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  • Better off Wed

  • Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Laura Durham
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Spicer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Annabelle Archer is days away from completing the most elaborate wedding she's ever planned. As she daydreams about the doors her perfect reception could unlock for her business, she stumbles over a dead body at the bottom of the stairs. The planner is horrified to recognize the body lying underfoot as the mother of the bride. When the police determine the victim was poisoned, Annabelle's best friend and caterer becomes the prime suspect. As she works to clear her best friend’s name, Annabelle discovers the bride's mother had more enemies than she could fit on the guest list. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good. Already ordered book 2

  • By Rands on 01-30-19

Good story, not so good naration

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I don’t have a problem with her voice in general. It suits the atmosphere of the story and the main character.
But it’s not so easy to distinguish between characters. They sound pretty similar.

  • Troublemakers

  • Silicon Valley's Coming of Age
  • By: Leslie Berlin
  • Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

At a time when the five most valuable companies on the planet are high-tech firms and nearly half of Americans say they cannot live without their cell phones, Troublemakers reveals the untold story of how we got here. This is the gripping tale of seven exceptional men and women, pioneers of Silicon Valley in the 1970s and early 1980s. Together they worked across generations, industries, and companies to bring technology from Pentagon offices and university laboratories to the rest of us. In doing so they changed the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Robot Uprising Has Begun

  • By Bob on 11-30-17

Great book, bad narration

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

This is the book I was so looking forward to for months. I have both the physical book and the audio book. And I’m not disappointed with the book itself.

But the narration? It’s so bad that this is the first time I’m writing a review because of the horrible narration. Weak and very unstable voice.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Quiet

  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • By: Susan Cain
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,949

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clamorous Praise for "Quiet"

  • By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12

You're an introvert yourself.

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

Reviewed: 02-28-13

I count myself as an introvert with some traits typical of extroverts. This uncomfortable coexistence of two (often conflicting) extremes have made me awkward for years to put it mildly.

This book will not give you one perfect solution to your issues whether you're an introvert yourself or an extrovert who's having a hard time dealing with introverts. Still, it gives you some insights. And some comfort, too, if you've been trying quite hard to conform to a dominantly extrovert environment and found it very frustrating.

I'd rather some of extroverts who underestimate all introverts all the time read this book.

Well, I think my review has become quite personal. But I can say for sure that this is a very good book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Around the World in 80 Days

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

When an eccentric Englishman named Phileas Fogg makes a daring wager that he can circle the globe in just eighty days, it’s the beginning of a breathlessly-paced world tour. With his devoted servant Passepartout at his side, Fogg sets off on an adventurous journey filled with amazing encounters and wild mishaps. Pursued all the way by the bumbling Detective Fix, who believes the two travelers are bank robbers on the run, Fogg and Passepartout must use every means of transportation known to 19th-century man - including a hot-air balloon, a locomotive, and an elephant - to win the bet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We Cheered at the End!

  • By teammine on 05-09-12

BUT THIS!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-13

I believe there'll be many who may react strongly to this but I think many of classic literature are not as fun to read as some of modern titles. But it is so for me. I can't help thinking this way.

So I tend to be very selective when I choose "classics."

And when it comes to "Around the World in 80 Days," I do recommend it with two thumbs up (four thumbs up if I've had another pair of hands) even if you are bored by old-fashioned language and sometimes slower pace as easily as myself.

I'm amazed at how Jules Verne, a French author, could offer such details so smoothly in the late 19th century.

I wouldn't say further lest this review becomes a spoiler for you. Just get this audiobook and enjoy!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What I Didn't Learn in Business School

  • How Strategy Works in the Real World
  • By: Jay Barney, Trish Clifford
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

Meet Justin Campbell. He’s a newly minted MBA who’s landed a coveted job in consulting. He’s headed to Chicago to serve HGS, a large client with an intriguing new technology its executives haven’t yet decided how to exploit. Constrained by a short timeline and limited information, Justin and his team use state-of-the-art strategy tools to analyze various possibilities. But Justin soon finds the application of his strategy toolkit isn’t as straightforward as he’d expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging lesson on strategy

  • By Utkal on 01-11-17

With reasonable expectations, you'll learn some

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

Reviewed: 02-06-13

Don't expect to learn a lot about technical aspects of biz school education from this book. But if you are fresh from a business school and have little experience in consulting projects and how consulting firms work, this will be of some help.
Anyway, you can use all the help you can get.

