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  • This Book Is Overdue!

  • How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
  • By: Marilyn Johnson
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Buried in information? Cross-eyed over technology? From the bottom of a pile of paper and discs, books, e-books, and scattered thumb drives comes a cry of hope: Make way for the librarians! They want to help. They're not selling a thing. And librarians know best how to beat a path through the googolplex sources of information available to us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marian Isn't You Librarian

  • By Lynn on 05-24-11

Love the prose. Narrator drives me batty

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

Love the text of the book and it is pleasantly read, EXCEPT, the narrator pronounces library as "liberry" nearly every time she says it, and it is said many, many times.

  • The Unknown Ajax

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062

Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Georgette Heyer romance

  • By bebe on 06-04-10

Bogs down badly in the middle

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

I had to back up and restart the story 3 times around chapter 7; I kept losing the thread. Also caught myself wondering how long the book was going to be several times. Narrator's yorkshire accents are amusing. Beginning and end of book are entertaining. Love the hero.

  • Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?

  • The Epic Saga of the Bird That Powers Civilization
  • By: Andrew Lawler
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

From ancient empires to modern economics, veteran journalist Andrew Lawler delivers a sweeping history of the animal that has been most crucial to the spread of civilization across the globe: the chicken. Queen Victoria was obsessed with it. Socrates' last words were about it. Charles Darwin and Louis Pasteur made their scientific breakthroughs using it. Catholic popes, African shamans, Chinese philosophers, and Muslim mystics praised it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never imagined the volume of bird trivia

  • By Neuron on 11-04-18

Chick lit of another kind. Interesting, Ends Sad

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

The first several chapters were exactly the kind of little known background information about a generally unexamined element of our daily life that I love to learn. The end of the book is about factory farming and I found it very disturbing. It did feel like the book boobytrapped me at the end there.

  • The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure

  • Why Pure Capitalism Is the World Economy’s Only Hope
  • By: John Allison
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Did Wall Street cause the mess we are in? Should Washington place stronger regulations on the financial industry? Can we lower unemployment rates by controlling the free market? Answer: no. Not only is free-market capitalism good for the economy, it is our only hope for recovery. As the nation’s longest-serving CEO of one of the top 25 financial institutions, John Allison has had a unique inside view of the events leading up to the financial crisis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Authoritative, Curmudgeonly and Randian

  • By CarolB on 07-31-16

Authoritative, Curmudgeonly and Randian

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

The former CEO of one of the few banks that did not need the TARP bailout explains the ways banks and banking regulators failed to protect the rest of us from, and actually caused, the crash of 2008. A fascinating insider's viewpoint on US banking. Quite, quite obvious the author is a big fan of Ayn Rand, long before he said so himself.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Grand Sophy

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sarah Woodward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,067

Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Full Sophy

  • By Carol on 10-17-13

Delightful.

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

I bought the book on sale, based on Heyer's reputation and reader reviews. Loved it. a charming romp.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • How to Publish on Amazon & Sell A Million Copies Using Kindle, Print & Audio Book

  • By: Glenn Langohr
  • Narrated by: Glenn Langohr
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Want to earn royalties as an author and publisher and sell a million copies? Glenn Langohr shows you exactly how he did it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely helpful for authors

  • By Brennan on 11-05-17

Surprised to say I liked it.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

Don't let the short length and author-narrator's nasal voice throw you. This little book is packed with useful information. I will listen again.

  • Born to Run

  • A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,277

Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not a runner ...

  • By B.J. on 09-01-09

Wow. Lots more book than I expected

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

Reviewed: 05-31-16

Good narrator. Good story. Full of "knowledge plums", too. It was fascinating and I enjoyed it.

  • Tripping Over the Truth

  • The Return of the Metabolic Theory of Cancer Illuminates a New and Hopeful Path to a Cure
  • By: Travis Christofferson
  • Narrated by: Clay Lomakayu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 373

A masterful synchronization of history and cutting-edge science shines new light on humanity's darkest diagnosis. In the wake of the Cancer Genome Atlas project's failure to provide a legible road map to a cure for cancer, science writer Travis Christofferson illuminates a promising blend of old and new perspectives on the disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Non-fiction books - please include references

  • By yaelb on 06-15-16

Material is fascinating, Narrator challenging

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

The material is fascinating. It seems as if cancer treatment and nutrition research have both run off the rails and into the weeds due to tenaciously (and unfortunately incorrect) US government "science" funding. Science in quotes because research money seems only to go to support approved conclusions.

The book is challenging to listen to, however, because the narrator does not seem to be able to pronounce all of the syllables in multi-syllabic words. He says "exackly". He pronounces some scientific terms so strangely it takes me a second to recognize them. His voice is very pleasant, but the pronunciation! I tried to listen a second time, but simply could not stand it.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • How the Stock Market Works

  • By: Ramon P. DeGennaro, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Ramon P. DeGennaro
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,350

This course is an introduction to the stock market and stock investing for novices and experienced investors alike. Professor DeGennaro uses simple analogies to explain the origin of stocks and other securities, as well as their relative risks. He stresses the danger of trying to beat the market by trying to pick winners, predict price trends, or otherwise find opportunities that other investors have missed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great overview on how the stock market works

  • By Thane on 08-08-15

Terrific synthesis and grounding

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

Reviewed: 02-17-16

I have been reading and dabbling in the stock market for years, so I "knew" most of this. What was great was having it all cohesively presented.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Engagement

  • A Georgian Historical Mystery (Alec Halsey Mystery Book 1)
  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 652

It's 1763. Career diplomat Alec Halsey returns to London and the shocking news his estranged elder brother, the Earl of Delvin, has not only killed his friend in a duel but become engaged to the woman he had hoped to marry. When Alec reluctantly attends a weekend house party to celebrate his brother's engagement he gets more than he bargained for when a lady's maid is murdered, the bride-to-be is attacked, and a guest is shot dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written but a little darker than I expected

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-17-15

Tedious.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

The story bogs down seriously in the middle. When I found myself checking to see how much longer I had to get through, I stopped. Will be returning the book.

I do like the narration.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful