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Shawn Holman

Seattle, WA USA
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  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,647
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,677

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Yawn

  • By Polyhymnia on 07-14-16

Bleak but narrated with beauty and heart

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

I saw the movie and it was OK and so bleak. I tried reading the book I didn't really like to read Cormac McCarthy's writing style, and it was so bleak. I listened to the book as an audiobook narrated by Tom Stechschulte and it was amazing and bleak but also Mr Stechschulte's narration gave life, and heart, and hope and I felt like Cormac McCarthy's writing style suddenly made sense. It needs to be read aloud. It needs to be heard. It flows so much better as an audiobook. This is a tough and story but it's also beautiful and amazing when listened to.

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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,506
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59,357

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Fantastic narration and a great adventure

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

I listened to the audio book and Rosario Dawson is an incredible narrator. It's an industrial espionage novel with the uniqueness of being on the moon. I love how Andy Weir uses his novels to teach. I seriously learn a lot about science, physics, astrophysics, metallurgy, economics, telecommunications, etc., while I'm reading his books - in a good way. He also uses those teaching lessons as a way to introduce things that will be necessary later on. He uses "Chekhov's gun" brilliantly. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the arc of the story. Lots of twists and turns and plot surprises and of course, with Andy Weird, if it can go wrong, it will and it's fun to see how they get out of the hazardous situations.

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,703

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

The follow-up to American Gods, however, it's not necessarily a sequel. The books could be read in either order. It's more that they have some similar themes rather than a continuing story. The more I read Neil Gaiman the more I think that he's a story telling genius. It's a fantastic story in all senses of the word.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,603
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,880
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,800

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Majestically beautiful

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

I had heard this book was really good but I kept putting it off because the synopsis just didn't sound all that interesting. It is a phenomenal book. The writing is absolutely gorgeous and Amor Towles has the ability to make the most mundane things incredibly fascinating. Truly a beautiful piece of literature. Nicholas Guy Smith brought Count Rostov alive. He changes the tone of his voice ever so slightly as the count ages over the span of the book which I found to be a really amazing touch to his narration (plus he does a fantastic Humphrey Bogart impression).

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,179

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

Sci-Fi Crime Drama with an audible bonus

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I loved this book and am going to immediately move onto book #2. It's a great sci-fi premise with a lot metaphors to the real world. I love how it's basically a corporate espionage crime/mystery but with an exciting sci-fi twist which makes it so much more interesting. I also love the writing style of it being almost entirely dialogue. Something I really noticed through listening to it via audible. There's not a lot of description; it all comes through dialogue and I really loved that with an audible version of the book. The audible book also comes with a fantastically narrated novella at the end that's the history of Hadon's syndrome and how the Threeps came to be

  • Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,900

Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS is why I read SciFi! Scalzi gets into your head (be it on or off)

  • By C. White on 04-17-18

Sci-Fi Meets Detective Novel

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Great follow up to Lock In (#1). It's a great detective/crime novel at its heart with a nice sci-fi twist. I read this as an Audible book and Will Wheaton is a phenomenal narrator. He really brought the story alive.

  • Odd Apocalypse

  • An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,972
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,980

Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-01-12

David Aaron Baker makes this book come alive

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

On the one hand I really like the Odd Thomas books and on the other hand I’ll be glad when I’m done with the series. They’re a little repetitive which drives me a little crazy. I listen to these as audio books rather than read them and if it weren’t for the narration by David Aaron Baker I probably would have given up on these a couple of books again but he is an incredible narrator. He IS Odd Thomas.

  • Contact

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkoe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,861

The future is here...in an adventure of cosmic dimension. In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who - or what - is out there? In Cosmos, Carl Sagan explained the universe. In Contact, he predicts its future - and our own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story with a Few Glitches

  • By Kyle on 03-27-17

A beautifully written book of physics

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I loved this book. I'm a fan of the movie and while similar, there were enough differences to not be repetitive. It's a fascinating and beautiful book about physics and possibility of extra-terrestrial life. Carl Sagan makes physics completely intriguing and explains it all so that even someone as unschooled in physics as I am can understand it. It's beautifully written.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,859
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,944

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

True to the accounts from The Prose Edda

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Fantastic story telling of the folklore of Norse Mythology. It is not a typical book of fiction. The stories here are all based on the The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturlson (circa 1200). Gaiman stays true to those stories without turning them into fictionalized adventures. It really is an incredible book of stories staying true to the oldest written stories of Norse Mythology. It reads like a cross between fiction and a history textbook (but in a good way). The audible version is narrated by Neil Gaiman himself and he's an incredible narrator.

  • Sleeping Beauties

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,941
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,902

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • can't stand it.

  • By Ryan on 05-09-18

Very long and very good. Great collaboration

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

It's really good. But it's long. Coming in at 720 pages or 25 1/2 hours of audio this book is a lot to get through. Thankfully, Stephen King is pretty good at keeping a story going for that long and the collaboration with his son Owen is a good collaboration. The story is engaging, unique, and is a pretty fascinating commentary on the differences between men and women. It can be a little heavy handed in that commentary and sometimes, I think, a little misguided. But overall I really enjoyed it.

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