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  • Cold City

  • A Repairman Jack Novel
  • By: F. Paul Wilson
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 896

If you've never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin. It's 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan's rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he'll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOL YARD

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 02-28-15

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 01-18-15

For some reason I played is book before I went to sleep and always lost my place. T I found the voice of the narrator somewhat snarky and sarcastic.

  • Blue Labyrinth

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,813

A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree

  • By GH on 11-13-14

Ok, not high literature, but I do love the series

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

Reviewed: 12-05-14

The Pentegast series never disappoint me. I enjoy the narrator as well. Maybe I shouldn't rate it so high but these stories always entertain me. The characters c are easy for me to follow and the plot has enough suspense to keep me happy.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,979
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33,984

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Get Killed By This Place

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-20-13

Part Tales of the City, part Scooby Doo with a bit

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

Reviewed: 10-05-14

Any additional comments?

Part Tales of the City, part Scooby Doo with a bit of John Dies in the End...how could you not like a book like this. Very different.

  • Top Secret Twenty-One

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 21
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,883

Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stagnant Stephanie - Plodding Plot - Not great

  • By GH on 06-20-14

You have to love the series to tick with 21

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

Reviewed: 07-06-14

Any additional comments?

I happen to enjoy this series...it is not going to expand your mind but somehow the story and characters soothe me like a comfortable pair of shoes. Nothing new here from the previous 20 but if you enjoy the series, you will enjoy 21. Same book different number.

Like I said, I happen to enjoy the series and will continue to look forward to 22.

  • A Confederacy of Dunces

  • By: John Kennedy Toole
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,675
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,686

The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done

  • By Jon on 09-18-05

All time favorite

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

Reviewed: 02-11-14

Would you listen to A Confederacy of Dunces again? Why?

I read it in the early 80's and still read it over

Any additional comments?

This is a fun listen. Sadly the author died after writing this. The main character is so well fleshed out I thought it was based on the author. I looked up the author and he is nothing like his character. For years my father and I debated who would play Ignatious. Not just famous actors but stranger too. ...."he would make a good Ignacious".

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  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,000

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very funny

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 10-01-11

Puee fun

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

Reviewed: 12-12-13

Any additional comments?

I love writers like Carl Hiasson, Dave Barry and Tom Dorsey. I always hate to compare authors but this book satisfies my need for that genre. Wil Whaton's reading was a pleasant surprise, I bought the book on someone's recommendation thus I pass it on to you,

  • A Touch of Dead

  • Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020

New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has re-imagined the supernatural world with her "spunky" ( Tampa Tribune) Southern Vampire novels, starring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Now, for the first time, here is every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written - together in one volume. The stories include "Fairy Dust", "One Word Answer", "Dracula Night", "Lucky" and "Giftwrap".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good read after Sookie's series

  • By Jutta on 10-17-09

Love the series

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

Reviewed: 12-07-13

Any additional comments?

How could you not love a series with characters named "Vampire Bill". Even some old college mates love this book. I would have thought them too "highbrow".

If you are not sure if you are going to like this series, start with this book for a taste.

BTW- narration is outstanding.

  • Dimension of Miracles

  • By: Robert Sheckley
  • Narrated by: John Hodgman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,087

Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily The Best Title I've Encountered on Audible

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 07-02-13

Hitchikers

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

Reviewed: 12-07-13

Any additional comments?

I was surprised that this was written before the guide to the Galaxy series. If you liked that series you will like its original inspiration.

  • Takedown Twenty

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,546

Stephanie Plum is back in all-new adventure from #1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Still funny

  • By janet on 03-30-14

standard fun

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

Reviewed: 12-07-13

Any additional comments?

Some of the reviews say the series is getting old…wall yes but I still enjoy the series. It is predictable but I love it just for the fun of it. So if you mind the same story told again and again but love the series, give it a listen. I think if I were reading the book I would have given up long ago but Loreli King does a great job.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Midwife's Apprentice

  • By: Karen Cushman
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

Lyrical yet unsentimental, The Midwife's Apprentice won the coveted 1996 Newbery Medal. Filled with striking characters, it paints unforgettable pictures of village life in the Middle Ages, the midwife's craft, and a very remarkable girl's growing independence and pride.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good morality tale for young people

  • By Sher from Provo on 06-22-12

short but enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 06-17-12

Any additional comments?

Short but it was just what I wanted on this hot day. Period piece.