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Nathan

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • Lottery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Patricia Wood
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (151)

    Perry's IQ is only 76, but he's not stupid. His grandmother taught him everything he needs to know to survive: she taught him to write things down so he won't forget them. She taught him to play the lottery every week. And, most important, she taught him whom to trust. When Gram dies, Perry is left orphaned and bereft at the age of 31. Then his weekly Washington State Lottery ticket wins him 12 million dollars, and he finds he has more family than he knows what to do with.

    hilobilly says: "lottery"
    "Pleasant"
    Overall

    This book was a pleasant listen. The story has a few interesting turns and the narrator does a credible job of delivering it. Nothing earth-shattering or life changing for me in this book, but it was fun to listen to and I'd recommend it for a "lighter" listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Punch Escrow

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tal M. Klein
    • Narrated By Matthew Mercer
    Overall
    (1460)
    Performance
    (1374)
    Story
    (1375)

    Joel Byram is an everyday 22nd century guy. He spends his days training artificial-intelligence engines to act more human, jamming out to 1980s new wave - an extremely obscure genre - and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. Joel is pretty much an everyday guy with everyday problems - until he's accidentally duplicated while teleporting. Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves.

    alexkazam says: "Terrible execution of an interesting idea."
    "A great idea for a book, but..."
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    Story

    The premise for this story is good, and the book began as an interesting listen. But the further into the book I got, the more silliness ensued. It became too "juvenile" for lack of a better word. I did finish the book, but I would think twice about recommending it.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (3970)
    Performance
    (3710)
    Story
    (3699)

    All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the "King of Manhattan North", a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force". Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest - an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the 18 years he's spent on the job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps.

    Steve L says: "Winslow continus to amaze"
    "A lot of telling in this novel—not enough showing"
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    Performance
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    The writing courses I have taken always emphasize "show, don't tell." Don Winslow begins this story with a very long session of telling. I almost gave up on it. Eventually, he gets around to some action, and although Winslow often goes back to telling, the plot is interesting enough to keep the reader involved. The dialog is particularly good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cash City

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Fredrick
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    Overall
    (1949)
    Performance
    (1800)
    Story
    (1787)

    It is an obsession that has haunted Nick Malick for seven years - to avenge the murder of his young son. In his gut Malick knows who did it. But the psychopath is in prison for another crime, scheduled to be released in a year. All Malick has to do is wait...and survive.

    Lia says: "Great New Series"
    "An "OK" listen"
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    I really don't know how this book got such great reviews. It's a very ordinary book with no particularly sympathetic characters, no particularly unique plots twists... nothing to recommend it. It's what I would call a "time waster." If you like private detective novels, and this book is on sale, it might suit you. Or maybe not.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scythe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4340)
    Performance
    (4066)
    Story
    (4068)

    A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

    G. Grimsley says: "Immortal until you're Gleaned"
    "A different spin on the usual dystopian future"
    Overall
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    As I listened to "Scythe" I often thought of all that was wrong with the novel... but in the end, I would buy the sequel, which says everything that needs to be said, I suppose.

    The problems in this book are mainly that the author was lazy with the details of the world he created. Supposedly in the distant future (with much of the technology you would expect), fuel-powered conventional helicopters are still in use, and characters still use handwriting to communicate with ink pens and paper. Anachronisms like these kept me from getting completely immersed in the story. I suspect that the author did not want to get bogged down in detail, when his story is about ideas not things, but the anachronisms were distracting to me.

    This book abounds with ideas. At one point a character is riding in a conventional car and thinks, "How strange to need to see where you are going to get there." Small thoughts like this really added to my enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Children of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian Tchaikovsky
    • Narrated By Mel Hudson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10442)
    Performance
    (9725)
    Story
    (9703)

    Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

    Simon says: "A very pleasant surprise"
    "Great Sci-Fi after the fashion of Arthur C. Clark"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was an excellent listen. What could be a confusing story is made clear by the skill and technique of the author.

    The author occasionally dips a little too deeply into allegory, as though he thinks his readers will not be clever enough to get his point, but the story was entertaining enough that I could forgive this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greyhound

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Steffan Piper
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2195)
    Performance
    (2041)
    Story
    (2042)

    Sebastien Ranes’s single mom and her feckless boyfriend can’t be bothered to take care of a stuttering 12-year-old. Banished to live with his grandmother on the far side of the country, the boy can barely understand a bus schedule when he gets dumped at the Greyhound station in Stockton, California. Given $35 and a one-way ticket to Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sebastien must cross the country - alone, without a clue how to fend for himself. Filled with youthful anger and naïveté, Sebastien heads out into the "Morning in America" of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s.

    Gillian says: "Warm Story of Fragility and Friendship"
    "An okay time waster"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is more or less the coming-of-age story of a 12-year-old boy riding 3 days on a Greyhound bus. While it was okay, it was a bit too predictable. The boy has an unlikely chain of adventures on the bus which keep the action moving along, but also make the book much less believable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Frank T Vertosick Jr. MD
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2263)
    Performance
    (2097)
    Story
    (2091)

    With poignant insight and humor, Frank Vertosick, Jr., MD, describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, including a six-week-old infant with a tumor in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, and a minister with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of Vertosick's patients and unsparing-yet-fascinatingly detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, When the Air Hits Your Brain illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.

    Largactil says: "Sensitive and Enlightening"
    "Surprisingly entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A have bought quite a few non-fiction titles from Audible, and they are often disappointing. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The author keeps things moving along, writing in a humorous and conversational style. (Sort of along the lines of author, Mary Roach.) I also learned a great deal about the way the brain and the body work together. If medical stories interest you, this is a good choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (4873)
    Performance
    (4238)
    Story
    (4254)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    psnorb says: "My Favorite Book for the past 10 years"
    "Exceeded my expectations"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    When I began listening to this book, my expectations plummeted. I anticipated a childish listen. But after the first few chapters, the book improved and was a decent time-waster.

    This is not an intellectual or literary tour de force.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Open Season: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4061)
    Performance
    (3656)
    Story
    (3641)

    Joe Pickett is the new game warden in Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, a town where nearly everyone hunts and the game warden—especially one like Joe who won't take bribes or look the other way—is far from popular. When he finds a local hunting outfitter dead, splayed out on the woodpile behind his state-owned home, he takes it personally. There had to be a reason that the outfitter, with whom he's had run-ins before, chose his backyard, his woodpile to die in.

    AudioAddict says: "As refreshing as sunrise in the mountains"
    "I really enjoyed this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wow. A book about a game warden... how exciting could that be? Open Season is actually one of the more original law enforcement novels I have read in the past 15 years. I enjoyed the writing, and the plot was definitely something new to me. The narrator is excellent!

    I will be buying more books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Late Show

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Katherine Moennig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7134)
    Performance
    (6563)
    Story
    (6532)

    Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

    Destry says: "Oh, the narration!"
    "A good listen"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Having read all the disparaging comments about the narration, I really hesitated to pay for this book. My spouse had read the paper version, and she said it was good, so I took my chances.

    Is this the best narration I have heard? No. Is it as bad as some of the reviews claim? No. After the first 30 minutes, I don't think I ever thought of the narration again.

    The plot is not tremendously original, but the book is a good police procedural, going into detail about police operations much more than most books in this genre.

    I'm not sorry I bought it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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