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  • Crashing Through

  • A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Blinded at age three, Mike May defied expectations by breaking world records in downhill speed skiing, joining the CIA, and becoming a successful inventor, entrepreneur, and family man. He had never yearned for vision. Then, in 1999, a chance encounter brought startling news: a revolutionary stem-cell transplant surgery could restore May's vision.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By K. R. Phillips on 06-27-07

A must read for those who are visually impaired and those who wish to know what it is like

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

This is the best book I have read in many years. I am legally blind and lost my ability to read only a few years ago, so I am relatively new to the audiobook experience. Is Michael may states in the epilogue, the first important aspect of an audiobook is its content. I believe this book is the best source of information on the subject of blindness and low vision.The insights and perspectives of what it is like to be blind and what it is like to have vision are impeccably described. For the blind or low vision reader, there is so much here to relate with. For those who are fully cited, this book offers the best description I ever have read of what it is like to be visually impaired. The story is exciting, emotional, and inspiring. The narration is the best I have experienced. As one who continually is losing vision, Michael Mays words of encouragement to continue being curious, and his story and example, are the most unique and powerful words of encouragement I have heard. I am extremely grateful to Michael May, author Robert Cursin, and this gifted narrator. This review has been dictated, so please excuse any miss spellings or other errors.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Fierce Highlander

  • Highland Adventure, Book 1
  • By: Vonda Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Andrew Bryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 658

Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans - her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the battlefield where he's left for dead by her clan. She only knows she is inexplicably drawn to him and he wants peace as she does. When her clan learns of her betrayal, they seek vengeance. Dare she trust the enemy more than her own family? Laird Alasdair MacGrath is driven to end two-hundred years of feuding with the MacIrwins. But by taking in and protecting Lady Gwyneth and her son, he provokes more attacks from his mortal enemy. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. With the arrival of a powerful man from her past, a horrible decision confronts her - give up her son or the man she loves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a great story

  • By seelk on 02-04-15

Soft porn disguised as literature

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

I suppose this describes most novels of the romance genre, of which I admit I am not a fan. Thought I would try this one, as sort of an experiment. True, the ancient highlands setting was entertaining, and the performance was excellent with one exception The authors Ren dish and of the child's voice was squeaky and distracting. My rating reflects concession for my bias. In other words, if you are a romance junkie, this is probably one of the best. If you are not, however, your conclusion probably will reflect my sentiments as stated in my header.

  • The Musubi Murder

  • By: Frankie Bow
  • Narrated by: Nicole Gose
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 449

Small town life, big academic egos, corruption, revenge, and Spam musubis! The Musubi Murder is the first campus crime novel set in Hawaii, and the perfect gift for mystery lovers, Hawaii expatriates, disillusioned academics, and anyone who fancies Spam (the meat). Renowned Hawaii-born voice-over artist Nicole Gose brings her spot-on vocal characterizations and impeccable comic timing to this reading.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommended

  • By llindheim on 01-28-15

Nice Try

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

The Hawaiian back drop was the most interesting part of the story. The plot, however, was rather trite and boring. A little overplay with the pidgin; and I don't know any younger women in Hawaii who wear stockings, even college professors. The plot was slow and tedious, only to come to a rapid and with an unrealistic "confession" and a corny epilogue.l

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,537

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

A compelling labyrinth of human thought

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

Reviewed: 08-17-15

This is a witty, intelligent, and highly entertaining work of fiction. The "he said-she said" format is cleverly apropos and enlivening. Both narrators were excellent, with one exception-those occasions they mimic The voices of the opposite sex. The mail narrator, in particular, sounds like Mrs. Doubtfire. I recognize this is a common practice, but I find it distracting and wish it would be dispensed with. Hence, my three star rating, which otherwise would have been a five.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31,763
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26,929
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,558

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Laughed so hard, I nearly coughed up a lung!!

  • By Private. on 08-02-12

Remember the story of O?

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

Reviewed: 01-25-15

I almost did not buy this audiobook because of the narration. As it was, I had to speed up the narration to two times normal just to stay interested.I find the hype over this book to be completely overrated. Anyone who has done a bit of reading in their lives has encountered this type of S&M story before. Nothing unique or different. The dialogue was the most interesting part, especially the witty emails between the main characters.