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  • Wishes and Wellingtons

  • By: Julie Berry
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,238

Maeve Merritt chafes at the rigid rules at her London boarding school for “Upright Young Ladies.” When punishment forces her to sort through the trash, she finds a sardine tin that houses a foul-tempered djinni with no intention of submitting to a schoolgirl as his master. Soon an orphan boy from the charitable home next door, a mysterious tall man in ginger whiskers, a disgruntled school worker, and a take-no-prisoners business tycoon are in hot pursuit of Maeve and her magical discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn’t want it to end

  • By Julia on 10-05-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-19

I just loved this story and the great narration! It was quite surprising, I couldn't stop listening.

  • The Sparrow

  • By: Mary Doria Russell
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,350
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,352

Emilio Sandoz is a remarkable man, a living saint and Jesuit priest who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience - the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life - begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly Written and Thought-provoking

  • By Jim N on 08-15-12

Stellar!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

I can't say enough about this book.... The only negative is the ending seemed so abrupt, but because I loved the characters so much and wanted to know about every day of their lives. Even after 15 hours I could have spent another 15 engaged!
This is now one of my favorites ever. No, its not hard-core sci-fi at all, or even speculative...it is thought provoking. I have also heard other David Colacci narrations, and this was truly great.
That this was also written 22 years ago really adds impact.
In terms of recording quality, the first 30 minutes had some static. It may have been just my download, but I don't know. After that the recording was totally fine.

  • Age of Swords

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 2
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,054
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,454

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but longstanding enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against the common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess renders them indistinguishable from gods? The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feel nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too slow paced

  • By A. Bunting on 07-28-17

Even better then the 1st in this series

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

Unbelievable, but this book jacks up my 6* rating from the first one! I loved Michael Sullivan's first series, but this once exceeds it. I wish he was here when I was a teenager growing up. His characters are beyond gender, have morals and ethics, but are touchingly human. What a absolutely wonderful series that should be required reading for everyone!

  • Cop Town

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,894
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,904

Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding, Gutsy Crime Novel Read by a Master

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-08-14

Phenomenal, absolutely great!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

If I hadn't already given other books a 5 star rating, this would be one of the few. Even better then her other books. This is just a great story and narration!

  • Assassin's Fate

  • Book III of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 39 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,768
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,765

More than 20 years ago, the first epic fantasy novel featuring FitzChivalry Farseer and his mysterious, often maddening friend the Fool struck like a bolt of brilliant lightning. Now New York Times best-selling author Robin Hobb brings to a momentous close the third trilogy featuring these beloved characters in a novel of unsurpassed artistry that is sure to endure as one of the great masterworks of the genre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart wrenching

  • By Diane on 05-14-17

The best fantasy series

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

This is truly the best fantasy series from a mature perspective. The beauty is the real people, real feelings and dynamics, real relationships. Absolutely outstanding ending and series!

  • Thankless in Death

  • In Death, Book 37
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,547

For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Violence vs. Sentiment

  • By Patricia on 09-20-13

Pretty lame this time

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

Reviewed: 05-04-14

If it wasn't for such a great narrator, this would be awful. First, it is unbelievable that such a genius detective and group would fail to miss who the next victim would be after the parents. Not the perps luck as the book claims, but just a dump plot. Second, too many details about each of the violent acts the perp commits and not enough "leave it to our imagination" and good dialog with the other characters. I have enjoyed some of the other books although they have a similar theme which is: you can have been beaten up and raped by your father but if you didn't pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get rich on your own, you are a loser... frankly, I'm sick of it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,097

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-14

This is a fantastic story and mystery. The writing the superb and story engaging. Without giving anything away I'd like to say all is not as it seems. I was on a roller-coaster of emotion the whole way!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • METAtropolis: Cascadia

  • By: Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, and others
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 744

This sequel to the Hugo and Audie Award nominated METAtropolis features interconnected stories by today’s top writers of speculative fiction – performed by a galaxy of Star Trek stars. As the mid-20th century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed - politically, economically, and ecologically - into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. And the End of Days seems nearer than ever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some good, some bad

  • By Stephen on 11-21-10

Excellent - one of the recent best!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-14

I held off on this series for a long time because of the not so stellar reviews. I am quite perplexed now. Not only was this very refreshing from just the style point of view, each story was excellent and each reader did a superb reading. All I can think of that some of the people that bought this expected shoot-em-up vapid adventure/action stories.
These stories are very like both the old and new Star Trek series - they make you think about ethics and morals.
Unlike many other stories, both long and short, I was interested in what the future held for our characters.
This was very interesting, refreshing and even suspenseful. I'm going to go and the the first book now.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Watership Down

  • By: Richard Adams
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,900

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still one of the best!

  • By Bapàrio on 12-05-10

Good story but sexist

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

Reviewed: 06-12-13

It kind of amazes me that this story was actually written by a father for his two daughters. Of course that was in the seventies...But it really could have had positive and powerful female characters since the whole thing is fiction anyway.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Factoring Humanity

  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 410

In the near future, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years. Heather Davis, a professor in the University of Toronto psychology department, has devoted her career to deciphering the message. Her estranged husband, Kyle, is working on the development of artificial intelligence systems and new computer technology utilizing quantum effects to produce a near-infinite number of calculations simultaneously.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Novel alien first contact

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 05-28-12

Probably my favorite Robert Sawyer books

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

Reviewed: 02-22-13

I always worry when a book is "only" around 10 hours, that I am not getting my moneys worth. But just about all of Robert Sawyer's books grab you right away and never let you go - I mean you just can't stop listening, and there are no dull parts. Factoring Humanity is just awesome! He always has really wonderful female characters and this is no exception. But in particular, the story just feels good all around and has just enough sci-fi techno to keep it modern!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful