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  • The Sawbones Book

  • The Horrifying, Hilarious Road to Modern Medicine
  • By: Justin McElroy, Dr. Sydnee McElroy
  • Narrated by: Justin McElroy, Dr. Sydnee McElroy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 929
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 866
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 860

Wondering whether eating powdered mummies might be just the thing to cure your ills? Tempted by those vintage ads suggesting you wear radioactive underpants for virility? Ever considered drilling a hole in your head to deal with those pesky headaches? Probably not. But for thousands of years, people have done things like this - and things that make radioactive underpants seem downright sensible! In their hit podcast, Sawbones, Sydnee and Justin McElroy breakdown the weird and wonderful way we got to modern healthcare. And some of the terrifying detours along the way. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gross and Entertaining Medical History

  • By Becky Roe on 01-16-19

Shallow

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

Interesting tidbits, but little sustinence.

An endurance to finish.

Could be condenced to 1/2 hour with same result.

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  • Mission Critical

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,540
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,178

Court Gentry's flight on a CIA transport plane is interrupted when a security team brings a hooded man aboard. They want to kick Gentry off the flight but are overruled by CIA headquarters. The mystery man is being transported to England where a joint CIA/MI6 team will interrogate him about a mole in Langley. When they land in an isolated airbase in the UK, they are attacked by a hostile force who kidnaps the prisoner. Only Gentry escapes. His handlers send him after the attackers, but what can one operative do against a trained team of assassins?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!! Mark Greaney is at the top of his game!

  • By Wayne on 02-21-19

Hmmmm ... 4.5

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

All thoughts to comment on lead to a spoiler. Spoiler of what is to come. The pins have been set. Next ?!¿

This is a fast pace story. I binged through the listen. .5 off for dangling threads.

This is a positive review. Just pay attention.

  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,185

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stay-up-all-night-reading kind of book

  • By Katya A on 03-06-13

Being

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Excellent Wheaton performance.

Beginning of the story was s l o w. On the verge of turning off. But HEY it's Scalzi - hang in there. Oh yeah, then the characters bloomed and the story rose 50,000 miles.

Creative and thoughtful introspection - who / where. We are.

My rating thoughts evolved throughout my listening. Started at "2" hitting "5" by the 2nd halh finish. Average to a solid "4".

Don't miss this Scalzi poke at your being.

  • The Last Policeman

  • By: Ben H. Winters
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,388

What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not your regular mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com on 09-20-16

WEAK

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

Good concept for the story line. Obvious stretch to fill space to create 3 books when one would do. Book1 wandered making the presentation flat as p*** on a plate. I'm skipping book2; going to the library for book3. Only because the epilogue in book1 whet my interest. But I'm only spending $$ one time on this story.

  • The Deep Dark Descending

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,070
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,066

Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered, he devotes himself to hunting down her killers. Most of his life he had thought of himself as a decent man. But now he's so consumed with thoughts of retribution that he questions whether he will take that last step and enact the vengeance he longs for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely brilliant!!

  • By ryan on 10-25-17

The Only One Who Knows

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

4* for a mushy beginning. past the starting curb the story picks up an ever increasing tempo to .....

R C Bray is, as always, excellent. He draws the listener into the emotion. Kudos to him.

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,548

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

I Liked U Enjoyed

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Innovative creation. Almost like listening to a Sci-fi comic book; said in a good way. Kept my interest to the very end. Nuff said - no spoilers here. Good narrator choice. He got the main character.

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,912
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,941

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • PREDICTABLE

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

Powerful

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

On many levels.

Listen ..

Life lessons .

Teaching.

Patience.

Persistance.

Faith.

Trust.

You're going to be OK.




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  • The Art of Invisibility

  • The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
  • By: Kevin Mitnick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,028

Like it or not, your every move is being watched and analyzed. Consumers' identities are being stolen, and a person's every step is being tracked and stored. What once might have been dismissed as paranoia is now a hard truth, and privacy is a luxury few can afford or understand. In this explosive yet practical book, Kevin Mitnick illustrates what is happening without your knowledge - and he teaches you "the art of invisibility".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Limited value for the average person

  • By James C on 10-14-17

A Listening Review

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

Interesting. Informative. A good listen to inform subject depth and breadth. A read may be in order to retain specifics. An important share.

Ray Porter what more needs saying.

  • No Country for Old Men

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,809

Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical McCarthy: SUPERB

  • By David on 02-21-08

Gobsmacked

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

5++ story and performance. One of if not the best book in my library. I’m going to take some time to digest the totality. A story book. A message book. A philosophy book.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,632

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

3.8

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Splitting the statistics. The 1st 2/3rds a serious approach with building plot. The last third a comedy of absurd. I gutted it out to "see". As if the beginning and end were written by different people.

For me this review Audible based. Ray Porter 's 5+ narration kept me in the story. I wonder what "The Fold" would be as a read?