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  • Wild Seed

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,227

Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflexor design. He fears no one...until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu is a shapeshifter who can absorb bullets and heal with a kiss and savage anyone who threatens her. Together they weave a pattern of destiny unimaginable to mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most terrible villain I've ever read about.

  • By Steven L Stringfellow on 09-03-16

Inconsistencies

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

How is it that a woman who had lived for hundreds of years would still be so annoyingly compliant with whatever a narcissistic, controlling man wants. For her to go along with it just for sex seems really thin.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,698

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

  • By Carrie Arnold on 02-09-17

The author pushes an opinion

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

About vaccinations that shows a sad (but common) ignorance. The documentary “The Truth About Vaccines” has 7 ninety minute episodes that includes both sides of the issue. She presents herself as wanting to feel superior to those who engage in poor science so this seems hypocritical.

  • Wizard's First Rule

  • Sword of Truth, Book 1
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 34 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,501

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a blast

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-09-12

Engaging story but the author

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Spent such a long and detailed amount of time on sadistic torture that it became tedious, overwhelming and annoying at one very long stretch. I don’t mind some violence but when it is overdone to the point of becoming gratuitous, one wonders about the subconscious of the author.

Excellent narration. Strong female character appreciated.

  • The Never Hero

  • The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs, Book 1
  • By: T. Ellery Hodges
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,799

Reclusive college student Jonathan Tibbs wakes in a pool of blood, not a scratch on him. His life is about to undergo a massive shift. A violent and merciless otherworldly enemy unleashes slaughter in the streets, calling out in a language only he understands. And it is seeking its challenger. In order to defeat the threat, Jonathan must become a temporal weapon...while remaining completely anonymous. Unfortunately, harnessing off-world powers has its own special challenges...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tip: clear your schedule first.

  • By rhodry on 06-12-17

Some freshness and intelligence

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Along with what one generally finds in this kind of book, and good consistency and flow. Docked one point for the non-ending. It’s the first half of a book.

  • Persepolis Rising

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,829

The seventh novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times best-selling Expanse series - now a major television series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Big leap in space and time.

  • By James on 12-08-17

6*s -- spoils a lot of other reading

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

Sets a high bar: Emotionally and socially intelligent, excellent character development, engaging plot, likable and widely varied characters, loving--in a spiritually mature way that is not naive. In fact, naive people would benefit from reading the series to deepen thought about how the world works, without feeling preached to. Genuine entertainment with meaning.

  • Invisible

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy, Kevin Collins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,239

Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally WARPED Antagonist! Loved It...

  • By shelley on 09-12-17

Overblown with VERY annoying music

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

The story was gripping even though it was so overblown that I began to feel emotionally manipulated. While the writing is decent (if rather formulaic), the author seemed to go out of his way to make the atrocities as extreme as he could imagine. This got wearing.

More annoying was the plumy male narrator with the tension-provoking background music--which I would never have purchased the book had I known about. I almost returned it for this. Would have been MUCH better with one good narrator.

The female narrator was too chippy, although it fit the character, who was too emotionally reactive to make a good FBI agent.

I gave it a 3 since I kept listening anyhow.

  • Gun Street Girl

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 4
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,654

Belfast, 1985. Amid the Troubles, Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, struggles with burnout as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point-blank range and then jump off a nearby cliff? A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another McKinty Gem

  • By Top of Mind on 03-07-15

A bit too much like the last book

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

Sometimes I had to check to be sure I wasn’t listening to the last one again. But no. Because this one is more depressing and more drug use.

I do like how he always remembers to check under his car for bombs and the intelligence of the writing, as well as the stellar narration.

  • The Cycle of Arawn

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 66 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,736

The White Tree (book one): In Mallon the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost. But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante. As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Fun

  • By jazmaan on 09-05-15

Juvenile, redundant and dull

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

I love long books and the narrator, so I thought I’d be fine with this series even if it didn’t become a favorite. Wrong. The shallow, senseless, self important meandering with no break from the perspective of the main character began to grate on me. I kept thinking he’d develop at some point and get a clear direction or some type of value besides power and being able to kill people but if this ever occurs in the series it would be after my patience has been exhausted.

I couldn’t even listen in bed.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Kite Runner

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,877

Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Goodness, What a Audiobook!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By Andrew Covington on 11-02-07

4.5 Couldn’t shake the feeling

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

That much of the book is not fiction. The violence in it, while not gratuitous, was disturbing because it was so immediate and easy to imagine.

The narration was slightly choppy here and there but the author shows so much courage in bringing out the cultural issues that I gave him an extra point. Also as he is bilingual—if not more.

I found the book compelling.

  • The Delphi Resistance

  • The Delphi Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Rysa Walker
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

Struggling with evolving psychic abilities, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan and her equally exceptional friends are on the run from the ruthless Graham Cregg, leader of a covert operation known as the Delphi Project. Cregg has already killed repeatedly to test Anna's ability. Now, he and his father, a presidential contender, will stop at nothing to recapture the Delphi adepts, whom they see as weapons to be controlled - or destroyed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • second installment doesn't disappoint

  • By NaomiG on 11-08-17

4.5. Excellent character development

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

I enjoyed the combination of psychological depth and action, as well as the creative take on the range of psychic skills and extraordinary abilities. Various references to classic books and culture actually add spice instead of annoying. Without preaching, positive values are woven into the plot. It’s an engaging ride.