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  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,597
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,632
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,593

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking story of a meteoric rise and fall

  • By Jeff Koeppen on 08-14-18

Fantastic book

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

A real page turner. Well researched and written and very well narrated. A real cautionary tale on allowing companies to use malicious litigation to hide all kinds of evildoing.

  • One for the Money

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,245
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,617

You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love reading Janet Evanovich because her....

  • By Wayne on 04-06-16

<Inhale> Well, this was quite good, but...

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

Never read any Evanovich before, and picked this up on sale because, well, they are quite famous now. The story was good - a bit on the simplistic side, but entertaining. The narration, however... the voice characterizations were good - even great, but the massive intakes of breath and long pauses between sentences drove me crazy. Sometime it's something you get used to, but in this case, right up to the end of the book, I was just as distracted from the flow of the story as I was at the beginning. Even for a relatively old recording, that's unacceptable.

  • 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 5,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,074

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 &quot;point&quot; 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 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938

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 2,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,057

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 4,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,901

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 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 229

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Positive and person-centered advice from an experience professional

  • By Suzanne S. Aaron on 04-15-16

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 15,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,328

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 162,962
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,408
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,246

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 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

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.