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  • The World Below

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Sue Miller
    • Narrated By Judith Ivey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (24)

    This stunning new novel showcases Sue Miller's singular gift for exposing the nerves that lie hidden in marriages and families, and the hopes and regrets that lie buried in the hearts of women.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "5 enthusiastic stars- compelling, a joy to read"
    "Boring Boring Boring"
    Overall

    This is the worst book I've heard in a long time. The charaters barely developed, nothing happened, nothing grew, the story was lame, there was nothing interesting, and to top it off, the narrator has an annoying way of ending her sentences. I only listened to the whole thing because I kept hoping something would happen.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Armada: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28539)
    Performance
    (26789)
    Story
    (26737)

    It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

    Tony E. says: "The Last Starfighter Lives"
    "Story is a disappointment after Ready Player One"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was really annoying. I enjoyed Ready Player One so much...but this book was a disappointment. I am fine with suspending disbelief for sci-if and fantasy, but when people behave in unbelievable ways, and the plot is full of utterly ridiculous things, I run out of patience. I struggled to finish this book and probably should have abandoned it a quarter of the way through. The narrator, Will Wheaton, was ok, but wasn't able to differentiate voices very well. I am SOglad this book is done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels Flight: A Harry Bosch Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4647)
    Performance
    (4241)
    Story
    (4261)

    An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous - that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?

    Janels says: "Suffers from poor narration"
    "Not Connelly's best and the wrong narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I don't want to go into a long explanation of what I would change because I'd have to give away plot points. I'll just say that the ultimate discovery in the plot of what had happened was a lot more unrealistic and unbelievable than the previous books in the Bosch series.


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

    This one isn't nearly as good as those preceding this in the Bosch series.


    What didn’t you like about Peter Giles’s performance?

    He had the overdramatic narration voice of the man who narrates the previous for action flights, the "In a world..." voice, for the whole book. It was aggravating.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6560)
    Performance
    (6003)
    Story
    (6021)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Plot holes, unbelievable characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Swarm better?

    Creation of believable characters, removal of plot holes


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

    He was pretty good at the accents, voices, and keeping them straight. He also brought energy and life to the story.


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

    Exasperation, pain, offense


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book enough to finish it. I really really did. For so many reasons. But I was suffering. I was suffering too badly to continue to suffer, after getting at least 65% through the book. I love sci-fi, and I love speculative stuff and I can suspend disbelief for weird or new or even scientifically inaccurate stuff, so long as it's believable within its world. But so much of the human interactions here were completely unrealistic. The most prominent female character was inconsistent AND embarrassing. Forget the Bechdel test - the two female characters never spoke to one another and the main one never seemed to worry about anything other than a man no matter who she was talking to. Here's a great quote I remember from shortly before I quit the book "I could tell she wasn't going to give me any more sugar just then, so I decided not to beg for it. Women don't respect that." I won't even try to go into the plot holes that were so numerous my brain was feeling like the proverbial swiss cheese, just trying to keep track. I wasn't expecting high literature from this book, but this book was just too bad for me to continue.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30440)
    Performance
    (26008)
    Story
    (25978)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Finally!!"
    "Pretty fun"
    Overall

    This was a pretty fun book. Like many other listeners, I found the author's sighing and breathing into the microphone excessive and distracting at times, but it didn't ruin the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11491)
    Performance
    (9060)
    Story
    (9050)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    AB says: "This is a must!"
    "Flat. Predictable. Disappointing"
    Overall

    I got just over two hours into this 13-hour book before I gave up. The book has such an intriguing setup - an Irish girl arrives without parents in the US in the 18th century and is sent as a servant girl to live with the black slaves on a plantation. But the execution of the story is disappointing. The characters are one- or at best two-dimensional, saying things and behaving in ways that are more like cartoons than real people, though the book takes itself quite seriously. Plot turns are both predictable and often unbelievable, seeming manufactured by the author, rather than making sense. The author pays close attention to some details (like what food is prepared) but less to others (why is a 7 year old lost on a snowy day all day but doesn't need any warming up when she's found? How much time has gone by between scenes? What motivates the characters?). Both narrators here are excellent, but the book is a sad contrast to The Help, which shares one of the narrators.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The English American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alison Larkin
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1080)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (432)

    When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

    Michael says: "Outstanding"
    "Disappointingly boring-kind of lacking plot"
    Overall

    I just could not finish this book. I tried and tried. I got halfway through, but most of that was a struggle. The author was also the narrator, and she was a very good narrator. But there was no arc to the story. It was like a bunch of little steps, one bit after another, but no plot, no storyline, almost no conflict or mystery or anything to grab you. It was just kind of bland and boring. And there were many miss opportunities for ... I don't know what to call it, maybe deeper analysis, or discussion of implications, but most of them were missed.

    If I remember correctly, this is a novel based on true experience. Maybe that's the problem. There were a lot of irrelevant and boring details that might have been interesting if this were the memoir of a remarkable, unusual or famous person, but were boring as part of a novel.

    Sorry, Alison. If the person in the book is anything like you, then you seem like a delightful, funny, and interesting person. But the book itself isn't doing it for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2540)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1296)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "Quite Disappointing"
    Overall

    After listening to and really enjoying "Company Man," I came back for more J. Finder. But this book was such a disappointment in comparison. The characters behaved unrealistically, and there was never a good sense of how much time has passed. It was too unbelievable. Plus, Scott Brick's reading was very tedious - he seemed to only have two emotions in this book: shock and disgust. Don't really recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3131)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1319)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Bill Burton says: "Skinny Dip"
    "Very entertaining!"
    Overall

    I had no idea what to expect from this book. It was quite enjoyable. Lots of very colorful characters -- that was the best part. The plot was silly, somewhat unpredictable, and fun to follow. A very fun listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Company Man

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (300)

    Nick Conover, the son of a factory worker, is the CEO of a major corporation in a company town. Nick, once the most admired man in Fenwick, Michigan, is now, having presided over massive layoffs, the most despised. A single parent since the recent death of his wife, he's struggling to insulate his 10-year-old daughter and angry 16-year-old son from the town's hostility.

    James says: "Nail-biting suspense"
    "Surprisingly complex"
    Overall

    I was expecting a standard crime story with flat characters who behave predictably unrealistically. Instead, this was complex, with real characters, a multi-faceted plot, and lots to think about. I found myself listening at every moment, wanting to continue with the story. My only criticism is that Scott Brick didn't do as much as he could to differentiate characters by their voices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Transmission

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Hari Kunzru
    • Narrated By Hari Kunzru
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Transmission, Hari Kunzru's new novel of love and lunacy, immigration and immunity, introduces a daydreaming Indian computer geek whose luxurious fantasies about life in America are shaken when he accepts a California job offer.

    Don says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    "Wonderful book"
    Overall

    This was a wonderful book ... almost a "bonfire of the vanities" for the current tech world, only with some more personal aspects. The author was a fantastic narrator, and the book was fun and exciting. I enjoyed it tremendously.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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