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  • Zealot

  • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,421

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E.

  • By Charles on 07-22-13

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

This is a incredibly well written, well read and phenomenal book. The author has researched the historical Jesus, and presents him in a real and detailed manner. The historical Jesus is not the mythological Jesus of the modern Christian church. Instead, he is far more fascinating, far more interesting.
This book is great. Big thumbs up.

  • True Evil

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,607

Dr. Chris Shepard is 36 years old, newly married, and well on his way to a perfect life. Or so he believes. But that future is forever cast into doubt the day Special Agent Alexandra Morse walks into his office and drops a bombshell: Dr. Shepard's beautiful new wife is plotting his murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True Evil

  • By Ralph on 05-03-10

Good book, awful narration

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

For God's Sake - if you are going to narrate a book, ask someone how to pronounce the name of the town!!

I live in Mississippi, work at the very medical center (UMC) that is the setting of this book. The writing is good, the book is good, but the narrator misses the mark completely. He mispronounces every city name, but repeatedly butchers Natchez. Considering the author is from Natchez, this is a cardinal sin.

Also, he over-sells, and overly dramatizes every conversation to the point of absurdity. Think of the over-acting in pathetic soap operas. Same thing. Its so freakin annoying that it ruins the book.

  • The Escape Artist

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,569

Who is Nola Brown? Nola is a mystery. Nola is trouble. And Nola is supposed to be dead. Her body was found on a plane that mysteriously fell from the sky as it left a secret military base in the Alaskan wilderness. Her commanding officer verifies she's dead. The US government confirms it. But Jim "Zig" Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And on the run.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not His Best

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

Just not good

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

So many plot holes. So many eye-rolling situations:

This book did have potential. It started rather well, with interesting characters and an interesting plot. But the issues began quickly. A whiny mortician who Facebook stalks his ex wife (for 14 years.). An illiterate redneck pedophile who disappears for a few years only to become a top-secret spy for the Army? A physical encounter during which characters are beaten and burned so severely that they would surely die, yet manage to keep getting up to fight again? With slashed hamstrings, broken arms, crushed larynx, teeth knocked out, but sure, let’s wake up and fight some more.
The “bad guy”’even throws in some sudden racism and Screams the N-Word just to let ya know he is the bad guy.
The second half of this book was really a chore. I just needed to be over .

  • The End of the World Running Club

  • By: Adrian J. Walker
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Edgar Hill is 35 and caught in his own headlock. Overweight slob, underperforming husband, and reluctant father - for Ed, the world may as well have already ended. So when it does end in a catastrophic asteroid strike and Edgar and his family find refuge in an Edinburgh army barracks, it comes as something of a relief. But nothing's ever that simple. Returning from a salvage run in the city, Edgar finds his family gone, taken to the south coast for evacuation by an international task force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book I've Listened to in a Long Time

  • By David Shear on 09-20-17

Just not good

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Tried, really tried, but just could not get into this book. it was just dumb.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Red Mist

  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,482

Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much dialog, too little story

  • By Rene on 12-12-11

Missed the mark

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

I generally like the books in this series however this one just missed the mark. Not exactly sure what it was, but it just never caught my attention, and I kept getting lost in the minutia and the wandering meandering story. It just never clicked, and the story never became that interesting.

It probably didn’t help that the narrator mispronounced so many many many words. Seriously, even Google can tell you how to pronounce words these days.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,874
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51,729

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The opposite of the Martian...

  • By Ruth Nielsen on 11-27-17

Swing.... and a miss.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

This book started off pretty good. Story was interesting, characters engaging. But then, like a slow gas leak, it became monotonous silly and really really dumb. The main character continually whines and complains. Perhaps the author wanted her to be edgy or dark, but she really just becomes an overly dramatic annoyance. I began to lose interest around the halfway point, and then had to really work hard to finish.

In the end, it was disappointing. And overall gets a thumbs down.

  • The Day After Roswell

  • By: William J. Birnes, Philip Corso
  • Narrated by: William J. Birnes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 408

Now on audio! The best-selling exposé that ends the decades-old controversy surrounding the infamous and mysterious crash of an unidentified aircraft at Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Harrison on 07-01-17

Oh my god.... it's sooooo long.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

I'm sure this is a true story. And it comes from a reliable source. The story of Roswell is fascinating and the writer details how alien technology led to some interesting developments in the US. He even does a good job at explaining (rationally) why the military needed to keep it quiet and deny it ever happened.
But... it's just too long. If the editor had cut this 13 hour book to about 3 or 4, it would be an easy 5 Star. But it gets monotonous ,drags quite a bit, and loses the listener in excessive unnecessary details.

Maybe an abridged version could save this story.
As it is, the good part gets buried.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Daily Self-Discipline

  • Everyday Habits and Exercises to Build Self-Discipline and Achieve Your Goals
  • By: Martin Meadows
  • Narrated by: John Gagnepain
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,795

Do you make goals yet get discouraged when your plans don't work? We all know those people who seemingly were born to succeed. Fitness, health, business - they achieve all their goals. You want that success and know you can get it... but how?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Better Title: "The Catch-22 of Self-Discipline"

  • By Doc on 08-18-16

Dull, boring, pointless, awful.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

I try not to give bad reviews. I figure if I don't like a book, maybe it's just not for me. Maybe someone else could like it.

This is an exception. Because - This book has no point. It's a rambling collection of silly essentially trite nonsense. I learned nothing. His examples are dull. His suggestions are eye-rolling awful. His "technique's " are borderline stupid. Example: learn self-discipline from taking cold showers. Wow, I paid ten bucks for that?

As bad as the writing is, the narrator is perhaps even worse. Slow, meandering, and devoid of any inflect or personality, he is as dull as white bread. My audible collection is well over 500 books, and this narration is perhaps the all-time worst.

Summary: Bad writing, bad narration, bad production. Just bad.

38 of 41 people found this review helpful

  • Elizabeth Is Missing

  • By: Emma Healey
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 465

In this darkly riveting debut novel - a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also an heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging - an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing

  • By P. Minor on 10-09-14

A well written portrait of dementia

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

I enjoyed this book. I purchased it off audible, and had no idea what it was about. It took an hour or so to really get into the story, but after that I was captivated. The performance is excellent, and the reader(performer) switches easily, subtly in a way that accentuates the story.

I liked it. Thumbs up.

  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales, by Oliver Sacks: Key Takeaways, Analysis, & Review

  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

In this 30th-anniversary edition of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks, MD, brings together more than two dozen narratives of patients with many different neurological impairments. The narratives illuminate medical details of the diseases while illustrating how those diseases play out in a patient's thoughts and actions, bringing a more human aspect to the ailments.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Garbage. Junk. Why does Audible sell this ??

  • By Patrick Weldon on 11-18-15

Garbage. Junk. Why does Audible sell this ??

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

Reviewed: 11-18-15

Would you try another book from Instaread and/or Michael Gilboe?

This is a scam. Its not a review, its nothing.. just a rambling incoherent collection of summarizations of the book - all written by someone who lacks even a basic understanding of Oliver Sacks or Neurology. Its like a 3rd grade level Clif-Notes. Its garbage.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful