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  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Christy Romano
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,278

In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called The Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile a young girl is caught in the middle and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous. Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a reluctant trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father died in a mysterious yet spectacular way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This whole city is a butt that farts horror.

  • By Claudia H on 03-03-16

Kooky fun

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

This is my first David Wong book and it is as weird as it is funny. Completely irreverent and, at times, just plain stupid and gross.

Christy Romano is spectacular and really brought the insanity to a believable level. I don't think I would have enjoyed the book as much if I read it. I will definitely be listening to other books by Wong and books narrated by Romano.

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,808
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,259

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I tried SO hard, I really did!

  • By Angela Spencer-mukes on 10-04-17

I love Peter Clines

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

All of Clines's books are fun and easy to listen to. If you're looking for sophisticated sci fi, then this is not your book. If you're looking for a fun fantasy without gratuitous sex and swearing then Clines is your man. I'm not sure why all of his novels include variations of time travel and creepy men, etc., but it's always quite a ride.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,261

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Balm Of Community

  • By Sara on 01-28-18

A little too preachy and self indulgent

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

I waited for this book with anticipation. I enjoy reading about the folks of Three Pines. This book, however, seems different from the rest and is, so far, my least favorite of the series. Mostly what I disliked about the book is how Gamache took responsibility for the deaths of drug users by choosing to do nothing. What a childish notion to think that an addict would not die if Gamache took a different action. This way of thinking borders on narcissism, which is not the way I think of Gamache - caring, paternal and thoughtful, but not narcissistic. Unfortunately, the book preaches on and on about Gamache's responsibility of the death of drug abusers. Anyone who has been unfortunate enough to experience the addiction of a loved one knows all too well that an addict will always be an addict until he or she decides to stop or dies. Nothing anyone does will prevent any person from their own self-destruction. I would expect that even Gamache, more than anyone, would understand that.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,888

It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A World I DON'T Ever Want to Escape From.

  • By Darwin8u on 06-12-12

I'm not a comic book fan

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

But this book was very entertaining and well-deserved the Pulitzer it received. I miss Joe, Rosa and Sammy already.

  • Replay

  • By: Ken Grimwood
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,343

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book for the past 10 years

  • By psnorb on 12-29-08

Baby Boomer Manifesto

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

The story begins rather interestingly, but after a while it becomes clear that the main characters do nothing more or less to benefit the human condition. At first they make money, try to understand what they're experiencing in metaphysical terms, blah blah blah. Never once does it occur to either character to use what they learn to, I don't know, stop AIDS. The book is very white and not particularly introspective. The idea of the story has so much potential, but in the end, the characters are just members of the "me generation" and can't see beyond to get themselves out of it. Xenophobic minutiae.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dogs of War

  • A Joe Ledger Novel
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,813
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686

A freelance terrorist uses the latest generation of robot dogs to deliver WMDs into cities across America. Sophisticated military weapons systems turn on their human masters. A technological apocalypse is coming, and we may be too late to stop it. Joe Ledger and a newly rebuilt Department of Military Sciences square off against this new and terrible threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mayberry plus Porter is always magic

  • By David Ginaitis on 04-25-17

Stellar!!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

I think this is my favorite Joe Ledger book so far! I love you, Jonathan Maberry. You know how to keep a girl entertained!

  • Long Knives

  • By: Charles Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

Jenna James’ life has been smooth-sailing since she left the high-powered law firm of Marbury Marfan. She’s happily ensconced as a professor at a prestigious law school, where she’s well liked by her students, coupled up with a handsome colleague, and on track for tenure. But things take a shocking turn one morning when a student, Primo, comes to Jenna’s office seeking her advice about a treasure map he recently inherited. When Primo turns up dead and Jenna is suddenly the prime suspect in a murder investigation, everyone turns on her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disaster on Campus

  • By Charles Atkinson on 03-05-14

I don't know. I didn't find it funny.

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

I found it to be snobbish and pedantic. Perhaps that was the point, but I thought it was more annoying than amusing. I finished it. There was a few places that described legal terminology and it's proper application. Who cares? I bought this as a daily deal. Don't waste a credit.

  • Wuthering Heights [Trout Lake Media Edition]

  • By: Emily Brontë
  • Narrated by: Emma Messenger
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 982
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 979

Famous, all-encompassing, passionate, but ultimately doomed love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and the people around them. Today considered a classic of English literature, Wuthering Heights was met with mixed reviews when it first appeared, mainly because of the narrative's stark depiction of mental and physical cruelty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted Tale, Amazing Narrator

  • By Jessica on 07-02-13

Oh! The drama!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

I have never read Wuthering Heights. I've read Rebecca and Jane Eyre in high school and loved both of them. I don't know if it's my age or if Wuthering Heights is so very different from the other two books. There are absolutely no likable characters in this book. I understand that it's Victorian England, but geeze, not one person is even marginally likeable. I guess that's Wuthering Heights, though. The narrator is exceptional and has a distinctive voice for each character. She plays the overly dramatic Cathy so well it's almost laughable. I had to play the dying scene to my friend and we laughed at the melodrama. I am mostly finished with the book, but I must listen to it in small chunks of time. If you want to listen to Wuthering Heights because you've read it previously and loved it, then listen to this version. Ms. Messenger does an excellent narration and she brings this crazy tale to life.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hounacier

  • Valducan, Book 2
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

Eleven years ago atheist Malcolm Romero met a god. Now he's a demon-hunting voodoo priest armed with a holy machete named Hounacier. After the murder of his mentor, he returns to New Orleans to catch the killer. But more is at stake when Malcolm finds himself betrayed and his holy blade stolen. Now Malcolm's only hope to save his soul and to recover Hounacier is the Valducan knight sent to kill him, Matt Hollis, the wielder of the holy revolver Dämoren.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed and thought provoking

  • By Steve H. Caldwell on 06-06-16

I can't believe I listened to the whole thing

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

Reviewed: 03-26-17

I have no idea what this book was really about. Demons, New Orleans, Voodoo, sex, sex, and a lot of very descriptive bloody and violent killings of people. I am not a 20 or 30 something, but I enjoy a good urban fantasy. This was just obnoxious gratuitous sex and violence only psychopaths would think about. I liked the first book, but I won't be listening to any more in this series. I am just waiting for the Jim Butcher to end his hiatus.

R. C. Bray is brilliant as usual.

  • Write to Die

  • By: Charles Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,019

Hollywood's latest blockbuster is all set to premiere - until a faded superstar claims the script was stolen from her. To defend the studio, in steps the Harold Firm, one of Los Angeles's top entertainment litigation firms and as much a part of the glamorous scene as the studios themselves. As a newly minted partner, it's Rory Calburton's case, and his career, to win or lose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Good Storyline.....

  • By R. Pontiflet on 12-18-16

Fun and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

This book is a good courtroom drama, but not in the same vain as Grisham. The storyline is a far-fetched, but because of that it is light and entertaining. There are no political undertones or moral high-handedness. It is just a fun, keep your attention, silly murder mystery. If you're looking for a light summer read, this is it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful