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  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,070

When the obituary of legendary computer game architect Matthew Sobol appears online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events that begins to unravel our interconnected world. This daemon reads news headlines, recruits human followers, and orders assassinations. With Sobol’s secrets buried with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed, it’s up to Detective Peter Sebeck to stop a self-replicating virtual killer before it achieves its ultimate purpose - one that goes far beyond anything Sebeck could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Captivating story, excellent performance

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

As a software engineer, I was pleasantly surprised by the fairly accurate technology references. Any more accurate and it probably wouldn't have made for a good story. :)

The narrator's performance was top notch. He uses numerous distinct voices that I came to associate easily with each of the characters, and none of it felt forced.

The story drew me in and kept me always excited to hear the next reveal. This is a story where you always know something else big is coming, and it's a pleasure to listen to the story unfold.

  • The Unveiling

  • Age of Faith, Book 1
  • By: Tamara Leigh
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah Agliotta
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 593

Twelfth century England: Two men vie for the throne: King Stephen the usurper and young Duke Henry the rightful heir. Amid civil and private wars, alliances are forged, loyalties are betrayed, families are divided, and marriages are made. For four years, Lady Annyn Bretanne has trained at arms with one end in mind - to avenge her brother's murder as God has not deemed it worthy to do. Disguised as a squire, she sets off to exact revenge on a man known only by his surname, Wulfrith.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story of Forgivenes and Love

  • By 🌸DARA on 09-11-14

Not just a romance novel

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

I'll admit I had my doubts going in, but I quickly got hooked on the intrigue and adventure. I will very likely be reading more in this series.

  • The Dead Key

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,834
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,838

It's 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world. Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland's largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault's safe-deposit boxes were lost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not good.

  • By Guy on 05-05-17

Good mystery novel

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

This is a good story that kept me interested throughout. The narration was fantastic. I found that the author kept things at a good pace, not hand-holding but also not leaving me wondering too much what was going on.

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  • Illumination Night

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 412

Illumination Night follows the lives of a young blond giant who is as beautiful as he is frightening; an old woman at the end of her life whose last mission is to save her granddaughter's soul; a family torn apart by a wife's fears and a husband's unrealized desires; and the high school girl who comes to Martha's Vineyard against her will, who steals husbands and cars, and who will bring everyone together in a web of yearning, sin, and ultimate redemption.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't like the characters but....

  • By Tobi on 09-20-15

It was interesting... I think

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

If you are looking to get into the minds of people with various social dysfunctions, then this is the book for you. The story itself seems somewhat secondary and circumstantial. The narrator did a good job on most of it, but I couldn't get past how much she made the teenage girl sound like a 5-year-old. Anyway it did keep me interested enough to finish, and it wasn't hard to get through.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Clockwork Universe

  • Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
  • By: Edward Dolnick
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,700
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,714

The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Calculus Ergo Modernity

  • By Nelson Alexander on 07-09-11

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

I learned a ton about the history of many topics in math and physics that I have used many times without thinking about their origins before. The stories of these great men's lives were fascinating. The only negative for me was the belabored explanation of how calculus works. I'm not sure how easy it would be for someone to understand if they weren't already familiar with calc, but it got quite repetitive from my perspective. Despite that I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

  • The Ringworld Engineers

  • The Ringworld Series, Book 2
  • By: Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,436

It’s been 20 years since the quixotic and worldsweary Louis Wu discovered the Ringworld. Now he and SpeakertoAnimals are going back, captives of the Hindmost, a deposed puppeteer leader.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, Wrong Narrator. Way Wrong.

  • By Kevin der Kinderen on 04-16-13

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-15

I enjoyed this one every bit as much as the first novel. I thought the narrator did a very good job despite the other reviews I read to the contrary. Looking forward to listening to the next sequel!

  • Bassam and the Seven Secret Scrolls

  • Bassam, Book 1
  • By: Paul B. Skousen
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 474

This is the story of the last holder of the scrolls, an old chief named Zafir. Worried that his life was nearly spent, Zafir chose young Bassam to be his heir to the scrolls. Was Bassam ready? To prove the young man Zafir took him on a caravan trek with the intent of teaching him the scrolls. And then, partway into the trip, a startling surprise changed everything. The scrolls are timeless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't get out of my car

  • By Freedom on 12-04-14

Lacks depth in characters

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

Reviewed: 08-20-15

Got a quarter of the way through and gave up. The characters in the book lack depth - every named character is essentially innocent and has no inner conflict, and all the "bad guys" are nameless bandits and murderers.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful