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  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,427

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the credit

  • By Hunter on 03-27-12

Of course 5 stars.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Any additional comments?

The book is so long it's worth the money even if it were bad.
Don't be so cheap and buy it.
Get settled in for a great long drawn out story.

Post apocalypse book. One of the best. With a SK twist.

  • The Fourth Monkey

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,058

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called "a talented writer with a delightfully devious mind". For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one that proves he has taken another victim, who may still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted Knives And Killer Humor

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-15-17

Not your typical commerical novel

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Any additional comments?

Nothing like I've read before. Completely engaging.
Don't want to give anything away.
Very original plot. Plenty of twists.
You won't be disappointed. Good road book.
Worth the money.

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,139

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

up to date Remake of Alas Babylon.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Any additional comments?

Almost identical to Alas Babylon.
This is perhaps a necessary updated version.

If you were intrigued by AB then go ahead with this one.
Worth the credit, but listen to AB first.

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,318

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Distraction

  • By A. Musser on 06-03-16

Young adult? Good beginner book.?

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Any additional comments?

I would have enjoyed this book in my late teens or early 20's.
The entire book was a bit too cliché for my middle aged taste.
The characters were shallow, the story full of holes. But it pushed all the buttons
that a young adult may find interesting.


I did not finish the book. Did not send it back as I only had 2 hrs to go.

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  • Power Down

  • Dewey Andreas, Book 1
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,909

There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW.COULD NOT PUT THIS ONE DOWN. MUST READ!

  • By Constance on 11-09-10

Fun, fast paced, global adventure thriller.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Any additional comments?

Not a boring book. It kept me glued The protagonist is a bit macho, but the story and the unfolding of events more than made up for this one small flaw.

I'm going to take a break and listen to one or two non-fiction then I'll be back for book 2.

  • North Korea Undercover

  • Inside the World's Most Secret State
  • By: John Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

North Korea is like no other tyranny on Earth. Its citizens are told their home is the greatest nation in the world, and Big Brother is always watching. It is Orwell's 1984 made reality. Huge factories with no staff or electricity, hospitals with no patients, uniformed child soldiers, and the world-famous and eerily empty DMZ - the Demilitarized Zone, where North Korea ends and South Korea begins - are all framed by a relentless flow of regime propaganda from omnipresent loudspeakers. Free speech is an illusion: one word out of line, and the gulag awaits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly listenable, humorous and enlightening

  • By Kevin Stokes on 09-09-15

Get it.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Any additional comments?

A good amount of history. Some, but not alot about Kim 3.
A bit repetitive here and there, but overall money well spent.

It would be difficult for anyone to write a report on N. Korea. The report is up to date as far as late 2016 (it does not mention the brothers assassination).

Sweeny did a good job with what he had. Jackson is a top notch narrator.

I'll be looking for more books on N. Korea, and scouring the reviews for recommendations.

  • Alaska

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 57 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595

The high points in the story of Alaska since the American acquisition are brought vividly to life through more than 100 characters, real and fictional.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, More True than Fiction

  • By Basil Sands on 08-21-15

Wish it were longer. Great narration!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-15

Any additional comments?

Narration is absolutely fine!

I greatly enjoyed the book cover to cover.
Overall, Performance and Story. All 5 stars.

The 50 plus hours went by too quickly.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,836

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

  • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

Can't beat the classics

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

Reviewed: 12-14-15

Any additional comments?

Just here to give it 5 stars across the board.
Who am I to critique Bram Stoker?
Narration was perfect!

  • The Windup Girl

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,401
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,616
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,639

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner.

  • By Marius on 01-13-10

Confusing - Very minimal sci fi

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

Reviewed: 09-29-15

Any additional comments?

Confusing tiny story. The author failed to adequately explore the time and place he tried to take the reader. It was just a bunch of people fighting. No vivid dystopian landscapes here. Scifi was very limited. Good sci fi is hard to find and I will keep looking.
I'm not asking for my money back because I finished the book.

  • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,849

A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly a Classic

  • By Theodore on 11-04-12

More than I can Chew

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

Reviewed: 01-03-15

Any additional comments?

My first real classical listen was The Count of Monte Cristo. Dumas got me hooked on classics. Two Cities required my profound attention to follow. I found myself rewinding constantly. I listen while driving on highways.


To be clear I am not dissing the book. I gave it 5 stars across the board based strictly off the reputation. The narrator was excellent.The book went back. I would enjoy this book more in print than audio.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful