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  • Departure

  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,831
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,807

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind. Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Sci-Fi Story With Lots of Twists and Turns

  • By Cheri on 09-01-15

Great beginning, but quickly loses steam

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

Riddle's book has a very interesting premise -- that involves a horrific plane crash and time travel. However, as usual with books and movies on time travel, the problem comes at the time when the author has to explain to us as the audience how the characters traveled either into the future or back to the past, and what the stakes are. It was at that point, that the story started to lose its momentum, and it went from one in which I as a reader thought "I can't wait to see what happens next" to "PLEASE, lets just get to the end!"

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,871
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,229
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,247

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

Increasingly annoying...

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

If you're already well versed in the issues that are involved with the current debate of what should and should not be private on the internet, then this book really isn't for you. Eggers takes what is a very poignant issue, and dilutes it by giving us a bunch of flat, naive and increasingly, dim-witted set of characters who continually make bad decisions who then get lectured by those who don't agree with their methods.

This led me as a listener to increasingly become frustrated by the tone and methods of the author.

I'm usually a fan of the narrator here, but he seems ill-fitted to this role. This may be due to the fact that I'm used to hearing Mr. Graham usually voicing a male point of view in a romantic novel. Here, he has to deal with a female protagonist, who is much younger than one would think he himself is, and the narration becomes just as grating as this story does.

I petered out about halfway through--and will return this one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • American Icon

  • Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company
  • By: Bryce G. Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353

At the end of 2008, Ford Motor Company was just months away from running out of cash. With the auto industry careening toward ruin, Congress offered all three Detroit automakers a bailout. General Motors and Chrysler grabbed the taxpayer lifeline, but Ford decided to save itself. Under the leadership of charismatic CEO Alan Mulally, Ford had already put together a bold plan to unify its divided global operations, transform its lackluster product lineup, and overcome a dys­functional culture of infighting, backstabbing, and excuses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best business book I ever read

  • By Michael on 10-07-12

Good Story, but grating Narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

This book does give an interesting overview of the state of the US auto industry at the beginning of the financial crisis, and the ways that Alan Mullaly pulled it out of the doldrums, but the narrator sounded so much like a used car salesman that it made the book sound like a pitch for hiring Mullaly, and it became grating as I came to to the conclusion of the book. You might want to opt for the print version of this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,725

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A festival of personality disorders

  • By Paula Dee on 04-20-15

Just horrible all around...

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

I certainly am in the minority here and must say that I HATED this book. It's FAR from intriguing, and NOTHING like Gone Girl, which I thought was amazing. The characters are a bunch of horrid individuals, with hardly any redeeming qualities -- unless you sympathize with fall down drunks, who have frequent lapses of memory.

Everyone in this book seems to have some sort of problem, secret, or commit some type of indiscretion, which made me wish they all would have been killed at the end of the story.

The structure of the story was confusing, and I constantly was wondering -- who is this? what happened? where are we?

Lasly, one of the three narrators was simply awful. I got to the end, and was finally able to breathe. I don't get why folks liked this book so much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Living

  • By: Matt de la Pena
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Shy takes the summer job to make some money. A few months on a luxury cruise liner - how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two...there’s always going to be a fresh crop of passengers, after all. He’ll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom with the bills. But then an earthquake more massive than any ever recorded hits California, and Shy’s life is changed forever. The earthquake is only the beginning. Twenty-four hours and a catastrophic chain of events later, Shy is lost at sea, fighting to survive - and stuck with her....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • YA Dystopia Cruise Line

  • By FanB14 on 01-03-14

A HUGE dissappointment!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-14

I picked up this novel because it hit a lot of genres I like, including disaster, drama, and thriller, but boy, the moniker of a YA novel really pulls this piece down.

The characters are stock -- they're somewhat likable, but they have very clunky story lines that are told in huge plot dumps. Being that most of the characters are of color (of Latino origin-I think), they must all talk in "street-slang" (read: use a lot of profanity, talk about females as sexual objects, while the girls are pretty spacey, and listen to latin beats to make themselves seem more "cultured") -- and they absolutely MUST have no other role but to serve the rich (READ: All white, privileged, and racist--because they just ARE).

The narrator in the story also provides a very teen-ish sounding voice to everyone, but the delivery is jubilant to the point of being annoying. I found myself on many occasions going "can we just get to the disaster so the story can get going?". When the wave finally hits the ship, the narration took away from the drama of the disaster, and at that point, I couldn't listen any more.

Granted, I'm not the intended audience for this book, being an adult -- but COME ON!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157,797
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145,616
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 145,461

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Simply Incredible

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

Reviewed: 07-13-14

I haven't gone through a book so quickly and spent so much extra time listening in a long while before I picked up this title. The only thing I would warn readers like myself who are into thrillers, that this one is super-WONKY at the beginning, and almost lost me in all of the techno-babble. However, the story quickly picks up balancing humor, horror, and the thrills incredibly. Highly Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 36 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,892

Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beginning to a Delinquent Education

  • By Ark1836 on 06-18-15

The overzealous professor

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

Reviewed: 10-07-13

I went into this one really hoping to learn more about great pieces of music -- and I did, but the professor's energy and voice gets to be grating after hour 6 or so. I don't know how anyone can sit through 30 more... I certainly couldn't.

6 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Lion's Game

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,658

To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and engaging

  • By CoCo on 12-26-02

Not great, but certainly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-28-13

I was a fan of Mayday, an airline disaster novel that I had listened to years ago, and will probably at some point buy here on Audible so that I have a copy of my own to re-listen to. When I saw Mr. Demille's name on the featured list, I decided to finally delve into another of his books. The reader certainly made this one for me. I thought it had some interesting moments, but at times, some things happened a bit too fast, and the story had a few inconsistencies of tone. Overall however, it was an entertaining read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Life in France

  • By: Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894

This memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia Child embraced so wholeheartedly. Above all, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a pleasure!

  • By Sara on 07-03-08

A joy to spend a few hours with Julia...

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

Reviewed: 03-28-13

I'm a huge fan of Julia Child--her cooking, her television shows, her unique voice. It all comes through in this memoir, which I had the pleasure of finally listening to after taking a trip to France. The stories that are retold by Ms. Child are light and fun to listen to. Some have criticized the reader here--but I couldn't really see why. It could have only been better if Ms. Child had read the book herself.

Take a journey with Mr. & Mrs. Child. You won't regret it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Night of the Gun

  • A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life - His Own
  • By: David Carr
  • Narrated by: Charles Leggett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

In The Night of the Gun, David Carr redefines memoir with the revelatory story of his years as an addict and chronicles his journey from crack-house regular to regular columnist for The New York Times. Built on 60 videotaped interviews, legal and medical records, and three years of reporting, The Night of the Gun is a ferocious tale that uses the tools of journalism to fact-check the past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • You'd think this would be a lot more interesting..

  • By Michael on 03-28-13

You'd think this would be a lot more interesting..

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

Reviewed: 03-28-13

I'm a fan of Mr. Carr's writings in the New York Times, and was fascinated to hear about his book. However, what I got was an overwrought, unfocused mess. You'd think that a story of addiction would be totally engrossing, as the reader takes you through Carr's early days of drinking, and drugging, but I found it incredibly dull, which was a suprize!! Take a listen before you buy.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful