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  • State of Fear

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,929
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,287

Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did I read the same book as some of you?

  • By F on 10-05-05

A compelling counterargument

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Offsets the hype and out of context arguments of environmental extremists in story form. A worthwhile way to consider the side less spoken.

  • Bonhoeffer

  • Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich
  • By: Eric Metaxas
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,672

A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Moving

  • By alan on 11-22-10

Convicting and Informative!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

A richly packed account, contains numerous primary source quotations yet reads almost like a novel.

  • Emergence

  • Foreigner Sequence 7, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Bren Cameron, acting as the representative of the atevi's political leader, Tabini-aiji, as well as translator between humans and atevi, has undertaken a mission to the human enclave of Mospheira. Both his presence on the island and his absence from the continent have stirred old enemies to realize new opportunities. Old hatreds. Old grudges. Old ambitions. The situation has strengthened the determination of power-seekers on both sides of the strait. Bren knows most of them very well, but not all of them well enough.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, a little slow, didn't like narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

The Set Up

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

Hurry, C J! Ready for another! Mostly political intrigue with familiar characters. WHERE'S THE DOWAGER?

  • Dangerous

  • By: Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Narrated by: Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,727
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,533
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,523

The liberal media machine did everything they could to keep this book out of your hands. Now, finally, Dangerous, the most controversial book of the decade, is tearing down safe spaces everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do I Dare to give less than 5 🌟🌟?

  • By GIJaneB4 on 09-30-17

As advertized--DANGEROUS

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

BREATH OF FREE SPEECH AIR does to political correctness what the Hulk did to Loki in The Avengers!

  • Private

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,997
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,962

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks to Audible and Hachette Audio for...

  • By Wayne on 09-01-17

Surprisingly poor quality

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

I finished listening to this novel just to find out how many of my predictions of obvious plot twists came true. I’m sorry to say, most did. I was as if there had been a bet to see how many obvious plot devices, serial killer, mafia connections, love interests, betrayal by loved ones, inept police, the list goes on, could be crammed into a single book. I vowed to give the book one star if they killed off Colleen. You will see I gave it two. It was a very close call.

The chapters all 120+ are very short. I expect there may have been a commitment to complete a chapter a day and the authors periodically wanted to be done with their work before breakfast. Very little work was put into mature and compelling writing. I’ve read high school literature assignments that got a C- that had better descriptions and dialog.

At the end of the book, acknowledgments were made to the “researchers". The only research that went into this rather flaccid effort I can imagine was watching b-rate late night movies for hackneyed plot ideas.

I usually am not so negative about a book but I am so very disappointed by a book that has the name of a fairly noted author associated with it that is this bad. I fear the bar for publication has become appallingly low.

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  • Horses Don't Fly

  • The Memoir of the Cowboy Who Became a World War I Ace
  • By: Frederick Libby
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Growing up on a ranch in Sterling, Colorado, Frederick Libby tamed countless horses, drove cattle, and even roped an antelope. When World War I broke out, he enlisted in the Canadian army with the same happy-go-lucky daring and grit with which he approached all things. In France, he became an aviator with the Royal Flying Corp, downing an enemy plane on his first day of battle over the Somme. He went on to become an ace, with 24 victories to his credit, just two less than Captain Eddie Rickenbacher. This is a rare piece of Americana, told in as pure and compelling a voice from the vernacular heart of this country as you will ever hear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fabulous account of an interesting era

  • By Julie K on 05-09-14

Thoughtful, not a rah-rah

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

An enjoyable account of life from American cowboy to ace in the Royal Fighting Corps.

  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,127

James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent

  • By Ethan M. on 05-11-12

Not bad. I'm hoping the next one will be better.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

This story was fairly interested and boded well for future work from the same author. I found the characters to lack depth and many of the story mechanics to be a bit common and not overly clever. Nevertheless the book kept my attention and I wanted to get to the end. I'm hoping the next installment will be more mature.

The narrator was okay but didn't have that much variation between the variety of characters. I prefer narrators that can make each voice more distinct.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,064

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

A very good first book

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

I found "The Live We Bury" to be somewhat predictable but, nevertheless, a pleasant read. I comment Eskens on his first published work. He can be quite proud of it. It holds promise of even better work in the future.

  • The Scribe

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Guinn
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 695
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 698

A reckoning with the persistence of evil in post-Civil War Atlanta. After leaving Atlanta in disgrace three years before, detective Thomas Canby is called back to the city on the eve of Atlanta's 1881 International Cotton Exposition to partner with Atlanta's first African American police officer, Cyrus Underwood. The case they're assigned is chilling: a serial murderer who seems to be violently targeting Atlanta's wealthiest black entrepreneurs. The killer's method is both strange and unusually gruesome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Sandra Pratt on 12-28-15

Great Setting, Mundane Plot

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

Reviewed: 04-19-16

The setting of Atlanta, GA in 1881 during the International Cotton Expositions was great but the author didn't make much use of it. It became a flimsy backdrop for a rather run of the mill serial killer story. There were countless missed opportunities to tell a more complex and compelling story and use the setting to better effect.

It reminded me a bit of Devil in the White City which also failed to exploit the setting to full effect but that was mainly because it was a documentary not a novel. This book has no such excuse.

  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,953

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

Incomplete

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

Mr. McCullough has a wonderful knack for bringing history to life without straying into useless speculation. The Wright Brothers is no exception. Up through the point where the Wrights and their flier were accepted by the American government the story goes along in the McCullough tradition. Unfortunately it ends there.

There is a quick overview of the work Wilbur did with the Wright company until his death and a quick summary of Orville's later years but no details most readers would want.

I wanted to know more about the company. Who worked for it? What products did it produce and whom did it sell to? What did those folks go on to do? What impact that work had on the progression of flight?

I also wanted to know more about what Orville did after Wilbur's death. Why did he sell the company? To whom? What did he do afterward? He donated the bicycle shop and the original Wright home to the Ford outdoor museum. How did that go? Did he do any appearances there? Anywhere?

Orville and his relationship with his sister, while less important to history, would have been interesting to explore as well. McCullough may simply not have had information to go on here and was wise not to speculate.

So many of the later questions aren't answered. I wish this book had been completed with these additional investigations.