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  • Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

  • And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House
  • By: Alyssa Mastromonaco, Lauren Oyler
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Mastromonaco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,954

If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would sound something like this. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is an intimate and admiring portrait of a president, a candid book of advice for young women, and a promising debut from a savvy political star.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging and funny

  • By Jean on 04-06-17

Not me!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

The image on the book cover gave the promise of the development of a good working relationship between an unknown woman and Barak Obama. Instead it was the story of the development of a still unknown woman. Who cares?
I didn’t realize that the unfortunate reader was the author, herself. Sometimes (make that often) the author is not a very good reader.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tribute

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301

Finally out of the celebrity spotlight and away from her mother's demands, Cilla is free to do what she loves: fixing up houses for profit. Her current project is personal. The Shenandoah Valley farm house was once the vacation home of Hollywood luminary Janet Hardy, Cilla's grandmother. When Cilla uncovers a stash of her grandmother's private letters, and begins asking questions about the past, she becomes the target of a crazed killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Huh?

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-22-10

Too bad about the narration

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

It was difficult sticking with this book. The narration was so poor that I kept thinking I should just get my money back, but Roberts writes such a good story about people you learn to care about that I kept going back to it. Every sentence ended in a whisper so quiet that I had to either play the entire recording so loud it was uncomfortable or continually keep backing it up to hear the whispered words. Very frustrating!

  • The Silver Linings Playbook

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,984

During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • WARNING: FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL!

  • By Jennifer on 03-06-15

Like all good books

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

Like all good books I was sorry when this one was over. It had helped me through a really bad day.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Final Frontiersman

  • Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness
  • By: James Campbell
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730

Hundreds of hardy people have tried to carve a living in the Alaskan bush, but few have succeeded as consistently as Heimo Korth. Originally from Wisconsin, Heimo traveled to the Arctic wilderness in his feverous 20s. Now, more than four decades later, Heimo lives with his wife approximately 200 miles from civilization - a sustainable, nomadic life bounded by the migrating caribou, the dangers of swollen rivers, and the very exigencies of daily existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freedom.

  • By C. Kalvin on 07-06-17

Bio?

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

I would have loved a bio of this rugged and adventurous man and his family. Instead, this is a history/geography lesson couched in a biography. I appreciate the author’s background research, but he needn’t have included it all at such length.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Take Down

  • By: James Swain
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 825

There are hundreds of casinos in Las Vegas, and Billy Cunningham knows how to rip off every one. His scams are a thing of beauty - so perfectly orchestrated that onlookers believe he and his crew are winning fair and square. In a town where bosses will kill to protect their profits, Billy can't afford to make mistakes, but even the best-laid plans can go wrong...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Barely worth finishing

  • By Rankin on 08-23-15

Too long

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

This story could have been told in half the time and would then have been much better.

  • Soldier Dogs

  • The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes
  • By: Maria Goodavage
  • Narrated by: Nicole Vilencia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

A leading dog-blogger offers a tour of military working dogs' extraordinary training, heroic accomplishments, and the lasting impacts they have on those who work with them. Maria Goodavage here tells heartwarming stories of modern soldier dogs and the amazing bonds that develop between them and their handlers. Beyond tales of training, operations, retirement, and adoption into the families of fallen soldiers, Goodavage talks to leading dog-cognition experts about why dogs like nothing more than to be on a mission with a handler they trust.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More like a textbook

  • By Mr. Lloyd, Esq. on 06-28-15

It could have been a good book...

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

This title promised a good book but it failed. It was written amateurishly and narrated even worse.

  • West with the Night

  • By: Beryl Markham
  • Narrated by: Julie Harris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162

West with the Night is the story of a remarkable woman molded and shaped by many things: the African jungle, a certain dog, horses, airplanes, friendships with white men and black. There is no life, no story quite like it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Notch Writing; Riveting Stories

  • By Michael Moore on 08-03-09

Not what I was looking for

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

OK, this is just me. I knew a little about the author's life so I was interested in learning more about her untraditional lifestyle and varied experiences. I'll admit that I did get that but it was written with too much flowery prose and pretentious philosophy for my taste. A memoir does not need to be a litany of dry facts but this presentation goes too far.
The narration contributes to all the negative aspects of the book.
I really wanted this to be an interesting and enjoyable book but I couldn't wait for it to end.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, Alexandra Allwine, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,064

The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***EXCELLENT*** Six stars if I could !!

  • By ROBIN on 04-10-17

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

I may have to rethink this and give it a full five stars. Interesting story, beautifully written, well narrated (I'm not a fan of multiple narrators) and difficult to put down. Thumbs up!

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,812

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What you should know before listening...

  • By Snozzle on 07-31-16

Not bad

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

Good character development. Good story. Narrator did a very good job. What was missing was a good editor to curb the author's tendency to over-develop an incidental thought. At least most of the chapters we're fairly short so that the listener could take a break.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 4-6
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village to find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 4 - 6: THICK AS THIEVES, LAST TRAIN TO LONDON and THE CURSE OF MABB'S FARM.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming British mystery

  • By Melanie Mize on 02-18-17

Cosy

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

Pretty good except for the music. I like the short episodes and the play of English against American humor. The narrator is well chosen.