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  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    Overall
    (2007)
    Performance
    (1766)
    Story
    (1805)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Anthony says: "Painful"
    "Unimaginative...."
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    A series of poorly written, disjointed stories about future cities, based on today's headlines in America as if the future is based only on what happens in the US. What a crock of egocentric bs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Continent: Travels In Small Town America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

    Lou says: "Bill's sophmoric, condescending journey"
    "Not one of my favorites"
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    Performance
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    This is one of Bryson's earliest books, published in the late 80's. As such, it lacks much of the humor that balances his snarkiness, leaving a book that seems to have been written by a curmudgeon. Americans have a lot of issues, but I found the book mean spirited. I also couldn't figure why he chose to travel during the cold, rainy season when some of the prettiest parts of the west weren't accessible. Maybe he wanted a better comparison with life in England.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2503)
    Performance
    (2328)
    Story
    (2337)

    Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

    Tango says: "Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake"
    "A Wasted Credit"
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    I really didn't understand the need for this "prequel". I really enjoyed the first three books of the series, but this is a boring rehash of all the stuff we already knew from those books. There were no new revelations about Royce and Hadrian and why spoil the mystery of how Gwen built her establishment. I see this as a play for beating the old tired horse to death for money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2875)
    Performance
    (2540)
    Story
    (2540)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Overreaching"
    Overall
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    The Twelve tries to expand the story too much in one book. The author tries to keep the action fast-paced while juggling a multitude of characters in a series of related, but different stories. He jumps from one group of characters to the next so quickly that it becomes very difficult to follow when listening. Scott Brick's sing-song narration doesn't help, either. The resulting audio book is a disappointing follow up to The Passage.

    The book really seems to fall apart around 22-23 hours. Switching back and forth between story lines came so frequently at this point that I had to put the book aside for awhile. I got so frustrated with Brick's sing-song, monotonous deliverance, I thought I would scream. I usually like Scott Brick, but not when a real performance is required to help distinguish the characters. It seems like Brick gets bored while reading long books, so he tends to drone on and on with little change in inflection, tone or cadence. If I remember correctly, three readers were used in the first book.

    The book probably works better on paper than in audio. I find it easier to deal with a multitude of characters in a herky-jerky story when I can visually see the names and can quickly turn pages to reread a section. The Audible app doesn't allow you to easily go back or especially forward to listen to a part you didn't understand without frequent bookmarks or complicated fast forwards and inaccurate scrubbing.

    Since this book is part of a trilogy, readers are certain to buy it, despite the reviews, to continue the story that began in The Passage. I plan on listening to both books again in hopes that I enjoy The Twelve more the second time. I have no idea how Cronin will handle the third book, but I hope it's more in the style of the first book and not the second. I also hope Brick steps up and gives the next book a performance that it deserves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1964)
    Performance
    (1801)
    Story
    (1804)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Acacia says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Not..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Not scary, not fun, not what the author said he wanted, and not worth the bandwidth to download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Armageddon's Children: The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (365)

    Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family's slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization's downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity.

    Lore says: "OK story that ends in a cliffhanger"
    "Good, but hard to follow"
    Overall
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    Story

    I enjoyed the story, but found it a difficult one to listen to. I like Dick Hill's performances, but not this one. The narration was hard to follow as the story jumped back and forth between characters and locations. There were no real breaks between chapters or when the story switched between characters or locations. If you can't devote your full attention to the story you will have to rewind frequently to figure out when the story changed. Mr. Hill seemed like he wasn't interested in this project because his reading was unusually flat for this complicated story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2356)
    Performance
    (2013)
    Story
    (2003)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Good story"
    Overall
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    Good story, but not great.... I enjoyed the book and, as always, the narration. The story twisted and turned and had a somewhat surprising ending. I was on the verge of not liking it when the location turned bizarre, but Childs convincingly wrote his way out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harbor Nocturne

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    When Dinko Babich, a young longshoreman, delivers Lita Medina, a young Mexican dancer, from San Pedro Harbor to a Hollywood nightclub, their lives are forever changed. An unexpectedly tender and moving love story develops among the cops and criminals who occupy the harbor, and soon Dinko and Lita are caught up in terror and peril through no fault of their own.

    Ryan says: "This is a Hollywood Station novel."
    "Another good one"
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    Over the years, I have read all of Joseph Wambaugh's books and enjoyed everyone. This book is no exception. Well-developed, familiar characters, lots of cop humor and Hollywood wierdness, and a fast paced story make this book a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2310)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1062)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Good Story Telling"
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    I enjoyed the stories and thought the performances fit the characters to a tee. This is King writing in his Shawshank and Green Mile form, no spooky stuff, just great story telling with a twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (450)

    Galilee, 1025. A cunning Templar knight uncovers a holy treasure: the Bachal Isu - the staff of Jesus Christ - a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power that will forever change humanity if unleashed. A millennium later, Somali pirates hijack a yacht off the coast off the Horn of Africa, kidnapping a young pregnant American woman and brutally killing her husband. Painter Crowe and his SIGMA team are enlisted for the top secret rescue mission. The kidnappee is the daughter of the U.S. President.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another Sigma Win!"
    "Better than the last"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you like Rollins' Sigma Force books, this was one of the better recent ones.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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