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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 163,072
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,505
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,343

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Perfection

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

The combination of writing and narration is exquisite.

What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

Ready Player One or Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. Both have that irreverent fun paired with perfect narration and stories that make you fall into the universe. One of these three is ALWAYS on my iPod as a default audiobook!

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The characterization is wonderful. RC Bray brings everyone to life with ease.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no. Yes because it was so enjoyable, but no, because I wanted it to last as long as possible.

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  • Home Improvement: Undead Edition

  • By: Toni L. P. Kelner (editor), Charlaine Harris (aurhor and editor), Patricia Briggs, and others
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, MacLeod Andrew
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

For any homeowner who’s ever wondered, “What’s that creaking sound?” or fans of how-to television who’d like a little unreality mixed in with their reality shows, these 14 authors have constructed stories guaranteed to shake your foundations and rattle your pipes. With 14 frightening and funny fixer-upper tales, Home Improvement: Undead Edition takes listeners behind closed doors for a fresh perspective on why there really is no place like home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series of short stories

  • By Scraps on 10-09-11

The best of the series!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Home Improvement: Undead Edition to be better than the print version?

I think the voice characterizations made the book even more enjoyable

What did you like best about this story?

The stories were fun and original. Great insight into new authors for me to read!

Which scene was your favorite?

The Strength Within was chilling and amazing. ::need kibbles::

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I loved that I didn't have to -that I could have stories for drives, for housework, for other small tasks. I'm completely hooked on this anthology series

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Ever After

  • A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,153

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Welp, At Least She Didn't Do An Anita Blake

  • By J Barrington on 06-23-13

Not with a bang, but a convoluted whimper

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

Reviewed: 09-17-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one

Would you ever listen to anything by Charlaine Harris again?

Books 1-8, perhaps

What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

She made the material better than is really was, which is the only way I finished the book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

That the series is over.

Any additional comments?

It was like one of those early 1980's sitcoms that had jumped the shark seasons ago, and yet brought everyone back for the finale, regardless of why. Hours and hours of people obviously doing their final bow, and what do the readers get? NOTHING.

I really didn't care who Sookie wound up with, I just wanted it to be a good ending and a nice story, and perhaps a little redemption from the last few Deus Ex Cluviel Dor books. Unfortunately, that was not to be. Even the very ending was like the author just ran out of paper, and realized she had to end it in two paragraphs. It would have been better had she just left it up to the readers' imaginations, because they (even the Eric -obsessed ones) could have come up with better ideas than this.

And then there were the parts of the "story" itself, that were so obviously written begrudgingly, with no love for any of the characters, but just a checklist of things that had to be done:

*SPOILER*
Like you couldn't seen the lame sex scene with Sam coming from a bikini-clad mile away.

Like this insane parade of people all got together to "get Sookie" so they would be killed (nice easy way to get rid of people without having to actually deal with them.

When in doubt, they die no matter what their injuries. It would have been easier and more believable to have a secret "I hate Sookie" villans' secret lair for them to figure it out together.)

As always, when in doubt, injure Sookie, but never life threatening, and never for more than a day or two, and then miraculously heal her.

Like the add-a-Supe (this time, a devil) when we needed a reason for plot progression that made no sense.

Like the additional "child" of Eric's appearing out of nowhere, just so people can fantasize that Bill may have someone to live Happliy Ever After with.

Like the parade of ex-suitors, all happy and content, but still loving Sookie, to make a very lame attempt at throwing some suitor smoke in front of the oh-so-obvious ending.

Like not letting Eric just GO, but making him try to manipulate Sam in some lame way that still made no sense. (I would have been fine with Eric leaving, or better yet, DYING, but the passive third party "talk about him, but don't actually let him do anything in character" stuff was just pitiful and weak in an otherwise interesting and strong character.)

Like the attempt at a Harry Potter-esque epilogue, but without any resolution in the chapters before to make it satisfying.

I was waiting for a real bloodbath. Partway through, I was HOPING for a real bloodbath, with actual main character deaths -perhaps even Saint Sookie's as a noble sacrifice, or better yet, Erik dying while saving Sookie to make the Great Love sacrifice (and still allow her to end up with the person CH wanted her to be with.)
*END SPOILER*

Nope, it was just filler. It was Twilight-esque. It was a waste of my time, and an insult to the poor trees that died for the printing of this pile of tripe.

In the end, I think it would have been better to have blown Bon Temps off the map, instead of this.

  • The Heir

  • By: Kiera Cass
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,082
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,079

Twenty years ago America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon's heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn't expect her Selection to be anything like her parents' fairy-tale love story...but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dramatic manipulation

  • By Amy on 07-02-15

Annoying and obnoxious

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

Reviewed: 05-11-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I got through about 30 minutes of this, and the whole thing annoyed me so much that I turned it off

What could Kiera Cass have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Perhaps a better script?

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • If I Die

  • By: Rachel Vincent
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee - she screams when someone dies. But the next scream might be for Kaylee. Yeah, it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the series!

  • By Danyale on 10-03-11

Breaking your own 'verse's rules = disappointment

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

Reviewed: 02-09-15

What did you like best about If I Die? What did you like least?

The overall story was really good, but the pregnant teens/baby subplot left a lot to be desired. -enough that I nearly stopped reading the series. Are we really still at a place where teen girls need to be "punished" by pregnancy?

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Well done.

What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

all of it, as usual

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not if they didn't fix the 'verse loophole

Any additional comments?

SPOILERS IN THE FOOTNOTES: If you're going to start a book with a specific plot/action point* And then completely eradicate it halfway through to push the main plot** then you should find another way to do it. It pissed me off that I had spent all this time for a wimp-out choice for the story***



*seeing the baby's soul in the classroom. I won't even go into the concept of a five or six week pregnancy having a soul. That's a completely different rant.
**then saying that incubus babies had no souls -then what was that in homeroom?
***Having the teacher need Kaylee's soul for his son, thus pushing the "Kaylee needs to die" plot point.

  • With All My Soul

  • Soul Screamers, Book 10
  • By: Rachel Vincent
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

After not really surviving her junior year (does "undead" count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She's going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy, and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Have the tissue handy

  • By Lisa on 04-08-13

glad it's over

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

Reviewed: 02-09-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was good to have the series wrapped up, but I didn't enjoy this one as much as some of the others.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Enchanted, Inc.

  • A Novel
  • By: Shanna Swendson
  • Narrated by: Eva Wilhelm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,825
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,632
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,635

Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun story of magic.

  • By Debbie on 02-07-14

Fun premise, but could be better

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

Reviewed: 06-14-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

1. the narrator.
2. The author understands restaurant work but nothing about being an Executive Assistant, starting with the overuse of the dreaded misnomer "secretary" (it's the equivalent of calling a flight attendant "Stewardess!" or a waiter "Garçon!") plus the fact that the lead character does nearly nothing that a true assistant does.
3. A little too pat. She just keeps "falling into" perfect jobs/multiple promotions in the first few weeks? Come ON. It pulled me right out of the story over and over again.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

If you don't know anything about your protagonist's job, either change it, or research it. A little less obviousness on the direction of the series would have been nice as well. It's obvious she'll date around but wind up getting injured (repeatedly) and then wind up with the "hot executive" in the end.

How could the performance have been better?

Let me count the ways. Intonation, wandering accent, choice of voices (especially the gargoyle) pace, inflection, tone of voice. She sounds like Bette Midler's intentionally annoying Vaudevillian accents, or Kate Hepburn's less-cultured little sister. In short, change the narrator, and I'd buy the other books, despite the fact that I find them a bit facile (but some good potential in the idea!)

Do you think Enchanted, Inc. needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

CHANGE THE NARRATOR

  • The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero

  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,263

After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own.... In a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they'll need the help of some familiar demigods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Story New Characters New Narrator

  • By Joel on 11-30-10

Extremely hard to listen to

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-10

I'm only halfway through the book, and the narrator is driving me insane. Between the terrible mispronounciations (Hee-Ra?!?!?!) and the bad female characterizations (Annabeth a simpering idiot?), I just can't get into this book. I burned through the other Percy Jackson audiobooks in 6 weeks, because they were enthralling, but the new narrator's monotone and almost mechanical reading style makes me tune it out without realizing it. I'll realize 5 minutes later that I didn't register a single thing said, and have to go back and listen to it again. If the next book is done by this narrator, I'll get the actual book from the library and save my credits.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful