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mike s.

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  • Reflections from the Heart of a Grateful Man

  • By: Russ Towne
  • Narrated by: William Wells
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

In this book you’ll experience many of the simple yet powerful ways Russ has found to enhance his life and the lives of others. Through true heartwarming and humorous stories, observations, and sketches, this book explores many of the things that can make life so rich. With his refreshing combination of honesty, vulnerability, humor, gratitude, and love, there is no doubt that Russ Towne speaks from his heart with every word he writes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Nice

  • By mike s. on 07-15-19

Simply Nice

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

Reviewed: 07-15-19

This is a very nice book written by a good man. The narration is adequate, but a bit slow and feels like he’s reading the book instead of performing it. Since the material is so meandering, it may have been a challenge. I won’t say anything bad about this book, it is simply nice.

  • Anthem: AOG Annotated Edition

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

As today’s society edges closer and closer to full-fledged collectivism; as the rights and dignity of the individual continue to be trampled underfoot in the name of “the collective good;” as more and more people refuse to study the history and logical conclusions of their beliefs, and claim that re-branding socialism wipes away its entire shameful and often bloody history, while simultaneously refusing to believe the massive amount of evidence of that history - the work of Ayn Rand is more crucial and relevant than ever. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great classic with discussion questions

  • By Camila Brianna Belbin on 07-12-19

Great narration

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

Reviewed: 07-15-19

Great narration, talented voice artist. Unfortunately, Rand’s worst novel. She is slapping you across the face with every page, making sure you got her very direct ideas. This is a novel written in ALL CAPS. The annotations or “questions to discuss” section at the end of every chapter was distracting and pointless.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Possession

  • By: A. S. Byatt
  • Narrated by: Virginia Leishman
  • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

As a pair of young scholars research the lives of two Victorian poets, they uncover their letters, journals, and poems and track their movements from London to Yorkshire - from spiritualist seances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany. What emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passion and ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Excellent

  • By Loujujoe on 05-12-09

Stunning

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

Reviewed: 07-09-19

Where has this book been? Where have I been and never read it? One of my new favorites. No one will care of my opinion of this modern classic, but I needed to state how much I loved it. The structure, the literary passion and guts it took to master it, the too real characters at every level. Stunning.

  • The Stroke of Thirteen

  • By: Carrie Gessner
  • Narrated by: Kristin Price
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 17

When Grace Pembleton inherited her grandfather's business in rural Pennsylvania, she had no idea what else she was in for. She thought life as a bed-and-breakfast owner would be a quiet one, that the only trouble she'd encounter would be making enough coffee for guests. What she gets instead is a violent gnome, a resident ghost, a secret society, and continuous brushes with the supernatural. Even with new friends at her side, she struggles to fulfill her family's legacy of protecting the town. Then a new threat arises, and it wants Grace. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fun, quirky romp

  • By mike s. on 06-26-19

fun, quirky romp

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

Reviewed: 06-26-19

Fun, quirky romp through the supernatural. All the tropes are present, and the plot is a bit predictable, but the characters are unique and spout great dialogue: pithy, charming and lovable. I laughed out loud a few times. Very talented Voice Artist.

  • The Tesla Gate

  • By: John D. Mimms
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Thomas Pendleton loves his wife, Ann, and six-year-old son, Seth, more than anything, but his job often makes him an absent husband and father. One day, after Thomas leaves on a business trip, his wife and son are killed in a car accident. When a cosmic storm enters Earth's atmosphere, scientists are baffled by its composition and origins, but not nearly as much as they are by the storm's side effect: Anyone who has died and chosen not to cross over is suddenly visible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Tesla Gate

  • By trixie on 12-12-17

Pacing too slow

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

Reviewed: 06-24-19

I really wanted to love this book. Great concept, then it fell flat for me. Mostly the pacing was too slow, but there was also not enough tension in the story to keep me interested. I constantly felt the writing could have been tighter and faster. The author had some great turns of phrase, like “One hundred mice running up and down my spine.” Talented voice artist, but the switching back and forth of accent got tiring, that coupled with the “ghost voice” effect means this was a complicated audiobook to produce. Ultimately the pacing brought down the story.

  • Enhancer

  • The Enhancer Series, Book 1
  • By: Wyatt Kane
  • Narrated by: Chris Graves
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 730

Ty is just a normal guy trying to do his best. He’s single, stuck in a dead-end job with the most hateful boss in the universe, and struggling under a mountain of debt. When he witnesses an impossible battle between two superpowered people, every instinct he has tells him to run. Instead, he becomes the owner of a device that can change his life in ways he can barely imagine. All he has to do is survive for long enough to learn how to use it. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good start

  • By Ray Johnson on 12-26-18

Vastly unlikable main character

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

Reviewed: 06-24-19

I really could not get past the overly gross opening scenes and the vastly unlikable main character. Maybe he changed, but I couldn’t go along for this journey. I was given a free copy of this audiobook for an honest review.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Miniaturist

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,175

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office - leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Many Holes

  • By Cariola on 11-02-14

Well Drawn Characters

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

Reviewed: 06-20-19

Beautifully written story filled with historic details and magical connections. Deeply drawn characters whose complexities unravel in slow, satisfying ways.

  • Heads Will Roll

  • By: Kate McKinnon, Emily Lynne
  • Narrated by: Kate McKinnon, Emily Lynne, Tim Gunn, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,371

Heads Will Roll is an Audible Original from Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon and her cocreator/costar (and real-life sister) Emily Lynne. Produced by Broadway Video, this is not an audiobook - it’s a 10-episode, star-studded audio comedy that features performances from Meryl Streep, Tim Gunn, Peter Dinklage, Queer Eye’s Fab Five, and so many more.  Please note: This content is not for kids. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More like this please

  • By Anonymous User on 05-03-19

Great fun

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

Reviewed: 06-20-19

Fun R-rated blast. It was fluff, but fun and loved where it went nearly all of the time.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Library at the Edge of the World

  • By: Felicity Hayes-McCoy
  • Narrated by: Emma Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

As she drives her mobile-library van between the villages of Ireland's West Coast, Hanna Casey tries not to think about a lot of things. Like the sophisticated lifestyle she abandoned after finding her husband in bed with another woman. Or that she's back in the rural Irish town she walked away from in her teens, living in the back bedroom of her overbearing mother's retirement bungalow. Or, worse yet, her nagging fear that, as the local librarian and a prominent figure in the community, her failed marriage and ignominious return have made her the focus of gossip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming

  • By Patricia on 01-05-18

Great Characters

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

Reviewed: 06-20-19

Beautifully written story of a specific place telling a much larger emotional story. Great characters, well drawn. Voice talent was amazing.

  • The Hunt for Excalibur

  • Sam Reilly, Book 16
  • By: Christopher Cartwright
  • Narrated by: David Gilmore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

On March 11, 2011, the Japanese fishing trawler Hoshi Maru accidentally hauled up something deadly into its live-fish hold. The crew, having discovered their mistake, raced toward the harbor in the hope that they might survive. They never made it. Presumed sunk by the tsunami that ravaged the coastline of Japan, its crew were declared dead. Seven years later, the shipwreck washed up on Cannon Beach, Oregon....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Thriller! Great Narration!

  • By Jan M on 05-24-19

Great history woven in

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

Reviewed: 06-20-19

This is the first book of this series I’ve read. Got a free copy to leave an honest review. Good characters, great history, good action. The history was fairly well integrated into the story line. At times it felt like the book was dragging, maybe a bit too long. Great voice talent.