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  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,333
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,344

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

Melodramatic, short, and stupid.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I normally like Scott Brick's narration but it was awful in this predictable melodrama. I hoped it might get better, but instead it abruptly ended. A complete waste of time.

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,560

Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets - but Nothing New here

  • By Marie on 09-09-17

Very Good for a Chick-Book

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

There's a lot of estrogen in this book, but well written and the characters are well developed and flawed, so after a slow start it holds your interest. Not a great ending but if you can't be clever, be obscure.

  • Mavericks

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,251
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,495

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Trouble on Paradise pt. II

  • By Kurtis Karr on 09-27-18

Boring and Redundant

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

This series is getting so tiring. It's the same problem, problem, problem plot with little originality. And who cares what's going on in Paradise?

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  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,930

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monkeys kick A**, but......

  • By Beachcombers on 02-14-18

Department of Redundancy Department

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I found this book slightly better than Book 4, but Alanson is milking the series with very few original concepts. The book is very redundant -- Not just saying the same thing in a different way (like the audience are idiots), but saying the same thing the same way (like the author is an idiot).
Inevitably whenever there is some urgent crises that must be handled immediately, Bishop and Skippy go off on a stupid, banal conversation (Grapes are slippery -- Really???).
Most of the humor falls flat and there are very few LOL moments. Could have been better with a little effort.

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,756
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,358

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid continuation that fizzles at the end

  • By Tyson S Sukeforth on 10-04-17

Starting to Suck

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I loved the first book in this series but each book has become increasingly repetative and banal. It's just the same problem, problem, problem with no originality. The juvenile jokes fall flat. The first couple times "monkeys" and "shiny beer can" worked, but after 900 times it's irritating and I just want to get through the book. In this book, it seems like Alanson ran out of memory on his laptop and the book abruptly stopped. Narrator R. C. Bray continues to be amazing.

  • Passenger 23

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Max Beesley, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Head, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 381

With no police to investigate and no escape, could it be the perfect setting for a crime? Martin Schwartz (Beesley) is an undercover detective who is recovering from his wife and sons' bizarre disappearance from a cruise ship 5 years ago. He is a desperate man willing to take big risks. Martin never wanted to step onto a cruise ship again until he receives a call which can't be ignored. On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back... until now.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BIZARR-O!

  • By Bus Driver on 12-27-15

Just Awful

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Is was a chore to get through this Audiobook. I was surprised that Audible produced this audiobook is this condition. I've listened to about 400 audiobooks and this is one of the worst. The plot was ridiculously stupid and increasingly unbelievable as it progressed. I sounded like it was translated into English from German by Google Translate. The sound effects and "actors" were awful. There were long silences and weird music as lengthy segues between scenes. When ordering this audiobook, I thought the drama format would be good. Not at all, especially in this bad drama. I choose audiobooks because I can listen while doing other activities, like driving, mowing the grass and weed whacking. Impossible with this production. The narrator is loud but the actors and much quieter and can't be heard with the background noise and their stupid sound effects. A real waste of time.

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  • Palace of Treason

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,444

Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow and the Center, the headquarters of her service. She finds things worse than when she left. She despises the men she must serve, the oligarchs and crooks and thugs of Putin's Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington's most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's inconsistency

  • By Bruce P. Woodward on 10-23-16

Three Weird Problems Make the First Book Better

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

First of all, why did they change the pronunciation of the main character's name starting with this book (and continuing into the next book)? Unnecessary and confusing.
Next, there was a plot in this book that involved adulterating a component with a compound that makes it catch fire when shaken. OK, perhaps that's plausible, but the shaking that they're anticipating is a rather small disturbance and this compromised material is manhandled during its transportation without effect. What gets me is that it's destined for an earthquake-proof floor. Just let that sink in a minute... Even if there is an earthquake, it's mounted on a precision stabilized floor that never feels the earthquake. Such suspension of disbelief doesn't fit when the rest of the series makes efforts to be accurate.
Lastly there are these ghost mermaids that talk to the main mispronounced character starting part way through the book. Now I enjoy a dead mermaid as well as the next guy, but where were these ghosts in Book 1 and what value did they add?
Overall I enjoyed the book, but it could have been better.

  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,642

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Spy Novel (with a few quirks)

  • By Aaron on 01-12-14

Excellent Spy Novel, Mediocre Cookbook

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

I found this to be a top notch well written spy novel with believable tradecraft and deception.
Some books have a quote at the beginning of each chapter. This novel includes a simplified recipe at the end of each chapter, often detailing a dish included in the chapter. This worked for me. It was clever distraction between chapters.

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  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,171

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

More like an NPR documentary

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Not what I was expecting, but it was decent. It seems like 13 podcasts / NPR-style documentaries. There is a little overlap and retelling of earlier facts in each episode but the producers handled this well so it's not annoying.
I had never heard of the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier and honestly the story wasn't that gripping. More interesting for the feel of the West Cork area in Ireland

  • If You Dare

  • By: A. R. Torre
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

The rules are the same. I can't open the door. I can't leave. I can't kill anyone. The only difference is I don't set the rules anymore. Guards in gray uniforms do. It is everything I never wanted and everything I always deserved. I write to you now from a prison cell. My home for the next 20 to 30 years. That's the going term for murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No, No, No

  • By Nicole B. on 09-14-17

Loved the first two. This one, not so much.

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

The author is witty and intelligent as ever, but this third book breaks format and is more of a Whodunit, and we damn well know who didn't dunit.
Worth a read but not up to the standards of the others. Readers will complain about the ending. Sequel bate.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful