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  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

  • By: James Herriot
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,372

Herriot continues the rich and rewarding day-to-day life of a small-town veterinarian, and we journey with him across the dales, meeting a whole new cast of unforgettable characters - humans, dogs, horses, lambs, parakeets - all of them drawn with the same infinite fascination, affection and insight that made James Herriot one of the most beloved authors of our time. And all the stories are warmly, evocatively told by the world-renowned "voice" of Dr. Herriot: Christopher Timothy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book, but....

  • By Shirley on 10-07-11

Horrible sound quality, excellent story

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

Reviewed: 03-31-14

James Herriot is one of my favorite authors so the 3 star rating isn't at all because of the quality of the story itself. I also have this book on CD and the audible version has something seriously wrong with the audio. Christopher Timothy's voice is much too deep and slow, to the point that it makes it impossible to listen to this book. Such a shame because it is a wonderful story. Hopefully Audible will fix the sound quality...until then, don't get this one.

  • Consumer Detox

  • Less Stuff, More Life
  • By: Revd. Mark Powley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Consumerism is everywhere. It shapes the way we eat, shop, rest, think, love and believe. We can't escape it, but how can we live well in the midst of it? We are daily seduced by a 250 billion dollar marketing machine. But how often do we consider how this might influence us? The current prevailing orthodoxy is that life should be lived to the max. By contrast, Jesus modeled a life of joyful limitation - free to do; free not to do. Consumer Detox, complete with the Detox Diary in the back of the book with suggestions for each chapter, encouraging stories, and space for writing personal reflections....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Have a deep life instead

  • By kimberly on 07-18-12

Interesting but very religious

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

Reviewed: 09-17-12

I have to start by saying that I did not see the "Rev." before the author's name until after I bought this book or I would not have purchased it at all. I was pretty disappointed that this information isn't a little more prominent. So needless to say this book has a decidedly religious slant.

That being said, there are still some very interesting points and thought provoking ideas in this book. I admit that I found myself cringing at the parts when he talks about what the Trinity wants us to do blah blah, but after a while I was able to tune out those bits and listen for the good stuff.

I enjoy books that encourage self examination and a look at the bigger picture that sometimes we all have trouble keeping in focus. This could have been an excellent book but for me it's one I won't listen to more than once. In the end if I had a choice whether or not to purchase it again, I wouldn't.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,941

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Good, Bad, and Overall...

  • By Brian Douglas on 08-04-18

Loved it! Eye opening book.

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

Reviewed: 08-27-12

This book was written very well, scenarios were realistic, story lines weren't prettied up for a fairy-tale ending. My family and I all enjoyed the book; my sons have listened to it many more times than I have.

As a mom I have to admit that at first I felt a rising panic when listening to this story. I felt the need to do...something...right now. But I think that's what the author is trying to accomplish (and the panic subsides into plans for reasonable action).

The reading was great - apart from the whiny voice used for the daughters - but they are more often talked about than actually "speaking". Both the story line and narration move at a good pace and keep you engaged.

  • The Great Influenza

  • The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
  • By: John M. Barry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340

No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating medical who-dun-it

  • By Annie M. on 07-30-13

Don't waste your credit here!!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-12

I very rarely right a bad review, but this book was a misery to listen to. The editor must have been on vacation when Mr. Barry submitted this book. "The Great Influenza" is only one of the MANY topics covered in excruciating detail. The history of Johns Hopkins University, the life stories of pretty much everyone in the field of science that the author has ever read about and/or met....yeah, it's awful. I found myself asking "When are we going to get to the influenza part" so many times! The author tries too hard to impress; the vocabulary and never ending details about the details about the details are unnecessary and make this an impossible book to enjoy. Really need an abridged version.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fat Is the New 30

  • The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Coping with (the Crappy Parts of) Life
  • By: Jill Conner Browne
  • Narrated by: Jill Conner Browne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 293

The Sweet Potato Queens are back and bawdier than ever in Southern belle extraordinaire Jill Conner Browne’s ninth edition of the hysterical series. Having experienced pretty much ALL of the crappy parts of life, Browne feels it is her duty to render whatever assistance she can to her fellow sufferers - and she does so in her own inimitable fashion.

