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  • Spoonbenders

  • A Novel
  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,402

Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it's not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed but her mind - Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the Right Amount of Everything!

  • By JILL CAVANAUGH on 07-02-17

Ate it up!!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

Simply the most fun read I've had in a long while. I was immersed in the antics of this delightful, though flawed, family. I was looking for this kind of escape and WOW did it deliver. It was also made even better by the outstanding narrator. I RARELY re-listen to audiobooks, but I just finished a second time and loved it just as much. If you need an escape from the outside world, here it is. Everything's going to be fine.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Fraction of the Whole

  • By: Steve Tolz
  • Narrated by: Colin McPhillamy, Craig Baldwin
  • Length: 25 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Stewing in an Australian prison, Jasper Dean reflects on his relationship with his dead father and recounts the many zany adventures they shared together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Funny and Thought-provoking Tale of Human Nature

  • By Phil Selman on 01-27-10

Can't love it enough

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

Tolz's smart writing is what pulls you in, what astounds you, and what you stay for. The story is inventive, far-flung, irreverent, and the characters are cuckoo! But also hard to ignore or dismiss. Some may balk at the length, but I wished it was longer. Listening to an Aussie accent is heavenly, though I will say, it takes just a bit of an ear to tell the two voices apart sometimes, but it isn't a problem for the story, only if you start the audio book in the middle of a section and forgot who was talking.

I realize that it isn't for everyone, especially those who want nothing but action or easy story. This requires some critical thought processing but offers buckets of humor in return. It made me smile for 25 hours. What else can claim that distinction? And it is the first book I have listened to more than 2xs. Please hurry up and get Quicksand on Audible.

  • The Master of the Prado

  • By: Javier Sierra
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Presented as a fictionalized autobiography, The Master of the Prado begins in Madrid in 1990, when Sierra encounters a mysterious stranger named Luis Fovel within the halls of the Prado. Fovel takes him on a whirlwind tour and promises to uncover startling secrets hidden in the museum's masterpieces - secrets that open up a whole new world to Sierra. The enigmatic Fovel reveals how a variety of visions, prophesies, conspiracies, and even heresies inspired masters such as Raphael, Titian, and Hieronymus Bosch....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For a particular interest

  • By Carol on 05-06-16

For a particular interest

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

I love art history and particularly stories involving mysticism and alchemy. That is what drew me to this story. However perfect the subject matter was for me, it failed to deliver a plot and fully formed characters that satisfied those equally important requirements. Something may have been lost in translation, but it wasn't compelling writing either. Still, there are few books that go down this path, so I was entertained. I doubt the average reader would be as patient or care when the plot is non-existent and the telling flat. The narrator tried to add some life but it ended up sounding overly acted. My 3 stars are support for the subject matter and the research done, but if you are looking for a great story, this isn't it.

  • Soul of An Octopus

  • A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
  • By: Sy Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Sy Montgomery
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,380

Sy Montgomery's popular 2011 Orion magazine piece, "Deep Intellect", about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death, went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures. Since then Sy has practiced true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, pursuing these wild, solitary shape-shifters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eight legs and so much more!

  • By Kirstin on 07-02-15

Something different

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

A family member's obsession with cephalopods brought me to this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It opened up a whole new world for me and I didn't find it overly sweetened or pedestrian. If I was forced to quibble, it would be about the nature of consciousness being glossed over too much. But the content was well presented.

46 of 48 people found this review helpful

  • The Dog Stars

  • By: Peter Heller
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,356

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautifully written and narrated!

  • By Mike Naka on 06-08-14

Beautiful look at life.

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

So hard to describe a post-apocalyptic novel as beautiful, but it is. This is not my typical genre but the reviews made me curious enough to give it a try. The narration was perfect, and preferable to actually reading it. The economy of words came across brilliantly in the voice of Deakins. I have no interest in spoiling any part of this story, but be prepared to look at life a bit differently in the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Monuments Men

  • Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
  • By: Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Davidson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,026

In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fine book, adequate narration

  • By Paul Bennett on 03-13-10

Read BEFORE the movie

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

Reviewed: 01-10-14

As an art lover and someone who lived in Europe many years ago, I had only heard whispers of these stories, random crumbs about Nazi art thefts of some of my most beloved masterpieces, but I never knew the extent of the theft or that the art and architecture I have spent my life learning about came so close to being lost, completely, before I was born. This was a revelation, and well told. I am left with a burning desire to thank the heroes of this story and to hope that the movie offers a fitting memorial to their mission. This is the kind of book I want everyone to read, certain that lives will be enriched knowing this worthy story, and certain that it will be closer to the truth than any film can offer. Read first before the movie has some fun with it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,111

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Will read more Gaimen

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

Reviewed: 06-27-13

Clearly, this is a writer, and an extraordinary performer of his own work. I wasn't in the mood for such dark and scary stuff, but that is entirely my fault, not his. As my first read of Gaimen, I had not expected the dreamy landscape that blurs reality and it took me awhile to immerse myself in it. As others have pointed out, it is almost too short. Just as I had my bearings, it was over. I will say, it captures an almost forgotten sense of how we all struggled between our make-believe and our reality at some point in our lives. One of the better childhood perspectives I have encountered.

  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,670
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,650

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light, fun, easy listen

  • By january on 11-04-12

You don't have to be a geek

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

Reviewed: 06-27-13

Robin's romp through hi-tech magic and ancient knowledge (aka OK) was so completely refreshing and entertaining, my only complaint is it ended too soon. Would have loved to hang out with Clay and gang a lot longer!

You also do not have to be young to enjoy this. But if you like (even a little) typography, design, communication, codes, and fun, then you are the right person for this adventure. I especially enjoyed Clay and his tongue in cheek, don't-take-it-too-seriously attitude.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Son

  • By: Philipp Meyer
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,927
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,931

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries. Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer

  • By Mel on 06-04-13

When men were Men.

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

Reviewed: 06-22-13

After the first violent episode, the rest were a bit easier to read through. I loved the different characters sharing a story across the ages, each bringing a different perspective and each a fascinating character in their own rights. The writing is rich and engaging. The research impressive. But the narration steals the show for me. Not sure the print version would have been as engaging. I loved Eli from start to finish, much the way good girls like bad boys. "Might makes right" echoes from these pages and reminds me why Texas can be such an ornery and difficult place. If anything, the book makes me like the state even less than I did before by confirming stereotypes, but that didn't make the read any less enjoyable.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,024

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

Every journey begins with one step

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

Reviewed: 06-12-13

There are layers here. There is beauty and there is a profound sense of what life is about. I haven't been so sad to finish a book in a long time. Perfect for a walk.