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  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,515

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard Clines. Fun and forgettable

  • By Debra on 10-07-17

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

The Good: Ray Porter does a very good reading of the material and brings the characters to life. Harry... has a nice hat.

The Bad: Ray Porter has limited voices. At first I didn't understand why Veek was driving a Model -T. Either you get that or you don't... Also, at times it feels like Peter Clines is only white washing characters from his other books (well, lets be honest and just say from 14) and slapping new names on them. In another review I praised Peter on his collection of short stories for not publishing a novel off a thin premise (short stories are just fine). Paradox Bound is a good example of stretching a thin premise to the extreme. Parts of it was awkward and uncomfortable to experience; like a colonoscopy where you are awake and the doctor is not only describing every twist and turn of the industrial rotor-rutor he is using, but also trying to have a friendly conversation at the same time. Ouch. It came across like a bad after school special on history via a time traveling car (come learn with me kiddies!). He also seemed to have borrowed from other stories as well, such as, I was expecting Agent Smith to start chasing them at any moment and calling Eli "Mr Anderson" but I digress (and so does Peter).

Overall: I think this became a pet project of Peter Clines and he and his review team were to emotionally invested. It's not bad, but then again, it's not very good. I bought it on sale for $4.95 which I consider to be fair, though you should never pay full price or waste a credit on it. I have faith that we have not seen the best of Peter Clines yet and will continue to listen to future books.

  • Ubik

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,182

Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business - deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in "half-life," a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter's face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great performance of an SF classic

  • By Steve on 07-10-16

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

The Good: It's a complex story (understatement). Constant changing parameters makes it a rapid tumble down the rabbit hole. Great voice work makes it easy to keep the characters separate. The Author intended you to feel lost as you are tossed into this story.

The Bad: It's a complex story (understatement). Since it is presented in audio format you don't have the immediate option to perform a rubber neck and review what you just heard. You really need to either have already read the book, or listen to this audio book at least twice in order to grasp what is happening. If this was presented visually (TV/Movie) it would be easier to see transitions in perception/reality. A chime or a Déjà vu cat as seen in the Matrix would help most people to be aware that something had changed.

The Overall: I listened to it twice. I'm sure I may have dropped a stitch along the way so I'll listen for a third. The fact that Philip K. Dick was able to write a very complicated non-visual concept speaks volumes to his skill as an author. It's not wrapped up in a pretty bow (the ending) but it allows for the reader/listener to draw their own conclusion; and making a person think is always a good thing. I liked it.

  • Dead Men Can't Complain and Other Stories

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister, Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113

Including three never-before-published stories, Dead Men Don't Complain is the first-ever collection of short fiction by Peter Clines, author of 14, The Fold, and other Audible smash hits. Combining equal parts geekery and humor with the occasional dash of horror, Dead Men Don't Complain is ideal for Clines fans eagerly awaiting his next novel - or for brand-new listeners discovering this Audible favorite for the first time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Clines' Writing & Porter's Narration

  • By Jami on 12-15-17

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

The Good: Nice collection of short stories (premises). Kudos to Peter Clines for leaving these as standalone short stories instead of creating a thin story line novel; really a complement. Reminds me of the Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, and Amazing Tales.

The Bad: Not really bad but some of the stories are rehashed Cthulhu stories, but he added his own element to them.

Overall: Happy with purchase. Though not of the same quality of 14 or The Fold, but these stories are entertaining enough as a collection.

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  • Alice

  • By: Christina Henry
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 946

In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls that echo the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn't remember why she's in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weird, yet captivating...

  • By kansas on 02-25-16

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

The Good: Interesting take on a public domain story. Good range on character voices by reader.

The Bad: Since it is based upon Lewis Carroll's work the story degraded once the Author wandered off the template. The showdown with the 'bosses' was very anticlimactic. All that was missing was Glinda the Good Witch to say " You had the Power all along my Dear...". Finally, I guess this may be more of an editing critique vice the reader; but there isn't an option for that. The voice work was good BUT it sounded like Jenny Sterlin was sucking on a cough drop at times. Other times it was like she was eating a tuna sandwich (heavy on the Mayo) open mouthed while reading (smack, schlop, schlip). Along with the occasional gasp for air. A decent filter on the microphone with a wash of the audio in editing would have resolved these sounds.

Overall: It starts out very surreal where you question what is real and what is delusion... then it just sort of plops down in front of you. Story came across rushed when a more detail approach would allow for more introspection. I bought it on sale for around $5 so I feel I got my money worth.

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  • The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,830
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,566

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed, I cried...

  • By susan on 04-07-11

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

The Good: Nice new approach to a zombie outbreak. A lot of people complain that this isn't a standard zombie book, but I think they have become accustomed to being spoon fed the normal dystopian zombie genre. This is more The Walking Dead, but 30 years later with a government back in place. Interesting characters keep your interest and the side line of a blogger adds dimension to the story and not non-stop zombiness.

The Bad: The Author needed a story arc but didn't know how to make it happen, and it showed. Characters are killed off in the most complicated, least cost effective, and reliant on the most abstract circumstances in order to succeed. Think of it as trying to kill someone with a plutonium bullet. First you would need to actually hit someone with it to work, being plutonium makes it a very dangerous - collateral damage item to use, and an extremely overpriced bullet to boot. Too many variables to make the situation believable. The Author was hoping the manipulation of the readers emotions would smooth out these story wrinkles, but the story fell apart in the end.

