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  • The Naturalist

  • The Naturalist, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,764
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,757

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop. As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! I loved this book!!

  • By shelley on 10-02-17

Unnaturally Terrible

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

With about an hour and 48 minutes to go, this audiobook got very, very silly. Normally, I don't mind silly, but I'd spent the preceding nine and a half hours trying to like Theo Cray, the absolute jerk of a main character, whose misadventures are made orders of magnitude worse by the most tedious and whiney narration, this side of Gilbert Gottfried . . .

So, I surrender . . . I quit. I don't care how the story ends or what happens to our pathetic hero.

I see there's a second Theo Cray audiobook recently released. To my amazement, Theo managed to survive his ineptitude and is on his way to bigger, if not better adventures. I, unfortunately, did not fare quite so well and won't be joining him.

  • Trump Is F*cking Crazy

  • (This Is Not a Joke)
  • By: Keith Olbermann
  • Narrated by: Keith Olbermann
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

Since Donald Trump's presidential nomination, Keith Olbermann has emerged as one of the web's most popular anti-Trump screedists - each installment of his GQ web series The Resistance receives nearly four million views, and his fiercely progressive monologues have garnered a new generation of fans and followers. In Trump Is F*cking Crazy, Olbermann takes our commander in chief and his politics apart with journalistic acuity and his classic in-your-face humor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wherein KO Proceeds To Talk My Ear Off About Trump

  • By Philip on 04-24-18

Wherein KO Proceeds To Talk My Ear Off About Trump

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

I get it! I like Keith Olbermann. I don't like Donald Trump. I thought this collection of diatribes might be a fun wallow. Unfortunately, after a couple of hours of hyperbolic invective, I felt myself on my way to being bludgeoned to death - to the extent that I worried I might not be able to survive 16 hours of it.

For what it's worth, I agree with everything Olbermann has to say - but he goes about saying it much too frantically and for way, way, way too long.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Satori

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588

It is the fall of 1951 and the Korean War is raging. Twenty-six year-old Nicholai Hel has spent the last three years in solitary confinement at the hands of the Americans. Hel is a master of hoda korosu or "naked kill," fluent in seven languages, and has honed extraordinary "proximity sense" - an extra awareness of the presence of danger. He has the skills to be the world's most fearsome assassin and now the CIA needs him. The Americans offer Hel freedom, money, and a neutral passport in exchange for one small service: go to Beijing and kill the Soviet Union's Commissioner to China.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED IT!

  • By John E on 09-20-11

Cartoonish and Poorly Narrated

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

While Mr. Winslow gets points for trying, his attempt never gets beyond the bad comic book stage, with campy romance and over the top villains that remind me of all the worst James Bond movies I've ever seen.

And the producers of the audiobook didn't help themselves by casting Holter Graham to do the narrating . . . this production may have been saved by a more mature voice to give the story the weight and gravitas that seem to be so glaringly missing.

Mr. Graham's narration sounds more like a 12 year old reading a comic book than a grown man telling an adventure story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57,040

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Disappointingly Juvenile

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

This audiobook should have come with a "Young Adult" sticker, warning those in search of grownup fare to steer clear! The introductory blurb on the audiobook gives no indication that the lead character is a kid . . . and because most of her actions are juvenile and her relationships immature and the plotting of the tale is rather plodding . . . I'm posting this as a public service announcement to warn the unsuspecting that this book is not very good. Also, Rosario Dawson does only a so-so job of narrating.

33 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • Two Kinds of Truth

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,473

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drugstore where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bosch Survives Two Career Ending Threats

  • By Russell on 11-20-17

Only Because It's Harry Bosch

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

Only because it's Harry Bosch will I sit for hours and hours and listen to the most tedious monotone known to humankind, delivered by an actor who has absolutely no range whatsoever, who habitually breaks up sentences in the wrong places, who makes it difficult to differentiate one character from another . . . only because it's Harry Bosch and not even a bad actor like Titus Welliver can totally wreck Michael Connelly's amazing prose.

Side note - I stopped watching the Bosch TV show after the first season, because of how much I dislike Welliver's acting (or the lack thereof). I hope someone will have the good sense to bring back Dick Hill to the audio adventures of Bosch, before I have to pull the plug on the audiobooks, too.

Thank goodness there's still reading!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Punch Escrow

  • By: Tal M. Klein
  • Narrated by: Matthew Mercer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,759

Joel Byram is an everyday 22nd century guy. He spends his days training artificial-intelligence engines to act more human, jamming out to 1980s new wave - an extremely obscure genre - and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. Joel is pretty much an everyday guy with everyday problems - until he's accidentally duplicated while teleporting. Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible execution of an interesting idea.

  • By alexkazam on 09-07-17

Unfinishable

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

The author has buried a reasonably interesting premise under a mountain of childish character development (actually, the characters aren't so much developed as they are inflicted upon the listener) and exacerbated the problem by having it read by someone who sounds like he just graduated from middle school. Not recommended for adults or anyone who has ever experienced good science fiction.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,949
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,304
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,322

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

Unfinishable!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

Halfway through and I have to stop. I just don't care. There isn't one character I feel any sense of empathy toward (Maybe Mae's father, but he is so peripheral as to be almost nonexistent) and not any aspect of the story piques my interest or curiosity to know more. Dion Graham's characterizations are all whiny and juvenile. It's time to move on to something else - hopefully something more appropriate for grown-ups.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,733
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,721

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

Apocalypse Lite - Dystopia for Dummies

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

There seem to be two trains of differing opinion regarding this audiobook . . . on the one hand, there are those who think this is a long winded, nothing happening, extra-innings-baseball, boring, one-star waste of time and, on the other there are the folks who gave this audiobook five, delighted stars for its different, optimistic, blood-and-gore-free take on the end of human society as we know it.

To be honest, there were times, during this 22-hour-and-change, dystopian journey, that I've harbored both views. I applauded the nerve it takes to even attempt to go where Manuel steadfastly took his band of adventurers and yet, my bloodthirsty expectations of the genre found me rooting for a few paragraphs of mindless cannibalism or a marauding band or two of flesh-eating toddlers.

But the author was having none of that. He stuck to his positive guns and showered his protagonists with one improbable bit of good luck after another . . . which, surprisingly seemed to hold my interest, right up to the very end.

The one big negative for me was the choice of Scott Brick to narrate this tale. I can't explain why, but Brick's dulcet delivery always seems to make it difficult for me to stay awake. Fortunately, Mr. Manuel's optimism won the day and I managed to stay awake until the very end and had a reasonably enjoyable time doing so.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hot Start

  • The Cordell Logan Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: David Freed
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749

A notorious, international big-game hunter and his beautiful, former dental hygienist wife are gunned down at long range late one sweltering summer night, while swimming naked on their seaside estate in opulent Rancho Bonita, California. Police investigators are convinced that the killer is a strident, outspoken animal-rights activist, with both military experience and a criminal record. The evidence against him would appear overwhelming - until rumors begin to surface that others may have had their own reasons for committing murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a new fantastic of David Freed!

  • By shelley on 09-20-16

A Good Tale Poorly Told

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

My only problem with this audiobook and all the other Cordell Logan audiobooks is the casting of Ray Porter as the voice of Logan. He does a credible job with all the supporting character portrayals but his voicing of the main character seems too young, too sophomoric, for a character of Logan's age and worldly experience. Logan needs the world-weary, gravel-voiced tones of someone like Robert Forster. Porter's portrayal sounds like a 20 something just out of college.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Marathon

  • A Jonathan Stride Novel
  • By: Brian Freeman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

On a rainy June morning, tens of thousands of people crowd into Duluth for the city's biggest annual event: the Duluth Marathon. Exhausted runners push to reach the finish line and spectators line the streets to cheer them on. Then, in a terrifying echo of the Boston bombing, there is an explosion along the race course, leaving many people dead and injured. Within minutes, Jonathan Stride, Serena Dial, and Maggie Bei are at work with the FBI to find the terrorists behind the tragedy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointingly Predictable

  • By Nancy Chilton-Kendrick on 05-09-17

A Heavy Handed Morality Tale

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

As much as I love this series, this particular installment was disappointing. I didn't appreciate how it rubbed my nose in its message and telegraphed all its outcomes early and often. All the obviously misplaced outrage got a bit tedious after a while. Joe Barrett, as always, did a fine job with the narration . . . as he has done on all the Stride audiobooks.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful