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  • Make Your Bed

  • Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World
  • By: William H. McRaven
  • Narrated by: William H. McRaven
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,342

On May 21, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves - and the world - for the better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the YouTube video

  • By A. Yoshida on 01-31-18

Not what I thought

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

I expected something about mindfulness, like making your bed keeps you focused on the present. This is really a collection of military stories told by the author. I don't really relate to military thinking and missed the impact of most of the stories.

  • The Night Gardener

  • By: Jonathan Auxier
  • Narrated by: Beverley A Crick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its family are not quite what they seem. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. With Auxier’s exquisite command of language, The Night Gardener is a mesmerizing read and a classic in the making.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • From a librarian...

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-10-15

Creepy without being too scary

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

This is a great scary story for preteens, the story has a good supernatural theme and a little backstory about Irish immigrants. Well done. I thought some of the voices, especially the male ones sounded weak but the other voices were great. Mild recommendation for true horror fans.

  • The Lathe of Heaven

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882

In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George's dreams for his own purposes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Adrienne R. on 11-23-18

What a great imagination

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

I really liked this book. I've seen both movie versions and neither live up to the book. What a great story and Ms. Le Guin has an amazing mind. I really liked this story.

  • Burnt Offerings

  • Valancourt 20th Century Classics
  • By: Robert Marasco
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,706

Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their tiny Brooklyn apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for the entire summer for only $900, it's an offer that's too good to refuse. There's only one catch: behind a strange and intricately carved door in a distant wing of the house lives elderly Mrs. Allardyce, and the Rolfes will be responsible for preparing her meals. But Mrs. Allardyce never seems to emerge from her room, and it soon becomes clear that something weird and terrifying is happening in the house.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Haunted house story more creepy than horrific

  • By Calliope on 05-03-17

Good haunted story

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Not what you would expect. I've seen the old movie and it didn't resolve the story as well as the novel. Really liked this one.

  • The Fifth Doll

  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137

Matrona lives in an isolated village, where her life is centered on pleasing her parents. She's diligent in her chores and has agreed to marry a man of their choosing. But a visit to Slava, the local tradesman, threatens to upend her entire life. Entering his empty house, Matrona discovers a strange collection of painted nesting dolls - one for every villager.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique and Unexpected

  • By B.A. Wilson on 12-30-17

Interesting fable

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

The first two thirds of the book is really good, it kept my attention, but as the answers began to reveal themselves the story slowed and lost some of it's magic. Overall an enjoyable listen.

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  • Less

  • By: Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,113

You are a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: Your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes - it would be too awkward - and you can't say no - it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. Question: How do you arrange to skip town? Answer: You accept them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Endearing, funny, but sometimes overly clever

  • By Lili on 07-30-17

I'm not sure why this won the Pulitizer

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I get that it is a story that could only be told in the here and now. It is a milestone for how the life journey of the lgbtq community has changed, but it's kind of dull. The main character is not very interesting and his struggle is very ordinary. On the plus side, the use of language and metaphor is exceptional. I can't say I liked it but also can't say I disliked it, but was able to listen to it in one go through, so it is very easy to listen to.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Wild Robot

  • By: Peter Brown
  • Narrated by: Kate Atwater
  • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz's only hope is to learn from the island's hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot's mysterious past comes back to haunt her....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly delightful

  • By Lauren Smith on 11-02-16

Almost

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

My daughter described this as a little sad. I thought it was a little dull. The reader does a really great job with the material but the story lacks any real spark and needed a little more to it.

  • The Martian Chronicles

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129

Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great, empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars...and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Original. Great Stories, Great Narrator.

  • By Troy on 04-05-16

Classic Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

This is a classic with a great performance. I really like the readers choices, he brought the story to life. There is so much going on in this book, which is good and bad, as it can feel a little unfocused, but the writing is so good you can't help but feel like you're on a wild ride of the imagination. Ray Bradbury has an almost poetic touch and he is clearly hitting on some timeless social issues that even though he includes dates which seem ridiculous now, the book itself is timeless.

  • The Hike

  • By: Drew Magary
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,644
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,633

When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best ending I can remember

  • By David on 05-08-17

Uneven but enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

It was one of those books that I can't say I loved, but I listened to all the way through and it kept my attention. It was a really good premise, and just when it was getting dull there's a good plot twist. If this sort of off beat adventure appeals to you, you might like it. Not a strong recommend and mostly because the dialogue is a little dull but the action is good.

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  • The Unseen Guest

  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 3
  • By: Maryrose Wood
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

Since returning from London, the three Incorrigible children and their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, have been exceedingly busy. Despite their wolfish upbringing, the children have taken up bird-watching, with no unfortunate consequences - yet. And a perplexing gift raises hard questions about how Penelope came to be left at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and why her parents never bothered to return for her. But hers is not the only family mystery to solve....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect story and perfect narration!

  • By Wayne on 12-01-17

Another winner in this series

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Real fun, Highly recommended. My 11 yr old daughter and I have been enjoying this. Great for a car ride. The reader is amazing.