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Swad

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  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1264)
    Performance
    (1149)
    Story
    (1151)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "Editor Needed Here - Too Late"
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    First of all, EDITORS SELECT?! Seriously?! (Sarah, you're embarrassing yourself.)

    I downloaded this one because I thought the idea was interesting and there were a few outstanding reviews (which I now realize must have been the author's mom and dad), plus the 'Editors Select" ploy.

    This was an extremely disappointing experience. I couldn't get through the second part even after speeding up the pace of the reading.

    Overly ambitious for an inexperienced author, I lay much of the blame for this unwieldy work at the feet of the editor who has failed miserably at his/her job, and I resent audible for pushing this mess.

    Book 1?! 15 hours wasn't enough to finish this story?

    The narrator is equally unskilled, but probably appropriate to the task.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8358)
    Performance
    (7542)
    Story
    (7537)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Fantastic"
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    Sycamore Row brought back so many memories of A Time to Kill that I went back and listened to that great book again afterwards. The characters, story, and narration of both books are absolutely top notch. If you're new to Grisham I highly recommend you experience A Time to Kill followed up by Sycamore Row. The man at his very best.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MaddAddam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (523)

    Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it's left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator.

    Tery says: "dystopian heaven"
    "A Fine Finish"
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    If you loved the first two, this will be no disappointment. Lots of new viewpoints, questions answered, loose-ends tied, and completion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6273)
    Performance
    (5819)
    Story
    (5838)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Read The Shining First"
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    If you've never read The Shining, read it a dozen or more years ago, or have only seen the movie, get a copy of The Shining and devour it before starting this one. You won't be sorry and this awesome and creepy story will have that much more dimension for you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2136)
    Performance
    (1989)
    Story
    (2010)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Reread this one first!"
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    I started Dr. Sleep and stopped during the first chapter. Having read The Shining when it first came out and seen the movie countless times, it was obvious from the start that refreshing The Shining NOVEL was essential. The movie veers wildly away from the book and Dr. Sleep is a sequel to the BOOK.

    The Shining still holds up today and it was thoroughly enjoyable to jump into Dr. Sleep on the heels of this great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8095)
    Performance
    (7419)
    Story
    (7426)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Fantastic"
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    There are few words that would do this wonderful novel justice in praise. I don't really understand other reviewers' comments about a slow start. The pace of the story is perfect from page one. The narration is absolutely perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Time to Kill & The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (561)

    The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime, until her father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

    Paul Cragin says: "Lively voices tell gripping plot"
    "A Time to Kill"
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    After finishing Sycamore Row I went back to A Time to Kill. Having read nearly all of Grisham's novels, this one is still at the very top of the list. Brilliant and timeless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of the Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (615)
    Story
    (618)

    The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

    Melinda says: "thought-provoking, engaging dystopic fiction"
    "Good Sequel - Musical interludes are annoying"
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    I loved Oryx & Crake and am thrilled that the brilliant Margaret Atwood has chosen to continue the story.

    The narrators were good, but the production suffers from the hairbrained idea that it would add to the story to actually record Atwood's song lyrics as actual songs.

    In the same way that some actors go overboard in "performing" certain books (not this one thankfully). The producer here went WAY overboard by adding something that is ONLY possible in an audio book by adding music.

    I don't listen to books from Audible to hear a performance, I listen because I don't have time to sit and read, so I prefer my books to be as unadulterated as possible.

    I hope the producers of this book recognize that such over the top adulteration is a mistake and stop it in future.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Firm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (447)

    At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. But he made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. Mitch should have remembered what his brother Ray -- doing 15 years in a Tennessee jail -- already knew. "You never get nothing for nothing."

    Mark says: "One of the best thrillers ever!"
    "Vintage Grisham"
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    I saw the film many years ago having not read the book. Picked this one up recently and loved it, but couldn't remember anything from the film. So I re-watched the film after I finished this and realized why. They changed many, many key points (as often happens). This is a long way to say that if you saw the movie and haven't read/heard the book, the movie is a faint shadow and Grisham fans will love it.

    Obviously the story is dated, especially from a technological point of view, but it's still worth it.

    I heard a lot of books narrated by Scott Brick and this is by far one of his finest performances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10334)
    Performance
    (9625)
    Story
    (9627)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Great for Gamers"
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    In reading the other reviews I was expecting more of a general 80s nostalgia. This book, first of all, takes place entirely in the future and the 80s nostalgia is very, very specific and will appeal most strongly to men who were teens during the early 80s. Bonus points if you were also a geek.Don't get me wrong, I loved this book. Some of the gamer references got past me, but none of the music or film homages did. My point is that this one isn't for all 80s lovers as the gaming aspect overrides all others.Wil Wheaton did a spectacular job. Other actors could learn a lot from his subtlety and skill (yes, I'm talking to you, Craig Wasson.)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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