This book gave me a chance to look back at my own consulting projects in the past. Although projects and situations vary, this book is accurate in many ways.

I may be repeating something obvious, but it's critical to know how to deal with your work mates and what to expect from them (and what They expect from you, too, for that matter). Only when you are aware of these, you can effectively use your biz school education on the job. It took some time for me to figure out this. But if you can shorten the time you spend on realizing this, your work life would be somewhat less stressful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dog Tags

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949

A German Shepherd police dog witnesses a murder and if his owner - an Iraq war vet and former cop-turned-thief - is convicted of the crime, the dog could be put down. Few rival Andy Carpenter's affection for dogs, and he decides to represent the poor canine. As Andy struggles to convince a judge that this dog should be set free, he discovers that the dog and his owner have become involved unwittingly in a case of much greater proportions than the one they've been charged with.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanna have some fun?

  • By Tim on 10-13-10

Another favorite series of mine!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-13

First of all, I want to make it clear that I meant four and a half stars when I gave four. It's just you can't give four and a half here.

This is another one of my favorite mystery series. One of my silly rules about the selection of books is I avoid those where lawyers or cops feature as The main character. This is because I don't want anything serious or too hard-core.

Though this series is about a dog-loving lawyer, he's not your average lawyer. All serious and aggressive. And the fact that the cases always involve dogs helps soften the whole plot.

If you are a cozy mystery reader but a little bit tired of too silly stories and still not want to switch over to hard-core thrillers, I would recommend Rosenfelt.

  • Acquired Tastes

  • By: Peter Mayle
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

With an updated foreword by Peter Mayle, Acquired Tastes, originally published in 1993, is a celebration of life's extravagances. It explores an aspect of human nature that, although lying dormant in hard economic times, is capable of erupting with the hint of good fortune and the drop of a credit card.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most entertaining book

  • By Desmond on 07-08-15

It's good but (a small but, mind you)

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

Reviewed: 02-06-13

It's good but I should warn you that if you're looking for something more recent, this book is not for you. As you can see on the copyright page, this book was written more than a decade ago and since then, we have a far wider variety of luxuries. And sometimes you simply wouldn't agree with the author's thinking.

Anyway, I very much enjoyed this title. If you've read Peter's French Lessons or A Year in Provence, you'd like this one, too. It's just that the writing style is a little bit more stuffy than the two books I mentioned. That's maybe because of the subject of this book.

And the narrator's voice and tone, I think, are right here.

I'm just writing this so that you can know what you are getting with this book. So you don't need to hesitate much before purchasing this title.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,894
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,922
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,940

The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb! Love Alan Cumming

  • By Katherine on 01-03-13

I was pleasantly surprised

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

Reviewed: 02-06-13

No offense to Sherlock Holmes fans, but I am not so fond of Doyle's novels. And this is such a short story. So I didn't expect much. But this was delightful for me. I liked the way it ended. No dead bodies and no arrest. Wish real-life criminals were that simple as in this story.

  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,363

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!

  • By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 11-25-12

Rhys Bowen doesn't disappoint me!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-13

I've been reading her Royal Spyness series. And this one is yet another great work of R. Bowen. I like the characters and the narrator did a fantastic job as well. Unlike some other cozy mystery series where the author drags on and on with no meaningful developments among characters and their personality, relationships among Bowen's characters do evolve.

And I'm always amazed with the narrator's ability to adjust her voice and intonation to depict such a wide variety of people and maintain consistency over time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cinnamon Roll Murder

  • By: Joanne Fluke
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Best-selling author Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen mysteries have earned her a loyal following. In this 16th delightful installment, the tour bus carrying the Cinnamon Roll Six overturns, sending the band members to the hospital - and the keyboard player to a bizarre and untimely death. Soon Hannah discovers the victim’s surprising secret - and becomes determined to bring the killer to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent installment

  • By SRuss on 03-10-12

If you are a fan of cozy mysteries..

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

Reviewed: 12-06-12

I wouldn't say that this is a great story. But I can recommend this for you if you're looking for a comfortable, no-stress listen. The best thing about cozy mysteries is that you can just relax and enjoy some mindless reading or listening in this case.

Cinnamon Roll Murder is my first audiobook purchase among the Hannah Swensen series. I bought books for the rest of the series. As a long-time fan, I enjoyed this audiobook as well. No bloody scenes, no real tension between characters.

And the narrator does her best to bring the most out of this somewhat bland story.



0 of 1 people found this review helpful