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  • The City

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Korey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (576)

    There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine.

    kimberlee says: "Dean Koontz is back!"
    "How exactly a 2-star review with 4 hours???"
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    How is it anyway possible to give a two star review for a 13-hour audiobook that just CAME OUT 4 HOURS ago??? The answer? Its' not.
    Audible needss to fix this system. Once again, here is another book that gets low reviews within just HOURS of release. THere is no one on the planet that can truly give a complete, fair, knowledgeable review in that amount of time!
    It is unfair to the other buyers, who many like myself, depend on the reviews of others before using precious credits on a audiobook! IT is also unfair to the publishers, writer, etc.
    Plus who would BUY an audiobook period when they already know that is only worthy of one or two stars??? Kinda fishy if you ask me...

    Note - In order to support what I've said above, I will edit and give FULL review after I finish the novel...but otherwise this rating system is severly flawed (as are the people who don't take it seriously)

    136 of 152 people found this review helpful
  • Flanagan's by the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chris Fraser
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Dicky Flanagan has been the crown prince of Shadow Beach his entire life. The grandson of the man who built it from nothing into a homey surf town, the son of the volatile father who ruled over the pier and beach below with a tripwire temper and a charming grin, and the brother of an odd, but gifted, murdered child - an event that kept Dicky out of the water and buried deep in a drug-fueled haze.

    justin says: "WOW...just amazing debut!"
    "WOW...just amazing debut!"
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    What did you love best about Flanagan's by the Sea?

    The characters and setting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Why ask same question twice?


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Of course, any self respecting audiobook "junkie" has listened to the wonderful Christian Rummel before.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book!!!! Such a wonderful debut, and one of the FEW books I could not put down (finished all 12 hours in one sitting lol).

    Part suspense novel, but mostly a story about life, family, and the people most important to us. A wonderful, yet flawed protagonist (told in 1st-person) and his equally (or more) flawed family and the hijinks that occur in life...good or bad, for better or worse. For once the comparison in the description above to other novelists held true. It has the best parts of a Don Winslow novel (Dawn Patrol, etc) with the California beach setting & original characterization, but is also SO much more than that. You really feel connected to the characters, and that is not an easy feat. After 7 hours of listening to a book it is rare to want a book NOT to end. At the risk of spoiling parts of the book, I will stay away from details about the novel, the synopsis above is for that. I will say that it is VERY rare these days to see a debut that grabs you this tight and won't let go. Do yourself a favor and listen...as with ALL my TOP FAVORITE novels, I am off to buy the hardback copy for my bookshelf :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By Chandler David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    From C. J. Box, the New York Times-bestselling author of the Joe Pickett novels, comes a thrilling book of suspense stories about the Wyoming he knows so well - and the dark deeds and impulses that can be found there. Over the course of eighteen books, C. J. Box has been consistently hailed for his brilliant storytelling and extraordinary skills at creating character, suspense, and a deep sense of place. All of those strengths are in the ten riveting stories - three of them never before published - that make up Shots Fired.

    justin says: "That's odd...a THREE star review within 3 hours???"
    "That's odd...a THREE star review within 3 hours???"
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    Not trying to harp on this ONCE again, but this trend of people POORLY rating audiobooks that came out less than 3 hours ago is RIDICULOUS! Not only is it UNFAIR & MISLEADING to the publishers, the Audible site, the author (likely trying to support themselves financially)...but MOST importantly, us the CONSUMERS.

    I listen to around 4-5 audiobooks from Audible PER week, so I understand getting a DUD of an audiobook now and then. With Audible's No-Hassle Return Poiicy in effect, there is NO reason to poorly review a book based simply on first impressions, and that you have NOT completed (since cramming a 7+ hour audiobook into 2-3 hours is impossible last time I checked).

    If you are like myself, the most IMPORTANT aspect of whether I use a hard earned credit on an audiobook, is BASED on the REVIEWS...There is a reason Audible's rating sytem is starred in 3 distinct areas; to allow a FULL and knowledged review of the ENTIRE production. There is NO star-rating category for anything like "first minute impressions" or "How good was the INTRO" lol. If you dont like the book after an hour, FINE. If you know the narrator isn't great early on, FINE. But don't come handing out ONE-STAR ratings in categories you HAVE ZERO ground to give out...you MIGHT be able to rate the "perfomance" but your creidbility to rate the Overall & Story categories is NULL in any case...because you did NOT finish the BOOK!

    FYI - As to NOT be partial in my rating of this title, I will update and provide a FULL REVIEW once I have completed this title. But something had to be said about the unfair, early reviews posted for so many new books lately :)

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Town: Wayward Pines, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1118)

    Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town's creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond.

    Gio says: "Disappointing final chapter"
    "TWO/THREE star review within 3 hours ? RIDICULOUS"
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    Not trying to harp on this ONCE again, but this trend of people POORLY rating audiobooks that came out less than 2-3 hours ago is RIDICULOUS! Not only is it UNFAIR & MISLEADING to the publishers, the Audible site, the author (likely trying to support themselves financially)...but MOST importantly, us the CONSUMERS.

    I listen to around 4-5 audiobooks from Audible PER week, so I understand getting a DUD of an audiobook now and then. With Audible's No-Hassle Return Poiicy in effect, there is NO reason to poorly review a book based simply on first impressions, and that you have NOT completed (since cramming a 6+ hour audiobook into 1-2 hours is impossible last time I checked).

    If you are like myself, the most IMPORTANT aspect of whether I use a hard earned credit on an audiobook, is BASED on the REVIEWS...There is a reason Audible's rating sytem is starred in 3 distinct areas; to allow a FULL and knowledged review of the ENTIRE production. There is NO star-rating category for anything like "first minute impressions" or "How good was the INTRO" lol. If you dont like the book after an hour, FINE. If you know the narrator isn't great early on, FINE. But don't come handing out ONE-STAR ratings in categories you HAVE ZERO ground to give out...you MIGHT be able to rate the "perfomance" but your creidbility to rate the Overall & Story categories is NULL in any case...because you did NOT finish the BOOK!

    FYI - As to NOT be partial in my rating of this title, I will update and provide a FULL REVIEW once I have completed this title. But something had to be said about the unfair, early reviews posted for so many new books lately :)

    122 of 143 people found this review helpful
  • Rushed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brian Harmon
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Eric can't remember the recurring dream that keeps waking him in the middle of the night with an overwhelming urge to leave, yet he spends each day feeling as if he desperately needs to be somewhere. With no idea how to cure himself of this odd compulsion, he decides to let it take its course and go for a drive, hoping that once he proves to himself that there is nowhere to go, he can return to his normal life.

    Shirley says: "Great Listen"
    "A ONE STAR REVIEW in less than 5 HOURS? Hmmm..."
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    Not trying to harp on this ONCE again, but this trend of people POORLY rating audiobooks that came out less than 4-5 hours ago is RIDICULOUS! Not only is it UNFAIR & MISLEADING to the publishers, the Audible site, the author (likely trying to support themselves financially)...but MOST importantly, us the CONSUMERS.

    I listen to around 4-5 audiobooks from Audible PER week, so I understand getting a DUD of an audiobook now and then. With Audible's No-Hassle Return Poiicy in effect, there is NO reason to poorly review a book based simply on first impressions, and that you have NOT completed (since cramming a 12 hour audiobook into 4 hours is impossible last time I checked).

    If you are like myself, the most IMPORTANT aspect of whether I use a hard earned credit on an audiobook, is BASED on the REVIEWS...There is a reason Audible's rating sytem is starred in 3 distinct areas; to allow a FULL and knowledged review of the ENTIRE production. There is NO star-rating category for anything like "first minute impressions" or "How good was the INTRO" lol. If you dont like the book after an hour, FINE. If you know the narrator isn't great early on, FINE. But don't come handing out ONE-STAR ratings in categories you HAVE ZERO ground to give out...you MIGHT be able to rate the "perfomance" but your creidbility to rate the Overall & Story categories is NULL in any case...because you did NOT finish the BOOK!

    FYI - As to NOT be partial in my rating of this title, I will update and provide a FULL REVIEW once I have completed this title. But something had to be said about the unfair, early reviews posted for so many new books lately :)

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Melissa Mohr
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Almost everyone swears, or worries about not swearing, from the two year-old who has just discovered the power of potty mouth to the grandma who wonders why every other word she hears is obscene. Whether they express anger or exhilaration, are meant to insult or to commend, swear words perform a crucial role in language. But swearing is also a uniquely well-suited lens through which to look at history, offering a fascinating record of what people care about on the deepest levels of a culture - what's divine, what's terrifying, and what's taboo.

    Buddy says: "Fascinating"
    "WHERE IS THE REFERENCE MATERIAL PDF????"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    THE INTRO CLEARLY STATES WE CAN DOWNLOAD THE ACCOMPANYING PDF REFERENCE GUIDE....SO WHERE IS IT AUDIBLE???

    ANOTHER BAD REVIEW FOR A AUDIOBOOK THAT LIKELY DOES NOT DESERVE IT...BLAME IT ON AUDIBLE


    7 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Fracking King: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James Browning
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    The Fracking King follows Winston Crwth - a boarding-school kid, loner, and Scrabble prodigy - who becomes an unlikely hero in the fight to stop fracking in Pennsylvania. Truth is a rare commodity in politics, and the idea of "winning" a debate as cleanly and simply as you'd win a Scrabble game can seem impossible. But with the truth on his side, a jar of toxic "frackwater", and the belief that he can win a Scrabble tournament whose first prize is a meeting with Governor Linda King LaRue, Winston creates a moment of devastating truth.

    justin says: "How exactly does a ONE-star review happen already?"
    "How exactly does a ONE-star review happen already?"
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    How is it anyway possible to give a ONE star review for an audiobook that just CAME OUT 3 HOURS ago??? The answer? Its' not.
    Audible needss to fix this system. Once again, here is another book that gets low reviews within just HOURS of release. THere is no one on the planet that can truly give a complete, fair, knowledgeable review in that amount of time!
    It is unfair to the other buyers, who many like myself, depend on the reviews of others before using precious credits on a audiobook! IT is also unfair to the publishers, writer, etc.
    Plus who would BUY an audiobook period when they already know that is only worthy of one star??? Kinda fishy if you ask me...

    Note - In order to support what I've said above, I will edit and give FULL review after I finish the novel...but otherwise this rating system is severly flawed (as are the people who don't take it seriously)

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1109)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (944)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

    Ronna says: "Women cops in bigoted 1974 Georgia"
    "WOW a ONE star review already??? Impossible"
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    I have not listened yet but this rating a book within 5 or 6 hours of release is ridiculous. There is NO WAY the person who rated this book 1 stars actually listened to the book in full and gave it a proper rating. Hell, even the reviews that are 5-Stars that show up within 2 hours of the audiobook release is ridiculous (think Mr. Mercedes). Audible should get the act together on this. It is giving unfair bias and review to both the buyers and the authors who worked hard on the novels. That is all

    43 of 62 people found this review helpful
  • Terminal City

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (158)

    With her newest Alexandra Cooper novel, Terminal City, New York Times best-selling author Linda Fairstein delivers another breakneck thriller that captures the essence of New York City - its glamour, its possibilities, and its endless capacity for darkness. Linda Fairstein is well-known for illuminating the dark histories in many of New York's forgotten corners - and sometimes in the city's most popular landmarks. In Terminal City, Fairstein turns her attention to one of New York's most iconic structures - Grand Central Terminal.

    Joanne says: "Truly disappointing"
    "Wow...already two 2-STAR ratings? Impossible."
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    Where does Terminal City rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have not listened yet but this rating a book within 5 or 6 hours of release is ridiculous. There is NO WAY the two people who rated this book 2-3 stars actually listened to the book in full and gave it a proper rating. Hell, even the reviews that are 5-Stars that show up within 2 hours of the audiobook release is ridiculous (think Mr. Mercedes). Audible should get the act together on this. It is giving unfair bias and review to both the buyers and the authors who worked hard on the novels. That is all


    17 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8710)
    Performance
    (7976)
    Story
    (7986)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "NO WAY ALL THESE PEOPLE FINISHED THE BOOK"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There is no way the 7 reviewers listened to this entire 14+ hour audiobook already!!! The book was just released at 2 AM. For there to be SEVEN 5-Star reviews within 7 hours is just not probable!!! Audible get with the program and fix this! It is misleading!


    What other book might you compare Mr. Mercedes to and why?

    There is no way the 7 reviewers listened to this entire 14+ hour audiobook already!!! The book was just released at 2 AM. For there to be SEVEN 5-Star reviews within 7 hours is just not probable!!! Audible get with the program and fix this! It is misleading!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is no way the 7 reviewers listened to this entire 14+ hour audiobook already!!! The book was just released at 2 AM. For there to be SEVEN 5-Star reviews within 7 hours is just not probable!!! Audible get with the program and fix this! It is misleading!


    If you could take any character from Mr. Mercedes out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    There is no way the 7 reviewers listened to this entire 14+ hour audiobook already!!! The book was just released at 2 AM. For there to be SEVEN 5-Star reviews within 7 hours is just not probable!!! Audible get with the program and fix this! It is misleading!


    Any additional comments?

    There is no way the 7 reviewers listened to this entire 14+ hour audiobook already!!! The book was just released at 2 AM. For there to be SEVEN 5-Star reviews within 7 hours is just not probable!!! Audible get with the program and fix this! It is misleading!

    25 of 146 people found this review helpful

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