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  • The Speed of Sound

  • (Speed of Sound Thrillers, Book 1)
  • By: Eric Bernt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,422

Harmony House is more than a “special place for special people.” It’s a think tank where high-functioning autistic savants harness their unique abilities for the benefit of society. Resident Eddie Parks’s contribution: an “echo box” that can re-create never-recorded sounds using acoustic archeology. All Eddie wants is to hear his late mother’s voice. But what he’s created is inadvertently posing a threat to national security. To Harmony House’s shadowy government backers and radical extremists, the echo box is the ultimate intelligence asset - an end to the very concept of secrecy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting...

  • By shelley on 06-02-18

A real page turner

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

This book had me hooked from the start. The portrayal of the special needs character was convincing without being cliche.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 126,310
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 116,868
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 116,317

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I didn’t hate it

  • By MerBear1981 on 04-18-19

It deserves the high ratings

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

I thought this book's incredible reviews must be seriously elevated by his fan base, but I decided to give it a listen anyway. Wow, was I amazed. I read it in a single day. Truly an excellent book.

0 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • A Little History of Economics

  • By: Niall Kishtainy
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901

What causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy a helpful approach or a disastrous idea? The answers to such basic economic questions matter to everyone, yet the unfamiliar jargon and math of economics can seem daunting. This clear, accessible, and even humorous book is ideal for young listeners new to economics and to all listeners who seek a better understanding of the full sweep of economic history and ideas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Biggest big ideas, paced nicely in history stories

  • By Philo on 06-20-18

Great information

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I got a lot from the information in the book but the narrator spoke so slowly it was impossible to listen to at normal speed. At 1.75x the pace was correct, but the distortion was extreme.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • No Time to Spare

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 373

From acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, and with an introduction by Karen Joy Fowler, a collection of thoughts - always adroit, often acerbic - on aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation. Ursula K. Le Guin has taken listeners to imaginary worlds for decades. Now she's in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice - sharp, witty, as compassionate as it is critical - shines. No Time to Spare collects the best of Ursula's blog, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a delight!

  • By Linda on 02-13-18

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

It is very much like having a cup of coffee with the author. It's not about any single topic, more like just conversing.

  • Enchantment

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457

As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique and engaging.

  • By Jana on 02-03-09

A pleasant and charming story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-18

It takes a couple of chapters before it finds it feet, but then it moves along at a very nice pace.

  • New York

  • The Novel
  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 37 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,175

New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Rachel on 12-17-09

Moves along nicely

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Like most epics it slows a bit in the center, but the story moves at an engaging pace. Like any other New Yorker there are things I wish he would have mentioned, or focused more on, but overall a very enjoyable book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,178

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

Comfortable read

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

This book wasn't your typical post apocalyptic novel. This was more of a character study, perhaps one with a few too many characters. It was a good read, with a slow pace but enjoyable plot.
If it failed at anything it was the constant reuse of the "amazing coincidence" to tie story elements together. However, many SciFi stories require some suspension of belief to make the story work, so it was acceptable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

  • By: Michael Korda
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

Michael Korda's Hero is the story of an epic life on a grand scale: a revealing, in-depth, and gripping biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile, including his blond, sun-burnished good looks and flowing white robes, made him an object of intense fascination, still famous the world over as "Lawrence of Arabia".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book and narration

  • By Ron L. Caldwell on 12-11-10

Very well researched and written

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Enjoyed the level of detail, especially with the lesser known period of his life following his return from the Middle East.

  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,165

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing--Captivating--Altering

  • By Mel on 04-19-12

Great story weak ending

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

It was an enjoyable story of an often overlooked members of our society but it all lead to an unfulfilling ending

  • Nomadland

  • Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
  • By: Jessica Bruder
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,090

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the wilderness campgrounds of California to an Amazon warehouse in Texas, people who once might have kicked back to enjoy their sunset years are hard at work. Underwater on mortgages or finding that Social Security comes up short, they're hitting the road in astonishing numbers, forming a new community of nomads: RV and van-dwelling migrant laborers, or "workampers".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful And Disturbing

  • By Sara on 06-14-18

Show start but worth finishing

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

I thought the beginning spent too much effort trying to put a human face on the topic before getting to the interesting information.