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  • Unwind

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,242

Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It won me over completely

  • By SoCalBonnie on 02-17-10

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Some would say far fetched, but they are missing the point. People create euphemisms to hide the atrocities they commit every day but they don't see them as such. We only see unwinding as an euphemism because we are immersed in a story whose point is shining light on such euphemisms. It makes you wonder what we are missing today because we are too close to it.

Some would say "preachy", but I don't so. I think it makes it clear that the solutions to societies problems aren't clear cut.

Very prescient given that this book came out before the light was shined on the selling of aborted body parts.

  • The Bark of the Bog Owl

  • The Wilderking Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Rogers
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Rogers
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 138

12-year-old Aidan Errolson, comes from a long line of adventurers. His grandparents were among the first settlers of Corenwald's Eastern Frontier. His father had been one of the kingdom's greatest warriors. Aidan, on the other hand, lives the quiet, comfortable life, of a nobleman's son. He never has any real adventures, and that, he believes, is the one great injustice of his otherwise happy life. All that will change the day he first hears the bark of the bog owl, and meets Dobro Turtlebane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By ncmomof5 on 08-20-17

Best book I've heard in a long time

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

This is a great book! Nice work Jonathan Rogers! The Feechiefolk are awesome!

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,311

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Original Story of Horror and Courage

  • By JoanneG on 11-04-15

The Stone Man "Rocks"!

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

The characters were engaging. The suspense was intense. Couldn't stop listening. This is a great book.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161,027
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,610
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,445

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

Awesome book

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

This is a riviting story with great characters. It really draws you in.

  • Earth Unaware

  • By: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,684

The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The beginning- or a plot filler

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-22-14

Good characters

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

Reviewed: 06-01-13

If you could sum up Earth Unaware in three words, what would they be?

Good but flawed.
Good story, but seems it has some scientific flaws.
- Everything is moving in space, slowing down doesn't make you any safer from space junk.,
-The formics couldn't project noise over all electromagnetic wavelengths and frequencies with out being noticed. I don't see a reason that the free miners or the Jukes couldn't have transmitted a morse code warning with full spectrum white light. Parabolic reflectors to aim the light at Earth wouldn't be that hard to make for someone like Vico or the Juke scientists.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Earth Unaware?

Secundo alone in space

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

-

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Formic fighting.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to the next book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Out of the Silent Planet

  • Ransom Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,653

Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel of the Cosmic Trilogy, considered to be C.S. Lewis' chief contribution to the science fiction genre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original, complex, not middle of the road

  • By David on 05-27-05

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 10-30-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Out of the Silent Planet to be better than the print version?

Close

What did you like best about this story?

The Hnakra

Which character – as performed by Geoffrey Howard – was your favorite?

Ranson

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

I liked it so much, I forced myself to take it slow

Any additional comments?

What an incredible book. Better than Narnia, Better than Middle Earth. If I could go to any one of them, I'd go to Malacandra and the Handramit.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Monstrumologist

  • By: Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by: Steven Boyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 422

Dr. Warthrop is a scientist who tracks and studies real-life monsters. Assisted by his 12-year-old apprentice, Will Henry, Dr. Warthrop discovers a pod of Anthropophagi and launches a hunt to destroy the foul beasts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent naration brought the horror to life

  • By Kristin M. Slonski on 12-19-12

Awesome Alliteration and Appalling Antagonists

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

Reviewed: 07-22-12

Where does The Monstrumologist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was one of the better books I've listened to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Will Henry was a rock of courage

What does Steven Boyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Steven Boyer was excellent.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Most of all, I loved the alliteration. It would have felt silly in any other kind of book, but it totally made sense that Will Henry would tell a story that way. He was so poised under pressure and so proper in his servitude that and he would never write directly how shaken he was. It was almost like the staccato repetition of consonants was his subconcious or "coded" way of expressing the sheer horror of his situation. Incredible work Mr. Yancy

Any additional comments?

I'm not a big fan of gore. But it was totally worth it for the perfect use of Alliteration. The Bard of Beowulf would be bowing before the accomplishment.

  • Pastwatch

  • The Redemption of Christopher Columbus
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Christopher Cazenove, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678

In a not-too-distant future that is not quite ours, there has been a major scientific breakthrough. It is a way to open windows into the past, permitting historical researchers to view, but not participate, in the events of the past.

In one of the most powerful and thought-provoking novels of his remarkable career, Orson Scott Card interweaves a compelling portrait of Christopher Columbus with the story of a future scientist who believes she can alter human history from a tragedy of bloodshed and brutality to a world filled with hope and healing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks Uncle Orson

  • By Michael on 04-29-08

Nice characters, but...

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

Reviewed: 04-29-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I like the point about slavery being better than human sacrifice. However, a population of hard working immigrants who valued freedom is what made America an innovative bastion of capitalism. Slavery couldn't have ended without capitalism to take its place. I doubt the immigrants would have come to America if they knew the land was occupied. Therefore Capitalism would have stalled and slavery would have returned.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

  • By: C.S. Forester
  • Narrated by: Patrick Macnee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

The Atropos, a 22-gun sloop, has been given its first assignment under Horatio Hornblower's command: flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. But soon the Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters and boldly challenging a Spanish frigate several times her size. Follow Forester's hero in more adventures in Lieutenant Hornblower.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged?

  • By Inga Duncan on 06-26-03

Macnee is awesome

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-11

The Hornblower Novels are great on their own, but Patrick Macnee makes them incredible. His narration is perfect. I dare say he is even better as a narrator than he was as "Mr Steed"

  • Pathfinder

  • Book 1
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,918

Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story OK, Narration Mixed

  • By Paul from Washington on 07-28-12

Awesome characters

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-11

You won't be dissapointed. You will only want more. I was taken aback by the alternating narrators at first, but then it made sense, different voices for the different points of view. Very nice.