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  • Brief Answers to the Big Questions

  • By: Stephen Hawking, Eddie Redmayne - foreword, Lucy Hawking - afterword
  • Narrated by: Ben Whishaw
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 653

Stephen Hawking not only unraveled some of the universe's greatest mysteries but also believed science plays a critical role in fixing problems here on Earth. Now, as we face immense challenges on our planet - including climate change, the threat of nuclear war, and the development of artificial intelligence - he turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us. Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Does God exist? These are just a few of the questions Hawking addresses in this wide-ranging, passionately argued final book from one of the greatest minds in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful, wonderful listening experience

  • By La Traviata on 10-16-18

Good from beginning to end

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-19

A bit like the universe, this book has a beginning and an end with some really great things in it. Some difficult stuff and moments of joy even tests and black holes.
It also has an end, worth reaching even if it gets tough.
Thank you

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,149
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,160

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

Utter shite

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-18

Was given for free. I will pay as much as you want to take it away again.
The horror is that such a horrible story could pass as a Halloween genre and be handed out gratis.
I am through with Audible - it gets no worse than this.

  • The Last Jedi

  • Star Wars
  • By: Jason Fry
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,971
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,744

Written with input from director Rian Johnson, this official adaptation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi expands on the film to include scenes from alternate versions of the script and other additional content. From the ashes of the Empire has arisen another threat to the galaxy’s freedom: the ruthless First Order. Fortunately, new heroes have emerged to take up arms - and perhaps lay down their lives - for the cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You will love the audio version.

  • By Robert A. Raymond on 03-07-18

Utter utter utter nonsense

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Gawd all mighty this is so bad. It’s the end, the last for me all right.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cycle of Lies

  • The Fall of Lance Armstrong
  • By: Juliet Macur
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

The definitive account of Lance Armstrong's spectacular rise and fall. In June 2013, when Lance Armstrong fled his palatial home in Texas, downsizing in the face of multimillion-dollar lawsuits, Juliet Macur was there - talking to his girlfriend and children and listening to Armstrong's version of the truth. She was one of the few media members aside from Oprah Winfrey to be granted extended one-on-one access to the most famous pariah in sports. At the center of Cycle of Lies is Armstrong himself, revealed through face-to-face interviews.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ...Pants on Fire

  • By Mel on 03-25-14

Utter drivel.

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-17

This book has not stood the test of time. Lately (2017) Lance A has become more human, personable and valid. His Stages podcast saved the most boring TDF I can remember.
So let's get it straight. Everyone plays the best hand they can, most never reach their potential.

If you watch the 2003 TDF and see him dodge a crash, run his bike off road and back on the road and still in the race, or watch him crash his bike, break his gears but still dig in and ride. There is nothing other than heart, skill and determination there.

Juliet Macur is a journalist parasite who throws sensationalism in the hope of causing frenzy. I can't think of a lower profession nor a more poorly written book.

Wheelmen is much better, it still investigates the doping but from a less condescending attitude that Macur simply does not deserve.

  • Wheelmen

  • Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever
  • By: Reed Albergotti, Vanessa O'Connell
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621

The first in-depth look at Lance Armstrong's doping scandal, the phenomenal business success built on the back of fraud, and the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports. Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France after staring down cancer, and in the process became an international symbol of resilience and courage. In a sport constantly dogged by blood-doping scandals, he seemed above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping during the Tours and, in an interview with Oprah, described his "mythic, perfect story" as "one big lie."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed and balanced account

  • By Gabriel on 11-19-13

New era

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-17

After the 2017 TDF Lance did a pod cast called "stages". It was really good, insightful, funny, entertaining - something you do not get from the commentaries of Alan Partridgeesque Phil Liggit.

The truth is, yes they were ALL doping. Lance was a bit of a bully so people want to take him down a peg or two, or more. Did he entertain? Are we reading this book with avid interest while falling asleep through the Cadel Evans story...

It's a good book, worth a read/listen

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Time

  • By: Bradley Wiggins
  • Narrated by: Tom Watt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

On 22 July 2012 Bradley Wiggins became the first British man ever to win the Tour de France. In an instant, 'Wiggo' became a national hero. Ten days later, having swapped his yellow jersey for the colours of Team GB, he won Olympic gold in the time trial, adding to his previous six medals to become the nation's most decorated Olympian of all time. Outspoken, honest, intelligent and fearless, Wiggins has been hailed as the people’s champion.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed up chapters. But interesting insights.

  • By David on 12-11-12

Not bad for a ghost written piece.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-17

As good an insight into cycling as you can hope from Mr Wiggins. Fairly egocentric and at times a little juvenile. Mostly about his feelings and not much about cycling. If you want to hear about cycling from a pro then The Obree Way by Graeme Obree is the best out of 10 cycling books I've heard on audible.


  • Learn French: Word Power 101

  • Absolute Beginner French #33
  • By: Innovative Language Learning
  • Narrated by: FrenchPod101.com
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 186

The vocabulary words you'll find in Learn French - Word Power 101 were hand selected by our French language teachers as the top 101 most frequently used words in the French language. Hear the word to master the pronunciation. Then you'll see how the word is actually used in everyday speech with sample sentences and phrases. Learning French vocabulary has never been easier!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Click PDF link to get Pictures for Lesson.

  • By Marion on 04-19-14

Begginer level?

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-17

It's boring follows no format. No real opportunity to grasp what is being said or progression of one sentence to the next.
A jumbled mess.

  • Neverwhere

  • A BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,210

A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always amazing.

  • By Chelly on 04-04-14

Rubbish

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Was expecting more from great cast. But even great actors can't make a story written by a socially awkward 13 year old work. The story was so poor and cliched. Ack bleeeuch rank. Avoid.

  • Merckx

  • Il figlio del tuono
  • By: Claudio Gregori
  • Narrated by: Valerio Sacco
  • Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Il 20 marzo 1966 un giovane belga si schiera al via della Milano-Sanremo. Ha vent'anni e non si è mai misurato con un tracciato così lungo. Al traguardo vincerà la prima classica del suo palmarès. Quel giorno, come con Coppi all'indomani della guerra, si apre per il ciclismo una nuova era. Fin da quella prima apparizione, Merckx ha mostrato di possedere, oltre al talento, il gusto dell'avventura e della prodezza. Al pari dei grandi del passato.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Absolute shite

  • By Richard on 01-01-17

Absolute shite

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-17

Over written. Non ne sono sicuro come si scrive over written in italiano ma questo libero è un bel esempio. Invece di raccontare una bella storia di un grande lo scrittore ha riempito ogni frase con simile e le metafore inutili. Veramente rubbish.

  • Julius Caesar: A Reader's Guide to the William Shakespeare Play

  • By: Robert Crayola
  • Narrated by: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare's greatest and most performed plays. With this new guide, you will have an even better understanding of the story. Included in this guide: a biography of author William Shakespeare, a look at the play's context, its literary elements, detailed scene summaries, character analysis, and much more. This is the definitive guide to Julius Caesar, concise, easy to understand, and guaranteed to add to your enjoyment of this classic play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Richard on 11-24-16

Good

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-16

Nice preview before the real thing. Not patronizing or over indulgent. Worth the pick up before listening.