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  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,500

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Expected more depth in story

  • By Anonymous User on 06-14-18

He just keeps getting better

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

The story is engaging and suspenseful. The plot line could almost be real. I have loved all of King's more recent books but this one is the best so far and narration is incredible - absolutely spot-on.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,957

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

A wretched awful book

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I ’ve spent 2½ depressing hours listening to descriptions of dead bloated, stinking, leaking nasty corpses. I’m a little disgusted with myself for hanging in there that long. I’ve handled stinking burst bloated bodies. I don’t need to hear about it and maybe that’s part of the problem.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,774

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen

  • By treydewitt on 05-03-16

Nonsensical and frustrating.

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Once an author lays out the fundamental scenario, however fantastical, everything within that scenario should be internally consistent and make sense. The basic scenario - enslaved humans mining on Mars is easy to grasp and not a new plot. Trying to wrap my mind around the nonsense within this hypothetical world makes me crazy.

My other issue is the Irishish narration. Why these slaves would be Irish or Cornish or whatever escapes me but the accent is difficult to understand. I'm usually doing something else as I listen. I can't devote 100% of my attention trying to decipher the narration and this book isn't worth the effort of trying.

  • You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams

  • My Life in Stories and Pictures
  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 524

A beloved actor and famous man-on-the-scene, Alan Cumming takes the reader on a wild journey of pithy and cheeky fun, presenting his real-life stories of debauchery during late night Hollywood parties, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and hilarious yet poignant memories of his life, family, and friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quick bawdy laugh

  • By YorkGirl on 01-05-17

Extremely funny in spots but mostly pretty boring

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

The narration is fantastic. It is precise and compelling. You could almost listen to the author reading the telephone book. Here and there the book is falling-down funny.

For me the problem was its content, almost entirely about the author’s relationships with dogs, other gay men, and movie stars. For many people I’m sure those things are fascinating, but not for me. I eventually found myself bored and skipping forward. I don't think the book wasn’t worth the credit I spent on it.

  • The Black Book

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,149

Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy's tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there's nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state's attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself - who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT STORY!

  • By Artkeep on 07-03-17

Unrealistic story and bad writing.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

It’s a simple unrealistic plot with lots of drama, lots of blood, lots of bad people and lots of bad writing. Patterson is a popular author with good reviews. I had read two of his novels before this, one pretty good and one awful. It’s two out of three now for awful.

  • Cosmos

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,075

Cosmos is one of the best-selling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring. Innovative. Intelligent.

  • By Ben Engelke on 07-26-17

A good book to read in print

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

I stuck with this for a while but every sentence is read with breathless excitement and wonder. In time it becomes nauseating. I can’t listen to a whole book of that.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 79,601
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 73,835
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 73,490

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Amazing book - Six stars

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

A poignant, engaging laugh-out-loud funny book, magnificently written and narrated. Think of the best narration you ever heard (Harry Potter?) This is that good. Maybe better.

  • A Crucible of Souls

  • The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1
  • By: Mitchell Hogan
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,712

When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Took a chance, hit a home run!

  • By Mike on 01-14-15

Ultimately disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

This is a good book. It’s well-written, suspenseful and fun. It’s easy to immerse yourself in the story. Sadly, it’s the first book in a series and its ending leaves you up in the air. The second book has lousy reviews and I don’t want to listen to twenty hours of plodding narrative so this is not a book I would recommend. Better you shouldn’t get into it.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,869
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,847

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

Sounds like an old radio drama

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

I found the music distracting, the various voices difficult to follow and the audio quality such that I couldn't make out some of the dialogue. The whole thing came across as hokey and I couldn't get into it.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • First Strike

  • A Thriller
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,413

Deep within the Pentagon, a covert multibillion arms-for-influence program was created. The objective was to protect the United States and its allies from terrorist acts by secretly enabling a handpicked man to emerge as the most powerful leader in the Middle East. But the charismatic Tristan Nazir double-crosses America, twisting the program for his own violent ends to create ISIS. Now America is at great risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His best book ever

  • By Sally E. Sasser on 07-08-16

This is an awful book

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Badly written over-dramatized dreck. Sometimes you can get past awkward writing and melodrama. Sometmes you can suspend your disbelief of assinine scenarios and get into a story like this. I couldn't. I gave up in disgust.