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  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,173

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

Interesting premise and enough twists to take this a story one step ahead of the reader.

  • A Mind of Her Own

  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,631
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,605

Paris, 1893. Twenty-five-year-old Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne - one of the only universities in the world that has begun to admit women. A thousand miles from her native Poland, with no money and the odds stacked against any woman daring to pursue a career in such a rigorous field, Marie throws herself into her studies. She's certain that to succeed in a man's world, she will have to go it alone. Her meticulous plans get thrown slightly off-course when Marie attracts the attention of an accomplished young physicist, himself on the precipice of greatness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Based on a true story

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

The Romantic Life of Marie Curie

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

If you are looking for a typical romance story this may interest you. If you think you might read about the fascinating life of Marie Curie who was a groundbreaking feminist and brilliant scientist you may wish to look elsewhere.

  • Strong Ending

  • A Journey from Combat to Comedy
  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Mary-Louise Parker
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,125

It’s always hard to make the crowd laugh - especially when joking about war, PTSD, and mental health. Strong Ending follows three military veterans as they attempt to turn their most painful stories into laughs by participating in a stand-up comedy boot camp. After joining the military, deploying to combat zones, and coming home fundamentally changed, Michael Garvey, Isaura Ramirez, and Patrick Harth challenge themselves to share their stories on stage and perform original stand up-comedy about their experiences for a packed house. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite Member Selection so far

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-07-18

Courage in Action

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

The stories of soldiers returning to civilian life and healing their wounds by confronting their fears through stand up comedy. Wonderful. Courageous.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sakina's Restaurant

  • By: Aasif Mandvi
  • Narrated by: Aasif Mandvi
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3,458
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,156
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3,158

Sakina's Restaurant breathes new life into an age old story: the emotive tale of an immigrant coming to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Actor, comedian, and writer Aasif Mandvi originally performed his Obie Award-winning solo show off-Broadway 20 years ago. This past October, the iconic play was reimagined and produced by Audible for a limited run at Minetta Lane Theatre in the West Village of Manhattan. Recorded for an Audible-exclusive audience, listeners can forgo the price of admission and embark on the cross-cultural journey with Mandvi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Entertaining and Insightful

  • By Elaine on 03-03-19

exceptional!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

wonderful writing and Great performance. touching story about the hopes and struggles of immigration that follows through generations. Bravo!

  • Ayiti

  • By: Roxane Gay
  • Narrated by: Roxane Gay
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

From New York Times best-selling powerhouse Roxane Gay, Ayiti is a powerful collection exploring the Haitian diaspora experience. A married couple seeking boat passage to America prepares to leave their homeland. A young woman procures a voodoo love potion to ensnare a childhood classmate. A mother takes a foreign soldier into her home as a boarder, and into her bed. And a woman conceives a daughter on the bank of a river while fleeing a horrific massacre, a daughter who later moves to America for a new life but is perpetually haunted by the mysterious scent of blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great short collection

  • By steph on 10-01-18

A Glimpse of Real

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

Wonderful shorts that give a glimpse of real life in a Haiti as only those with family or personal experience can tell. Regional insights that transcend into all human experience especially for women, but men will find it compelling as well.

  • Bull Canyon

  • A Boatbuilder, a Writer and Other Wildlife
  • By: Lin Pardey
  • Narrated by: Michelle Murillo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Internationally known for their sailing adventures, in 1980 - fresh from an 11-year journey where they forged the early years of their marriage on high seas and in exotic locales - Lin and Larry Pardey came to California looking for a good spot to build a boat, test Lin's skills as a writer, and taste the apparent security life ashore could offer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Pardey book.

  • By escapewheel on 08-08-18

awful narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-18

read don't listen. Narrator has no natural speaking cadence to her reading. will return book.

  • Nomadland

  • Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
  • By: Jessica Bruder
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,005

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the wilderness campgrounds of California to an Amazon warehouse in Texas, people who once might have kicked back to enjoy their sunset years are hard at work. Underwater on mortgages or finding that Social Security comes up short, they're hitting the road in astonishing numbers, forming a new community of nomads: RV and van-dwelling migrant laborers, or "workampers".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful And Disturbing

  • By Sara on 06-14-18

An Honest Exploration of Nomad Life

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

I am not a nomad, but I have followed a number of them on YouTube, blogs and even Patreon. This book fleshes out the struggles those who live this life confront, but also the close community they share. I found it to be very informative and a sobering commentary on the direction our society and economy appears to be heading for the fast disappearing middle class. However, far from apocalyptic, it hints at the endurance of the American dream and people who are reinterpreting it in a highly creative and independent way.

53 of 61 people found this review helpful

  • Forensics

  • What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742

The dead talk - to the right listener. They can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crime Seen

  • By Mark on 09-02-16

interesting journey into the justice system

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

many aspects of how crimes are investigated and prosecuted. Very interesting and informative for the detail oriented reader.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Strangers

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated by: Alison Fraser, Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 305

From the bestselling author of The Double Bind, Skeletons at the Feast, and Secrets of Eden, comes a riveting and dramatic ghost story. In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts. The home's new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin ten-year-old daughters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic all the way up to the end...and then not

  • By Carilyn on 10-24-11

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-31-11

The premise was intriguing, and the first part of the book was well written, however it began to bog down in the middle, and the male narrator's "droning monotone" third person performance was too much for me. I quit mid through and don't regret it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,332

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

Wonderful Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-08

It is rare that an author can weave a tale that includes several different story lines yet relate them so convincingly through such an unlikely narrator...a dog! This book transcends simple story and takes us on a journey of what it means to be a human, what true courage and love is, and what a privilege it is to have the companionship of an adoring dog. The humor and lessons in race car driving are an extra bonus. Highly recommended, but have some tissues handy at the end of this touching book!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful