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  • CyberStorm

  • By: Matthew Mather
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,288

Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads. Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters starts appearing on the world's news networks. As both the real world and the cyber world come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes - satisfied a craving

  • By Jan on 01-14-14

Very chilling premise

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

Great story but I think it drug a little toward the end. The premise is very realistic and now I am questioning my preparedness. This was truly the "perfect storm" of disasters

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pirate

  • A Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure, Book 8
  • By: Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,277
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,065

Husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo have gone on impossible missions before and faced many perils, but never have they faced an adversary as determined as the one before them now. The battle will take them halfway around the world and at its end will be either one of the most glorious finds in history - or certain death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Fargo Formula

  • By VJC3 on 10-04-16

Not the best, felt rushed

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

This was not the best of the Fargo adventures. To me, it felt rushed at the end and several questions left unanswered. It was fun though? Just not quite as satisfying as expected.

  • Deception Point: A Novel

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,516

When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth checking out!

  • By Jeffrey on 03-06-09

Dan Brown's work always makes you think

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

Great book, wonderful story. Who knew what when? Anything else would be a spoiler. Has this happened already? Could it happen?

  • Russka

  • The Novel of Russia
  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 39 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 460

Russka is the story of four families who are divided by ethnicity but united in shaping the destiny of Russia. From a single riverside village situated at one of the country’s geographic crossroads, Russia’s Slav peasant origins are influenced by the Greco-Iranian, Khazar, Jewish, and Mongol invasions. Unified by this one place, the many cultures blend to form a rich and varied tapestry. Rutherfurd’s grand saga is as multifaceted as Russia itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Historical Novel

  • By Angelyn S. Furst on 10-22-12

Another Success

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Russka to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the continuity. This was an epic tale.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, my reaction was pretty even

Any additional comments?

This was a great story

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,263

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fixed!

  • By Rob J. on 04-16-17

Great Premise but Very Disjointed

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Cryptonomicon to be better than the print version?

Don't know

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I liked the connections across the generations. The least interesting part was when Randy went home to visit his parents.

Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

I liked Randy

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

No

Any additional comments?

This book has some major flaws. Things just happen out of the blue. Like what happened in the jungle toward the end. There was no explanation as to why that happened. All of a sudden he was there. The book was long but you felt like parts were missing.

  • Allegiant

  • Divergent Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,679
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,791

What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What a let down!

  • By Judy on 11-05-13

Great ending to a powerful story

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

Would you listen to Allegiant again? Why?

Yes, I loved this book. A lot of other reviewers didn't appreciate it but I loved it. It didn't have a happy ending but stuff happens, that's why it's called life. This as the perfect ending to this roller coaster ride. A dip at the end that you just didn't see coming!

Who was your favorite character and why?

My first thought was that I am torn between Trice and Tobias but actually, I think it might be Kara. Throughout the book she has been who she is, no pretense, just Kara. She accepts the good and the bad about herself where some of the other characters are not as self aware.

Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What would you do if you found out that everything you thought you knew about life and the world was a lie?

Any additional comments?

Great book. Great series. Can't wait to see the movies. As good as the Hunger Games.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24,560

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By j phillips on 05-28-17

I was very disappointed don't waste the credit

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

Reviewed: 11-27-13

Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or David Pittu?

I will probably not try another book by Donna Tartt. This one had such great reviews and I absolutely hated it. Obviously this author's work doesn't meet my requirements for an enjoyable read. It was long just to be long. The story line was not advanced by the length of the book. It just gave her the opportunity to use 3 words instead of one.

I didn't like any of the characters. After over 30 hours instead of that usual feeling of missing old friends, I feel like I just got rid of house guests who out stayed their welcome.

David was a fine narrator and I would have no problem listening to him again.

What could Donna Tartt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She could have made it a lot shorter. She could have given me one character to like. She could have made Theo more likable. She could have given Boris a conscience. She would have let Theo's father actually feed him.

Which scene was your favorite?

Didn't have a favorite

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I love reading and listening to audio books. Usually my motto is the longer the better. Not this time. This book drags. The length does not get you anymore invested in the characters. And then, after over 30 hours of torture, the ending is totally unsatisfying. Don't waste your credits.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Blood Gospel

  • The Order of the Sanguines, Book 1
  • By: James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 970
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 861
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 870

An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators - Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist - are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb's sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ's own hand....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising Disappointment

  • By Jean on 01-15-13

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 01-31-13

I am really a fan of James Rollins but this just did not work for me. It is the first purchase from audible (and I have several hundred titles in my library) that I will not finish. I am very dissappointed. I did not like the narrator and I did not like the story. I listened for over 4 hours and was just not inspired to waste my time. I found myself listening to other titles rather than going back to this waste of my money.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Berets

  • Brotherhood of War, Book 5
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665

They were the chosen ones - and the ones who chose to be the best. Never before had the United States given so select a group of fighting men such punishing preparation. Now they were heading for their ultimate test of skill and nerve and sacrifice, in a war unlike any they or their country had ever fought before, in a land that most of America still knew nothing about - Vietnam...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Griffin at his best

  • By Jackie on 01-31-13

Griffin at his best

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

Reviewed: 01-31-13

Brotherhood of War is the series that introduced me to WEB Griffin. All of these characters are like old friends. I was so excited when I saw that the series was being offered by Audible.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Spartan Gold

  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,463

Treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Delaware when they are shocked to discover a World War II German U-boat. Inside, they find a bottle taken from Napoleon's "lost cellar." Fascinated, the Fargos set out to find the rest of the collection. But another connoisseur of sorts has been looking for the bottle they've just found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action Packed Treasure Hunt

  • By Deepseabc on 03-06-11

Great start to a new series

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

Reviewed: 08-02-12

This book was a refreshing step away from NUMA. I love all of Clive's characters but I am enjoying the non-ocean related series. As usual, Scott Brick did an outstanding job with the narration. I hope Clive sticks with him or all of his books.