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  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,721
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26,678

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Star Trek: Q-Squared

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-09-16

Should have used a different narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Ray Porter is an excellent narrator, but I find that I can't listen to 14 and The Fold in succession. They should have used a different narrator for The Fold. There are no characters from 14 in this book, but the narrator has the same voice so characters in The Fold sound like characters in 14.....only they're not. Nate, Tim, Zeela et al are all so vivid and likable....it's difficult to focus on the story when those voices suddenly become other people. The Fold is worth listening to, just don't listen to it right after listening to 14.

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  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,946
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,935

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry

  • By Russell on 12-21-16

Not what I expected

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It filled the time as I worked, but I can't say I enjoyed it. This book isn't about aliens. It's about how governments, the media and anyone else in a position of power twist the truth, control information and brainwash the public. Extraterrestrials are finally introduced in the final hours of the book. Twenty hours of listening to politicians, experts, talking heads, reporters and crackpots lying, arguing, speculating, proselytizing...just talking, talking, talking. It was exhausting. There were times when I increased the speed of the narration to 3x because I just couldn't take it anymore. By the time the aliens are introduced at the end of the book...I really didn't care anymore.

Would you ever listen to anything by Craig A. Falconer again?

Probably not

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was good. Although I thought the southern accent of lead female was not credible. She's a highly paid, professional..... an educated, powerful, sophisticated woman... yet she sounds like she should be waiting tables at a southern diner.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,586
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,489

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in the narrator

  • By Brent on 06-01-12

Nothing good to say...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-16

I had to increase the narration speed to 1.5, to be able to tolerate the robot like narration. Then I increased the narration speed to 2.5 to get through the story! I love science fiction but this story was terribly dull and I couldn't have cared less if Rama had torn them all limb from limb. I hung on and listened to the bitter end and was rewarded with an ending that caused me to yell out loud...."WHAT? That's it??" A total was of time. Glad I purchased this book on sale and didn't waste a credit.

  • The Remains of the Day

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,845

The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving "a great gentleman". But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness" and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent audio book performance

  • By Julie Leto on 08-03-14

Disappointing.........

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-15

One of the few times that the book is worse than the movie. Narration was good....but the story was so dull....much like Mr. Stevens personality. Can't recommend it.

  • Passage

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 29 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 396

Dr. Joanna Lander is a psychologist specializing in near-death experiences. She is about to get help from a new doctor with the power to give her the chance to get as close to death as anyone can.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing.........

  • By Ann on 03-14-14

Disappointing.........

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-14

I'm a Connie Willis fan. My favorite is To Say Nothing of the Dog. I've also read The Doomsday book, Blackout and All Clear. This book, Passages, was my least favorite. You have to get to hour 12 of the recording before anything really happens in the story. Then, another 12 hours of listening for something else to happen. In between, it's just the same details over and over........and over again. By the 24th hour, I couldn't care less what happened to the characters, I just wanted the book to end!

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,464

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

Survived it.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-12

I hung in there and listened to every last word.....can't say I enjoyed it though. The last few chapters just digressed into a battle in the desert between nomad tribes.

  • I, Claudius

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,654

Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance

  • By Chris on 06-09-09

Power and greed in ancient times

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-12

Mostly overlooked by his powerful and corrupt family, the deformed and stuttering Claudius manages to avoid the pitfalls and poisonings to be come emperor of Rome. A very interesting tale, although the names can get a bit confusing.

  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,149

You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming book with an excellent narrator

  • By jc on 03-05-10

Very enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-12

I read the book and liked it so much that I simply had to have the audio version. Wonderful characters and that great dry humor. Loved it!

  • The Hunger Games

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,472

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Book Deserves The Hype

  • By Theodore on 03-27-12

Memorable characters, very good story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-11

Plenty of action, memorable characters and a story to capture the imagination. Great book for adults as well as teens.

  • All Clear

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis (introduction)
  • Length: 23 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,005
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,024

Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rescued by the second half

  • By Mike From Mesa on 12-05-11

Still..... too many details

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-11

I was slightly disappointed with this book and Blackout. The many, many details in both books got in the way of the story and the time travel twist at the end was a bit of a stretch.