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  • The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

F. Scott Fitzgerald's finest work is generally thought to be The Great Gatsby. However, he also wrote many wonderful short stories. This one, very much like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," shows Fitzgerald's amazing imagination and creativity. What would it be like, Fitzgerald wondered, to be rich beyond the dreams of avarice? This story is his answer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Imaginative Story

  • By Tracy on 02-05-16

Very Imaginative Story

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

Reviewed: 02-05-16

Would you listen to The Diamond as Big as the Ritz again? Why?

No....it was good but once was enough.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them

What does Jim Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I made sure I listened to the sample before getting this because a couple of people really did not like the reader but...very few people agreed with them so, I did the logical thing..listened and decided for myself. Sample sounded fine so I got it and and really enjoyed the reading. No idea why those people had such a problem with it..to each his own, I guess.

Any additional comments?

This was a very unusual story for Fitzgerald and he showed he not only can write, but that he has a fantastic imagination. Great story.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Whiskey Women

  • The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey
  • By: Fred Minnick
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Without women, whiskey may not exist. In Whiskey Women, Wall Street Journal-best-selling author Fred Minnick tells the tales of women who have created this industry, from Mesopotamia's first beer brewers and distillers to America's rough-and-tough bootleggers during Prohibition. Women have long distilled, marketed, and owned spirits companies. These strong women built many iconic brands, including Bushmills, Laphroaig, and Maker's Mark.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Women should be proud of this.

  • By Tracy on 01-29-16

Women should be proud of this.

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

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

Perseverance, Creativity, Intelligence

What did you like best about this story?

Great listen. Really interesting. We should learn to appreciate the contributions women have made throughout history in keeping their families fed and dealing with adversity. We should be proud of ourselves and them.

Have you listened to any of James Killavey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Reading was fine. Just right for this kind of book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Lots of them, actually.

Any additional comments?

History but...very interesting history. Went way back to the beginning of whiskey production then up to prohibition and after and finally to the present.

46 of 47 people found this review helpful

  • Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011

  • Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Space
  • By: Rick Houston
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

Humanity's first reusable spacecraft and the most complex machine ever built, NASA's space shuttle debuted with great promise and as a dependable source of wonder and national pride. But with the Challenger catastrophe in 1986, the whole space shuttle program came into question, as did NASA itself, so long an institution that was seemingly above reproach. Wheels Stop tells the stirring story of how, after the Challenger disaster, the space shuttle not only recovered but went on to perform its greatest missions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finished it in three days!

  • By Ken on 01-07-16

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 01-10-16

What made the experience of listening to Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011 the most enjoyable?

The behind the scenes detail..the author actually met and talked to many of the astronauts and people in mission control.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011?

Too many too count.

What about James Killavey’s performance did you like?

Did a nice job.

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

Wheels Stop

Any additional comments?

Excellent book. It was long but I couldn't stop listening and was sad when it was over.
I'll probably listen again in a few months.

73 of 74 people found this review helpful

  • Desiring the Doctor

  • After the Explosion, Book 3
  • By: Jane B. Night
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Bianca can't imagine herself falling in love. After fleeing from an abusive husband, the last thing on her mind is romance. Then, she goes to work for James, the tall, dark, and handsome doctor who treated her when she first arrived in town. Suddenly, her heart can think of nothing but him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good romance

  • By Tracy on 11-28-15

Good romance

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

Reviewed: 11-28-15

Would you listen to Desiring the Doctor again? Why?

Because a couple of the scenes got both me and my hubby..how shall I say this...interested in heading to the bedroom as soon as we got home.

Who was your favorite character and why?

James, doctor...strong but with a soft and very caring side.

Which character – as performed by James Killavey – was your favorite?

All good.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

See first statement. :)

Any additional comments?

This was the third book in the series so it took us a while to figure out the "world" it was in. By "we," I mean my husband and I. We listened together in the car. It's a good romance but he actually liked it...especially the "explicit parts." Not porn, by any means, but rather detailed, in a loving sort of way...hot stuff!

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Claus

  • Legend of the Fat Man
  • By: Tony Bertauski
  • Narrated by: James Robert Killavey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

In the early 1800s, Nicholas, Jessica, and Jon Santa attempt the first human trek to the North Pole and stumble upon an ancient race of people left over from the Ice Age. They are short, fat, and hairy. They slide across the ice on scaly soles and carve their homes in the ice that floats on the Arctic Ocean. The elven are adapted to life in the extreme cold. They are as wise as they are ancient. Their scientific advancements have yielded great inventions - time-stopping devices and gravitational spheres that build living snowmen and genetically-modified reindeer that leap great distances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story

  • By cindilla on 12-19-12

The perfect holiday book..a real winner!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

What made the experience of listening to Claus the most enjoyable?

Listened with the whole family on a very long car trip and EVERYONE loved it. Nice bonding experience. My kids now want me to get the next one.

What did you like best about this story?

Here you have a great imagining of how Santa Claus actually came to be.
- fantasy at its best.

Which scene was your favorite?

The end but...can't say much more without giving it away.

Any additional comments?

Just a great book to smile about. I’m delighted to see it has not one, but two sequels.
( “Jack: the Tale of Frost” and “Flury” ) Off to order them now.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Buck Out

  • By: Ken Benton
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Malcolm Carter and Ryan Boone, two New York City friends whose lives have been dominated by the financial markets, are about to exchange their charts and reports for guns and survival supplies - but not because they want to. When China and Japan decide it's time to dump US Treasury bonds, an economic nightmare plays out in America. The Federal Reserve watches helplessly as the dollar is decimated, and the resulting food shortage spreads lawlessness across the land like a virus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the time..enjoyable.

  • By Lillian on 11-19-15

Excellent and potentially real!

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

Reviewed: 10-22-15

What made the experience of listening to Buck Out the most enjoyable?

It was a very good story, very well written and very suspenseful. Characters are all well fleshed out and believable...even the bad guys.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Buck Out?

Can't say....would give too much away but...it was powerful.

What does Jim Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Thank goodness the author got a new narrator. I listened to the sample of his first book - Surviral - but didn't get it because the narrator was not good...what I heard and what the reviews said confirmed this. This guy sounded good so I got it and was very pleased with the story and the narration. Finished the whole thing in two days. One of those "take long drives just to listen" books.

Any additional comments?

This was a different kind of "end of civilization" story and a bit terrifying because it could happen! I thought the first part about the financial markets collapsing might be boring but it was anything but. Is was fascinating..and a bit of an education.

72 of 73 people found this review helpful

  • Planet of Dread

  • By: Murray Leinster
  • Narrated by: Kyle Killco
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

In this story humans have expanded to worlds throughout the universe. However, to be self sustaining, they reproduce the total ecology of their home world - the good, the bad and the ugly. When this system is not properly supervised, strange things happen and the hoped-for habitable world is anything but. The passengers and crew of the space yacht Nadine fear they may not survive this world where the environment has gone mad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good sci-fi story

  • By Tracy on 10-09-15

Pretty good sci-fi story

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

Reviewed: 10-09-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main guy...forget his name. It's been a while.

Which character – as performed by Kyle Killco – was your favorite?

He did a pretty good job with all the character voices.

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

I listened to the whole thing on one long car trip. May the time go by much faster.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Off Balance

  • Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction
  • By: Matthew Kelly
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 596

One of the major issues in our lives today is work-life balance. Everyone wants it; no one has it. But Matthew Kelly believes that work-life balance was a mistake from the start—because we don’t really want balance; we want satisfaction. Kelly lays out the system he uses with his clients, his team, and himself to find deep, long-term satisfaction both personally and professionally. He introduces us to the three philosophies of our age that are dragging us down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book

  • By Marcio Campos on 07-06-15

Very good advice

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

Reviewed: 10-03-15

Would you listen to Off Balance again? Why?

Yes...I bit much to take in with just one listen.

What does Mike Chamberlain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Did a good job conveying the author's ideas.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Off Balance?

Lots of them..Much food for thought.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful