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  • Six Years

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,631
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,757
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,782

Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!

  • By GH on 03-20-13

Unavoidably Addicting

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

Reviewed: 05-13-13

Coben's "Six Years" is an irresistible journey. The twists and turns of the novel take you to the height of curiosity, so much you cannot even hit the pause button. While it is not classic literature, or even a classic in its genre, it fits so well to the mystery archetype the shallowness of the underlying plot is never even noticed. The character development is excellent, and relating to them is easy. The narration is apt for this type of fiction, not over delivered as is sometimes the case. Definitely worth a listen, just make sure to juice up your iPod before hitting the play button.

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  • Unraveling

  • By: Elizabeth Norris
  • Narrated by: Katie Schorr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

Two days before the start of her junior year, 17-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed - as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows - with every fiber of her being - that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected -- Reels you in -- can't stop listening

  • By GH on 04-16-13

Perfect Teen Mystery Novel

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

Reviewed: 05-13-13

Unraveling is a superb mystery novel for the younger reader. While there are many aspects of the book that are superficial, it certainly hits the mark for its intended audience. It is well written, thoughtful, and entertaining and mixes mystery and scifi in a surprisingly good way. The narration is excellent and is a convincing narration of the novel that is written in the first person. Given my vast experience with mystery and espionage novels it is incredible that it held my interest throughout given the subject matter and less sophisticated mission of the book. Overall it and was a pleasant listen and my expectations were vastly exceeded.

  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

  • By: Walter M. Miller Jr.
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,636
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,646

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Introibo Ad Altare

  • By richard on 03-20-13

Borderline Catholic Propaganda

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

Reviewed: 05-13-13

Given the high praise for the novel I was surprised how oriented the book was towards a Catholic vision of the world. While it provides valid insights, the different periods of the story do not allow the listener to have a coherent experience. It is mildly entertaining, and has its moments of intrigue. Overall it is nothing special and certainly not a classical listen or read unless you are one that can really get caught up in the undertones of darkness that could only be saved through redemption by God.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 77 Days in September

  • By: Ray Gorham
  • Narrated by: Joseph Morton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 652

On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Depends on what you want

  • By Jan on 06-19-13

A Rather Absolutely Amateurish Apocalypse

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

Reviewed: 05-09-13

As a huge fan of apocalyptic fiction, I was severely disappointed. The book is written and read as if it is for someone of a 1st grade intellect. The characters are not compelling, and do not build any suspense which would normally be basic in a fiction novel. The author, under the surface, puts into small attempts at proselytizing towards the reader that are annoying. This is certainly not consisten with the genre, and should be avoided if that is your expectation.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Launch Pad

  • Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's Most Exclusive School for Startups
  • By: Randall Stross
  • Narrated by: René Ruiz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769

Twice a year in the heart of Silicon Valley, a small investment firm called Y Combinator selects an elite group of young entrepreneurs from around the world for three months of intense work and instruction. Their brand-new two- or three-person start-ups are given a seemingly impossible challenge: to turn a raw idea into a viable business, fast.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Soothing

  • By Andrew on 12-30-15

Clear Account of the Startup World

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

Reviewed: 05-09-13

The Launch Pad clearly presents the listener with a picture of what it is like to endure the pressure of the Y-Combinator startup process. In more of the style of a newspaper article, the author logs specific events providing insight into the lives of early entrepreneurs. While the book clearly achieves its purpose, it does not provide any stunning revelations or drama. While mundane, it is a worthy read for those interested in taking on a venture in the technology sector.

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  • Debt

  • The First 5,000 Years
  • By: David Graeber
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 801

Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems - to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods - that is, long before the invention of coins or cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stands Economics on Its Head

  • By E. J. Ford on 06-06-12

Intriguing View on the Myths of Our Generation

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

Reviewed: 05-09-13

Debt is a magnificent intellectual history of debt. It clearly disassociates many of the myths common in society about the nature and history of debt. Challenging the predominate default view of capitalism, Graeber provides many good examples of how the state, capitalism, war, and money have interwoven over time to produce modern problems in society. While the book was well sourced and convincing, the author did occasionally dip into political issues, even specific individuals, with really no apparent relation to the core content. Absent this, the book would have received an easy 5 out of 5.

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • By: Daniel Goleman Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,910
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,874

Is IQ destiny? Not nearly as much as we think. This fascinating and persuasive program argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, ignoring a crucial range of abilities - emotional intelligence - that matter immensely in terms of how we do in life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good material but bad presentation

  • By Steve James on 06-04-06

Helped Me Gain An Appreciation of the Irrational

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

Reviewed: 05-06-13

Emotional Intelligence provides a look into how emotion drives everything we do. Those that are able to understand this, and can deal with it, have a larger potential than those with a more pure intellectual outlook on how people behave. Goleman's book does an excellent job of peeling back myths about how rational people are, and challenges the listener to analyze how emotions drive them. It also provides some minimal guidance on understanding other people's emotional behavior.

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

  • A Leadership Fable
  • By: Patrick Lencioni
  • Narrated by: Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,509

In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good concepts and great medium to convey them...

  • By Niket Parikh on 10-27-05

Guidance for the Potentially Courageous Leader

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

Reviewed: 05-06-13

This book outlines the obvious, but hidden aspects of why teams do not perform at a level that they are capable of. It delves into content that is much deeper than normal, and is not a technique driven instruction booklet. The dysfunctions discussed are profound and the type that nobody likes to discuss. While more specific advice could have been provided, the toughest aspect of using the material would be to get past our own egos and do what is right. I liked that the basis of this material was building trust, as it seems that dealing with any issue openly and honestly has to begin with faith in the relationships among team members.

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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Douglas Adams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610

The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first volume in the five-part Hitchhiker "trilogy" made Douglas Adams a science fiction sensation, and is a must-listen for any and all fans of the genre. Don't forget to bring a towel!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • still a winner!!!

  • By Victor on 01-09-03

Iconic But Not For Me

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

Reviewed: 05-06-13

I know many friends who love the Hitchhiker's Guide. I simply could not get into it. The performance seemed fined, but it seems as those predisposed to the story my like it better.

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  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad

  • What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon L. Lechter C.P.A.
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,710
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 428

People learn to work for money...but never to have money work for them. That's what Robert Kiyosaki says in this guide about what rich dads tell their children that poor dads do not. Browse all Rich Dad titles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good starter

  • By TomD on 02-11-03

Though Provoking Self-Improvement Framework

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

Reviewed: 05-06-13

Rich Dad, Poor Dad used the example of two archetypes to explain the good and bad aspects of managing your finances. Kiyosaki uses these figures to contrasts the good and bad behaviors that are likely to produce financial success. Keep in mind that this is not purely a book about investing or managing your finances. I think it provides a big picture as to how to avoid common misconceptions about what is right and what is wrong in pursuing wealth. It certainly provides an uncommon view of debt, assets, hard work, and business. It is not great at providing specific guidance, and focuses too much on trying to market "financial education" (he sells many other products). Otherwise it is enjoyable with an first class performance.