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  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,294

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

short, sweet, intriguing

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

I have not read any of Scalzi's novels, not really being a fan of the genre, but this short piece packs quite a punch!

  • Once Upon a River

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,530
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417

A body always tells a story - but this child’s was a blank page. Rita reached for the lantern. She trained its light on the child’s face. "Who are you?" she murmured, but the face said as little as the rest of her. It was impossible to tell whether, in life, these blunt and unfinished features had borne the imprint of prettiness, timid watchfulness, or sly mischief. If there had once been curiosity or placidity or impatience here, life had not had time to etch it into permanence. Only a very short time ago, the body and soul of this little girl had still been securely attached.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed thoroughly... one minor glitch

  • By Jen817 on 12-27-18

Perfect pairing

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Juliet Stevenson's immaculate performance does so much to heighten Setterfield's intricate and intriguing tales. This is one listen that I wanted to go on forever!

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Code Name Verity

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,348

Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Read Any (other) Reviews of this Book!

  • By HDJ on 12-15-12

Prepare to be shattered

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I had read this book in hardcopy before and still it shattered me. Don't read any reviews or spoilers. Just listen. Then listen again.

  • 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 7,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,497

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

So much fun. Neal Stephenson never disappoints.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Just when you think you've reached the end of a story arc, off you go again.

  • Dominion

  • By: C.J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany. The global economy strains against the weight of the long German war against Russia still raging in the east. The British people find themselves under increasingly authoritarian rule - the press, radio, and television tightly controlled, the British Jews facing ever greater constraints.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Alternitive History

  • By J. on 05-13-14

Sansom is always pitch perfect

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

If you are a fan of alternative history, dive into this one. You'll be glad you did!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Arcadia

  • A Novel
  • By: Iain Pears
  • Narrated by: John Lee, Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 480

In 1960s Oxford, Professor Henry Lytten is attempting to write a fantasy novel that forgoes the magic of his predecessors, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. He finds an unlikely confidante in his quick-witted, inquisitive young neighbor, Rosie. One day, while chasing Lytten's cat, Rosie encounters a doorway in his cellar. She steps through and finds herself in an idyllic, pastoral land where storytellers are revered above all others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun!

  • By Bonny on 03-01-16

Going straight back to the beginning

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Well, Iain Pears knows how to throw a curveball, that's for sure. Worth listening twice!

  • The Witches of New York

  • A Novel
  • By: Ami McKay
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,034

New York in the spring of 1880 is a place alive with wonder and curiosity. Determined to learn the truth about the world, its residents enthusiastically engage in both scientific experimentation and spiritualist pursuits. Séances are the entertainment of choice in exclusive social circles, and many enterprising women - some possessed of true intuitive powers and some gifted with the art of performance - find work as mediums.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Old Timey WItchery

  • By Charles Harrington on 11-16-17

that was a great listen

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Please tell me there will be more to this story! A really great period piece with some great feminist themes. well written and well read.

  • The Sot-Weed Factor

  • By: John Barth
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 41 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

Considered by critics to be Barth's most distinguished novel, The Sot-Weed Factor has acquired the status of a modern classic. Set in the late 1600s, it recounts the chaotic odyssey of the hapless, ungainly Ebeneezer Cooke. Cooke is sent to the New World to oversee his father's tobacco business and to record the struggles of the Maryland colony in an epic poem. On his mission, he is captured by pirates and Indians; loses his father's estate to roguish impostors; falls in love with a former prostitute; and meets a gallery of treacherous characters who continually switch identities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An adventure full of bawdy humour, wit and wonder

  • By Janice on 01-10-12

What a ride!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

I read this book a million years ago and have been hankering to revisit it ever since. Kevin Pariseau brings John Barth's brilliant, dense prose to life in unexpected ways. I can only imagine how exhausting that must have been, but listeners definitely get their money's worth from this title--41 hours and 26 delicious minute's worth!

  • The Antelope Wife

  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Louise Erdrich
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

A soldier deserts the cavalry during a cruel raid on an Ojibwa village to chase a dog bearing on its back a baby on a cradle board strung with breathtaking blue beads. Generations later, a fast-talking trader kidnaps a silent and graceful woman from a powwow. In a haunting re-creation of a native tale, the woman is part antelope. Hunter and hunted change identities, and nothing is ever the same for those involved.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I could not get past the recording of this book.

  • By Laurawl on 11-23-14

Beautiful book, terrible sound quality

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

I love hearing Erdrich read her own tales and was so looking forward to hearing this one. I read the book years ago and thought it would be nice to revisit it in the authors own voice. Unfortunately, the sound quality is so poor I had trouble even understanding it in places. Still a beautiful and poetic story, but not up to Audible's usual standards.

  • The Fairies of Sadieville

  • By: Alex Bledsoe, Claire Bloom
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

"This is real." Three small words on a film canister found by graduate students Justin and Veronica, who discover a long-lost silent movie from more than a century ago. The startlingly realistic footage shows a young girl transforming into a winged being. Looking for proof behind this claim, they travel to the rural foothills of Tennessee to find Sadieville, where it had been filmed. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a fascinating series comes to a close...

  • By apricot mango on 08-07-18

I don't want it to end

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

But if this has to be the last book, I'm glad we had the opportunity to start at the beginning. Thanks Alex, for a terrific romp through fairy.