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  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,539

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

I've never been so enraptured by a story. With the narrator's charming tones, I found myself lost in the author's beautifully woven tale.

  • The Shuddering

  • By: Ania Ahlborn
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 325

A group of close friends gathers at a secluded cabin in the wintry mountains of Colorado for a final holiday hurrah. Instead, it may be their last stand. First a massive blizzard leaves them marooned. Then the more chilling realization: Something is lurking in the woods, watching them, waiting.... Now a weekend of family, friends, and fun has turned into a test of love and loyalty in the face of inhuman horrors. The only hope for those huddled inside is to fight - tooth and nail, bullet and blade - for their lives. Otherwise, they’ll end up like the monsters’ other victims: bright pools of blood on glittering snow, screams lost in the vast mountains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was some scarey shit!

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 03-17-14

Strong Start

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

This story had a good premise, and it took off fairly strong with some household drama that seemed pressing only when it wasn't juxtaposed with the horrors taking place in the night. But towards the end, I really just wanted the female character to die. She stopped having personality and started just being a nuisance, screaming at everything, becoming uselessly paralyzed with fear whenever something startled her. I don't know how many times another character had to yell at her or shake her before she'd actually help them not die. I'm surprised she didn't just faint.

As for the narrator, dude, not all chicks have lisps. We also don't all sound like southern belles or valley girls, and we sure as hell don't whine as much as was portrayed in this audiobook.

In the way of criticism, that's about it. Other than that, an entertaining listen perfect for long drives to your vacation home in the mountains.

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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,846

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

Devastatingly Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

The author's philosophies on the complexities of the human condition as it relates to our biological and social evolution is by far the single most convincing depiction of mankind I've experienced to date. I'm compelled to purchase a physical copy of this book, and I look forward to listening to Homo Deus.

  • Critical Failures

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,986
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,970

Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape. One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Studio...More Please!

  • By M. Maryanow on 02-01-15

Entertaining and Amusing

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

I finished this book a few months ago. Although I have a well-rounded understanding of tabletop and roleplaying games, I didn't know what to expect. After quite a few sensible chuckles and a whirlwind of misfortunate adventures, I finished it. But I still didn't know if it was "good" in the literary sense.

Now I'm on the third book and plan on finishing the series. This is one of the few times when I have to place my snobbish pride about literature to the wayside and just admit that I honestly like this series simply because it makes me laugh. The story is wild, the characters are interesting, the jokes are raunchy, and I just can't put it down. You've got me. I'm a fan.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Plague Dogs

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Adams
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 312

After being horribly mistreated at a government animal-research facility, Snitter and Rowf escape into the isolation—and terror—of the wilderness. Aided only by a fox they call “the tod,” the two dogs must struggle to survive in their new environment. When the starving dogs attack some sheep, they are labeled ferocious man-eating monsters, setting off a great dog hunt that is later intensified by the fear that the dogs could be carriers of the bubonic plague.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Both a very sad and very happy experience

  • By Stephen on 05-08-14

Absolutely Heartrendingly Incredible

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

I'm a bit of a picky reader. Actually, I'm quite a bastard of a picky reader. Most books I've picked up have rarely elicited more than mild praise from me. But this novel was breathtaking. The author's mastery of words and his composition of prose, the way he turns a phrase and taps on the emotion, his vibrant imagery and dynamic dialogue. Nothing about this novel could have been improved, and with the exceptional work of the narrator, I can also say thay nothing about this audiobook can be improved either. Phenomenal.

  • Survival Theory

  • A Preparedness Guide
  • By: Jonathan Hollerman
  • Narrated by: Jim Pelletier
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

This preparedness guide will help you develop a plan to escape the deadly rioting and looting, showing you where you can take your family to keep them safe, even if you can't afford a fully-stocked survival retreat. Jonathan Hollerman's in-depth expertise and recommendations will cover many topics including bug-out bags, SHTF Weapons, tactical gear, survival tools, knives, long-term food storage, livestock, bug-out locations, survival retreat recommendations, and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got me moving!

