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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,930
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,383
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,221

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Funny Witty Funny

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

Reviewed: 10-10-13

OMG its not often I spend most of my time trying to stop myself from bursting out laughing and grinning stupidly while listening to a book! I was so into this book I listened whilst doing my grocery shopping and I got quite a few looks when I could not contain myself.

First off, I'm not that into mathematics but the way this guys sells, its great. Not that I claim to have understood more than 1% of it. Meaty enough story line to make it worth the listen but light enough that you're not put off listentening by the math. Best bit? All of it, but best line is the last one in the scene with the young boy......

  • Crocodile on the Sandbank

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,484

Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice break from the usual-

  • By Carrie on 12-18-04

Light and refreshing!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-13

I usually listen to sci fi fantasy, vampiric and thriller stories. This was an absolute treat! Funny, paced well enough not to get bored and a light listen where if I lost concentration it didn't really matter. Am off to get the next in the series!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • First Truth

  • Truth Series, Book 1
  • By: Dawn Cook
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 900
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 662

Alissa doesn’t believe in magic. Her father’s stories about the Hold, a legendary fortress where human Keepers learn magic from the enigmatic Masters, are just that—stories. But her mother insists Alissa has inherited her father’s magical ability, so she must go to the Hold to be trained. On her way, she crosses paths with Strell, a wandering musician from the plains.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't be Mislead

  • By Lizzykafoops on 09-22-12

Good story, Slow Start but perservere

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

Reviewed: 09-24-12

I enjoyed this book as the story was solid if a bit slow to start with. It has interesting interaction between the characters of Alissa and Straun [the bard] (sorry not great with spelling names!!). I found the narrator a bit confusing at times as I wasn't always sure who was speaking. There are a couple of themes in the story (like the loss of the Bard's family & why he was cast out of the family) that don't appear to have a point. Perhaps the next book might enlighten me. I am not sure as yet whether I will get the next one though. Would recommend you listen to the sample to check on the narrator before purchasing the book. Happy listening.

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches. Diana Bishop, a young scholar and descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she must navigate with a vampire, Matthew Clairmont. This manuscript, Ashmole 782, holds the secrets of their past...and the key to their future. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book

  • By Eleanor on 04-30-12

Interesting and Different

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

Reviewed: 08-06-12

Would you consider the audio edition of A Discovery of Witches to be better than the print version?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

It wasn't just about vampiral sexual exploits which made a nice difference.

Which scene was your favorite?

Most of it was good although I liked it when Dianna fell into Mathews arms at the library for the first time.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Vampire bewitched

  • The Engines of God

  • By: Jack McDevitt
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 373

Humans call them Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues scattered on distant planets throughout the galaxy, encoded with strange inscriptions that defy translation. Searching for clues about the Monument-Makers, teams of 23rd century linguists, historians, engineers and archaeologists have been excavating the enigmatic alien ruins on a number of planets, uncovering strange, massive false cities made of solid rock. But their time is running out.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Conceptually intriguing, but uneven writing style

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 05-12-11

Narration not so good

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

Reviewed: 03-18-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better narration. I really struggled to identify the different characters in this audible book. It was quite frustrating to the extent that I needed to stop and replay several times to determine who was who. In the end I have given up finishing this audible story. I have nearly all the other Jack McDevitt books and have not had this problem before. So definitely down to the narrator.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Firebird

  • An Alex Benedict Novel
  • By: Jack McDevitt
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 334

Forty-one years ago the renowned physicist Chris Robin vanished. Before his disappearance, his fringe-science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies. Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath discover that Robin had several interstellar yachts flown far outside the planetary system, where they too vanished. And following Robin's trail into the unknown puts Benedict and Kolpath in danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • best Alex Benedict in a while

  • By wendy on 11-08-11

Good story

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

Reviewed: 02-08-12

Would you listen to Firebird again? Why?

Yes. It was an enjoyable story. My first Jack McDevitt book that I have listened and I found it a constant & interesting read. I agree with other reviews that mentioned the AI voices being stilted and the story line a bit tame. I am glad I purchased it despite some poor reviews. The story was exploratory and I was surprised that the narration was from Chase' point of view not Alex's.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No. All good.

Any additional comments?

I would give this book the benefit of the doubt and download it. It was a story on a continuum not a lot of peaks and troughs in terms of exciting which makes a change from a book full of twists and turns. Really easy to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hard Way

  • Jack Reacher 10
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Late at night in a New York café army-cop-turned-drifter Jack Reacher orders coffee in a cup made of foam, not china, so that he can move on at a moment’s notice.He owns nothing, carries less, has never encountered a female colleague he can’t bed, or a case he can’t solve.But now Reacher is confronted by a situation so disturbing and deceptive that the truth eludes him.Has he painted targets on the good guys’ backs?So Reacher starts over at square one. He sweats the details and works the clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent - couldn't put it 'down'.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-28-11

Excellent - couldn't put it 'down'.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-11

I admit I am biased and am an admirer of Jeff Harding as a narrator; this is my fourth Jack Reacher novel and I loved loved loved it. I was subconsciously expecting many things as the story unfolded however Lee Child managed to put enough subtle twists and turns that created expectations that still turned out to be wrong (on my part!) Jeff Harding did an outstanding job with accents & voice inflections and female voices. I highly recommend this to any Lee Child fan as I couldn't put this down - I listened on the treadmill, in the car (stuck the Wiggles on so the children wouldn't talk to me) - even did my accounts with it on. Brilliant.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful