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  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,055

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Lopsided male characters

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

Reviewed: 11-26-14

Any additional comments?

I love the way the author told this story. It was very entertaining and kept me in suspense the entire novel. However, all the males depicted in this book are Big Losers! All but one guy was depicted as violent, philandering, incompetent, immature, shallow, and disloyal. Most of the female characters are depicted as victims of the men in their lives. The biggest flaw of any female character depicted in this book is that she was a bit hasty in defending the safety of her child. Oh, and one "blonde" mom tended to exaggerate. I understand that domestic violence is a serious issue, but villainizing all men is an unfair generalization.

  • How Stella Saved the Farm

  • A Tale About Making Innovation Happen
  • By: Vijay Govindarajan, Chris Trimble
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

How Stella Saved the Farm is a simple parable about making innovation happen. Written by the authors of the New York Times best-selling Reverse Innovation: Create Far from Home, Win Everywhere, Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, the story resonates in organizations of all types - public sector, private sector, and social sector, from mammoth corporations to small organizations employing just a few dozen people.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • innovation truths in a silly package

  • By DS on 03-18-13

Hilarious! and insightful too.

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

Reviewed: 06-06-13

Any additional comments?

I have lived the innovator's life for the past ~20 years and have personally experienced every episode in this book. Coincidentally, I'm also an Alpaca farmer! So this book is shockingly on target for me. Anyone who has attempted to change a well established organization from the "inside" will relate to this book. Anyone who wants to change an organization from the inside should read this book!

  • The Curse of Chalion

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,921

Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What makes a hero... LMB knows

  • By Terri on 04-12-12

I laughed, I cried, I couldn?t turn it off...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-05

I?ve listened to over 100 audiobooks and this one is now in my top three! This book ranks up there with ?Ender?s Game? for plot twists, thought provoking philosophy, and characters you really care about, with ?The Company? for depth and complexity, with ?The Hitchhiker?s Guide? for wit and humor, and with ?The Time Traveler?s Wife? for heart-warming romantic suspense. The best of what we all listen for, woven into a middle-ages tapestry that will delight any listener.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80,282
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 80,222

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

The VERY BEST epic fantasy series ever written.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-04

A Song of Ice and Fire by GRRM is the VERY BEST epic fantasy series I have ever experienced! This series delivers at all levels. The author skillfully hypnotizes the listener with a deep and complex plot, rich characters, detailed histories, ruthless betrayals, forbidden loves, and plenty of vial treachery.

The narrator, Roy Dotrice, is incredibly talented! He consistently represents over 30 main characters with distinct and accurate voices; complete with slurs, stammers, lisps, and drama. Roy Dotrice is every bit as gifted as other Grand Master readers such as Scott Brick and Frank Muller.

Be sure to listen to the entire series in order: Book (1) "A Game of Thrones", Book (2) "A Clash of Kings", and Book (3) "A Storm of Swords". Book (4) "A Feast for Crows" will be available on Audible.com in August 2004].

7 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Sword of Shannara

  • The Shannara Series, Book 1
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,739
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,535

Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally Unabridged!

  • By Nicholas on 04-20-04

A poor copy of Tolkiens LOTR.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-04

I was as disturbed as I was disappointed to discover this book is just a poor copy of the Lord of the Rings story. If you desire an original epic fantasy that is as good as the LOTR series, I highly recommend George R. R. Martin's series, "A Song of Ice & Fire".

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Company

  • A Novel of the CIA
  • By: Robert Littell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,831
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,832

"If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says ( Publishers Weekly).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang on to your Hat

  • By Cynthia on 01-17-03

Addicting, engaging, and wonderfully read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-03

An epic adventure that will have you speaking in Russian accents to your friends and wondering if the pizza delivery guy works for the KGB. Expect tears and laughter, angst and rage, pity, admiration, and disgust. Scott Brick, the narrator, demonstrates that a great story can be made even better by his flawless and inspired performance. 40 hours and 43 min flew by in the wink of an eye.