  • By kisa on 09-05-16

Skip to Chapter 11

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

Let me save you from wasting your time. You can either do one of three things:

1. Do a quick Google search for EMPs, cyber attacks, and national power loss. Then skip to Chapter 11 and begin sifting through the macho bullshit and sexism for any useful information this book might possess.

2. Start from the beginning and muscle through ten chapters of the author telling you how smart he is and how dumb other people (including yourself) are about survival. He also dedicates an impressive amount of time to the sole purpose of telling you that learning survival skills is so super-duper important and totally, definitely does not make you crazy (or at least not as crazy as those OTHER survivalist nutjobs). You know, just in case you accidentally viewed, purchased, and began reading/listening to this book thinking it was a romance novel.

3. Do what I'm about to do: Find a better book.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Stranger Beside Me

  • The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,007

Ann Rule was working on the biggest story of her career, tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial killer. Little did this future best-selling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends. Everyone's picture of a natural winner, Ted Bundy was a bright, charming, and handsome man with a promising future as an attorney. But on January 24, 1989 Bundy was executed for the murders of three young women - and had confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more women from coast to coast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good One from Ann Rule

  • By Malia on 08-24-12

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

I abstained from researching Bundy until I had finished this book, and I was not disappointed. Rule fully captured the two distinct faces of the infamous killer and from that image, created a fascinating story.

  • Dark Hollow

  • By: Brian Keene
  • Narrated by: Chet Williamson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Something very strange is happening in LeHorn's Hollow. Eerie, piping music is heard late at night, and mysterious fires have been spotted deep in the woods. Women are vanishing without a trace overnight, leaving behind husbands and families. When up-and-coming novelist Adam Senft stumbles upon an unearthly scene, it plunges him and the entire town into an ancient nightmare. Folks say the woods in LeHorn's Hollow are haunted, but what waits there is far worse than any ghost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy,Funny,Sexual oh and Awesome

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-21-17

A Horror Novel for Fetishists

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

In all seriousness, this was an entertaining read. I might recommend this to some of my friends. That said, reader beware. There are some... ahem... provocative themes.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Quarantined

  • By: Joe McKinney
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

The citizens of San Antonio, Texas, are threatened with extermination by a terrifying outbreak of the flu. Quarantined by the military to contain the virus, the city is in a desperate struggle to survive. Inside the quarantine walls, Detective Lily Harris is working burial statistics duty at the Scar, San Antonio's mass graveyard, when she finds a murder victim hidden amongst the plague dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • with a touch of suspence

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-23-17

An Underdeveloped Rough Draft

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

I did not at all enjoy this book, but I'm a bit spoiled after reading a book called "Flesh Eaters" by the same author. If you're determined to listen to a McKinney book, "Flesh Eaters" has nearly the exact same premise with more dynamic characters, more danger, and more intrigue. While "Quarantined" is buddy-cop, "Flesh Eaters" is thriller.

  • That Which Should Not Be

  • By: Brett J. Talley
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 287

Miskatonic University has a long-whispered reputation of being strongly connected to all things occult and supernatural. From the faculty to the students, the fascination with other-worldly legends and objects runs rampant. So, when Carter Weston's professor Dr. Thayerson asks him to search a nearby village for a book that is believed to control the inhuman forces that rule the Earth, Incendium Maleficarum, the student doesn't hesitate to begin the quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent horror novel, now a great audiobook

  • By Stevo on 01-10-17

Pure Lovecraftian Art

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

I found this particular book to be riveting. The narrator expertly conveyed the distinct nuances of each character, and the stories told by each man in the tavern with our skeptical protagonist were as enthralling as they were connected to the overall story. I would certainly recommend it, but perhaps not for people who live alone in dark and remote houses where things go bump in the night.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful