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  • Past Tense

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,689

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? He takes the detour. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FIVE STAR BOOK And NARRATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-05-18

It’s like everyone is a high functioning Autistic person.

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I enjoy the Reacher novels and this still has most of the elements. But the observations by the characters that lead us through the mystery do not seem intuitive, they seem ham-handed and placed. Would someone really think that deeply about finding a q-tip in a room that was supposedly newly renovated? Stuff like that, and the interactions between characters, almost as if they’d never met a human before, strike an odd note. It’s not a terrible book, it just feels kind of clunky to me.

  • The Midnight Line

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,805

Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reacher doing what Reacher does!

  • By shelley on 11-07-17

He seems slightly more fallible which is nice.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

This is a reached novel. If you've read one. You know what to expect. It's solid.

  • Change Agent

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,489

New York Times best-selling author Daniel Suarez delivers an exhilarating sci-fi thriller exploring a potential future where CRISPR genetic editing allows the human species to control evolution itself. On a crowded train platform, Interpol agent Kenneth Durand feels the sting of a needle - and his transformation begins....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A terrifying look into our future

  • By Brian on 04-24-17

Very fun and timely premise

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

I really enjoyed the book. Suarez really leaps into deep water with his imaginings of the complexities we face in a genome centric future. The tech is fleshed out and fun! Not broad stroked or exhausting. I got a little weary of the main characters "give me a break" shtick that seemed to take hold once it transitioned into a heist story. I wouldn't be surprised if I was the only one who had that reaction.
Fantastic performance. Nailed every accent. (At least enough to maintain the 4th wall)
Solid read.

  • The Tommyknockers

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 27 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,810

Writer Bobbi Anderson becomes obsessed with digging up something she's found buried in the woods near her home. With the help of her friend, Jim Gardener, she uncovers an alien spaceship. Though exposure to the Tommyknockers, who piloted the alien ship, has harmful effects on residents' health, the people of Haven develop a talent for creating innovative devices under their increasingly malignant influence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • spooky and enthralling

  • By Christopher Griffis on 02-15-16

When King had Editors

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

I still love Stephen King, I just think his earlier work was sometimes reigned in a bit. He's so prolific and so brilliant, I feel like his stories can tend to bloat a bit. This is fantastic work with a fantastic editor.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Obsidian Chamber

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,429

After a harrowing otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachussetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead. Sick with grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive - only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past. Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance's kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Looking for a plot

  • By Olive on 11-23-16

Not high art but always fun as always.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

These books are always great summer companions. You probably won't talk about it over dinner, but it will maybe inspire you to cook a better meal!

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,018

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Schrödinger's box gets opened. Meh steps out.

  • By Darwin8u on 09-19-16

Outstanding. So much fun.

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

Great story, plenty to think about. A celebration of family and appreciating what you have to boot. Five stars.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fireman

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,918
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,902

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it's Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • THIS BOOK IS HORRIBLE!!!

  • By Brent Nelson on 04-04-18

Great summer read

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

Fun backdrop and characters. A few too many fantastical elements for my taste. But that's me.

0 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,189

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end sure does fall...

  • By shelley on 09-17-17

Solid

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

Well written enough that one of the villains put me in a bad mood every time he appeared. We certainly know these guys in the US

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Warrior's Apprentice

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,022

Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worth it!

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-25-08

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 12-07-15

Well read and well written. Has wonderful character depth, plenty of action and all the fun sci fi stuff you need.
Will be reading the series.

  • Make Me

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,679
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,677

"Why is this town called Mother's Rest?" That's all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It's a tiny place hidden in 1,000 square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very reminiscent of BAD LUCK & TROUBLE

  • By shelley on 09-10-15

Maybe a little reachered out.

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

Reviewed: 10-03-15

I can't tell if it's just that the story by itself felt kind of drab, or if its just a drum that's been beat for me one too many times.
Anyway. Its Reacher. He stumbles upon another story like scooby do and the gang and he gets the bad guys by playing by his own rules.
Maybe you'll love it.