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William

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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
    (616)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (548)

    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
  • Event

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (151)

    In the summer of 1947, an unidentified object crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. There were no survivors. Now it's happened again. But this time, two creatures have emerged from the wreckage alive.

    Kim Venatries says: "Enjoyable!"
    "death springs from the earth and sky"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend it since its take on alien encounters is so different from most.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author took popular ideas and wove them into the story.


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

    Poe was at first boring, but when he began to speak for the individual characters, I was excited with his style. I will be looking into other books just because of his ability and gifts as a narrator.


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

    Gus holding the green's hand, and then finding he was still alive. he thought he had lost a buddy, but was given a friend.


    Any additional comments?

    I have looked at this series several time and never took the hook, but the author has me now. I hope the additional books ill be as well put together as this one. I will probably listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Resurrecting Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (331)

    Against all odds, Morgan Carter and his family have endured despite the deteriorating conditions surrounding them. Armed with survivalist tactics, Morgan's crew, alongside their new friends from the recently-liberated DHS camp, have worked together to build a sustainable community. But not all situations can be prepared for. When a massive wildfire threatens their very existence, they must decide: fight or flight?

    Jan says: "This is book 5"
    "another thought provoker"
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    I have enjoyed this series as it is possible we may find ourselves in this situation. I enjoy Sarge taking charge and clarifying the issues. It makes me even more grateful for the conveniences it is so easy to take for granted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Three thousand years after a chunk of iron the size of Khufu’s pyramid collides with Europa, Jupiter’s 6th moon, an asteroid borne of the collision crashes into Earth’s Arctic ice shelf carrying extraterrestrial microbial life. The first man to come into contact with the microbes hears voices—and then dies....

    Michael says: "Interesting, but I feel like I've heard it before."
    "life finds a way"
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    I enjoyed the premise of the book and it was well put together. The idea of life on other planets has always fascinated me, and this book is wonderful turning the tables so to speak regarding new discoveries. Well worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenth Chamber

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Henri Lubatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (172)

    Abbey of Ruac, rural France: A medieval script is discovered hidden behind an antique bookcase. Badly damaged, it is sent to Paris for restoration, and there literary historian Hugo Pineau begins to read the startling 14th-century text. Within its pages lies a fanciful tale of a painted cave and the secrets it contains - and a rudimentary map showing its position close to the abbey. Intrigued, Hugo enlists the help of archaeologist Luc Simard and the two men go exploring.

    Crystal says: "Leaves Dan Brown's "INFERNO" in the Dust"
    "bridging the ages with tea"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I enjoyed the premise of a long held secret passed on from generation to generation, and there were wonderful twists in the many subplots.


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

    This is the first time I listened to Lubatti, and at first I thought I had made a mistake, but it became a happy mistake. While his narration itself was hard to get used to, he is fantastic at bringing the various characters to life with different voices. I am glad I stuck with the novel for the plot, but also for the performance.


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

    Yes, and I pretty much did use any spare time I had to devour this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things: Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1209)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1122)

    Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

    Josh says: "But No...."
    "a true delight"
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    What did you love best about The Slow Regard of Silent Things?

    The simplicity of it, and the purity of Aurie.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a true delight to listen to, and I will listen again. I had had hoped for more of Cavod, but am very happy with this tale.

    2 of 6 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
    (18086)
    Performance
    (16784)
    Story
    (16787)

    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?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "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
    (926)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (834)

    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
    (1073)
    Performance
    (960)
    Story
    (973)

    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.

    GadgetDon says: "Smart People solving problems"
    "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
    (2022)
    Performance
    (1831)
    Story
    (1838)

    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 1 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
    (1401)
    Performance
    (1271)
    Story
    (1262)

    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.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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