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  • Gumption

  • Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers
  • By: Nick Offerman
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,953

The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times best seller Paddle Your Own Canoe returns with a second book that humorously highlights 21 figures from our nation's history, from her inception to present day - Nick's personal pantheon of "great Americans".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was just ok

  • By Charlie Kapuscinski on 11-10-16

Just as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

Offerman is a wealth of knowledge and inspiration, part of which comes from his own brain, and part of which has been gleaned from the many heroes with gumption whom he describes with panache in this book.
Thanks, Nick. I won't take a picture with you if I ever get a chance to meet you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Testament of Gideon Mack

  • By: James Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tom Cotcher
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

For Gideon Mack, faithless minister, unfaithful husband, and troubled soul, the existence of God, let alone the Devil, is no more credible than that of ghosts or fairies - until the day he falls into a gorge and is rescued by someone who might just be Satan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Christopher on 07-06-08


5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-08

This is most definitely one of the best books I've read (heard) in a long time. Gideon Mack. Everything about the man, his life, his mannerisms, and his thoughts completely captivated me. He is flawed at best, which may be one of the things that makes him so interesting.
The narrator does a fantastic job of adding life and personality to each character of the story. At some points I had to pause and rewind the book to listen again because he went into the thick Scottish accent of the common man. After a short while, though, you get used to the accent, and all is well.
This is a definite must for anyone who wants a good book added to his or her reading list for the year.
I've suggested it to others in both audio and hard cover form and all have come back to me with great reviews of the author, writing, general flow, and believability of the story. Everyone falls in love with, while also disliking, Gideon Mack. One friend even said that she wondered if she was the only one who thought about planning a trip to Scotland, as the writing is good enough to convince the reader or listener of the trueness of the story.
Great book by a fantastic author. I'm looking forward to seeing more stuff by James Robertson.
Take a dive into the world of Gideon Mack.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

The Magician's Guild



        Trudi Canavan

        Narrated by:



        Richard Aspel

    Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
    181 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • The Magician's Guild

  • By: Trudi Canavan
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Each year, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city streets of vagrants. They know that no ordinary low-life can oppose them. But their protective shield is not as impenetrable as they think. Somea, angry and outraged by the treatment of her family and friends, throws a stone at the shield, putting all her rage behind it. She is amazed when it sails unrestricted through the barrier and knocks a magician unconscious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great reader, wonderful book.

  • By Scott Jacobs on 07-26-05

Overall a great book

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-06

Well-written. Edgy. Though it was somewhat predictable, as most books geared towards the younger crowd are, it still kept my attention the whole way through; and I am awaiting the other two in the Trilogy to come out in audio format. While others did not really like the narrator, I thought he was quite good and hope to hear him reading the other books as well.
It's a great book overall, safe for the whole family and entertaining throughout. Though it didn't knock my socks off, I am not surprised, as I have only read a few books so far that were worthy of 5 stars, thus the 4 star rating.

  • A Confederacy of Dunces

  • By: John Kennedy Toole
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,458

The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done

  • By Jon on 09-18-05


5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-05

My first reaction to this book was that I did not like it. The characters were unlovable and hard to get to know, and the narrator's style of reading somewhat annoyed me.
But that was only in the beginning.
About half an hour into the book I began to love each character's multiple flaws. From one catastrophe to the next, I grew to love everything about the characters and the precarious situations in which they were always a part. The narrator's voice also began to grow on me, as I relized that his voice, tone, and inflection were perfect for the development of the characters.
From Ignatius' "Oh my GOD!" to Jones' "Whoa!" to Ignatius' Mother's "He doesn't love me...", this fantastic tragicomedy is sure to get your attention and keep it.
Overall, I loved this book. If you aren't thrilled with it in the beginning, don't worry. Give it a chance and Mr. Toole's masterpiece will prove itself.
I will definitely be listening to this book again and again.

87 of 91 people found this review helpful

  • The Pilgrim's Progress

  • By: John Bunyan
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

This is the enthralling account of a Christian's epic journey. With a burden on his back, Christian reads a book that tells him that the city in which he and his family dwell will be set ablaze. Christian flees from the City of Destruction and journeys through the Slough of Despond, the Interpreter's House, the House Beautiful, the Valley of Humiliation, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Vanity Fair, Doubting Castle, and the Delectable Mountains, and finally reaches the Celestial City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good Audio Book

  • By Tobin on 04-08-04

A Tue Classic of the Christian's Walk

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-05

I had heard of this book through a similar work that CS Lewis had written, The Pilgrim's Regress. Lewis made note that he followed the same style as Bunyan in The Pilgrim's Progress. I read Lewis' book (paperback version) and liked it; so I decided to give Bunyan's book a try.
I am now a fan of Bunyan's writings and plan on purchasing more of his works, both in paperback and audio form.
This story "in the similitude of a dream" is filled with so many lessons that I have already listened to it twice and am currently working on my third pass through it, each time with a new blessing, a new lesson.
If you are serious about being on the right road to heaven, this is a must have.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful