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  • Surrender, New York

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,117

In rural, impoverished Burgoyne County, New York, a pattern of strange deaths begins to emerge: Adolescent boys and girls are found murdered, their corpses left hanging in gruesome, ritualistic fashion. Senior law enforcement officials are quick to blame a serial killer, but their efforts to apprehend this criminal are peculiarly ineffective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to love this but...

  • By Mark on 09-27-16

I really wanted to like it... but didn't

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

I won't be keeping this audio book. The narration was better than average but the story was god awful.

It seemed like an unformed, mis edited mess.

No where near as complex and nuanced as The Alienist.

This is a hard pass of me.

  • The Brainrush Trilogy: Box Set

  • By: Richard Bard
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 33 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

Before he slid into the MRI machine, Jake Bronson was just an ordinary guy with terminal cancer. But when an earthquake hits during the procedure, Jake staggers from the wreckage a profoundly changed man, now endowed with uncanny mental abilities. An ocean away, Luciano Battista wants a piece of Jake's talent. The terrorist leader has been conducting cerebral-implant experiments in a sinister quest to create a breed of super jihadist agents...and Jake's altered brain may be the key to his success.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Grew Tiresome

  • By Blaise on 01-18-17

Not even RC Bray could save this. Don't buy!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

Don't. Just don't. Filled with every lone man, evil Islam, threat to the American way, cliche there is, this very poor peice of writing reads like a bad 1963 television show.

Not even RC Bray's narration could save this set.

It's not a good example of any of the genres it touches: not political thriller, action mystery or sci-fi.

I just couldn't take it anymore.

It's bad. Don't waste your credit.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30,622
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,586

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clean ending to a fantastic series

  • By Virgil on 08-08-17

ok, it was as I expected

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

I got final showdown between the Bobs and the Others that I was looking to get. Worth the credit.

  • The Never Hero

  • The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs, Book 1
  • By: T. Ellery Hodges
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,673

Reclusive college student Jonathan Tibbs wakes in a pool of blood, not a scratch on him. His life is about to undergo a massive shift. A violent and merciless otherworldly enemy unleashes slaughter in the streets, calling out in a language only he understands. And it is seeking its challenger. In order to defeat the threat, Jonathan must become a temporal weapon...while remaining completely anonymous. Unfortunately, harnessing off-world powers has its own special challenges...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wait for it... wait for it.... Bam!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-21-17

enjoyed it more than I thought

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

got this one based on other reviews.
surprisingly interesting... especially the twist at the end.
looking forward to more of this story.

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,865

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Book. Well written and very creative!

  • By Leslie on 06-25-17

sad that even Ray couldn't save this one for me

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

with grim determination I finshed listening to this messy jumble of cliches, disconnected tropes and badly overwritten tripe.

even ray porter's narratition didn't make this any more palatable.

every tired trope, the magical negro, the sadistic abuse survivor, the nobel ex soldier.

bah, it's bad... don't do it.

24 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Lovecraft Country

  • A Novel
  • By: Matt Ruff
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371

Critically acclaimed cult novelist Matt Ruff makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An effective mix of influences

  • By Jim N on 04-10-16

worth it

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

get it, it is as good as the reviews say, you won't regret it. enjoy

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe

  • By: Kij Johnson
  • Narrated by: Kij Johnson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women's College. When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Sci Fi

  • By Tal on 10-05-17

it took me a few trys to ger through this audio

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

unfortunately the narration was not up to the challange of the plot and characters.

this stort is perhaps better served by being read than listened to.

4 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,716

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

Wow. Just wow.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

I read this book in the '80s when it first came out and enjoyed it. Some 30 years later it rings even more strongly as a cautionary tale and a very human story.

The narration is superb. The addition of the "question and answer" session is brilliant.

I recommend.

74 of 93 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,884

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

great debut. looking forward to the next book.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

loved it. wonderful reading. all of my faves referenced. this author has started a series to follow.

  • Harrison Squared

  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 347

Harrison Harrison - H2 to his mom - is a lonely teenager who's been terrified of the water ever since he was a toddler in California, when a huge sea creature capsized their boat, and his father vanished. One of the "sensitives" who are attuned to the supernatural world, Harrison, along with his mother, has just moved to the worst possible place for a boy like him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The premise sounded so interesting...

  • By shirley on 03-26-15

wow, so good.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

worth the listen. funny, touching, witty, exciting and vivid.
the narration and writing were a wonderful match.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful