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  • Hard Luck Hank: Basketful of Crap, Book 2

  • By: Steven Campbell
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,149

Hank was a dying breed on the space station Belvaille. The criminal gangs that had once made their homes there were forced out by the corporations that had taken over since the facility became an Independent Protectorate. Instead of the gentlemanly gang wars that had once dominated the scene, and made Hank's services prized as a negotiator, the city was now plagued by the clash of corporate armies using heavy weapons. Even tanks roamed the streets regularly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dry noir scifi comedy done right

  • By Jeffrey on 10-28-14

Not as good as the first but still a fun listen

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

Just as stupid as the first but this is not a problem. Sometimes it's just about the characters and this series has many great ones... starting of course with Hank.

However this is not as fresh as the first and I'm not sure if the humor will continue to hold up over subsequent novels. However, it is still funny enough that I will likely get the next in the series.

  • End of Watch

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,966
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,182

In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of a great Trilogy

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-09-16

King recaptures his early form!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

As a lifelong Stephen King fan, I have to be honest...in his later works over the last 15-20 years he just can't FINISH! Endings to his novels are struggles and many times don't have much of an 'ending' at all.

End of Watch is different. The trilogy as a whole just gets better as you listen and the ending is about as good as King has written for many years.

Listen to the series confident in the fact that there is a payoff in the end.

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,466
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,606
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,555

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration and content = outstanding

  • By Gus on 05-30-17

Perfect end to a perfect series...or is it???

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

Reviewed: 05-28-16

This will not be a long review. If you have listened to the first two books, you must download this novel. You will not be disappointed. I am happy to hear that there will be more to come. In the meantime, back to book 1 and listen to them again.

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,562
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,550

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

Glad it was free

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

Reviewed: 05-28-16

This was just not that funny. 10 year old humor with 30 year old culture references. I assume this is a start to a series, but I will not be downloading it.

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  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

  • Stories
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, Dylan Baker, Brooke Bloom, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,688

A master storyteller at his best - the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant fan. "I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HE'S A CUP OF COFFEE

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-10-15

Not King's best work...

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

As a Stephen King fan, I am aware of many of his hits and misses. His short story collections have always been strong in my opinion. This collection however may be the first set that misses the mark.

There are no "bad dreams' here. Not all of them are duds, but many were just not that interesting. Add the fact that King has never been great at writing endings to his novels ("Cell" anyone??), that trend is multiplied here.

There are also a number of stories here that can be found elsewhere. (eg: Blockade Billy and Drunken Fireworks)

The narrators all do an excellent job.

  • Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy

  • By: Steven Campbell
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,634

Hank is a thug. He knows he's a thug. He has no problem with that realization. In his view the galaxy has given him a gift: a mutation that allows him to withstand great deals of physical trauma. He puts his abilities to the best use possible and that isn't by being a scientist. Besides, the space station Belvaille doesn't need scientists. It is not, generally, a thinking person's locale. It is the remotest habitation in the entire Colmarian Confederation. There is literally no reason to be there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A bunch of genres crammed into good fun

  • By Thomas Allen on 09-11-14

Surprisingly Good! Very funny!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

Honestly, I didn't expect much from this novel. I purchased it with one of the "2 for 1 credit" deals Audible offered and needed a second book from the list.

Humor books are very hit and miss...for every one I like, three are terrible. Add a SciFi setting and my hopes were low.

Very quickly I realized I was going to enjoy this one. Hank is an excellent character with very dry humor. Many times I laughed out loud and was smiling most of the time. Don't buy this for a deep and involved story...it doesn't exist here. However if you want to laugh and enjoy wisea** humor...this book is for you.

The narrator is perfect for this "first person" narrative. Not sure if he can do other types of novels, but he was spot on for this.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,808
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,760

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mohannad Ahmed on 03-10-18

Strong start then quickly goes off the rails.

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

This review is split into 2 parts...because that's how the book feels:

1) First half is promising. I really like the main character Mike and his 'ants'. The sci-fi mystery is set up well and I found myself getting more interested along with Mike.

2) It falls apart in the 2nd half. Once the secret is revealed and the mystery is solved, the writer had no idea where to take the story so he went to 'bizzaro-world'. I don't want to give anything away, but 'science' gets thrown out the window and the story just gets unbelievably ridiculous.

I think Mike Erikson would make a good lead for a series of novels...but in the hands of a different writer.

Ray Porter was solid. I would have no hesitation to listen to his narration again.

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  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,343

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Caught me by surprise, and held me till the end.

  • By Brian Perry on 07-21-15

Hit the 'suspend reality' button before listening

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

Looking for a different take on an alien invasion story? This has a great premise but don't dig to deep into any of the events being plausible. Yes, I understand this is Sci-Fi, but the author tries really hard to make this a real world scenario. Under no circumstances does this small team of nobody's pull off the plan they enact.

That aside, it's still an interesting story. Not a ton of action but this is OK. It's very long at 20hrs but moves along for the most part and sets up well for the next installment.

I would like to listen to the next installment if it were available (Ummm...Audible????).

Bray does a good job at narrating. He is the same person who narrated The Martian and was excellent, but this performance was just a notch below.

  • Finders Keepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,366
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,624

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. "Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars for Will Patton reading Stephen King

  • By PlantCrone on 06-21-16

Solid slow burn to a frantic finish

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

As a middle book in this planned series, this is a solid follow up to Mr. Mercedes and in some ways is better. Other than the setting, I wasn't sure why this was part of the series until around the halfway point when Hodges finally makes an appearance.

As is typical with King novels, it gets a little long in places and could use an editor, but the story flows and the time jumping works well in the story development.

This novel is an example of: We know where the story is going to end up, but how we get there is full of twists and turns. Once Hodges and his team are on the case, the pace gets furious and became difficult to turn off at the end of my daily commute.

I have said this before and I will say it again...Will Patton is excellent!

I'm looking forward to the finale...which King gives us a glimpse of in the final minutes....CLACK!

  • Relic

  • Pendergast, Book 1
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,856
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,894

Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Non-Perishable

  • By Snoodely on 05-26-10

Solid monster story but a little jumbled

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

I am a fan of both Preston and Child separately, but this is the first book I have listened to with them together. While I liked the book overall, there are some story and production flaws.

After the opening, it takes about half the book to really start moving. Once we do get to the main action, there is nothing surprising or unexpected. Maybe I expect to much, but I was waiting for some kind of twist that never came. Suddenly it's all over and a bit of a letdown.

The narrator is good overall, but the sound effects on the voices are distracting. I think the audio studio only had 'tunnel echo' and 'phone' for the voices effects.

Not sure if I will continue with the series but I do like Pendergast, so I might down the line.

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