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  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,921

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everybody

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 09-24-18

Turn on you like a barnyard rooster!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

You must listen. Some of the SJW types will be roiled like a bay of humpback wales. But it is a wonderful story of inclusion and tolerance of others. Even others without bodies! Or others bent on the destruction of mankind. Any facisimily between reality and fantasy in this book is totally deliberate!

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  • The Silver Linings Playbook

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,230

During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • WARNING: FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL!

  • By Jennifer on 03-06-15

A Gift

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

When you are given a gift you wonder about how good it is. Audible gave this book to me in a summer celebration and the book is so good I’m reviewing it and telling you that it is an enjoyable experience. Thank you Audible for this selection. It was a surprise how good it is.

  • Panic

  • By: Harold Schechter
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 206

During the Depression, economic anxieties found an outlet in a series of child murders that triggered an irrational nationwide hysteria: pedophiliac psychopaths were overrunning the country. As America was brought to rage and fury by the press and the FBI, lynch mobs took to the streets, reason gave way to doomsday scenarios, and one father was even driven to murder his three daughters to “save them” from a degenerate crime wave. A terrifying cautionary essay, Panic explores the combustible mix of unfounded fears, moral crusades, and the dangers of collective thinking.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good performance but tough listen

  • By J. Ehrenberg on 09-23-18

Fake Media

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Happy I found this story. I enjoyed how the media was portrayed as sensationalism is the only thing. Making stories up out of whole cloth, almost like a soap opera. The old time media of the day was an interesting reminder how little the media has changed. This story is a good one from a historical perspective. You will be glad you know about it. Panic that is.

  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,782

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Spy Novel (with a few quirks)

  • By Aaron on 01-12-14

A good American

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Our sparrow was a beautiful Russian. Our American CIA agent a good looking guy. I expected an America is a boob story but was pleasantly surprised. America turns out to be the good guy! I expected in this PC age a lot of negative propaganda about America but I was please to be wrong. I throughly enjoyed this book.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,872
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,869

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Bravo!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Excellent, well done! Thank you for this treat. I loved how it was put together.

  • To Hell and Back

  • By: Audie Murphy
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693

Audie Murphy was a desperately poor eighteen-year-old orphan when he joined the Army, nineteen when he first saw a buddy die from an enemy bullet and an enemy die from one of his own. By VE day, he had killed at least 240 Germans, had single-handedly destroyed a German tank in one battle and held off six tanks in another, and had become the most decorated soldier in American history, winning every medal his country offered, including the Congressional Medal of Honor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An American Classic

  • By Wisconsin on 04-04-09

I grew up with these stories

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

When I was much younger watching Murphy in the movie of the same name; now reading the story, I found out just how heroic our soldier, actor, author is. This is living history and seems so different than how people react today. Read it for that alone and it will enrich you.

  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,304

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By K. F. on 03-09-17

Amazing narration, fun story too!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

I wanted to mention this book because it's rare a writer that is this good of a narrator. Yahtzee reminds me of Canadian Mary Steyn. The wonderful humor. The turn of a phrase makes this book well worth your time and credits.

Example, our hero who goes by many names had the love interest on his back in high heels. He said he was worried about getting a stigmata.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,688

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

The picture on the cover about covers it.

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

Nobody was a loved as the main character-Jude. Yes he was abused. Yes he was severely abused. Yes he was abused more than anyone could tolerate.

Yet Jude, was loved. Loved without any strings attached. Loved without measure.

Jude was a spoiled brat that liked pain. Except pain he didn't cause himself. Emotional pain he created he wanted to hide from. He was always sorry. Making all who loved him walk on eggshells for the possibility they may be sorry for saying something that would make Jude hurt himself.

Jude never took responsibility for his condition instead blaming others for his condition. Jude was a victim.

Yes Jude suffered as a child. Yes Jude suffered the loss of a loved one. Yes Jude suffered a body failing him. Jude suffered.

I feel like I suffered too. I could not wait for this book to be over. I feel cheated because it is written so beautifully. I kept waiting for daylight. Instead I got light with 10,000 cigarettes of nicotine smearing the bulb.

I am thankful the sex scenes are implied not spelled out.

I read the reviews and wanted to read this book. Be Careful of reviews is my best advice for this book. You can bet I won't be eager to read this author again.

But bravo to the narrator January LaVoy for truly a Oscar winning performance!

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,455

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Emily on 05-07-17

Oh my, Plato would be proud.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

I loved the embracing of Plato's Republic, Sun Tzu, this was the fastest I've listened to an audio book since I started my membership. If you saw my library that would be very high praise indeed. I'm off to the next installment.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,279

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Original Story of Horror and Courage

  • By JoanneG on 11-04-15

Riveting hidden gem

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

Reviewed: 11-09-15

I wanted to think Cloverfield as in the movie. But it is so much more. I bought this as a hidden gem sale item and it made me a fan of even the narrator. I'll look for more books by Luke and narration by Addis.