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  • The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • Earth's Children, Book 1
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,036

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear. A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blonde, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly—she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of the books so far

  • By Heather Auer on 09-08-13

Disappointing listen

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

I read Clan when it was originally published (1980). Couldn’t put it down. A powerful story written extremely well. As were the following in the Clan series. I was looking forward to the Audible release, hoping for the same intense experience I recalled from the books. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed with the Audible release.

  • Cell

  • By: Robin Cook
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,111

George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!!

  • By Paul T. on 02-16-14

Watch out who you trust..

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

Reviewed: 05-17-16

I've always found Mr. Cook to do an excellent job in relating medical topics to suspense. Cell continues his good writings. Although the main character, George, was a bit of a fumbling nerd he appears to learn from his mistakes. A little late though. Makes for a good Audible listen.

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  • Predator

  • A Crossbow Novel
  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

One of the most formidable fighters in the world, ex-SAS warrior and former private security consultant Major Hector Cross has survived explosive tangles with depraved enemies - warlords, pirates, and arms dealers - from the Middle East to the heart of Africa. Now Cross must take the law into his own hands once again to stop a vengeful old enemy who has resurfaced - and hunt down a deadly new nemesis in pursuit of global domination.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • NOT Wilbur Smith

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-17-16

Wilbur Smith has begun to disappoint me....

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

Reviewed: 05-17-16

Unfortunately, Wilder Smith was, for years, one of my favorite authors. His last two books (Predator included) have been extremely disappointing. Not sure why, but they don't have the intensity his earlier works tend to have. Not sure I will take the time to try a third "new" Wilbur Smith book, too many other good authors to read.

  • Buried

  • A Bone Secrets Novel
  • By: Kendra Elliot
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054

Reporter Michael Brody is used to getting answers. The one that’s eluded him, though, for 20 long years is learning what happened to his brother, Daniel, the day his school bus disappeared. When the remains of the other children are discovered - and Daniel’s aren’t among them - a desperate Michael calls upon the sole survivor of the tragedy, Chris Jacobs, hoping he will finally break his silence.Constant fear of being found by his kidnapper has driven Chris into hiding. The only lead Michael has is Chris’s sister, Jamie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me guessing until the end!

  • By Karen on 05-30-13

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 09-23-15

Poor story poorly presented. Either the police were incompetent or the victims stupid. Like listening to a romance writer trying to be a suspense writer. Just didn't work.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Red Country

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,911
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,577

They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Justice can have what's left when I'm done.

  • By Lore on 10-02-13

Deja vu all over again

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

Reviewed: 02-26-13

The Bloody Nine Fingers has spend the recent past hiding as a meek farmer watching over his "step" children. They don't know his past. Then all hell breaks loose, someone has kidnapped two of the children, killed friends and burned down the farm. With the help of his older, tough "step" daughter they go after the kidnappers.

With limited mention of the Union and the Maji this story stands well on it's own. Well read with good charater development.

In the end Nine Fingers knows he can't hide from his past. Good lead in to another story.

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,827

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JUST SIMPLY FANTASTIC LISTENING ! !

  • By Gary on 04-24-12

A Sleeper

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

Reviewed: 07-25-12

This started a little slow but ramped up fast after the first hour or so. A little sappy with dogs, love, really bad guys, a good guy and murder combined but it turned out to be a truely good listen. Narrator was very great.

  • WWW: Wonder

  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, Oliver Wyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984

Webmind - the vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the infrastructure of the World Wide Web - has proven its worth to humanity by aiding in everything from curing cancer to easing international tensions. But the brass at the Pentagon see Webmind as a threat that needs to be eliminated. Caitlin Decter-the once-blind 16-year-old math genius who discovered, and bonded with, Webmind - wants desperately to protect her friend. And if she doesn't act, everything - Webmind included - may come crashing down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unmissable

  • By brendanstallard on 04-08-11

Good read

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

Reviewed: 06-26-11

Ooops - I wrote this for another book...but to paraphrase: It was nice to listen to a book that didn't make technology into the devil. A good and easy book to listen to while driving.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dreadnaught

  • The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell - introduction
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,035

The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Got me into audio science fiction audio books!

  • By ApplesOverOranges on 07-06-13

Nice listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-11

Finally a book that doesn't make technology the devil. A good, easy to listen to book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil in the White City

  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,306

In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to stop listening

  • By Michael on 05-26-12

Average

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

Reviewed: 06-26-11

This is an interesting discussion on the Chicago Worlds Fair and the parallel activities of a very bad "mass" murderer. Unfortunately it was not the thriller expected. Even with Scott Brick's narration it fell short of expectations. If you're interested in the history behind the building of the Chicago Worlds Fair complex this is not a bad listen. The "bad guy" is a wimp with no guts. His character and his deeds need more development. To much left to the imagination - it needs more developement on the fear and terror of his victims. He deserves to be hated, make it easier.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Those in Peril

  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

Hazel Bannock is heir to the Bannock Oil Corporation, one of the major global oil producers. While cruising the Indian Ocean, her yacht is hijacked by Somalian pirates and her nineteen-year-old daughter, Cayla, kidnapped. The pirates demand a crippling 20-billion-dollar ransom for her release, and complicated political and diplomatic sensitivities render the major powers incapable of intervening.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Like a B Movie

  • By Suzanne K Russell on 05-16-11

A little disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-09-11

Wow - I felt like I was 15 again - sex so fast I didn't get a chance to enjoy it... Don't get me wrong, I like the added sexual tension Smith typically provides. It has a place. But so early in the book, no real build-up to the event, just raw, very descriptive sex. Smith's descriptions of the acts are very real, making it difficult to drive and listen. As for the main character, a supposed strong women who men fear. But a down right wimp, whiny, flacid personality when it comes to here daughter. She crys and whines like a teenager when she should be even stronger. Maybe later in the book she'll improve. I'm only a few hours into the book and plan to continue listening. Got to hope ol' Wilber pulls this one off in the end.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful