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melanie

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  • Mile 81

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Thomas Sadoski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (392)

    At Mile 81 on the Maine turnpike is a boarded up rest stop, a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play “paratroopers over the side”. Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his 10th birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.

    Mary Z says: "Nailed it!"
    "Good"
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    This was an interesting story, narrated well, and enjoyable, though not the best of Stephen King's work.

    I would still recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8864)
    Performance
    (8245)
    Story
    (8243)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Number one favorite audibook!"
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    If you grew up in the 80's you will laugh your face off at this book. My husband and I have a once a month 16 1/2 hour commute. We go through a lot of audiobooks. My only regret about this book is that there is not another one like it to read. We've recommended it to a lot of our friends, and I would like to recommend it to anyone who wants to walk down memory lane, and be treated to an original interesting story at the same time.

    Wil Wheaton really did a great job narrating, I've gone on to listen to Scalzi books because his performance was so good in this one.

    I don't know what took me so long to get around to reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4798)
    Performance
    (4483)
    Story
    (4477)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Quite an enjoyable read"
    "somebody edit out "He said, she said"....."
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    This is an interesting book, both in the plot twists and in the " three coda" form that gives three perspectives coming full circle following the original story.

    Eventually you get past listening to the narrator point out who is talking, beating you to death with "What's going on on this ship, he said. I don't know, she said. Let's find out, he said. OK, she said....."

    It sort of ruins the great Scalzi story, but it's good enough to listen too anyways. If you read this one first, and can't get past it, then you definitely don't want to read Fuzzy Nation, where they really hammer you to death with he said, she said in the dialogue. It's a shame, because Fuzzy Nation is a great story as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

    Bjorn says: "Fantastic book and a superb narrator"
    "Stretches on at the end, but still a great read"
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    The book starts off with a hilarious narrative between an Australian escaped convict on the run, and the quircky Indians he comes in contact with.

    His emotional journey that results from his personal investment with expatriates and native Indians, is a little flowery for my taste, but I still enjoyed it ans would recommend the book.

    The narrator did an excellent job, I would look for other books he produced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9883)
    Performance
    (8524)
    Story
    (8542)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    James says: "Not as good as previous books"
    "What am I supposed to do now?"
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    I listened to all these books in a row, the second and third moved a little bit slowly, but were worth it from all the character development that took up most of the books.

    I have to warn the reader just getting started that you shouldn't get too attached to your favorite characters because you never know when they are going to get killed off in some dramatic unexpected fashion, but I guess there can be only one winner of the game of thrones in the end.

    I'm glad I made it through, though now I'm just hanging on waiting for the next book to come out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (609)

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "Not what I expected from OSC, but entertaining"
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    I've read Enders Game and loved the sci-fi classic, read the reviews for this book and tried it.

    It was a clever version of Sleeping Beauty, but not what I expected from OSC, more of a teeny-bop love story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5103)
    Performance
    (3385)
    Story
    (3395)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "The movie was better"
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    I heard a lot of reviews of this book and was pretty excited to read it before I saw the movie. It was an interesting concept, documenting the aftermath of a zombie apocolypse, but the endless stream of unrelated journalistic stories ended abruptly, just as it was getting a little tiresome. I was disappointed.

    Not sure why they named the movie World War Z, as the story line did not follow any of the accounts in this collection of post apocalyptic news, but for once, I enjoyed the movie better than the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (21485)
    Performance
    (15589)
    Story
    (15645)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Just when I thought the show couldn't get better"
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    The characters, of course, are even better in the book. I got hooked on the show and turned to the books when the season was over. A lot more happens in the book than in the series, but the theme is just as dark and unforgiving.

    I'm not crazy about Roy Dotrice's narration, but am getting used to it. I will definitely be moving through this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deception Point

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2786)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (810)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "Puts the fiction in science fiction"
    Overall
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    Who knew that presidencies were made and lost based on the issue of our apparently subversive space exploration agency!

    If you like meteorites, extreme environments, espionage, scientific mysteries, wildly inventive schemes and plotting, and yes, even a little romance, then this book is for you. Brown makes some pretty loose assumptions somewhat based on science, but I still enjoyed the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (308)

    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    aaron says: "Dated but VERY Good... and FUNNY!"
    "Not that objective"
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    This journalistic effort was an entertaining listen, but not the best I've read by Ronson. I like the fact that he narrates his own story, and think it adds to the performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forward the Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (219)

    A stunning testament to his creative genius. Forward The Foundation is a the saga's dramatic climax - the story Asimov fans have been waiting for. An exciting tale of danger, intrigue, and suspense, Forward The Foundation brings to vivid life Asimov's best loved characters: hero Hari Seldon, who struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory to ensure the survival of humanity; Cleon II, the vain and crafty emperor of the Galactic Empire.

    Christine says: "Love the story. Can't stand the narrator!"
    "Hooked on the series"
    Overall
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    The book seemed a bit like it was written for time series publication in magazines, going from one event after the other creating a sort of peak and trough effect for the listener, but a lot of background information is laid out in the book that I hope will add to the experience of the rest of the books.
    The narrator was easy to listen to and I would recommend him.
    Although I liked the first chronological book in the series (Prelude to Foundation) better, I enjoyed this story and can't wait to get in to the rest of the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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