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  • If I Run

  • By: Terri Blackstock
  • Narrated by: Nan Gurley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860

Casey Cox's DNA is all over the crime scene. There's no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she's arrested...or worse. The truth doesn't matter anymore. But what is the truth? That's the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren't adding up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Strongly recommend print version NOT AUDIO

  • By Kerri Carter on 05-05-17

Promising premise, dreadful narration, not my cup of tea.

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

The narration is distractingly awful that it makes it difficult to really get into the story.
The premise showed promise, but the way the narrator speaks makes it feel like you are always waiting. She makes Casey come off very whiny, and not credible as a character.
The author doesn't set up the backstory in a believable way, so it all ends up feeling like too much of a coincidence. The Christian subtext was not my cup of tea, and I didn't realize it was a Christian fiction novel at the outset. I felt that there were too many preachy moments during the novel to really enjoy it from a non-religious viewpoint.
The note from the author at the end was just ridiculous and had nothing to do with the book series.
Might give the remainder of the series a listen for completion, but not if Nan Hurley is the narrator.

  • The Breakdown

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,679
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,675

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside - the woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she'd stopped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I tore through it within a few days

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-02-17

Heavy in the middle, but good start and end

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

The story itself is fairly good. For those who haven't read loads of mystery or thriller novels, the ending was quite a surprise. Perhaps if I had been reading rather than listening to the book, I might have caught on sooner. The repetitiveness of the narration masks the surprise at the end with her tone throughout the novel. My biggest complaint is that the middle 2/3's of the story is so drawn out and repetitive. I found myself tiring of it and wanting to skim ahead. If I had been reading the book, I'm sure I would have skipped some pages. Perhaps it's partly the fault of the narration, she made a great effort, but her tone was so repetitive and I found myself getting greatly annoyed. Cass was just so grating at times. Each time she cried out for Matthew I cringed. The final 2.5 hours really drew me back into the story and I couldn't wait to see what would happen. The very end left me a little dissatisfied and wanting a more complete closure. There were some loose ends left dangling.
Overall a solid listen, try and hang on through the middle and the end should be worth it.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 159,894
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 147,548
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 147,389

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

Excellent and excruciating detail

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

The story is engrossing and you cheer for Mark throughout the entire book. Written with exceptional attention to detail, Wier has accomplished something accurate and entertaining. While those less into the sciences might struggle with all of the science detail, RC Bray's compelling storytelling make it engaging to listen to. Overal an excellent book and worth the awards it earned. A must hear!

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,733
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32,669

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great unless you are expecting Ready Player One

  • By Tyler J. on 02-11-18

A few high points, but mostly disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

I struggled to get into this book, despite Wheaton's incredible performance. I found myself drifting off and having to back up the story multiple times to know what had just happened. I finally got into the book about a third of the way in, when the action picked up and the characters were made aware of something much bigger than them. The characters were all so simple that it was hard to feel a genuine attachment to them. There were many times throughout where I felt even Cline wasn't sure of where he was going, or what he meant. The language was clunky too often. As the story progressed, I kept waiting for a spark of something amazing, but as the story neared the end, my hopes were dashed. The twist at the end left me very disappointed, and I listened the to remaining 20 minutes waiting to see what else Cline would do. Overall, I can't recommend this book. Perhaps a adolescent boy might enjoy it, but if you were a big fan of Ready Player One, prepare to be disappointed. Great job though to Wheaton, who knocked the performance out of the park. He was the only redeeming quality to this book.

  • The Snail and the Whale

  • By: Julia Donaldson
  • Narrated by: Imelda Staunton
  • Length: 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

One tiny snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of a whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it's the tiny snail who saves the day.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 1 minute story interrupted by 10 minutes of music

  • By Israel J on 05-14-16

Captivating but repetitive

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

Overall a story told well, with accompanying sound effects and music. This captivates younger children, but the repetitiveness of the music does distract older children (and adults) from the story too much. Less is more, especially with the theme they've chosen to repeat again and again. Cute story that kids will love listening to.

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