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  • The Ends of the World

  • Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions
  • By: Peter Brannen
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Our world has ended five times: It has been broiled, frozen, poison gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids. In The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth's past dead ends, and in the process offers us a glimpse of our possible future. Many scientists now believe that the climate shifts of the 21st century have analogs in these five extinctions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Kid's Science Book FOR ADULTS!!

  • By aaron on 06-15-17

I doubt any geologist would be entertained by this

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

The narrator sounded like a third grade teacher trying way too hard to entrance his class with the wonders of the past. On the other hand that was how the book was written. It was like a Walt Disney Presents view of geology. Whether or not you agree with the author would probably determine how well you would like the book. I would have much preferred hearing the geology explained without the childish drama, allowing me to make up my own mind.

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  • 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 1,545
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,465
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,460

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

Firewood

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

what the hell, eat all you want your still going to freeze to death

  • The Nelson Touch

  • Ark Royal, Book 2
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,352

Ark Royal - the Royal Navy’s outdated space carrier - has won a smashing victory against the enigmatic aliens, capturing one of their starships and returning to Earth. Now, Admiral Theodore Smith and his crew are assigned to command a fleet charged with making a deep-penetration raid into alien territory, a fleet made up of carriers from four different nations. But with a crewman who isn't what he seems, untested pilots and international friction - and a new and dangerous alien plan - can Ted and his crew survive their mission?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The story arc remains engaging in book 2.

  • By Lore on 06-23-15

IMHO

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

I enjoy this type of book, however this one was long and a little dry, kind of a struggle to finish. Not bad, but... There was something about the narrator too, like he overemphasized a lot of his statements, or maybe he went overboard in correct pronunciation of military commands and radio messages. I don't know exactly but it was a little irritating.

  • Spell or High Water

  • Magic 2.0
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,437
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,357

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SQUID PRO QUO

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 10-16-15

overperformed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-16

Lukes reading of the juvenile whining, and the pompous sarcasm of some of the main characters was so well done it was off putting to me. Also, the childish nature of the magicians behavior became difficult to continue listening to several times. I won't be buying any more of this series. I might try reading one more to see if that is better.

  • Persuader

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,930

Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!

  • By Joanna on 06-19-09

for my own reference

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

Reviewed: 10-18-16

3 stars for a book that I finish, bare minimum
too long, story tends to drag
the intense action scenes hold too much detail for my liking, real memory isn't so detailed in periods of high impact, life threatening, and painful activity. listening to so much detail going on and on was unreal and a let down, IMHO
the fact that the story went on so long just to lead up to one of the overly detailed scenes put me off.

  • Ship Breaker

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,823
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,503
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,513

In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota - and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Fine Story; Not The WindUp Girl

  • By Ben Capozzi on 06-18-11

Probably a book better read than listened to

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

However the narrator did an excellent job, the story was too YA for my enjoyment. I listened to more than half of the book, and too much of the story was contrived. Whenever the characters found themselves in a tense situation, the subsequent resolution was no surprise at all. I've found that sometimes a book like this is more fun when I read it on paper and ink, probably because I can skim over the weak parts of a book faster when reading. I may try to finish this book sometime, but I'll do it with a library book. Sorry about the two stars, but if I can't finish a book I can't give it more than two. Maybe it is a three star book on paper.

  • Terms of Enlistment

  • Frontlines, Book 1
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,564

The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • TICKET PUNCHER

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-16-14

Greater than the sum of its parts.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

A lot of fun to listen to all the way through. Characters are really well developed throughout the story. I appreciate how the author can spend enough time and effort on minor characters so that they really fit into the story and become important to the story even if it's in a relatively small way. While the more important characters become like real people, we may not know everything about them, but that's the way it is in real life. Who knows everything about their best friend?

Another thing Mr. Kloos does to impress me is his description of military action when things get hot and heavy on the ground. His writing is so clear, concise, and realistic. Even when the ground combat has gone completely SNAFU, confusion is the order of the day, and Murphy's rule has touched down like a tornado. Which is the way I remember combat from my very distant past. I would like to thank him for that if I ever had the chance.

And last but not least, Luke Daniels breaths life into the story. I couldn't ask for more than that.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26,633

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Star Trek: Q-Squared

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-09-16

The Fold is as much fun as 14

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

I really enjoyed both of the P. Clines books that I've read, and Ray Porter does a great job telling the story. I'll gladly pay for the next offering that comes from this pairing, but having said that, I wish the endings were as good as the rest of the book. Both of these books shared a kind of "Lovecraftian" ending that left me feeling kind of conflicted. As much fun as the stories are in the normal world, when the setting becomes the land of Cthulhu I'm not having so much fun. I don't know how to explain that any better.

On the other hand, I'm looking forward to further development of the shadow agency that shows up at the end of both novels. It could be way cool for some of the main characters of both novels to come together in future stories. I am definitely up for a new series like that.

  • The Survivor

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,893
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,877

Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shakes you to your very core.

  • By T.D. on 09-23-12

all the thrill is in the first ten minutes

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

Terrible book, as far as I was able to take it. Half way through I quit, too much of S. Bricks syrupy dramatic voice acting, way too much of the yucky Ukrainian gangster accents. The book starts with action as advertised, but bogs down with lame family relationship issues, and lame whiney characters. Including the main character. Compare this story to a real action story like "Taken" with a hero like the one played by Liam Neeson and this book comes out looking weak as hell.

  • Cat Daddy

  • What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean
  • By: Jackson Galaxy, Joel Derfner
  • Narrated by: Jackson Galaxy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811

In this book, Galaxy tells the poignant story of his 13-year relationship with a petite gray-and-white short-haired cat named Benny, and gives singular advice for living with, caring for, and loving the feline in your home. When Benny arrived in his life, Galaxy was a down-and-out rock musician with not too much more going on than a part-time job at an animal shelter and a drug problem. Benny's previous owner brought the cat to the shelter in a cardboard box to give him up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Stars!!!

  • By Dawn on 12-04-12

Oh yeah, and there were some cats

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

When I can't finish a book it can't get more than 2 stars. Just be aware if you haven't read this book yet that it is all about Jackson, Jackson, Jackson. Very well read for sure by Jackson himself, but if you were hoping to witness a relationship between man and cat you are going to be listening to an awful lot about Jackson. Granted I could only listen to three quarters of the book, maybe the last one quarter focused on the feline part of the title. Still it was very well read and entertaining up to a point, it's just that I was hoping for more depth and insight into the interspecies relationship.

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