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  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,068

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy Saucy Spies

  • By Mel on 06-13-13

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

With all the great reviews and the movie out (which I haven't seen yet, wanted to do the book first), I'm pretty disappionted with that (audio)book. The story was ho-hum, it's not great as a romance novel, and certainly not great as a spy novel, to me it didn't really click in either aspect. I didn't find myself really "into" either character either. I guess we were supposed to identify the girl because we pitied her, and like the guy because he's kind of a rebellious goofball, but I found that I couldn't really identify with either. The reading was really good though, no problem there, so if you do like the story and the characters, this is your book.

  • 101 Amazing Harry Potter Facts

  • By: Jack Goldstein, Frankie Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jack Goldstein
  • Length: 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 78

Through JK Rowling’s series of Harry Potter books and the eight films, we have been introduced to a fantastic and magical world that many of us would like to visit. But what is the story behind what we see and read, and what are some little-known facts about the books, the films, the actors and the characters? This audiobook contains 101 amazing facts which you most likely didn’t know!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 101 Amazing Harry Potter Facts

  • By Melanie Cox on 11-29-16

A Fun Little Book

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

If you're a Harry Potter fan, this is a no-brainer. It's exactly what it says, just a bunch of fun little facts. As pretty much a Harry Potter fanatic, I was pleased that almost all of these were new to me, so it was fun. Might as well get it, it's cheap.

  • The Collectors

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640

"But the thing is," said Horley, "they didn’t know each other at all. Never heard of each other. It wasn’t about the makers. Only about the works." On a dark winter's night in 1970, Horley and Grinstead huddle for warmth in the Senior Common Room of a college in Oxford. Conversation turns to the two impressive works of art that Horley has recently added to his collection....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Henry James, meet Rudyard Kipling

  • By Michele Kellett on 02-18-15

A Tidbit From His Dark Materials

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

This is just a tiny tidbit of a story. Well, not really a story, more like a very brief anecdote, that tangentially involves His Dark Materials. It's kinda fun, but also not very substantial, more of a tease. Wish there was more to get excited about.

  • Total Cat Mojo

  • By: Jackson Galaxy, Bobby Rock, Mikel Delgado
  • Narrated by: Sam Osheroff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Cat Mojo is the confidence that cats exhibit when they are at ease in their environment and in touch with their natural instincts - to hunt, catch, kill, eat, groom, and sleep. Problems such as litter box avoidance and aggression arise when cats lack this confidence. Jackson Galaxy's number one piece of advice to his clients is to help their cats harness their mojo. This book is his most comprehensive guide yet to cat behavior and basic cat care, rooted in understanding cats better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jackson Galaxy's BEST Book Yet❗

  • By johnnyoak on 06-04-18

Great Book For Cat Lovers

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Total Cat Mojo is a book full of tips from a famous cat behaviorist, Jackson Galaxy. His thesis is that many behavioral issues that your cat may face, ultimately comes down to their "mojo", which is his term for the cat's overall happiness and sense of well-being. And the book described ways in which to increase a cat's mojo, and ways that you may be inadvertently hurting your cat's mojo.

The book also focuses on problem solving, and he talks about most of the problem scenarios that you may deal with as a cat owner. Things like having multi-cat households and helping the cats get along, letterbox issues, shy cats, aggressive cats, what to feed cats, how to select a litterbox, what sort of activities will make your cat happier, and lots more.

It's a great book for breaking down and understanding cat behavior. I'm a huge Jackson Galaxy fan (from his prior books, especially "Cat Daddy" and his tv show "My Cat From Hell") so it's a no-brainer that I'd love this one too. The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is that for some inexplicably reason, he didn't narrate it (like he did for "Cat Daddy"). In any case... highly recommended.

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  • Diaries 1969-1979

  • The Python Years
  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Michael Palin has kept a diary since newly married in the late 1960s, when he was beginning to make a name for himself as a TV scriptwriter. Monty Python was just around the corner. This volume of his diaries reveals how Python emerged and triumphed, how he, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, the two Terrys (Jones and Gilliam), and Eric Idle came together and changed the face of British comedy. But this is but only part of Palin's story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great romp.

  • By Douglas on 02-19-09

Loved Loved Loved This (Audio)Book!

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

I've been a Monty Python fan, and Michael Palin fan for years, so this seemed like a potentially fun book to listen to.

I loved it! It really is laid out like a diary, but a very thorough one. The book takes us through the beginning of Monty Python, with the tv show, and then on through "The Life Of Brian" movie. That's sadly where it ends, leaving me wanting more more more!

Anyway, it's a must-read/listen for anyone that likes Monty Python.

  • Saturday Night Live and American TV

  • By: Ron Becker, Nick Marx, Matt Sienkiewicz
  • Narrated by: Jim Tedder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Week after week, SNL has produced unforgettable sketches and provocative political satire, adapting to changing times while staying true to its original vision of performing timely topical humor. With essays that address issues ranging from race and gender to authorship and comedic performance, Saturday Night Live and American TV follows the history of this 36-time Emmy-winning show and its place in the shifting social and media landscape of American television.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • They Managed To Make A Boring, Stuffy Book

  • By GameMaker on 01-24-18

They Managed To Make A Boring, Stuffy Book

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

I was really excited to listen to this book. I've been sort of an on-again off-again fan of Saturday Night Live, but it's got such a great history with so many famous comics.

