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  • Guns, Germs and Steel

  • The Fate of Human Societies
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,722
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,925

Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story all should know, not all can endure

  • By Daniel on 12-19-11

Not an easy read for the average person

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

This book has a great deal of data to impart upon you. Ultimately it's well worth your time. However, you may find it a little dry at times. If you're reading it just for your own knowledge don't get too wrapped up in trying to hold on to each fact. The information builds well and eventually you understand the story line.

  • Spy the Lie

  • Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception
  • By: Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,719

Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, with one disappointment

  • By Kim on 08-07-12

Not quite "What Every Body's Saying"

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It depends. This book is for those that are into studying people and their responses. I believe that it could send the wrong message to some.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed the way they took the interviews apart and discussed the actions. It was occationally dry but not without merit.

Could you see Spy the Lie being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

I don't know if it was the narator or the authors but the book seemed a little melodramatic for my taste. Made me think of Don Adams.

The authors provide a number of places where the deception was present. I would like them to have provided an instance(s) where there was no deception.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 202,961
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 189,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189,112

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

Entertaining, especially if you grew up in the 80s

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

Reviewed: 11-12-12

I enjoyed the story. I don't expect it to become a classic but the author made you care about the characters and kept the story line moving. It was interesting the way the story referenced the mood and music of the 80s.

  • Kill Decision

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,549

Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Daemon/Freedom, but still good Thriller

  • By T. Menefee on 07-21-12

almost as good as daemon and freedom

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

Reviewed: 10-19-12

I enjoyed the book but not quite as much as the predecessors. As for the narrator, well it's the same guy. He may be unique but I didn't find it difficult to listen to at all. I thought Daemon and Freedom were wonderful. By comparison, this book is good but did not enthrall me like the others. Worth the credit.

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,797

At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I could give it 10 stars!

  • By P. Minor on 07-18-14

There's a reason it's a classic

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

It is amazing the parallels of today's society. The story is sad but very gritty and oh so real. The harmonica is something that will grow on you.

And yes, the narration is first rate. When I looked up the narrator's biography I was pleasantly surprised that I knew him from other roles.

  • Destiny of the Republic

  • A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,887

James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard

  • By Mel on 02-08-12

Unexpectedly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 09-13-12

There were a couple of dry points but all tolled a good book. If you enjoy knowing a little of the details of history and the interplay of some of the great names we've heard about all our lives it is a very good story.

  • Executive Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,065

Returning from a covert mission, Mitch Rapp was publicly hailed by the president for his role in the fight against terrorism. After years of working in the shadows, Rapp was caught in the media spotlight - and marked for death by virtually every terrorist in the world. Now a CIA advisor, Rapp is ready to battle terror far from the front lines. But when a Navy SEAL team in the Philippines is ambushed, all evidence points to a leak within the U.S. State Department. And a greater threat lurks....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced thriller(s)

  • By Dan on 06-04-11

Good adventure, kept me listening

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

Reviewed: 08-16-12

Good story and charicters. I liked the development of the story and charicters. I doubt it will be a clasic. But it served the purpose of keeping me entertained and interested in the next development.

  • Gone with the Wind

  • By: Margaret Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
  • Length: 49 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,878
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,346
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,370

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not to miss audible experience

  • By dallas on 12-08-09

I'm glad I took the time

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Wow what a story. I was a little daunted but the size of the book but it was one of those stories that you didn't want to see end. I understand why this is a classic. The story seems to keep you going and keep you interested in the characters throughout the read. As a person who has grown up in the south, I also think this is where most people get their bias for the whole North/South attitude. Quite enlightening.

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  • Born to Die

  • By: Lisa Jackson
  • Narrated by: Alan Nebelthau
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

Two women who bear an uncanny resemblance to Dr. Kacey Lambert have been murdered. Kacey believes it is nothing more than a terrible coincidence, but the deeper she digs, the more worried she becomes. Soon, more victims emerge—all bearing a physical resemblance to Kacey—and she begins to wonder when the brutal killer will come hunting for her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you liked the first two, you'll like this one

  • By Mike on 08-13-12

If you liked the first two, you'll like this one

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Some have complained about the narrator. It is the same as the first couple of books. He may not be what you're expecting but I believe he does a good job. I am not distracted from the story by the narrator. The story is engaging and keeps you going. It may not become a classic but it is a good read.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Wheat Belly

  • Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
  • By: William Davis MD
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,524
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,023
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,991

Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The program works, but the listen is technical

  • By Stacey Crummie on 11-30-11

Enlightening Reading

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Very interesting book. I'm convinced. It does get a little bit deep at times, but I'm not sure we would take the case seriously otherwise. I have been wheat-less for several weeks now. The one greatest change is, I pay attention to the ingredients. I definitely feel better. I have lost some weight and I have not made any other efforts except the wheat.