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  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,099
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,005

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, fairly bi-partisan if you're into that.

  • By Alex Fuller on 12-11-18

Impressed by James Comey

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

What made the experience of listening to A Higher Loyalty the most enjoyable?

James Comey tells different stories about his life that shaped him into the man he is today. He focuses on ethics and morals as opposed to a political party, though he leaned right in his life. Hearing the respect and admiration he has for ethical values of leaders over differing views of politics was why I listened to this book.

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

Hearing him say his own words is something I can't do in my own head. It adds a great deal of emphasis on areas where he wanted more emphasis. His own emotions and inflections in places where it's helpful to remember the person behind the headlines.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

When James Comey talks about his wife's many strengths and sacrifices, I can tell the level of respect and love he has for her. It's beautiful. The story of their son's death and how she handled it, and helped the family handle it is awe inspiring. Patiently waiting for her book now. :)

Any additional comments?

This will be a book I return to often for the listen and the lessons that can be gained from James Comey sharing his life lessons with the readers.

I wish that that media wouldn't have focused so hard on the last third of this book. The story is more interesting in the rest of the book than it is about the president, though it's important to tell that too. There are so many moral and ethical lessons that should have been talked about. It's so much more than the media lead is to believe. I guess it's what sells.

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  • The Conqueror Worm

  • Black Exorcist, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

The year is 2023. The world's power grids have been destroyed by a Carrington-level solar storm. Humanity is plunged into a new and savage dark age, pushed to the brink of extinction by famine, disease, and social unrest, and preyed upon further by demonic forces. Desperate survivors turn to a divided Catholic church in search of hope. On one side there is the church of Rome. On the other, a rival papacy set up in Avignon, France.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deliciously dark!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 11-14-17

Well written story, but not for me.

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

I’m a die hard Ambrose Ibsen fan, but this story just didn’t have the impact his books normal have for me. It was well written, but I found myself drifting and not always paying attention. I can’t quite put my finger on why. It didn’t captivate me like the Demon Hearted series did.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Raw Power: An Urban Fantasy Novel

  • Demon-Hearted, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 259

Howdy. My name's Lucian Colt. I'm one of those disgruntled millennials you've heard about on the evening news. I've got a master's degree in art history, a mountain of student loan debt, and no job to show for it. Wait, scratch that. I track down stolen pieces of art for wealthy clients and then beat whoever stole them to within an inch of their life. Say what you will, but it puts bread on the table.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story.

  • By Troublemer(tammy hovey) on 06-21-16

Fantastic, inventive writing, Superb Narrator.

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

Would you listen to Raw Power: An Urban Fantasy Novel again? Why?

Absolutely! The writing is terrifically detailed and inventively creative. The characters have depth and you can relate to them. The narrator is absolutely amazing with voices for each character. His performance is the right pace and the story travels along with out dragging in any spot.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mordacious

  • The City Series, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397

Sylvie Rossi has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option. A nurse's offer of sanctuary promises Sylvie the supplies she needs to survive the zombies - it's the coexisting with people that might do her in. Eric Forrest will do whatever it takes to get into the dead city for his sister, including ending up dead himself. He's used to taking risks, but with every mile he travels death looks likelier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feel Good Zombie Apocalypse

  • By LD on 09-25-16

This book is so engrossing!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Where does Mordacious rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favorites series was Until the end of the World by the same author. This is along the same lines as that series with new characters. I am so enthralled by this book that I can't wait for the second.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Eric and his relentless good nature attitude. I like how he compliments Sylvie.

What does Luke Daniels and Therese Plummer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Both bring a stellar performance with accents and different voices for each character. If the writing is what makes the characters real and tangible, then the voices they lend makes the characters is what brings them to life.

  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

  • By: Gary Chapman
  • Narrated by: Gary Chapman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,172

Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected Brilliance

  • By Vanessa on 02-08-07

What a difference!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

This book just puts a whole new exciting spin on my 16 year marriage. Awesome book! Must read for everyone!

  • Allegiant

  • Divergent Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,570
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,683

What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What a let down!

  • By Judy on 11-05-13

Counting chickens before they hatch, Ms Roth?

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

Reviewed: 05-01-14

What disappointed you about Allegiant?

I really felt that in this whole third book, the writer was done with series. I got a movie deal, this book doesn't matter. Spoiler: Killing off your main character felt like the writer wanted to write about Four the whole time, then she should have. Waiting til the 3rd book to switch up view points was an insane, horrible idea. The book itself was boring. I've heard they paln to make this into 2 movies, HOW??? Those will be some boring movies. There isn't enough action and putting all that friction between the love interests didn't help, they should have come together and relied more on each other and that would have been a better book. I didn't like much about this book.

What could Veronica Roth have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not have counted her chickens before they hatched. I could just tell that she had a hard time finishing this book. It was not up to par. Where were her editors? Why didn't they say this is crap?

Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Their performances were good for the boring material they had. I really like Emma Galvin's narration.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I wish I could say yes. It was choppy, poorly put together, and doesn't flow with the other stories. I guess it wrapped it up, but so disappointing.

  • If I Should Die

  • Revenants, Book 3
  • By: Amy Plum
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together has been shattered. He was betrayed by Violette, someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now Violette is determined to rule over France's immortals, and she's willing to wage a war to get what she wants. It shouldn't be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he's not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't ready for it to end

  • By moon on 03-13-15

Addictive until the very end.

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

Reviewed: 05-29-13

Would you listen to If I Should Die again? Why?

Yes I would. I enjoyed this whole world that Amy Plum has created. I love the Paris setting, the adorable characters and the new spin with something other than vampires and werewolves. Julia Whelan is an exceptional narrator. She has different voices for all her characters which really brings them to life. All three books are well narrated and well written.

Who was your favorite character and why?

So hard to choose... I love Jules, but that's the artist in me.

Which scene was your favorite?

Spoiler Alert... When they finally figure out how to bring Vincent back.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Pretty darn close to crying at the beginning of the book, but that would be strange since I'm at work. Later, I sat at my desk going I knew it, I KNEW IT!!!!

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book for all to enjoy. I listen to all sorts of bookgenres, and this series was one of the best that I have listened to lately.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Until I Die

  • By: Amy Plum
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

I wish there was only today, just right now, and no forever. It seems fitting that I fell in love in Paris, the most beautiful city in the world. And if I pretend, I can almost believe that my life is normal and everyone I care about is safe. But as long as I’m with Vincent, “normal” doesn’t exist. Gorgeous, charming, and witty, he’s everything you could ask for in a boyfriend - but his destiny is so much more. Even more terrifying than his destiny are his dangerous enemies, enemies who will kill for immortality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Second Book

  • By Tabitha on 06-07-13

I'm left hanging and dying to know what happens...

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

Reviewed: 04-23-13

What did you love best about Until I Die?

Amy Plum's books are filled vivid imagery of wonderful scenery and deep characters that you get attached to. I waited and waited for book 2 to be released as an audio book. Yes it's a love story, but it's no twilight. This is a wonderful journey into a world of other beings, never seen before. No Vampires and Werewolves here.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters. They are not a copy of anything I've read/listened to before. Fabulously creative.

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

Each new character is distinct of the rest with the voices she uses. It gives the book a depth that other narrators have fallen short on.

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

If only my work day was longer...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Get Out of My Life

  • But First Can You Drive me and Cheryl to the Mall?
  • By: Anthony E. Wolf
  • Narrated by: Anthony E. Wolf
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

In 1991, the first edition of Get Out of My Life became an enormous success, selling over 300,000 copies. The words of Dr. Wolf were so on target that parents wondered if he had placed tape recorders around their homes. But the world has not stood still - in fact, it is changing faster than ever. And while the classic struggles between parents and teenagers still remain, societal changes have brought about many new ones that parents of earlier generations never dreamed of.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not as helpful as I'd hoped

  • By K Hagearty on 12-09-17

Teenagers can be hard...

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

Reviewed: 04-09-13

What was one of the most memorable moments of Get Out of My Life?

I found this book to be informative in whats going on with my teenagers. It covered lots of topics from attitudes to sex and gave helpful, insightful ways to discuss these topics with your own children.