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  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 613

"My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me. I'm in a coma. My husband doesn't love me anymore. Sometimes I lie." Unnerving, twisted and utterly compelling, you won't be able to put this new thriller down. Set to be the most talked about book in 2017, it's perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors, The Girl on the Train and The Widow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had me hooked

  • By Anonymous User on 18-07-2017

I found the novel, novel.

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

Reviewed: 23-01-2018

Any additional comments?

I found this work imaginative and fresh and not a simple rehash of something that I'd read before.
From almost page one my curiosity was ignited and was continually kept alive throughout the entire book, right up until the final page.
The Author allowed me to understand somethings before the protagonist did, while keeping others a secret to us both. This wasn't done 'artificially', but artfully.
Finally, the narrator was perfect for the voice of the novel.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Perfection

  • By The Lazy Book Reviewer on 17-05-2015

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 23-01-2018

What disappointed you about Red Rising?

I appreciate that others enjoyed this book and you may too, but it's not for me.
I found the science fiction, technology aspects were unimaginative and uninspiring.
The story, for me, was predictable and I knew what would happen ahead of time.
It was very 'Hunger Gamery' with all the houses and colours reminiscent of school sports teams.

Has Red Rising put you off other books in this genre?

No. I enjoy science fiction.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Tim Gerard Reynolds?

No real preference as to who I would cast, but I note that Gerard has a strong Irish accent.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Red Rising?

The book itself is fine. If you enjoy things like the Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Divergent series and the like, you'll enjoy this as it is more of the same.

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  • Financial Intelligence

  • A Manager's Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean
  • By: Karen Berman, Joe Knight
  • Narrated by: Tom Zingarelli
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Since its release in 2006, Financial Intelligence has become a favorite among managers who need a guided tour through the numbers, helping them to understand not only what the numbers really mean but also why they matter. This new, completely updated edition brings the numbers up to date and continues to teach the basics of finance to managers who need to use financial data to drive their business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Financial intelligence

  • By Anonymous User on 08-05-2017

Excellent if you don't have no exposure to finance

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

Reviewed: 03-10-2016

What did you like most about Financial Intelligence?

As a broad basic overview it is excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The profit and loss statement was my favourite, although the balance sheet came in a close second. Seriously though, why does Audible continually ask questions like this for non-fiction books??? I think they do it just to push my buttons. I mean I love Audible, but crap like asking non relevant questions for certain types of books should be an easy fix.

What does Tom Zingarelli bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

There is an accompanying PDF, so even if you listen to the audio you can always refer to the PDF where required.

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

Seriously? Seriously???? Yup, when i read financial statements I always cry, unless of course they are the financial statements of our local or federal government, then I just laugh at the abuse.

Any additional comments?

I have a background in finance and bought this as a brief refresher. For that purpose it was a waste of time. If you do not have a background, or only have a brief exposure to finance/ accounting then this book is an excellent start. Happy listening.

  • On Writing

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

In June of 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van while walking along the shoulder of a country road in Maine. Six operations were required to save his life and mend his broken body. When he was finally able to sit up, he immediately started writing. This book - part biography, part a collection of tips for the aspiring writer - is the extraordinary result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cracker of a book

  • By seth on 02-07-2017

Spoiler:- It was the dog sniffing the cooler

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

Reviewed: 23-04-2016

If you could sum up On Writing in three words, what would they be?

One Good Author

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character was Stephen himself (or Steve as I like to call him (NB: I would call him 'Steph', but that reads more like an infection rather than a name)), and in all honesty this was quite surprising. I had enjoyed reading his novels 20 odd years ago but have since grown out of them and so have not read any in quite a while. This book was recommended to me, I gave it a read and found that I enjoyed it more than expected.

What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

His sexy sexy voice. OK, you got me, it's not sexy, but it sure as hell wasn't a high pitched nerdy squeak that I was expecting.

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

My emotional reaction was "Oh my God!". I am in the midst of writing a book and read 'how to books' to keep inspired and on track. In the main those books are pretty good, inspiring and informative, but they are worlds apart from this. Not that this book teaches you anything as such (none of them ever do, the secret is to write), it is rather that this book is so well written it is uninspiring. How can anyone craft a set of words as well as this person can? Reading (OK, hearing) what Steve has written it is easy to hear the years of dedication he has spent honing his craft. The prose joins together so easily and listening was such a joy that I found myself wanting more. He writes about incidents that told by anyone else would be uninspiring. But by Steve, I found myself on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what would happen next, what he would say next.

Any additional comments?

Alright. I hate going into things expecting them to be Earth shattering only to find out that they are good. I am then left disappointed as my expectation was not met. The above is my opinion and a lot of you may not agree with it. Some of you will think the book is good, one or two of you will think it is OK and one of you will think it is crap (but lets face it that guy is a negative dude anyway). The point is, if you are going to the trouble of reading this review all the way up to this point, then just get the book. You won't know if the book is for you by reading someone else opinion on it, so just get it and read (listen) to it. It may not be the best book you've read, but I can guarantee that it won't be the worst. Oh, and my title to this review? you will know what I mean at the end.

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  • Blogging from Paradise: How to Create and Publish a Successful eBook

  • By: Ryan Biddulph
  • Narrated by: Dave Wright
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

This audiobook explains how to pick an eBook topic, how to write your eBook, and how to boost eBook sales through intelligent marketing strategies. It also tosses in a few inspiring travel stories for your taste of the Blogging from Paradise brand.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, Just Wow. How is this guy not embarrassed?

  • By david on 04-11-2015

Wow, Just Wow. How is this guy not embarrassed?

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

Reviewed: 04-11-2015

Would you try another book written by Ryan Biddulph or narrated by Dave Wright?

Not a chance! Look, I bought this book fully understanding that the author was cranking out a new book every few months so I understood that it may be a little under whelming. And I also understood that it was a little shorter than my usual audio files (this one is just over an hr, usually target audios at ~8hrs in length). But man, this was like listening to someone with ADD talk to themselves all the while being high on drugs. Clearly it hadn't been edited. And clearly Ryan didn't even go to the trouble of rereading what he had written. Maybe he did, maybe he was high when he did. And was there a point to this book? did he have the decency to actually answer the questions raised in the title. Perhaps in some esoterical way he did, but unfortunately, I did not smoke enough dope to be at his level to understand it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ryan Biddulph again?

Sure would. If I was the last person on this Earth, my dog died, and I had something terminal that would be resulting in a lot of pain, but I didn't quite have enough courage to end it all. In that instance I would probably buy one of this charlatan's audio files, put it on loop 'cause I know that listening to this trite for another hour would make even Budha want to end it all.

How could the performance have been better?

Guys, I couldn't honestly call this a book. It is literally just some guys rant. How the hell did this even make to to the stage where you have to pay for it? Surely there must be some sort of police, or scam protection agency you can call to report this guy. And that's probably why he is a traveller, if he stayed in one spot long enough he knows he would be lynched.

What character would you cut from Blogging from Paradise: How to Create and Publish a Successful eBook?

Well, if you cut the character of Ryan Bidulph from the book it would be 100% improvement (i.e. the audio book would be silent)

Any additional comments?

If you truly want to progress in this field look at one of Joanna Penn's books. She provides real answers and know how. If you wish to be amazed at how deluded some people are as to their own abilities & importance then go no further, the only downside being that will have to pay this folk for the laugh at his expense. (Hey, I knew what I was getting into this time so won't be seeking a refund, but was still honestly amazed at how bad it was).

  • A Crowdfunder's Strategy Guide

  • Build a Better Business by Building Community
  • By: Jamey Stegmaier
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Lucas
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

As a veteran of six successful Kickstarter campaigns (and counting) and the proprietor of the Kickstarter Lessons blog, Jamey Stegmaier knows something about crowdfunding. In this audiobook, he goes beyond the nuts and bolts of how it works to a deeper level - crowdfunding not just as a cool way to raise money but as a better way to build and run a business.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good introduction

  • By david on 02-11-2015

Good introduction

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

Reviewed: 02-11-2015

What made the experience of listening to A Crowdfunder's Strategy Guide the most enjoyable?

Not knowing much about crowd funding from any angle this was a great introduction. The author doesn't oversell and knows what he is presenting.

Which character – as performed by Mitchell Lucas – was your favourite?

The character of Jamey Stegmaier was performed really well.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Let's be honest here, not sure that it would translate well to film and at this time of night, after my one or two whiskeys, can't think of any clever tag lines.

Any additional comments?

As an overview it was great and if I get serious of raising funds by crowdsourcing I would definitely give this one a re-read.

  • How to Make Money in Stocks Success Stories

  • By: Amy Smith
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Learn how one woman, with no financial background at all, used the CAN SLIM method to get back on her feet after losing her husband and then shortly after, losing her job; she now invests full time and travels the world. She and many other regular people who have made huge gains with O'Neil's investing method give their first-hand insights that can help anyone who reads this book.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • One massive advertisement

  • By david on 31-10-2015

One massive advertisement

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

Reviewed: 31-10-2015

What would have made How to Make Money in Stocks Success Stories better?

They have the marketing on this book all wrong, they should be issuing it for free to readers & receive payment for each reader from the business it is advertising.
But, since they haven't done that the next best thing would be including some sort of refund button for getting your money back.

What was most disappointing about Amy Smith’s story?

Honestly, I couldn't even stomach listening to more than a few chapters before the whole 'attend this group to be successful' approach wore too thin. (kind of had this really 'culty' like vibe too the thing). "True success stories' were advertised, but in the few chapters that i listened to, one or two trades winning trades were mentioned, but no in depth look at the traders or investors lifestyles as a whole was examined and no concrete mention of how successful they were on a whole.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

This book sparked disappointment. I basically wasted my money on one massive advertisement for some investment/ trading paper issued in the US.

Any additional comments?

If you are interested in trading strategies, there are better books out there.
If you are interested in lifestyles & susses stories of everyday investors or traders, there must be a better book out there than this.
If you are interested in subscribing to a newsletter outlining what stocks to buy and when, skip buying this advertisement & go to an information night to find out what is is about.
Never thought that I would be doing this but going to look into how I can return this one!

  • Developing Your Own Psychic Powers

  • By: John Edward
  • Narrated by: John Edward
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

On this remarkable audio program, internationally-acclaimed psychic medium John Edward brings you a wealth of information that will help you develop your own psychic powers. The topics he discusses include Meditations, Psychic Self-Defense, Angels and Guides, Unleashing Your Psychic Potential, Psychic Tools in the Workplace, and How to Conduct a Psychic Session.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't believe in psychic powers... But

  • By david on 23-10-2015

Don't believe in psychic powers... But

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

Reviewed: 23-10-2015

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

First got this book years ago when I believed the psychic stuff. While I have grown out of those notions now, the guided meditations in this audio book are great. 10 odd years later and I am still using them to relax.

  • Disciplined Entrepreneurship

  • By: Bill Aulet
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to Success Will change the way you think about starting a company. Many believe that entrepreneurship cannot be taught, but great entrepreneurs aren’t born with something special – they simply make great products. This book will show you how to create a successful startup through developing an innovative product.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to something else

  • By david on 23-10-2015

Listen to something else

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

Reviewed: 23-10-2015

Any additional comments?

I have read good books and haven't left comments. Read bad books and haven't left comments. However, i feel so cheated by this monstrosity that I am compelled to leave a comment.
If you missed the fact that Bill attends MIT, you will know this by the end of chapter 1 (why, oh why didn't i stop reading here). And if you miss that chapter, continual references to his colleagues & students at MIT will ensure that you know it sooner rather than later. And if you missed that Bill attends MIT, you will know it by the end of chapter 1. Oh, don't forget Bill's students attend MIT. Aaaand so does Bill's colleagues. Aaand Bill teaches there. At MIT. Aaand this book was written by someone (that would be Bill) who attends MIT. M.I.T, Yay! And if that's not intelligent enough for you, we then get to rename common concepts so that they then become our original idea, 'cause that would give us a competitive advantage. Opps, sorry I meant that would give us Core. But wait you want more intelligence? Lets 'Lean' on someone else's concept, get all nitpicky with the wording and the claim that our bastardisation of someone else's original concept is far superior (we can do this because we are MIT).
So, unless you are dazzled by MIT, want to be a fanboy of MIT, or there is a certain teacher at MIT that you want to impress, do yourself a favour and choose a different book.

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