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Menlo Park, CA USA
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  • The Devil Crept In

  • By: Ania Ahlborn
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They're well aware that the first 48 hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark's youth, he knows that, too; he's seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent New Horror

  • By Jay on 02-15-17

Predictable Drawn-out Plot. Asked for a Refund.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

This would have been OK as a short story, but as a novel this doesn't work. Halfwayvthrough the second part the rest of the story was predictable. Nothing really unique to this plot or the way it's told. I gave up two hours before the end and returned the book for a refund.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Golden Son

  • Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,530
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,385

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Modern Classic Which Will Endure

  • By HMW on 01-09-15

Incredible writing; a couple of hard to believe plot twists

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

Reviewed: 10-31-16

I love the lyricism in the way Brown writes. His characters are written with depth and some are very real. I like the complicated plot/politics.

What I don't like are the all too convenient last-minute rescues and coincidences. Also his younger characters are too wise for their years. Those two elements are the only thing holding me back from a 5 star review.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,871

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Schrödinger's box gets opened. Meh steps out.

  • By Darwin8u on 09-19-16

Brilliant - one of his best.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

Incredibly original story and great writing. Loved the hard science intertwined with the great action and character depth. Way to go!

  • The Last Star

  • The Final Book of The 5th Wave
  • By: Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Strole, Ben Yannette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,443

We're here, then we're gone, and that was true before they came. That's always been true. The Others didn't invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won't end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning: on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really? That's how it ends???

  • By A. Smiling on 08-11-16

Yancy is a great writer. This is not his best.

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

Reviewed: 09-03-16

I don't know if it was the YA theme (overblown teenage angst) or the predictable plot with teenagers saving the world, but I really, really, really struggled to finish this. For really great stories, read Yancy's other series. I'm still a huge fan of his.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Promise

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,979

Loyalty, commitment, the fight against injustice - these are the things that have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they keep it. Even if it could get them killed. When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case - until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defense contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "They Call K-9 When They Need Superpowers, Woof!"

  • By Empress Karen on 11-10-15

Great Novel! One of Crais' Best!

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

(No Spoilers) Great interwoven story with all my favorite characters. Great plot with twists and turns. I really enjoyed this story and the performance!

  • The Nameless Dark

  • By: T.E. Grau, Nathan Ballingrud
  • Narrated by: Armen Taylor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97

The Nameless Dark debuts a major new voice in contemporary weird fiction. Within these minutes, you'll find whispers of the familiar ghosts of the classic pulps - Lovecraft, Bradbury, Smith - blended with Grau's uniquely macabre, witty storytelling, securing his place at the table amid this current Renaissance of literary horror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolute gem

  • By T on 07-01-16

Outstanding Collection of Short Stories

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

Diverse set of well-written stories that have some twists and turns. Good read! I'm going to get their other books.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Physics of the Dead

  • A Supernatural Mystery Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

The afterlife doesn't come with a manual. In fact, Hart and Bowler (two ordinary but dead men) have had to work out the rules of their new existence for themselves. It's that fact (along with being unable to leave the boundaries of their city center, unable to communicate with the other lost souls, unable to rest in case The Beast catches up with them) that makes getting out of their situation a priority. But Hart and Bowler don't know why they're there in the first place; if they ever want to leave, they will have to find all the answers to be able to understand the physics of the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Vision of Life, Death, Regret, Loss, & Hope

  • By JoanneG on 02-28-16

Fascinating Premise

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

Reviewed: 06-19-16

Intriguing plot and sub-plots. I enjoyed how many of the mysteries are partially solved and slow the reader to come to their own conclusion. Enjoyable twist at the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • WEIRD. DARK.

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

From the author of Audible #1 bestsellers In The Darkness, That’s Where I’ll Know You, The Physics of the Dead, and The Stone Man - shortlisted for the Audible Audiobook of the Year award 2015 - comes this special omnibus edition collecting three of Luke Smitherd's books: Hold On Until Your Fingers Break, The Man On Table Ten, and My Name Is Mister Grief, plus exclusive bonus story "The Crash", unavailable anywhere else!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Four Strange Stories = One Great Book

  • By JoanneG on 11-04-15

Another Great One by Smitherd

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

Very well written and performed stories. Thought provoking with a twist. Very original stories that won't have you predicting the plot after the first 100, 1,000, 10,000, or 100,000 words. Enjoy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Summer of Fear

  • By: T. Jefferson Parker
  • Narrated by: Dale Hull
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

It is a hot California summer, and a serial killer is massacring entire families in Orange County. Russ Monroe, an ex-cop-turned-crime-writer, stumbles onto a murder scene that replicates those committed by the serial killer. The victim was an ex-lover who he knew was dating his best friend, the city's homicide chief.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery - Lots of Good Twists

  • By Allan on 04-13-16

Great Mystery - Lots of Good Twists

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

Another good story by T. Jefferson Parker! Great development and plotting of very flawed characters in various hues of grey. I wasn't crazy about the narrator. His phrasing and pace don't fit Parker's lyrical style. The narrator for Parker's series of books about ATF agent Sean Ozburn was great and and someone I recommend narrate all of Parker's books.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,470

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Good story - weak ending

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

Very interesting and unique take on the zombie apocalypse. Unfortunately the ending was predictable after a fairly strong and consistent plot and writing throughout.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful