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  • Departure

  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,877
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,855

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind. Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Sci-Fi Story With Lots of Twists and Turns

  • By Cheri on 09-01-15

Unbelievable and quite amateurish

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

It comes across to me as a reading of a movie script. Read in the first person, in real time, by the main character of that chapter, and then switches to what sounds like a variety of narrators all talking at each other. Sound is all over the place, loud then soft as the characters change.
Then there are parts where I had to suspend belief such as the mass transit trip to London, the whole apartment visit bit and the explanation of the Titans. This reminded me of many movies where inexplicably the flow stops to allow a character to "explain all" making it clear to everyone. Its like the screenwriter says we had better explain this to appeal to the lowest common denominator. I suppose the apartment visit had to be introduced to "find" the diaries to explain the whole thing. But finding diaries under the mattress after 100 years !! and then conveniently finding Titan Hall where all answers are given, and then........but I've given up listening as its stretched my incredulity too far.
I bought this book on the good reviews and am very disappointed.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Touch of the DWJs

  • By Readalot on 12-04-11

not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

I suppose if you like Harry Potter, wizards, magic, ghosts etc then this may be for you

  • A Tapping at My Door

  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,025
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,009

From the best-selling author of Cry Baby, the beginning of a brilliant and gripping police procedural series set in Liverpool, perfect for fans of Peter James and Mark Billingham. A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She's disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes. DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Star Start, Wowed.

  • By green ice cream garden on 06-28-16

Great

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

This is a great story made even better by the brilliant narration by Jonathan Keeble

  • Commune: Book Two

  • Commune Series 2
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,301
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,103

The survivors have come to settle in the mountains of Wyoming, fighting day in and day out to establish a home for themselves in a near-empty world. Things are good at first; scavenging is a workable, short-term solution that seems to be providing all they need. But they know that it’s only a matter of time before the food runs out. They need to scramble to find a sustainable solution before the clock stops, and for a little handful of people up in the mountains, the odds don’t seem very favorable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Will Have You Belly Laughing, Crying, and...

  • By Brian on 04-13-18

Not as good as Book 1

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

This one starts off with a warning about being heavy on Marine talk and procedure and so it is, in spades. The detail is too much sometimes. For instance when getting shipping containers off a truck, goes on forever, each brick is described as it is put under and then jacked, doesn't work, dismantled, start again, rejacked and so on. Many examples of this type,interspersed with actual story and action.
Narration is good though.
Will not bother with Book 3 if there is one based on this.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Dream Park

  • By: Larry Niven, Steven Barnes
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

A group of pretend adventurers suit up for a campaign called "The South Seas Treasure Game". As in the early role-playing games, there are dungeon masters, warriors, magicians, and thieves. The difference? At Dream Park, a futuristic fantasy theme park full of holographic attractions and the latest in VR technology, they play in an artificial enclosure that has been enhanced with special effects, holograms, actors, and a clever story line. The players get as close as possible to truly living their adventure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Role-playing to death. What is real? What is fake?

  • By The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem on 12-27-17

1981 written and it is very dated

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

Only got to chapter 9 and just couldn't continue. Written in 1981 it comes across as very dated now. I was really looking forward to hearing this book because I like the authors and have read most of their work........but not this.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Drama

  • An Actor's Education
  • By: John Lithgow
  • Narrated by: John Lithgow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 357

In this riveting and surprising personal history, John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle, crisis, and discovery, revealing the early life and career that took place out of the public eye. Above all Lithgow’s memoir is a tribute to his most important influence: his father, Arthur Lithgow, who, as an actor, director, producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, brought theater to John’s boyhood. From bedtime stories to Arthur’s illustrious productions, performance and storytelling were constant and cherished parts of family life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Diane Havens on 05-15-12

Very good

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

Reviewed: 12-03-15

Mr Lithgow has a brilliant speaking voice and combine this with an interesting life in the theatre/TV/film makes for a very enjoyable listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blind Waves

  • By: Steven Gould
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Antarctic ice. In the world where hundreds of millions of people have been displaced from their homes by the Deluge - a hundred-foot-rise in sea level from melting ice caps - Partricia Beenan is lucky. She is still an American citizen with the right to live on the continent, unlike so many 'wetfoots' whose homes lie deep under the waves or the refugees from nations now completely under water.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • sappy but ok

  • By Haley on 08-03-17

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 12-03-15

After listening to a previous book about jumping to an earlier time I was looking forward to this. However the submarine parts are long-winded, there are far too many Shakespeare quotes and there are many talks in Spanish? Which are not interpreted so you have to guess at the meanings.

  • New Tricks

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952

Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want.It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dog-lovers, rejoice!

  • By Snoodely on 09-18-09

I really tried to like this

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

Reviewed: 12-29-13

I tried a few times to get into this book. I do most of my listening out on walks and with this one I continually found myself thinking of other things and then having to backtrack the story to try and make some sense of it. Also the main character is constantly making smart ass comments, most of which are not really funny, and this I found really annoying and a put off. As a result I did not finish it.

  • Just Me

  • By: Sheila Hancock
  • Narrated by: Sheila Hancock
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

The eagerly anticipated follow-up to The Two of Us, this is a moving, honest, and charming account of life after John Thaw, read by Sheila herself.

"Well now, prove it, Sheila. As John would say, 'Put your money where your mouth is. Be a depressed widow boring the arse off everyone, or get on with life. Your choice.'"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good

  • By Steve on 12-16-13

Just as good

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

Reviewed: 12-16-13

This is a sequel to 'The Two of us'. Really enjoyed it. Ms hancock is a great narrator of her own personal story after the death of John Thaw.

  • My Mother Was Nuts

  • A Memoir
  • By: Penny Marshall
  • Narrated by: Penny Marshall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,714

her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen up - not to be read!

  • By GaylM on 10-17-12

The Voice

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

Reviewed: 12-16-13

I could not get past the voice. I really am sorry but an hour in I had to stop.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful