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  • The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    Ptolemy Grey is 91 years old and has been all but forgotten - by his family, his friends, even himself - as he sinks into a lonely dementia. His grand-nephew, Ptolemy's only connection to the outside world, was recently killed in a drive-by shooting, and Ptolemy is too suspicious of anyone else to allow them into his life, until he meets Robyn, his niece's 17-year-old lodger and the only one willing to take care of an old man at his grandnephew's funeral.

    James says: "Old People Turn into Chores For The Young"
    "Great Story- Wonderful Reader"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I could not stop listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though the topic was about death and illness, the story was about life and living.


    Which character – as performed by Dominic Hoffman – was your favorite?

    Of course he did Ptolemy perfectly.


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

    I could not stop thinking about it after I completed it. It made me happy.


    Any additional comments?

    The first couple of chapters are actually hard to listen to. The writer wants us to feel the frustration Ptolemy has with his confusion, and I did. But the action picks up soon, and never stops until the end.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (799)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "Better as a Short Story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Dave Eggers and/or Dion Graham?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dave Eggers again?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the inspiration for the story and the plot. Perfect ending as well. That drug me through listening to the poorly done and far to repetitious dialog. The narration was good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Patrick Ness
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (153)

    Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s terrifying new order. But everything is shrouded in secrets. Where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then one day, the bombs begin to explode....

    Ryan says: "A wrenching continuation"
    "A New Perspective"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Ask and the Answer in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, refreshing, and entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that the author has taken the time worn concept from Sci Fi of telepathy, and given it a new more realistic twist. I also love that the reader gives us the story in an adult voice, with wonderful characters, even though this is a teen book.


    0 of 1 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
    (5433)
    Performance
    (5065)
    Story
    (5061)

    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.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Hilarious"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Redshirts?

    Just a great laugh at my most adored SciFi classic, and a cool twist to the way we look at things. My only criticism is please Mr. Scalzi, come up with some new "he said" "she said" descriptors. When we listen to the audible version, they become monotonous.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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