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Hell Divers II: Ghosts audiobook cover art

Not as good as the first book

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

The story drags and drags. The first one was better. Whose was to be the main character totally disappears from the story and its only mentioned a few times. What saves it is the interesting setting and postapoc storyline.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

In a Dark, Dark Wood audiobook cover art

Good narration, lame story

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

If she would have settled the story after the characters university, lets say this happened 5,6 years after that, it would totally made sense, but a girl hung up on a relationship of her teens that ended more than 10 years ago its basically lame and then the rest of the story made no sense at all. I finished bc I was waiting for it to get good. Darn waste of time. The narration was good though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Fold audiobook cover art

Lost me at the last hours, and got me back at end

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

Where does The Fold rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Regular. It started brilliantly though.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fold?

When he talks with his best friend, very funny dialogs.

Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

Reggie

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nope

Any additional comments?

The last few hours do not seem to belong to the same book, from a very smart, funny, interesting idea, it all turns over into a little boring crazy frenzy situation (felt kinda a remake of the end of 14). Narration was excellent, and mainly the reason I even finished the book. Overall I enjoyed it, but expected something better.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Shell Collector audiobook cover art

Nice romance story, but predictable.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-15

Would you try another book from Hugh Howey and/or Samara Naeymi?

The narrator was excellent.
The author, was ok, this is my first book from him and although the story was nice, it was not specially interesting. It was a good premise doe. I thought it was going to be more interesting, and with some interesting plot, but at the half of it I just wanted it to end as it dragged on.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I don't know, it felt kind of flat to me, obvious and predictable since the first chapter, and trust me I am no genius or book critic, it was just too evident. I could be one of the few who felt this btw, since I say as printed book has a lot of good reviews. But for me it got boring.

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

Never heard her before this, but will look for something else from her, she is great. For me that was the main reason I actually finished the audiobook.

Did The Shell Collector inspire you to do anything?

Yes! I will check more seriously the reviews of the books, since I actually thought it was going to be an amazing book, and for me it was plain ok, not more. Kinda disappointing after reading about it and waiting for its release, since the book description and reviews were so positive.

Any additional comments?

Although I would not really recommend this audiobook, I have to say that if you are into romance stories with no much depth and simply fun and sweet, this might be the book for you. What they call "beach read". Maybe for a teen audience could be more thrilling, If you, as me, look for more intense, twist plots or depth in a romance book, you might need to rethink about this one or just fins out if I am wrong. :D anyways the narration is very enjoyable, for me she saved the book by the performance itself no more.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

Time Well Spent audiobook cover art
  • Time Well Spent
  • Gain Control of Your Schedule and Live the Life You Want to Live
  • By: Mike Burns
  • Narrated by: Mike Burns

Good little self help book.

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

Any additional comments?

I was looking for a little self help book that is not more than 6 hours. I found tons of them and they appeared to be so long, that even to think about listening to 13 hours of how to manage time or declutter or motivate myself sounded like such a big effort that it made more sense to better use that time to actually do the things I need to do, rather than listen an audio book about it, right?, so I found this little book. I am quite new to self help books but I think this works really well as an audiobook, also once in a while is good to have the writer be the narrator of their book, and in this case its a good choice. I don't know if the info here is new or old, it does not look like he discovered something magical or a new formula. But the way is organized works well, its small, good enough to listen several times or stop and come back to a task, and is not repetitive. And finally it comes with a downloadable worksheets that helps to see things in paper, which for me is good. I never heard of this author before, but when I got the audiobook I went to his website to get the download of the work tool and it looks ok. There is a lot of info to work with so I will listen again to use it, the price was ok too, not excessive (5 bucks). Overall it was nice and made sense, also, it kinda works for many subjects, like studying, organizing, etc. I also got "The Practicing mind" audio version, and although I have not finished it, it seems really nice too, but more focused into putting things into action, and "Time well spent" is more focused into how to prioritize and get organized to get things done. You just have to do the work. I just have two complaints: you have to go to the author's website to get the accompanying material, and he gives the name of the exact website in the middle of the speech, which means, you have to pause the book, write down the link and find it. Audible usually puts the links with the book, not for this one doe. http://theothersideofcomplexity.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Time-Well-Spent-Supplemental-Worksheets.pdfSo, since you need the book for the material make sense, I copied the link here for other people to get it easily. The other complaint is that he kinda promotes himself and his website, something like 3 times on the book, I personally do not like this trend, makes it look like a teaser not a proper book. But this is only my opinion. I hope this helps to decide if to get it or not. So many books are around about this kinda subject it gets difficult to decide. This one is good. Not excellent, but good and short, seems like the author actually knew how to spend his time well.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

The Martian audiobook cover art

Trust, get the book & do not read the reviews!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

Any additional comments?

This is an amazing story, very well done, funny, very technical, at times long and dragging and mostly highly entertaining and fun. Great performance. I made the mistake of reading the reviews and I regretted it, since many of the reviewers ruined it for me, even without spoilers, so I recommend not to read many reviews (what are you doing reading mine?LOL). So there you go, if you like very well made sci-fi, a good tech story, just get it!!!!!! its really good!!! :D

Graceful Exits audiobook cover art

Great little book

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

Reviewed: 12-09-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Graceful Exits to be better than the print version?

This is a little book that relates in different voices, tales, stories and situations around dying high spiritual masters from 3 spiritual perspectives.
It has a 30 minute introduction and then numbered tales as they tell the story.
Its very nice and well made, and all the stories are numbered although not for the chapters on the online version of the library, meaning, that if you look for a specific tale, you will not find it using their chapter system of Audible. But thats ok.
The female voice of the introduction for me was a little plain. But it was fine, for the subject. The stories are very interesting and some of them quite famous, some other not that much. Its an interesting perspective on death and dying and I think it's worth the price.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

The Diamond Sutra Sung in English audiobook cover art

Nice but not professionally recorded.

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

Reviewed: 11-17-14

What did you love best about The Diamond Sutra Sung in English?

This is the first time I listen to a Sutra version with music and "sort of" singing. I say sort of since is more like reading like a verse in the same intonation the whole hour, and there is not really music but a constant fluent sound in the back and a couple of gongs. It is very well performed and very understandable.The first minutes sadly have a click click sound on the back, that lasts for a while and is very distracting. But overall after that stops, the whole thing gets better, and I really liked the performance, very nice voice. Its a very interesting way to get to know the Buddhist Diamond Sutra.

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

Yes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Remaining audiobook cover art

Different and the same old story at the same time.

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

Reviewed: 10-30-14

What made the experience of listening to The Remaining the most enjoyable?

I was kinda biased before listening to it, but I gave it a chance and in the end I did like it a lot. I liked the voice who narrated. He was quite good and for me it was not monotone or boring, I also did not find so much swearing as I thought when I previously read the reviews, I think the swearing part was about right for the kind of situations portrayed.
I liked the point of view of the story, which is a bit like a personal dialogue or monologue of the hero, not totally doe. I think that is actually which is what makes it different from other zombie/apocalyptic story, and I also like it focus on his experience rather on the gore, I mean there is some intense bloody situations, obviously, since we are talking about the end of the world as we know it, but not so gory disgusting as much as to make me feel sick. So that is a point for the author, no need to be excessive on the graphic part to make the story understood; that made me want to listen more.
The only downside is probably the plot. Guys left by the government to help to redo the society… "he is the only one left"… sounds like something we have heard before. A lot.
In some areas the Captain reacts in such ways that seems he has like no training at all. Or maybe the situations are so intense and I ask for too much? He seems careless or amateur at some moments and in a way that also made him a good character. Being not such a perfect soldier makes him more human.
In the end, if you like these kind of stories, this one is kinda cool and leaves you wanting more as it ends, and you feel you really will be needing to get the next book. Like now.

Would you recommend The Remaining to your friends? Why or why not?

Maybe to the ones who like zombie-like stories.

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

Good narration. I like the character differences. He was good. Not excellent, but very good.

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

Nothing extreme

Self-Compassion Step by Step audiobook cover art

Really good "workshop" on self compassion

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

Reviewed: 10-28-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would, its a really good book, it has very defined sections with exercises and even a "bell" and the space to make all the self reflections. I only think it takes different times to get through it since its a very personal experience. For me the last part of the book, lets say the last hour and a half, was very difficult to do, I had to redo it many times until I was able to do it. Her soft voice makes it easy as a process. The way all the book is structured is very clever and makes a lot sense. It would make a great addition for a young school class. Also, since its like a "workshop" it would work very well for a book club or a therapy group to do it together. Its just my opinion.
I also think it can get intense if you follow the instructions exactly, so I would recommend not to listen to all of it at the same moment on one sit, but take your time and do it at your own pace.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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Which scene was your favorite?

I like the way she explains the exercises and the compassionate way she talks about different people and their possible situations. This is quality psychology researched work.

What did you learn from Self-Compassion Step by Step that you would use in your daily life?

This is a book that actually works very good as a type of "therapeutical" tool. Obviously is not the same as going to therapy, but its a really good self help book. I really liked it. I will listen to it again in the future and recommend it to friends. I think you can get a lot from it.

Any additional comments?

As this is a self reflecting type of book, it actually needs for you to take the time to do the exercises, some of them can be heavy or difficult if you are not already in therapy or looking for a way to heal. So it cannot be taken instead of therapy obviously. But surely is a great book and I think young people could get a lot from it. Is not necessary that you have "issues" to use this book. I think is kinda healthy to review the self compassion as a great tool to feel better and function better in life in general. Just my opinion doe.

I really like that the author reads it. She has a great voice.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful