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  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

  • By: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,044
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,037

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Normal Life in an Abnormal World

  • By Arthur D. Rich on 08-26-17

Great Fun Please Make it a Seried

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

A fun book and unique story. Please keep going and make it a series. Where is Andrea going next?

  • Apollo 8

  • The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon
  • By: Jeffrey Kluger
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038

In August 1968 NASA made a bold decision: In just 16 weeks, the United States would launch humankind's first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the Apollo program had suffered one setback after another. Meanwhile, the Russians were winning the space race, the Cold War was getting hotter by the month, and President Kennedy's promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Book

  • By Jack Mueller on 06-24-17

A Focus On Apollo 8 and The Risks They Took.

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

I am a fan boy of the Apollo missions so this is added to my collection of 60's aviation books. I really like the detail that was not included in other books. The book had great insight into the families and their thoughts as well and a more detailed look at the engineers. The Astronauts are the heroes, but it was nice to hear about the heroes behind the heroes. Well written and researched. If you are wondering if you have heard it all about Apollo, I doubt it this will fill in some gaps about this missions and the huge risks taken.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Little Big Man

  • By: Thomas Berger, Larry McMurtry - introduction
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker, Scott Sowers, Henry Strozier
  • Length: 20 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860

Audie Award, Literary Fiction, 2016. The story of Jack Crabbe, raised by both a white man and a Cheyenne chief. As a Cheyenne, Jack ate dog, had four wives, and saw his people butchered by General Custer's soldiers. As a white man, he participated in the slaughter of the buffalo and tangled with Wyatt Earp.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a Good Day to Listen

  • By Dubi on 05-21-15

A Novel of How the West Was Really Won!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

It is not a western but it is at the same time. It is not pro Native American and at the same time not Pro US Army. Little Big man is a must read for anyone who likes historical fiction . Our main character is the best anti-hero I have ever read. As an audible book it will go down as my favorite novel. Rich deep characters set in historic times.

Little Big Man moves between a life of being a Native American and the settlers of that time. Often he is faced with the tough choice of who's side is he on. This should be considered a classic work of american fiction. It truly narrates the tougher decision that faced those who lived at that time.

It is a great book and has appeal for any young adult who is trying to grasp what real life was like at the turn of the century. A fun book with good humor and drama.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,019
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,082
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,051

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

A True Life Breaking Bad

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

If this was written as a novel, I would have thought that it was just a rip off of Breaking except using the internet. Two things it is a true story on a scale I would not have thought possible and how does such a nice guy goes down such a dark path. The book was one of the best crime thrillers I have ever read and even more remarkable is the fact it was true.

The author did a great job of balancing out the two sides of the story. You felt the drama and suspense from both sides of the law.

A fantastic story with excellent writing makes this a good book. The performance was excellent by Will Damron which makes this one of my favorite audible books ever.

  • The Fireman

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,973
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,957

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it's Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • THIS BOOK IS HORRIBLE!!!

  • By Brent Nelson on 04-04-18

A Great Story, Original but Language Please

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

I am not going into too much detail I really liked the book it was an interesting original story much like Pillars and other books, about survival in a post pestilence world. Very original very good, I liked every character and their role in the book. Kate Mulgrew is now my favorite reader over Scott Brick (sorry Scott). I hate to say though the language was too much to many F-bombs and too many in a row. Seriously after the first 6 or 7 F-Bombs from one character in a row do you really need to go for 12 or 13? Whenever you resort to describing a character's fear, frustration or anger through expletives and only expletives it shows a lack of imagination. I think you Joe Hill, I think your dad would be disappointed. Great story good book ruined by too much bad language.

2 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Luck Hank: Suck My Cosmos

  • By: Steven Campbell
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,658
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,579

Life is tough on space station Belvaille - not for the aristocratic nobles that call it home, but for the poor slobs like Hank. Hank is considered a celebrated cutthroat and the oldest living person in the city. His occupation is to be hired muscle for those people who don't want to get their hands dirty but still want dirty things done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HLH is my favorite person ever!

  • By Aaron on 09-23-15

Fun with a Multi Ton Mutant

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

The Hank books are just fun. You don't have to start with the first one but it helps. Award winning fiction no. Just fun to listen to yes.

  • Calamity

  • The Reckoners, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,072
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,463

When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David's fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy. David knew Prof's secret and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners' leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Climactic Battles Second Chances? as Calamity Ends

  • By Don Gilbert on 02-18-16

A Great Ending to a Great Series

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

Reviewed: 02-26-16

Good series a new take on super heroes fun good car trip listen. This book begins and ends in new territory for super heroes and young adult fiction.

  • Breaking the Chains of Gravity

  • The Story of Spaceflight Before NASA
  • By: Amy Shira Teitel
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

NASA's history is a familiar story, culminating with the agency successfully landing men on the moon in 1969. But NASA's prehistory is a rarely told tale, one that is largely absent from the popular space-age literature but that gives the context behind the incredible lunar program. America's space agency wasn't created in a vacuum; it was assembled from preexisting parts, drawing together some of the best minds the non-Soviet world had to offer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Historical Book, Performance Weak

  • By Ryan Mitchell on 01-31-16

The Story Before the Story

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

Reviewed: 11-20-15

This is the story behind the story. Amy Teitel has done a great job in having enough technical information in the book to make it interesting but not so technical that it took away from the story. So much of this story is close calls and serendipity, it amazes me that how things lined up to even have a space program. This is the story of a humble rocket club who's participants became the fathers of modern rocketry. Enough Tech to be interesting but not so much it takes away from the story. How did Scott Crossfield's career decisions affect who would be the first man on the moon. You have to find out. How far behind the Soviets was the United States? You will learn about the programs and politics that got the U.S. to claim first man on the moon. Very well written and a good narrator. If you liked the right stuff and Apollo Thirteen this is right in line with those books and I feel just as good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Countdown to Zero Day

  • Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon
  • By: Kim Zetter
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318

Top cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear efforts and shows how its existence has ushered in a new age of warfare - one in which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as a megaton bomb.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing cyber whodunit

  • By Scott on 12-21-14

A New Form of Terrorism Is Born

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

What did you love best about Countdown to Zero Day?

The literal genius that went into creating the first digital weapon as well as the literal genius it took to find it and figure out what is was. I really appreciated how this book read like a fictional spy novel at times. I had to keep reminding myself that this is non-fiction. If you are wondering how resourceful our government is when it comes to stopping global terrorism listen to this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The entire team at Norton Anti Virus. To me they are both heroes and truly the brilliant minds of our time. The way they stuck with finding the answers to exactly what was behind the Stuxnet Virus was impressive. They could have stopped at any time but they had to solve this puzzle for themselves as much as the computer community. Their dedication went so far as to learn a new computer programing language that they would never use in the real world, just to learn more about the Stuxnet Virus.

Have you listened to any of Joe Ochman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not but I would again. It was a very good performance.

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

Blessed are the GEEKS as they will dominate the earth.

Any additional comments?

I did not give the book five stars as some parts of the book are very technical. I am in the IT industry and it was a bit much for me. It did not take away from the story as a whole but it did slow the story down in a few spots. I understand it was important to have the information in there to help us understand the scope and power of Stuxnet but it was not my favorite part of the book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,087

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very Disappointing

  • By Adrienne on 08-15-16

Christine Parks at the Bates Motel

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recomended this book to my daughter (she is an adult) and she listened to it as well. She enjoyed it as much as I have.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bill Hodges without a question was my favorite. The Det. Ret. was plagued by his past and present. It was great to see how his how the character evolved in the book. He transformed himself over time in a way that was realistic as well as charming in a way.

Which scene was your favorite?

I should say which scenes creeped me out the most. That would be a better way of saying it. Brady (the villain) is quite the arrogant jerk and any scene where he is at home with his mother just plain creeped me out. There is one scene where he is planning a murder of sorts. In the scene, things are not as they seem and I feel listening instead of reading made it worse for me. This scene really brought home the whole mother son "special" relationship that Brady had. Brady like Norman bates is disturbed but much worse in many ways. The scene where he cooks a special meal up is just plain disturbing but in a good Stephen King sort of way.

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

No not because it was not interesting but because when Stephen King writes a book like this, I have to read it in doses. As my Creep - O - Meter goes up and is at 10 I have to take a break. Other than that I would have listened to the entire book if I had that much time.

Any additional comments?

This is not the first book about homicide using a car and it is not the first book about a twisted mother and son relationship but is well written and the plot has a very original feel to it. Would I listen to it again NO but I did enjoy listening to it and I did recommend it to someone else.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful