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  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,556

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Just couldn't get into it

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I listened to the entire audio book. It was pretty good, but not enthralling. I had a hard time listening to a story written from a 7-year-old's viewpoint. I don't think the author was entirely successful with it. And I had a hard time forgiving the main character's father for trying to drown the child in the bathtub while under the influence of an evil/demonic(?) babysitter. Was there a happy ending? I guess so.

  • Changing Planes

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle De Cuir
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

The misery of waiting for a connecting flight at an airport leads to the accidental discovery of alighting on other planes - not airplanes but planes of existence. Ursula Le Guin's deadpan premise frames a series of travel accounts by the tourist-narrator who describes bizarre societies and cultures that sometimes mirror our own, and sometimes open puzzling doors into the alien.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Social Fiction

  • By C. Little on 03-23-06

Mildly interesting/creative

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I think I may have read another Ursula K. Le Guin book when I was a teenager. If I recall correctly, the book (whose name I cannot recall) was quite good. So when I saw this "Changing Planes" book on Audible, I instantly went for it. The premise of the book fascinated me and I enthusiastically dug in. I'm sad to say, it just didn't hold my attention. The assorted alternate realities talked about in the audio book literally put me to sleep after a while. A sociologist might find Ursula's descriptions quite fascinating and clever, but the average sci fi or fantasy enthusiast might find themselves underwhelmed. That being said, I stopped listening a little beyond halfway. I may fast forward to the ending. If I find it more redeeming, I will modify my review.

  • Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals

  • By: Elizabeth A. Murray, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth A. Murray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,045

Modern history is filled with terrible crimes, baffling hoaxes, and seedy scandals. The infamous Jack the Ripper slayings. The alleged survival of Anastasia Romanov, the youngest daughter of the murdered Tsar. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong's public fall from grace. The Chicago Tylenol poisonings and the copycat crimes that followed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • History of tabloid crimes - very little science

  • By Jouko on 05-29-15

Informative and interesting

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

I’m not a forensic scientist. However I find the subject matter interesting. Elizabeth A. Murray is an excellent speaker and subject matter expert. I highly recommend this audiobook.

  • The Shape of Water

  • By: Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,494

The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By E. Chadwick on 03-29-18

Very cool story

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

The book was sweet, interesting, very sci-fi, exciting, and intensively clever. The only problem I had with the story line was when Elisa used the shower curtain to make a bathroom-sized swimming pool for her romantic tryst with the 'amphibian man.' Shower curtains are too small for that! I got hung up on the realism. The fantasy was awesome though. The co-authors and narrator did a really good job with this.

  • One Plus One

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,198

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read.

  • By Kathy on 07-05-14

I mostly enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

The narration was great! The first two-thirds of the book was superbly entertaining and funny - so well written. Then the final one-third turned serious and mired down with stereotypical behavior that didn't seem to fit the two adult main characters. I almost stopped reading it. The happy ending satisfied me although I would have liked the author to stretch out the ending a little bit more.

  • Medium Raw

  • A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,626

In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly tender.

  • By Sparkly on 10-09-12

Good, not great

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Kitchen Confidential was phenomenal. Medium Raw is good. I felt that this storyline wasn't terribly exciting and his voice sounded forced, a bit high-pitched. I didn't enjoy this book the way I loved Kitchen Confidential, but I so wanted to. I'm sad that Anthony Bourdain isn't around to write anymore books because he was one of my absolute favorite people.

  • The Beach at Painter's Cove

  • A Novel
  • By: Shelley Noble
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 430

The Whitaker family's Connecticut mansion, Muses by the Sea, has always been a haven for artists, a hotbed of creativity, extravagances, and the occasional scandal. Art patrons for generations, the Whitakers supported strangers but drained the life out of each other. Now, after being estranged for years, four generations of Whitaker women find themselves once again at the Muses. Leo, the Whitaker matriarch, lives in the rambling mansion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read that takes you along for the ride!

  • By Yelena Tishchenko on 04-13-18

Bland chatter

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I didn’t like anything about the book. I hate to trash on authors and narrators. This time I’ll trash on the publishers. What were they thinking? I didn’t finish the book. Instead I skipped toward the end and didn’t find that satisfying there either. The content was trivial and uninteresting. Sorry to be so blunt.

  • Real Magic

  • Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe
  • By: Dean Radin
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523

The chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) turns a critical eye toward such practices as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and psychokinesis. Are such powers really possible? Science says yes. According to noted scientist and best-selling author of The Conscious Universe, Dean Radin, magic is a natural aspect of reality, and each of us can tap into this power with diligent practice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pertinent but lackluster

  • By Marci B on 05-22-18

Pertinent but lackluster

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

"Real Magic. Ancient wisdom, modern science, and a guide to the secret power of the universe." The book was a relatively quick listen. The majority of the book discusses the historical backgrounds and current scientific trends of 'magic.' I got through it, remaining patient like a surfer waiting for a really good wave. I'm ADHD so it took a LOT of patience to hang in there for the third and final part of the book.

Figuratively, I studied the waters, stood up on my board, and readied myself for a memorable ride: "...a guide to the secret power of the universe." Boom! The wave breaks on the shoreline almost instantly. That ride never materialized. My audiobook came to an abrupt ending. "What about the guide??" I asked the great universal conscience. It felt like I had been dropped on the beach and told that I was on my own to figure out how to harness those bleeping "esoteric" powers.

I am frustrated. I'm still trying to figure out why Dean Radin, PhD wrote this book. He seems educated, accomplished, and earnest. However, all he managed to communicate to me was: "I know something that you don't, Ms. Jane Q Public - how to make money on a book that promises much but accomplishes little." I'm 61 years old. I'm trying to find out what to do with the last 20 years of my life in this body - on this earth - and don't want to waste time or money. I'll pack up my sixth sense and head to another beach.

But before I go, I want to compliment the excellent narrator, Mark Bramhall, who is positively top-notch. He narrated "Reincarnation Blues" by Michael Poore, which is my all-time favorite book.

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  • Reincarnation Blues

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Poore
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421

First we live. Then we die. And then...we get another try? Ten thousand tries, to be exact. Ten thousand lives to "get it right". Answer all the big questions. Achieve wisdom. And become one with everything. Milo has had 9,995 chances so far and has just five more lives to earn a place in the cosmic soul. If he doesn't make the cut, oblivion awaits. But all Milo really wants is to fall forever into the arms of Death. Or Suzie, as he calls her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Profoundly Witty and Charming

  • By averageconsumer on 09-13-17

The very best book I have ever read or listened to

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I'll be brief:

The book was PHENOMENAL. I have never read (or listened) to any book that moved and entertained me the way this one did. Michael Poore (author): Brilliant! Mark Bramhall (narrator): Remarkable!

I've listened to it twice now and will do it again and again. I want more of Poore! Bramhall too!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Being In Balance

  • 9 Principles for Creating Habits to Match Your Desires
  • By: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  • Narrated by: Wayne W. Dyer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 273

In this inspirational work, best-selling author and lecturer Wayne W. Dyer shows you how to restore balance in your life by offering nine principles for realigning your thoughts so that they correspond to your highest desires. Imagine a balance scale with one end weighted down to the ground, and the other end—featuring the objects of your desires—sticking up precariously in the air. This scale is a measurement of your thoughts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I recommend this but the narration is a bit fast

  • By Dude on 06-29-11

I felt like I was being lectured

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I like Wayne Dyer very much as a public speaker. However, the book seemed to plod along and I didn't feel very 'balanced', which had been my goal. I gave up in the first couple of chapters.