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  • Canada

  • By: Mike Myers
  • Narrated by: Mike Myers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062

Comedy superstar Mike Myers writes from the (true patriot) heart about his 53-year relationship with his beloved Canada. Mike Myers is a world-renowned actor, director and writer and the man behind some of the most memorable comic characters of our time. But, as he says, "No description of me is truly complete without saying I'm a Canadian". He has often winked and nodded to Canada in his outrageously accomplished body of work, but now he turns the spotlight full-beam on his homeland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book by my favorite comedian

  • By Spencer cox on 09-21-17

Lovingly told stories that make you think.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

As a Canadian, I had no idea the struggles this man faced. Now that he is successful, it is tempered by his experiences. He appreciates his journey and knows who he is. Still as concerned for Canada as he was growing up, Mr. Myers seems like the sort of man I'd be very proud to call 'friend'.

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,680
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,058
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,099

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

A story about wieners

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

The author seems to be fascinated with wieners. Old wieners, teen wieners, and some very boring sexual situations. At the start of the story a guy dies leaving a vacancy. The casual reader will assume certain things. You would be wrong. I don’t see much of a plot here, but if you are interested in hearing about stiff wieners this is the book for you.

  • Lock and Key: The Gadwall Incident

  • By: Ridley Pearson
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 230

In The Gadwall Incident, listeners get a glimpse into James' life a mere 24 hours before the tipping point - before life as he knows it changes irrevocably and his childhood slips into the shadows. Listeners will come to know the dangers that surround the Moriartys before James and Moria are sent off to the hallowed halls of Baskerville Academy, where they first meet the insufferable, inexhaustible Sherlock Holmes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok.

  • By CC on 03-16-17

A retelling of Hardy Boys episode one.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

When you listen to this story, you will immediately recall the Hardy Boys "The Mystery of the Haunted House".
The story beats are right on par, unfortunately. The author is old enough to have watched the show on television and 'forgot' the story, so I won't accuse him of any wrong doing, but just be aware that the inspiration for this story is a 1977 Glen A. Larson television show.

  • New Voices: The Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize 2017

  • By: Arun Das, Jimi Famurewa, Kit Fan, and others
  • Narrated by: Arun Das, Jimi Famurewa, Kit Fan, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31

Writers short-listed for the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize read their short-listed stories. Collected here are the six best stories chosen by the judging panel of the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize 2017. In them you'll encounter a range of characters: an Indian soldier fighting for the British in WWII; a teenage girl fasting in a small London flat; an out-of-work dad in an urban playground; a woman cleaning the toilets in Hong Kong International airport; a wealthy Malaysian teenager in his last few days of school.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So bad.

  • By EDC Canada on 09-03-18

So bad.

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

It is apparent that the writers are reading their own stories - as both the writing and the narration is pointless and misery to listen to. The first story by Lisa Smith is so horrid, I had no idea what was going on other than a man was arrested and then went home to his wife. There was no apparent plot. To make it worse, every time Lisa Smith stopped narrating to do "character voices" I wasn't sure if she was speaking words. After about 5 minutes I discerned in the gibberish "Whatya do en mon" or something similar, and realized she was trying to do an accent - possibly Jamaican.
The second story was read so dryly, I coudn't take it anymore and wrote this review.
Horrid. Just horrid.

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,928
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,376

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

A magazine article turned into a cash grab.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Pass on this "book" and read Brian Greene's "The Fabric of the Cosmos" or Michio Kaku's "The Future of Humanity".
Here is why: If you have ever wondered what sort of book a drunk 8th grade science teacher would write, you have found it. But THIS is the famous Neil DeGrasse Tyson, scientist, not a alcoholic. If you can't hold him to the standards of his peers (like Brian Greene), you should at least be able to expect scientific content the equal of Isaac Asimov, but no, Tyson does not deliver. Not because he can't, but because he doesn't want to. Oddly enough, there is very little astrophysics in here - because his writing is so unfocused, his wandering off topic quickly becomes tedious and uninteresting.
Taking the most famous science memes from the internet (such as 'the speed of light, not just a good idea, it's the law') and interweaving them in between topics from other authors, you will start to wonder if you have already read this book and just forgot. You did - sort of. This book is Tyson telling you what other authors have written. He isn't trying to teach you. This publication has absolutely nothing new in it, nor any original content from Tyson. Everything in it can be attributed to other current science authors.
Tyson no doubt quickly dictated this book one very, very short chapter at a time while driving in to work. Rather than put in the effort to make it 'good', I am guessing his publishers decided to change the title from "astrophysics BY a person in a hurry" to it's current label.
He even takes some of the most interesting stories written by Stephen Hawking (for example the origin of the word "quark") and rips them line by line, casually dropping them into his book for no particular reason other than to make this magazine article a bit longer and more interesting. If this took him more than 7 hours to write, I would be surprised. It reads like a script from a youtuber's science video. This - at best - is for pre-teens. This book is not for you.

  • I Know I Am, But What Are You?

  • By: Samantha Bee
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,226

Critics have called her “sweet, adorable, and vicious.” But there is so much more to be said about Samantha Bee. For one, she’s Canadian - whatever that means. And now, she opens up for the very first time about her checkered Canadian past. With charming candor, she admits to her Lennie from Of Mice and Men-style love of baby animals, her teenage crime spree as one-half of a car-thieving couple, and the fact that strangers seem compelled to show her their genitals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I gotta ramble.

  • By Megan on 01-08-11

Unfunny, vulgar stories of abuse.

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

As one of my favorite comedians, I'm used to her style. I enjoy her common sense and humor. Or at least I thought I did. Apparently everything I like about Samantha Bee is written by other writers.
This book isn't by other writers however, it is entirely Samantha. Topics include her normalizing pedophilia, crime etc.
She tells it with a disturbed, revolting view of what 'normal' is. For example, she recalls how she visualized her and her mom "doing the scissors together".
She speaks of the crimes she committed as a teen, the sex she liked to have, the people that abused her.
It is joyless, upsetting, poorly written and in general a disgusting view of her own life. She uses the opportunity to convince us that she really is 'trailer trash' with a disturbed psyche.
If you want to hear how at age 9 adult men tried to rape her after drugging her, if you enjoy hearing about how men are constantly showing her their penis, or how her first boyfriend called her a slut and verbally abused her for years, you might find this 'funny'. It isn't. It's depressing.
Nothing in the reviews here show that anyone listened to this audiobook. It's a gross, disappointing rant that reveals the sad, hidden mental derangement of Samantha Bee.

  • Closed Casket

  • The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 362

Internationally best-selling author Sophie Hannah and the world's favorite detective, Hercule Poirot, return in this follow-up to The Monogram Murders, the national best seller hailed by the Washington Post as "literary magic".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This story is bonkers

  • By Ms Lixie on 10-17-16

Trying to recreate Christie is not for the weak.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

This is not Agatha Christie. It cannot be. She died. It is however, an attempt to recreate her work by people who cannot possibly do it.
Sophie Hannah tries to fill an impossible task - to write as Agatha Christie does - it's like trying to be the next Einstein. It cannot be done. But, she should be lauded for the attempt.
Hastings is not here, instead we have Catchpool, who writes about Poirot as he would. People complain that it's not perfect, but it isn't mean to be. Catchpool writes as he sees and feels. He sees Poirot differently than Hastings, and has a weaker ability to convey the story. Of course, it's going to be different.
It is though, an enjoyable tale told by someone outside of literary canon. If you don't accept that, you will not like this book. If you can accept it, you will enjoy this alternate, imperfect, view of Poirot and his abilities.

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  • History Is All You Left Me

  • By: Adam Silvera
  • Narrated by: Tom Picasso
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 409

OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold on to every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo's last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he's hiding something and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo's death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, listeners will question Griffin's own version of the truth - in terms of both what he's willing to hide and what true love means.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Hurts. So You'll Like It.

  • By B.A. Wilson on 12-02-17

Well written, but reads like a diary.

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

It is a well written book, but rapidly becomes boring. It is a very long conversation about someone's personal experiences. You know how someone at a party latches on to you and starts telling you all of their problems? It's much like that.

  • Warlock Holmes

  • A Study in Brimstone
  • By: G. S. Denning
  • Narrated by: Robert Garson
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,608

Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes. Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he's brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn't deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short on Clues--Heavy on Delightful Twists

  • By Gillian on 01-10-17

The first audiobook I forgot I was listening to.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I really tried to enjoy this. While there were moments, one where I even laughed out loud, I discovered after some intense thinking about life in general, that I was still listening to this audiobook. It was so - bland - that my mind drifted off, and completely tuned this narrative off. I'm not exactly certain if this is one story, or a series of disconnected events. I really have no idea. I do know that there is no meshing of the characters presented with anything in Conan Doyle's universe. Although this is supposed to reveal the 'hidden' nature of characters like Lestrade, you can't picture them as anything that can exist outside of the narrator's acting. Most of the characters presented could not exist in the world the author gives us. One character in particular is read with some sort of moronic cartoon troll speak - who coudn't possibly survive in Denning's creation, let alone thrive in this imagined world.
Ear wax plays an important role early in the book. Yes ear wax. It could have been wood, stone, tomato, anything, but for some reason the author picked ear wax. Perhaps he thinks that makes it funny. Perhaps it does, and perhaps I missed the entire point of the parody, but it plays like a 13 year old's reboot after watching 15 minutes of a Sherlock Holmes documentary.
Listen if you must, and I do hope you enjoy it. I really tried my best, but Denning simply thought his audience was dull and presented us a tale to match.