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Stroudsburg, PA, United States
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  • Traveler

  • World of Warcraft, Book 1
  • By: Greg Weisman
  • Narrated by: Ramón de Ocampo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

It's been years since 12-year-old Aramar Thorne, a clever boy who is never without his precious sketchbook, has seen his father. So when Captain Greydon Thorne comes ashore and asks his son to join him at sea, it feels as if someone has redrawn Aram's entire world. At sea Aram struggles to get along with the Wavestrider's crew - especially second mate Makasa, a tough teenage girl who has been reluctantly placed in charge of him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great warcraft story!

  • By Jordan on 01-11-17

Amazing Travels Through Azeroth!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

I am a HUGE Warcraft fan, especially of the lore explained by Golden and Knaak, and I found this title AMAZINGLY immersive. I was a bit hesitant in purchasing but so glad I did. Looking forward to the other installations of the storyline! Traveler was sooooooo good!

  • The Woman in Cabin 10

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,363

Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first Lo's stay is nothing but pleasant: The cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, and gray skies fall.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hours and hours of tired...

  • By ROBIN on 07-28-16

Glued to Finishing the Audio!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

I couldn't stop listening! AMAZING and gripping; I was frightened throughout, and happy to see she took the ending where I wanted to see it go. I found a new author to follow!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Branding Basics for Small Business, 2nd Edition

  • How to Create an Irresistible Brand on Any Budget
  • By: Maria Ross
  • Narrated by: Maria Ross
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

In Branding Basics for Small Business, marketing expert Maria Ross shares real-life examples and expert interviews to show how organizations of any size can create a winning brand. Small businesses, start-ups, and nonprofits enviously watch the big guys create tribes of loyal followers. How do they do it? What can time- and resource-strapped organizations learn from them? The secret is starting with a strong brand strategy, which goes far beyond a logo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally relevant.

  • By ABLOCH on 06-06-17

Totally relevant.

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

This book was exactly what I needed to read to find a direction in marketing my two small businesses. Oftentimes knowing what to say and being able to craft how to become a daunting task for business owners who are getting their feet wet. Branding Basics serves as a knowledge friend in keeping a checklist for you and holding you accountable to the things that you need to get done for marketing purposes. Tips in the book help me by making me aware of the relevant questions I needed to ask myself about my business. The case studies were extremely helpful in seeing successful companies do the same. So few times am I truly happy with purchases I make in business related books, but this is a gem! The content, production, and narration make is a must have.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Ladies Who Launch

  • Embracing Entrepreneurship & Creativity as a Lifestyle
  • By: Victoria Colligan, Beth Schoenfeldt, Amy Swift
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Ladies Who Launch is the first company to define the feminine approach to launching a business and to make the connection between starting a business and bringing creativity into your life with self-esteem and happiness. The nationally acclaimed Ladies Who Launch program has enabled thousands of women across the country to break out of the nine-to-five mold and thrive in entrepreneurial enterprises that reflect their true passions, skills, and desires.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Does not make for a good audio experience.

  • By Diana on 02-21-08

Inspiring!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

I've been looking for quite some time for the energy and inspiration to work on a few projects that really speak to me. Ladies Who Launch not only gave me the inspiration to pursue my dreams, but also offered the way to create my own road map. This is a must-read for all ladies who aspire to live the life they want. Truly!

  • Allegiant

  • Divergent Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,528

What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What a let down!

  • By Judy on 11-05-13

Boooooo... I expected far better.

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

Reviewed: 10-29-13

Is it just me or is everyone writing their storylines in anticipation of a movie deal?

The trilogy was never EXCEPTIONAL; however, it was entertaining UP until this book. I had high hopes for this third installment, and even though I knew Tobias would play a significant role in the last book (I didn't *like* the voice talent for Tobias), it was disappointing the author seemed to take the easy way out by writing 'he said, she said - he does, she does' scenario to the storyline's main characters. The dialogue was stiff and too simple for seemingly noble characters, as it had been in the first two books, and I anticipated it would improve. It didn't. I just wish the characters weren't so boring and one dimensional.

The storyline did make a dramatic upturn with its heart-tugging ending. As painful as it was to commitment to the book in its entirety, I was saddened by the end. It wasn't a surprise 'a-ha' ending; nevertheless, it was the only instance in the entire third book the author really wrote a picture so clear, I cried... :(

Collectively, the story told throughout the trilogy could make a movie I'd be interested in seeing, but I'd rather see adaptations of stories to movies than reading screenplays in book form.

Boooooo... I expected far better, and am I really disappointed the author just didn't take better care of her characters. I really had high hopes for all of them.

58 of 63 people found this review helpful

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  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag

  • A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,443

"Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WHY WHY WHY

  • By Daryl on 10-27-12
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag
  • A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman

Clever, clever story!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-13

Refence point:

I have a 5 year old tolerance for gore and spook, as I still believe there ARE scary things that lurk in dark places! I did, however, download "Click-Clack the Rattlebag" for the charity contribution, and am so glad I did! This twelve minute masterpiece rattled my cage enough that I missed the ending the first time (ummm, told ya I'm a scare-dy cat!) and got the ending on the third listen. The production and author performance was equally excellent.

Loved it!

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  • Plan B: A Nick Heller Story

  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 441

An original short story by Joseph Finder, New York Times best-selling author of Buried Secrets and Vanished. "Plan B" finds private spy Nick Heller in Barcelona, Spain, on a rescue mission. The target: a walled compound with state-of-the art-security. The object: a teenage girl, held against her will.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Where's the rest?

  • By laall on 05-29-11

Nick's My Hero!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-12

This was my first Finder selection, and I'm glad it was! Finder's character creation's always spot on - real and believable; and Holter Graham's rich, robust voice rounds out my mental image of 'Nick'.

Loved it!

  • Paranoia

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,345

Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clever and interesting.

  • By Karen on 02-02-04

UGH...

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

Reviewed: 05-15-12

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

Mezmerizing voice! Had to be careful now and again from becoming too comfortable listening while driving.

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

I suspected the ending pre half way through the book, and discounted because it was too obvious. Hearing the ending I had come up with made me want to wretch - literally! It's been awhile since I felt cheated at the ending of a story, and this is how I felt - cheated! Or... glass half full, I should have felt I was a genius for having figured out such an elementary ending.

The story line is so unbelievably out there, it could go nowhere other than where it did. The first Finder novel that left me wishing I had stopped before the ending.

Any additional comments?

Joseph Finder novels are a recent find of mine. I devoured Company Man and the Nick Heller series and loved them all. Though disappointed in the ending of Paranoia, his character development of Cassidy is right on.