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  • Out of the Soylent Planet: A Rex Nihilo Adventure

  • Starship Grifters, Book 0
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: J.D. Ledford
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Interstellar con man Rex Nihilo has a price tag on his head. Railroaded into smuggling a shipment of contraband corn to a planet short on food, Rex finds himself on the run from an insidious corporation named Ubiqorp, which reaps obscene profits by keeping the planet dependent on shipments of synthetic rations. When Rex and his long-suffering robot companion Sasha are sentenced to work as slave labor on a massive Ubiqorp plantation, they learn the terrible secret behind the corporation's products.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most I’ve laughed in a long time

  • By Richard on 04-13-18

Best of the Sasha-Rex books

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

An origin story, how Sasha, the robot with acting pretensions meets Rex Nihilo, the goofy interstellar conman. Wacky fun, terrific story, hilarious characters. Enjoyed it a lot, and J. D. Ledford is outstanding as she tells the tale from Sasha’s POV. Hope the series has a long life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Goddess Legacy

  • By: Russell Blake
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 359

When Drake Ramsey gets an invitation he can't refuse to embark on a treasure hunt in India, little does he know that it will be a headlong rush into danger that will require all his wits to survive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get over the plagiarism...

  • By Sean on 04-01-17

Fun thriller adventure

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Top of my head, Ray Porter is an Audible god, no one is better (see his Marlow in the Chandler series). And this has been a very entertaining action-packed adventure series. Here our intrepid heroes seek treasure in the ugly bowels of India and a lark turns into a dangerous pursuit of long-hidden secrets. Enjoyed it a lot.

  • Playback

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Stalking the tawdry neon wilderness of forties and fifties Los Angeles, Raymond Chandler's hard-drinking, wise-cracking Phillip Marlowe is one of the world's most famous fictional detectives. Playback finds Marlowe mixing business with pleasure - getting paid to follow a mysterious and lovely red-head named Eleanor King. And wherever Miss King goes, trouble seems to follow. But she's easy on the eye and Marlowe's happy to do as he's told, all in the name of chivalry, of course.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • New to Chandler? End here. Don't start here.

  • By Darwin8u on 07-11-15

Great stuff

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

Reviewed: 08-20-16

Another terrific Marlow novel, and Ray Porter is great and should read all audiobooks (unless it calls for a dame).

  • Crime and Punishment

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,843

In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful reading, disturbing book

  • By Tad Davis on 11-03-08

Terrific work and performance

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

Great novel, and the performer gives a nuanced, dynamic reading. My favorite novel by Dostoyevsky, terrific performance.

  • Into the Storm

  • Book One of The Malcontents
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,388

A knight of Cygnar follows a strict moral code. His integrity is beyond reproach. He holds himself to the highest standards whether dealing with friend or foe. And he values honor above all. The year is 606 AR, and Cygnar has been sorely pressed by its enemies both at home and abroad. In Caspia, the conflict with the Protectorate is about to erupt into full war with the looming invasion of Sul. The Cygnaran military is desperate for soldiers with the skill, strength, and bravery to take up the devastating galvanic weaponry of the new Storm Division.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • After 150 titles, first review of a fantasy story.

  • By Niv on 12-16-14

Terrific tale of war, the Dirty Dozen with some magic

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

Ray Porter, who does such a terrific job reading Chandler's Marlow noir detective novels, is outstanding here as well. Correia has done his fantasy take on the Dirty Dozen and created a wonderful story of two nations at war, using bullets, flaming swords, fighting robots and more. Great stuff, hope there is a series to come here.

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  • After America

  • Get Ready for Armageddon
  • By: Mark Steyn
  • Narrated by: Mark Steyn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545

In his giant New York Times best seller, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, Mark Steyn predicted collapse for the rest of the Western World. Now, he adds, America has caught up with Europe on the great rush to self-destruction. What will a world without American leadership look like? It won’t be pretty—not for you and not for your children. America’s decline won’t be gradual, like an aging Europe sipping espresso at a café until extinction. No, America’s decline will be a wrenching affair marked by violence and possibly secession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Facts

  • By Peter on 11-11-11

Entertaining look at the ugly future of the West

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

Reviewed: 03-19-16

Really enjoyed this scary look at the present and future of the Western world. Steyn covers the self-destructive behavior of the West and the rise of its enemies, and reads his material with a cheerful sunniness that contrasts with his vision.

  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,847
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,290

Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner

  • By Sez on 07-12-14

Fun edition of MHI starring Agent Franks

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

MHI books are always fun and Oliver Wyman does his usual stellar job reading it. This one focuses on Agent Franks and his efforts to save the world. It was very good and the gang is involved, though I like best the eps focusing on the accountant/warrior Pitt. Want more!

  • Down the Highway

  • The Life of Bob Dylan
  • By: Howard Sounes
  • Narrated by: Peter Markinker
  • Length: 20 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Down the Highway is an essential biography for Bob Dylan fans and all music enthusiasts, delivering the full, fascinating story of the life and work of this great artist. Author Howard Sounes interviewed more than 250 key people in Dylan’s circle, and gained access to previously unseen documents, to create a fresh and compelling book that takes the reader on a journey from Dylan’s childhood in a Minnesota mining town, through his rise to fame in the 1960s, to his current status as the senior figure in popular music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The fascinating story of a real life troubadour

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-11-16

Terrific thorough biography

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

Reviewed: 03-06-16

Had read it years ago and has been updated through 2012 or so. Thorough, well-researched and even-handed, it does a good job telling the remarkable story of Dylan's life. The reader is very good as well. Excellent book well told.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sphere

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,643
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,638

A classic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Crichton, Sphere is a bravura demonstration of what he does better than anyone: riveting storytelling that combines frighteningly plausible, cutting-edge science and technology with pulse-pounding action and serious chills. The gripping story of a group of American scientists sent to the ocean floor to investigate an alien ship, only to confront a terrifying discovery that defies imagination,.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sphere

  • By BookReader on 06-01-16

Fun sci-fi page-turner

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

Very entertaining page-turner, it brings up interesting ideas about aliens, black holes, time travel. Mostly though it's about the characters and their struggles to deal with the menace and survive. Enjoyed it a lot.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Kreutzer Sonata

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

One of the world’s greatest novelists, Leo Tolstoy was also the author of a number of superb short stories, one of his best known being “The Kreutzer Sonata.” This macabre story involves the murder of a wife by her husband. It is a penetrating study of jealousy as well as a piercing complaint about the way in which society educates men and women in matters of sex - a serious condemnation of the mores and attitudes of the wealthy, educated class.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Leo Tolstoy was kind of a monster

  • By TiffanyD on 11-12-18

Very good short story

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

Reviewed: 02-26-16

Tale of a man's jealousy over his wife's affections for another man. Tremendous reading, enjoyed it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful