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  • The Black Swan

  • The Impact of the Highly Improbable
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,620

Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it in the end...I think.

  • By Judd Bagley on 05-27-09

An important idea poorly explained

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

As many have noted, the "point" is arrived at very early and most of the book is taken up reiterating it over and over again, while trying to convey just how precious and clever the author is. Unfortunately, the narration plays up and reinforces the self-aggrandizing nature of the prose rather then smoothing it out, to the point that even the narrator's voice and tone start to grate.

All that said, the book as a whoile is better than the sum of the parts because it does have that one important idea at its core.

But somewhere there is a much better book struggling to break free.

  • U Is for Undertow

  • A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Judy Kaye
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

It's April, 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone's 38th birthday, and she's alone in her office doing paperwork when a young man arrives unannounced. He has a preppy air about him and looks as if he'd be carded if he tried to buy booze, but Michael Sutton is 27, an unemployed college dropout. Twenty-one years earlier, a four-year-old girl disappeared, and a recent reference to her kidnapping has triggered a flood of memories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant departure from the familiar

  • By BSquaredInOz on 01-02-10

One of the best ever

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

Fantastic, densely woven story expertly read. As a long time Grafton reader who took a break for a while, it was deeply gratifying to come back to a story as good as this.

  • The Great Escape

  • By: Paul Brickhill
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,005

It was a split-second operation as delicate and as deadly as a time bomb. It demanded the concentrated devotion and vigilance of more than six hundred men for every hour, every day, and every night for more than a year. With only their bare hands and crude homemade tools, they sank shafts, built underground railroads, forged passports, drew maps, faked weapons, and tailored German clothes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and exciting!!

  • By 6catz on 10-28-13

Still a classic

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

It was great to read this again after maybe 50 years since reading it in my teens, from my dad’s bookcase. The movie sticks in one’s mind of course, and this book really brings out the gritty reality as opposed to the Hollywood glamour. The prose is a bit terse and takes off in uncertain directions at times, but overall tells a compelling story that is as relevant to survival, ingenuity, and the human spirit today as it ever did.

  • Jack Reacher: One Shot

  • A Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,480

Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, Reacher’s arrival will change everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Work of Adventure Fiction

  • By Me & My Girls on 10-21-14

Continues to be excellent

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

Relentless, just like every other Reacher book. Dick Hill is a great narrator - a bit quirky but very animated and great delivery.

  • Uniquely Human

  • A Different Way of Seeing Autism
  • By: Barry M. Prizant PhD
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 191

Uniquely Human is a groundbreaking book on autism by one of the world's leading experts, who portrays autism not as a tragic disability but as a unique way of being human.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrated so bad I'm not sure about the book itself

  • By Nadia on 02-03-16

Fantastic look at autism

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

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

Barry Prizant has spent a career working with people with autism and his insight and gentle approach are clearly brought out in the book.

What did you like best about this story?

The best part is simply asking "Why?". Why do people exhibit certain behaviors?

Which scene was your favorite?

The stories from his career, dealing with a variety of individuals with autism.

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

As I have a son who has just been diagnosed with autism, I cried at some of the stories, but overall it gave me a lot of hope.

Any additional comments?

The narration is a bit on the stolid side, but I think eventually, the slow, deliberate pace helped to tell the story better.

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  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,653

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

Outstanding read

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

Beautifully written - Enzo is a great narrator and the story unfolds in very satisfying manner.

What did you like best about this story?

The surprises along the way.

What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does a great job of keeping his voice out of the story, just adding emphasis and inflection when it makes sense.

Who was the most memorable character of The Art of Racing in the Rain and why?

Enzo, of course.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156,528
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144,444
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144,286

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Just fabulous

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

Best book I've listened to ever. Great restrained performance by Bray and an excellent story by Weir.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ring In the Dead

  • A J. P. Beaumont Novella
  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: J.R. Horne
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

J. P. Beaumont may be an old homicide hand now, but back when he was a rookie working with his first partner, Milton Gurkey—a.k.a. Pickles—things took a turn for the worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Misplaced

  • By Duddley on 03-17-16

Fantastic short story

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

As a tidbit of backstory to the early years of J P Beaumont this story is brilliantly done. Well written, with a warm, tight narrative and brilliantly read by Horne. Everything just flows so well you hate when it's over.

  • Deadly Stakes

  • Ali Reynolds, Book 8
  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Karen Ziemba
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

In Deadly Stakes, police-academy-trained former reporter Ali Reynolds is contacted to investigate the grisly murder of a gold-digging divorcee on behalf of a woman accused of the crime. Lynn Martinson is dating the dead woman's ex-husband, and she and her boyfriend, Chip Ralston, have been charged. Ali is simultaneously drawn to the case of A. J. Sanders, a frightened teen with secrets of his own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ali works as investigating reporter

  • By Jean on 03-03-13

Another excellent Jance thriller

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

Reviewed: 05-29-15

Loved the way the threads came together in this one. Very well crafted although I would have liked a bit more of the ending and wrap up.

  • Left for Dead

  • A Novel
  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Karen Ziemba
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

When Santa Cruz County deputy sheriff Jose Reyes, Ali’s classmate from the Arizona Police Academy, is gunned down and left to die, he is at first assumed to be an innocent victim of the drug wars escalating across the border. But the crime scene investigation shows there’s much more to it than that, and soon he and his pregnant wife, Teresa, both fall under suspicion of wrongdoing. Ali owes Reyes a debt of gratitude for the help he gave her years earlier when she was dealing with a troubled friend. When she’s summoned to his bedside at Physicians Medical Center in Tucson, she can't turn away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I absolutely loved this newest installment

  • By Frances on 04-19-12

Another excellent read from Jance

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

Excellent plot, well read (although slightly on the pedantic side). Good twists and turns to the well crafted plot with two intersecting story lines and great recurring characters.