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  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,478
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,497

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

Good first half

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

Reviewed: 08-26-14

I really loved the first half, even the first two thirds of the book. Then it kind of jumped the rails. The magic turned bitter and the story became confused. Maybe I just missed the point. If there was one, but it seemed to me that in the last part the author
was struggling to finish and be done with it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Serpent's Tooth

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,689
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,251

In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Rarely Find Books Deserving of Five Stars

  • By KP on 06-25-13

Superb storytelling

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

Reviewed: 02-19-14

I can't add much to all of the reviews here, except to say a heartfelt thank you to Mr. Johnson and Mr. Guidall for a truly enjoyable experience. I've read many of the Walt Longmire mysteries and have enjoyed them all, but this one was somehow darn near perfect in my opinion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gargoyle

  • By: Andrew Davidson
  • Narrated by: Lincoln Hoppe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time. The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Gargoyle

  • By R. H. on 11-27-08

Engrossing, Unusual, and well written

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

Reviewed: 11-28-12

This was a "wild card" download for me. The title has been languishing in my wish list for some time and the premise looked interesting. I found the story,( which is really a collection of stories woven together), fascinating and frequently very moving. I appreciated the different messages- of tolerance, redemption, human fraility, loyalty, forgiveness but the deeper themes don't detract from an all around good read. If you are looking for something completely different, here's your book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • State of Wonder

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,355
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,346

Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!

  • By F. B. Herron on 06-10-11

Aww, Really?

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

Reviewed: 06-01-12

I was flowing along, listening to the story, the jungle, the "mission". The narration was fine. The set up looked promising... Slow, but promising. Then, well, somebody might have snacked on the mushrooms! This just got silly I tried to stay connected with the story and the author. Searching for the "Wonder", I found not much more than: "Huh"?
I don't regret listening to this. I do wish I had that credit back though.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

  • By: Wallace Stegner
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 25 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 856

Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • deeply moving rollercoaster ride

  • By Heimo on 05-26-10

Big Rock Family Saga

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

Reviewed: 05-17-12

I enjoyed this book a lot. For some reson it reminded me of The Great Santini, which I read years ago and loved. I found the precarious balance between the mother and father facinating and all too common. However, It was easy to care about all these people. The story provided an interesting view of another time , and kept me engaged and entertaind for, um, how many hours was that?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nemesis

  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Thor Knai
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926

Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read the (fantastic) book instead

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-19-11

hyperbolic criticism?

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

Reviewed: 05-17-12

I'm a Nesbo fan. Have been from the first. I also think Robin Sachs is a great narrator. I am often guided by my fellow listener's reviews, and therefore didn't download Nemesis after reading...."tragic" "worst narrator in all of audible" and a number of equally heated condemnations of Thor Knai"s efforts for many months.
But now, having listened to it, I wonder if these reviews were written by Mr. Sach's kids? Whatever happened to "I prefer Mr. Sach's narration, but Mr. Knai is good also"? I suspect that Knai may have pronounced the unfamiliar words more accurately. But I could deal with that.
I loved the book. The story rules, as always, Mr. Nesbo. You are inventive, suprising and a heck of a lot of fun to listen to.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Victims

  • An Alex Delaware Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 784

Unraveling the madness behind L.A.’s most baffling and brutal homicides is what sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware does best. And putting the good doctor through his thrilling paces is what mystery fiction’s #1 bestselling master of psychological suspense Jonathan Kellerman does with incomparable brilliance. Kellerman’s universally acclaimed novels blend the addictive rhythms of the classic police procedural with chilling glimpses into the darkest depths of the human condition. For the compelling proof, look no further than Victims....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Victims

  • By Jean on 04-12-12

lackluster

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

Reviewed: 03-05-12

I honestly don't know if I'm just tired of him, or if he's tired of us. I've read nearly all of the AD stories, usually enjoyed them, but Victims seemed unfocused and predictable to me. Rich woman calls about kitty up a tree? Come on! I like these characters but would like them to "grow" a little. Robyn keeps cutting the same piece of Rosewood, Milo eats junk food....I didn't understand the apparent shame at the ending either. Why not gratitude? Guess I'll take a break for a while.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,215

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What book did others hear?

  • By Tenizmom on 09-20-12

Once again, King brings it.

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

Reviewed: 11-17-11

Mr. King is a true story teller. I have read or listened to nearly all, if not all of his books and feel a kind of personal gratitude to him for many hours of enjoyment. Craig Wasson does a great job. All in all, another seamless, fascinating, exciting gift from the King.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Feast Day of Fools

  • A Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,403
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,393

Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding story with remarkable delivery.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-13-11

Burke and Patton? Yes, and thank you

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

Reviewed: 09-29-11

No fair! 2 days before credits, and you release the new JLB. King of the simile, a writer so good you can smell the bait on the dock and feel the heat of the sand through the soles of your shoes. Mr. Burke is a true master, and Mr. Patton is perfect every time.
I resisted the impulse to buy it (without credits) for about 3 seconds.
In short, you had me at James Lee Burke.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Snowman

  • A Harry Hole Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,445

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nesbo is the Cat and I am The Mouse

  • By Russell on 10-14-13

many layered thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-11

Excellent story telling. Great narration. I love Michael Connelly's books, and his reccomendation of this author contributed to my decision to buy The Snowman. The story is complicated - full of twists and unexpected turns. Characters have a lot of depth. I'll listen to more Jo Nesbo.

48 of 51 people found this review helpful