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  • Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails

  • A Memoir
  • By: Anthony Swofford
  • Narrated by: Anthony Swofford
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Following the success of Jarhead, Anthony Swofford assumed he had exorcised his military demons - but as every veteran knows, that isn't exactly how it works. In these searing, courageous pages, Swofford struggles to make sense of what his military service meant, and to decide - after nearly ending it - what his life can and should become. Consumed by drugs, booze, fast cars, and the wrong women, Swofford almost lost everything and everyone that mattered to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intimate and Dark

  • By Steph R on 06-24-17

Intimate and Dark

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

I enjoyed the book immensely and, as a 32 year old veteran and having a father that passed away recently, I found many parallels. I like how Anthony exposes his own flaws and shows how events in his life changed him as a man. I recommend this book to anyone and especially veterans that face similar struggles in life daily.

  • Kill Decision

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,474

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

I like this book

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

not much kore dmto say just a really hood book to listen to. loves the character voices.

  • The Rolling Stones

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,260

One of Heinlein's best-loved works, The Rolling Stones follows the rollicking adventures of the Stone family as they tour the solar system. It doesn't seem likely for twins to have the same middle name. Even so, it's clear that Castor and Pollux Stone both have "Trouble" written in that spot on their birth certificates. Of course, anyone who's met their grandmother Hazel would know they came by it honestly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Golden oldie of sci-fi

  • By David on 02-01-16

too short

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

will just have to listen to it over again. very good book. loved the meandering of the story line

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 196,139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 183,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182,742

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

wow

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

changed my life. I work as a csr. spot on. I will listen to this again. perfect voice.

  • Surrender the Sun

  • By: A R. Shaw
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

In the year 2030 the Maunder Minimum, a period of solar inactivity, will cause a mini-ice age like it did between the years 1645 and 1710. When it does, Bishop will have to save her not only from the effects of severe weather but also from man himself. Maeve Tildon and her son Ben live alone in the rural town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Since her husband died in the war, she's barely kept her head above water, and when the first freeze strikes in the fall, she's completely unprepared for what lies ahead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Apocalyptic cold snap? Yes please!

  • By Chris on 11-15-16

Great story!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-16

I was really impressed with this book. I thought the author did a great job conveying the anarchy that would take over shortly after an environmental crisis. It does seem like a plausible phenomenon but I felt that it was a little weird that everyone knew what was happening right away. In reality, I'd expect it to take a little longer to sink in. I really liked the characters. Maybe it's just the 'girl' in me but I would have liked a more descriptive transition from friendship to romance. I think there is a big chunk of the story missing there.

I was disappointed that the book was ending because I felt that there was a lot more story to cover. I was happy to learn there is a sequel but think they should have been combined into one book. This could actually be quite a long series, especially if the author decided to share stories from other areas as well. I am very interested to see where it goes and will be watching this author.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • The Year the Lake Went Low

  • By: Bradon Nave
  • Narrated by: Scott Ellis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

In a small Oklahoma town, riddled with broken dreams and methamphetamine addicts, a young man embarks on a mission to uncover the truth behind his sister's disappearance. As he desperately attempts to come to terms with his sister's apparent death, and the circumstances surrounding it, he inadvertently opens a Pandora's Box of secrets that an array of townsmen have diligently worked to keep covered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Year The Lake Went Low

  • By Cynthia Reen on 04-08-16

Written for an ALMOST adult audience.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

This book was pretty good. I liked the mystery element but sometimes felt that it was a little too slow in getting to the point. As another reviewer mentioned, the romance aspect was extraneous and didn't add much to the story except that it made you feel better about the ending. This book seems to be written for a borderline YA genre but does contain strong language and violent references as well as adult content. Nothing too crazy if you read a lot of mainstream books but worth mentioning if you're gonna hand it to a middle schooler. Overall, I like the author's style and anticipate the maturation of his writing.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • Wilber Winkle Has a Complaint

  • By: John Homans
  • Narrated by: Gary Roelofs
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Wilber Winkle was called a "national treasure" by no less than TV's Larry King, and his book was dubbed the funniest in decades by American Bookseller. What does Mr. Winkle do? Without fear, he writes letters to the massive corporations responsible for popular consumer products, demanding satisfaction and complaining about even the most minor of flaws. And miraculously, the corporations answer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious.

