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  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,244
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,624

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Overrated

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

Reviewed: 07-08-19

The reviews on this are overwhelmingly good which means this review will likely get drowned but I really thought this product was badly overrated.

The performer RC Bray does a fine enough job making the mediocre story line flow as best as he can but there's only so much you can do with a bad story.

The story itself was the main problem. It drags. Horribly slowly. Much of the chapters delve deep into the life of Joe Bishop as he evolves into a space marine. This will include daily recaps of what he eats for each meal, when he decides to go play basketball, hitting the pool, and shooting the breeze with other soldiers.

The plot advances too slow and is predictable. Much of the first 25% of the book could have been told in 2-3 chapters.

I really wanted to like this product based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews but I'm afraid either I don't have the same taste, or there are a lot of bots or fanbois pumping up the stars.

  • The 3-Day Effect

  • By: Florence Williams
  • Narrated by: Florence Williams
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,037
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,009

Does nature really make us feel better? The 3-Day Effect takes a look at the science behind why being in the wild can make us happier, healthier, and more creative. Whether it’s rafting down Utah’s Green River, hiking in Utah’s wilderness, or walking through Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC, scientists are finding that the more exposure humans have to nature, the more we can benefit from reduced anxiety, enhanced creativity, and overall well-being.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of opinions

  • By Peter A. Oneill on 05-08-19

Ehh

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

Reviewed: 06-21-19

You can save 3 hours of your life and just read this knowing that spending more time outdoors in nature will relax you and reconnect you with the earth.

There.

  • Six Years

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,644
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,770
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,795

Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!

  • By GH on 03-20-13

Just awful;

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

Reviewed: 06-21-19

I had read the first of the Myron Bolitar novels long ago. It was decent, maybe not enough for me to continue diving into the series but ok. I hadn't really ever thought of getting into Coben's works until I had listened to Stephen Kings' "The Outsider" whereby Mr Coben himself is a small but integral part of the story (No spoilers).

So when I saw the 2 for 1 credit special I thought why not.

This was a giant mistake, only erased by the fact that at least I listened to this steaming pile of doo doo on my commutes and at least didn't waste my free time.

Let's just break it down:

- Story is implausible
- Main character is simply not someone the reader can get behind: he's a giant baby. So you got dumped by a girl? Feel bad for a few days, man up, and MOVE ON with your life.
- Story could have been told in maybe a quarter of the time it took.
- Final twist is just cringe worthy

I see a tons of 5 star ratings. I don't know if these are just fake reviews or fanboys who 5 star anything Coben writes, or paid bots.

Just avoid this one. Spend your credit elsewhere.

  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,085

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Move Over Jack Reacher

  • By Ed on 03-25-17

Not very good ...

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

Reviewed: 06-21-19

I picked this up on a 2 for 1 sale because of reviews suggesting how good this was in the lone hero category. So, I was kind of expecting something along the lines of Robert Crais' Joe Pike, or the early Jack Reacher novels,

Yes, the Gray Man is a one man wrecking crew but the problem is this guy is nearly indestructible and perfect and thus there is very little sense of danger or tension. To compound things the story itself is just terribly bland, with no discernible twists or mysteries that keep the reader (listener) engaged.

What really got me irked as I listened to the production was the shoddy writing. The concept of referring to himself internally as a code name alternating with his real name just came across incredibly tacky. The way the story starts where you have a lone ultra in control assassin who then inexplicably loses self control and starts firing on an Al Qaeda camp prior to extraction is just a giant face palm.

The reader Jay Snyder does a decent enough job with this giant pile of dreck.

This will be the only time I will get a title from this author. I probably should have just reserved it from my local library for free.

  • The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks

  • By: Rob Sheffield
  • Narrated by: Rob Sheffield
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,913
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,906

Grab your lace shawl and top hat and get ready to twirl—this is a full-throttle appreciation of the life and voice of Stevie Nicks from one of rock criticism’s most celebrated writers.   

Best-selling author and Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield explores the music and artistry of the rock goddess who has kept generations of music lovers totally bewitched and spellbound, with such classic rock hits as "Rhiannon" and "Gypsy".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • As much Fleetwood Mac as Stevie

  • By Michael W. Travis on 05-05-19

No production value

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

Reviewed: 05-16-19

You would get a lot more reading about Nicks and finding YouTube clips of interesting performances and not listen to this snooze fest.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Killer by Nature

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jan Smith
  • Narrated by: Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,845
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,475

Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder – a body found in a children's playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, 'The Playground Killer' (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage's often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • glad it was free, sad I used a free credit.

  • By River on 03-02-19

Waste of time

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

Reviewed: 05-13-19

Story was cliche and tired. Acting too dramatic. Too many background sounds that get annoying.

The worse Audible original I’ve heard. Stay away.

  • The Beautiful Brain

  • An Audible Original
  • By: Hana Walker-Brown
  • Narrated by: Hana Walker-Brown
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,516

An investigative documentary from multi-award-winning producer Hana Walker-Brown, The Beautiful Brain looks at the devastating effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) - a degenerative brain disease found in people who’ve suffered severe or repeated blows to the head. Beginning with the story of FA Cup winner Jeff Astle, the audiobook expands outwards looking at the widows, daughters and families who are left fighting for answers following the death of their loved ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CTE and Sports - not just for soccer fans

  • By Kingsley on 04-05-19

Boring

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

Too many details about chasing melon balls or drinking tea. Little in the way of science. Glad it was free . Save your self a few hours of your life find something different to listen to.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,113

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A feast for the mind and imagination

  • By Barbara on 02-21-11

A story about going to the library!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

This story just simply moved too slow and got bogged down from the get go. Around chapter 10, things start to get slightly more interesting but only for more details about how Diana goes to the library to read, stare at the stacks of books, sit at her desk, then go running, or go to yoga, or stare at her wardrobe. At times I think if the computer game The Sims became an audio book this would be the template. Underneath it all there is a somewhat interesting story but it also felt like a rip-off of other 'oh dear its a vampire but I'm falling in love' stories. Not sure why this book got so many 5 star reviews but there's a lot better fantasy out there to explore.