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  • Pivot

  • The Art and Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life
  • By: Adam Markel
  • Narrated by: Adam Markel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

The successful CEO of the internationally renowned Peak Potentials - who has trained thousands of people to find new jobs, careers, and directions - reads his practical and inspirational guide for reinventing yourself whether you are out of work or want to change your professional trajectory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • author read

  • By Richard on 09-01-16

Very Helpful and Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

I’ve been trying to pivot in my career for 2 years with little success, so this book is very helpful to me right now. Now, a lot of the concepts are found in other self-help books, but sometimes we need to hear them over and over! I particularly found it helpful to know we don’t have to have a big, concrete plan to move forward. I was getting stuck here thinking I had to have everything figured out before I made any changes. It’s also great that he emphasizes that you don’t need to burn bridges or take risky actions. I think I’ll get the e-book as well so I can highlight sections. One little observation more than criticism, is that at the end he kind of takes on the entire ball of wax of self-development in his action plan, but in many ways making big changes does require effort in all areas of your life. The author does a very good job narrating the book as well. I recommend this book if you are looking to make a big change - even if you don’t know WHAT you want to do exactly.

  • Web of Eyes

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 372

Self-proclaimed “World's Greatest Thief", Whitney Fierstown, has yet to find a trinket or treasure he couldn't steal. He nearly pulls off the heist of the century by snatching the Glass Crown off the dying king's head until rotten luck throws him into the path of Torsten Unger, a steadfast knight determined to save his vulnerable kingdom. Torsten offers this ultimatum: rot and die in a dank cell or join him on a dangerous expedition and put his skills to good use.

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

  • By Joliet Jill on 11-15-18

Mixed Feelings

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

The story was good, not great. It kept my attention, but it won’t make my list of beloved stories and I don’t feel a need to get the next installment unless it’s on sale. I’ve given it 4 stars instead of 3 as it’s probably a personal take as many others obviously love it. I can’t find anything wrong with the story, I just didn’t find myself getting invested in any of the characters. I usually love Luke Daniels as a narrator and for the most part, I think he does an excellent job - except for the voice of the thief. I think if I had read this, in my head the thief would have sounded rakish with just a touch of the buffoon. Daniels goes way too far and turns him into a cartoon character that is mostly buffoon.

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  • The Last Kingdom

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,125

The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex, Alfred's kingdom and the last territory in English hands, Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series of books

  • By Joshua on 10-02-15

Just watch the series

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I've listened 4.5 hours trying to get into this, but I'm bored silly. I usually enjoy reading the book that inspired a series, so I got this thinking it would be a nice complement. I'm not sure why it's so boring to me. While it does fill in some information that the series needs to condense, the information wasn't compelling enough to warrant slogging through the story. I love the series of this, but not the book. I also don't care for this narrator. Nothing wrong with him, just too sonorous for my liking.

  • Depth of Winter

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,807
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690

In Craig Johnson's latest mystery, Depth of Winter, an international hit man and the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico has kidnapped Walt's beloved daughter, Cady, to auction her off to his worst enemies, of which there are many. The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less. Walt heads into the 110-degree heat of the Northern Mexican desert alone, one man against an army.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I miss Vic and Henry!

  • By Nancy R on 09-06-18

Bad Spaghetti Western

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

I've been a fan of this series, but this installment of the Longmire story fell short. It's a bad sign when you are half-way through a listen and then forget about it for several weeks and finally force yourself to endure the ending. I'm not a writer, but maybe as an author this was an interesting spin to have Longmire off alone in Mexico with none of his usual characters like Henry Standing Bear and Vic (except a few phone calls), but as a reader, the story lacked it's usual charm. I've listened to all of this series 2x, but I won't be listening to this one again. I hope that Craig Johnson realizes that the strength of this story - at least in my mind - is the charm of the characters. For me, a little action and a lot of story is preferable - no need to search for something different. As usual, George Guidall does a stellar job narrating.

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  • Dustwalker

  • By: Tiffany Roberts
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson, Ryan Turner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Walk. Scavenge. Destroy. Trade. A simple cycle that's suited Ronin for 185 years. With no clear grasp of his programming, the barren wasteland known as The Dust offers him purpose, a place where his armored undercasing, amped-up processors, and advanced optics can be put to use. The ramshackle towns on the edges of the waste serve merely as resupply stations between increasingly long treks. But one night - one human woman - makes him question everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • keeps you enthralled..

  • By Savarra Cunningham on 08-24-18

Can’t finish it

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

When I read the reviews for this, I thought I’d finally found the unicorn or fantasy romance novels - something well-written and not just a formula romance. It starts out intriguing set in a dystopian world. There were some interesting ideas, but also some glaring things that made no sense. After awhile, it seemed like the world building is more stage dressing for the romance than a real attempt at world building. A couple of hours into the the story it starts slipping into the typical romance formula of spunky heroine who is rescued by a man. I thought Laura was a petulant brat which wouldn’t make much sense given the world and her story. Ronin is more intriguing and set in a decently written story could be an interesting character. I was mildly curious to see what would happen in this world so I kept listening, but with 7.5 hours to go I just can’t bear anymore of this drivel. I won’t be buying anything else by this husband / wife writing team.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,019

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

I really tried to like this book

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

I purchased this because of the other rave reviews. It started out great, but after a couple of hours, it became tedious. I hung in another couple of hours hoping it was just a tedious spot, but it’s dragging on and on. I went searching for other reviews and turns out I’m not the only one who finds it tedious. Others who finished the book says it doesn’t get any better, so I’m going to stop. I can’t bear to listen any longer. The story gets very tedious when he enters the academy. There are only so many schoolboy shenanigans and detailed weaponry classes I can take. It wan’t the subject matter, but the drawn out repetitiveness.I’m slogging through bored to tears I’m not someone who needs non-stop action in a book. The story just isn’t compelling enough. It feels like a story for children.. This will be only the 2nd book in around 7 years of Audible that I will return. The narration is fine.

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  • Dying Games

  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 394

Washington, DC: Twin brothers are found drowned in a Perspex box, one gagged and strapped to a chair. It's the latest in a series of cruel and elaborate murders with two things in common: the killer has left a family history chart at each crime scene, and the victims all have a connection to genealogical sleuth Jefferson Tayte. Hoping his insight and expertise will help solve the case, the FBI summon Tayte back to the capital. But as he struggles to crack the clues, the killer strikes again - and again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Suspense Mystery Surprise!!

  • By Wayne on 11-06-17

Decent classic thriller - narration good, but...

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

I probably would have given this 3.5 stars for the story. It is engaging and kept my attention. The characters are a little flat, though. I do a lot of digital retouching that doesn’t require all of my attention, so I like these kind of engaging but not too deep stories to entertain me while I work. So, it fits the bill for what it is.

Simon Vance is a great narrator, but I did have a bit of a problem with him as a choice for this series. The author is British and some of the book takes place in England, so I suppose they are going for the British audience. The main character as well as most of the characters are American however, so it is a little bit jarring to hear the main character talking with a British voice trying to sound American (and not pulling it off too well.) Also, there are a few expressions that are more British than American. It’s minor, but doesn’t make sense for the American character to say them. I think they could have found an excellent American performer to read this book and it would have made more sense.

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  • Written in Red

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,028

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original, emotion-driven alternative reality

  • By Mike on 03-10-15

Mixed Reaction

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

I’m not sure how I feel about this story. I was engrossed in the story and enjoyed it, but it is an odd world the author has developed and if you allow yourself to think about it, there is a lot that just doesn’t make sense. I don’t mean the magical parts - of course you have to go with the make believe - I mean the plot and world often have things that just don’t make sense. For instance (I don’t think this is too much of a SPOILER) The Others read lots of books and watch movies made by humans, but they only think of them as meat and don’t understand humans at all. Really, how would this be possible? Still, there was a certain charm about the story that - while not as fantastic as a lot of the reviews would have you believe - was enjoyable.

Some reviews thought this was a Young Adult novel, but I found certain parts to be quite dark with hints at rape. It ISN’T a flimsy excuse for pornography like so many paranormal romances so maybe that’s why some classify it as young adult.

I’m baffled by numerous reviews that say the narration is bad. I thought it was quite good and I think I’m fairly sensitive to bad narration.

Trying to decide if I want to give the next book in the series a go. I did enjoy the characters.

  • Slouch Witch

  • The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic, Book 1
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

Let's get one thing straight - Ivy Wilde is not a heroine. In fact she's probably the last witch in the world you'd call if you needed a magical helping hand, regardless of her actual abilities. If it were down to Ivy, she'd spend all day every day on her sofa, where she could watch TV, munch junk food, and talk to her feline familiar to her heart's content. However, when a bureaucratic disaster ends up with Ivy as the victim of a case of mistaken identity, she's yanked very unwillingly into Arcane Branch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book!!!

  • By christa on 08-06-17

Decent if you like Snark

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

This was not bad. I enjoyed aspects of it, but I didn’t think it was as fabulous as a lot of reviews make it. If you like Molly Harper, you may like Helen Harper. There is a sassy snark to the main character. I did enjoy the cat - although it’s a small part.

I read a lot of reviews by British listeners who complained about the American accent. I bet they were trying to appeal to the popularity of American snarky romances. Britts, if it makes you feel any better - I listened to a book about someone from New Mexico who lived in Portland Oregon - 2 places I’m from and the narrator was a British man who mispronounced locations - so I feel for you! I know in that case that once I got past the shock of the inappropriate accent, the story was pretty good and well read - so maybe it will be the same for you with this one. If you are American, you probably won’t have any problems with this narration.

Not sure I’ll follow up on this series. Maybe if a book is on sale and I want some easy listening.

  • Unfu*k Yourself

  • Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life
  • By: Gary John Bishop
  • Narrated by: Gary John Bishop
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,576

Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. "Wake up to the miracle you are," he directs. "Here's what you've forgotten: You're a f*cking miracle of being." It isn't other people that are standing in your way; it isn't even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It's yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More than just a self-help book

  • By Jason Crawford on 08-06-18

Get it. Now.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Really great timing for me on this book. I've been awakening to the realization that my life is NOW not in the future and it's up to me to make it what I want.

In many ways this book is not revolutionary. We've heard much of this stuff, but it's delivered in a way that is very immediate and - I found - empowering. I just finished it and I plan on immediately re-listening to it and I'll probably listen to it many times. Not because the concepts are difficult but as a reminder. I listened to it while cleaning the kitchen and cooking.

I'm glad the author read this. One listener said they had a hard time understanding the Scottish accent, but I found it to be quite clear. (Plus, I love Scottish accents!)

315 of 337 people found this review helpful