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  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,684

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

Good story, lack of research about the law

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

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

implausible judicial interference

Would you be willing to try another book from Nathan Hill? Why or why not?

I liked the story but, as a lawyer I was bothered by the fact that the judge in the story was " out to get " the main character, which, in and of itself was not the problem. But what was a problem was that he was pushing for new charges and search warrants. That kind of heavy handed meddling is unethically suspect at best and criminal at worst. Then another part was explained away by saying that the judge made it disappeared down a judicial black hole. It was

Which scene was your favorite?

The protest scene in the flash back was my favorite part

Any additional comments?

The side story about the student and the professor I thought was unnecessary and did not add to the story about the drama between the mother and son.

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,428

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty

  • By Anna-Bo-Banana on 04-28-14

Amazing book on self discovery

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

The narrator was amazing and the story was incredible. I wanted to listen to this book every day. I loved the story of the lives of these characters and their journey to self discovery. I loved the immigrant perspective of Ifamelu's (sp?) voice in The United States. I was sad when the book ended.

  • This Is How You Lose Her

  • By: Junot Díaz
  • Narrated by: Junot Díaz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,132

The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through - "the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying" - to try to mend what we've broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For narration leave the prose for the pros

  • By Roy Reiss on 01-01-13

Junot Diaz is one of the best writers today

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

Reviewed: 10-27-15

His stories are so beautifully written they make you ache. His characters are painfully flawed and real and vibrant and wonderful. This story, like everything I have read by him was masterful.

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  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,570

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Great narrator. Kept me guessing to the end

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

I really liked this story. It was very compelling and I wanted to keep listening to it even after I arrived home or to the office. It kept me guessing.

  • Doctor Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,172

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel to the book; not the movie

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-28-13

Can't stop loving Stephen King

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

I love that this book brings back one of my all time favorite Stephen King Characters, Danny Torrence. I always wondered what happened to him

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have listened to thins book all the way through without stopping, but on the other hand I didn't want it to end. I have often wondered where in the Stephen King Universe Danny Torrance and his Shine ended up and now I know. I didn't want it to end.

Any additional comments?

Since I read IT locked in the bathroom because I was so terrified and loved every minute of it when I was 11 I have devoured every Stephen King book I could get my hands on. This one did not disappoint. Loved it so much.

  • Shadows Fall

  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

Considered by the author to be his finest work yet, this is a novel of realistic detail, heartfelt emotion, and dazzling imagination that builds a world listeners won't want to leave and spins a tale they won't want to end. In a town of amazing magicks, where the real and the imagined live side by side and the Faerie of legend know the automatons of the future, Time sees all - but even he cannot escape the prophecy of James Hart's return, which can only mean the death of Shadows Fall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wild ride with Simon R. Green

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-11-13

Great book, is it going to be a series?

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

Reviewed: 08-14-13

What made the experience of listening to Shadows Fall the most enjoyable?

I liked hearing about this other place that has been referred to in other Simon Greene stories. It was a fast pace and fun story. I am kinda hoping that this is going to be another series.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were very interesting. I liked how the author developed them.

What about Kevin Stillwell’s performance did you like?

The narrator added alot to this book. Each character was distance and had its owned personality.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I liked this book and I wanted to keep listening to it. I found myself taking a longer walk or lunch or the long way home to keep listening.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Captain's Fury

  • Codex Alera, Book 4
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 19 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,181
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,827
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,824

In his acclaimed Codex Alera novels, best-selling author Jim Butcher has created a fascinating world in which the powerful forces of nature take physical form. For millennia, the people of Alera have used their unique bond with these elementals for protection. Now, as enemies become allies, and friends become bitter foes, a danger beyond reckoning looms. . . .

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to STOP everything!

  • By Leowahine on 08-10-09

Love this series,

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

Reviewed: 08-14-13

If you could sum up Captain's Fury in three words, what would they be?

A continuation of an epic struggle of god vs evil.

What did you like best about this story?

I love these characters. I already started the next book because I am so excited to find out what happens next.

What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He narration is just perfect. Each character is distinct and I love listening to her.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I am so involved in this story I find myself choking up listening to it a lot I also laughed out loud in many places. These characters are so human and real I love hearing about their lives. I will be sad when the series is over.

Any additional comments?

This series has quickly moved to my top 10 series.

  • First Lord's Fury

  • Codex Alera, Book 6
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 23 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,708
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,701

For years he has endured the endless trials and triumphs of a man whose skill and power could not be restrained. Battling ancient enemies, forging new alliances, and confronting the corruption within his own land, Gaius Octavian became a legendary man of war - and the rightful First Lord of Alera. But now, the savage Vord are on the march, and Gaius must lead his legions to the Calderon Valley to stand against them - using all of his intelligence, ingenuity, and furycraft to save their world from eternal darkness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent conclusion

  • By Jason on 11-27-09

This has become one of my favorite series

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

Reviewed: 08-14-13

What made the experience of listening to First Lord's Fury the most enjoyable?

This is an incredible epic saga where the villains are very bad and the heroes very good. The story is compelling and I never wanted to stop listening to it. The narrator was excellent as well. The only thing was this particular segment had some audio flaws but it was not bad enough to detract from what an incredible story this is.

What was one of the most memorable moments of First Lord's Fury?

The battles are amazing. I can almost see how this would be if it were a movie. I did not want the series to end.

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to many of Kate Reading's performances and this, like all of them, is superb. One of the finest narrators around.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The battle scenes made me cry. I have come to love these characters. I soared with their triumphs and weeped with their defeats.

  • Cursor's Fury

  • Codex Alera, Book 3
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 20 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,698
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,294
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,290

The power-hungry High Lord of Kalare has launched a rebellion against the aging First Lord, Gaius Sextus, who with the loyal forces of Alera must fight beside the unlikeliest of allies - the equally contentious High Lord of Aquitaine. Meanwhile, young Tavi of Calderon joins a newly formed legion under an assumed name even as the ruthless Kalare unites with the Canim, bestial enemies of the realm whose vast numbers spell certain doom for Alera.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very well done…BUT…

  • By Alvin on 09-02-16

I like this series even better than Dresden

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

Reviewed: 07-15-13

What made the experience of listening to Cursor's Fury the most enjoyable?

The narrator is as excellent as the story. I love Kate Redding and her reading of this book in phenomenal

What other book might you compare Cursor's Fury to and why?

This series is unlike any I have read. At its heart it is an underdog story about good and evil but it is so much more. The characters are rich and complex and there are many twists and turns.

What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

There is nothing bad about Kate Reading's performance. Her characterization is fantastic and each character is distinct. And I love her accent

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I always looked forward to listening to the book. I took longer walks and longer ways home. Didn't want to turn it off

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to listen to the next book

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Academ's Fury

  • Codex Alera, Book 2
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 21 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,620

For 1,000 years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the Furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal. But now, the unity of the Alerians hangs in precarious balance. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Follow-Up to Book 1

  • By Don Guthrie on 05-03-10

Loving this series

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

Reviewed: 06-21-13

I am really excited to listen to the next book. I have really grown to like all of these characters and there are alot of twists and turns in the story line. This particular book ended on a real cliff hanger and I am excited to see what happens next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful