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  • The Darwin Variant

  • By: Kenneth Johnson
  • Narrated by: Emily Adams, Eric Pierpoint, Erin Chambers, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

When the icy shards of a rogue comet fall to Earth, they bring an unknown virus that accelerates evolution to extremes. Suddenly, infected plants grow stronger, choking out those uninfected. Animals turn aggressive and deadly. The eyes of loved ones go cold, and infected neighbors begin exhibiting signs of brutal domination. In a small Georgia town, 14-year-old Katie McLane sees her neighbors changing, one by one. Dr. Susan Perry, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, uncovers the frightening scope of the menace. The infected aren’t just evolving....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a Must Read

  • By Tom Roseland on 07-02-18

Extraordinary!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I’ve never cried after reading a book, but I sobbed like a baby when finishing this. This is the second book I’ve read from this author and both of them are at the top of my favorites list.
It’s an intelligent book, very well written, with many fleshed out, realistic characters. The reading by all of the narrators is simply marvelous, they are all superb actors.
The message of the story stands out however, it does make one Imagine.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Crooked Staircase

  • A Jane Hawk Novel, Book 3
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899

Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she’s breathing, she’ll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom - and free will - of millions. Battling the strange epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane’s husband, and is escalating across the country, has made the rogue FBI agent a wanted fugitive, relentlessly hunted not only by the government but by the secret cabal behind the plot. Deploying every resource their malign nexus of power and technology commands, Jane’s enemies are determined to see her dead...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By James C. Lamb on 05-11-18

Another episode in this exciting series

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

Dean Koontz has become quite the poet during the writing of his novels, his descriptions are so florally intricate, though at times obscure.
Each time he goes into a description of a place, where he puts a lot of effort into creating the mood, my ears perk up to listen more attentively, he can be really quick clever.
I must say though, that the narrator is the real star of the book. She is profoundly talented as a reader, voices she uses for all of the characters never get mixed up with another. I like the voices that she chooses for each of the characters speaking also. She is worth the purchase of the book, The book being marvelous is just a bonus

  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,414

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was supposed to be a VACATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-17-18

Absolute Brilliant Performances

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

I love the Amos Decker series, and this book was no exception. The story has many twists and turns, and held my imagination captive.
But the real joy of it was the performances by the readers Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy.
I listen to many audible books, and there are quite a few talented readers, and a few who may have been good at one time, but it’s time for them to hang it up. However, these two readers are simply extraordinary in every manner. Their characters are always consistent, they read as people actually speak without forced acting. They underplay everything so that while listening to the book, I got the feeling I was listening to actual conversations.
They brought Baldacci’s book to life as few others could. I would listen to them read from a phone book, and they would make it interesting.

  • The Disappeared

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243

Wyoming's new governor isn't sure what to make of Joe Pickett, but he has a job for him that is extremely delicate. A prominent female British executive never came home from the high-end guest ranch she was visiting, and the British Embassy is pressing hard. Pickett knows that happens sometimes - these ranches are stocked with handsome young cowboys, and "ranch romances" aren't uncommon. But no sign of her months after she vanished? That suggests something else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sheridan takes a lover!

  • By Richard Delman on 04-11-18

Another great modern Western by CJ Box, however…

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

I love this series! CJ Box creates believable characters that holds the reader’s interest.
The writing is good, the story is good, but the narration was terrible. The reader tries to make all of the good characters sound pithy, as if they are in on some clever secret that nobody else knows about. The way he makes characters talk almost always has the end of the sentence lilting upwards, a way in which nobody speaks, unless they’re trying to be pithy, or clever. This is true especially in the west where I’ve lived half of my life. This is an effective affectation that actors have in their toolbox as long as it is used sparingly. This reader uses it constantly like a one trick pony.
The rest of the time he reads as if he’s a bored math teacher reading a boring math textbook to a bored class. The narration is too slow also, however he enunciate very well. He keeps the characters with the same voice, so there’s no variation of voice in each character. However all of the big tuff guys sound like Nate, and all the government people and not “tuff” bad guys sound like nasally, whiny weasels. This is not good for the series, as the author’s wonderful characters begin to sound like caricatures. Mr. Box is able to keep the series fresh, but the narrator is making the series sound predictable and formulaic.
The narration would frustrate and anger me so much that it was only the good storyline and writing that kept me involved in the book.
Though Audible is my preference for reading lately, as it allows me to listen everywhere and keep active, if Mr Box allows his next book to be read by this reader, I will get the Kindle version instead.

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  • Three Weeks to Say Goodbye

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Jack and Melissa McGuane have spent years trying to have a baby. Finally their dream has come true with the adoption of their daughter, Angelina. But nine months after bringing her home, they receive a devastating phone call from the adoption agency: Angelina's birth father, a teenager, never signed away his parental rights, and he wants her back.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Spiralling Out Of Control

  • By Simone on 01-27-13

Another Marvelous Story

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

CJ Box has become one of my favorite authors. His descriptions of areas where the stories take place are masterful. What really makes his stories come alive are the ways he builds realistic characters. While reading, you feel like the person in the story could be someone you know. Nothing overcomes Suspension of Disbelief better than this.
I have become an ardent man!

  • Hellbent

  • An Orphan X Novel
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,760
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,560
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,545

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily earns 5 stars!

  • By Wayne on 01-31-18

Outstanding. Again!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

First of all, Scott Brick has earned his way to the top of my favorite Audible readers. He is an extraordinary talent.
His efforts make this extraordinary book simply marvelous. Greg Hurwitz hit another home run with this installment of the Orphan X series.
I highly recommend this book.

  • The Whispering Room

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215

"No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this." These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun - just before she takes her own life, and many others', in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than The Silent Corner

  • By Michael on 11-28-17

Dean Koontz’s finest writing.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

This is Mr. Koonz’s best writing to date. His intelligence is clearly displayed by the vocabulary used. His insight to the human condition was marvelously written into the character of Jane Hawks. We get to hear her thoughts on the same level as when we listen to our own thoughts. And to make it all exciting this is a thriller novel with a clever pretext.
He also is sensitive to inclusion of the broad American populace, so we can identify with different races and genders. And if you love strong women characters, this is the book for you. I do love strong women characters, and have thoroughly enjoyed this series.
Do yourself A favor, and get this series, either on Kindle, or audible. I did Kindle for the first, and audible for the second. I’m going to go back and get the Audible for the first.

  • 30 Days of Night

  • By: Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, R. S. Belcher (adaptation)
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla, Mark Boyett, Kevin T. Collins, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

An all-new, full-cast dramatization of the classic graphic novel. The isolated town of Barrow, Alaska, is plunged into darkness for a month each year when the sun sinks below the horizon. As the last rays of light fade, the town is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires bent on an uninterrupted orgy of destruction. Only Barrow's husband-and-wife sheriff team stand between the survivors and certain destruction. . By the time the sun rises, will they pay the ultimate price - or worse?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By Dan on 11-06-17

I’m Sorry

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

That I listened to this whole book. I understand the idea of trying different things, but to make this like a radio melodrama was not a good idea. First of all it was very hard to follow along in the story.
Second, it seemed like the actors roll competent, and were good, but the choice to have everything overacted was ridiculous. It was seriously like in melodrama.

Third, the sound editing was very poor. The narrators voice was set at a good sound level, but when switching to dialogue the sound softer considerably. It was also too much background jumping in chewing and gnashing of flesh. The actors in the background also have the most ridiculous of dialogue.
I cannot recommend this book to anybody that I know.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,456

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Deeply Moving Story

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

This is an amazing story that begs to be listened to. Though at the beginning the author paints an almost too rosy before picture, the rest left me extremely engrossed in the book.
It I is important to listen to the forward by the author.

  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,316

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

Masterful!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

You can familiar with the series through the television program actually. I really enjoyed all of the characters there and because of that wanted to read the books. I did read a book later on in the series which was wonderful, but wanted to start the beginning of the series and thought it would listen.

The narrator was very good maintaining different characters throughout the story. He is a very good reader and narrator, actually quite superb. I do wish he didn’t sound like an old Cal Polk when speaking in the sheriffs name voice, the sheriff is only in his 50s, the narrator makes him sound like he’s in the 70s.

The book is so well written, and the characters are so specifically and imaginatively developed, that you just can’t help feeling like you have known a person like this before. The author develops so many different possible plot lines that emanate from the the different individuals we meet within the story. Every individual seems like such a real person, and I want to know more about them.
Few writers have the gift of creating characters that feel real enough that you could meet them at the grocery store. Garrison Keillor comes to mind, and I would certainly put Mr. Johnson in that limited club.
If you enjoy good writing, good stories, and the West, then read this book.