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  • The Last Days of Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Moore
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,129

New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history - and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul's client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the lightbulb and holds the right to power the country?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite book of 2016

  • By Taryn on 12-19-16

Almost too good.

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Moore does a great job bringing each character to life with energetic and interesting personality. He freely admits that there are some details that he has adjusted for dramatic purposes - and he details them at the end. All which is appreciated. Having been a little familiar with the history was almost a disadvantage. His changes were subtle and made sense within each character's true history. It was difficult to know when the history ended and story telling began. Not that it was a problem in the flow and entertainment, but could be a problem if you are taking a history test.

  • Code Talker

  • The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II
  • By: Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407

Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs

  • By Roxane on 08-27-12

Fine memoir, short on history

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

The story of Chester Nez is of course inspirational and interesting. But this is more of a memoir, told almost exclusively from his perspective. I was interested in knowing more about the background and details surrounding his life and actions, but little of that was provided.

  • European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

  • The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club, Book 2
  • By: Theodora Goss
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428

Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders. Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Mary’s sister Diana Hyde have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, they can always rely on Mrs. Poole. But when Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • someone learned what meta means

  • By itinerant on 07-14-18

Excellent Continuation of the Series

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Wonderful time, maintained the fun and intrigue of the first book without becoming repetitive. Introduction of new characters and revisiting of old keeps this mash-up going strong. Narrator does an excellent job of giving each character a unique identity.

This book is longer than the first, it makes for a long story but I don't think that it dragged. The plot twists were not gratuitous and new characters that you wanted to hear more from kept coming. Wonderful weaving of classic story lines.

  • Aru Shah and the End of Time

  • A Pandava Novel, Book 1
  • By: Roshani Chokshi
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, Aru will be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that she makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur? One day, three schoolmates show up at her doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don't believe her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. She can get herself out of this.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book for strong girls

  • By L. McCullough on 04-14-18

Great adventure story for everyone in the family!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

We bought this story for a family road trip. The kids did't want to stop and were looking for excuses to drive somewhere.

It is a little long, but never drags. There is plenty of intrigue, new characters, and action. Aside from just being a good story I found the introduction into Hindu mythology to be very interesting. And aside from benefits of a wonderful performance, knowing how to properly (I hope) pronounce the names and titles is an advantage to the audio version.

The kids keep asking for when the next book in the series will be available and I don't mind looking for it.

  • Devotion

  • An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice
  • By: Adam Makos
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 624

Devotion tells the inspirational story of the US Navy's most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the marines they fought to defend. A white New Englander from the country-club scene, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper's son from Mississippi, Jesse became the navy's first black carrier pilot, defending a nation that wouldn't even serve him in a bar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jaw Dropping Ground and Air Combat Realism

  • By STRATIS A. SIMON on 04-29-17

Three stories in one.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I really liked how the author followed multiple people through the events to provide different perspectives and provide background for people and motivations. The research was top notch.

I don't want to say anything negative or disrespectful about an act that was obviously heroic and took amazing courage. But the book, maybe unintentionally, highlights that there are many acts of amazing courage and bravery in war and the ones that get selected for medals and honors is somewhat random at best and political at worst. Was the act of the "main" event more or less heroic than the man that jumped on a grenade or the men that "simply" remained at the front line when a chance to run or escape presented itself?

Great story. Again, not to take anything away from the medal winner, but I was left with the feeling that anyone in this book could have deservedly be selected for the same medal.

  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

  • By: Theodora Goss
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents' deaths, is curious about the secrets of her father's mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father's former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture...a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes. But her hunt leads her to Hyde's daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, erratic, sloppy but not without charm

  • By Rachel on 07-07-17

Interesting interplay between classic characters

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

This was a fun twist on some classic literature. I was worried that it would be cheesy or forced, but it was neither. The connections, back stories, and motivations were slowly developed and progressed in a fun detective story. Excited to see how the next tale reads.

  • A Lesson in Secrets

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080

In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs' career takes an exciting new turn when she accepts an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and the Secret Service. Posing as a junior lecturer, she is sent to a private college in Cambridge to monitor any activities "not in the interests of His Majesty's government". She soon finds herself investigating a web of activities being conducted by the emerging Nazi Party.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy edition to the series

  • By Jeanette Finan on 03-25-11

Change in tone from start of series

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I read the first book in the series and really liked the setup and unique take on solving mysteries. I skipped forward in the series without realizing after seeing this book on sale.

There are still elements of the original success, the main story was interesting and engaging. There is a lot more time spent on the romance and internal struggles of Maisie. Even the supporting characters have lost their independence and are merely tools to tell her problems.

I liked the start, but don't like the direction it has taken. I won't be returning to the series.

  • The Grace of Kings

  • The Dandelion Dynasty
  • By: Ken Liu
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 911

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eastern-flavored epic fantasy

  • By Ryan on 12-27-15

Something missing.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I was very much reminded of another series where many people are struggling with their place in a deadly world with multiple claimants to a major seat of power. The world in unique and interesting; the characters are there; the stage is set...but there is something missing. This may come from the narration, but it seems that most of the story is told as proverbs - short snippets, like stage directions. Not as a fleshed out, detailed, story. The characters are multi-dimensional, but also not filled in. I read one description that the characters seem driven by the events required to get to the end of story instead of some internal motivation that is presented through character development and that really resonated with me.

A+ for the interesting world that blends science, magic, and a non-Eurocentric perspective. Not so high grades on the execution. It would be interesting to see if the next volumes can dive more into the characters.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,190

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

Good performance; entertaining;nothing too special

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Good stuff if you are a fan of the series and Ripley. Good performances and good enough plot. Nothing too special or groundbreaking. Ripley wakes up, Ripley fights, people die, Ripley survives. They get there in interesting ways though.

  • I Am Legend

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,692
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,708

In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Steven Casper on 01-24-08

Great old-school science fiction...not the movie.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Like many others, I was first drawn in through the movie, but this is not like the movie. The movie should probably have a different title. But this was a great story and stands up very well over time. I would never have guessed the original publication date before seeing it.

This is a monologue for most of the story, with the main character practicing some deep introspection and social commentary. But not to the point where it is over done. Good character development and plot movement, there is a good change of pace towards the end.

Highly recommended whether you liked the movie or not.