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  • Number9Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By William Rycroft
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (198)

    In outward form, Number9Dream is a Dickensian coming-of-age journey: Young dreamer Eiji Miyake, from remote rural Japan, thrust out on his own by his sister's death and his mother's breakdown, comes to Tokyo in pursuit of the father who abandoned him. Stumbling around this strange, awesome city, he trips over and crosses - through a hidden destiny or just monstrously bad luck - a number of its secret power centers. Suddenly, the riddle of his father's identity becomes just one of the increasingly urgent questions Eiji must answer.

    Darwin8u says: "Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé"
    "wait for it, wait for it....."
    Overall
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    Great towards the ending, if you can get that far. I almost quit listening while it was going on and on about him looking for his father. After he meets the Dymond character it gets better and better. The ending left me somewhat disappointed, I wanted more closure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • More Than This

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Patrick Ness
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (167)

    From the acclaimed author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls comes one of the most provocative teen novels of our time. A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is this possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? The street seems familiar, but everything is abandoned, overgrown, covered in dust.

    Ryan says: "What is reality?"
    "Um no, it doesn't even have an ending"
    Overall
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    Story

    You thought it was going to tell you something ....... but it just didn't. Waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent: Gameshouse Novella 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Claire North
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    In 17th century Venice exists a mysterious establishment known only as the Gameshouse. There, fortunes are made and fortunes are broken over games of chess, backgammon, and every other game under the sun. But those whom fortune favours may be invited to compete in the higher league...a league where the games played are of politics and empires, of economics and kings.

    Chris says: "Great Novella"
    "not like her other books"
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    Story

    I gave it about an hour of listening, and still couldn't care about the story or the characters. I've liked her other books, but this one just comes up short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Volume I: The King of the Elves

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    The King of the Elves is the opening installment of a uniform, five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, expanded from the previous Collected Stories set to incorporate new story notes, and two added tales, one previously unpublished, and one uncollected.

    Renee Tang says: "Fantastic stories!"
    "is this supposed to be good?"
    Overall
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    Stories are awful. Narrator drives me nuts. Nothing good about this. Maybe this is some of his really early work? this narrator could ruin even a really good story though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Burial Rites: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hannah Kent
    • Narrated By Morven Christie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (793)
    Story
    (792)

    A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her.

    Sam - Audible says: "Cannot stop thinking about this book"
    "Great story and narration!"
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    Loved the narrator, great story, not a dry piece of historical fiction at all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (186)

    On Mars, the harsh climate could make any colonist turn to drugs to escape a dead-end existence. Especially when the drug is Can-D, which transports its users into the idyllic world of a Barbie-esque character named Perky Pat. When the mysterious Palmer Eldritch arrives with a new drug called Chew-Z, he offers a more addictive experience, one that might bring the user closer to God. But in a world where everyone is tripping, no promises can be taken at face value.

    Jerry Witt says: "Fantastic and current"
    "Must have been great in 1964....."
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    It was moderately interesting until the Barney gets to Mars, then it just gets unbearably boring. Couldn't stand it, fast-forwarded thru most of the 2nd half. Listen to the last 2 or 3 minutes and you'll get the gist of it. I liked Valis but this one sucks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Clocks

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3105)
    Performance
    (2779)
    Story
    (2792)

    Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "I HEAR EVERY WRINKLE IN EVERY WORD"
    "Iceland is our only hope!"
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    This book was magnificent! Loved listening to this book while I ran. I found the story engrossing and despite the almost too-kooky psycho-kinetic battle scenes, I loved the story of Holly Sykes. Just awesome!!!! If you've liked any of the other books I've reviewed you will love this one, I highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bird and the Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Amy Harmon
    • Narrated By Trina Nishimura
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (1046)
    Story
    (1048)

    The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn't speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would sell his soul and lose his son to the sky. My father wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free. But freedom will require escape, and I'm a prisoner of my mother's curse and my father's greed. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love...a bird?

    Leslie F. says: "Entertaining, but not quite "epic""
    "started ok, then i couldn't wait for it to be over"
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    has a good premise, but after they get married it just goes on and on. I couldn't wait for it to be over. Kind of soft-pornish at times. Too much yearning, and blah blah blah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26289)
    Performance
    (23957)
    Story
    (23960)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Heather says: "A heartwrenching story read absolutely brilliantly"
    "Pretty boring, except for the bit at the end"
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    Pretty boring story, the most interesting part was the "historical" analysis of the handmaid's tale at the end. I kept expecting the story to go somewhere bit it didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (2462)
    Performance
    (2215)
    Story
    (2239)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    Amanda says: "What's Real?"
    "Plodding."
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    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book, I really tried to listen to it for a long, long time. But it wasn't getting any better. So I quit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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