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  • Turn Your Spare Room into a Hit Factory: A Beginner's Guide to Setting Up a Mini Home Recording Studio

  • By: T Whitmore
  • Narrated by: Marc Schindler
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Learning to record your own songs is essential for anyone interested in singing and songwriting! This book takes you step by step through the recording process. You'll learn to use click tracks, drum loops, and scratch tracks to keep everything together. This book helps you record the rhythm section properly as a foundation for the other instruments. You'll also find out how to record harmonies and melodies and add color with percussion and piano fills, background vocals, and sound effects!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Abysmal

  • By Troy Blackford on 09-16-18

Abysmal

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Someone churning out sub-par "how to" guides as fast as possible for money. No insight, nuance, detail, or wisdom is included. Frequent grammar and recording mistakes, as well. I don't usually give bad reviews, but this isn't just a book I didn't like: paying for this book was like someone stealing your money.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Too Big to Walk

  • The New Science of Dinosaurs
  • By: Brian J. Ford
  • Narrated by: Chris Courtenay
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 28

Ever since Jurassic Park we thought we knew how dinosaurs lived their lives. In this remarkable new book, Brian J. Ford reveals that dinosaurs were, in fact, profoundly different from what we believe, and their environment was unlike anything we have previously thought. In this meticulous and absorbing account, Ford reviews the latest scientific evidence to show that the popular accounts of dinosaurs’ lives contain ideas that are no more than convenient inventions: how dinosaurs mated, how they hunted and communicated, how they nursed their young, even how they moved....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ignorant, self acclaiming, blowhard!

  • By William Lauffer on 07-13-18

Awful

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Can't refund because I preordered it. This book is pseudoscience trash. Run far, far away.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • This Explains Everything

  • Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works
  • By: John Brockman
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee, Michelle Ford, Peter Berkrot, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91

In This Explains Everything, John Brockman, founder and publisher of Edge.org, asked experts in numerous fields and disciplines to come up with their favorite explanations for everyday occurrences. Why do we recognize patterns? Is there such a thing as positive stress? Are we genetically programmed to be in conflict with each other? Those are just some of the 150 questions that the world's best scientific minds answer with elegant simplicity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great premise, but book really does not deliver

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-21-17

Amazing Insight. Dreadful Narration.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-15

If you could sum up This Explains Everything in three words, what would they be?

Deep, Beautiful, Elegant

What did you like best about this story?

A huge number of essays from a great number of thinkers covering an amazing amount of topics.

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

The two British narrators did a fine job. The two American narrators were extremely irritating, to the point that they might have done the worst narration job I've ever heard. The American man sounded like a cross between the Dateline narrator and a joke on a Simpsons show, and the woman sounded like she was reading a nursery rhyme instead of a science book.

Man: "We live among the stahhhrs, in the vastness of schpaaaaaaayyyyyce." Like it was a movie trailer.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The topics covered were extremely fascinating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silkworm

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,155

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made Alligator Alley fly by

  • By Tracey on 06-26-14

Endlessly Compelling

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

Reviewed: 05-11-15

This book pushes past "The Cuckoo's Calling" by rapidly building off the established characters, plunging them into an even more grisly and complex crime, and raising the stakes in their personal lives. One of the best novels I've read this year, with a killer audio performance to boot.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • You Are a Badass

  • How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,934

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly new age garbage and bad financial advice!

  • By Wayne on 05-25-18

Don't Buy

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-15

Gave up rapidly. Load of hogwash. I've read many books like this and this will not go on to be one of them.

  • Life in the Ocean

  • The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle
  • By: Claire A. Nivola
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Best-selling author Claire A. Nivola has won multiple awards for her captivating books introducing historical figures to young audiences. In this critically acclaimed profile of noted oceanographer Sylvia Earle, listeners follow Sylvia as her childhood adventures in the Gulf of Mexico help inspire her life’s work: discovering the secrets of “the blue heart of the planet”.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nineteen Minutes for $7? Ripoff!

  • By Troy Blackford on 08-18-14

Nineteen Minutes for $7? Ripoff!

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-14

What would have made Life in the Ocean better?

If it were twenty to thirty times longer.

Would you ever listen to anything by Claire A. Nivola again?

No.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narration was fine.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Life in the Ocean?

No scenes should be cut. Many should be added.

Any additional comments?

This is the first time I felt ripped off by Audible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • NOS4A2

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,746
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,736

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping performance by Kate Mulgrew....

  • By Leslie on 05-06-13

Incredible Tale, Told Incredibly

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

Reviewed: 05-17-13

What made the experience of listening to NOS4A2 the most enjoyable?

The combination of the brilliant storytelling by master author Joe Hill with the unparalleled, vivid, and energetic performance by Kate Mulgrew made this a standout audio work.

What did you like best about this story?

It was filled with well-rounded, gripping, intense, and interesting characters struggling with insane situations.

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

Her characterizations are incredible, and her vocal range and control is a joy to behold. This was just an incredible experience. I have listened to at least a hundred audiobooks, and her performance was right up there with Dick Hill and Hugh Fraser.

If you could rename NOS4A2, what would you call it?

If I had to pick a new name (weird question!) I would call it... Bridges to Inscapes, I guess. I like the name NOS4A2.

Any additional comments?

This is an incredible experience. Give it a shot.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fine Art of Writing the Next Best Seller on Kindle

  • By: Omar Johnson
  • Narrated by: Omar Johnson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Most authors have the ambition of producing a best-selling Kindle book. However, most fall short of this worthy goal simply because their manuscript lacks the necessary ingredients for it to be a best seller on Kindle. In his gold mine of an audiobook, The Fine Art of Writing the Next Best Seller on Kindle, author Omar Johnson reveals the secret recipe and formula that will enable you to write the next best seller on Kindle.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Absolute Basics of Writing Anything on Kindle

  • By Troy Blackford on 05-09-13

The Absolute Basics of Writing Anything on Kindle

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This might be a good book for someone who has never thought about writing anything before and who doesn't know the first thing about the Kindle program or writing in general... though there are many better options.

Has The Fine Art of Writing the Next Best Seller on Kindle turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, it has merely made me want to find other and better books in this area.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator had a strange, clipped style of speaking that not only provided a herky-jerky effect to the writing, but highlighted the strange word choice that was frequently employed.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

This book made me feel disappointed, as it is a topic that could be well-explored but was sadly not really all that well done.

Any additional comments?

There are useful bits of information here and there, but as a whole this book is covering extremely rudimentary ground and it does so in a manner that lacks style and substance. If you have never read anything about working on a book before in your life, this might be a good way to ease into the subject. If you haven't spent any time at all thinking about writing, then maybe tips like 'Before you start, think about things like what is the story?' might help. But if you are at such a rudimentary level that these ideas are helpful to you, the odds that you will be writing a 'bestseller' are very low.

This book should have been called 'Some of the Most Rudimentary Aspects About Writing Your First Ever Book and Putting it on the Kindle Marketplace.' That would have eliminated a lot of the criticisms I felt about it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful