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  • Sarek

  • Star Trek Pocket Books, Book 69
  • By: A. C. Crispin
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

Spock's mother, Amanda Grayson, is dying, and Spock returns to the planet Vulcan where he and Sarek enjoy a rare moment of rapprochement. But just as his wife's illness grows worse, duty calls Sarek away, once again sowing the seeds of conflict between father and son. Yet soon Sarek and Spock must put aside their differences and work together to foil a far-reaching plot to destroy the Federation, a plot that Sarek has seen in the making for nearly his entire career.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Characterization

  • By Troy on 06-18-15

Great book

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Touches on so many familiar things, then puts a few twists in to hold your attention. For the audio book it would be better if the book was divided into more, much shorter chapters. Highly recommended “Sarek”.

  • Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours

  • By: David Mack
  • Narrated by: Susan Eisenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

Aboard the Starship Shenzhou, Lieutenant Michael Burnham, a human woman raised and educated among Vulcans, is promoted to acting first officer. But if she wants to keep the job, she must prove to Captain Philippa Georgiou that she deserves to have it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A new chapter for Trek books

  • By Billly on 10-16-17

Great way to understand Discovery

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

Released at the same time as the new series "Star Trek: Discovery", this novel takes place a year before the events in the pilot episode and after Captain Pike of the USS Enterprise has visited Talos IV. If you're an Original Series fan you'll better understand where "Discovery" falls in the Star Trek timeline with this reference to Talos IV. We have the Enterprise and Pike in this novel which means, of course, we have Science Office Mr. Spock. The relationship between Michael Burnham (the female heroine In Discover--don't assume names are gender specific) and Spock will make every minute you spend reading this book utterly satisfying. When reading a book based on an existing series I usually assume the known ships we encounter look as they do on the series. With the amazing set and special effects now available on ST:D in 2017 that were not available on ST:TOS in 1966 I suggest picturing the JJ Abrams version of the Enterprise.

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  • Trekonomics

  • The Economics of Star Trek
  • By: Manu Saadia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 589

What would the world look like if everybody had everything they wanted or needed? Trekonomics, the premier book in financial journalist Felix Salmon's imprint PiperText, approaches scarcity economics by coming at it backward - through thinking about a universe where scarcity does not exist. Delving deep into the details and intricacies of 24th-century society, Trekonomics explores post-scarcity and whether we, as humans, are equipped for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amusing & Practical Analysis of Fictional Ideas

  • By Lost In The Wash on 09-19-16

Challenging

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

I thought I knew how the United Federation of Planets worked. In the Star Trek series we are told there is no more poverty, no need for wages. But "Trekonomics" challenges that belief and probes at economies of a future fictional universe that is not quite what Trekkers/Trekkies think it is.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 98,832
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91,537
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91,111

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but repetitive

  • By marianne russell on 05-23-17

great book

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

So much to be said by someone so young. Everyone should read this book because everyone will learn something they didn't know, particularly about apartheid in South Africa.

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,923
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,786
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,645

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

Please read this book

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

We all need to better understand how (political) Washington works and this is the book to teach us. Thanks to Franke's talent for comedy combined with his high intellect, "Giant of the Senate" is an enjoyable way to learn about running for political offices and serving in the US Senate.

  • Proof of Heaven

  • A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife
  • By: Eben Alexander
  • Narrated by: Eben Alexander
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,469
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,040
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,060

On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Kelly on 10-27-12

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, so they too can see that heaven is for real

What other book might you compare Proof of Heaven to and why?

Heaven is for Real--same theme

Which character – as performed by Eben Alexander – was your favorite?

It did fine with all the characteres

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

I'd recommend this book to everyone.

  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

  • A Novel
  • By: Jamie Ford
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,216

In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a book! What a narrator!!

  • By Bev S. Weiler on 09-06-09

A Little Depressing

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not so much

If you’ve listened to books by Jamie Ford before, how does this one compare?

don't think I have

What aspect of Feodor Chin’s performance would you have changed?

nothing

Do you think Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no, one was enough

Any additional comments?

I wouldn't recommend this book, it's just not for me.

  • 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 94,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81,275
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 81,211

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

A great book

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

Thinking back to Season one of the TV series.

What other book might you compare A Game of Thrones to and why?

War and Peace--similar themes and both really long

Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think so

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No--way too long

Any additional comments?

I'd recommend this book to anyone.

  • The Four Agreements

  • By: don Miguel Ruiz
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,327

In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!!!

  • By R. Baker on 05-25-05

This cou ld change your life

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

What did you love best about The Four Agreements?

Rethinking how we treat ourselves and others

What did you like best about this story?

Well it's not really a story. It's more a journey for everyone.

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

The right emphases and the right quiet moments

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Four Agreements?

Try to treat others, including myself, better.

Any additional comments?

I'd recommend this book to anyone.

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,791

A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Great Story

  • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11

You'll love this book.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

If you could sum up Stories I Only Tell My Friends in three words, what would they be?

fascinating, surprising, heart-warming

What did you like best about this story?

Understanding movie stars are just like the rest of us.

Have you listened to any of Rob Lowe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, though he did a great job on this book and I'd listen to him again.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

He's from my hometown.

Any additional comments?

I'd recommend this book to everyone.

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