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  • Dungeon Desolation

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 4
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,172
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,962

The necromantic armies are on the warpath and nowhere is safe. Even the presumed sanctuary of the floating dungeon controlled by Cal is threatened! The leadership of nearly all the sentient monarchies has been wiped out, and only the races most suited to repelling the advancing darkness have an intact chain of command. Cal learns quickly that the most pressing threat is not the far-off war, but is instead those entrusted with the general population's protection. As it turns out, the idea of having a flying dungeon for your people is very tempting indeed....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It should have ended.

  • By Austin on 01-26-19

Unsatisfying

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

This isn’t a conclusion to the series. I don’t want to discuss the plot but after being invested in the previous 3 books that tie together I feel let down that this continues to not answer anything and we have to wait for part 5 (and maybe more).

  • Schneier on Security

  • By: Bruce Schneier, Ken Maxon
  • Narrated by: Ken Maxon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

Presenting invaluable advice from the world's most famous computer security expert, this intensely readable collection features some of the most insightful and informative coverage of the strengths and weaknesses of computer security and the price people pay - figuratively and literally - when security fails. Discussing the issues surrounding things such as airplanes, passports, voting machines, ID cards, cameras, passwords, Internet banking, sporting events, computers, and castles, this book is a must-read for anyone who values security at any level - business, technical, or personal.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More terrorism than anything else.

  • By Robert on 09-10-14

Still relevant

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

This is quite old now and most of the content is free (but not read) as back copies of the Cryptogram newsletter.

It’s still relevant though and worth a listen because it’s all compiled in one place.

My only gripe is with the narrator. Their voice fluctuates mid-sentence between high and very low; this isn’t a recording mistake it’s just their voice. It makes the recording unable to be listened to anywhere remotely noisy such as the car or while cooking without noise cancelling headphones. That’s a weird issue and the first time I’ve come across it in dozens of audiobooks but there it is. I really struggled to hear him a lot of the time.

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  • Christmas Days

  • 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days
  • By: Jeanette Winterson
  • Narrated by: Jeanette Winterson, Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 304

These tales open a portal into the spirit of the season, when time slows down and magic starts to happen. From trees with mysterious powers to a tinsel baby that talks, philosophical fairies to flying dogs, a haunted house to a disappearing train, Winterson's innovative stories encompass the childlike and spooky wonder of Christmas, perfect for listening to by the fire with loved ones or while traveling home for the holidays.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spirited Christmas Listen

  • By Sara on 12-30-17

Didn’t do it for me

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

The stories themselves weren’t very touching or memorable.

I appreciate the narrator really tried to do male voices but it was a bit off putting to me.

It has some charm as a mix of history, stories, recipes, and biography. But I’d have a hard time recommending it.

If you have lots of time to kill and it’s very cheap then go ahead. Otherwise I’d skip this one.

  • 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 7,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,629

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

Okay but not great

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

I’ve read every Reacher book there is. If you’re new then start from the first book. If you are a long time fan and want to know if this one is worth it... well it’s not bad but again it’s not ground breaking either.

There are some cracks showing in the writing style where non-Reacher characters think and talk like Reacher, I found that really irritating, sloppy, and disturbing.

As for the story... it has a few interwoven plots and I wasn’t really happy with any of them.

You can skip this book, basically. But if you’ve got the money to spend... fine.

  • Chasing the Moon

  • By: A. Lee Martinez
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 661

Diana's life was in a rut - she hated her job, she was perpetually single, and she needed a place to live. But then the perfect apartment came along. It seemed too good to be true - because it was. As it turns out, the apartment was already inhabited - by monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Douglas Adams on Acid

  • By Karen on 08-22-14

Martinez’s worst

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I’ve enjoyed a couple Martinez books but as my library of them goes on they seem to get worse.

The performance is great but the story is so ridiculous it never catches on. If you read Martinez you know these books are not meant to be serious - but this one stretches it so far into unreality I couldn’t enjoy it.

It didn’t feel like it was a structured novel. It felt like random thoughts thrown down and collected into a story and given to us as readers. I feel we were robbed.

  • Monster

  • A Novel
  • By: A. Lee Martinez
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,304

Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady - for the future of the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fantastic Ride!

  • By Michael on 08-04-11

Great

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

If you know this author you know what you’re in for. Otherwise if you like a little fantasy horror comedy then you’ll like this.

  • Mass Effect: Initiation

  • By: N. K. Jemisin, Mac Walters
  • Narrated by: Fryda Wolff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

Lieutenant Cora Harper joined the Systems Alliance to develop and enhance her powerful biotic talents. She was assigned to the asari commando unit Talein's Daughters, where she honed her abilities to become a skilled and deadly huntress. Returning to Earth, Cora finds herself a stranger among other humans, and joins the Andromeda Initiative as Alec Ryder's second-in-command. The mission will send 100,000 colonists on a one-way, 600-year-long journey into the unknown.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok...Not bad...Not great

  • By Denis on 11-30-17

Good though not essential

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

It captured the feeling of the ME universe and missions while expanding a little on Cora’s backstory. My only complaint is it got a little confusing at the very end and doesn’t contain any real insights into the game. But I wasn’t disappointed.

  • Confess, Fletch

  • The Fletch Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Gregory Mcdonald
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

The flight from Rome had been pleasant enough, even if the business he was on wasn't exactly. His Italian fiancee's father had been kidnapped and presumably murdered, and Fletch is on the trail of a stolen art collection that is her only patrimony. But when he arrives in his apartment to find a dead body, things start to get complicated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fletch and Flynn together

  • By Charlene P Levesque on 10-26-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

As good as the first book (which was similar to one of the movies). This one is nothing like either movie.

The only downside to this book is it doesn’t address what happened after the previous book. There’s one sentence and that’s it to explain a year or two of time and questions. Then it’s straight onto a new mystery.

Another pitfall to the book is there’s a lot of names and at some points I got confused who the hell was being talked about.

Overall though it’s still a great book and a good read. I recommend it. Best listen to the first book first though.

  • Hit Refresh

  • The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone
  • By: Satya Nadella, Greg Shaw, Bill Gates - foreword
  • Narrated by: Shridhar Solanki, Satya Nadella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385

Microsoft's CEO tells the inside story of the company's continuing transformation, tracing his own personal journey from a childhood in India to leading some of the most significant technological changes in the digital era. As much a humanist as engineer and executive, Nadella concludes with his vision for the coming wave of intelligent technologies and a distinct call to action for leaders everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read for those into tech

  • By zanwar on 10-14-17

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Good to know what Microsoft is thinking but you’ll find many arguments skimp on detail and will leave you unconvinced.

While he addresses some privacy issues, and kudos for that, he doesn’t resolve the conflict between this and Microsoft’s forced telemetry and cloud usage.

  • Fletch

  • By: Gregory Mcdonald
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

The acidly funny first book starring the subversive sleuth in one of the most successful mystery series of all time. Fletch is an investigative reporter whose methods are a little unorthodox. Currently he's living on the beach. He's taking more than a little flak from his editor. She doesn't appreciate his style. Or the expense account items he's racking up. Or his definition of the word "deadline". Or the divorce lawyers who keep showing up at the office. So when multimillionaire Alan Stanwyk offers Fletch the job of a lifetime, which could be worth a fortune, he's intrigued.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outrageous and very funny!

  • By Robin on 08-24-18

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I’ve seen the movies and now I’ve read the book and feel they were very true - or close enough. It’s also fascinating what has and hasn’t changed from the 70s.

My narrator was decent - my only quibble being that occasionally the book would switch viewpoints or there’d be reading a sentence (in the story) and there wasn’t even a momentary pause. That leads to confusion and a slight final shift or just a fraction of a pause would be my preference.

Still a job well done. Looking VERY forward to the next one in the series!

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