Her father taught her there are very few situations in life that we really and truly cannot change, and it is up to us to figure out how to either make fun OUT of them - or make fun OF them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another homerun

  • By Claudia H on 12-17-14

Funny

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

Reviewed: 06-11-12

This book reminded me of sitting around having a good chat with my girlfriends. Very lighthearted for most of the book, with some serious and sad moments in there too. If you are looking for some great insight about life...this is not a book for you. I found it to be a good listen when I needed to take my mind off of more serious things and just laugh for a while. Stories about relationships with men, friends, children & parents, the struggles of getting (slightly) older, money issues...we all can relate and it certainly helps to be able to laugh about this stuff instead of cry. In general I liked the book. It won't be one that I'll be listening to super often, but when I'm looking for a respite from more serious issues I'll be likely to buy another Jill Conner Browne book.

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  • The Labours of Hercules

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

A dinner party guest compares Hercule Poirot to the Greek hero Hercules. Proving his skill, Poirot takes on 12 monumental cases corresponding to the 12 labors of Hercules. Includes The Nemean Lion, The Lernean Hydra, The Arcadian Deer, The Erymanthian Boar, The Augean Stables, The Stymphalean Birds, The Cretan Bull, The Horses of Diomedes, The Girdle of Hyppolita, The Flock of Geryon, The Apples of the Hesperides, and The Capture of Cerberus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must not miss

  • By Carolyn on 08-16-11

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 06-11-12

This book consists of smaller stories/mysteries that Poirot deals with in an effort to complete the "Labors of Hercules". Some are lighthearted, such as a scam being run by a lady and a pekingese dog and others are more sinister. Agatha Christie's books are generally very entertaining and this one doesn't disappoint. Hugh Fraser does a great job narrating as always, he keeps up a spirited pace and distinguishes the different characters with his voice very well. Books like this make boring chores and commuting much more enjoyable! Well worth a listen.

  • Straight Talk, No Chaser

  • How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man
  • By: Steve Harvey
  • Narrated by: Steve Harvey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323

In the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, Steve Harvey gave millions of women around the globe insight into what men really think about love, intimacy, and commitment. In his new book, he zeros in on what motivates men and provides tips on how women can use that knowledge to get more of what they need out of their relationships.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It is exactly what is says it is!

  • By Brent on 06-04-12

Surprisingly helpful!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-12

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book since I wasn't familiar with Steve Harvey's work but I found his reading in the sample clip engaging and decided to give it a try. I actually enjoyed the entire thing and learned quite a lot. He is a wonderful reader; more like having a good chat than reading really. Not everything in the book applies to everyone's life (obviously), but you're sure to find some useful insight here. I found myself laughing out loud listening to this - he is seriously trying to teach women important things but keeps the tone light which makes it a very enjoyable listen.

  • Children of the Noisy Village

  • By: Astrid Lindgren
  • Narrated by: Catherine Byers
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

A charming story about the everyday life of six children living on the three neighboring farms that everybody calls "noisy village" because of its "high spirits".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware Christmas issue for young kids

  • By Emer on 09-10-12

Nice story, great listen for family time!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-12

This was a very nice story reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie or Anne of Green Gables...just a story of life, family, friends. I was pleased to find something that wasn't about vampires or witches or dragons. My only caveat is that the book is read at a very slow pace, which annoyed us all for the first bit until we really were drawn into the story. I wouldn't skip it because of that though, it's worth getting settled into the pace to enjoy this pleasant book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)

  • By: Stephen Colbert
  • Narrated by: Tom Hanks, Stephen Colbert (introduction)
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 883

The story of a pole, searching for his purpose in life. "The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father's Day. Also, other times."
—Stephen Colbert

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, funny, patriotic

  • By Pam on 05-21-12

meh...

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

Reviewed: 05-11-12

I love Stephen Colbert but this was not funny. The best part of the whole thing was the banter between him and Tom Hanks before the book started. Even at less than 2 dollars, this isn't worth it.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • The Big Four

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

A vicious international quartet of criminals known as "The Big Four" pursues world domination but first must eliminate the only man who can foil them: Hercule Poirot. In the most dangerous case of his career, the little detective will not be diverted by poison, a falling tree, electrocution, or a hit-and-run. Poirot appears to meet his end when a bomb explodes in his apartment. Hastings, devastated, vows to avenge him, but can he succeed without Poirot?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, but uninspired

  • By Alan Winterrowd on 01-13-07

Another win for Agatha!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-12

I love this story! I've listened to it at least 5 times and still enjoy it. Hugh Fraser is an excellent reader and the story is fast paced and keeps you interested.