  • By Steve H. Caldwell on 11-18-16

Silly!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

This book is a collection of comical complaint letters sent to companies as well as individuals. This is very light reading and gave me a few good chuckles, especially the one about coffee! My husband has the same complaint! Thanks for the laughs!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • Unbinding the Soul

  • Awakening Through Crisis and Compassion by Dr B. Raven Lee
  • By: Dr. B Raven Lee
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Unbinding the Soul provides a simple model of healing, drawn from Jungian Psychology, Tibetan Buddhism, and neuroscience. Using the author's story of profound loss, it shows how wisdom and compassion can transform crisis into an opportunity for deep personal development, self-awakening and a celebration of the human spirit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Bookaholic on 12-06-16

More a memior with some self-help thrown in

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

Before I say anything else I want to mention that I am an atheist and hold a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

As an atheist, there was a lot of magic and mystery that was quite over the top. To be very honest, there were parts of this book that made me giggle (at parts not meant to be funny) or kind of grossed me out. For some context, I was once talking to a lady who legit told me that god told her to call in sick and go shopping. While she was there she saw someone she hadn't seen for a while. She explained that god just really wanted her to say hi to that person. I thought she was joking but she was dead serious. I felt squeamish. Many parts of this book made me feel that exact same way. While this book doesn't focus directly on 'god' there is a lot of spirituality involved so prepare yourself.

As a psychology major, I find value and merit in self-help. I love that this book promoted self-awareness, personal boundaries, and compassion for others but especially for oneself. These are very valuable attributes to anyone looking to grow. I loved that the author shared personal stories and helped the reader see destructive behaviors from another perspective. It's therapeutic to see bigger pictures and approach people with understanding and empathy. I think learning these lessons is very necessary to reprocess the training and indoctrination we receive as children. They help us uncover and form ourselves instead of just being a product of our environment. On those principals, this book could be very helpful for some. The author did a fabulous job describing thought processes and behaviors. The author was very articulate. I find that to be a wonderful attribute and can tell she did a lot of personal work to be able to describe her feelings and their repercussions as well as she did. This book tells the experience of the author. Realize that your path will be different.

Overall, I think this book could be very useful for some people but it's certainly not for everyone.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • In a Mirror City

  • By: Stevie O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Sara Morsey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

In a Mirror City is a chilling, dystopian sci-fi noir about a girl called Maja Larsen, who is trapped in a world that was broken long before she was born. Maja is caught up in this fast-paced conspiracy, aided and abetted by a ragged guard of criminals and thieves and hounded by authorities that seem to know more about Maja than she does herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shades of Orwell's 1984 ...

  • By paul on 11-06-16

Interesting concepts and likable heroine

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

This book was pretty good. Its set in the future and a lot of the concepts seem realistic and totally plausable. The author did a good job describing the desacrated earth and I especially liked how he descibed the environmental impact of our current apathy and the unfornate and inevitable consequenses and how they impacted society. The techonology seemed very believable as well. The heroine seemed quite capable and I'd love to read a prequel describing her story and how she came to be. I could definitely see this as a series and maybe even as a movie. The narrator did a great job as well.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • The Executioner's Lullaby

  • By: Bret Wellman
  • Narrated by: Susan Fouche
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

There is an old legend in Gehenna's Forest, that the woods are alive and ever watching. The tale is backed by a history of murders and horrendous accidents. In later years the folklore around the forest has brought in tourists, young thrill seekers looking to go camping. They find excitement in the forest and its history. Unfortunately for them, the forest is still watching, and it isn't done killing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts mundane, ends very solid

  • By Marcus on 11-15-16

I was thoroughly impressed by this horror!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-16

Wow! I really enjoyed this book. It was actually scary! I'm so glad I won't be camping in the next few months so I have time to forget a little bit before I go out into the woods again. The narration was awesome as well! Bravo!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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