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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,687
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,433

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Disconnect

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I’m not sure why my take on this book is so different than other readers. Maybe there are two books with the same title by the same author because the book I’m struggling through is grindingly awful. It has the literary merit of watching a friend play a video game especially if you don’t particularly like video games, which I don’t. The rest is cultural/camp name-dropping, which grows old pretty quickly.

Cline manages to keep as much distance between the reader and what little unoriginal plot lines as possible. He tells rather than shows--the mark of an amateur writer. He painfully fills the first seven or so chapters with back story. Another violation of basic writing. The book appears, sounds, feels, tastes and smells juvenile. If that was his purpose he nailed it, but it just doesn’t work for me. It's embarrassingly bad. Maybe a movie might breathe some life into this, but I don’t think special effects are going to help. It's playing in the background as I write this, and I’m just about to give it the axe.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,580

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream...

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

Reviewed: 12-25-16

...but in Audible everyone can.

There are no real surprises in this recording: you get what you expect--alien-style stalking terror. It fits neatly into the Alien mythos. Overall it's well acted (the actress playing Ripley does an amazing job sounding like Sigourney Weaver--maybe a bit more stilted), but if any Audible recording could be dramatically enhanced with stereo this is it. I understand the premise of mono recordings being smaller for quicker downloads back in the day of dial-up internet and with a single narrator and no special effects there's little need. But with today's download speeds and especially in a dramatized setting there's no excuse for mono. I can't help but believe this could still be easily re-mixed in stereo. Stereo would be mind-wrenchingly more terrifying. I would have awarded five stars across the board if it had been released in stereo.

  • The Guise of Another

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,774
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,554
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,542

A former Medal of Valor winner, Minnesota detective Alexander Rupert is now under subpoena by a grand jury on suspicion of corruption. So when he's asked to look into the false identity of a car-accident victim named James Putnam, a man who in fact died 15 years earlier, Rupert sees a potentially big case and an opportunity to regain his respectability. But the investigation puts him in the path of "the Beast", the nom de guerre of Drago Basta, a cunning veteran of the Balkan wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen, terrific narrator

  • By mary on 01-15-16

2nd Rate Bummer

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

I have to say I found the book depressing. I've read a number of books recently by authors who seem to think writing a downer is art. There are noir novels that make that formula work, but this book isn’t one of those. The author just doesn’t have that kind of skill or especially that kind of voice. The narrator didn’t help either. His reading of characters voice struck me as, for lack of a better word, "corny." I'm not a particularly difficult reader to please, but trust me, there are lots of better books out there written by better writers, narrated by more experienced readers.

  • Farthing

  • Small Change, Book 1
  • By: Jo Walton
  • Narrated by: John Keating, Bianca Amato
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 673

One summer weekend in 1949 - but not our 1949 - the well-connected "Farthing set", a group of upper-crust English families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families; her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Couldn't Happen Here, Right? RIGHT?

  • By Nancy J on 05-29-13

Alternate History Mystery

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

I have to say that this book dragged horribly until well over half way through. The premise was interesting enough. But at least to this American too many subtleties of class were given too many words. The book picked up and the end was both satisfying and depressing all at once. I don’t usually like depressing books, but this one made its point.

  • Bad Country

  • By: C. B. McKenzie
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,947
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,953

Rodeo Grace Garnet lives alone, save for his old dog, in a remote corner of Arizona known to locals as the Hole. He doesn't get many visitors, but a body found near his home has drawn police attention to his front door. The victim is not one of the many illegal immigrants who risk their lives to cross the border just south of the Hole, but is instead a member of one of the local Indian tribes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!! Please give this book a chance to knock you off your feet!

  • By DanBudda on 12-24-15

Bad Country Good Book

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

The story has strong and interesting characters and clever plotting. It's part Tony Hillerman but mostly Elmore Leonard--although grittier maybe. The pace keeps the reader's attention throughout. Well done.

  • The Consultant

  • By: Bentley Little
  • Narrated by: Ramiz Monsef
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 744

CompWare is in serious trouble after a promised merger falls through, so they do what other businesses have done to bolster their public image: They hire a consulting firm to review and streamline their business practices.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed - the book was

  • By Mary Meadows on 02-09-16

Beating a Dead Horse

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

I get what Little was trying to do. He thought he was writing an allegory like Dante's "Inferno" or Swift's "Gulliver's Travels." Little is giving us a larger than life tale of business practices taking over our lives and our loss of privacy. All laudable goals. However, his end work is ponderous and depressing. The idea could have been treated more deftly in a short story. But this book is just plain hard to listen to and through no fault of the narrator.

The book just doesn’t move. It repeats in endless, tiny iterations each leaving a bad taste and a sense of helplessness in the reader. This is a dark and gloomy book, folks. If you're looking for something uplifting, this ain't it. I listened to the second half of the book at 1.5x just to get it done since I didn’t want to give a poor review to a book that I hadn’t listened to all the way through. Steer clear is my advice. There are no revelations in the book beyond what you can find in the description. Bad juju.

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  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,954

When the obituary of legendary computer game architect Matthew Sobol appears online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events that begins to unravel our interconnected world. This daemon reads news headlines, recruits human followers, and orders assassinations. With Sobol’s secrets buried with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed, it’s up to Detective Peter Sebeck to stop a self-replicating virtual killer before it achieves its ultimate purpose - one that goes far beyond anything Sebeck could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Unsatisfying

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

This is a book that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Maybe it's the first in a series but I won't read any of the sequels. The message is depressing. Not good. Find something else to listen unless you want to be put in a bad mood for the sura

  • Reality Is Plastic: The Art of Impromptu Hypnosis

  • By: Anthony Jacquin
  • Narrated by: Anthony Jacquin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

This audiobook is about hypnosis and how to use it effectively. It will teach you what hypnosis is and how to hypnotize both individuals and groups of people anytime and anywhere you choose. No prior experience of hypnosis is required to understand and apply the knowledge in this book. The techniques are deceptively simple yet incredibly powerful. They are entirely practical and have been road tested over many years, with thousands of people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real Deal

  • By G. Bledsoe on 03-09-16

Real Deal

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

This is the resource I initially used in learning to become a hypnotist. I find it just as useful today as when I first read it years ago. The audio version is even better than the text. You get to hear Ant's tonalities, his pacing, his enthusiasm and expertise. I can't recommend this enough.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Cartel

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 23 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,659

From the internationally best-selling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best ever…

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-24-16

The Book of the Decade

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

Reviewed: 08-15-15

I won't go on at length repeating what others have already said. I will add that this book is an eye opener for this North American.

Don Winslow is one of the finest writers alive. I’ve read nearly everything of his I can get my hands on.

Ray Porter is equally probably one of the finest readers alive. At some point you forget that it's just one man doing all the voices. He's that good. His reading style fits the mood of the book and his way of emphasizing certain phrases reflects a deep understanding of the intent of the author.

This is a book you’re not going to forget anytime soon.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil's Workshop

  • Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, Book 3
  • By: Alex Grecian
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

London, 1890: Four vicious murderers have escaped from prison, part of a plan gone terribly wrong, and now it is up to Walter Day, Nevil Hammersmith, and the rest of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad to hunt down the convicts before the men can resume their bloody spree. But they might already be too late. The killers have retribution in mind, and one of them is heading straight toward a member of the Murder Squad, and his family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Thin Plot with Lots of Gore

  • By Judith A. Weller on 12-31-14

At Last a Story Arc in Victorian detective fiction!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-15

There are so many Victorian detective series in which the order of the books could be randomized and there would be little difference in the reading. No character growth. Just little character driven exploits. Good and well enough as far as they go and readers enjoy them.

Mr. Grecian has apparently forsaken that formula. On reading the second book in the series, "The Black Country" (a tame and slow paced book) I assumed he too would feed us episodic character driven vignettes. And the first book "The Yard" was so promising.

Not so as it turns out. In "The Devil's Workshop" we have the beginnings of a story arc. The characters are challenged, in fact, virtually overwhelmed by the antagonists and plot of the story and do not emerge as the safe and lovable characters that began the tale. The next book in the series (unreleased at this writing) will pick up the story line and run with it, I predict, at ever dizzying speeds.

Yes, the story is violent. How could it not be with Jack the Ripper? But Jack is complex in a kind of rococo madness. This depth of character makes him all the more frightening than a simple butcher.

Readers expecting another period mystery with a clever twist may be disappointed. There are mysteries woven throughout, but the overwhelming sensation of suspense is the meat of this book.

Brilliant!