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John S

Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

MA | Member Since 2005

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  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Peter Husmann
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (171)

    A mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition.

    John S says: "A classic that everyone should read."
    "A classic that everyone should read."
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    This book was $2, and well worth it. I read the book 20 years ago, but decided to listen to it again. Buy the book and don't use the credit though. It will be the best $2 you spend on audible.

    Written over 100 years ago it accurately predicts submarines, deep sea diving and other technologies. The narration by Peter Hausmann is great and the story can't be beat. I could write more, but at $2 try it for yourself.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wormhole: The Rho Agenda, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (566)

    When the Rho Project’s lead scientist, Dr. Donald Stephenson, is imprisoned for his crimes against humanity, the world dares to think the threat posed by the Rho Project’s alien technologies is finally over. The world is wrong. In Switzerland, scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider have discovered a new threat, a scientific anomaly capable of destroying the earth - and only Rho Project technology can stop it.

    Brian says: "SPECTACULAR SERIES!"
    "Thank God it's Over"
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    Bought #1, #2 and #3 in this series. As good as Hunger Games, Ender's Game and even Girl With a Dragon Tattoo. Rated as YA but as an adult I enjoyed because of all the science. If you have a teen daughter have her listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Immune: The Rho Agenda, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (651)

    Anyone who dares challenge the Rho Project is being systematically picked off. At the top of the hit man’s death list: NSA fixer Jack Gregory, and the three teenagers who first exposed the Rho Project’s dark agenda to the world.On the run for their lives, Heather, Mark, and Jennifer know that the Rho Project’s alien nano-technology has been released into the world, disguised as a miracle cure. But what they don’t yet know is that the serum has taken on a life of its own....

    Orson says: "A second volume that stands alone - brilliantly"
    "Still going strong. Still no sleep"
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    Listened to # 1. Bought #2 and cannot stop listening. Still no sleep. This series is addicting. Great for teens

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (991)

    In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Terrific story"
    "Don't get this--Not"
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    Okay as a whim I purchased this because it was so inexpensive. Big mistake. Started listening and could not stop. Lost sleep and now I have to buy #2 in series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (247)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Marci says: "Near perfect. One of Burke's Best."
    "I listen due to Will Patton but backfires here"
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    I am a fan of these books (James Lee Burke) and love the narration of Will Patton. The problem is if you are addicted to these books, you find yourself listening but associating the character with voices in earlier books. Will Patton has this husky voice he used for Cleet in earlier books and it resurfaces here. So when you listen to this book it's hard not to think that you are not listening to a character that is not even in this book. I suppose that this is the problem with being an "audible" book. If I was James Lee Burke, I would think about this and maybe change the character profile so it incorporates "new" voices, I am sure that Will Patton could so something of asian descent for example.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1147)
    Performance
    (983)
    Story
    (996)

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    Suzn F says: "Epic story of Love and Loss"
    "Take a break from trashy novels."
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    This book as the title indicates is about brothers. East of Eden refers to the biblical story of Cain and Abel. There are two generations of brothers in this book, with each generation representing "Cain", the the other "Abel." Although it was written decades ago, the storyline is as relevant as ever, just as Shakespeare and Dickens would be. This book is overshadowed by Steinbeck's book "of Mice and Men", but is just as relevant. It combines a great story, historical facts (civil war and early California), and is why Steinbeck won a Nobel Prize. Take a break from trashy novels and listen to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (488)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "Written when people actually read books."
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    I have never read this book. Saw the movie and was in the play in High School (30 years ago). It is a work of artistry with every word fitting together with the next like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. I wish my children would read it. It gets no better than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (309)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Ford K. Thigpen says: "LOVED this book!"
    "Kind of a chick book"
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    I thought the book was well narrated and excellently written. I did enjoy it, but really think a woman would appreciate it better. I suggested my wife read it. The scenes of elementary school politics were reminiscent of when my children were younger. I suspect those "feelings" exist among women, but most men are oblivious as are the male characters in the book. Most of the men in the book are jerks and half the women are the B word. But parts are really funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (179)

    An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Smartest Novel I've Heard or Read in Long time"
    "Great thriller.. Should be on best seller list."
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    This is one of the best written, most suspenful books I have listened to in a long time. Quite plausible plot, great charcters, and complex plot that works quite well. At 22 hours of listening pleasure get this book. I could say more but you have to listen for yourself.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2080)
    Performance
    (1934)
    Story
    (1930)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "This will not be a series like Harry Potter"
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    Very well written mystery book and I enjoyed it. It is the second in the series and in being so suffers from comparison. I enjoyed this one and the previous but will I continue on? No. I listen to the Prey series b John Sanford which may not be as well written but keeps me coming back for more. This series does not. It was way too redundant with the previous book (book 1). Having said that #1 and #2 in this series are pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (569)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Hank Reads! says: "Completely absorbing!"
    "Really tough to follow as an audiobook"
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    This was a rather good book. I loved the story. It was well written. But it is one of those books that is really tough to follow as an audiobook. There are two major storylines that jump back and forth and then forward and backward in time in a single chapter. If you don't pay attention you will be lost quite quickly.

    The book is good and does not end as you would expect. Read this, don't listen.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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