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  • The Gods of Gotham

  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Steven Boyer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912

It is 1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.... Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new "police force".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one!

  • By Kelly on 11-06-12

Everything the Alienist was supposed to be.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Great. Excellent Story. Excellent Narration. I'll be reading the rest of these for sure. This is the worth the credit for a listen.

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,738
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,359

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

Stop Trying to make Sci-Fi into a romance.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Started out fine until it got all sappy. Deeply emotional material takes a lot more skill than punching dinosaurs, and this author doesn’t have it. Definitely returning this audiobook.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,648
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,585

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

Terrible, Just Terrible

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

Nothing against the performance. The actors did the best they could with horrible material. I considered buying this when it first came out because I like the Alien Mythos a lot, but my goodness am I glad that I waited and got it for free during the 20 Days of Audible promotion. I wanted to like this, I really did, but between them having stripped out all the narrative and the generally weak material they had to start with, I couldn't do it. What a waste of a great idea. It makes me really leery of buying any further Audible radio productions.

  • Grit

  • The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • By: Angela Duckworth
  • Narrated by: Angela Duckworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,094

In this must-listen book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and businesspeople - both seasoned and new - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit". Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur "genius" Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A 9 hour commencement address

  • By Grimjack on 05-13-18

Excellent. Not as much new material as I'd hoped

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

Reviewed: 09-23-16

I've listened to quite a few books along these lines: "Talent is Overrated," "The Power of Habit," "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," etc. This was among the best. It was not, however, as revolutionary as I'd expected based on what I've heard people saying about it. If you've not read those others, read this and have your perspective revolutionized. If you have, read this and have your perspective reinforced. Either way, it's worth the time, and I especially appreciated that the Author read it to us herself.

  • An Unattractive Vampire

  • By: Jim McDoniel
  • Narrated by: Drew Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,905
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,903

After three centuries trapped underground, thousand-year-old Yulric Bile, also known as The Cursed One, The Devil's Apprentice, He Who Worships the Slumbering Horrors, awakens only to find that no one believes he is a vampire. Apparently he's just too ugly. Modern vampires, he soon discovers, are pretty, weak, and, most disturbing of all, good.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Blood, Guts and lots of laughs!

  • By Aaron on 08-27-16

Three Stars is Good

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

I give this three stars not because I have anything against it but because I liked it just fine, and I'm trying to fight Star Inflation. Good read. Lots of fun. I laughed out loud many times.

Nothing special or especially memorable though.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog

  • By: John R. Erickson
  • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. Guts, glory, danger, and sacrifice are all in a day's work for Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security. While investigating a murder on the ranch, Hank finds himself the number-one suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hank: a timeless chuckle for families everywhere.

  • By The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem on 03-16-16

Great kids series!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-16

I used to love renting these from Cracker Barrel as a kid. So glad Audible has them, and my kids get to enjoy them.

  • The Satanic Verses

  • By: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 991

Inextricably linked with the fatwa called against its author in the wake of the novel’s publication, The Satanic Verses is, beyond that, a rich showcase for Salman Rushdie’s comic sensibilities, cultural observations, and unparalleled mastery of language. The book begins with two Indians plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their airliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Use an audiobook to really enjoy Satanic Verses

  • By David Edelberg on 11-24-12

Unimpressed

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

Reviewed: 06-20-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I've been hearing about this book for many years, and I've been intending to read it for over a decade now. I loved the author's Midnight's Children, and I had very high hopes for his most famous of books, but it just couldn't live up to all that hype. I suspect that nothing could have.

Did Sam Dastor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

He did a great job with many of the voices. My only complaint was his rendition of Americans. His American accent is one of the strangest things I've heard in all my years of audiobooking.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
    14,831 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,633

James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent

  • By A reader on 05-11-12

Don't let the Space Zombies Fool You

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

Reviewed: 12-29-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Leviathan Wakes to be better than the print version?

I don't know. I haven't read the print version.

What other book might you compare Leviathan Wakes to and why?

It's similar to anything by Alistair Reynolds because of the general feeling of humanities smallness in a great and dangerous universe.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's just generally a good story.

  • Consider Phlebas

  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,494

The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Culture is a magnificent and enticing vision.

  • By Hyacinth on 04-20-12

Good for what it is.

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

Reviewed: 12-29-13

If you could sum up Consider Phlebas in three words, what would they be?

Unlikable Characters. Beep.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Inevitable.

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

I don't remember

Any additional comments?

I don't really tend to like Ian Banks' Characters. They are all pretty unlikable. If you can deal with that, then this is a good book.

Don't let the crappy (pardon the pun) first chapter deter you. Things get better.