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  • Past Tense

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,724

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? He takes the detour. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FIVE STAR BOOK And NARRATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-05-18

Boring!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

This is the worst Reacher book I have ever listened to. I actually like Scott Brick as the narrator since we have lost Dick Hill. But the story dragged endlessly. I skipped ahead by chapters because the story moved sooo s l o ooo wwwww. A whole chapter for a fight scene? Really?? I kept with it until the end because I wanted to know what happened. Predictable of course but an interesting twist on the family thing. Do yourself a favor and skip to the last 4 chapters, they are the best part of the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Braving the Wilderness

  • The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,420
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,259

"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actual Step-By-Step To Authenticity!

  • By Gillian on 09-14-17

Best book yet!!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

I have read or listened to Brene' for the last 8 yrs. Her books have changed my life. But this one will leave you breathless. It has me.. and I can't wait to listen to it again so I can write down the key points. Highly HIGHLY recommend if you have ever felt like you didn't belong or stood alone!!

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,279
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,667

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-07-17

Boring...

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

If you like books about someone who is depressed and has a bad relationship with a parent but somehow overcomes it.. then this book is for you. I felt sorry for Eleanor from moment one and never got past that.

  • Rising Strong

  • How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,233
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,748
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,655

Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability - the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome - is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall. It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learn to live your life with compassion, integrity and authenticity.

  • By Nishna-botna on 08-27-15

Brene' Has Done It AGAIN!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

What made the experience of listening to Rising Strong the most enjoyable?

I have read or listened to everything Brene' has ever written. But most of all I love her voice. As she narrates this book it is like being in the same room next to her listening to her tell her story.

What does Brené Brown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I am an audio learner. I hear and remember things better than just reading. I want to retain as much information as I can, but I will listen to it again in the near future to hear what I may have missed and take notes the next time.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Rising Strong?

All of her advice it timeless. They way I have learned about myself has been through her words and applying vulnerability to my every day life.

Any additional comments?

If you want a life changing experience... listen to this book and every OTHER book Brene' has written! She is awesome! :-)

27 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Blind Justice

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 347

In Blind Justice, mystery abounds in London as Hester Monk, wife of Thames River Police Commander William Monk, questions Abel Taft - a charismatic preacher accused of extortion. Taft appears guilty as sin, but his trial explodes when a star witness drops a bombshell that has the Monks scrambling to save their dear friend Oliver Rathbone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Victorian Mystery /Legal Thriller

  • By Nancy J on 09-07-13

I think it's time to move on...

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No.. I was bored to the point I actually skipped through chapters to get to the end of the book.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It was not a new story. It lost me about the 4th chapter. I was not interested in the pages and pages of trial procedures. It was about as interesting as reading an actual trial transcript.

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

I liked the narrator. She was good and precise and did a great job with the different voices for the characters.

Did Blind Justice inspire you to do anything?

nope

Any additional comments?

I think it's time for Anne to put Monk and Hester on the back burner for a while. The last few books have been about the same subject! No one wants to read book after book about child pornography and that is what they have all been about. It was the same story rehashed in a different way from a different point of view. They were all predictable and weak stories. Certainly not the same intrigue and plot strength from the earlier stories. I was very disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Firebird

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,243

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Historical Fiction

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-06-13

Fabulous Story and Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

This is one of the best stories I have heard in years! and Katherine Kellgren made it come to life. I can't wait to listen to another book by both the author and the narrator!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Undead and Unstable

  • The Undead Series - Betsy, Book 11
  • By: MaryJanice Davidson
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 381

In her 11th adventure, following Undead and Undetermined, Betsy’s up to her fangs in paranormal trouble. Still heartbroken over her friend Marc’s sacrifice, Betsy is further plagued by nagging suspicions that her half-sister Laura is up to no good. It seems that Laura has received an offer to assume her mother’s duties overseeing Hell - but only if she first kills Betsy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Undead and Uninteresting ...

  • By Donza3D on 07-03-12

All that prattling around in her head! OMG!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

WOW....just listening to all the prattling going on in Betsy's head gave me a headache. She would just go on and on and on and on and there wasn't much "story" being told. She took way too much time filling in words that basically said nothing to get to the end result! ugh.... If I had not wanted to know what was going to happen, I would not have listened to the end. But the nonsense streaming out of her head got on my nerves! If I start talking about all the things I didn't like specifically it would give the plot allbeit weak! away.....

Would you be willing to try another book from MaryJanice Davidson? Why or why not?

I have read ALL of her Betsy books...but I don't know that I would read another one at this point. She is running out of ideas and needs to move on to another character.....

What does Nancy Wu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

OH Nancy is great! Her voice has become Betsy. She does a good job changing character voices where you actually know who is talking without having to say it.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I would have early on....but not now. No imagination in the way she has tied things up at the end. I am disappointed in where the story is now. There was alot of potential with the other characters but she is just making stuff up now....

Any additional comments?

I would NOT recommend this book. If someone I know is reading the series, then maybe....but it is not her best work. Sorry MaryJanice :-)

  • The Gifts of Imperfection

  • Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,083

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy 'The Power of Vulnerability' Instead!

  • By tracy on 08-17-14

LOVE LOVE LOVE the Book!!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-12

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

I would recommend this book to many people! It is a wonderful no nonsense way of telling us how important it is to love ourselves first. Otherwise...no one can else can love us.

Which character – as performed by Lauren Fortgang – was your favorite?

Spoken in the first person, there is only one character but Lauren's voice is perfect for the attitude portrayed within the book!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!! But alas it took me a couple of days....

Any additional comments?

I am very familiar with Lauren from other books she has narrated and I love her voice and intonation! She does the book justice! Rock on Lauren!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301

This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much fun!

  • By Hope on 04-10-12

Hilarious!! Nice change from everyday books....

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

Reviewed: 04-17-12

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

I would recommend!!! Love listening to James! He does an excellent job!!

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

I laughed all the way through it!!!

  • Pirate Latitudes

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,521
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,525

The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease - or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cheesiest book of all time

  • By Randall on 04-11-10

This is NOT Captain Jack Sparrow.....

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

Reviewed: 12-12-11

What did you like best about Pirate Latitudes? What did you like least?

If you are looking for a staight story about a pirate expedition then this is the book for you. But if you are looking for Captain Jack Sparrow, you will be disappointed........

I downloaded this story because it sounded intriquing. I like pirate stories but was unaware this one was supposedly based on a real

Have you listened to any of John Bedford Lloyd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The narrator did a good job giving the story some life and made it more interesting. I think I would have become bored with it as a regular book and perhaps not finished it.
I have not listened to any of his other narrations but overall I did like him.

Do you think Pirate Latitudes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no....there is nowhere for the story to go.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful