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  • Marriage of Inconvenience

  • Knitting in the City, Book 7
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Stephen Dexter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599

Being a billionaire heiress isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it sucks. Determined to live a quiet life, Kat Tanner changed her identity years ago and eschewed her family’s legacy. But now, Kat’s silver spoon past has finally caught up with her, and so have her youthful mistakes. To avoid imminent disaster, she must marry immediately; it is essential that the person she chooses have no romantic feelings for her whatsoever and be completely trustworthy. Fortunately, she knows exactly who to ask. Dan O’Malley checks all the boxes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So sad to be this happy......

  • By Richard A. Burnell on 03-10-18

"F" Bombs

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Would of enjoyed this book better had "Dan the Man" not use the "F" bomb so much. He's a great character without so many expletives.

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,576

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

  • By pat on 03-25-17

Horrible profanity

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

This book had more F-bombs,scat references, and general profanity in the first two chapters then a bar full of sailors with Tourette’s syndrome.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,856

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs...

  • By Michael on 10-13-12

Prolific imprecations (F-bombs galore).

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who can get past expletives used as punctuation, would have a better chance of finishing the book. I was unable to get past the poets tale in the first part of the book.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I will be looking for a book who's author is capable of using a vocabulary void of profanity.

Which scene was your favorite?

The part where I hit the stop and delete buttons on my phone.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Outrage. This book should come with a warning for those who have not totally seared their conscience and do not wish to have their ears and minds assaulted by this type of trash.

  • Corsair

  • By: James L. Cambias
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 520

In the early 2020s, two young, genius computer hackers, Elizabeth Santiago and David Schwartz, meet at MIT, where Schwartz is sneaking into classes, and have a brief affair. David is amoral and out for himself and soon disappears. Elizabeth dreams of technology and space travel and takes a military job after graduating.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive listen full of action/suspense and humor

  • By TenaciousReader on 05-21-15

Decent story; too many "F" Bombs.

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

Reviewed: 12-03-15

The story was really quite good but there is just way too much swearing about halfway through.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Raising Stony Mayhall

  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Marantz
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,291

In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman's arms is a baby - stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda, and he begins to move.The family hides the child - whom they name Stony - rather than turn him over to authorities who would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Pacifist Zombie Tries to Keep It Together

  • By Jefferson on 06-09-12

So much profanity, I only listened to half of it.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-14

What would have made Raising Stony Mayhall better?

I believe the author could have easily chosen better words during his character's dialogs. There was NO reason to drop 30+ F-bombs and 20+ blasphemies in the space of 30 minutes in the middle of the story.

This was so offensive that I simply have no desire to finish this story.

Would you ever listen to anything by Daryl Gregory again?

No! No desire! Not a chance!

What aspect of David Marantz’s performance would you have changed?

The performance was fine. There was nothing in the voice or style that distracted from the story. The first half of the story was very nice to listen to.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Certainly. The book was mildly humorous in the first half, and provided a solid story that I wanted to know how it ended… alas, that was ruined through a poor selection of choice words.

Any additional comments?

I don't wish to offend anyone, I simply want to warn you that this book goes out of its way to offend any "Christian" standards of speech or conduct. I highly recommend that you avoid the book if you do not want to be bombarded with F-bombs or the gratuitous taking of Gods name for no reason.

About 1/3 of the way through the book, the main character (Stony) is approached by a sister who has accepted Christ as savior and discusses salvation with him. Stony sums up his thoughts to the readers by analyzing Christ and God and says, "Jehovah must be a Dick!".

That comment was so unnecessary to the advancement of the story that I am ashamed that I continued to listen. The story was going fairly well at that point and I thought was worth listening to. I was so wrong.

1/2 way through the story there is a large gathering. At this gathering, there are so many F-bombs and blasphemies that I had to stop listening, delete the story, and warn others.

I hope this helps at least one person to avoid wasting their time with this trash.

To Audible.com I would ask that you PLEASE add a profanity / Offensive Language rating to the site. I am so tired of enjoying a story just to find that it is not worth the verbal onslaught.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,092

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook of the year!

  • By karen on 11-30-05

Slow start, but excellent story with amazing depth

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

Reviewed: 01-06-13

If you’ve listened to books by Bryce Courtenay before, how does this one compare?

