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  • Feeling Too Much

  • Highly Intuitive People, Setting Boundaries (Empath, Narcissists, Self-Aware, Intuition, Protect Yourself)
  • By: Kristine S. Everest
  • Narrated by: Alex Lancer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Feeling Too Much is full of real-life examples of using your special gifts for good for people just like you as well as proven techniques of that have worked for other gifted people. These methods are backed up by life-changing experiences, all which will arm you with a mindset primed for success with powerful and concrete boundary setting techniques.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!!

  • By Renita S. Creasy on 02-23-18

Nice but not life-changing, and a bad production

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

The information is mostly useful, but verges on the obvious in many cases. Still, there are some valuable nuggets. Nevertheless, there is nothing really ground-breaking or life-altering in this material. Yet, it IS good to re-hear some of these ideas, and reacquaint yourself with the concerns for those of us having weak boundaries.
As to the performance/production itself...well, that really impacted my experience for the worse. Many reviews have blamed the reader - and while this MAY be the problem, it could also be the fault of poor production. The main problem is the pacing of the words - either the reader just has no sense of inserting a pause between paragraphs and sections, or the during production these pauses were cut out to save time. Regardless, this is INFURIATING! As a result, it is VERY CONFUSING for the listener to distinguish when topics change, or when phrases are actually being used as section titles to lead in to a new section. In retrospect, I would have rather spent the money/time physically reading these two works instead of listening to them. I will probably ask for my money back, in fact, then buy them in ebook form.

  • Six of Crows

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,810

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is everything!

  • By Steele Reviews on 07-21-16

Cliffhanger...but worth pursuing!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

I went into this book thinking it was a standalone (I listened to the Audiobook version, and there's no indication that it's a series...at this writing!). However, I should have trusted Goodreads...where it clearly states "(Six of Crows #1)". Dang! So, I was pretty disappointed when I got to the last half hour of the audiobook just to realize that all the loose ends don't get tied up completely. BUT, that said, it didn't really detract from me liking the book, or from wanting to read further in the series, whenever it continues. Normally, something like this - in a lesser book - is enough to make me rant and whine (more), and to vow to not read farther in the series, and to accuse the author of using cheap enticement tricks to sell a second book. However, the strength of this story-line and the depth of the character development has me intrigued. And, in retrospect, I'm beginning to accept the necessity for the plot twist that hangs it on a cliff - - it's all in the motivation of the characters. I get it - - but I don't have to like it! (OH, that's whining! Sorry!) Anyway, as for the audio version - it was excellent. They produced it with a different reader/narrator for each character - and since the book was broken into chapters according to character POV, that worked for me. And, the voice talent was top-notch, in my estimation. Also, I'm pleasantly impressed with this author's work - - this being my first book of hers. I'm also positively inclined to read/listen to other (related) works of hers that are part of this particular world. Oh, and this wouldn't be a proper review of mine if I didn't call-out the wonderfully quirky characters - - me likey!!!!

  • The Day of the Triffids

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599

Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere 24 hours before is gone forever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOT unabridged.

  • By Dave Cole on 05-12-14

Love me some classic Sci-Fi!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

I liked this book quite a bit. It was refreshing to return to reading classic Sci-Fi, where stories are written in a sparing yet provocative style. It allows the reader to think about the "What ifs" in a cataclysmic situation, yet without going into the excruciating detail that is the hallmark of modern fiction. This story is simple and straight-forward. I also liked that it was a more-or-less journalistic narrative, too - but not in the diary format...but more of an extended flashback; which made the "Could this really happen to us?" chilling implications all the more real. And by recounting the dire human (and inhuman) interactions that radiated out from the core catastrophe, it really allowed the reader to ponder, "How would I handle these situations?" Also, the audiobook version, to which I listened, was very well narrated by Graeme Malcolm - I enjoyed this production. I would read more by this author.

  • Code Name Verity

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,631

Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book

  • By Suzn F on 07-21-13

What an intriguing story!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

I listened to the audiobook version of this novel - which was extremely well narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell - and was more than a little impressed by the intricate storyline. The tale is a riveting narration of female strength, courage, and bravery during the war with Nazi Germany. Painfully specific at times about torture/interrogation techniques used on Nazi prisoners, this book hits hard at the message that women play a large part in any war...and not just in stereotypical roles, either! I especially liked the epistolary format...a series of written documents and letters seen in retrospect...that constitute a good portion of this novel. It read like a first person narration, but was a flashback seen through salvaged documents. Also, the plot device of seeing the same pieces of action from two perspectives was kinda brilliant! I appreciate how the initial perspective leads the reader to certain conclusions, and greater insight ensues with subsequent details when we hear from the second main character. I might just have to go back and listen to this one again, because I am sure that I missed some of the subtleties. I would also realistically consider reading more by this author.

  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)

  • An Oral History of the Zombie War
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,306

World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED

  • By Kim Venatries on 05-22-13

Choose wisely!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

I've now read the book, and (in this case) listened to the ABRIDGED audiobook. And, starting tomorrow (when it's released [14May13]), I will also listen to the UNabridged audiobook version (probably just the different parts!). In the two cases so far - I am constantly in awe of Max Brooks' ability to seamlessly stitch the plot together...giving you just enough information so you understand a snippet of the story - but not too much! - then fusing that vague element into the next "interview" story, where it gains greater clarity. I hate to use the word "masterful"...but it's pretty damn well-done!!! Anyway - I love how this book is about Zombies (Z's, Zeds, G's, The Undead, Zacks)...Duh!...but really NOT about them. Insert the plague, or catastrophe, or paradigm-altering event of your choice, and this same sort of mental and physical exercise would play out pretty much as Max has outlined! Well done! Now, I need to read "The Zombie Survival Guide" so I know exactly how to us the "Lobo" tool to it's greatest effect!
ADDENDUM: I have now finished the LESS-Abridged (newest/movie tie-in) version [It still has a little of the original text missing, so can not honestly be called UNabridged!] The parts that were added back from the original Abridged version were (mostly) AMAZING! How cool is it to have Frank Darabont (Exec.Producer for Pilot and Season 1 of "The Walking Dead") narrate the part of a film producer that makes a zombie war propaganda piece!!!???!!! PFCool!!! With the exception of the Ric Young part (the actor's voice is too slow and over-ennunciated) the new parts were phenominal! It really added back the missing impact that the original book had, and with some great voice talent! Great book! And, if you opt for the audiobook - go for the "Movie Tie-in" version released in 2013 (vs. the 2006 Abridged version).

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  • Cold Days

  • The Dresden Files, Book 14
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,387
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,148
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,122

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way

  • By Ethan M. on 12-21-12

The tension just keeps ratcheting up!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

Butcher just keeps ratcheting up the tension and intrigue! Wow! This story was just FULL of twists and turns. I'm glad he just released the next one, because I'm dying to find out what comes next. And, as always - James Marsters does an EXCELLENT job on the audiobook narration!

  • The Republic of Thieves

  • Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 3
  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 23 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,630
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,091

After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A transition and a preface

  • By David on 11-14-13

Weird twist - but brilliantly complex!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

As with the other books in this series - I listened to the audiobook version, which was MASTERFULLY and AMAZINGLY narrated by Michael Page. This story was not as solid as the first two, but it was extremely engaging and a complexly masterful tale. Still, the ending got a bit weird for me. Not sure I like the direction the story twisted toward near the last quarter of the book, but...I'm willing to wait and see where Scott is going with it. It certainly gives the plot more depth and scope! And, the ending leaves chills up your spine as to future conflict!

I definitely recommend this format over the written versions...since Mr. Page's narration just adds SO much texture and variety to the story! I will absolutely listen to the next book, when it is released, and would definitely read more by this author!

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  • Anathem

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,599

In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • well imagined, absorbing

  • By Josh on 11-10-08

Glad it's behind me - but not sorry!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

It was okay! I found it a bit ponderous, but had enough tidbits upon which to ponder to make it worthwhile. I liked the characters quite a bit, but found the plot a bit protracted and belabored. Still, not sorry I listened to the audiobook (which, by the way, was VERY well voiced by William Dufris!). And, I'm glad it's behind me!

  • Heroes Die

  • The First of the Acts of Caine
  • By: Matthew Stover
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 22 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 856

Renowned throughout the land of Ankhana as the Blade of Tyshalle, Caine has killed his share of monarchs and commoners, villains and heroes. He is relentless, unstoppable, simply the best there is at what he does. At home on Earth, Caine is Hari Michaelson, a superstar whose adventures in Ankhana command an audience of billions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, an epic worthy of Stefan Rudnicki

  • By Douglas E. Noll on 02-04-12

MEGA-engaging!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

This book was MEGA-engaging! Lots of action, but not just gratuitous fight scenes. And, the subtle transitional evolving of the nature of the main character was delicately and methodically handled. The characters were unique and well-developed. The plot was fun, and moved at a brisk pace. The overall story was very well developed. I listened to the audiobook version, and the narrator - Stefan Rudnicki - did an amazing job of voicing the various characters. I look forward to reading deeper into this series, and other works from this author!

  • Dexter's Final Cut

  • A Novel
  • By: Jeff Lindsay
  • Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 635

Mayhem. You won't find this story on television. Hollywood gets more than it bargained for when television's hottest star arrives at the Miami Police Department and develops an intense, professional interest in a camera-shy blood spatter analyst named Dexter Morgan. Mega-star Robert Chase is famous for losing himself in his characters. When he and a group of actors descend on the Miami Police Department for "research", Chase becomes fixated on Dexter Morgan, the blood spatter analyst with a sweet tooth for doughnuts and a seemingly average life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Should be renamed "Dexter is a D-Bag"

  • By drew on 11-03-13

Not the Dexter I've Grown to Respect!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

This was a weird story - not a lot like the Dexter I've grown to know and respect. This Dexter seemed to compromise his principals a bit, and just didn't have the same wits about him. The story was okay - but the ending was...kinda feeble. I was left with a sense of, "Really?" And, the plot-line itself was kinda thin - with too much convenient mechanisms for my taste. Hmmm! Oh well. Not sure if this was suppose to be the final Dexter book - or not. {Addendum - Guess not! There's one more!] Not sure I care, now. This series has been a roller-coaster of wonderful to tepid to decent. Consistency would be nice. Author did a decent job reading his own work - but then, I'm now use to that voice as Dexter - still, nothing to crow about.