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  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,697

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I really enjoyed this book. The author did a very good job describing the thoughts and communication of an alien race so that I could appreciate how their evolutionary biology would affect their thoughts and culture. Although the ending wrapped up very neatly and quickly (when I couldn’t see how things could be resolved with only 30 minutes remaining), the resolution was completely logical within the framework of the story. The narration was excellent.

  • The Book of Lost Things

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,774

High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: "Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For Those Who Enjoy Playing with Fairytales

  • By alison on 01-06-13

Wonderful book!!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

If you like fairy tales, and coming of age stories, this book is for you. I had to sit and listen to the last half hour because I couldn't wait to hear the end. It brought tears to my eyes. It's a beautiful tale of a boys journey to a foreign country and how his experiences there shape him.

  • Everything We Keep

  • A Novel
  • By: Kerry Lonsdale
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,304
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,543
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,547

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents' restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James's funeral - a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Colleen on 08-17-16

Not my style of novel

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

If you like stories about women stuck
In the past and unable to move forward, then this is for you. Predictable and annoying.

  • The Atlantis Gene

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 1
  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,455
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,730

Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Horrible

  • By Laura Roderick on 07-29-17

Don't waste your valuable time on this one

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

I really can't recommend this book and I don't know where to start with how bad it is. It's not science fiction - the science is abysmal. It's too awful to be fantasy. I did finish it because I hate to start a book and not end it, but I was fighting with myself all the way, hoping maybe it'd get better...and it never did. It moved from one improbable scenario to another to another - especially ridiculous when taken as a whole. Let's see what we've got: a secret organization that goes back to pre-historic times; a highly advanced ancient, lost civilization (Atlantis, but that's not giving anything away); suspended animation; time dilation (not exactly time travel); global catastrophe; Nazis; secret journals; genetic experimentation; portals for instantaneous travel across the globe. The story that supposedly ties all this together just doesn't work. I'm sorry to see that this is book one of a series; I can't possibly believe that it gets any better in future volumes..

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,075

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

Historians as rabble-rousers??? Who knew!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

I love this book! I bought it during the "our favorite authors" sale; I wasn't quite sure why. But I absolutely love it. It's about historians who time travel, and the troubles that they get into. It's cleverly written and the narration is absolutely spectacular! I'm so glad it's series; I'm definitely going to buy the next book and hope it's as good as this one!

  • 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 132,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,956

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

Good, but not "Gone Girl"

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

I bought this book because I had heard good things about it. I did enjoy that there were different readers for the different characters; even though the chapters began with the character's name and the date, it did make it interesting to have different voices. But I struggled to stay with the book, primarily because I couldn't relate to the main character. She was not a sympathetic figure for me; I was really frustrated with her approach to everything. So although the performance was well done, the book as a whole drove me crazy.

  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen

  • Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,773

This program includes a preface read by the author. In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes

  • By Steph on 04-14-14

Great mystery!

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

Reviewed: 03-24-14

Would you listen to The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen again? Why?

I don't tend to re-listen (re-read) books because I want to read something new. That said, I couldn't put this one down. I tend to listen while walking the dog or on longer drives; this book made me want to extend the walk or plan a long car trip, just to be able to keep listening!

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Mary Russell, of course, although I thoroughly enjoyed Laurie King's version of Sherlock Holmes. Mary (or I should say Russell) was written as an independent girl/woman, which I will attribute somewhat to her US upbringing. I liked the way she played off of Holmes. Their camaraderie was very nicely portrayed, as well as the influence Holmes has on her development.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't know if I can pick one favorite scene. The description of their first meeting sticks vividly in my mind - I can almost see the hill, and the bees with their spots of color, and Mary carefully taking it all in, figuring out what is happening, and then surprising Holmes with her understanding.

Any additional comments?

The narration/performance was marvelous. I left wanting more - and was delighted to find that here is more!

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  • 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 19,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,635

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

Great followup to The Shining!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-13

What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

I thought this was a great follow-up to the original- it stands on it's own, and you don't need to have read The Shining (although admittedly it helps). The characters are really well done, the story unfolds at the right pace. I kept wanting to walk a little further just to hear more of the story. Will Patton did a great job as the reader.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that it was complete unto itself. I thought the writing was some of the best that Stephen King has done - on a par with The Stand (which is one of my all-time favorite Stephen King books). The supernatural evil wasn't too far out; if you are a Stephen King fan, you accept some level of supernatural evil, but in some cases, I think he's pushed to limits that are hard to accept.

Who was the most memorable character of Doctor Sleep and why?

So many choices! I wanted to know what was happening to Danny Torrance and Abra Stone, but maybe that's because they were the main characters. I also liked Dr. John Dalton - he was the voice of reason (as much as possible).