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  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,612
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,517

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

If you love comedy get this book

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

Filled with wonderfully candid conversations with some of comedy’s greatest artists. I really enjoyed my time listening in on this. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 3,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,041

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

Might be a good story but not through audio

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

They tried, they really tried. Adding a cast of voice actors to bring the characters to life was a great idea, and their performances were good. I wish the audio versions of the Game of Thrones books did this. But, the constant date stamps and, name, stamps? Was constantly distracting.

I stopped listening to this book three times because of the interruptions then returning to try an fish it. I couldn’t do it, I gave up on chapter 44 (out of 100+ chapters). Maybe I’ll pick up a print copy.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Raise the Bar

  • An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions
  • By: Jon Taffer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

If there’s anyone who can prevent a bar or restaurant from going belly-up, it’s Jon Taffer. Widely considered the greatest authority in the food and beverage, hotel, and hospitality industries, he runs the biggest trade show in the business and has turned around nearly 1,000 bars and at least that many restaurants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wish Jon was the narrator!!

  • By Bonnie on 03-04-15

Must read for all bar & restaurant owners

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

Reviewed: 08-19-15

Excellent detailed instructions on how to improve your establishment. The only thing I was disappointed with was that Jon Taffer didn't narrate the audio book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Salt Sugar Fat

  • How the Food Giants Hooked Us
  • By: Michael Moss
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,227

Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is all too real, and YOU are the victim.

  • By Michael on 03-03-13

Read this before heading to the grocery store

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

Reviewed: 07-28-15

This book deserves all the positive reviews it has received. Do your family a favor and read this book.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,494
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197,998

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Fans of 80's pop culture will love this book!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

I have listened to this audio book several times now and expect that I'll listen again sometime in the future. Great narration by Wil Wheaton as well.

  • The Art of Deception

  • Controlling the Human Element of Security
  • By: Kevin Mitnick
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 822
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 663

The world's most infamous hacker offers an insider's view of the low-tech threats to high-tech security. Kevin Mitnick's exploits as a cyber-desperado and fugitive form one of the most exhaustive FBI manhunts in history and have spawned dozens of articles, books, films, and documentaries. Since his release from federal prison, in 1998, Mitnick has turned his life around and established himself as one of the most sought-after computer security experts worldwide.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Narrator - ZZZZZzzzzzzz!

  • By Mike on 08-06-12

Textbook version of Ghost In The Wires

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No, it's more text book than a story and I was hoping for a bit more charm. I had previously listened to 'Ghost In The Wires' by Kevin Mitnick and enjoyed it quite a bit. I had hoped that this book would be just as enjoyable but that wasn't the case. It's not without its merits thought and some people may find the straightforward nature more helpful.

If you???ve listened to books by Kevin Mitnick before, how does this one compare?

Fine, more straightforward, if you're in security it's definitely worth reading otherwise I'd read Ghost In The Wires since they're basically the same book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I found the narrator a bit condescending.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

  • By: Tom Standage
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,896
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,910

Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Informative

  • By Stoker on 09-09-11

History You Can Connect With

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

What did you love best about A History of the World in 6 Glasses?

Fun and informative, such an interesting way to view history. I felt so much more connected to our history since I've experienced the main drinks discussed. I listened to the book over a few days and each time I was enjoying one of the drinks discussed I kept thinking about how much has happened with this drink in hand.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A History of the World in 6 Glasses?

I think the overall arc of the story is what is most memorable more so than a specific element. The organic and connected nature of each of these drinks and how each one aided the human spirit and how they impacted history.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I wasn't a fan of the narrator, there's nothing in particular I could pinpoint as to what I disliked. I just kept thinking that this wasn't the right person to read this book. Maybe he sounded to young... I think I would have preferred hearing someone older read 'A History of the World in 6 Glasses'.

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

No, but I rarely listen to a book in one sitting.

  • The Search

  • How Google & Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business & Transformed Our Culture
  • By: John Battelle
  • Narrated by: John Battelle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

What does the world want? According to John Battelle, a company that answers that question can unlock the most intractable riddles of both business and culture. And for the past few years, that's exactly what Google has been doing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trevor Goss

  • By T. Goss on 04-17-07

The History of Search: The Early Days - 2006

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

Reviewed: 03-14-12

What did you love best about The Search?

Excellent telling of the history of search engines and the business they have become.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend listening to 'The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You' by Eli Pariser after this book to bring the listener up to date on where Search is currently at and where it is headed.

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,774

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but....

  • By Kimmi on 03-03-12

Interesting Case Studies on the Power of Thought

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

Reviewed: 03-14-12

Would you listen to The Power of Habit again? Why?

Yes, 'The Power of Habit' is worth another listen as it's dense enough with information I'm sure I missed something.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The narrator, Mike Chamberlain, has a very authentic delivery and one would believe that he has faith in the material.

Have you listened to any of Mike Chamberlain???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

What insight do you think you???ll apply from The Power of Habit?

It's fairly straightforward, pay attention to your habits and modify them to serve you better. Piggybacking on to an existing habit is your surest way of succeeding in the altered behaviour.

Any additional comments?

'The Power of Habit' is similar to 'Think & Grow Rich' and 'The Secret' but gives case studies from the business world, sports, medicine and other reliable sources.

42 of 56 people found this review helpful

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Dramatised)

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale, Anna Chancellor, Alex Jennings, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Smiley, wrestling with retirement and disillusionment, is summoned to a secret meeting with a member of the Cabinet Office. Evidence has emerged that the Circus has been infiltrated at the highest level by a Russian agent. 'Find the mole, George. Clean the stables. Do whatever is necessary.' Reluctantly Smiley agrees, and so embarks on a dark journey into his past a past filled with love, duplicity and betrayal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric, powerful production

  • By lynn on 03-09-11

Dramatisation = Distracting

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

Reviewed: 01-31-12

Was Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Dramatised) worth the listening time?

No, I would have preferred a single narrator to a cast, especially for a story like Tinker Tailor that has so much going on. I had a hard time figuring out who was talking and it really took away from the overall story.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend skipping this audio book version until their is a single narrator, unabridged version available.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful