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  • NOS4A2

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,700
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,693

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And Gold Doesn't Come Off

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-05-13

Great story and narration, 4.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

this was a really interesting premise with very engaging characters. great narration by Kate Mulgrew. the book was a bit reminiscent of Stephen King

  • Written in Fire

  • The Brilliance Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971

For 30 years humanity struggled to cope with the brilliants, the one percent of people born with remarkable gifts. For 30 years we tried to avoid a devastating civil war. We failed.

The White House is a smoking ruin. Madison Square Garden is an internment camp. In Wyoming, an armed militia of thousands marches toward a final, apocalyptic battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! Incredible! Wonderful!

  • By Wayne on 01-12-16

4.5 stars for the book, 5 for the series

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

Reviewed: 01-17-16

this was a fun and interesting series. the premise is great, the characters interesting, and you care about them (or fear some of them). The story escalated through the books without jumping the shark. Interesting that the end of this book leaves things open for another.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Illegal Alien

  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 425

When a disabled spaceship enters Earth's atmosphere, seven members of the advanced Tosok race are welcomed by the world. Then a popular scientist is murdered, and all evidence points to one of the Tosoks. Now, an alien is tried in a court of law -and there may be far more at stake than accounting for one human life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is It.

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-11-13

4.5 stars!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-15

I enjoy Robert Sawyer's books and this one doesn't disappoint. Definitely a departure from your average first contact story. Very well put together and definitely some twists along the way.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dorito Effect

  • The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor
  • By: Mark Schatzker
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941

In The Dorito Effect, Mark Schatzker shows us how our approach to the nation's number-one public health crisis has gotten it wrong. The epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not tied to the overabundance of fat or carbs. Instead we have been led astray by the growing divide between flavor - the tastes we crave - and the underlying nutrition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought Provoking

  • By Skia Laurence on 10-08-15

had hoped for more solutions

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

Reviewed: 12-14-15

others have said this was an eye-opening book. It was certainly educational, but the conclusions seemed no different than any other nutrition book - eat real food, don't eat chemicals. Of course, as others have mentioned, any book that recommends dark chocolate, red wine and craft beer sounds pretty good! So, an interesting read about how flavor fits into the overall nutrition equation, but I had hoped for a new/different solution.

  • Corsair

  • By: James L. Cambias
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 510
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 510

In the early 2020s, two young, genius computer hackers, Elizabeth Santiago and David Schwartz, meet at MIT, where Schwartz is sneaking into classes, and have a brief affair. David is amoral and out for himself and soon disappears. Elizabeth dreams of technology and space travel and takes a military job after graduating.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive listen full of action/suspense and humor

  • By TenaciousReader on 05-21-15

slow start but well done

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

Reviewed: 12-12-15

this one started kind of slow and it wasn't clear where it was going. But by the middle I was in, and it got pretty tense about 2/3 of the way through. Overall a pretty good story, well read and pretty exciting.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Andromeda Strain

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,243

The United States government is given a warning by the preeminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clarkenesque

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-26-15

stands the test of time

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

I remember this being a scary movie when it first came out. Unlike some other older books that just seem old, this one worked. yes, there were some issues, particularly related to technology, but the story is solid. It's well written and well performed.

  • The Fountainhead

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 32 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,976

One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Fountainhead

  • By Zachary on 06-04-10

well written, but a bit dated and very long

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

Reviewed: 10-17-15

I found myself trying to get through this book. Fortunately it's very well written. But I found the characters unlikable and, even with all the character development, very one dimensional. It seems like the main characters did things simply because they were locked into a short set of rules. In fact, even the main character who is supposed to embody creativity and rebelling against the mainstream because of how he thinks things should be done, is still fully constrained. I think every bit of this book could have been brought across in a much shorter book - almost as if she decided to use 10000 words when 100 would do. It makes me concerned about trying something like Atlas. I never read abridged works, but that might be a consideration with this one.

  • The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal

  • By: Seth Freeman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Seth Freeman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881

The course is organized around a mnemonic device, developed by Professor Freeman, that can serve in any negotiation situation. Called "I FORESAW IT," this indispensable framework guides you in assembling the strongest possible case, showing you how to evaluate such factors as creative options, independent criteria, and your best alternative to a negotiated agreement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Negotiating Through Everyday Live

  • By Bror Erickson on 01-12-15

great information

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

Reviewed: 08-02-15

I wasn't sure what to expect. this book provided a great set of techniques that I can put into practice immediately. the ideas were very well presented. the narrator did a great job

  • Working Stiff

  • Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
  • By: Judy Melinek MD, T. J. Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809

Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - but not for the faint of heart!

  • By R. Freeman on 08-20-14

very interesting and well written

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

a great and informative read. there are definitely some graphic descriptions of death scenes and bodies, but told from an objective viewpoint.

  • On the Beach

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545

A war no one fully understands has devastated the planet with radioactive fallout from massive cobalt bombing. Melbourne, Australia, is the only area whose citizens have not yet succumbed to the contamination. But there isn’t much time left, a few months, maybe more—and the citizens of Melbourne must decide how they will live the remaining weeks of their lives, and how they will face a hopeless future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Personally a Tremendous Influence

  • By N. Rogers on 06-07-14

pretty good but a bit dated

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

some older books are classics and some are just dated. This one is a bit of each. For a cold-war era post-nuke story, I like Alas Babylon better. I also think that The Road is a better book. Still, a decent read overall.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful