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  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,916
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,901

From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional voice cast, unconventional format

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-03-17

UGH! 24+ Hours and it's Book 1???

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

I should learn from my own reviews... Neal Stephon really likes to be studied. Not read, studied. "Hey! Look at all the stuff I know boys and girls." And truth told, he knows a lot. But larger puddle aren't necessarily deeper.. And any depth here dries up after about 12 hours or so. Hoping at least for a resolution to a tale stupider than six year old Gypsy's daydreams... I let it drone on till the end. And didn't even get that! No ending, just a tease for the next... What! 25? 30? 45? Hours of tedious picking at a ratty idea.

It's all my fault. The first Stephenson I listened to was Reamde. I was like a Freshman dazzled by the grasp of so much detail that a wandering professor's mind could dredge up. But the followups of: Cryptonomicon, The Cobweb, and Snowcrash raised boredom levels so far that left it hard to breath. OK, I have no one to blame but 1. the afterglow from Reamde (which I still recommend) and 2. the creative teases that Audible sellers have written for each new Stephenson I came across. "Surely he'll learn to write better," I thought. "Cleary at some point an editor would bring some adult discipline to this guy's tendency to go on like a drunken uncle at a family party." But no... So DoDo is my last Stevenson book.

It is wrong for Audible not to let a buyer know that a novel, particularly one that's longer than a ZZ Top Beard without the color. Just read some of the reviews that are crammed with spoilers and move on.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fraud and Fiction: The Real Truth Behind Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

  • By: Eddie Scarry
  • Narrated by: Thomas Browning
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

The media obsession with Donald Trump is not new, but it transformed into a full-blown, demented, Ahab-like crusade after Trump’s electoral victory. In their mania to prove that Trump is not “normal”, the media has tossed out any remaining semblance of objectivity and professionalism. The most extreme example of this feverish journalism is the best-selling book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Now journalist Eddie Scarry collects and systematically debunks the worst errors, falsehoods, and silly innuendo spread throughout Wolff’s exhausting tome.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Polemic

  • By Ted on 08-11-18

A Polemic

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

America's one of the few nation state's which combines both the ceremonial and executive functions in the same office. While I'm discouraged by President Trump's handling of the President's ceremonial leadership, I like what he's doing to refurbish American economic and foreign policy. Eddie Scary likes both... to the point of turning out propaganda.

Those entranced with the totality of the President's performance will enjoy this long magazine article. Others. like me, will squirm uncomfortably with Scary's apologia.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Freeze

  • Virgil Flowers, Book 10
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,849

Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt - and, as it turned out, homicidal - local school board, and now the town's back in view with more alarming news: A woman's been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There's a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of 20 years ago that has a midwinter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into 20 years' worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Virgil gets the s*** beat out of him...

  • By shelley on 10-21-17

Hey this is Sanford, Congers and Flowers - Buy It!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Don't start this series with Deep Freeze... Go to the first in this saga. You'll thank me for the advice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow of the Lions

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Swann
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 992

It has been almost 10 years since Matthias graduated from the elite Blackburne School, where his roommate and best friend, Fritz, fled into the woods, never to be heard from again, in the middle of their senior year. Fritz vanished just after an argument over Matthias' breaking of the school's honor code, and Matthias has long been haunted by the idea that his betrayal led to his friend's disappearance. When he is offered the opportunity to return to Blackburne as an English teacher, he sees it as a chance to put his life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the finest books I've heard on Audible!

  • By Kathi on 08-07-17

Good Start, Contrived Ending

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

The last part of this book is unsatisfying as a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich with Brie. You know, the thing looks good, smells better, and then you bite in... and it's so unauthentic that well, even though you finish the thing, you feel totally cheated.

Swann's solution his mystery just left me totally down. So badly that I can't recommend that anyone else spend the time that Shadow of the Lions takes to listen to.

BTW, James Anderson Foster does an OK job, but while the characters in this ensemble are differentiated, their accents feel as contrived as the book's last part.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf Lake

  • A Novel
  • By: John Verdon
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 211

Could a nightmare be used as a murder weapon? That's the provocative question confronting Gurney in the thrilling new installment in this series of international bestsellers. The former NYPD star homicide detective is called upon to solve a baffling puzzle: Four people who live in different parts of the country and who seem to have little in common, report having had the same dream - a terrifying nightmare involving a bloody dagger with a carved wolf's head on the handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This one gets a little gruesome!

  • By shelley on 10-01-17

Just an engaging Who-Dunnit

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Nope, this isn't the great American novel. Nor has it any pretensions to literally excellence. Characters here aren't deeper than Dostoyevsky nor are scenes cleverly resonant. But if you enjoy playing Clue and wonder how Cornel Mustard got a wrench into the study... Well here's a great way to distract yourself from a day's tensions.

Christopher Lane does a fine job of creating an ensemble cast of characters who, if you will just suspend disbelief at the gnarly plot engine, will tease you to find out how this thing ends.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

Wonder-Filled

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Art without wonder is merely craft.

Anthony Horowitz somehow takes a murder mystery, moves around the furniture, then the building, then the entire genre. He's that good. He did that in Magpie Murders (NOTE: It is not THE Magpie Murders - see my review of that CLEVER adventure). And he's done it again - completely differently here in The Word Is Murder (TWIM).

When Horowitz and Kinnear introduced me in TWIM to the annoying Daniel Hawthorne I felt the same startled surprise as when I'd first encountered Sherlock. And while that's transparently Horowitz's idea - TWIM manages to make everything fresh as the first time Canon Doyle introduced intense deductive reasoning into sleuthing.

Yep... I loved TWIM and will continue to buy books by Horowitz particularly if he partners with Rory Kinnear.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The First Billion

  • By: Christopher Reich
  • Narrated by: James Daniels
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

The last thing Jett Gavallan would call himself was a hero. A fighter pilot in the Gulf War, he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. But he is determined not to let it destroy him. He has created Black Jet Securities, an international financial consulting firm, in order to use his expertise to create enough wealth to do some good in the world. It's a noble goal, but Black Jet Securities' latest and most ambitious deal could destroy everything that Gavallan has worked so hard to build.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh...

  • By Ted on 08-11-18

Meh...

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

While Christopher Reich's plot is intriguing, it's execution is so far over the top that you cannot even see it's tip from here. Oh, James Daniels tried his best and in fact saved The First Billion from being a waste of a credit. In fact, this entire package entertained me while I gardened over an entire long holiday weekend.

Reich's a pro at writing made-for-TV-like storylines that don't disappoint, but are forgettable even as they're being told. Here's a book that's good to have on an iPod or iPhone for when you just need a comfortable escape.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,916

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

A Nice Place To Visit...

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I enjoyed visiting Jody Taylor's St. Mary's and am happy that Zara Ramm took me there. Okay, every character is thin as an anorexic on a hunger strike. But the lead is a strong, independent, and feisty woman who I liked - thanks a lot to Zara Ramm's characterization.

Apparently this is the first in this serial of cliff hangers. I guess the book's aimed at the Harry Potter crowd, only a guess since I've not heard any of that story. The thing is, that painless as this story is, it hasn't hooked me to go on even though the premise i an amusing treatment of time travel. I'll look for Zara Ramm though for future purchases.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Engineered Injustice

  • By: William L. Myers Jr.
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

What if the deadliest train wreck in the nation's history was no accident? When a passenger train derails in North Philadelphia with fatal results, idealistic criminal defense attorney Vaughn Coburn takes on the most personal case of his young career. The surviving engineer is his cousin Eddy, and when Eddy asks Vaughn to defend him, he can't help but accept. Vaughn has a debt to repay, for he and his cousin share an old secret - one that changed both their lives forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting legal thriller!

  • By Wayne on 02-11-18

For Scott Brick Fans... Otherwise, BLAH!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Adam Verner acts just like Scott Brick. No, I don't mean he copies that reader, just that he just acts similarly, which is to say you are aware of his acting ubber alles. I was aware of Adam Verner from his first words... aware of his intrusion into the story with his, um, sensitive sensitivity dripping over every sensitive syllable. Great Audible actors present the author's voice, Brick is infamous for putting a sock into an author's mouth... a sock filled with Brick's foot. Adam Verner shows that same sock/foot mastery here. Worse yet, as a Philly native, it's obvious that Adam Verner has never heard a Philadelphian speak. Not one of his characters have authentic tongues. Where the hell did Adam Verner pick up the dialects he dropped into the voice boxes of these people? Hell, he didn't even pronounce the place names correctly.

Torre-es-dale? Where's that? It's pronounced Tars-dale fella. And that's a principle site in this book, so I won't even try to sweep up all of the other mispronunciations.

As for William Myers' story... Well it is more predicable than the rattle of the Frankfurt El. Bad.... bad... bad... guys are so evil that you giggle at them. What's happened to editors? Was there no one to help this guy with character development? Is nuance dead? Is Myers a graduate of the Snidely Whiplash wiring school of mustache twirling?

Maybe there's some saving scrap in this mess that others have clung to... Frankly I think it was squashed with a Brick.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth to Die

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503

Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She's found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Taught Fast Paced Thriller- Loved it...

  • By shelley on 07-11-18

AAARGH! This is NOT a novel but merely a chapter.

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

First off, do not even attempt this book without first listening to its predecessor. Even if you have heard the first installment in this tedious tale, keep your notes on it at hand and don't let too much time lapse between that book and this. Barker assumes that your life includes plenty of room to recall his intricate early work. Mine doesn't so I was working in a world of half forgotten or entirely forgotten ghost characterizations that caused me to lose interest in The Fifth To Die while I tried to reconstruct what had happened before. And that caused me to rewind to go again through what I'd missed... And Etc...

WORST OF ALL... This thing abruptly ends mid thought, depending that I shall buy the next in this series. None of that was mentioned in the Audible description of this interminably tedious telling. I'm returning The Fifth To Die and will no longer buy J.D. Barker books.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful