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  • Deck the Hounds

  • An Andy Carpenter Mystery, Book 18
  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

Seeing a dog next to a homeless man inspires lawyer Andy Carpenter to give the pair some money to help. Soon after Andy’s encounter with them, man and dog are attacked in the middle of the night on the street. The dog defends its new owner, and the erstwhile attacker is bitten but escapes. But the dog is quarantined, and the man, Don Carrigan, is heartbroken. Andy’s wife, Laurie, can’t resist helping the duo. In a matter of days, Don and his dog, Zoey, are living above Andy’s garage and become two new additions to the family. But things soon go awry....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More of the same.... Thankfully!

  • By Atlanta Russ on 12-01-18

Grover Gardner is the best

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Love these stories and Grover Gardner is perfect for reading it. He is Andy Carpenter and his humor brings the character alive. Hoping for more.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 112,425
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104,123
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 103,625

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Too many F words

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Would you listen to Born a Crime again? Why?

Probably not. It was interesting at the start, but halfway through it's getting tedious and I still have a problem with people who think the "F" word is the right way to express one's feelings.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

His early years and the influence his mother had on him. She must have been quite an interesting and strong character. Least interesting was his story about going to jail.

What about Trevor Noah’s performance did you like?

Very good.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

Trevor started out with great descriptions of where he grew up then it just turned into a what he did story about himself. I have to be honest and say I didn't finish the book because it did get so tedious.

76 of 92 people found this review helpful

  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

  • A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity
  • By: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Narrated by: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,118
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,604
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,591

Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi's inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By Brandon on 09-09-14

Nabeel narrates his own story

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

Loved this book. Have listened to it several times and each time I'm so moved by Nabeel's story and how becoming a Christian changed his life and what he had to give up to do it. It's especially good to hear his voice as he narrates the book. We miss him very much.

  • The 5 Second Rule

  • Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
  • By: Mel Robbins
  • Narrated by: Mel Robbins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,469

How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in five seconds. Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends, and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I turned it off after an hour.

  • By Zac on 04-08-17

Fun and worthwhile trying

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

Reviewed: 09-23-17

Would you listen to The 5 Second Rule again? Why?

Maybe. I'm going to try it and if I need a review, I'll listen again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mel and her experiences were the only character though she noted a lot of results others had told her about.

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

No

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The 5 Second Rule?

It makes sense to just get moving, but it doesn't solve every problem. She doesn't claim that it does.

Any additional comments?

I didn't appreciate her use of the *F* word and that's one reason I didn't rate it any higher.

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,799
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,886
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,878

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

Interesting because I've always love wearing Nikes

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

My memory was refreshed about the murders at the Olympics, past time runners with whom I was familiar and track competitions. That was interesting, but I wish I hadn't spent as much time listening as I did because it became depressing.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Couldn't stay with it til the end...to distressing to hear someone go continually from one crisis to another.

Have you listened to any of Norbert Leo Butz and Phil Knight - introduction ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Could you see Shoe Dog being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes. I believe several movies have been made about Steve Prefontaine already.

  • Indestructible

  • One Man's Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII
  • By: John R. Bruning
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

December 1941: Manila is invaded, and US citizen and Philippines Airlines manager Pappy Gunn is ordered to fly key military command out of the country, leaving his family at home. So Gunn was miles away when the Japanese captured his wife and children, placing them in an internment camp where they faced disease, abuse, and starvation. Gunn spent three years trying to rescue them. His exploits became legend as he revolutionized the art of air warfare, devising his own weaponry, missions, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You will love Pappy's story

  • By A. L. DeWitt on 11-15-16

Incredible man

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

What did you love best about Indestructible?

I'd never heard of Pappy Gunn even though I'm a great fan of WWII history. This is an amazing story about a man who never ever stopped going until the end. I thought some of the detail about the battles was a bit long and would have liked to have had a bit more information about his family. The book made me want to do more research into the life of P. I "Pappy" Gunn.

Who was your favorite character and why?

First off, Pappy and secondly Nathan, his son. Pappy because of this take charge character. He wasn't afraid to step in where he saw injustice or his way of dealing with those who tried to get through the war slacking off. I saw a clip of Nathan speaking to a group of school children. That really brought the book to life for me.

Which character – as performed by Brian Troxell – was your favorite?

He did well with each one, I thought.

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

It was too long for that, but I finished it in 2 days.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Science of Natural Healing

  • By: Mimi Guarneri, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mimi Guarneri
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487

Delve into the world of holistic healthcare, the range of nature-based methods and treatments that are both clinically proven and readily available to you-and that provide an alternative way for you to nurture your own optimal health, disarm stress, and deepen the experience of well-being.These 24 compelling and practical lectures offer a rich spectrum of choices and possibilities for your own healthcare, as well as practical tools for creating a truly healthful lifestyle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Uneven, several problems

  • By ViennaMom on 06-17-14

Not what I'd hoped for

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

Reviewed: 11-24-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Science of Natural Healing to be better than the print version?

No. The professor's delivery was stilted and like a lecture.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Science of Natural Healing?

When he said Lucy was human's ancestor. I think that's been pretty well disproved at this time.

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Mimi Guarneri’s performances?

No

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

No.

Any additional comments?

I was really interested in the subject matter, but could not listen to the professor's delivery. The subject could have been so interesting but I just couldn't stick with it.

7 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Seamstress

  • By: Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,285

Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Overcome with Emotion

  • By Meryl on 05-16-13

Beautifully read, absorbing tale of the Holocaust

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

Reviewed: 11-23-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Seamstress to be better than the print version?

Have not read the print.

What did you like best about this story?

Beautifully told story about a woman who was one of the very few who lived through Ravensbrck concentration camp

What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

Could not have been better.

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

Could hardly put it down

Any additional comments?

This is one of the most personal accounts of the Holocaust I've come across. I haven't read the book, but rather listened to it . I could hardly take the earbuds out of my ears and yet, at times, it was so gut wrenching I wanted to craw under a quilt and hide from the hideous evil that pervaded Europe during WWII. In it, too, I see parallels to what is happening today with antisemitism growing by leaps and bounds in Europe again and Christians being tortured and murdered in the middle east. It will never end, that is for sure, but we must not forget nor fail to fight it at every turn, with every breath.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • King's Cross

  • The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus
  • By: Timothy Keller
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 528

King's Cross is Timothy Keller's revelatory look at the life of Christ as told in the Gospel of Mark. There have been many biographies of Jesus, but few will be as anticipated as this one by Keller, the man Newsweek calls "a C. S. Lewis for the 21st century". In it, Keller shows how the story of Jesus is at once cosmic, historical, and personal, calling each of us to look anew at our relationship with God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jesus for Real People

  • By M Rodgers on 12-16-11

Droning on

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

Reviewed: 07-29-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The style of the readership.

What did you like best about this story?

The material

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He took a very interesting subject and mono-toned it. It's putting me to sleep.

Any additional comments?

Timothy Keller really knows his stuff, but it would be better to have someone with enthusiasm read his material.

  • Mere Christianity

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,302

Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!

  • By Tim on 05-14-05

Review of Christianity

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

Reviewed: 09-25-12

What did you love best about Mere Christianity?

It's straightforward, unemotional approach to Christianity and how reasonable and sense able it is.

What aspect of Geoffrey Howard’s performance would you have changed?

It was too stilted..almost like listening to a computer talk.

Any additional comments?

Having read it many years ago, it was good to hear it again though I wish the reader had sounded more human like.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful