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  • Curse on the Land

  • Soulwood, Book 2
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,057
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,920

Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded - even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals comes with dangers of its own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By The Mays on 11-13-16

Interesting change from the Yellowrock series

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

What made the experience of listening to Curse on the Land the most enjoyable?

I liked the main character the storyline and the tie in to the Yellowrock series

What was one of the most memorable moments of Curse on the Land?

When the main character decided to join the group and leave her land.

What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

Her voice has many inflections! She can do male characters and they are believable. The books wouldn't be the same without her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. The storyline kept me interested to know what happens next.

Any additional comments?

Good listen. Guilty pleasure.

  • In Sheep's Clothing

  • Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People
  • By: George K. Simon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 936
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 794

Dr. George K. Simon knows how people push your buttons: your children---especially teens---are experts at it, as is your mate. A coworker may quietly undermine your efforts while professing to be helpful, or your boss may prey on your weaknesses. Manipulative people have two goals: to win and to look good doing it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great enlightenment for confused codependents

  • By Darcy on 05-20-14

Couldn't relate

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

What disappointed you about In Sheep's Clothing?

I felt like there was nothing revolutionary in this book. I felt like it didn't provided any new insights for me.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I've purchased 48 Laws of Power and listened to it a few times.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

It seemed a little slow with long pauses.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The premise is good. There were some goood points but nothing I hadn't heard before.

  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, 10th Anniversary Edition

  • Follow Them and People Will Follow You
  • By: John Maxwell
  • Narrated by: John Maxwell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,307

If you've never read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, you've been missing out on one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. If you have read the original version, then you'll love this new expanded and updated one. Internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author John C. Maxwell has taken this million-seller and made it even better. Seventeen new leadership stories are included and two new Laws of Leadership are introduced. New evaluation tool will reveal your leadership strengths - and weaknesses....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Use of an Audible Credit

  • By will on 10-05-14

Cannot believe how amazing this book is

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have!!! I have even bought a few copies to give out at work. The author strikes a chord and is able to explain the difference between a manager and a leader.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, 10th Anniversary Edition?

The whole book was memorable. I've listened to it repeatedly.

What does John Maxwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Listening brings a different flavor to the book. You get the authors inflection which provides intention.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's hard to choose one moment. I value this book a great deal.

Any additional comments?

My VP of HR recommended this book and I have enjoyed it so much that I've bought copies to give out.

  • 48 Laws of Power

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,579

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other infamous strategists. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You don't have to be a psychopath to like this.

  • By Gaggleframpf on 02-25-16

Get this book!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

What did you love best about 48 Laws of Power?

The author provides usable advice! This book will change the way you interact with people.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It isn't fiction

Have you listened to any of Richard Poe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!!

Any additional comments?

I've recommended this to friends and family.
The author makes his point then tells a relatable story to illustrate his point.

  • Think Better, Live Better

  • A Victorious Life Begins in Your Mind
  • By: Joel Osteen
  • Narrated by: Joel Osteen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,237

Your mind has incredible power over your success or failure. Think Better, Live Better offers a simple yet life-changing strategy for erasing the thoughts that keep you down and reprogramming your mind with positive thinking to reach a new level of victory. As a child of the Most High God, you are equipped to handle anything that comes your way. To claim your destiny, start thinking about yourself the way God does, and delete the thoughts that tear down your confidence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Positive messages

  • By Marla Schneider on 04-23-17

Consistently awesome

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Think Better, Live Better to be better than the print version?

I love the audio version which is narrated by the author and provides inflection so that you get the flavor of what the author is saying.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joel Osteen of course!

Which character – as performed by Joel Osteen – was your favorite?

See above

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Everyone needs this message!

Any additional comments?

This one us better than his last. I've recommended it to friends and family

  • You Can't Fire Everyone

  • And Other Insights from an Accidental Manager
  • By: Hank Gilman
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

A practical, entertaining handbook for people who never expected to be bosses. Plenty of managers never asked, expected, or trained to be put in charge of other people. But when it happens, these accidental bosses often find that learning to manage is like learning to swim by being dropped into the deep end of the pool. Hank Gilman knows what that's like. As a top editor for Fortune, Newsweek, and the Boston Globe, he has helped nurture some outstanding talent.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of storytelling but no applicable information

  • By valarie on 04-03-14

Lots of storytelling but no applicable information

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

Reviewed: 04-03-14

Would you try another book from Hank Gilman and/or Don Hagen?

Not sure, I felt like Hank writes about what he knows which is publishing and I personally didnt love Don's narration style.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Strangest Secret

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Don Hagen?

Someone less mono tone

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There was some humor.

  • Cat o' Nine Tales

  • The Jane Yellowrock Stories
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243

For the first time - in one Audible-exclusive collection - it's 13 stories of Jane Yellowrock, the shape-shifting skinwalker and vampire hunter for hire whose business card reads, "Have Stakes - Will Travel". Jane carries inside her the soul of her Beast, the mountain lion's soul which merged with hers when she accidently performed black magic as a child. Now, she and her Beast stalk the dark streets of New Orleans, bringing rogue vampires true death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Backstories / Short glimpses-great

  • By PlantCrone on 01-12-14

Great fill in book

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

Reviewed: 03-24-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Cat o' Nine Tales to be better than the print version?

I have only purchased the audio version but I cannot imagine not having Kristine Hvam's voice in my head, she is terrific.

What other book might you compare Cat o' Nine Tales to and why?

This series reminds me of the Sookie Stackhouse-True Blood series because of the diverse characters and crazy plot twists, plus both are set in Lousiana and both have vampires.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved to hear how about Bruiser see's Jane and I also liked to hear about what happened in the mine, since that was how the first book started.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did find myself laughing out loud at times.

Any additional comments?

At first the "Beast" voice annoyed me and seemed silly. I got used to it quickly and ended up liking it. There are some things that "she" says that do not make sense, she describes some things clearly and some as a "cat' would. For example she might say "the hard black shiny surface that trucks drive on", um ok, you don't know what a ROAD is but you know what a TRUCK is? I just had to overlook those kinds of details.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Awaken the Giant Within

  • By: Anthony Robbins
  • Narrated by: Anthony Robbins
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,034

Anthony Robbins has already unlocked the personal power inside millions of people worldwide. Now, in this revolutionary new audio production based on his enormously popular Date with Destiny seminars, Robbins unleashes the sleeping giant that lies within all of us, teaching us to harness our untapped abilities, talents and skills.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged was way too abridged

  • By Leslie Nino Piro on 05-19-15

Of course it's great, it's Tony Robbins

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

Reviewed: 03-24-14

Nothing new in this book, it's typical Tony Robbin, inspiring, awesome, full of energy. I have listened to it a couple of times and will keep re-playng it.

  • Pandemic

  • A Novel
  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,680

The entire human race balances on the razor's edge of annihilation, beset by an enemy that turns our own bodies against us, that changes normal people into psychopaths or transforms them into nightmares. To some, Doctor Margaret Montoya is a hero-a brilliant scientist who saved the human race from an alien intelligence determined to exterminate all of humanity. To others, she's a monster - a mass murderer single-handedly responsible for the worst atrocity ever to take place on American soil. All Margaret knows is that she's broken. The blood of a million deaths is on her hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • hard to stomach, but very well told

  • By Margo on 04-19-14

He shoots, he scores!

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

Reviewed: 03-24-14

What an amazing ending to this series. Scott is so adept at painting a gruesome (this is the most disgusting and descriptive book so far!) horrific and wonderful picture. I hung on every word! I am re-listening to Infected now!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Change Your Words, Change Your Life

  • Understanding the Power of Every Word You Speak
  • By: Joyce Meyer
  • Narrated by: Sandra McCollom
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Building on the premises of Power Thoughts and Living Beyond Your Emotions, Joyce Meyer examines the tremendous power of words. - which are the vehicles that convey our thoughts and emotions - and provides a series of guidelines for making sure that our talk is constructive, healthy, healing and used to good results. In a "Dictionary of God's Word" at the end of the book, Joyce provides dozens of scripture verses, arranged by topic, that she recommends reading and saying out loud as one way of using and claiming healing words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joyce is amazing

  • By valarie on 01-21-14

Joyce is amazing

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

Reviewed: 01-21-14

This is more then just another positive speaking book this is a wake up call. Of COURSE changing your words will change your life! I have listeneid to this repeatedly because I want it to sink in. There are many valuable insights in this book and it is well worth listening to. It touches on silencing the negative inner voice, not listening to the drainers and listening to and understanding what GOD says about you.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful