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  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,994
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,883

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Another thought inducing book by Dan Brown

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

A fun listen with travel log included. Deep thinkers will enjoy. The narration by Paul Michael was very enjoyable and informative.

  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,703

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please have Jennifer rerecord this book. Please

  • By teri segrest on 09-19-18

A good continuation of Diana & Mathews love story.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

A Vampire, a Witch and their convoluted mix of "family". The son and his American adventures were a nice travel thru time and familiar tales of early America made this an enjoyable listen. Saskia Maarleveld does an excellent reading creating a pleasant and interesting skip thru various time periods. Highly recommend this series.

  • Cress

  • The Lunar Chronicles
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,869

In this third audiobook in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Electrifying Continuation

  • By kathleen on 02-09-14

Another interesting addition to the series.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

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

It's one of my favorite series. Its an enjoyable read and the fairy tale take adds a kicky backdrop to the new world feel of the story.

What other book might you compare Cress to and why?

Enjoyable like the 'Lady of Devices' series. Young readers should love and find it an easy, escape-worthy tale.

Which character – as performed by Rebecca Soler – was your favorite?

Still love that Captain.

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

Just another fun escape read.

  • Scarlet

  • The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,257

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison - even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not sure if fault lies in performance or story

  • By Jennie on 02-08-13

Great follow-up to the first

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, enjoyable continuation of the series. New characters added to the circle from the first installment.

What did you like best about this story?

The new direction taken by the story, with new people to enjoy yet the story continues the tale from Cinder.

Which character – as performed by Rebecca Soler – was your favorite?

I enjoyed the idiot Captain.

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

Makes me want the next even sooner.

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  • Cinder

  • Book One of the Lunar Chronicles
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,217

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surpised by how much I enjoyed it

  • By Staaj on 01-17-12

Interesting fairy tale for the futurest in us all.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would think all young readers would enjoy this tale with the cool undertones of the old fairy tale with a gearheads take on the tale.

What did you like best about this story?

The dignity of Cinder against all the haters she faces.

What about Rebecca Soler’s performance did you like?

Enjoyable characterizations and good voices for several of the key players.

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

More fun to savor this one. Makes me look forward to the next adventure.

  • A Dirty Job

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,260

People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Janie on 03-24-06

A Job someone must do.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

What made the experience of listening to A Dirty Job the most enjoyable?

This was a funny take on the dirty job Death must have.

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

He adds great attitude to the various characters. Makes the different personalities come to life.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Sometimes the job picks you, whether you want it or not.

  • The Serpent of Venice

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,248

Venice, a really long time ago: Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: The rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shakespear, E.A. Poe, and Pocket the Fool

  • By Sires on 05-11-14

Moore "Foolish" fun

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

Would you listen to The Serpent of Venice again? Why?

I so enjoyed the Fool Pocket in his earlier incarnation that I couldn't wait to read about his new antics.

What other book might you compare The Serpent of Venice to and why?

Several other of Christopher Moore's books come to mind. I enjoy his tongue-in-cheek style.

Which character – as performed by Euan Morton – was your favorite?

Pocket is still my favorite. Yet he was a little darker in this installment.

If you could take any character from The Serpent of Venice out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Pocket and Drool would be quit an evening to remember.

  • Island of the Sequined Love Nun

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,300

Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise - a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Read

  • By Holly Helscher on 07-01-12

Beware of headhunters and fruit bats.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Island of the Sequined Love Nun to be better than the print version?

Definitely a fun way to enjoy the book.

What did you like best about this story?

The flawed character of Tuck was enjoyable to follow. He was a hot mess and his problems just kept getting more interesting.

Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

Vincent was a hoot!

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

Much too long for that, and it was more enjoyable to savor.

  • Lamb

  • The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,952

Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blasphemus or righteous?

  • By Timothy on 08-19-08

Great take on "the Holy One's" early life.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

What made the experience of listening to Lamb the most enjoyable?

We all wish we had a friend like Biff. He tells it like it is.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Biff, he added that common touch to the perfection of a young Christ.

Which character – as performed by Fisher Stevens – was your favorite?

Always the sarcastic Biff.

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

Very entertaining, fun listen. Good escapism.

  • The Line

  • Witching Savannah, Book 1
  • By: J. D. Horn
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,334

To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Savannah is perfect for witches and hoodoo

  • By Steph on 06-29-14

Witching in the South.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

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

The Southern take was well done and the main character was fun to follow.

What did you like best about this story?

The various twists and turns.

Have you listened to any of Shannon McManus’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

One of the first of hers I've enjoyed.