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  • Why We Sleep

  • Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker PhD
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,260
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,223

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book on sleep bar none

  • By Innate on 12-10-17

Important for everyone

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

Reviewed: 04-08-19

You shout read this. i just finished and have already started adopting new lifestyle practices. I will actively evangelize.

  • Digital Gold

  • Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money
  • By: Nathaniel Popper
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,451

A New York Times technology and business reporter charts the dramatic rise of Bitcoin and the fascinating personalities who are striving to create a new global money for the Internet age.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, but dry

  • By Tomer on 05-10-16

Great summary of the Bit-Coin phenomenon

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

I think anyone interested in understanding more about crypto currencies, the block chain technology, and bitcoin specifically, would find most of what they need in this one book. I would point out that the story ends in 2014. So there’s clearly more history beyond that. Narration is excellent.

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  • Red Queen

  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,895

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own--an ability she didn't know she had.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Story, Better Writing

  • By FanB14 on 09-04-15

Interesting premise, great series start.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

This is a clever fantasy-based but socially inspired and technologically colored dystopian premise. The novel is very well written and the performance fully captures its first person narration.

  • The Sword of Summer

  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Christopher Guetig
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,018
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,522

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows - a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Usual fun Riordan brought down by bad reading

  • By Cody on 10-13-15

The book is very good at being with you hope it is

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

The book is written in a modern teen slightly irreverent voice that is often humorous and always engaging and easy to follow. The mythology and the adventures are cleverly crafted into a twisty plot line. The characters are all well defined and likable even when they're not. The book delivers.

The narration is not as good as it could be. Not terrible but sometimes as awkward as the protagonist is portrayed to be - perhaps a side effect of trying to find that character's voice. it is written in first person.

I recommend just listening to the preview and decide from that how well do you think it works. I didn't hate the preview (like some reviewers) and I liked the actual narration better than the preview once I let it get going.

  • The Highwayman

  • A Longmire Story
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,064

When Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman is transferred to the beautiful and imposing landscape of the Wind River Canyon, an area the troopers refer to as no-man's-land because of the lack of radio communication, she starts receiving "officer needs assistance" calls. The problem? They're coming from Bobby Womack, a legendary Arapaho patrolman who met a fiery death in the canyon almost a half century ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Walt and Henry Standing Bear tale yet

  • By Laurie A. Bobskill on 08-16-16

Good chars, mystery, story, not won over at end

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending. Not the premise of the ending which was fine, but just the written execution of the ending, which felt rough.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I liked the development of the story and the constant teetering between the plainly explainable and the perhaps fully unexplainable.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

Henry Standing Bear

Do you think The Highwayman needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, it may fit into a larger world as an episode, but it certainly does not need a sequel.

Any additional comments?

I struggled to keep track of what was happening as the story started wrapping up. There were elements of what was explained that didn't feel plausible even as explanations of people's motivations. A few of the simply mechanical aspects of what transpired were not clear to me.

  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,747

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light, fun, easy listen

  • By january on 11-04-12

There were moments when I had my doubts, but as a whole it works

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

This book is based on our endless curiosity and need for meaning. In the sense that the book promises to answer so much, one might think it is condemned to failure. And the book's seeming overreach is a nagging issue throughout.

But it's also very rewarding in its language, ideas, characters, and twisted plot. Ultimately it succeeds in taking us someplace that does have meaning. And for me, the journey and its end were both quite worthwhile. The book has charm and wit and was worthy of the time spent. I might have given it a 4.3 or something similar, but here immediately following the conclusion, and considering how well read this was, and even the occasional clever production devices, I gave it five stars. Enjoy.

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  • Illuminae

  • The Illuminae Files, Book 1
  • By: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,033

Audie Award, Multi-Voiced Performance, 2016. The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra - who are barely even talking to each other - are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Romantic Space Opera

  • By Katherine on 11-30-15

Yes there is a sequel but the full arc is here

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

This book is nearly impeccable. I think the combination of these two authors has somehow managed to straddle extreme science fiction and relatable human experience. Like any of the best speculative future fiction, this story includes a well constructed social political and commercial order. It then offers a complicated well-crafted premise and plot with very engaging, fully formed, complex characters.

Yes there is a sequel, but the story arc here does conclude.The second book is wholly unnecessary. The reader here should turn off that concern.

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