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  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,978
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,420

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

  • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

A classic if ever there was one.

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

The first book by him I ever read, and his best, despite how depressing it is. Michael York's narration is excellent.

  • Varina

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Frazier
  • Narrated by: Molly Parker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

With her marriage prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects a life of security as a landowner. He instead pursues a career in politics and is eventually appointed president of the Confederacy, placing Varina at the white-hot center of one of the darkest moments in American history - culpable regardless of her intentions. The Confederacy falling, her marriage in tatters, and the country divided, Varina and her children escape Richmond and travel south on their own, now fugitives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By James J. Phelan on 04-18-18

Not bad, but jumps back and forth too much.

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

Being a fan of Civil War history, this did interest me, and, aside from jumping back and fourth to different time periods, it didn't disappoint.

  • Enemy of the State

  • A Mitch Rapp Novel, Book 16
  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,236

After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis who coordinated the attack would be buried. In return, King Faisal would promise to keep the oil flowing and deal with the conspirators in his midst. When the king's own nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the president suspects that the Saudis never intended to live up to their agreement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh

  • By Dave Staats on 09-23-17

Mitch Rapp does it again.

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Kyle Milss is a worthy successor to the late Vince Flynn, no doubt about it. Saudi Arabia. An ally yes, but a reckless one, no doubt. CIt brings to mind the possibility that the Saudi's may have been involved in 9/11.

  • Transfer of Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,819

On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story-Bad Narration

  • By Michael on 05-20-11

Rather good for his first Mitch Rapp novel.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

To be fair, he was starting the series, so, some parts of it aren't perfect. The chapters have more then one location, where as in later novels, one chapter would take place in one location at times. Other then that, an excellent start to a great series which is still going strong.

  • Kill Shot

  • An American Assassin Thriller
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,819

For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Early days of Mitch Rapp better than a new series

  • By OldRetiredGuy on 02-10-12

Ther fun continues.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Vince does it again. Mitch doesn't like being wounded. Any enemies, in the US or abroad have learned not to mess with him. Wonder what became of Victor. I suppose we'll never know.

  • Overkill

  • An Alex Hawke Novel
  • By: Ted Bell
  • Narrated by: John Shea
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

On a ski vacation in the Swiss Alps high above St. Moritz, Alex Hawke and his young son, Alexei, are thrust into danger when the tram carrying them to the top of the mountain bursts into flame, separating the two. Before he can reach Alexei, the boy is snatched from the burning cable car by unknown assailants in a helicopter. Meanwhile, high above the skies of France, Vladimir Putin is aboard his presidential jet after escaping a bloodless coup in the Kremlin. When two flight attendants collapse and slip into unconsciousness, the Russian leader realizes the danger isn’t over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great from an author I hadn't heard of before.

  • By brian on 05-02-18

Great from an author I hadn't heard of before.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Hawke's the real James Bond, no Roger Moore. Interesting storyline and characters, great narration as well. I'll be sure to listen to the other books in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Military Science of Star Wars

  • By: George Beahm
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

The first ever in-depth analysis of the tactics and equipment used by the heroes and villains of the Star Wars universe has arrived! Spanning all of the films, this comprehensive audiobook goes into detail about the various guerrilla tactics of the Rebel Alliance and the awe-inspiring might of the Grand Army of the Republic and Darth Vader's Empire. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very well done take on Star Wars.

  • By brian on 05-01-18

A very well done take on Star Wars.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Surprised this wasn't done before, but, glad it was. Approaching Star Wars from a military stand point is impressive, and well put together. Hope this sort of thing is, or has been done for other science fiction things.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tom Clancy: Power and Empire

  • A Jack Ryan Novel, Book 18
  • By: Marc Cameron
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,111

Jack Ryan is dealing with an aggressive challenge from the Chinese government. Pawns are being moved around a global chessboard: an attack on an oil platform in Africa, a terrorist strike on an American destroyer, and a storm-tossed American spy ship that may fall into Chinese hands. It seems that President Zhao is determined to limit Ryan's choices in the upcoming G20 negotiations. But there are hints that there's even more going on behind the scenes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marc Cameron's first Jack Ryan series novel

  • By Wayne on 11-29-17

An excellent continuation of his works.

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

For an author I'd never heard of before, Cameron does excellent research into Clancy's universe, and continues it well, very well. I hope he continues his tour into the Ryan-verse for as long as he can.

  • Last Shot

  • Star Wars
  • By: Daniel José Older
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson, Daniel José Older, January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 918

It's one of the galaxy's most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren't your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize - first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's a letdown and boring

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-19-18

Very great for a first Star Wars story.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

A favorite, though not one I'd keep, but, excellent. All 3 narrators were excellent, though I do find it odd they went that route. More adult, if you will then most Star Wars stories, but that made it more interesting.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 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 13,905
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,710
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,667

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

Straight from the horses mouth.

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

An excellent view on Trump, a man who I don't like as President at all. I'm taking the former Director's side all the way, though I'm still a Republican, though not some hard-liner.

11 of 27 people found this review helpful