Needless to say I was extremely disappointed, and ended up bailing on this book about a third of the way through. I had enough. It reads like a college textbook. There will be a test at the end, lol.

Shockingly, the author drones on and on about historical significance, the business aspects, the producer, the significance of the comedic style used and all sorts of other nonsense. What it doesn't do is spend time on what I care about: the classic shows, the stars, the behind the scenes stuff, the funny moments, the scary moment, the drama etc etc.

I can't imagine a worse book written on "Saturday Night Live".

  • Mark Cuban

  • The Maverick Billionaire
  • By: Sean Huff
  • Narrated by: Roy Lunel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Entrepreneur, media mogul, celebrity and the ultimate sports fan... Mark Cuban is one of the most colorful and controversial billionaires of our time. A self-made man who has inspired millions to follow their own dreams. Mark Cuban: The Maverick Billionaire is the first in the Modern Moguls series of biographical profiles, spotlighting the men and women who shape our modern business landscape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good overview of Cuban and what drove his success

  • By Gerardo A Dada on 12-12-15

Better Than I Expected

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

I primarily know of Mark Cuban through Shark Tank, so I picked this up to learn a little more about him.

I have purchased a couple of other similar "quickie" biography books/audio books that were dreadful, so I had my fingers crossed for this one.

I ended up liking this quite well. The downside is that it's clear that the author didn't conduct any interviews or get any new info about Mark Cuban. That's the downside. The upside is that it's a surprisingly good summary of Cuban's life. The focus is on his climb up the ranks in business, it doesn't spent much time at all talking about Shark Tank, or the Dallas Mavericks.

  • Murder on the Orient Elite

  • A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,287
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,093

In this brand-new Grimnoir Chronicles story written exclusively for Audible, it's 1937 - four years after the Grimnoir Society defeated the magical alien force known as The Power. "Heavy" Jake Sullivan is summoned by his oddest ally, Dr. Wells, to stop the bombing of a new ultra-luxury airship. Amid the glitz, the gambling, and the high-society types, Sullivan races time to hunt for the saboteur. But surrounded by a blimp-full of Germans, Russians, Imperium Iron Guard, and other magical enemies - where can he even begin?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Teaser

  • By Matthew E. Bowman on 12-03-14

Fun Little Story

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

If you are into the Grim Noir series, then this one is a no-brainer. It's a fun little story, but it's over before you know it.

  • Dialogue

  • The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen
  • By: Robert McKee
  • Narrated by: Robert McKee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

In Dialogue, Robert McKee offers in-depth analysis for how characters speak on the screen, on the stage, and on the page in believable and engaging ways. From Macbeth to Breaking Bad, McKee deconstructs key scenes to illustrate the strategies and techniques of dialogue. Dialogue applies a framework of incisive thinking to instruct the prospective writer on how to craft artful, impactful speech.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Class you Wish you took in Writing

  • By Josiah on 12-05-16

Stuffy, Pompous, Academic Textbook

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

I'm a screenwriter, so I got this audiobook in the ongoing quest to improve all aspects of my screenwriting. I made it through a couple of hours of this, then wished I hadn't and moved on to something else. It's a stuffy, pompous, very clinical, academic approach to dialog. He spends a ton of time just defining different terms, identifying different types of dialog and so forth. Wasted space imo.

He uses as illustrations things like Shakespeare. That's obviously useless for screenwriters. He also mentions that he will use a couple of equally stuffy screenplays to examine, which I also didn't have any interest in. Should have researched this more. I guess this is useful to some, probably more writers than screenwriters though. Do your homework before you buy, this definitely isn't for everyone.

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  • On Writing a Low Budget Screenplay

  • By: rodney cannon
  • Narrated by: John Alan Martinson Jr.
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

On Writing a Low Budget Screenplay will not only offer advice and rules that must be followed if you wish to craft a script that can be produced for a few thousand dollars, but how to look at your script from the view of the film maker. This audiobook is short and to the point. It does not take more words to tell you how to write a low budget script than are actually in one.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A mixed bag of lessons on writing

  • By Kingsley on 10-06-17

Confused, Not Very Helpful

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

I read/listen to a lot of these types of books. I'm an independent filmmaker who enjoys writing (and ultimately shooting) short films.

First off, to the author "low budget screenplay" equates to "feature length screenplay which can be shot at a low budget". If I recall correctly, he considers low budget to be anything under 100k.

So that is my first problem with this book. Is there really a market for such screenplays? Is there really such a person that writes screenplays for low and micro budget filmmakers, that they are going to pay money for?

In any case... what I really care about is what he says about the writing of it, regardless of any silly notions that he has about the commercial viability of such a thing. For me, the book actually offers very little original insight. He gives very lightweight treatment to characters, structure, and the usual stuff. Stuff that is covered much much better and in more depth by any number of other books.

Skip this one.