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  • Backwater Bay

  • Kurt Hunter Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Steven Becker
  • Narrated by: Paul J. McSorley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

When a body is found floating in the mangroves of Biscayne National Park, Special Agent Kurt Hunter has his first real case. He’s not looking for the spotlight or notoriety - he’s had both with disastrous results. But that seems unavoidable as the trail leads him to South Beach, and his introduction to the culture there is anything but comfortable. Follow Kurt through this new world as he unearths a crooked family's greed to solve the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My first Kirt Hinter Mystery Novel <br />

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-12-18

Predictable, monotone and lackluster

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Not much story development if you can get past the monotone, lifeless narrator. The story was predictable and without enthusiasm.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mystic River

  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631

When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car drove up their street. One boy got in the car, two did not, and something terrible happened - something that ended their friendship and changed the boys forever. Twenty-five years later, Sean is a homicide detective. Jimmy is an ex-con. And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay - demons that urge him to do horrific things. When Jimmy's daughter is murdered, Sean is assigned to the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Punches you in the face!

  • By DaWoolf on 11-11-14

Very hard to wade through

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

What would have made Mystic River better?

The story drags on and on with useless mundane details. Makes for a very boring listen.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dennis Lehane again?

No

Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

Yes

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story could have been interesting if it were written so the story moved without repeated litany of unrelated wanderings.

  • Make Me

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,839

"Why is this town called Mother's Rest?" That's all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It's a tiny place hidden in 1,000 square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very reminiscent of BAD LUCK & TROUBLE

  • By shelley on 09-10-15

disappointed

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

What would have made Make Me better?

Dick Hill in his normal narration

Has Make Me turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Any additional comments?

I bought this book solely because Dick Hill was the narrator and I have enjoyed his previous books. I don't know why he decided to change his style for this book, but It was almost unbearable.

20,000 Days and Counting
    The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now 
    
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        Robert D. Smith
    
    


    
    
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        Robert D. Smith
    
    


    
    Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
    149 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • 20,000 Days and Counting

  • The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now
  • By: Robert D. Smith
  • Narrated by: Robert D. Smith
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

The day for change is today and it's simpler than you realize. Most people sleepwalk through day-to-day life, passively letting time slip away. Unfortunately, the only thing that can usually wake people up to the intensity of life is impending death. But what if it didn't have to be that way? 20,000 Days presents breathtakingly simple strategies and concepts that, once applied, will enable readers to be 100 percent present and intentional with every passing minute of every day for the rest of their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Kick-in-the-Pants Jump Start for 2013 (19,816)

  • By Divine Lunacy on 02-17-13

Not sure what happened

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

Reviewed: 04-16-13

I am still wondering what this book was about. Really got lost and never got the point.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Meditations to Change Your Brain

  • Rewire Your Neural Pathways to Transform Your Life
  • By: Rick Hanson Ph.D., Rick Mendius M.D.
  • Narrated by: Rick Hanson Ph.D., Rick Mendius M.D.
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 394

The structure of your brain changes constantly, in a dynamic, unfolding process that you yourself can direct to create the life you want. This is the exciting premise of Meditations to Change Your Brain, a breakthrough program from psychologist Rick Hanso, Ph.D. and neurologist Rick Mendius, M.D.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A SHOT OF ENDORPHINS FOR THE BRAIN

  • By Kathryn on 03-21-11

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-16-13

prepare yourself for the BONG at the end of each meditation! What a way to put stress back into your life.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

Start with Why
    How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
    
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        Simon Sinek
    
    


    
    
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        Simon Sinek
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    16,130 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,815

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspire to find why you do what you do

  • By A. Yoshida on 09-19-13

what you've been looking for

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

If you have ever worked with your passion, this book will put into words what it was that you tried to explain about "why." Highly recommended for anyone who has become disconnected from their original "why" or who is looking for a way to inspire.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Mindbody Prescription

  • Healing the Body, Healing the Pain
  • By: John E. Sarno M.D.
  • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

Dr. John E. Sarno's Healing Back Pain is a New York Times best seller that has helped over 500,000 readers. Continuing the research since his ground-breaking book, the renowned physician now presents his most complete work yet on the vital connection between mental and bodily health.... Musculoskeletal pain disorders have reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with most doctors failing to recognize their underlying cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Healed after listening to the 1st chapter

  • By Cherry on 06-08-12

IGNORES SCIENTIFIC FACTS

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

Reviewed: 12-09-12

Don't waste your money. The theory presented here is that every ache and pain is caused by our psychology and if knowing that does not work for you then you are not accepting reality. I think he has everything backwards--The condition of the body affects the mind...but then I am not a doctor so what do I know.

5 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Think Fast!

  • Accurate Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Planning in Minutes a Day
  • By: Guy Hale
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 20

It's a jungle out there. There is no end to the obstacles, challenges, mountains, and unexpected issues, even self-defeating thoughts, that get in the way of being the best you can be and achieving your goals and dreams. So here it is: a powerful system to enable you to make good decisions, prevent problems, and plan for the future with speed, effectiveness, and accuracy every time! The greatest coaches and leaders today and throughout history have mastered these skills. And now, so can you.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Anyone can make a list of choices - few can choose

  • By Oliver Nielsen on 12-16-14

not worth the time or money

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

Reviewed: 02-06-12

so poorly written with little substance. didn't even finish it. wish i could get a refund.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Gun Games

  • A Decker/Lazarus Novel
  • By: Faye Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Greenberg
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 231

LAPD lieutenant detective Decker and his wife, Rina, have willingly welcomed fifteen-year-old Gabriel Whitman into their home. While the enigmatic teen seems to be adapting easily, Decker knows only too well the secrets adolescents keep - witnessed by the tragic suicide of another teen, Gregory Hesse, a student at Bell and Wakefield, one of the city’s most exclusive prep schools. Gregory’s mother refuses to believe her son shot himself and convinces Decker to look deeper. What he finds disturbs him. The gun used in the tragedy was stolen....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, Chris is back

  • By Carol on 01-10-12

WARNING! rated X

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

Reviewed: 01-23-12

Someone should warn a reader that this story is sexualy explicit and involves explicit sex acts with an underage child. Very disappointed in Kellerman for pandering the purient interests. Had to turn it off. Will never read another Faye Kellerman book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Spontaneous Happiness

  • By: Andrew Weil
  • Narrated by: Andrew Weil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

Everyone wants to be happy. But what does that really mean? Increasingly, scientific evidence shows us that true satisfaction and well-being come only from within. Whether you are struggling with depression or simply want to feel happier, Dr. Weil's revolutionary approach will shift the paradigm of emotional health and help you achieve greater contentment in life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Understand and overcome your depression

  • By Mark on 12-28-11

nothing new here

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

Reviewed: 12-14-11

If you have heard any of Dr Weil's previous books, you'll find this a repeat.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful