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  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,194
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,880

A natural storyteller and raconteur in his own right - just listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe and Gumption - actor, comedian, carpenter, and all-around manly man Nick Offerman ( Parks and Recreation) brings his distinctive baritone and a fine-tuned comic versatility to Twain's writing. In a knockout performance, he doesn't so much as read Twain's words as he does rejoice in them, delighting in the hijinks of Tom - whom he lovingly refers to as a "great scam artist" and "true American hero".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fall in Love All Over Again

  • By Doug - Audible on 07-05-17

Better than I remembered

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

I first read this book more than 50 years ago as a teen. When I got the book I thought it would be a romp down memory lane, so to speak. If turned out to be far, far better than that.
I won't relate some of the adventures Tom had, so as not to spoil the story for anyone who hasn't read or listened to this remarkable book. Let me just say there's a reason this book has been deemed a classic It's not only a romp down memory lane to a time when things were much simpler in this country, but it is also a bit of a metaphor that illustrates the spirit of the times and the way taking chances can sometimes lead to big payoffs. It's also a bit of a tongue in cheek satire about how people can be fooled into doing things they otherwise wouldn't do. (ie. the picket fence story)
The narrator, Nick Offerman, provides a sort of droll recital of this wonderful book. It takes a bit of getting used to, but overall he did a pretty good job of it.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you keep an open mind... or maybe better, put yourself in the proper mindset, you will too.

  • Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,243

Large chests are said to encompass all manner of hopes and dreams. Men covet them. Women envy them. But one fact holds true - everyone wants to get their hands on some big ones. The same holds true for one intrepid adventurer - a strapping young lad by the name of Himmel. Armed with his grandfather's trusty longsword and the dream of being the strongest, he sets out on the journey of a lifetime!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected, but great "RPG" fun

  • By Mitch on 11-14-17

A Different Point of View

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

Looking at the book cover you would think the book was about the lovely blonde woman with the quote large chest end quote. However, it's really about the chest she's sitting on. That's an evil chest, and it's all about how this creature called a lesser mimic comes into being and begins to level up.

The writing is good and Jeff Hayes did a wonderful job on the narration. However, for me at least, it was just too... well... evil. The protagonist grew and leveled up by killing humans, mostly. It is, by any measure, a different point of view, and I suppose the chest isn't really evil. Mostly it was just really a stupid chest trying to survive, I suppose. Still, I found it to be evil from the standpoint of what it did, which was mostly sneaking behind people and assassinating them.

The beautiful girl on the chest on the book cover is a succubus, so be aware there are some pretty explicit sex scenes as she plies her trade on unsuspecting adventurers. It's handled fairly delicately I suppose, but the sex is still close to pornographic and if the truth were told, that is another reason I didn't really like the book. It is based, loosely, on MMORPGs. (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game)

I won't be getting the next in the series. I'm sure others will enjoy this sort of story much more than I do. I tend to be a bit of a romantic, I suppose, even at my age (70), though I don't like romances. I do however like my heroes to be human and at least leaning toward the good. Just not my cup of tea. I'm sure there are plenty of people who will find this amusing and clever and enjoy it a lot.

  • The Ex-Wife

  • A Nail Biting Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Jess Ryder
  • Narrated by: Annette Chown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,497

Newly married Natasha has the perfect house, a loving husband, and a beautiful little girl called Emily. She’d have it all if it wasn’t for Jen, her husband’s ex-wife who just won’t leave them alone. Then Natasha returns home one day to find her husband and Emily gone without trace. Desperate to get her daughter back, Natasha will do anything even if it means accepting an offer of help from Jen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An ABSURD story!

  • By Debra on 06-28-18

Had to stop listening

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

So if I came home and my significant other had changed my locks, I would call a locksmith and have them changed again. What's so hard about that? I certainly wouldn't go home to live with my mother, who I didn't get along with. Yet this woman, who the book is about, is such an incompetent she doesn't even think about this solution. She has ID with the name and address on it. That's all a locksmith would require. She could just say she lost her keys. Voila. Problem solved. But no. She goes into emotional overdrive and freaks out.

There are so many examples of this sort of emotional overload by our not-so-intrepid heroine. She panics because her daughter might not get her nap! Why, that puts everything out of kilter!

She believes her husband's driver when he tells her that her husband is having an affair. But does she bother to confirm this? Nope. She simply goes into emotional overdrive.

These examples pretty much characterize at least the first half of the book, where I had to stop listening. I'm glad others liked this book. I didn't. For me, it was one eye roll after another. Maybe someday I'll finish it, but I doubt it. For those of you with a low suspension of disbelief threshold, I think you should probably steer clear of this book. The rest of you, enjoy. I hope I didn't spoil anything.

  • The Impossible Fortress

  • By: Jason Rekulak
  • Narrated by: Griffin Newman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838

The Impossible Fortress begins with a magazine. The year is 1987, and Playboy has just published scandalous photographs of Vanna White, from the popular TV game show Wheel of Fortune. For three teenage boys - Billy, Alf, and Clark - who are desperately uneducated in the ways of women, the magazine is somewhat of a Holy Grail: priceless beyond measure and impossible to attain. So, they hatch a plan to steal it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching story

  • By solomon d. on 05-31-17

Truly "Coming Of Age"

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Our heroes (and heroine) in this well-written book are seriously nerdy kids growing up in the mid-seventies. The TRS-80, one of the first home computers has just been released by Radio Shack. One of these kids has learned some programming and is writing a game on it. He actually is pretty good at it, but... (and it's a big but) it's slow. It's so slow the frame rate is like stop action. Gamers pretty much hate that so he's stuck. He doesn't know it but in today's parlance, his game engine needs to be more robust. Enter the nerdy girl. Oh, she's also fat. However, she's pretty and she is a nerd.

I don't want to give away the entire plot, but mixed into this basic boy nerd meets girl nerd, are a couple of the main guy's friends, also very nerdy. Oh yeah, the boys are obsessed with Vanna White of "Wheel Of Fortune" fame. She's got some nude photos in the new playboy and the boys are determined to get copies, but it's like 1976 and it's illegal for 14-year-old boys to buy Playboy. So, like there's this elaborate scheme... well, listen to the book. There's a surprise ending.

It's not normally my type of book, but I got it because of the reference to early computing. The references to coding and machine language took me back to my own TRS-80. I was working full time and traveling a lot though, so didn't have quite as much time as our fictional high school students, though it still brought back to me the hours and hours of code writing and reading and the disappointment when programs didn't work and the happiness when they did. I have never had so much fun with a computer. I played the first Elder Scrolls game (which was a text adventure) on the TRS 80 if I'm not mistaken. Well, neither here nor there. Point is, it brought back a lot of memories and I thought it was very well done and Jason Rekulak totally nailed the vicissitudes of programming as well as the joys.

Griffin Newman did a wonderful job on the narration. He nailed the voices of 14-year-old kids. The book perfectly captured the seventies; a time when kids could still ride their bikes to school and around town and be safe while doing it.

I do recommend this book. It was well-written, well read, well performed and very enjoyable.

  • The Forbidden Door

  • (Jane Hawk, Book 4)
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371

She was one of the FBI’s top agents until she became the nation’s most-wanted fugitive, a happily married woman before becoming a devastated widow. Now Jane Hawk may be all that stands between a free nation and its enslavement by a powerful secret society’s terrifying mind-control technology. She couldn’t save her husband, or the others whose lives have been destroyed, but equipped with superior tactical and survival skills - and the fury born of a broken heart and a hunger for justice - Jane has struck major blows against the insidious cabal. But Jane’s enemies are about to hit back hard.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Koontz is always a good listen!

  • By Gwen on 10-02-18

Next book NOW!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

OK. I can't stand it that I have to wait until May of next year to get the final installment of this series. I generally wait until the series is over before I write a review, preferring to review the entire story rather than focus on one book at a time. However, this time I felt it appropriate to write in order to say, "Why isn't this last book available already?"

I'm normally pretty good at delayed gratification. (If I may be allowed to be a grumpy old guy for a minute, this is something the current society is terrible at.) In this case, however, this book is so good I'm impatient for the next and last in this story.

Dean Koontz has got to be the current master at depicting truly evil characters. This whole mind control thing through the injection of nano-tech is bizarre but it is not that difficult to suspend disbelief given the state of today's political and social realities. We see a country polarized by the "haves" and "have-nots", with the controlling political party shaping opinions through the declaration of "fake news" for news stories they don't like and also lying about one thing after another. One wonders if there might not be a political will to follow the example set by the evil revolution postulated in this book. That, I think, is what makes this book and its premise so chilling and frightening. Now, that's MY take on this story. If you don't share my political views don't let this keep you from listening to this book and all the books in the Jane Hawk story.

Dean Koontz really is outdoing himself in this series.

Elizabeth Rodgers does a masterful at narrating. She has a wonderful voice and she uses it to great advantage. She also has the talent to create distinct voices for the various characters in the books. Five stars for her narration and of course I feel the same about the story itself. listen to this series and get this book. If you're a Dean Koontz fan or just a fan of creepy, evil plots to take over the world being thwarted by one brave and capable woman, you'll love it.

  • Prey

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,838
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,856

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but picks up lots of momentum

  • By Michael Kellogg on 05-06-05

Pretty typical Michael Crichton

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This really was a pretty typical Crighton novel; which is to say it's a page-turner. I won't get into the plot for fear of revealing too much when I think you'll enjoy it much more if you don't actually know what happens. This book though is about more than a sort of creepy <things are getting out of control too fast to keep up with them> typical Crichton novel. As in his other books, he explores greater themes. In this book, the theme is it's good and evil; with good being a sort of nebulous path to take to thwart evil, and evil embodied by one of the protagonists.

George Wilson does a wonderful job with the narration, putting as much evil into the evil protagonist's voice as one can imagine. His ability to do different voices is just remarkable.

I liked this book and if you like creepy adventures with a good vs evil theme you will too.

#good vs. evil, #government conspiracies, #creepy, #scary

  • Heat Lightning

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,831

Flowers is only in his late 30's, but he's been around the block a few times, and he doesn't think much can surprise him anymore. He's wrong. It's a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, and Flowers is in bed with one of his ex-wives (the second one , if you're keeping count ) when the phone rings. It's Lucas Davenport. There's a body in Stillwater, two shots to the head, found near a veterans' memorial. And the victim has a lemon in his mouth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of John Sandfords best

  • By James Hilton on 08-17-10

Does it get hot in Minnesota?

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

I guess it does get hot in Minnesota. At least it gets hot for Virgil Flowers whether it's on the dance floor or chasing a murderer. This is a murder mystery, to state the obvious, and this time Sandford chose to keep him or her hidden from the reader as well as Virgil.

And here is the "twist" if you will. The killer sticks a lemon in the mouth of the victim. Then the killed person, most of them Viet Nam vets, are dragged off to some sort of Viet Nam Veteran memorial and left displayed.

Between Virgil's ex-wives, his current women, his new women, and the killer(s) this is a very busy book. It's also a very good read and well read by Eric Conger.

Five stars all the way.






  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,935

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

This is a well researched and meticulously back-grounded expose of the Trump campaign and White House. It's so well written and so well done; so full of detail you feel as though you, yourself, were part of what was going on. Let me be clear, this is not a flattering portrayal of the Trump administration. It is, however, a realistic view of how this President is currently functioning in a "behind the scenes" way. I must warn you, it isn't pretty.

Robert Petkoff does a fine job of narration.

While this is not my normal cup of tea... Five stars all the way.

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  • Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,917
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,366

On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root - its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. Fierce rivals for the emperor’s favor, and outspoken adversaries on Imperial affairs - including the Death Star project - the formidable pair seem unlikely partners for such a crucial mission.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe my expectations were too high...

  • By Goggles on 08-29-18

Disapointing

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I personally found this particular book to be quite disjointed. I think it was because he was trying to juxtapose two timelines. For me, it didn't quite work; it was just confusing.

Zahn had Thrawn in two separate stories, one with the young Anakin Skywalker, and the other with Darth Vader. Thrawn, of course, did not know Vader was Skywalker. But half the time was spent with the young Skywalker in an adventure different than what was going on some years later with Darth Vader. Maybe I'm just getting old, but again, I found it disjointed and also hard to follow each story line. I normally really like Timothy Zahn, but this felt like a story he had contracted to do. He did it but without his usual attention to detail and great story-telling.

  • Daughters of the Night Sky

  • By: Aimie K. Runyan
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010

Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she's dreamed of taking to the skies to escape her bleak mountain life. With the Nazis on the march across Europe, she is called on to use her wings to serve her country in its darkest hour. Not even the entreaties of her new husband—a sensitive artist who fears for her safety—can dissuade her from doing her part as a proud daughter of Russia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator sets the scene

  • By Jake's Handler on 02-16-18

A Little Slow, But Good.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I can't give this book five stars because it really did drag in places. I suppose I lost interest in the love story about the third time the star-crossed lovers found a reason not to be together because of their "duty" or because of circumstances beyond their control;. I just had a hard time reconciling the scope of their emotional immaturity.

I also don't think the author knows a lot about flying, especially the "stick and throttle" flying of the planes they described. That was just my impression as a "some time" pilot myself.

Overall, while not my favorite historical fiction, it is not bad. Not bad at all.