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  • Ulysses

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Norton
  • Length: 27 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,425
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,068

Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ulysses (Unabridged)

  • By Peter Deane on 01-22-09

tedious if brilliant

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

While it is easy to see why this book is so acclaimed, it is also hard to "recommend" it to anyone. There is no question about the brilliance of James Joyce and what a feat it was to create this masterpiece. At the same time, it is a feat to listen to it.

If you ever wanted to know what it would be like to be inside the mind of another person for an entire day, certainly partake of this novel.

It is too much to digest in one listening .. it could be alifetime study.

I realize now why so many authors refer to it: they are bragging about the fact that they made it through.

I will probably become as pedantic about it myself!

PS The reading is magnificent.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

The town psychiatrist has decided to switch everybody in Pine Cove, California, from their normal antidepressants to placebos, so naturally - well, to be accurate, artificially - business is booming at the local blues bar. Trouble is, those lonely slide-guitar notes have also attracted a colossal sea beast named Steve with, shall we say, a thing for explosive oil tanker trucks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very funny, but perhaps not for everyone

  • By Chris Robbins on 07-19-10

Delightful listen

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

Reviewed: 01-08-14

The lighthearted manner with which this was written and delivered made it a thoroughly enjoyable "read." I was especially impressed with the reader's voices and inflections and just wish someone had told him how to pronounce California names (Junipero with an "H" instead of a "J" for example). But he was so good in his delivery that I easily forgive him this omission in research. I wonder if you have to be from California to really appreciate the zaniness of the characters who are very much everyday folk out here!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Broken Angels

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,531

Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very very good story, very very "adult"

  • By crazybatcow on 07-15-08

difficult to follow and not very gratifying

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

Reviewed: 11-10-13

There are a lot of characters with unintelligible names, added to technologies of the author's creation. It seemed inordinately difficult to keep everything and everyone straight, and by the time the book was over I didn't care about anyone who had been in it. This is so different from my reaction to Altered Carbon where I really felt invested in the characters and who lived and who died seemed to matter (even though they could be re-sleeved anyway)

Altered Carbon was a marvel and it flowed. This follow-on book seemed strained and forced and I was disappointed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33,067

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

Slow, boring and a waste of time

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

Reviewed: 10-25-13

Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Ray Porter?

Absolutely NOT. The story was slow moving until the last 3 hours ... I guess it was supposed to be a build up but for the first 10 hours I kept wishing something would happen. This writer is NOT a new Stephen King. He does not have the ability to paint the visual pictures. The reader was so unremarkable that I had a hard time keeping awake listening .. when I noticed I'd drifted off either in sleep or just daydreaming I didn't even bother to go back and see if I had missed something. His voice and accent are good, but he is not an actor and there is no impact quality to his deliverance.

What was most disappointing about Peter Clines’s story?

It went on and on and got nowhere ... All the action is packed into the last 3 hours. There is a LOT that is irrelevant that we are doused with ... could shave left out all the stuff about Nate's work, for example. Just more time wasted and didin't add to the story at all.

What aspect of Ray Porter’s performance would you have changed?

He needs acting lessons! all the characters, even tho accents were a bit different, had the same tonal quality

Did 14 inspire you to do anything?

Yes, it inspires me to call Audible and ask for a refund. Unfortunately they can give me back only my money . not my valuable time.

Any additional comments?

Wish I could remember where on Audible I got the recommendation for this book so I will know NOT to listen to that source again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • W Is for Wasted

  • A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Judy Kaye
  • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,328

Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth waiting for....

  • By karen on 10-09-13

W is Worth the Wait

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

Reviewed: 09-17-13

What made the experience of listening to W Is for Wasted the most enjoyable?

Kinsey as as funny as ever and every bit as sharp.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters and narration of course.

What does Judy Kaye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I've loved her portrayal of Kinsey and she's at the top of her game with this one.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

As we near the end of the alphabet I realize how much I'll miss the anticipation of another wonderful installation in this series ... unless there is "life after Z" or she starts counting one, two three ...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Earth Unaware

  • By: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,291

The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The beginning- or a plot filler

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-22-14

Definitely NOT Ender quality

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

Reviewed: 08-23-13

What disappointed you about Earth Unaware?

The story line and production of this book are so sadly inferior to the Ender series that it is misleading to even mention the Ender series when "selling" them. The reader for Viktor, one of the main characters, has a high pitched voice and adds such a sardonic tone to all his narration that I ended up listening to over half the book in double time just to make it tolerable. I loved the Ender series so much and wanted so to learn the backstory that was promised, but only the last 2-3 chapters of the book really held any substance. It's hard to believe that this was written by the same author.

What could Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Written a better script. There is a lot of insignificance that I suppose was to create empathy for the characters .. only it didn't.

How could the performance have been better?

Dump the reader for Viktor first of all. His voice is high pitched and his tone is full of contempt. Other readers whom we've heard in OSC's books are starting to sound tired and bored. I'd rather have had a single good reader than a tired cast.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The last chapter gave some promise for the next book, which I'd already bought because I "trusted" the Ender author to give me good quality.

Any additional comments?

This is SUCH a disappointment!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Human Division

  • Old Man's War, Book 5
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,317

The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-16-14

disappointing addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 08-03-13

The books consists of short chapters, each one it's own story, then tied together to form the whole. This is a series that I have loved from the beginning, but for some reason this book just missed the mark. For one thing, the reader didn't seem quite as effective as in the past and all the characters sounded the same. This is a reader I've previously given high praise. Have I just listened too much or is there really a difference in this particular book? Was the reader perhaps as bored as I the listener?

I could tell that some of the stores were supposed to grab me emotionally. Unfortunately most of them missed the mark.

If you love the series so far, I recommend just staying with those wonderful memories and pass by this addition.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter International

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 24 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,194

Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suprizingly entertaining

  • By Konstantin on 02-17-12

for hard core monster lovers

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

Reviewed: 07-30-13

For me this book went on a little too long, but I suppose that's because he was setting it up as the start of a new series. I'll pass on the series, but I must say that I was seriously impressed with the narrator. He has an incredible range of character voices and delivered them all to perfection. I"m going to look for more from him to add to my library.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Locked On

  • By: Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,965

Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • WHAT? WHEN? WHO? WHY? WHERE?

  • By Jackie on 11-14-13

Over the top in too many places

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

Reviewed: 07-20-13

When I think of Tom Clancy at his best I think of a book like Cardinal of the Kremlin or Hunt for the Red October. GONE is that Tom Clancy .. this one is full of manufactured twists and plots that don't have the human touch that made his earlier books so wonderful to listen to. John Clark, who has always been an outstanding character, suddenly turns into a "super hero" impervious to torture and pain and able to get up and run an operation after days of capture and torture and mistreatment .. and on and on.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Last to Die

  • A Rizzoli and Isles Novel, Book 10
  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,692
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,465

For the second time in his short life, Teddy Clock has survived a massacre. Two years ago, he barely escaped when his entire family was slaughtered. Now, at 14, in a hideous echo of the past, Teddy is the lone survivor of his foster family’s mass murder. Orphaned once more, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn - until the Boston PD puts Detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Determined to protect this young man, Jane discovers that what seemed like a coincidence is one part of a killer’s mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CSI High School

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-04-13

Disappointing and somewhat convoluted

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

Reviewed: 07-14-13

First of all, the reader was terrible. Her Bostonian accent for Jane Rizzoli just didn't work and grated on the nerves. The story moved along pretty well until the last quarter .. It was like the author didn't know how she would end it and then just pushed an ending together and well, it was quite unsatisfying. I guess it was supposed to be a "surprise ending" but in fact it was just a disappointing one. In fact, I don't think I ever really understood the reason behind the murders .. oh well. I guess the author is getting tired and certainly the reader isn't worth looking for more from ..so off to find other books to read