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Brian D. Hawkins

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  • Bugging In or Bugging Out?

  • By: Robert Paine
  • Narrated by: Don Baarns
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

A Bug Out Bag is designed to get you out of an emergency situation and allow you to survive self-contained for up to three days. On the other hand, Bugging In requires you to fortify your home and store enough food and supplies to get you through an undetermined amount of time. Both have their pros and cons and it’s important to choose the right one for you and your family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the listen

  • By Brian D. Hawkins on 09-15-15

Worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 09-15-15

Bugging In Or Bugging Out is a nice book to help newcomers or intetested family and friends understand the Prepper lifestyle.

  • Build a Brilliant Bug-out Bag and Beyond!

  • Essential Prepper's Kit to Keep Your Family Alive After a Disaster
  • By: Zac Lasson
  • Narrated by: Jason P. Hilton
  • Length: 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Getting started with the concept of prepping can be a case of information overload. There is so much to think about and so much to do and purchase that people often give up on the idea before they even start. This audiobook is especially for those people, it tells them all about the first item any prepper should have ready - a bug-out bag. It explains what bugging out means and why they should have a bug-out bag with survival kit for 72 hours ready to go.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, solid info for someone who's just starting

  • By Farona Manchat on 09-10-14

Short and sweet

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

Reviewed: 09-15-15

Just enough to get you thinking and a nice starting point for your bug out bag and caching supplies if safe spots are required.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,031
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,984

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

I liked it

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

I read a couple reviews saying the story dragged on but I didn't feel any of that. It was a nice plot with a couple of blind twists.

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  • Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business

  • How to Launch and Grow a Business from Concept to Cash
  • By: Michael Parrish DuDell, Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, and others
  • Narrated by: Michael Parrish DuDell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,171

From the ABC hit show Shark Tank, this book - filled with practical advice and introductions from the Sharks themselves - will be the ultimate resource for anyone thinking about starting a business or growing the one they have. Full of tips for navigating the confusing world of entrepreneurship, the book will intersperse words of wisdom with inspirational stories from the show.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shark Tales

  • By Tim on 11-25-13

Well worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

While it's certainly not everything you'll neen to launch a business, the auther covers everything from determining if a business is right for you to selling your business. This is not a book on getting in front of the Sharks but you will hear the advice of 6 Sharks in what the book calls "Shark Bites".

  • I Am Malala

  • How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
  • By: Malala Yousafzai
  • Narrated by: Archie Panjabi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,441

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than expected...

  • By Jan on 10-10-13

One of the most inspiring stories I've heard.

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

Reviewed: 06-30-15

Malala is an amazing person and we're better for understanding her strength and struggles. This is an eye opening story I believe everyone should know. I respect the idea of bettering other people's lives and Malala has set the bar very high.

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  • Watchers

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,237

From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book; so-so narrator

  • By KS on 08-11-08

Imaginative story with a ton of adventure

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

Watchers is a fine example why Dean Koontz has been a best selling author forever. If you're an animal lover and want an imaginative story with a ton of adventure, you'll love Watchers.

  • FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)

  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,437
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,452

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A thief, a candlemaker, an ex-mercenary, and a pig farmer walk into a trap…and what happens to them is no joke. When Riyria is hired to retrieve a jester’s treasure, Royce and Hadrian must match wits with a dwarf who proves to be anything but a fool. Difficult choices will need to be made, and in the end those who laugh last do so because they are the only ones to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short and Very Satisfying

  • By Carol on 01-29-14

I'm just glad it was free

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

Reviewed: 05-23-15

It wasn't much more than a child's bedtime story. Not bad for a book but I wouldn't spend money on it.

  • Doctor Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,869

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel to the book; not the movie

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-28-13

Too gripping to be scary

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

Reviewed: 05-23-15

This is one sequel that was every bit as good as the original. I had to go back and watch The Shining before I read Doctor Sleep to help me remember the story that began Danny Torrance's struggle to put the ghosts of the Overlook Hotel behind him. That was before little Danny knew what he endured as a little boy was child's play compared to the True Knot and Rose the Hat. Danny also learns his "shining" was just a fraction of what others were gifted (or haunted) with. With great power comes great enemies, as Danny and Abra Stone will soon attest.

If you enjoy Stephen King novels and found The Shining a seat gripper, be sure not to miss what followed as that little boy grows up with his own nightmares.

  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,846

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly contemporary

  • By SomervilleWhereElse on 12-25-10

A thoroughly enjoyable story.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

I enjoyed bith the story and the performance. It really makes you appreciate what we have today.

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,406

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

  • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

Incredible book

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

I enjoyed this story a great deal and the performance was outstanding. A classic story everyone should enjoy.