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  • The Subtle Knife

  • His Dark Materials, Book 2
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, full cast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,214

 

Lost in a new world, Lyra finds Will - a boy on the run, a murderer - a worthy and welcome ally. For this is a world where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and witches share the skies with troops of angels. Each is searching - Lyra for the meaning of Dark Matter, Will for his missing father - but what they find instead is a deadly secret, a knife of untold power. And neither Lyra nor Will suspects how tightly their lives, their loves, their destinies are bound together...until they are split apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story

  • By Graham S. Stafford on 03-10-08

great book.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

this is a great series and the narration is decent from everyone.

It's interesting listening to it vs reading it as these characters seemed a lot more harsh in txt format. the audiobook leads a different take on things.

  • The End Has Come

  • The Apocalypse Triptych
  • By: Hugh Howey, Jamie Ford, Jonathan Maberry, and others
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam, Gabrielle de Cuir, Justine Eyre, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the end of the world. In science fiction the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weakest of the triptych

  • By SAMA on 06-03-15

solid finale

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

they finally eliminated all the bad narrators from the last two books.

the stories were all good for this one. it was a good conclusion to the series.

  • American War

  • A Novel
  • By: Omar El Akkad
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,434

Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, that unmanned drones fill the sky. And when her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she quickly begins to be shaped by her particular time and place until, finally, through the influence of a mysterious functionary, she is turned into a deadly instrument of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best listen in years

  • By odin on 04-08-17

I am not a fan of this book - Boring & Monotonous

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I'm not sure why this book was recommended as one of the top 60 apocalyptic themed books. The narrator is fine, but the story itself is pretty annoying and not engaging.

Reasons:
1. Not apocalypse themed
2. Writing isn't that great - The author does the whole "Debbi would regret her decision in 10 years" type writing. Stop telling us what's going to happen before it happens!
3. Feels like some form of propaganda - Can't decide if it's anti or pro south, but it definitely feels like it has some major agenda in it.
4. The characters aren't very well developed.
5. Stereotyping of Characters - Hopefully without spoilering anything, the one character is given a more "arabic" name and I think this is intentional.

I still have a few chapters to go, but it has gone nowhere fast and I regret this purchase.

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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 72,414
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65,575
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 65,309

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm so sad it's over!!

  • By Erin on 05-19-16

Cant go wrong with Harry Potter

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

i love this series and the narrator is great. no issues with this audiobook.

Took me from October until now to finish the series. as good as i remembered it.

  • The End Is Now

  • The Apocalypse Triptych
  • By: John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey, Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Mur Lafferty, Kate Baker, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm. But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. "The Apocalypse Triptych" will tell their stories.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loses a star because the last story is That Bad.

  • By Peter Wombat on 06-06-15

Stop using Laurice White as a narrator.

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

i skipped her story in the last book and skipped it in this one as well. She sounds like she's in 7th grade reading her creative writing essay about something super serious. She is monotone and boring as f. it sent me into a small fit of rage last book and I angrily exclaimed when she was the first stinking narrator in this one. Come on!

(will update review with more on other aspects soon)

  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,674

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My First Completed Stephen King Novel

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 02-20-12

Beware - Chapters out of Order, but great book!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Audible has the most atrocious customer support ever. Tried reporting this to Audible, but their system is janky.
Anyways, book is great. the book reader is also good.
Chapters 70-75 so far are out of order and all over the place. However, you can still get the gist of the story.

This is by far my favorite Stephen King book and the audiobook is just as good as reading it (minus the out of order chapters).

Of Apocalyptic Fiction, this is ranked up there with Earth Abides.

  • The End is Nigh

  • The Apocalypse Triptych
  • By: John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey, Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Mur Lafferty, Rajan Khanna, Kate Baker, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm. But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will tell their stories. Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME focuses on life after the apocalypse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, couldn't put it down!

  • By Jon on 05-14-14

I enjoyed this one minus a few

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

Would you listen to The End is Nigh again? Why?

I don't think this is a book I'd re-listen to, but I would / will listen to the next two.

What other book might you compare The End is Nigh to and why?

Wastelands 2: Stories of the Apocalypse - It's the same type of book, only the stories in "The End is Nigh" aren't quite as good as Wastelands 2. BUT still has some good performances and good stories.

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

Most of them.

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

Yes, though that's impossible, so a bit each day worked for me.

Any additional comments?

1. Has annoying "chimes" and some stories had sound effects in it that annoyed me. One author thought adding in a mouth noise to indicate drinking/eating was a good idea. (it's not)

2. This story: Chapter 9: "Removal Order" has to be one of the worst narrators I've ever listened to. She drones on and on and on. I couldn't take how slow and boring this narrator was. I skipped ahead 30 seconds to see if it got better, repeatedly, only to hear the same awful drone over and over and over.

3. 90% of the stories in this were well done. You'll know the 10% within the first 30 seconds.