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  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9512)
    Performance
    (9046)
    Story
    (9062)

    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"
    "PV=nR to the mother grabbin' T!"
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    Loved the book. Anyone who is a fan of physics, chemistry, or just science in general will enjoy this. My only gripe is the last chapter ends too abruptly for me but I really enjoyed the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Juliet Macur
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    The definitive account of Lance Armstrong's spectacular rise and fall. In June 2013, when Lance Armstrong fled his palatial home in Texas, downsizing in the face of multimillion-dollar lawsuits, Juliet Macur was there - talking to his girlfriend and children and listening to Armstrong's version of the truth. She was one of the few media members aside from Oprah Winfrey to be granted extended one-on-one access to the most famous pariah in sports. At the center of Cycle of Lies is Armstrong himself, revealed through face-to-face interviews.

    Melinda says: "...Pants on Fire"
    "So so"
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    Like Wheelmen, this book falls short due to being written by someone outside the sport looking in and trying to piece together what happened. This is the trouble with all non-first account reports. This is why Hamilton's book is the best out of the three. This book was second. Also, it may be a function of audio narration but the tone of the book was so mocking it was distracting. I actually think when a female attempts to do a male voice it just comes across as comical mockery. That is just my impression after listening to the book. Anyway, worth a credit and a listen if you follow this story like I do.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3139)
    Performance
    (2931)
    Story
    (2939)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "Focus man!"
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    The book was great for the first few chapters but then just went downhill. The main character can't stay focused and it is obnoxious. The first few times he does it you give him a pass and it offers some comic relief but as it continues, and actually gets worse, you want to kill the guy. The main character also paints himself as an old rusty x-marine who is a self described non-English major but then uses some way out there vocabulary. It just isn't consistent. I bought and went through the 2nd book but I'm done with the series now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Reed Albergotti, Vanessa O'Connell
    • Narrated By Santino Fontana
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (231)

    The first in-depth look at Lance Armstrong's doping scandal, the phenomenal business success built on the back of fraud, and the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports. Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France after staring down cancer, and in the process became an international symbol of resilience and courage. In a sport constantly dogged by blood-doping scandals, he seemed above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping during the Tours and, in an interview with Oprah, described his "mythic, perfect story" as "one big lie."

    Gabriel says: "Detailed and balanced account"
    "Meh"
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    First off, someone should have taught the narrator how to pronounce names and places in the book. Second, most of the information in the book is old news from Lance's books and other sources and the only new info was the last part about the USADA. Third, the book had a strange voice, at one time in ecstasy about Lance's achievements and in the next, mocking. This may have been due to the narrator's poor consistency but it felt like the authors admire Lance but feel snubbed by him and bitter about it. Lastly, if I haven't made it clear, the narrator was a poor choice.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Riddle in Stone: The Riddle in Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Evert
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Long after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund - a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed?

    r. says: "Excellent story."
    "T-t-t-today junior!!"
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    Occasionally the main character can be exasperating but overall a wonderful book and fantastic narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Desert Spear

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2040)
    Performance
    (1561)
    Story
    (1569)

    The world remains under siege by demonkind stalking the land when the sun goes down. But a new hero has risen from the desert. Claiming to be the mythical Deliverer, Ahmann Jardir now rides alongside the allied desert tribes of Krasia. Jardir and his fellows are on an epic quest to vanquish the demons plaguing the world and bring humanity back from the brink of extinction.

    John says: "Worth My Credit"
    "Horrible sequel"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like focus on inconsequential character for pages on end, if you like ridiculous sexual descriptions and a focus on rape/incest, and if you like it when the coolest aspect of the story (and what made the first book in the series so great) is given a back seat, well then you may like this book. I couldn't even finish it. Such a disappointment.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know. This book burned me out for a while. I think I'll listen to music for a while.


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

    Total disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked the Warded Man you should skip this sequel. It isn't worth the time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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