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  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 113,141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104,776
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 104,277

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Wonderful, terrible, funny and heartbreaking.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I had no idea of Mr. Noah's background. The first I ever heard of him was when he was to replace John Stewart. I didn't think he'd last. While I don't get to watch the show regularly and just see occasional clips and comments, it didn't take me long to see that he is worth watching and listening to . The book is well worth the time. It's wonderful, terrible, funny and heartbreaking.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,309

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

It sounded like Sci Fi.....

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

I was, and still am, looking for some good sci fi and this just wasn't it. It's not that I'm totaly against fantasy, but this just wasn't what I was looking for. I started over listening to this more times than I can remember and it just puts me to sleep. If I hadn't taken so long to decide that I didn't like it, I would have turned it back in. The premise is interesting: A portal that takes people, one way, six million years into earth's past. When they get there, they find that an alien race has basically set up shop and enslaves the humans coming through who are looking for simpler life.Then we get shape changers, fairies, and what not. Really?
So many other avenues to explore and the author goes with the magical? If this is what you're looking for enjoy. It's fairly well written, but not sci-fi .

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • First Grave on the Right

  • Charley Davidson, Book 1
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,554

A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!

  • By Austin gal on 03-07-12

Meh....

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

Reviewed: 11-09-15

Made two attempts at this a few years apart. No dice. I'm no prude, but the erotic scenes seem out of place and forced. The writing is decent, but the characters need a little more depth to be interesting. Lorilei King is one of my favored readers and it's her voice that kept me going as long as I did. In the end, though, I just kept falling asleep.

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  • Shogun

  • A Novel of Japan
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 48 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056

A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A question about further Clavell books.

  • By Lorrie on 08-15-09

Great Book, reader, not so much.

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

Reviewed: 02-19-14

I thought it was just me, but after reading other reviews, I see that I wasn't alone in being annoyed with the reader. To be fair, I am getting used to him as the story progresses, but I will look out for the name "David Chase" as I order other books and probably avoid them in audio form. I read Shogun 30 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was looking for a different experience with this book and that's what I got. The one thing that makes the reader acceptable, is that his voice, after Blackthorn encounters the Japanese and their culture, actually conveys the kind of foreigness that a person like Blackthorn in this situation might perceive in his initial clash with Asian customs and mores'. That's the best positive perspective that I can think of.

  • Crystal City

  • Alvin Maker VI
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, M.E. Willis, cast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608

From the end of the 18th century, Americans traveled west to find new homes and new lands. They brought with them the magics of plain people. It is from these roots of the American dream that award-winning writer Orson Scott Card has crafted what the Charlotte Observer called "a uniquely American fantasy." Using the lore and the folk magic of the men and women who settled a continent, and the beliefs of the tribes who were here before them, Card has created an alternate frontier America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • start with the first book

  • By Sybil on 11-02-12

I Was Ready For the Story to End.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-13

The Crystal City is probably my least favorite of the Alvin Maker series. It got to the point where any obstacle was overcome by Alvin's, or somebody else's knack. It eliminates any tension or sense of danger to the characters when one knows that all they have to do is run real fast, make a fog, or miraculously heal someone. Even though he was very infuriating, and mostly downright stupid, Calvin became more interesting than his brother Al. Toward the end of the book, I really didn't care if they made the Crystal City or not.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Dog Stars

  • By: Peter Heller
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,388
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,381

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautifully written and narrated!

  • By Mike Naka on 06-08-14

Pleasantly Surprised

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

Reviewed: 04-08-13

I got this title due to an interview with Peter Heller that I heard on the radio. I've always had a soft spot for "End of the World as We know it" stories. I read "Earth Abides many years ago and many times since and love it. "Dahlgren" by Delaney, while freaky as all get out, kept me riveted even though I didn't understand half of it. And of course, there's "The Change" series by S.M. Stirling. If you're looking for something along any of these stories lines, forget it. The plot is pretty basic but it's the presentation of the characters and setting the I found remarkable. Heller's love for poetry saturates his writing. It's like he can't help it. The book reads like one big poem with lots of stream of consciousness thrown in. Don't let that turn you off though. Mark Deakins, the reader, goes through this book so smoothly that it took me a while to realize exactly what Heller was trying, and succeeding, to do. The book is entirely written in the first person from the viewpoint of the main character named Higg. Heller conveys Higg's thoughts, feelings, emotions and motivations beautifully without being overly verbose. Like poetry, it is language stripped down to it's barest essentials but with full meaning. No small feat.
It may be that this could be a difficult book to read. I'm glad that I listened to it on an audio book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rocket Boys

  • The Coalwood Series, Book 1
  • By: Homer Hickam
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 513

The New York Times best-selling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir - a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space... and who made those dreams come true. Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a marvelously entertaining chronicle of triumph.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Endearing Memoir of the Early Space Race

  • By Paula on 10-03-16

Very Enjoyable. Not just for young adults.

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

Reviewed: 02-21-13

I recently rented the movie October Sky from Netflix. I had seen it years ago, but thought my daughter might like it. I became curious about Homer Hickam Jr. and decided to give Rocket Boys a listen. I found Homer's description of his hometown and the people in it during the late 1950's facinating. It's good story with good Characters. A peek through a slightly sooty window into a now quickly vanishing past.

  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,360
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,213

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in the narrator

  • By Brent on 06-01-12

Disappointed in the narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-01-12

I've loved this book for over 30 years. But to tell the truth, for a while, I had almost convinced myself that the "reader" was artificial. The HAL9000 conveys more warmth and expression than the reader of this book. I've found it very distracting and I'm not sure I can finish.

158 of 163 people found this review helpful

  • Moon Called

  • Mercy Thompson, Book 1
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,517

Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A top notch Urban Fantasy heroine!

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-21-12

Fun Stuff

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

Reviewed: 02-07-12

The Mercy Thompson series is just plain fun. Not deep, doesn't moralize, but here and there you might find bits of common sense that are useful. Guilty pleasure at its best.

  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,261

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Violent, Ironic, and Absorbing Epic Fantasy Noir

  • By Jefferson on 01-30-13

The Emperor is Naked

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

Reviewed: 02-07-12

Like a few others, I'm trying to like this book. All the glowing reviews caught my attention. But, I have to say after six hours of listening, it ain't happening. I will finish this book and I hope something changes. I will then post another review. Right now, I just feel frustrated.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful