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  • Killing Floor

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,756

Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He's just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he's arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Reacher knows is that he didn't kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn't stand a chance of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even if you have it GET THIS ONE!!

  • By shelley on 10-30-15

Kidding me with the Narrator?

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

You have to be kidding me with the narrator. I ended up cranking this book up to 1.4X speed to listen to it. Never went anywhere near that high and I have over 100 books in my Library. Even worse, the voice of the Narrator is totally inappropriate for a 36 year old male. If the part was for an 80 year old, great but this was ridiculous. Very distracting throughout including the strange, "cartoon gangster" voice used for the "Harvard Guy."
As far as the story goes, it contained the line something to the effect of "It was about as distinctive as the most distinctive thing you can imagine." He was describing a Bentley. First of all, no, it's not. The most distinctive car I could imagine would be the front of an old wagon, the body of a camel and the end of an egg beater. Second, "as distinctive as the most distinctive thing you can imagine?!?!?!?!" That's just lazy writing. That's what the writer is for. You write, we imagine. Dumb.
The plot was so so. The writer really made a meal of things. I mean the whole fixings, apps, several courses, multiple desserts, after dinner drinks. He could have wrapped this up much faster. The writing really seemed amateurish.
So for me, not the best book. In my bottom 33% probably.

  • Fear the Future

  • The Fear Saga, Book 3
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,016
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,367

Piloted by a six-year-old girl, the godlike Skalm guards the Districts of TASC. Her family is long dead. Her adopted father is a synthetic copy of an alien, her nanny an artificial mind connected via subspace to every part of the globe, feeding the young girl information, finding prey to satiate her growing thirst. But the young girl is an innocent, a victim, one of millions the war has already claimed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An OK end to an otherwise great trilogy.

  • By Okkin on 06-08-16

A Cumbersome, Bloated Mess

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

This book makes me once again question the validity of the rating system utilized by Audible. There is no way this book is a 4.5 out of 5. This book was a mess and had I not already spent the time listening to books 1 and 2, I would have stopped. I have no idea what Moss was thinking here. This reads (or listens) like a bunch of disparate notes for a book that were thrown together as the final draft. I don’t know if there was no editor or what but Moss spends the first 95% of this book all over this place and then tries to wrap up everything in a neat and tidy bow in the last 5%. I almost feel scammed to have spent any time on the series. What’s with the space orgy? How come nothing happens in the book for the first 50%? What’s with zero conclusion on the main character? Moss opens the door in the end with a story line that makes it seem like the main character will complete his story arc but never completes his thought. Is this book an advertisement for Adderall? If this book was technology, it would be all of that unnecessary, useless, battery eating bloatware that they put on your phone.
This was such a major whiff that I doubt I would read another book by Moss.
That being said, RC Bray continues to be the rock star of the audiobook world. Hats off to him for putting as much polish as possible on this turd.

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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58,691

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Not bad, sometimes laborious

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

This wasn't a bad book. The main character was pretty interesting for the majority of the book. There were a few occasions where suddenly the "hero" knew "everything" out of the blue and there wasn't much back story as to why. We get she's smart but suddenly the amount of pertinent knowledge was just too, "hollywood." The narration was pretty good too although Dawson struggles with the voice of her father. At times she practically whispers to convey an elder male voice. That was kind of annoying to have to keep turning up the volume. The book has a similar format to the martian although maybe not as interesting (and that was potatoes!!!!). There is a point in the book where you get to listen in painstaking detail how the main character is welding a hole out of something. That was a bit dry. Anyway, I wouldn't say, "No" to another Weir book but I would hope the next one would be better.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,335
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,057

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Fun book

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

Reviewed: 03-21-17

This book was pretty darn cool. Just imagine if you could be an AI. The author did a good job propping up the "Bobiverse" and making it entertaining. That being said, I hope that this particular series doesn't stretch on and on as a cash grab. I have engaged in too many series lately where the story is endless and stretches out book after book with no end in sight. There is a point where the main story needs to come to an end even if future novels are written, the narrative needs to be refreshed every now and then.

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  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,145

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Alternative Dystopian Viewpoint

  • By CScott on 12-20-16

Really Enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 03-21-17

This book surprised me on many levels. I am a fan of post apocalyptic novels. This particular novel jumps back and forth between various times. You get to know the main characters piece by piece. The author did a great job withholding key character points until appropriate. I enjoyed it. I also wonder if there will be a sequel.

  • The Winner

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Frances Cassidy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,518

She is 20, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the gift of a lifetime, a $100 million lottery jackpot. All she has to do is change her identity and leave the U.S. forever. It's an offer she dares to refuse...until violence forces her hand and thrusts her into a harrowing game of high-stakes, big-money subterfuge. It's a price she won't fully pay...until she does the unthinkable and breaks the promise that made her rich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By Sally on 09-21-12

Awful Narration:Returned, play the sample 1st

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

I have no idea what Hachette Audio was thinking with this narrator. She is incredibly monotone and her voice is nasally and grating. She sounds like she should be reading stock prices or a shopping list. At times it seemed like she was affecting some variety of accent too but I couldn't put my finger on it. Anyway, I made it about 30 minutes into the book and returned it. Just terrible. I would recommend playing the audio sample before buying. It is an excellent example of her bizarre narration where she over lengthens the word "trees" or "disease" within the 1st minute. It is like a monotone robot trying to perform. I hate to come so over the top with this review because I have no idea what she is like as a person but if you're going to collect money for a product, you need to expect an honest review of that product. I am giving this 3 stars for story because I didn't get past the first 30 minutes. That being said, overall if a book is so bad you have to return it in 30 minutes, I think the overall score of 1 star is an honest assessment.

  • Inferno

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,806
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,880

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, compelling

  • By Happy Woman on 09-15-16

Fake Reviews, Use Fakespot

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

Okay, I'm about as sick of fake reviews as I can be. I had a number of things to say about this book but for kicks, I put the product URL from Amazon through Fakespot. In case you were wondering, Fakespot is a way to tell how authentic reviews are. So I do and the book receives a fake review rating of a B which isn't great. If you click at the bottom of the page, you can actually see reviews that have been flagged. For instance, user "Jon E Angelone" has uploaded tons of 5 star reviews on December 9th. I'm so sick of this it is disgusting. I would guess that sooner or later, this will result in a class action lawsuit. I don't know if that is a product of Amazon or a product of other nefarious companies. By the way, Fakespot also shows a full report that weeds out the fake reviews. It states that the book should actually have received a 3 out of 5 star rating if you click the "Full Trustwerty Report." Like I said, total BS. Anyway, here is my review. Dan Brown is a lousy writer. He is a great teacher of art history but a terrible writer. Dude wrote one interesting story which was actually just a re-write of Angels and Demons. Now he is pouring out crap. He comes up with a good premise for a story but his writing and dialogue are terrible. Jesus H, Langdon starts thinking about sunscreen while looking at a faded mask? Then, when the story breaks down, Brown will just load up on the exposition via remembering a classroom lecture. WTF Dan? Anyway, I'm done with Brown. Also, the reason why the Silver Haired Woman was the way she was? Give me a break. Lousy book, fake reviews. I hope Dan Brown catches a plague.

  • Saving Faith

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,959
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,943

Not far from Washington, D.C., in a wooded area of Northern Virginia, a small house at the end of a gravel road serves a secret purpose. With its sophisticated security apparatus and hidden miniaturized cameras, it is being used by the FBI to interview one of the most important witnesses the agency has ever had, a young woman with an incredible story to tell. But a few people know about the secret meeting. And for them, a violent drama is about to begin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed.

  • By B. Yardley on 08-25-16

Boring, Cliche, Slow, Bland with a Dose of Abuse

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

I'm actually not done with the book. I have about 4 hours to go. That being said, nothing is happening!!!!! I'm more than halfway through the book and nothing interesting has happened after the opening events. It's so bland, boring and cliche. Yes, Lee Adams is built like a brick wall and he's huge and smart and has bright blue eyes like a husky dog. Faith is beautiful... blah blah blah. The characters are so one dimensional. I'm surprised Baldacci wrote this. Even more interesting, at one point Lee Adams threatens to "PUNCH FAITH IN THE FACE." Wait, was that a typo? Nope. Even if he's not being literal, this is a way out of bounds comment. Crazy. What a piece of junk book. Not sure I will finish it.

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  • The Guilty

  • Will Robie, Book 4
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,712

Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi, after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not once. Not until the unimaginable occurs. Unlike the missions Robie undertook in the service of his country, where his target was clearly defined, digging into his father's case only reveals more questions. Robie is drawn into the hidden underside of Cantrell, where he must face the unexpected and possibly deadly consequences of the long-ago choices made by father and son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous next installment, Robbie &Reel are back

  • By GH on 11-18-15

"The Guilty" describes whomever made $ from this

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

This book was somewhat entertaining but in the end, everything was way, way too convenient. This was basically a cash grab. In the end, Baldacci clearly just gave up. The story falls apart. Also, the narration is a bit grating. With the exception of Robie, the narration is bad and the southern accents sound like when the characters in "Horrible Bosses 2" tried to impersonate a southern accent. Robie's dad sounds like he's about 20 years younger than Robie and a lot of the southern men sound alike. Oh well. It was entertaining but got a huge, "Come On!" from me at the end.

  • Polar Shift

  • A Novel from the NUMA Files
  • By: Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594

Polar shift: It is the name for a phenomenon that may have occurred many times in the past. At the very least, it disorients birds and animals and damages electrical equipment. At its worst, it causes massive eruptions, earthquakes, and climatic changes. At its very worst, it would mean the obliteration of all living matter, and if that happens - exit Earth. Sixty years ago, aHungarian genius discovered how to artificially trigger such a shift, but then his work was lost. Or so it was thought....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written. Holds your attention.

  • By Jeffery on 04-23-12

Like it was written by a smart 8th grade girl

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

This is my second and last NUMA book. They read like they were written by an 8th grade girl. First of all, all of the protagonists are the exact same and way, way too perfect. They're all carbon copies of each other. There is

Austin: Main hero, perfect good guy
Zavala: Mexican hero, perfect good guy
Trout: Sea faring, older hero, perfect good guy
The Uncle guy: Foreign Hero, older perfect good guy

All of the women are super beautiful and everyone is written with "dreamy" qualities. There was one 3 minute or so segment of the book where the author wrote about three different people's eyes. There was arctic blue, Captivating or something gray and another ridiculous shade of blue. All good guys and everyone reads like a romance novel. It gets extremely redundant when every description of Austin seems like it was downloaded off of a porn chat room.

Next there are the bad guys. The main bad guy actually looks like the devil. I don't think I have to write any more than that.

This is very sophomoric writing. It's crazy how childish it seems. No character is actually deep and there is no actual suspense. Even when the good guys are in danger, they're never really in danger. You never think, "how are they going to get out of this one???" You just think, "I hope they get out of this one quick so we can move it along."

Anyway, I'm not even done with the book. It is dragging on. I'm kind of surprised how good the reviews are.