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  • The Dark Talent

  • Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979

Alcatraz Smedry doesn't seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday, he receives a bag of sand, which is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians plotting to take over the world. The sand will give the Librarians the edge they need to achieve world domination. Alcatraz must stop them...by infiltrating the local library, armed with nothing but eyeglasses and a talent for klutziness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to the end!

  • By avery on 09-09-16

A family ruined....

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

Reviewed: 04-25-19

No other books can compete here, all others are compared to these because we LOVE them!! Our book reading days must now be over...until the crew has another story....

  • Sovereign

  • By: Jeff Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,265
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,410

Micah Cole has been in deep space for three years while his parents chase their obsession with finding intelligence to the far corners of the universe, but Micah dreams of the friends he left behind and counts the days until they return home. When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys their ship, Micah is separated from his family and stranded on Sovereign, a vast planet of raging rivers, towering forests, and deadly creatures. If Micah ever wants to see his family or his home again, he’ll have to learn to how to survive on a hostile alien world, all alone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NOT like the Martian

  • By TrustedReviewer on 02-21-19

Too many words for too little story

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

it went on and on and on, never really getting anywhere. the conclusion was lackluster.

  • Lost Girls

  • An Unsolved American Mystery
  • By: Robert Kolker
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 564

One late spring evening in 2010, Shannan Gilbert, after running through the oceanfront community of Oak Beach screaming for her life, went missing. No one who had heard of her disappearance thought much about what had happened to the 24-year-old: She was a Craigslist prostitute who had been fleeing a scene. The Suffolk County Police, too, seemed to have paid little attention - until seven months later, when an unexpected discovery in a bramble alongside a nearby highway turned up four bodies, all evenly spaced, all wrapped in burlap. But none of them Shannan's.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No answers

  • By Sam on 07-24-13

nice approach

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

Enjoyed the frame and set up of the stories. Narration was a bit dry, but not horrible. Brought a different light to this well told true crime event.

  • Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia

  • Alcatraz, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323

When Alcatraz and Grandpa Smedry make a pilgrimage to the Free Kingdom city of Crystallia, the Smedry home base, Alcatraz is shocked to see that he is, in fact, a legend. When he was a baby he was stolen by the Evil Librarians, and his mother, a Librarian herself, was behind the whole scheme. Now, with his estranged father, who is acting indeed strange, Bastille, who has been stripped of her armor, and Grandpa Smedry, who is, as always, late to everything (that's his Talent), Alcatraz tries to save a city under siege.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ending notes the next book is by Brian Sanderson?!

  • By James on 06-17-15

So good its not just for the car!!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

my kids love these so much we listen to them in the car, into the house, and while hanging out in the kitchen. they make us cringe and laugh.

  • Present over Perfect

  • Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living
  • By: Shauna Niequist
  • Narrated by: Shauna Niequist
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,286

In this book, New York Times best-selling author Shauna Niequist invites you to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life. In Shauna's warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours, too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A long, curious blog post

  • By Fromatoz on 02-13-17

touching moments

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

more religious overtones than I had expected, not really my cup of tea. however, the overall message is translatable and poignant. several touching moments made it worth the listen.

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,382

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

Amazing research

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Beautifully written and performed, the laying out of events took me through the history and horror of one mans reign of terror. Only wish MIchelle could have lived to see the outcome.

  • My Story

  • By: Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Smart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,588

On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a heartbreaker, with a happy ending

  • By Andy on 11-08-13

Strength of Family

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Impressive story of resilience, strength, and survival. Living in Utah at the time all this occurred I was fully engaged in the events as they played out. Elizabeth's descriptions of her capture & captivity are riveting, but even more so is how she managed to hold on to the core of her being and reclaim her life on the other side.

  • Cold Cold Heart

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,476

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Tami Hoag book I've had

  • By April on 01-27-15

Figured it out early

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

But still enjoyed the book. Good character development and storyline kept moving along.
Narrator does not do. Men's voices well, but was easy to listen to beyond that.

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,934

Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets - but Nothing New here

  • By Marie on 09-09-17

Kept me listening

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

While the overall story line was predictable there were enough twists & turns to keep me interested and invested. Enjoyed the characters. Excellent performance by the reader.

  • How to Train Your Dragon: How to Betray a Dragon's Hero

  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 365

In Hiccup the Viking's misadventures, the stakes have never been higher, and it's friend versus foe to decide the fate of the world. In this, the penultimate title in the amazing story arc that began with How to Train Your Dragon, Hiccup is faced with a personal dilemma against the backdrop of an impending battle and the possible destruction of everything he knows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love these books!

  • By Suzette Bakke on 05-30-15

The excitement builds!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

Great build to the final book. My kids & I have loved the series and the stories that bring these characters into our hearts.