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  • Infected

  • A Novel
  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Scott Sigler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,333

Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confused? This review might help.

  • By Jessica's Bookshelf on 01-14-09

Fun SyFy adventure

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

Scott Sigler writes fun books. They’re creative and quick paced, the story constantly moving forward. I normally read mysteries; I don’t know what made me purchase my first Scott Sigler book but I’m glad I did.

The only drawback was the narration. The author did the honors and he’s no actor. It’s BAD but I did get used to it and enjoyed the story.

  • Under My Skin

  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Vivienne Leheny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 96

It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn’t recognize. What happened to Poppy during those lost days? And more importantly, what happened to Jack? The case was never solved, and Poppy has finally begun to move on. But those lost days have never stopped haunting her. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange Book

  • By Janie on 10-11-18

Definitely not a suspense novel

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I think the book summary was incredibly misleading. This wasn’t a book of suspense. If you enjoy novels about a woman’s emotional journey, this is for you. If you’re looking for a suspense or mystery novel, this is definitely not what you’re looking for. The first 10 hours consisted of Poppy grieving, described in hundreds of ways. It became quite monotonous. I thought about stopping after about 5 hours but I really wanted to see where the suspense was. The mystery story only took about 2 hours, maybe from hour 10-12. Then the final hour was how she’s finally healing.

  • The Girl Before

  • By: Rena Olsen
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,718

Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing. In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara's fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent

  • By Meg on 10-27-16

Slow start but worth the patience!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

I have to admit I didn't enjoy the narrator, to the point I almost stopped listening. I decided to stick with it because the plot intrigued me; I'm glad I did because the story pulled me in. It gets off to a slow start, but the book steadily gains momentum until you're emotionally involved in the protagonist's journey through denial, acceptance and healing. Cleverly written with the plot jumping around in time. Rather than being confusing, it made the book more compelling. The author did a magnificent job. I normally read spy novels or other thrillers; I'm so glad I made an exception for this amazing book.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 216,879
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202,129

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Brilliant and wholly original!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-16

What an unexpected and totally fun book! The futuristic sci-fi premise wouldn't normally appeal to me but I heard so many people raving about this book that I decided to give it a listen. And am I glad I did! All the 80s pop-culture references were entertaining. It was like a lighthearted action movie with a nostalgic twist. Buy this book! You will be so glad you did.

  • Time to Get Tough

  • Making America #1 Again
  • By: Donald J. Trump
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

America is in serious trouble, and our days as a superpower are numbered, argues businessman and entrepreneur Donald J. Trump in his blockbuster new book. With his trademark candor and charisma, Trump reveals his hardline, commonsense solutions to the problems plaguing us today and shows how we can put our country back on the path to greatness. Nobody is better at achieving spectacular success than Donald Trump. Here, Trump shows how America can do the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The real Donald J Trump!

  • By James W. Ricci Jr. on 03-08-18

Save your money...and your vote

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

A lot of repetitive words but no substance. Buy it if you want to gain a better understanding of the type of president he might be but don't buy it if you're hoping to gain insight into a better way to negotiate.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Amok

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,644

This was to be her last day alive. The renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin prepared her suicide thoroughly. The death of her eldest daughter had weighed too heavily on her conscience for her to carry on and she yearned for one last drink to raise a toast to oblivion. Her morbid plans are interrupted and she is called in to negotiate a gruesome hostage situation at a radio station where a psychopath is playing a morbid game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping to the extreme!

  • By Simon on 05-20-15

The production is brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

This book is performed like a movie, complete with background sound effects. It was brilliantly acted and so well done, it was as if you were watching a movie. The story was well-written and suspenseful, kept my attention throughout. I can't wait to see what other original releases Audible has planned!

26 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Pleading Guilty

  • By: Scott Turow
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 189

When Gage & Griswell's star litigator suddenly disappears - along with $5.6 million of its most important client's money - the assignment of locating both goes to Mack Malloy, a 50ish ex-cop, almost ex-drunk, and partner-on-the-wane at G&G. Mack's search takes him into the inner sanctum of his firm and through the shadowy heart of the city itself, on a path that soon runs him up against his longtime nemesis as he plucks the threads of a dangerous web of corruption, deceit, and murder.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • All in all, not so great.

  • By Richard Delman on 02-12-17

Save your money!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-11

Great narrator but an extremely boring story. Very disappointing; I've been a fan of his other books but this one was painfully slow and dull.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Cypress House

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 418

Arlen Wagner has an awful gift: he can see death in the eyes of men before it strikes. He's never wrong. So when Arlen awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he tries to warn them. Only 19-year-old Paul Brickhill believes him, and the two abandon the train, hoping to escape certain death. They continue south, but soon are stranded at The Cypress House - an isolated Gulf Coast boarding house run by the beautiful Rebecca Cady - directly in the path of an approaching hurricane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book read by a great narrator!

  • By Michele on 01-28-11

Great book read by a great narrator!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-11

I generally stay away from supernatural books; not my thing. However, this one piqued my interest and I decided to give it a try. It's a great book!!!! Fantastic story development, it moves at a good clip and the narrator is amazing. I'll definitely look for more books narrated by Robert Petkoff; he managed to make the characters distinct without any of them sounding like caricatures. I absolutely loved this book!!

42 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • The Ice Limit

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,405
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,401

The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner

  • By Lyn on 08-10-10

Intelligent, well-paced, fascinating!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-10

I LOVED this book!!! LOVED it! The premise isn't something that would normally appeal to me but I bought it based on the reviews. I disagree with a previous reviewer regarding Scott Brick; I think he did a fantastic job as narrator and because he didn't use silly character voices, there were no distractions from the story. It was brilliantly written, it was fast-paced and kept my attention the entire time. Definitely makes you want to learn more about the scientific theories that are the basis of the plot.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Spellmans Strike Again

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Lutz
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

At the ripe old age of 32, former wild child Isabel "Izzy" Spellman has finally agreed to take over the family business. And the transition won't be a smooth one....The uproarious fourth and final installment in this New York Times best-selling, Edgar- and Macavity-nominated series about a kooky detective family.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • If you liked the previous books... STAY AWAY!

  • By Tracey Rains on 03-27-10

Narration is AWFUL

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-10

I wish I had read the reviews before I purchased. I agree with a previous reviewer...the narrator sounds like a grandmother. And she makes many of the characters sound like they have downs syndrome. Serious bummer because I absolutely adored the first 3 Spellman novels. I think the writing was still good but the narration ruined it for me. Bring back Ari Graynor and re-record this mess so we can enjoy!!!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful