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  • Not Alone: Second Contact

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097

When a massive meteor lights up the sky over the remote island of Kerguelen, the world holds its breath. In Birchwood, Colorado, Dan McCarthy gets to work. Following his incredible experiences of the previous year, Dan knows this was no natural occurrence. The Messengers are back - to finish what they started - and they didn't come all this way for nothing....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up

  • By Nik on 08-06-18

He should have stopped at Book 1

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

A very long and tedious decent into nothingness. I am reminded of the phrase, "Much ado about nothing." Even Mr. Cronin's excellent reading could not save this book.

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  • Johnny Carson

  • By: Henry Bushkin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991

From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and permeated the American consciousness. In the ’70s and ’80s he was the country’s highest-paid entertainer and its most enigmatic. He was notoriously inscrutable, as mercurial (and sometimes cruel) off-camera as he was charming and hilarious onstage. During the apex of his reign, Carson’s longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin, who now shows us Johnny Carson with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should be called Johnny and me

  • By Metaphorical 1 on 11-16-13

Tribute to the Wrong Man

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

This book is Henry Bushkin's tribute to ... Henry Bushkin. Johnny Carson seems to have existed only because of Bushkin. Dick Hill, who I like very much, blows this one. He reads Bushkin like he was Jack Reacher. Bushkin is no Jack Reacher. He is just another scumbag lawyer! Save your credit on this one.

  • Saturn Run

  • By: John Sandford Ctein
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,744

The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope - something is approaching Saturn and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Sci-Fi Book in a While!

  • By Ted on 05-29-17

A Big Suprise

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

Reviewed: 10-12-15

Saturn Run is the most enjoyable book I have read this year. While a big departure from John Sandford's usual genre, the author pulls it off masterfully. It is not the usual killer alien Sci-Fi. I hope there is a sequel.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Stiff

  • The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,603

For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful and En'gross'ing

  • By Joel on 05-28-05

So So

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

The book reminded me of a group of 8 year old boys telling fart jokes. The narrator was just average.
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  • The Killing Season

  • Carter Blake, Book 1
  • By: Mason Cross
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 462

When Caleb Wardell, the infamous "Chicago Sniper", escapes from death row two weeks before his execution, the FBI calls on the services of Carter Blake, a man with certain specialized talents whose skills lie in finding those who don't want to be found - a man to whom Wardell is no stranger. Along with Elaine Banner, an ambitious special agent juggling life as a single mother with her increasingly high-flying career, Blake must track Wardell down as he cuts a swathe across America, apparently killing at random.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent start to the Carter Blake series!

  • By Wayne on 02-24-16

Outstanding First Novel

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

I enjoyed every minute of this thriller. The characters were well developed and I actually cared about what happened to each of them ... even the dastardly villain. Very good narration as well. I look forward to the next installment of this series and more from Mason Cross.
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6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Murder Cum Laude

  • By: Bruce Zortman
  • Narrated by: Joseph B. Kearns
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

A young, salt-of-the-earth family is caught up in a cyclone of greed, after Dennis Winecoop accepts a position at Washington, D.C.'s Utopia University. Believing he was hired to advise graduate students in history, Professor Winecoop finds he is teaching a full schedule of "Murder 101." The first lesson, it seems, occurred just days before he was hired, when his predecessor was found grotesquely murdered in his bath.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story of higher education

  • By Bill on 12-18-15

Horrible!!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

This is possibly the worst novel I have ever tried to listen to. After struggling hard to endure the first seven tedious hours, I finally pushed the flush handle and sent it to the trash can. There was not a single character that I cared about and kept wishing all of them would just be killed and my agony would end. Still it went on and on. The book was made even more horrible by a narrator who talked so fast my ear was always three words behind his droning. After over 500 Audible books, this is only one of two that gets one star across the board. One star is one too many!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Shoggoth's Old Peculiar: A Free Short Story by Neil Gaiman, Plus a Preview of The Ocean at the End of the Lane
    
    
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    Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    1,577 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Shoggoth's Old Peculiar: A Free Short Story by Neil Gaiman, Plus a Preview of The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,441

"Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar", a short story from Neil Gaiman's collection Smoke and Mirrors, follows an American student’s walking tour of the British coastline, which takes an odd turn when he comes to the town of Innsmouth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Change of selection

  • By Janice on 05-22-13
  • Shoggoth's Old Peculiar: A Free Short Story by Neil Gaiman, Plus a Preview of The Ocean at the End of the Lane
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman

Outraged!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-13

Apparently the reviews of "Solid Colors" were so bad Audible deleted them and replaced the free short story with this flotsam and deleted the reviews. Consequently, I will NEVER read another Neil Gaiman book. Shocking behavior by Audible. Why not just rate my books for me Audible? OUTRAGED!

3 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,749

The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, The return of modern day Mitch

  • By AmazonCustomer on 11-19-12

Mitch Rapp Saves the World Again!

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

Reviewed: 05-15-13

Eureka! I have finally finished all 13 books of the Mitch Rapp series and I loved them all. I actually liked the series better than I did Jack Reacher. Okay, these books are not literary masterpieces but are quite entertaining. In this, the most recent book, Mitch and his team managed to save the world again. If you are just looking for some bubblegum for the mind, I highly recommend this series.

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Year Zero

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Reid
  • Narrated by: John Hodgman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,485
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,483

Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Performance by Hodgman

  • By Robert on 08-15-12

Who Cares?

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

Reviewed: 05-15-13

What can I say? I found this book to be rather inane and pointless. It was a struggle to get to the end of it. The plot and the characters just did not grab me. It might be funny to those studying for their bar exam but not for me. Save your credit and pass on this one.

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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Legacy of Ashes

  • The History of the CIA
  • By: Tim Weiner
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782

This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read/Listen

  • By Jim on 08-23-07

Very Bias Interpretation of the CIA

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

Reviewed: 02-13-13

I was very disappointed with this book. The author just cherry-picks the data which supports his opinion and ignores the rest. I cannot recommend it as something worth reading.
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful