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  • House of Assassins

  • Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 2
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

Ashok Vadal was once a member of the highest caste in all of Lok. As a Protector, he devoted his life to upholding the Law, rooting out those who still practiced the old ways and delivering justice with his ancestor blade Angruvadal. None was more merciless than he in stamping out the lingering belief in gods and demons among the casteless. His brutality was legendary and celebrated. But soon Ashok learned that his life to that point had been a lie. He himself, senior member of the Protector Order, was casteless. He had been nothing more than an unwitting pawn in a political game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conan meets Musashi meets Geralt

  • By Jason on 02-10-19

Excellent second installment!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

Loved it! Book 2 takes place over a shorter time frame than Book 1. It expands our view of the wider world and deepens our knowledge of existing characters.

Same narrator, and he's excellent. (He does mispronouce one character name very early in the story, but it only happens once. Thank goodness--I hate when pronunciations of names change between books or narrators (Ahem. The Way of Kings series).

Thank you for a great book, Larry Correia.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,500

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Are we turning the corner....

  • By jaga on 06-07-18

3 Parts Fascinating; 1 Part Agenda

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I found the first 3/4 of the book to be informative, thought-provoking, and well-researched. I came away from the book with some insights into my own life, and some good ideas to implement with my students.

The end of the book, though, shifted more and more towards progressive agenda. Apparently the "unexpected solutions" Hari details all mirror general progressive talking points. How convenient. I would find this part of the book much more believable (and HELPFUL) if he wasn't so obviously resistant/opposed to more conservative adaptations of his solutions.

(In discussing the benefits of meditation, Hari barely gives lip service to the related benefits of prayer. In discussing the benefits of meaningful values and purpose and community, he completely ignores church and other such organizations that have long filled that role for millions of people. When it comes to meaningful work, he seems to write from the unquestioned assumption that employers are all horrible people who want to suck their employees dry, then discard them...except for a few progressive and yippie exceptions... )

  • A Murder of Manatees

  • The Further Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193

When half your galaxy is unexpectedly sucked into a black hole - when a hitherto-unknown species of space aliens lays waste to your home planet - when disaster rears its ugly head (or heads) - who can you call for faster-than-light appraisals and best-in-the-multiverse customer service? Just one man - Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent. In this latest chapter of his interstellar exploits, Tom is about to deliver a crushing performance evaluation to Jimmy the Intern when the unimaginable happens: The beloved Wendell the Manatee has been kidnapped!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Larry and Adam are a fantastic combination.

  • By john j bonar on 01-25-18

Action, satire, Baldwin...the trifecta!

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Gorgeous gem of a rip-roaring good time.

Excellent jokes, hilarious references, and fantastic narration. (Baldwin really captures that tricky dolphin accent).

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,870
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,857

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read this before buying, too much hype

  • By Bradley on 06-23-17

Action, twists, engaging characters

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

That was good. I wanted something that dragged me in and distracted me from a long drive, and this worked!

This is part one of a series, but ends without cliffhangers, but with clear promises for the next books.

The narrator is amazing!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unexpected World

  • The EMP Survivor Series, Book 1
  • By: Chris Pike
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663

Author Chris Pike's debut novel Unexpected World is a gritty and compelling survival tale about human courage and steadfast determination to live, to endure, and to persevere against all odds. Assistant District Attorney Dillon Stockdale is on the phone with his daughter when an EMP obliterates the entire electrical grid of the United States. Anything relying on a computer is fried, including the plane his daughter is on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Father WIll do Anything to Rescue His Daughter

  • By Neva on 12-22-16

Lame. MarySue prepper wants to save adult daughter

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

Luckily, when smart, prepared women and girls are in trouble, wise, strong men are there to take over and save the day. There are two main plotlines in the book, each featuring a much-admired woman who has to be saved (and lets herself be saved) by an even more admirable alpha male...

It bugs me because the characters *talk* modern day equality of the sexes, but the plot and problem-solving privilege the alpha males as the source of all ideas and knowledge.

Otherwise, pretty predictable story focused on how the awesome prepared prepper saves the day.

The writing is fine, but the omniscient narration includes the dog's perspective, which was jarring at first.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Horologicon

  • A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language
  • By: Mark Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

The Horologicon (or book of hours) contains the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to what hour of the day you might need them. From Mark Forsyth, the author of the number-one international best seller The Etymologicon comes an audiobook of weird words for familiar situations. From ante-jentacular to snudge by way of quafftide and wamblecropt, at last you can say, with utter accuracy, exactly what you mean.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If only there were words to describe Mark Forsyth

  • By JPwns on 08-23-16

So nerdy!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

Great book. I just wish it had an English narrator--Don Hagen does fine (except when reading poetry), but this book has an English author and English sensibility. It doesn't quite work with an American reader.

16 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Red Mars

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 23 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,451
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,470

Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, Red Mars is the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling trilogy. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. It is also hailed by authors and critics for its vivid characters and dramatic conflicts.

For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Old School Hard Sci Fi, but softly

  • By JLM on 08-21-12

Awful people being awful to each other.

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

I can't finish this book. I've tried--it was recommended as excellent sci-fi by someone I thought was a reliable source. I even bought the Kindle version through the Audible deal! Maybe I'll eventually just skim the story and read the sciency bits...

Alas, lots of boring character drama between and introspection about a group of truly unlikeable characters. The Moody Russian, American Golden Boy, and Jealous American Grasper, among others. Too much adolescent angst--and behavior --for a group of scientists settling a planet. It's just unpleasant, uninteresting, and otherwise blah.

  • A Learning Experience, Book 1

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,219

When a bunch of interstellar scavengers approach Earth intending to abduct a few dozen humans and sell them into slavery in the darkest, they make the mistake of picking on Steve Stuart and his friends, ex-military veterans all. Unprepared for humans who can actually fight, unaware of the true capabilities of their stolen starships, the scavengers rapidly lose control of the ship - and their lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great concept / Hated the prosletyzing

  • By Alton J Henley on 08-12-16

Mary Sue, we're so lucky we have you.

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

Reviewed: 08-19-16

Luckily for the human race, Steve Protagonist is the one who encounters the aliens and is able to come up with a plan to save us all.

The main character at least does have a bit of an arc. The things that annoyed me the most about him in Chapter 1 are the self-revelations that change his way of thinking (a little) during a few of the Pivotal Conflicts at the end of the book.

Secondary characters change their personalities to fit the story, For example, the wife who is fierce and independent... except when suddenly she's not. The protagonist's children are also very convenient non-entities who disappear entirely for most of the book.

Events happen in far too short of a timeline to seem realistic. Spaceships and tech, sure. Unrealistic human interactions...? Nope.

Oh, well. It's a fun enough romp, I guess.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Dumplin'

  • By: Julie Murphy
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183

Dubbed "Dumplin'" by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked...until Will takes a job at Harpy's, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn't surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable heartwarming story

  • By Jenjer on 08-26-16

Really good!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-15

I could quibble--predictable love triangle, a few scenes of socially progressive lecturing, Token Hotty as the love interest--but other than that, good story.

Yes, teen focused, but not necessarily YA...

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Andromeda Strain

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,506
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,518

The United States government is given a warning by the preeminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best science + biology fiction book I have read

  • By Ryan Johnson on 07-31-15

Listen to the sample first!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

I simply cannot listen to this reader. I cannot finish this book. I'm going to return this audiobook and go find a print copy.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful