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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 199,011
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185,422

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Holy crap!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Good God in heaven, I loved this book! It even made me want to read the print version, before the movie comes out on home release. I got my old NES out to play the old games with my kids. So good!

  • In the Garden of Beasts

  • Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,615
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,648
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,649

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Frightening, Powerful, Deeply Thought-provoking.

  • By Chris on 06-04-11

Great perspective on a dangerous time.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

1933 through 1945 was such a fascinating time, and to see it through the eyes of firsthand witnesses was awesome. If you're a fan of history, World War II, or other similar topics, I would absolutely recommend this book!

  • Murder by Candlelight

  • The Gruesome Slayings Behind Our Romance With the Macabre
  • By: Michael Beran
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 16

In the early 19th century, a series of murders took place in and around London that shocked the whole of England. The appalling nature of the crimes - a brutal slaying in the gambling netherworld, the slaughter of two entire households, and the first of the modern lust-murders - was magnified not only by the lurid atmosphere of an age in which candlelight gave way to gaslight but also by the efforts of some of the keenest minds of the period to uncover the most gruesome details of the killings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Victorian True Crime

  • By RosePrincess on 08-08-17

Literally couldn't finish it...

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

Any additional comments?

This was a boring story. It's written like a scholarly work, not a gripping novel. Very dry, very dusty, and nearly unbearable. It's a shame, too, because this is a topic that I would have thought would have been very good.

  • The Stranger Beside Me

  • The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,111

Ann Rule was working on the biggest story of her career, tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial killer. Little did this future best-selling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends. Everyone's picture of a natural winner, Ted Bundy was a bright, charming, and handsome man with a promising future as an attorney. But on January 24, 1989 Bundy was executed for the murders of three young women - and had confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more women from coast to coast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good One from Ann Rule

  • By Malia on 08-24-12

Definitive.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

If you could sum up The Stranger Beside Me in three words, what would they be?

Definitive, gripping, amazing.

Any additional comments?

Ann Rule wrote the definitive work on Ted Bundy, and her insights into Ted Bundy, the person, were amazing. This was one of those books I found myself listening to any time I had a few moments, which is not typical for me. Absolutely, I would recommend this to anyone.

  • The Dead Key

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,328
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,331

It's 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world. Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland's largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault's safe-deposit boxes were lost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not good.

  • By Guy on 05-05-17

Not a bad filler.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

Any additional comments?

This was an okay book. The story was good, but not great. The narration was fine. It's worth a listen, if you're looking for something to have on in the background.

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  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,426

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I hated this book!

  • By nikki on 04-11-18

Loved this one!

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

Any additional comments?

I loved this book! I loved the fact that they used three different women to portray the three main female characters in the book. I thought that was a brilliant way to set each of the women apart. The story was great, as well. I rarely listen to books outside of the car, but I found myself listening to this a lot. I nearly couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the movie. I would recommend this to anyone, and have.

  • Worldwar: In the Balance

  • By: Harry Turtledove
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 26 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453

War seethed across the planet. Machines soared through the air, churned through the seas, crawled across the surface, pushing ever forward, carrying death. Earth was engaged in titanic struggle. Germany, Russia, France, China, Japan: the maps were changing day by day. The hostilities spread in ever-widening ripples of destruction: Britain, Italy, Africa...the fate of the world hung in the balance. Then the real enemy came.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By W on 03-29-10

Cool book, but too long.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

Any additional comments?

This was a cool story. I love alternate histories, and Turtledove is one of the best. My one complaint is that this was a long performance. I'm a casual listener, usually only in the car to and from work, and because this was so long it took me weeks to complete. This really isn't a complaint about the book, so much as an observation that this may not have been the best book for me. The story was great, but maybe save it for a long car ride. I will probably give the other books in the series a listen, eventually.

  • Kenobi: Star Wars Legends

  • By: John Jackson Miller
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,835

Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "The Rifleman"... with a Lightsaber

  • By Troy on 08-27-13

Neat story.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

Any additional comments?

This was pretty good. It was kind of cool to hear a story about a beloved character during a period between the movies. The biggest problem with this book is that it's no longer canon. When Disney acquired the Star Wars titles, they made large portions of the books non-canon, and this was one of the casualties. Unfortunate, because it was a cool story.

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  • Thunder Below!

  • The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II
  • By: Eugene B. Fluckey
  • Narrated by: Corey Snow
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947

Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action, Excitement, & History. A great read!

  • By Boone on 09-28-13

Amazing story!

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

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

Absolutely! I love history, and I love WWII history, but this book really stood out. The story of the Barb was really cool. Very cool portrayal of early submarine warfare.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When Boxing Was, Like, Ridiculously Racist

  • By: Ian Carey
  • Narrated by: Chris Dabbs
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

The first true national and international sports celebrities were boxers in the late 1800s. Soon after the abolition of slavery in the United States the first World Champions of the sport were crowned. As the Champion of the World these boxing heavyweights were held on a pedestal of athletic dominance, and in the eyes of some white Americans, and many of those in the boxing community, these champions had to be white, anything else would challenge the belief of white Anglo-Saxon superiority that many white Americans were clinging to at the time.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Neat topic; boring book.

  • By Chris on 08-30-16

Neat topic; boring book.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

Any additional comments?

This was a mess from start to finish. Large portions of this already-too-short offering were taken up by the narrator reading lists of statistics and figures about specific fighters. easily 15 to 20 minutes of nothing but repetitive nonsense like fighters boxing records, opponents, etc. There were parts that I liked, such as the stories vignettes and anecdotal stories about fighters and fights. That was what I was hoping for, but unfortunately, the minutes upon minutes of droning lists made this book unbearable. The narrator was pleasant and easy to listen to. I would not recommend this book to anyone.