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  • Tomorrow War

  • The Chronicles of Max [Redacted], Book 1
  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,325
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,324

In the not-too-distant future, during an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative unwittingly triggers an incredible event that alters the course of society. A terrible weapon has been unleashed - a weapon that, left to run its course, will destroy the moral fabric of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ready for Book 2! Excellent story as always!

  • By Jason on 07-22-15

I want to like it

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

Reviewed: 06-24-16

This book was good enough for me to want to listen to Bourne again...but just barely. I found myself enjoying the listen even though there was very little depth to the plot. It was well-paced in a very realistic world about characters I just couldn't begin to care about. I didn't love or hate anyone. And that is about the most bipolar review I could give. Great action/pace with very little plot or character development.

  • You're Next

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,157

Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This guy is really cheesy

  • By Randall on 08-03-16

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

I usually find in annoying when you spend too long in the dark in a story. Hurwitz manages this like a master without taking it too far. This is a very well written page turner that makes you glad you started listening again. I still hold to my belief that there are far too many five star ratings out there. This four star is well worth a listen. The book is very, very good and would probably rank as five star with most reviewers. My only very minor gripe is protagonist daughter is a bit unbelievable for her age. This is based on my own experience with kids however. The authors life experience may be very different however. Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators. There may be some that do better voices, but Scott never gets in the way of a good story. He understands tempo and cadence making him great for character development and suspense.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,384

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Hype!

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

Reviewed: 05-24-15

It was okay. I do wish reviewers would set a baseline for a decent book at about three stars. I have over 300 books in my library and this one wouldn't make the top half. This book is average with a bloated review created by I'm not sure what.

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 52,485
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47,488
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47,492

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Finished in record time

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

I suppose that the most telling part of the review would be to say that I immediately got the second book in this series. This is going to be one of the best fantasy epics of our generation. I wasn't the biggest fan of the Wheel Of Time series though I did read them. I think Sanderson stands head and shoulders above Jordan. Sanderson's world building is superior and his character development is grounded is what appears to be a deep understanding of human nature. I haven't read anything from him yet that has been less than excellent. If you like the genre, you I believe you will like The Way of Kings.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rush Revere and the First Patriots

  • Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans
  • By: Rush Limbaugh
  • Narrated by: Rush Limbaugh
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 586

Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make American history come to life for the children of his listeners. In Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, he created the character of a fearless middle-school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens, in adventures with exceptional Americans. In this second book in the series, Rush Revere is transported back to the people and events leading up to the American Revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great history

  • By Lulew on 04-13-14

You just might learn something

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

Without a doubt written for a young audience...but this book is a fun romp through history that will have your kids learning more than you did in school. It appears someone did some extensive research for this book (maybe Limbaugh himself or maybe one of his staff). Anyway, I enjoyed the book, but had more fun watching my kids get into it. Funny thing is my 11 year old thought she was too grown up for it. I started it for my 8 year old and before long, my daughter was reading along with the hardback version as well. On her own, she has already gone back and listened to the first one as well. I recommend this one for a great family listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Influx

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,647

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid to Silly to Inane

  • By Craig on 05-15-14

Science-fact

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

Suarez could be considered a 'futurist' than a science fiction author. I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone who is not versed (or at least interested) in science. Influx is a well-written exciting story. Suarez is obviously well studied in technology and seems to have his finger on the pulse of where this technology could lead us. This is an excellent listen that is full of great conversation topics concerning the ethics of science and what the future will bring. All of this is wrapped up in an exciting story that I looked forward to returning to when I was away. Well worth the credit.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44,201
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,350
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41,336

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

Waiting is the hardest part

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

Sanderson's continued skill in world-building and character development is evident in the second installment of The Stormlight Archive. The only negative I have to say is that waiting on the next book will be a pain. I wouldn't say it's a cliffhanger, but Sanderson is weaving a well-paced epic that makes for a less than satisfying finish to his books. I want to make it clear that this is more a statement of how awesome this series is than to express disappointment in the way this one ended. Loved it all...just wondering if I should line all of these up after he is finished.

  • Dead Aim

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 211

Robert Mallon has lived for ten quiet years in affluent Santa Barbara, when an encounter on a beach with a mysterious young woman shatters his peaceful, carefully constructed life. Despite Mallon's desperate attempts, he loses her and becomes obsessed with discovering why. He hires detective Lydia Marks to uncover the secrets of this stranger's life, and what they learn propels them into a terrifying world of sinister secrets and deadly hatreds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceeded my expectations

  • By Ed on 04-23-12

Well Paced, Good Action, Solid Finish

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

Reviewed: 09-24-13

Before I start, I want to go on record (again) that a three-star rating in my book is worth a listen. There are far too many reviewers that rate every listen as 4 or 5 stars...How am I to trust them? Anyway, Dead Aim is a good story that kept my attention. But it is not worth a four or a five star rating. I enjoyed the story while it was playing, but suspect I will have a hard time remembering it two months and four books from now. I will add that somewhere around chapter 10, the is an abrupt story shift that almost had me thinking I had played the wrong book. Maybe I wasn't paying attention or I am riddled with ADHD. Or it could be an audio issue or just bad editing as I did notice a few paragraphs repeated at one point in listening. I gave the narrator 5 stars because he did a great job wit the voices. I always knew who was speaking what, and he didn't butcher the female parts either. And lastly, Perry's ending to this book is like having a hot chocolate molten cake after dinner...very satisfying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Breaking Point: A Joe Pickett Novel Book 13

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331

The recipient of Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box has won almost every honor in his field. In Breaking Point, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is glad to catch up with old friend Lyle Pendergast, but then the man goes missing and is named a suspect in the death of two EPA employees. All signs point to Lyle’s guilt, but the more Joe digs into the case, the more he realizes he’s stepped into the middle of a deadly power play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Darn near a true story...

  • By karen on 10-23-13

Tree-Huggers Beware

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

Reviewed: 09-15-13

There runs in this book an undercurrent of anti-government sentiment. If you are neutral or conservative leaning, you will probably enjoy this book. But if you are a tree-hugging liberal, you will likely hate it. I found it to be a good listen that held my attention at all times. I feel there are too many reviewers handing out 4 and 5 star ratings, so a good listen gets three stars in my reviews. It doesn't meet the fantastic four star rating, but its good.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,632

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

Solid Listen

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

Reviewed: 09-08-13

I don't throw around four and five stars easily, so don't be thrown off by the three star review. This is my first listen from Robert Crais. Following some stellar reviews and an interesting plot summary, I took a chance. I will likely listen to him again based on this book. 'Suspect' has a unique back story and a good plot. Our heroes Scott and Maggie are both wounded and recovering, but don't come off as pitiful. I really enjoyed the chapters that took on the inner workings of Maggie the police dog in training. Crais was able to portray believable dog-thinking without over doing it as many authors, even good ones, tend to do. The pacing of the book is good. This is important especially with audiobooks as there is no skim-reading allowed when you listen. Still, I don't think it quite reaches the fantastic four stars or the "unbelievable! you have to stop everything else you are doing" five star rating....but its a good listen that I recommend for audible members.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful