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  • Dear Bob and Sue

  • By: Matt Smith, Karen Smith
  • Narrated by: David Colacci, Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Dear Bob and Sue is the story of our (Matt and Karen Smith's) journey to all 59 US National Parks. We wrote the book as a series of emails to our friends, Bob and Sue, in which we share our humorous and quirky observations. It is at times irreverent, unpredictable, and sarcastic, all in the spirit of humor. We describe a few of our experiences in each park but do not provide an exhaustive overview of each experience or park.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Dewayne Martin on 04-15-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Loved hearing about the National Parks. The couple had an interesting perspective, sometimes funny and fairly often critical. I enjoyed some of the offhand information and background they provided about the parks. What almost ruined this book for me though was the narrators. The couple who wrote the book were not even in their 50's, yet the narrators sounded like they were in their 70's. I was always surprised when they said they hiked this or that trail, because the narrators sounded too old to be that active!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Out of Spite, Out of Mind

  • Magic 2.0, Book 5
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,495
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,194

When you discover the world is a computer program, and you figure out that by altering the code you can time travel and perform acts that seem like magic, what can possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything. Just ask Brit, who has jumped around in time with such abandon that she has to coexist with multiple versions of herself. Now, Brit the Elder finds that her memories don't match Brit the Younger's.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dont Bother

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-26-18

Love his work, but not my favorite

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This is a great, fun, lighthearted series that I recommend to anyone who enjoys scifi lite. Luke Daniels is the perfect narrator for this series too. This was not my favorite book though - the plot got a little too messy, there was too much Brit and I didn't like the direction Phil's character took. But, I am hooked and will definitely be one of the first in line to purchase the next book in the series!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dragonflight

  • Dragonriders of Pern
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,719
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,199

On the beautiful planet Pern, colonized for centuries, Land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound. In times past, the mighty telepathic dragons and their riders were the only protection from the dreaded, life-threatening Thread. Now those times may be returning....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Pern series is very engaging

  • By Sarah on 10-06-09

One of my favorite series!

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

Reviewed: 09-23-16

I first read this series over 30 years ago. I loved it this time around as much as I did then. It took a little bit to get used to Dick Hill's narration (I don't think he was the best choice) but once I did, I was transported back to the world of Pern and its dragon riders. The strong character of Lessa has been an inspiration for me since a young age.

  • You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

  • A Memoir
  • By: Felicia Day
  • Narrated by: Felicia Day, Joss Whedon - foreword
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,656

In the tradition of #Girlboss and Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't dismiss this one out of hand!

  • By John S. on 09-09-15

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

I could totally relate to this book! Guess I am a little weird in a very normal package. Thanks for the inspiration!
Also, the author did an amazing job reading the book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,007
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,167
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,118

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It doesn't get much better than this!

  • By Audre on 03-24-16

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

I am usually pretty generous with my stars because I love books and greatly admire those who can engross me in their stories. But every now and then, I listen to something and wish I could give it just a little something extra to express how much it moved me. Morning Star is one of those books. The entire series is excellent, well written and well read. I highly recommend it and give it 6 stars!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Little Princes

  • One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
  • By: Conor Grennan
  • Narrated by: Conor Grennan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,664

In search of adventure, 29-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children's Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal. Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope there is a sequel!

  • By R. Cotton on 02-19-11

10 Stars!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-16

I have had this book in my library for a while so I chose it because I was looking for something different to listen to. I fell in love with it from the first paragraph. Conor has a wonderful reading voice and I could tell he put his heart and soul into writing it. It was touching, funny, adventurous ... really funny. It made me want to visit Nepal and meet all the boys and girls he talked about. I am so thankful for Conor and others he worked with who sacrifice their time and talents for those in need.

  • Calamity

  • The Reckoners, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,379
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,816

When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David's fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy. David knew Prof's secret and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners' leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Climactic Battles Second Chances? as Calamity Ends

  • By Don Gilbert on 02-18-16

Entertained for 90% of the book, utterly confused for 10%

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

I liked Steelheart and loved Firefight, but I was disappointed in the end with Calamity. My favorite thing about the book was MacLeod Andrews' narration. I loved the characters and he did a superb job of bringing them to life. The plot however, did not have the same depth or pace as the previous books - and it left me with several unanswered questions.

  • Cinder

  • Book One of the Lunar Chronicles
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,047

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surpised by how much I enjoyed it

  • By Staaj on 01-17-12

Five star YA novel

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

Reviewed: 05-21-14

If you could sum up Cinder in three words, what would they be?

Wonderful lite read

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cinder?

The confrontation at the ball.

Which scene was your favorite?

Her entrance to the ball.

Any additional comments?

This is definitely a five star YA novel. I enjoyed it a lot. It was very easy to to listen to - I was surprised when it was over, it went by so fast. It was sweet and clean and not too complex. My younger self would have wanted to give it six stars I'm sure. However, at my current stage in life, this was pretty light reading and more of a four star for my older self .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Wind

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,543

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

I liked most of this book

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

Reviewed: 04-23-14

Any additional comments?

I am torn between three and four stars for this book. Definitely at least 3.5 stars. I liked most of this book - I just wasn't completely sold on it because it took quite a while to get into the flow of the story. There were a few places within the story that seemed to ramble a bit, but the good parts were really good. The narration was excellent - no criticism there. I listen to more scifi than fantasy typically, and I am sure this preference influences my review. Overall this was a good book and I will probably eventually listen to the second book in the series

  • The Death Cure

  • Maze Runner, Book 3
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,115

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends — the Gladers. But it's finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test. What WICKED doesn't know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it's enough to prove that he can't believe a word of what they say. Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He'll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all. The time for lies is over.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This book sucks

  • By Stephen on 08-24-15

One too many Books in the Series

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

Reviewed: 03-13-14

Any additional comments?

The Maze Runner was an enjoyable book, good characters, suspense - it definitely kept my attention. The Scorched Trials was even better. Mark Deakins is an excellent narrator. However, I am finding that my need for closing the loop on this series left me with an "I can't believe I wasted my time" feeling. There just wasn't enough good story left for another whole book. In the end, the characters fell apart, the story fell apart, and the whole thing left me feeling very disappointed. If you aren't OCD about finishing a trilogy then I recommend skipping this book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful