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  • Solitude

  • Dimension Space, Book 1
  • By: Dean M. Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,882

A mysterious wave of light wipes humanity from the planet, leaving only one person in its wake. After months of desperate isolation, Earth’s last man discovers he’s not alone. The last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela - the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity's disappearance - survive until he does? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What. A. Story.

  • By Brian on 06-16-17

Wow! Great book

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Easy to see why Solitude has won the awards. This is an awesome story read by two of the best narrators in the biz. A believable story at the foundation and characters that you like. Vaughn sometimes does truly stupid stuff, which is ok once you realize that’s part of his back story. Other reviewers said they weren’t crazy about the switch between narrators. I thought it worked fine, although I think R.C. Bray could have handled it all himself. Julia Whelan more than holds her own. If you like sci-fi that isn’t space cowboys or aliens or zombies, but just people, this book’s for you. Just wow! Awesome!

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  • The Gray Ghost

  • By: Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

In 1906, a groundbreaking Rolls-Royce prototype known as the Gray Ghost vanishes from the streets of Manchester, England, and it is only the lucky intervention of an American detective named Isaac Bell that prevents it from being lost forever. Not even he can save the good name of Marcus Peyton, however, the man wrongly blamed for the theft, and more than 100 years later, it is his grandson who turns to Sam and Remi Fargo to help prove his grandfather's innocence. But there is even more at stake than any of them know.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as previous works

  • By Mountain Heart on 06-06-18

Falls a Little Short for Me

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I like the Sam and Remi Fargo series. And this one piqued my curiosity early when it worked in Detective Albert Bell from a different Cussler series. But the story just never seemed to grab me. It wasn’t bad; just not as engaging as earlier entries. Scott Brick was once again on top of his game as the narrator (isn’t he always?). So, mixed reviews from this listener/fan of the series. I’ll buy next one when it comes out, but wonder if Cussler has run out of gas on this series.

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  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,914
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,693

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too many problems. Too many poor choices

  • By A Texan 2 on 06-19-18

Different than Bobiverse, but good

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I bought this book (pre-ordered) because I thoroughly enjoyed Dennis Taylor’s We Are Bob series and love everything that Ray Porter narrates. This story is very different than any of the Bob books, but is original, with strong characters and a quickly moving plot. That’s especially true after the first few chapters. Be patient and be rewarded. This book could easily span a series; I hope it does! And Ray Porter is, as usual, magnificent. That’s why he and RC Bray are my top two narrators. Bottom line: you’ll enjoy this book.

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  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,872
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,735
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,725

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Fun read, but. . .

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

So, I liked it. I mean Patterson writes this kind of book better than just about anyone. That’s why he’s the best-selling living author. The man can write. And I’m a political junkie, so this story was in my sweet spot. Given all that, why not 5 stars?

First, the whole president sneaking out of the White House to meet with someone who even remotely could be terrorist is just so over the top. Wouldn’t happen and Bill Clinton knows it. But it worked in the story. How else would the President be missing?

I thought the plot picked up once it got past that part of the story. The characters were developed well. I did figure it out a little before I would have liked to, but there were still some good elements of surprise.

I had heard a clip of Dennis Quaid and I almost didn’t get the book because he didn’t sound very good. Then I saw that there was more of a cast, so I figured it was worth the credit. To me, the narrator is almost as important as the author and, perhaps sometimes, more important. Quaid wasn’t as bad as I had feared, but a better narrator would likely have made it a better listen.

Finally, the President’s address to a joint session of Congress at the end was unnecessary. Yes, I agreed with it, but it was a political statement at the end of a fairly apolitical story. It could easily had been taken from Hillary’s never given inauguration speech.

Bottom line, it’s definitely worth a credit.

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  • Hell Divers II: Ghosts

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,965
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,579

Ten years ago Hell Diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home. Michael Everheart - the boy once known as Tin - has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next book!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 07-31-17

Hard to explain why I like it so much

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I picked up th first Hell Divers book ONLY because R.C. Bray narrated it. He is the best, after all. And He’ll Divers has him in full Bray. The story sounded too out there, but I gave it a shot anyway. Loved it. So, I grabbed this one, Book 2, to see what happened to X. By the end of Book 2, I was totally hooked and immediately downloaded Book 3.
So what do I like about it? I found the story a little far-fetched, but I thoroughly got into the characters. It was a decent balance of action and development. The dialogue was decent, too, which shows off Mr. Bray’s talents, of course.

  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,512

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was supposed to be a VACATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-17-18

Good, but. . .

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

First, I’ve read and enjoyed all the Memory Man novels. They’re well written with fast-paced plots. Something about this one, though, bothered me. He treats his female partner, Alex Jamison, as a girl, not a smart woman. We know she is from previous books. He wouldn’t tell her stuff that any partner would share. “I’ll tell you later” is just too dismissive, especially with a major plot point. That aside, this was another fun read. And the narration was solid, too, especially Orlagh Cassidy.

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  • Lamb

  • The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,228

Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for intelligent comedy!

  • By Gene on 04-17-07

A fun way to pass the time

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Written in Christopher Moore’s usual irreverent style, I found myself laughing out loud often. For the most part, call it Jesus: The Lost Years, as told by his best friend growing up, Biff, also known as Levi. Most of the book is about Jesus’ (we learn his real name is Joshua, but just Josh to Biff and Maggie) journey in search of the three wise men. He hopes they can tell him how to be the messiah. The story is told by Biff, who the lord brings back to life in modern dayNew York to write a gospel to fill in the gap between Jesus’ birth and when the other gospels pick him up post 30 years old. It’s a hoot.

  • Commune: Book Two

  • Commune Series 2
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,513

The survivors have come to settle in the mountains of Wyoming, fighting day in and day out to establish a home for themselves in a near-empty world. Things are good at first; scavenging is a workable, short-term solution that seems to be providing all they need. But they know that it’s only a matter of time before the food runs out. They need to scramble to find a sustainable solution before the clock stops, and for a little handful of people up in the mountains, the odds don’t seem very favorable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Will Have You Belly Laughing, Crying, and...

  • By Brian on 04-13-18

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

I came to this series because I’m a huge fan of the narrator, R. C. Bray. IMO, he’s the best out there right now. Commune 1 and 2 didn’t disappoint me and I’m eager for the release of book 3.

Joshua Gayou does a great job building on the old characters from book 1 and introduces us to the star of book 2, Gibbs. Many other new characters are also fleshed out well.

The plot of 2 is well done, too. Never a dull or wasted moments. Superbly done action scenes peppered into the prose. A great wrap up to the main book 2 narrative then a taste of book 3 to let us know what’s coming down the pike for the main cast of characters.

If you read book 1 and like me, had been waiting for then kind of forgot about book 2. Get this installment today. If you haven’t started the series, grab book 1 and read it first.

And finally, this series reveals how great R. C. Bray is as a narrator. There are hundreds of books in my Audible library. More are read by Bray than any other narrator- by far. Hell, I have more Bray-read books than books by any single author. Again, by far.

  • Huntress Moon

  • By: Alexandra Sokoloff
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665

FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is closing in on a bust of a major criminal organization in San Francisco when he witnesses an undercover member of his team killed right in front of him on a busy street, an accident Roarke can't believe is coincidental. His suspicions put him on the trail of a mysterious young woman who appears to have been present at each scene of a years-long string of accidents and murders, and who may well be that most rare of killers: a female serial.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent FBI Crime/Serial Killer Novel

  • By Patricia on 06-29-14

Strong story; Great narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I came to Huntress Moon because I’m a huge fan of the narrator, R.C. Bray. Bray was his usual awesome, but I absolutely loved the story, as well. I especially liked how the complexity of the main characters built through the plot. Bad is good and good is bad. It nothing back about this one. Spend your credit here.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,704
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,152
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,082

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Solid book; no great new insights

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Not sure what I expected or even wanted from James Comey’s. It was well done. I have a better sense for what kind of person he is. He did a decent job of explaining how he made some of the hardest issues. Still, I remain vaguely unsatisfied. I do think Comey is probably a good man who was trying hard to do the right thing. I think he was trying his best to uphold what he say was the legacy of the FBI. But I also was not especially inspired.

There has been several political or near-political bios recently. Of the bunch, I found Joe Biden’s most inspiring. In the near-political category, Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime was fabulous on every level. I was greatly disappointed in Hillary’s effort.

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