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  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,593

Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally! Thank you Audible!

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 10-20-12

Like Reading for the First Time

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

Reviewed: 02-18-13

The Hobbit was one of my very favorite childhood books, and I decided to revisit the lonely mountain with the release of the movie this year. If you are like me, you most likely re-read books with more of a skimming mentality rather than a first time thorough read through. This is impossible with the audiobook as every phrase and passage are stated explicitely allowing your mind to become immersed in the brilliance of Tolkien's diction and storytelling. Its amazing how much detail and character development can be fit into such a small book (compared to the lord of the rings). It's truly as though you are going along for the adventure with Baggins and Company. Totally worth the money.

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  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,940

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 02-18-13

Where does Life of Pi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

On par with my favorites, including the Lord of the Rings and the Song of Ice and Fire series.

What did you like best about this story?

I was inspired to get the audiobook with the release of the film (which I have not seen) and was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It took a couple hours to really hit the meat of the story but that's not to say the beginning was boring by any means. The author depiction of religion is refreshing and yet not preachy in the best way possible. Listening to how religion shaped Pi's childhood and his relationship with the animals at the zoo were my favorite parts.

Any additional comments?

Very satisfying read and expertly delivered. Worth the money (although I purchased it for 6.95$ on sale, I would have paid full price)

  • Wheat Belly

  • Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
  • By: William Davis MD
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,483
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,987
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,954

Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The program works, but the listen is technical

  • By Stacey Crummie on 11-30-11

Interesting Idea, Execution Not Thrilling

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

Reviewed: 02-18-13

Would you try another book from William Davis and/or Tom Weiner?

I would probably not try another book by the author William Davis. While the information is worthwhile on the whole, some (see minimal) investigation on google reveals that a lot of the source material for the book is fraudulent. That being said the message provided and the benefits to be gained from a keto-esque diet make it a still worthwhile read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wheat Belly?

The most shocking to me was the depictions of how the grain wheat has changed through the years