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  • Running Down a Dream

  • Your Road Map to Winning Creative Battles
  • By: Tim Grahl
  • Narrated by: Tim Grahl
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

When you dream, you envision a magical future. You have heroically slayed the dragons and unlocked the creativity and genius buried deep inside. But how do you actually get there? You can analyze the myths of visionary creators - artists, writers, musicians, software developers, etc., who have accomplished the impossible. But exactly how these successful creators went from being fearful dreamers to accomplished artists proves elusive. Running Down a Dream unflinchingly bares the naked truth behind all creations and shares the practical to-do list to take you from here to there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tim’s honesty confirms “we are not alone in the struggle.”

  • By Rebecca on 07-23-18

Tim’s honesty confirms “we are not alone in the struggle.”

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

This book is for all the creatives out there. Tim articulates his struggle to over come imposter syndrome and find happiness in his creative expressions. It is a journey that parallels my own in many ways and thus must be the case for many more. His revelations inspire and encourage. A must read for all creative people.
Thank you for writing this book, Tim.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Classic Radio Sci-fi: Journey into Space: The Host

  • By: Julian Simpson
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens, David Jacobs
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Another adventure for Jet Morgan and his crew in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast drama, based on the original Journey Into Space radio serial by Charles Chilton. When they board an abandoned space freighter, Jet and Doc discover a digitised personality locked inside the ship's computer - one with a deadly intent... Toby Stephens and David Jacobs are amongst the cast of this exciting adventure, first broadcast in June 2009.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun.

  • By Rebecca on 05-04-18

Fun.

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

A nice little sci-fi adventure with quality acting, sound effects and plotting. A very enjoyable listen. Toby Stephens has a great voice.

  • Unbelievable?

  • Why After Talking with Atheists for Ten Years I'm Still a Christian
  • By: Justin Brierley
  • Narrated by: Justin Brierley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Born out of Premier Radio's popular Unbelievable? podcasts, this audiobook invites listeners to unpack some of the most common objections to Christianity, equipping them to respond to sceptics and better understand the reason for their faith. Do your friends find your faith to be Unbelievable? Conversations matter. Yet, recently, good conversations about faith have been increasingly squeezed out of the public sphere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Justin is awesome!

  • By Rebecca on 04-18-18

Justin is awesome!

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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: 04-18-18

I’ve been a fan of Justin’s radio show “Unbelievable?” and knew his book would not disappoint. He is a Christian who has conversed with atheists and non believers for ten years and knows the answers to their honest questions. His book is an entertaining read while making a clear case for the existence of a creator God and that that God must be Christ. Well done, Justin!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Golden Son

  • Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,501
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,438

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • never trust anyone

  • By M. B. Jones on 02-03-18

Great series! Great second book.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

A movie in a book. The characters and scenes are so well written and visualized. Nothing is predictable.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,652

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

Hard Boiled YA.

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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: 03-24-17

The book has profanity and violence but is riddled with truth about humanity. The characters are brilliantly designed by the author. My overall impression: this is art.

  • The Lost City of Z

  • A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,872
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,163

A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to find out what happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Worthy Read for Armchair Explorers

  • By Jennifer on 03-01-09

You won't regret the experience!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

I'll never underestimate the Amazon jungle again. The writing keeps you hooked. The author interweaves his experience of being drawn in to this 'Green Hell' as a modern city-dweller turned adventurer with that of the indefatigable Colonel Fawcett, the last great Victorian explorer who, after many grand successes, disappeared without a trace within the Amazon jungle. The author throughly reports as a true journalist. He investigates the global interest that surrounded these explorations into such an anti-paradise. He also, with great effect, holds up a mirror to humanity, revealing an honest look at mankind both 'civilized' and 'uncivilized' and leaves a lasting impression on the reader by the end of the book.
My take away: the 'primitive' people are not 'primative' humans. The theory of evolution from ape-like ancestor is not a valid explanation of origin. Humans have been intelligent from day 1.

  • Fairest

  • The Lunar Chronicles - Levana's Story
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,779

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told - until now. Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as sexual as other reviews imply

  • By Claudia H on 07-02-15

Backstory for Lunar Chronicles. Fans should listen

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

Reviewed: 02-26-15

Fans will appreciate it. Non-fans probably wouldn't.
Lunar Chronicles gets 5 stars though!
In this backstory Levana becomes more human. This additional info will no doubt make the finale book Winter much much richer.

  • Rock Your Plot

  • A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel
  • By: Cathy Yardley
  • Narrated by: Cathy Yardley, Michael Anthony Johnson
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

Are you stuck trying to write a novel? This audiobook goes straight to the point, putting theory in plain language, adding examples from blockbuster stories, and finishing each section with exercises designed to help you work with your characters to write a novel that excites you and your readers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Helpful Outlines & Bonus Material

  • By avoidthelloyd on 02-12-14

Short and sweet

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

Reviewed: 01-24-15

Very quick overview of plotting your story. Good if you need a quick basics reminder to make sure you've got all your motivated goals and escalating conflicts in place.

  • Cress

  • The Lunar Chronicles
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,681

In this third audiobook in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Electrifying Continuation

  • By kathleen on 02-09-14

Love this series!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-15

Great writing, adventure plot and characters. This type of book series is rare. The big twist on fairytale characters makes it familiar enough to love the characters but completely unexpected the whole time to keep you hooked.

  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,382

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not for me. Loved it anyway.

  • By Grant on 05-24-12

The movie made more sense than the book.

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

Reviewed: 05-31-14

Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not as well written as The Hunger Games.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The story elements are universal. The character's experiences in this faction based world can be applied to all walks of life.
Universal, but not quite symbolic.

What does Emma Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Realism.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I can't stand it when books turn oo-ee gooey gushy, focusing on the chemical reactions and temperature of the girl's body due to physical attraction. The plot stops. Divergent does this a little.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed it for the most part. I listened to it after I saw the film. The film connected more dots together, where the book kept things a bit disconnected and seemingly less significant.