First time.

Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Any additional comments?

An amazing look into the life and times of old England's lower class and poor.

This book begins slowly. This is a very long story with most of a lifetime taking place within. The conclusion is one in which I wanted to cheer out loud. Such is the connection with some of the characters and my desire to se justice and just deserts give out to all.

I should also mention that there is a considerable amount of foul language contained within this story. The "F" bomb is dropped well over a dozen times. If you, like me, prefer a story that can be heard by the younger members of the family, without having to pause and apologize for the language, then you may want to think twice about purchasing this story.

  • Married with Zombies

  • By: Jesse Petersen
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 827

A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time, they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things: the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat. Meet the zombies....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ear piercing screeches

  • By Liv on 09-30-15

Too much swearing.

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

Reviewed: 10-03-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Decent story. Could have been so much better without the profanity.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Clean up the language.

What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

Good reader.

Was Married with Zombies worth the listening time?

Uncertain.

Any additional comments?

The story was well written. If the language was a lot cleaner, I would buy the next book in the series. I can't, in good conscience, listen to another story in this series with the amount of "F Bombs" dropped in this book.

  • A Hymn Before Battle

  • Legacy of the Aldenata
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611

With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitive Ringo

  • By james on 03-05-09

Excellent story... a bit heavy on the swearing.

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

Reviewed: 05-23-12

What did you love best about A Hymn Before Battle?

The story was solid. The technology was very well described, but not mired down in so much technical babble that the listener was lost. The characters were great.

Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

Mike O'Neal

Any additional comments?

Couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next. At least 3 distinct story lines running in the book. They are all working toward the dame goal, victory, and they were written so well that it was easy to transition between each one as the chapters changed.I immediately purchased and downloaded the second book in the series.For those of you who, like myself, cringe when hearing profanity or taking the Lord's name in vein, this book has lots of both. fair warning. That is the only reason I rated the story 4 stars instead of 5.

28 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,832

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)

  • By Dataman on 09-12-12

Way too much gratuitous profanity!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-12

What would have made The Cold Dish better?

Every time the female deputy speaks, there is at least one swear word used and often times many in a single sentence. This was ABSOLUTELY unnecessary. It didn't add anything to the story other than to make me wonder how this person would keep a job without offending co-workers.I will not listen to another book by this author without full assurance that the language has been cleaned up significantly.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The VOICE WAS AMAZING. The main character was an older Sheriff ready to retire soon. George Guidall's voice was clear, strong, and matched the imagined age of the Sheriff perfectly. His style of speech was also spot on.

What character would you cut from The Cold Dish?

The female deputy!!!! If not cut her, redact most of her parts. That would just about clean up her language to a point where I could listen without cringing.

Any additional comments?

The main characters were well written, with lots of depth and back story. I really enjoyed getting to know them and walking several miles in the Sheriff's shoes.

While the mystery moved at a fairly slow pace, the book wasn't bad. I have to rate the store so low because the profanity ruined it for me.

7 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Sheriff of Yrnameer

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Rubens
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

Meet Cole: hapless space rogue, part-time smuggler, on a path to being full-time dead. His sidekick just stole his girlfriend. The galaxy's most hideous and feared bounty hunter wants to lay eggs in his brain. And the luxury space yacht Cole just hijacked turns out of be filled with interstellar do-gooders, one especially loathsome stowaway, and a cargo of freeze-dried orphans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, Light-hearted SF

  • By Martin Moore on 08-30-09

Light, and fun.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes. The book was easy to follow with little in the way of a deep plot. The main character was a cross between Han Solo and Born Looser. You just had to laugh at times and wonder how this person ever survived long enough to reach adulthood. This is also his charm and quickly becomes a much liked, if no loved, character in the book.

Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this was the first. Very well read, easy to follow.

Any additional comments?

A great tongue-in-cheek story with very lovable characters. How often do you absolutely enjoy waiting to hear what the bounty hunter (bad guy) will say next?

I rated this story 3 starts since it was a one time listen with no real depth to it. It passes the time well... but I will most likely not listen to it again any time soon. That being said, I gave it three stars with a lack of depth because it made me laugh and smile several times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful