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Douglas

Oakland, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Intercept: A Jeremy Fisk Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dick Wolf
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (205)

    Days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet flying over the Atlantic Ocean reminds everyone that vigilance is not a task to be taken lightly. But for iconoclastic NYPD detective Jeremy Fisk, it may also be a signal that there is much more to this case than the easy answer of this being just the work of another lone terrorist. Fisk suspects that the event might also be a warning sign that another scheme has been set in motion.

    Katherine says: "Page turner"
    "Good overall detective story"
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    Like the best Law & Order episodes, Wolf's story combines just enough personal drama with a tight police procedural to keep things moving and keep you engaging. Definitely kept me interested and surprised until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7589)
    Performance
    (7220)
    Story
    (7231)

    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"
    "Gripping page-turner from beginning to end"
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    I've listened to dozens of Audible books during my 2-hour-plus daily commute, and I don't know if any book has held my attention so completely from beginning to end. The story was fascinating, engaging, and well-written, and R.C. Bray's narration was absolutely spot-on. He captured the voice of the character, as well as the tragedy and comedy of the writing, with laser precision. I've convinced several people to start reading this book, and it's become one of my go-to recommendations for people looking to start listening to audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4792)
    Performance
    (4429)
    Story
    (4439)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "One of his best!"
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    I've been a Neil Gaiman reader since the nineties, and this might be his best work to date. I listen to audiobooks during my commute, so books that have a long, slow start tend to lose my interest. Not the case here. After a very brief introduction to the characters and the world, things get fascinating very quickly. And it's a fresh, surprising story, all the way through.

    Not only that, but Neil does a terrific job narrating his own work (which can't be said for all authors). He really brings each character to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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