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  • The Brief History of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kevin Brockmeier
    • Narrated By Richard Poe

    All residents of the City have recently died, and they will remain in the City only as long as someone still living on Earth remembers them. On Earth, however, the population has been devastated by a terrible pandemic. Laura Byrd, isolated at an Antarctic research station, may be the only person to have survived the pandemic. But she's running out of time and supplies, and her memories are fading.

    Audrey says: "Can't wait to hear it again."
    "Intriguing & enjoyable listen"

    I really enjoyed this book! The concept is facinating and had me from the beginning. However, the ending was disappointing, and felt like the film at the movie theater just broke and no one was around to splice it back together. The characters were rich and there was just the right amount of descriptive detail.

    1 of 1 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

    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..."

    When I read the description of this book, I was expecting a novel that would be similar to "The Day After Tomorrow" - a novel depicting the science and catastrophy of the slowing of the earth's rotation, with action-packed scenes of survival and dealing with the unexpected. Instead, I got a novel about a girl and her relationships, with the earth's slowing as the backdrop. Needless to say, I was disappointed.

    In my opinion, the critics review of the book was grossly inaccurate and exagerrated.

    The narrator was fine and did a nice job of telling the story that was written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Perseverence lives on....."

    The story is "cold", "grey", and full of "ash", but it is a story of perseverence. In a situation with little to no hope, you find yourself asking the characters why they are continuing. But if you are a parent (or an eternal optimist), you will understand. Despite little knowledge about the situation leading up to the story, you find yourself engrossed in an apocolyptic time that is believeable and convincing. The ending was a bit disappointing to me. If you are interested in this story, may I recommend "A Brief History of the Dead". Enjoy!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lecture

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

    Kelli G says: "How to Live"
    "Will change your perspective...."

    This was a wonderful book. Although the theme is depressing (he is dying), his outlook on the life he has had, and has left, is inspiring. After listening to this book, I have decided to start journaling. never know. Life is definately short and unpredictable. If you have ever heard Randy speak, you will appreciate the narrator, as he makes you feel that Randy is speaking directly to you. A definate recommendation.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • False Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang

    It's a fear more paralyzing than falling. More terrifying than absolute darkness. More horrifying than anything you can imagine. It's the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you matter where you hide. It's the fear of yourself. It's real. It can happen to you. And facing it can be deadly.

    Dohna says: "Koontz did it again......."
    "My favorite date!"

    I loved this novel! If you like Koontz, you know he is a stickler for detail. Well, depite a few lagging moments in Part 1, the book was a rollercoster. As with most of Koontz's works, he makes you think, "Could this happen to me?". I would highly recommend this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Rob Bell
    • Narrated By Rob Bell

    I thank God for anybody anywhere who is pointing people to the mysteries of God. But those people would all tell you to think long and hard about what they are saying and doing and creating.

    Scott says: "Absolute MUST listen!!!"
    "Absolute MUST listen!!!"

    Don't let the title distract you from this book. This is a MUST listen! Rob Bell states it clearly and simply, and is so refreshing in the process, you find yourself asking, "Where has he been all this time?". Rob gets you thinking about faith in real, practical ways and terms - none of that christianesse here. I find myself listening to this book over and over again, each time, discovering new nuggets. I cannot begin to tell you how many people I have recommended this book to. If this book doesn't challenge you and give you the freedom to wrestle with God, I don't know what will.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Velocity

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Michael Hayden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bill Wile is an easygoing, hardworking guy who leads a quiet, ordinary life. But that is about to change. One evening, after his usual eight-hour bartending shift, he finds a typewritten note under the windshield wiper of his car.

    Carlotta says: "A True Dean Koontz I see it"
    "Great story...Full of dilemma!"

    I was only recently introduced to Koontz. "Velocity" is the second book of his I have listened to. I thought it was fantastic! I caught myself gasping out loud and caught in the spiderweb of decision-making the author spun. I would absolutely recommend this book. I do agree with some of the reviewers that Koontz gets a bit carried away with the minutia of detail, and this can distract from the story at times, but the plot always snapped me back from daydreaming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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