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  • Metro 2033

  • By: Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it while playing the game!

  • By Morad on 07-20-14

Beautifully bleak post-apocalyptic fantasy

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

I could not have been more surprised and impressed by this book; Glukhovsky’s prose is beyond eloquent and he’s created this rich lore and universe, occupied by these incredibly compelling characters, to the point where nigh each one has a moment of stealing the entire story. This is of course amplified by Degas’ masterful performance. He embody’s the mindset of these characters in a truly fulfilling way. I found myself laughing, clapping in triumph and excitement and had chills running down my spine, all through his understanding and handling of the situation, circumstances and the characters facing them.

This story is like heart of darkness mixed with fallout (understandably why they adapted them into video games). But it grants you access into the minds of an incredibly rich cast of characters with a plethora of perspectives to the point where you feel like you’ve absorbed a rather valuable/credible philosophical tome.

I couldn’t recommend this story more!

  • The Never-Ending Present

  • The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip
  • By: Michael Barclay
  • Narrated by: George Stroumboulopoulos
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

In the first biography of the Tragically Hip, Michael Barclay talks to dozens of the band’s peers and friends about not just the Hip’s music, but about the opening bands, the American albatross, the band’s role in Canadian culture, and Gord Downie’s role in reconciliation with Indigenous people. When Downie announced he had terminal cancer and decided to take the Hip on the road one more time, the tour became another Terry Fox moment; this time, Canadians got to witness an embattled hero reach the finish line. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hometown Heroes

  • By Tommy Garou on 12-13-18

Hometown Heroes

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I have an intimate relationship with the members of The Hip; I have grown up with them and their music, and it’s all contributed significantly to my own growth as an artist and person. With all that being said, I was truly captivated by Barclay’s intimate narrative. He really captures the essence of what made the five guys so compatible, and how they were able to achieve the level of success that they did. Stroumboulopoulos provides what is quite possibly the most appropriate voice for this book; a well traveled, articulate aficionado of art and culture, his personal relationship with the band accentuates a heartfelt, truthful performance.
My one gripe is the blatant fact that the book itself is not fact-checked by the band themselves (though several intimate sources are verified in interviews etc.) But taking that with a grain of salt, if you look at it as a story, which the magic that the band created is more than worthy of, it is exquisitely crafted and truly compelling. My favourite part was how each of the guys was highlighted and really given thorough focus throughout the novel. Each of their personalities and talents are conveyed through wonderful anecdotes about how particular songs came to be, and how they evolved as a band etc.

With all of my biases aside, this is really is a great book, and all of the production elements combine to amplify a compelling story about one of the truly great Rock and Roll bands, and one of the greatest frontmen of all time.

  • Can't Hurt Me

  • Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
  • By: David Goggins
  • Narrated by: David Goggins, Adam Skolnick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,585
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,512

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'M A 60 YR OLD WOMAN AND LOVE THIS BOOK!

  • By Christine on 12-01-18

Thank you, David Goggins

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This books is truly life changing, or at least has the power to be. David’s journey is conveyed in raw, intimate detail, and the challenges he puts himself through, utilizing the progressively evolving self-dialogue system he developed over the course of his life is truly inspiring. It is a selfless journey to convey the power of one’s self and one’s mind to others, and it makes for a truly compelling narrative. The added benefit with this audible version of having the inter-chapter discussions with his ghost writer Adam Skolnick is a HUGE bonus, as David unpacks details of stories and analogizes them in order for us to implement the lessons into our toolbox. And that’s what makes David Goggins such an inspiring man and teacher. If you feel like you’ve been needing a swift kick in the ass, dive into Can’t Hurt Me!

  • The Laws of Human Nature

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael, Robert Greene
  • Length: 28 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,892
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,884

Robert Greene is a master guide for millions of listeners, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding, and mastery. Now he turns to the most important subject of all - understanding people's drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves. Whether at work, in relationships, or in shaping the world around you, The Laws of Human Nature offers brilliant tactics for success, self-improvement, and self-defense.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tempo is key! (1.25X)

  • By James Hawkins on 11-12-18

Perception altering

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Please don’t be put off by negative reviews you may see for this title; it truly is a special book. Greene really dives deep into the human condition, using prominent historical/public figures to convey the principles he posits in the book, and he does so with admirable knowledge and wit. Paul Michael really does a fine job with his narration; his broad range of vocal dynamics make more than a few difficult sections enjoyable and authentic. I truly loved this book, and found it incredibly insightful and informative. I urge you to take a chance with it, and not to be deterred by negative reviews.

  • James Dean

  • Little Boy Lost
  • By: Joe Hyams
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

This book follows its fascinating subject from the Indiana farm where he spent an active but troubled boyhood to the crucial, early training ground of the New York theater world to his meteoric rise to international stardom in the movies. It shows how postwar Hollywood was still a charmed, leisurely community, yet one ripe for the explosive ascension of a dynamic new presence like James Dean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written!

  • By John on 01-28-16

Intimate biography of the legend

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

The fact that Hyams was a personal friend of Dean’s, and about as close to him as he seemed to allow people to get, this is most likely the most intimate biography of the legendary actor that will ever be available. And that’s mainly what makes this such a captivating story.
James Dean is my personal favourite actor; He was the first cinematic performer I remember being truly captivated by and fascinated with when I first watched Rebel Without a Cause when I was five years old. Since then he’s probably had the most impact on my own sense of style, and influence on my own approach to the craft of acting than any other figure (with the exception of Marlon Brando). With all of those internal biases set, I was terribly excited to read this bio, and left it all the more spellbound by this mysterious, legendary young man. While a controversial figure in his professional circles, Dean seemed to have this magnetic aura that surrounded him. As if he was the personification of the youthful qualities (good and bad) that may influence one’s romantic outlook on life, passion and creativity, and how those qualities may contribute to the development of any artist. The book is structured beautifully, as it ultimately builds towards Deans tragic death. The final chapters deal with the impact Dean’s death (and ultimately, life and career) had on those who knew and worked with him, and how they each seemed to come to the realization of his importance in their own meaningful way. The nigh deification of him trickled down into the culture, and as a result, we’ve the privilege of this truly special young man having made an indelible impact in popular culture, most likely for all time.

Keep on drivin’ Jimmy!

  • Perfume

  • The Story of a Murderer
  • By: Patrick Süskind, John E. Woods - translator
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

In the slums of 18th-century France, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift - an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille's genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects. Then one day, he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the "ultimate perfume" - the scent of a beautiful young virgin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A personal favourite

  • By Tommy Garou on 11-01-18

A personal favourite

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Perfume is one of my favourite books of all time, and I can honestly say that I’ve been waiting years for audible to release a production of this story, and it was absolutely fantastic!
Suskind’s prose is so eloquent, and Nigel Patterson’s vocal quality and dynamics embody the tone of the story and brings its characters to life in such a pleasing way. I will definitely be taking advantage of the fact that this is in my library now.

This is truly a beautiful book. A dark take on Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey.

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  • Pet Sematary

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,474
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,779

When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic, rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Yet despite Ludlow's tranquility, there's an undercurrent of danger that lingers...like the graveyard in the woods near the Creeds' home, where generations of children have buried their beloved pets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The soil of a man's heart is stonier. A man

  • By Tj on 04-10-18

A perfect marriage

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Not only is this quite possibly Stephen King’s best work, but Michael C. Hall’s theatrical prowess and classical training resonates triumphantly, deserving every bit of praise imaginable.
This book is disturbing. Truly disturbing. But King’s exquisite prose, and Hall’s brilliant, haunting narration makes this one of the most compelling literary/auditory experiences you could have. It truly is a perfect marriage.
We’re so used to Stephen King frightening us with monsters and creatures of all sorts, but this is a story that almost seems to be an allegory for grief. And when King intertwines that powerful emotional journey that we can all relate to with his supernatural lens, the result is breathtaking. It is a very human story, despite how truly scary it is.
And for those familiar with Michael C. Hall’s work, we know how capable he is of going to that dark, compelling place. This could very well be his best performance. He is the perfect vessel for a Stephen King story. I would love to see him in a movie, or hear him narrate more of his books.

Just in case it wasn’t clear, I couldn’t recommend this enough. I’ve finished it just before Halloween and man has it set the mood.

Do yourself a favour and dive into Pet Sematary.

And just remember...if you hear voices, it’s just the loons down south towards Prospect ;)

  • The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon

  • By: John Joseph
  • Narrated by: John Joseph
  • Length: 19 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 232

The long awaited republishing of NYHC Legend, John Bloodclot Joseph's raw and unfiltered autobiography. As real as it gets! Updated with new chapters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-08-17

Will forever hold a spot in my Top Ten

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

This book is magnificent. Truly magnificent. It is by no means just another musician bio. John’s story is inspiring, brutal and utterly captivating from the opening paragraphs to his epigraph. His memory recall is beyond impressive, and every story he tells lands with tremendous weight as it’s supported by his fantastic narration. You can really tell he’s invested in conveying every moment with unfiltered honesty and you have to admire that in a storyteller. One of my favourite parts is the intricate tour of New York City he takes you on throughout the memoir. You really feel like you’re there along side him, and at some points it can be pretty heavy. That heaviness is juxtaposed with moments of incredible humour. I’ve never laughed out loud and clapped my hands more while listening to an audiobook. There’s one unit where he outlines a scheme he developed to raise money for his Hare Krishna temple around Christmas time and it had me in stitches.
I can’t speak any higher about this book. As far as I am concerned, it is truly a masterpiece. Do yourself a favour and throw on those headphones. You will not regret it.

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,379
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,346

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

Fantastic reporting AND storytelling

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

This book unfolds like a truly great narrative. Clearly a result of extensive research, each of the topics, technical aspects and people are all beautifully fleshed out. The writer succeeds in not only amassing an impressive amount of research material, but he tells a fantastic story on top of it all. The tension builds throughout. Through the prose, he succeeds in making you feel truly conflicted about Ross; A testament to a truly gifted writer. I couldn’t recommend this book enough!

  • The Anatomy of Evil

  • By: Michael H. Stone MD, Otto F. Kernberg MD
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

In this groundbreaking book, renowned psychiatrist Michael H. Stone explores the concept and reality of evil from a new perspective. In an in-depth discussion of the personality traits and behaviors that constitute evil across a wide spectrum, Dr. Stone takes a clarifying scientific approach to a topic that for centuries has been inadequately explained by religious doctrines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The pinnacle of true crime

  • By Tommy Garou on 07-13-18

The pinnacle of true crime

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I will start off by saying that this book is NOT for the faint of heart, or for those with a weak stomach. There were several points when I had to put it down for a moment to absorb the information. Stone does NOT pull any punches with details. That being said, this is one of my favourite books now. Period. It balances psychology, neuroscience and the art/science of detection brilliantly. There’s a chapter towards the end of the book that focuses predominantly on neuroscience that can be a bit challenging to grasp, but other than I couldn’t recommend it more for those willing to take a dive into the minds and motivations of some of the most “evil” people from modern times. Two big thumbs up!

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