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  • Sakina's Restaurant

  • By: Aasif Mandvi
  • Narrated by: Aasif Mandvi
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3,421
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,124
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3,125

Sakina's Restaurant breathes new life into an age old story: the emotive tale of an immigrant coming to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Actor, comedian, and writer Aasif Mandvi originally performed his Obie Award-winning solo show off-Broadway 20 years ago. This past October, the iconic play was reimagined and produced by Audible for a limited run at Minetta Lane Theatre in the West Village of Manhattan. Recorded for an Audible-exclusive audience, listeners can forgo the price of admission and embark on the cross-cultural journey with Mandvi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Entertaining and Insightful

  • By Elaine on 03-03-19

not that great a bit predictable

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

not quite surecwhat to make of this naration of andvworld viewcof an indian small town boy in new york. i guess the impact of displacement from language and culture makes for much compromise of character and loss of vision. ive seen similar stories end badly. i think the takeaway is that emigration is not for sissies.

  • Tiamat's Wrath

  • The Expanse, Book 8
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,367
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,164
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,149

Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper. In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • unfortunate bug in chapter 39

  • By A. Treiber on 03-28-19

sensational addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

this is the best yet and possibly the only conclusion that could have been reached.

jefferson's performance as a narrator and his consistency across the series is a work of art in itself.

I'm reloading the series now to relisten and bookmark passeges just for the joy of good prose narrated beautifully. you should too

  • Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back

  • By: Kelly Farley, David Dicola
  • Narrated by: Scott R. Pollak
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back is a collection of candid stories from grieving dads that were interviewed over a two-year period. The audiobook offers insight from fellow members of, in the haunting words of one dad, "this terrible, terrible club," which consists of men who have experienced the death of a child. They are real stories that pull no punches and are told with brutal honesty. Men that have shared their deepest and darkest moments. Some of these men have found their way back from the brink, while others are still standing there, stuck in their pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great support for bereaved parents

  • By CoolHand on 03-28-19

great support for bereaved parents

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

this has been a good look and refreshing view on how father's grief is dealt with and my experience falls into normal and presents a bit of positive outcome from a disaster

  • Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,946
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,110

While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • R C Bray never disappoints.

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-11-17

great 3rd book to merry band of Ex4 space soldiers

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

its quircky it's fast moving and immersed in enough army grunt lingo to appeal to those starship troopers fans. but waywaya less serious


allanson has done a great job here in continuing the series. while the story does offer limited character growth, it is entertaining and ooffers enough suspension of disbelief for commuter listening.

what this series fails hopelessly at so far is to take itself seriously and i think that is wonderful. also, this offers the space opera scifi reader sufficient handwavium to keep reading (listening) and perhaps get an idea of the whodunnit to them Elders (Long range hope from a firm Ex4 fan)

I'm downloading bk4 now

as usual the naration performance is top notch and charcater accents for US seem genuine, howver eastern hemisphere accents like French, Indian and Cantonese could be sharper. but these are of little matter as the plot crawls along at light speed across the galaxy through custom wormholes that the all amazing Skippy AI pulls off enough rabbits from the vaudville top hats and literal Deus exMachina's tech to keep our heroes for the next mission.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,855
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,748

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

logical next step from bk1

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

again the original is improved in this middle book of the 3part series. the narrative is engrossing giving tons of insight into the bobiverse and the issues that befall man machine interfaces as we continue to question about the meaning and definition of "being human".
the production and performance are excellent too

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,715

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Experience

  • By Stephen R. Grant on 11-05-18

excellent stage production from Billy Crystal

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

another great stage production and performance from Kelvin Kline and cast. worth the 1 credit for the hour of entertainment

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  • The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Hugh Laurie
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, a classic Roald Dahl story, brought to life in an audiobook reading by House star Hugh Laurie. Billy dreams of turning a weird old wooden house into a wonderful sweet-shop. But a giraffe, a pelly, and a monkey already live inside! Soon they are friends, and when they meet the richest man in England, Billy's scrumptious-galumptious dream just might come true....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh Laurie is awesome

  • By Rene Steenkamp on 07-20-16

grwat performance by narrator to a classic Dahl.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

great work to keep my gang mesmerised for the hour. feel thet 1credit for an hour of entertainment is not good value for money

  • Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5

  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 85 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,563
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,211

Meet the galaxy's unluckiest outlaws. Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy fighter pilot turned con man. His ship, the Mobius, is home to a ragtag crew of misfits and refugees looking to score a big payday but more often just scratching to pay for fuel. The crew consists of his ex-wife (and pilot), a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy's most-wanted wizard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Firefly cranked up on Meth plus a Space Wizard!

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-27-18

an awesome sprint marathon

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

as a kick on from Firefly it oudoes the predecessor.
as Black ocean series its a monumental work of author's skill and the brilliance from the Narrator. fully worth the time to escape to the Mobius and the galaxy that has tech and magic strangling each other while the bumbling crew make ends meet in semi clandestine ops.

  • Persepolis Rising

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

In the thousand-sun network of humanity's expansion, new colony worlds are struggling to find their way. Every new planet lives on a knife-edge between collapse and wonder, and the crew of the aging gunship, Rocinante, have their hands more than full keeping the fragile peace. In the vast space between Earth and Jupiter, the inner planets and the Belt have formed a tentative and uncertain alliance still haunted by a history of wars and prejudices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • once more unto the breach Holden goes

  • By CoolHand on 08-22-18

once more unto the breach Holden goes

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

if you have become a fan of thevseries this is a must read. if not, get it just for the joy of listeing to jefferson mays' narration.
as the next in the expanse saga this ticks all the blocks of chracters development, plot and society exposed to new tech (epstein fusion drives and alien protomolecule). for the real science of scifi this falls short only the forerunners have done such a great job of illustration. In this book, the authors explore the full extent of the political ramifications and it's ultimate conclusions of the rise of empires.
as a collective the expanse series is not crowned by perseplis but rather well supported and able to stand alone. its a great scifi romp with all the ingredients like marine fist fights, space battles, combat stratergy, romance, desire for power and much more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Babylon's Ashes

  • Book Six of the Expanse
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood. The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the 1,000 new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them. James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This time around the story just stalls

  • By Bert Heymans on 12-28-16

Rocinante jousting against the human condition

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

this is what scifi is meant for: to tell better stories expose the human condition and offer a glimmer of hope that perhaps we can achieve a future. both science and tech are lights that expose where we stand as a civilisation and as what as a collective our choices could be.
while this book follows closely in the footpath of the series it is perfect as a sequel to nemsis games but outshines it as a thought provoking examination of our understanding the terror of freedom.
if you are looking for gripping stuff then read book 1 and 2 for pure joy of scifi by authors who have come to know their characters and understand the full impact of the tech books 3 and 4. this book, 6th is the jewel of the series but cannot be separated from 5. so perhaps 5 and 6 are a super book.
the great thing here is the consistency of Jonathan Mays as the narrator. his performance and the production again set the high water mark.