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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
    (503)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (453)

    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"
    "Clever story; have to keep listening!"
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    Would you listen to The Time Keeper again? Why?

    Would not listen again -- not my style. Listen once, that's all I need.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very clever and thoughtful story line. Kept wondering where it was going and how it would turn out.


    What about Dan Stevens’s performance did you like?

    Good job.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Time Keeper and why?

    Can't remember; listened a while ago.


    Any additional comments?

    A nice twist on how we think of time and time travel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (584)

    "You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

    Amanda says: "Don't let the sample fool you - So Good!"
    "Quirky fun"
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    I like these off-beat story lines; it's always interesting to discover where the author takes the tale. This was well written with plot line details cleverly tucked here and there; good narration; satisfying ending. Heavy on the metaphors for sure, but the character's personality was dependent upon them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lock Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (625)

    Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people.

    G. Sabin says: "A decent story, a little slow"
    "Clever plot idea brought to life"
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    This is a fun simple tale of a lock-safe savant. He gets mixed up with criminals (cleverly connects to them via color-coded pagers), but gives us a happy ending. Some clever ideas here; well researched (I have new insights into the world of locks & safes now); well narrated. All round nice romp.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (634)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "Left me in tears of goodness."
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    Wonderful story, made all the better because it's true. It really brought to life what it was like to be a fighter pilot in WWII. Certainly not as romantic as novels would have us believe. Solid narrator, too. All around well worth the listen. Left me moved and in tears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    In Virginia, there is an agency bearing the bland name of Technical Operations Support Activity, or TOSA. Its one mission is to track, find, and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short document known as the Kill List. TOSA actually exists. So does the Kill List. Added to it is a new name: a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of the kills is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA's top hunter of men....

    Frances says: "Where's The Fire?"
    "Forsyth Does it again!"
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    Great Forsyth story -- good story line; well written and well constructed. I couldn't wait to listen. Good narration. A solid package. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brainrush, a Thriller: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Bard
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (456)

    When terminally ill combat pilot Jake Bronson emerges from an MRI with extraordinary cognitive powers, everyone wants a piece of his talent including Battista, one of the world s most dangerous terrorists. To save his love and her autistic child, Jake is thrust into a deadly chase that leads from the canals of Venice through Monte Carlo and finally to an ancient cavern in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, where Jake discovers that his newfound talents carry a hidden price that threatens the entire human race.

    Jill says: "BRAINRUSH an exciting, thrilling, adventure!"
    "Nice Plot; Great narration; mediocre writer"
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    The premise of this book is clever -- super brain powers. The story line is pretty good -- but it really needed a more mature writer. His metaphors are sophmoric: "like a cobra in a terrarium". But the narration -- oh the narration! R.C. Bray is a name I'll look for -- he's terrific. He made a mediocre book very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Miracles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Thompson Walker
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (355)

    On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.

    Karen says: "Not sure I can measure up..."
    "Compelling story line"
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    Wonderfully fresh story line -- I was compelled to see how the author would end it. Really interesting to hear how things are impacted as the world slows down. Some slow (pardon the pun) spots, but really clever. Glad I read it...Now she's got me thinking about global warming...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Homicidal

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Paul Alexander
    • Narrated By Paul Christy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (666)

    Homicidal is the story of the almost 25-year serial-murder crime spree of Lonnie Franklin Jr., who is alleged to have killed at least 10 women in Los Angeles, if not more. Nicknamed by the media the Grim Sleeper, because there appeared to be a 13-year lull in the killings, Franklin met most of the women through random encounters that ended in murder. Significant blunders by the Los Angeles Police Department helped Franklin avoid arrest for years.

    Ian says: "Why was this written?"
    "What's the point again?"
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    I'm pretty patient, but after a couple of hours of listening to police report histories, I gave up. What is the point of listing the names and dates of victims of serial killers in LA? Where was this going? Would there ever be a story? Waste of my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2008)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1799)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Fun story -- amazing knowledge of technology"
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    What did you love best about Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore?

    Good story; fun and hard to predict.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not edge of seat, but didn't see the end coming.


    Have you listened to any of Ari Fliakos’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Google rules the world!


    Any additional comments?

    Robin Sloan is rich in knowledge of today's technologies, so I learned some cool stuff. A fun little book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (703)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Only if you're really patient!"
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    Would you try another book from Mary Roach and/or Emily Woo Zeller?

    Probably not.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    couldn't get through it all


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Hard to do better given the overwhelming extraneous details.


    Do you think Gulp needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I hope not.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Mary Roach's book Stiff. So I was quick to grab this book. But the tedium of it all -- I don't care what kind of cashmere grey sweater the research scientist was wearing; I don't care if there was sun shining through the windows when you met. The overwhelming extraneous details led me to think the author needed to write a certain number of pages...boring details with an occasional gem of information. Too much for me to plow through. I gave it up before we even got to the small intestine. BIg disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hornet Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (372)

    It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

    C. McCoy says: "An Outstanding Spy Novel"
    "Good listen; a little predictable story line"
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    Where does Hornet Flight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thoroughly enjoy this listen -- I liked the well-constructed plot, although I knew where it was going. But the narration put it over the top -- so well done. Overall, I'd rate this as one of the more enjoyable books, but not at the top.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I might have laid out fewer story-line cues so that the listener wouldn't get too far ahead of the plot.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first John Lee I've heard. I'll be on the lookout for others.


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

    When Harold's father lied to protect Harold. It went against his beliefs and the love for his son became more important.


    Any additional comments?

    I do recommend this book. It's a wonderful listen -- lots of detail, which I liked because I it gave me clearer images in my mind. If you're not a fan of detail, I wouldn't recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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