school lunch was horrible, and his class field trip was ruined because he couldn't swim. But what was the most awful thing about fifth grade? Kenny Williamson, the class bully, who called himself the "King of the Jungle". When Marc's mother tells him that his uncle Jake is coming to stay for the whole summer, Marc can't wait. Uncle Jake is a for-real super-cool Navy SEAL. And Uncle Jake has a plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • REQUIRED READING

  • By Rooster on 05-02-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Not just for kids. This book is written such that the message is simple to learn and can be applied by anyone.

In the corporate world there was a time when writing a mission statement was king of everything, but marketing was behind this message and the message seemed insincere. This book allows anyone, or any team or business, write a code of ethics. This book gives examples of why those codes are important.

I will listen again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 29 Gifts

  • How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life
  • By: Cami Walker
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

At age 35, Cami Walker was burdened by a battle with multiple sclerosis, a chronic neurological condition that made it difficult for her to walk, work, or enjoy her life. Seeking a remedy for her depression after being hospitalized, she received an uncommon prescription from an African medicine woman: give to others for 29 days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gift

  • By Elizabeth on 11-27-16

Not what it could be

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

I wanted to love this book but I can't.

What I love:
- Her description of her illness and what she believes are the causes.
- The idea that giving is an integral part of what we want our communities to be.
- Being a part of a team, showing that we all need a support network.

The items that make me have an extreme distaste:
- The narrator. I felt the narrator brought a tone of 'I'm better than you' to the text that I would not have read into the lines written on a page.
- Apparent lack of empathy. I wanted more of the 'I was overwhelmed and treated my husband horribly but he didn't deserve that terrible behavior.' I wanted her to feel his pain in losing the wife he thought he had. I wanted her to acknowledge that he has been awesome. I received the tension in the relationship but I didn't feel the compassionate healing that needed to come from true giving.
- An epilogue that is over an hour?

I love the idea of giving. I'm walking away from this book with a better idea of why we give and feel this will be the most valuable part. I'm rather disappointed and won't recommend this book to my friends.

I'm giving an overall of 3 stars because all a reader needs is to try is 29 days of giving without expecting anything in return.

I'm rating the narrator and story 1 star because I feel run over by negative emotions.

I can't finish this book because it lacks sensitivity and compassion, is read without authenticity or vulnerability, and does feel like bragging.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • House of Many Ways

  • By: Diana Wynne Jones
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

A girl named Charmain must inhabit her ailing great-uncle's time-traveling home full of magical belongings. As Charmain begins a journey of amazing discoveries, she comes to the attention of the powerful sorceress Sophie and an elusive wizard named Howl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Companion Book

  • By Kelly on 03-17-11

Enjoyed and kept my attention

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

The book was enjoyable and kept my attention. It has been a busy few weeks and I should have finished this book much more quickly.

The story tells of magical people and the beasts which live within. The author is quiet creative and has a good grasp on linguistics. The author's ability to name and create her fantasy world is borne out of her love of language. An enjoyable few hours to be under the spell of a good author and good narrator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Woof

  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: James Frangione
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973

Bowser is a dog detective on the loose, paired with an 11-year-old girl, Birdie. Bowser and Birdie live on the Louisiana coast with Birdie's Grammy. When a prize stuffed marlin is stolen from Grammy's bait and tackle shop, Birdie and Bowser decide to take on the case. But what looks like a straightforward break-in soon becomes as tangled as a tourist's fishing line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like meeting Chet in his "teens"! Love it!

  • By TW on 06-15-15

Dogs are great companions

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

Bowser and Birdie have been paired up as a birthday gift. Bowser becomes Birdie's best friend and protector. As Birdie learns about her ancestors she finds a bit of trouble from the town's entitled characters.

A few of the Bowser comments remind me of other books (Hank the cow dog) and I didn't find much original material here, but it was enjoyable and I believe younger readers/listeners will be most captivated by this story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crocodile on the Sandbank

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,317
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,304

Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice break from the usual-

  • By Carrie on 12-18-04

Such a good time!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

Amelia Peabody is my newest idol! Amelia is spunky, witty and also feminine. She has a low tolerance for BS and uses her brain to get things done.

I see a bit of Agatha Christie in this book's primary character and have enjoyed the mystery of archeology along as a side story. The book is well written and worth a credit. I am going on with the series and getting book 2!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful