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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Time Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (521)

    From the author who's inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper--a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours.

    Karen F says: "Intriguing and thought provoking story"
    "time flies when it is slipping away"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Keeper to be better than the print version?

    the audio version is better as it allowed me the freedom to truly relax and enter the story


    What other book might you compare The Time Keeper to and why?

    this is a modern version of the classic 'It's a Wonderful Life" as it reminds me, us, of what truly is of value, the gift of life and caring for others


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the very last scene was my favorite; who wouldn't want to go back, correct our mistakes and love life as it was intended to be by our Creator


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

    I wanted to listen to this in one sitting but unfortunately I had to do a little work, but I still finished it in one day and will listen to it again


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the concept of counting time as the framework of the story, and the reader did an excellent preformance

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10396)
    Performance
    (9893)
    Story
    (9913)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "proud to be an Amerrican"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    the story itself was great, and the narration suited it well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

    The main characters sense of humor was a wonderful twist to the plot. I especially liked it when he was going on about wanting to fly like Iron Man.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    Bray's style and cadence was a perfect match with the story. His inflection helped build the tension and suspense of the story.


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

    I definitely wanted to listen to this all the way through, and did listen to it quickly, but found myself stopping at times because I wanted to extend the time I was listening to it. Rarely does this happen.


    Any additional comments?

    . Would recommend this to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (852)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (766)

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    deedeeg says: "Nice surprise"
    "Not Mr. Rodger's neighborhood"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, as it was a thought provoking presentation of how an upper middle class neighbor would probably react to a pandemic. Our recent history show how some refuse to isolate for fear of contaminating the many.


    Which character – as performed by Joseph Morton – was your favorite?

    The


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Division

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (819)

    The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

    linda says: "A Middling Position"
    "when is an alien not an alien"
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    Any additional comments?

    The story was interesting and the twists in it entertaining. The narrator was very good as well. A relaxing listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1668)
    Performance
    (1516)
    Story
    (1519)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "good story, bad narrator"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Atlantis Gene the most enjoyable?

    The twists of the story line were great, which is why I continued to listen to one of the worst possible choices for a narrator. I had been looking at this book for some time, but when I listened to the sample the voice was so irritating I just passed it by. The reason I purchased it was that it went on sale and the reduced price made it worth it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea that time and space are fluid.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could have had a more masculine voice, with less of a nasal whine and foppish attitude.


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

    Yes if there had been a different narrator, but not with this guy!!


    Any additional comments?

    For me the narrator left a great deal to be desired, but don't let that make you miss a fascinating story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (562)

    A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

    G. House Sr. says: "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
    "hoped for more but glad I listened"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Blue Labyrinth to be better than the print version?

    Only because I enjoy listening as my eyes fail.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed Constance being active in the story, but was disappointed some past characters were just given lip service.


    What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

    Rene just seems to knock this and the other books in the series, out of the park.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (951)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "almost a Stephen King novel"
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    What did you like best about Revival? What did you like least?

    I was disappointed that the lead in to the story was almost longer than the meat of the novel. There was so much potential, and it just came short of the mark. I kept waiting for it to grab me, and just kept listening to get through it.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    The narration was terrible. That may have been the problem with the listen. Will Patton would have brought this to life, and I felt like I needed the antidepressants the main character in the book was taking.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His presentation was bland, with little or poor inflection. I will try to avoid any book he narrates.


    Do you think Revival needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think it needs to be rerecorded and then see if it merits a follow up. One thing for sure, if the same guy narrates it - I'm skipping it!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Summer of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (272)

    It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic childhood. But amid the sun-drenched cornfields, their loyalty will be pitilessly tested.

    Jeff says: "Excellent well-developed thriller / youth story"
    "childhood fantasy remembered"
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    Any additional comments?

    The narration was excellent and the writing rich in descriptions that brought life to the story instead of tedious listening. It was an enjoyable escape back to childhood. I do plan on listening to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4184)
    Performance
    (3510)
    Story
    (3505)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "a zombie story that makes sense"
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    Any additional comments?

    I was hesitant about purchasing this book, but after fifteen minutes into it was very pleased. The book seemed well researched and very plausible in its presentation. It was a great listen that kept my full attention. I also liked the twists at the end. Would recommend this to anyone. I am hoping the series continues as well as this first installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2848)
    Performance
    (2427)
    Story
    (2411)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "family is family"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a page turner so to speak. The plot is full of twists and the narration adds to it as well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shep is my favorite character as his heart if bigger than his feet.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one I wanted to listen through from beginning to end. Truly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Time for Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (179)

    The house was deathly quiet. That was the first sign that something was terribly wrong. Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke that morning to find herself alone. Her family - mother, father, and brother - had vanished without a word, without a note, without a trace. Twenty-five years later, Cynthia is still looking for answers. Now she is about to learn the devastating truth.

    S. Johnston says: "I truy enjoyed this book!"
    "when are friends enemies"
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    If you could sum up No Time for Goodbye in three words, what would they be?

    exciting, surprising, intriguing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cyn because she wouldn't let life keep her down, or let it drive her crazy. She had a strong sense of self and even coming from the worst of situations was able to make a loving family.


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

    Once I started listening I just wanted to relax in a comfortable chair and listen. the book was fast paced, yet full of detail that brought it to life and it kept you on the edge of your seat.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the twist regarding Jane and will leave the listener to find out what I mean.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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