Overall: Still worth the listen. It nice to read a non-apocalyptic take on the zombie genre. I actually liked the blogger approach. I bought this on sale for $5 and I'm happy with my purchase.

  • The Andromeda Strain

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,654

The United States government is given a warning by the preeminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best science + biology fiction book I have read

  • By Ryan Johnson on 07-31-15

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The Good: Though dated, a technology trip down memory lane reveals how far we have progressed in IT. Some reviewers took issue with all the 'numbers' reading, but this was the format for teletype data back in the day. The threat continues to exist today and I have an appreciation for the decontamination and isolation that astronauts endured.

The Bad: As read by Sleepy Grandpa... I actually fell asleep a few times listening to what sounded like old man rambling at times. Perhaps if he was reading about Bad Bart (and the dreaded Night Wranglers) out on the old west it may have been a better fit. It's a simplified story line, but that was the style back then.

Overall: I like it. Could it be better? Sure, but at its essence it is a compelling story. Bought it on sale for $5 so I feel like I got my monies worth.

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,964

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

The Good: Interesting approach on an overlooked threat.

The Bad: Reminds me of the fear factory that is 24 hours news. Linear approach to hardships and obstacles faced during a world changing incident does not allow for alternative options not presented within the story. Lake full of fish - ignored, eat any source of protein - ignore insects, limited resources in a poorly defensible position - stay in place, enforce martial law on others - refuse to give up 'MY' car, have running cars - not apt enough to use them as generators, and the biggest: -use 'MY' morality to dictate your survival. For an Ex-military persona I would expect better survival techniques.

Overall: The author makes reference to Jonestown fanaticism but fails to see his own hypocrisy in his own writing. The story is fine, the writing is apt, but this is mostly earmarked for the Kool-Ade drinkers who are rating this as firewall 5 stars. I bought it for $5.95 (sale) and got my money worth out of the story. Your mileage and/or Flavor-Ade may vary.

  • Dungeon Calamity

  • Divine Dungeon, Book 3
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,520
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,256

Powerful necromancers are on the move, and Cal is caught in the crossfire. Without his faithful Wisp, Dani, Cal's mind slips, and he begins creating traps and monsters that go against his already loose morals. After a direct threat from an unexpected force causes Cal's mind to stabilize, he throws all of his resources into keeping his thoughts clear while he funds searches for his lost companion. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By coy on 01-28-18

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

The Good: Interesting changes within the Dungeon. Good demonstration of what people are willing to trade to reach their goals.

The Bad: Waaaaaaay to many puns. They weren't very good to begin with and they were more from the author and came across as pandering. If you are going to make puns make them relevant to that Universe. A lot of liberties were taken as well of mythology that had no bearing on the story.

Overall: Young reader's book so I can see how they thought the end was clever. Book 1 was the best but the series failed to hold.

  • Dungeon Madness

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 2
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,941
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,641

Both Cal and Dale have become stronger, each in spite of the other. The dungeon - Cal - knows exactly how much their strength has increased, and is working hard to become exponentially more powerful. His schemes are becoming more complex, and his dungeon - his body - more deadly. Dale has a nasty surprise waiting for him as he works to thwart the plans of the devious dungeon. Hearing a voice in his head that distracts him in critical moments, he must fight his mind as he battles deadly creatures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • decent book but the ending will irritate you

  • By William Schiff on 10-20-17

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

The Good: The adventure continues! More explanations of how the Universe of the Dungeon Born come together. The story continues with more in depth character development. Excellent attempt of multi-party combats simultaneously.

The Bad: The epic battle at the end got a bit confusing as to who was where doing what. 'Cal' repeated himself a few times with the exact same lines "if I had hands they would be rubbing together"; is a bit of lazy writing. After the epic battle, Fonzy appeared and one of the underground chambers filled with water. A speed boat appeared (though not part of this known Universe) and for some unknown reason, Fonzy (on water ski's) jumped over a shark! Throughout the first 2 books everything had a logical reason for the story to progress. Dale, though easily avoiding hordes of infected mushroom zombies - gets silenced/knocked out by a mediocre coward of a character; who just so happened to have a super secret item for a convenient escape. Instead of writing a logical reason for the events to happen; Dakota Krout writes in a jumping the shark moment. ~Sigh~

Overall: Good build up with a disappointing ending. The only thing missing was Ming the Merciless laughing at the end, but I digress. I will continue to the next story; as I have already purchased it, but my rating reflects book 2 appropriately.

  • Dungeon Born

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,466

For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Several questions have always plagued the minds of those who enter these mythical places of power: why are there so many monsters? Where do the amazing weaponry and heavy gold coins come from? Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies? Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem in the RPG/Fantasy Genre

  • By SirMehr on 04-01-17

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

The Good: As an aspiring writer/story teller I know in order to create a great story you have to first create the Universe in which the story takes place. Dakota Krout did this. I like the stories approach from the other side of the table. You are thrown into book without a back story; meaning you learn as the Dungeon learns. Vikas Adam performed very well.

The Bad: The Universe created doesn't hold up too well. In this Universe the old man yelling "Get off my lawn!" would rule the world. Though it is interesting to see Dale's evolution from goat herder to hero; he is a paper thin character. Overnight Dale's life goes from rags to riches, but we never get to see him enjoy any of it.

Overall: I still enjoyed it and bought the next 2 books. I actually LOL a few times and felt engaged in the story. If you are expecting a normal Dungeon and Dragon's story you may be disappointed. I found the stories approach very refreshing. Oh, and "Get off my Lawn!"