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  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,948
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,400

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Trouble on Paradise pt. II

  • By Kurtis Karr on 09-27-18

Awesome Series!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

Awesome series! Joe & Skippy forever!
My son and I, as well as several friends we've recommended it to, have been loving this series. Looking forward to more!
Semper Fi!

  • You Say Potato: A Book About Accents

  • By: Ben Crystal, David Crystal
  • Narrated by: David Crystal, Ben Crystal, Jane Savage, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Some people say 'sconn' while others say 'schown'. He says 'bath' while she says 'bahth'. You say 'potayto'. I say 'potahto'. And - wait a second, no one says 'potahto'. No one's ever said 'potahto'. Have they? From reconstructing Shakespeare's accent to the rise and fall of received pronunciation, actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father, David, travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wish there were more native recordings.

  • By Matt Dobler on 07-01-16

As an Audiobook Narrator I found this Book Awesome

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended it for all of my performing arts friends both in the UK and North America. Awesome discussion of accents and dialects that can really help any performer understand a bit about what we do.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

David and Ben have great chemistry for a father/son team. Terrific blend of knowledge and entertainment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • If at Birth You Don't Succeed

  • My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny
  • By: Zach Anner
  • Narrated by: Zach Anner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880

Zach lives by the mantra: When life gives you a wheelchair, make lemonade. Whether recounting a valiant childhood attempt to woo Cindy Crawford, encounters with zealous faith healers, or the time he crapped his pants mere feet from Dr. Phil, Zach shares his fumbles with unflinching honesty and characteristic charm. By his 30th birthday, Zach had grown into an adult with a career in entertainment, millions of fans, a loving family, and friends who would literally carry him up mountains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Zach A.

  • By Zachary D Anner on 04-07-16

Review from a professional narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

What about Zach Anner’s performance did you like?

Not often can an author of a book be their own narrator. In this case though, no one could have read this book the way Zach does. His comedic timing is excellent. His tone in the serious parts held me close to the story. In general, I found it well done in all aspects. As one who does narration for a living all I can say is, Great Job!

Any additional comments?

Funny, Poignant, Eye Opening, and over all well done. Highly recommended.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Wake

  • By: Paul Kingsnorth
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

In the aftermath of the Norman Invasion of 1066, William the Conqueror was uncompromising and brutal. English society was broken apart, its systems turned on their head. What is little known is that a fractured network of guerrilla fighters took up arms against the French occupiers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please…get me out of his head!

  • By Craig on 07-11-16

Very interesting story, Excellent performance!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

Any additional comments?

Well written, intriguing story with an interesting mix 11th century Anglo-Saxon and Middle English with enough modern phrasing and words to render it understandable to a 21st century listener/reader.

Speaking of listener/reader, Simon Vance's narration of this book was absolutely remarkable. He took a very difficult text, and transported me back nearly a thousand years. Very good indeed.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • High Moor 3: Blood Moon

  • By: Graeme Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Chris Barnes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

The war has begun...As the humans make their move against the werewolf threat in their midst, and civil war threatens to break the pack apart, John and Marie struggle to free the only person who can unite the werewolf factions against their common enemy: Marie's brother, Michael. However, their efforts may be for nothing. As tensions mount, the Moonborn prepare to combat the human aggression with an assault of their own; an attack that could spell doom for both man and werewolf alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Werewolf Series. Period.

  • By Dawnzilla on 12-18-15

High Speed, Great Ending!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

If you could sum up High Moor 3: Blood Moon in three words, what would they be?

Don't Upset Werewolves

Which character – as performed by Chris Barnes – was your favorite?

I found Chris's portrayal of all of the characters pretty well done, so I can't really pick a specific one. With a fairly high level of tension in the general narration, he was easily able to transition and catch some of the emotion of the characters as they battled their inner demons. Chris is a narrator I enjoy.

Any additional comments?

All in all Highmoor 3 is a pretty good close to the trilogy. This is a high tension, fast paced story and definitely not one for fans of sparkly vampires, or emo werewolves. Makes me want to reconsider camping in the woods as much as I do, or at least makes me wonder if I should find a vendor of silver bullets.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wisdom of Walt

  • Leadership Lessons from the Happiest Place on Earth
  • By: Jeffrey A. Barnes
  • Narrated by: Al Kessel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

In The Wisdom of Walt, Professor Jeffrey Barnes distills Walt Disney's vision, his knowledge, and his methods into a series of actionable lessons. Through historical vignettes about Disneyland, as well as plentiful examples and exercises, Barnes creates a framework through which you can apply Walt's wisdom to improve your career, your company, and your life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please listen to this audiobook from Jeff Barnes

  • By Chris Malek on 06-11-16

Excellent and Insipiring

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

Reviewed: 12-18-15

What did you like best about this story?

A well written, and well spoken, inspirational book that encourages us to go for our dreams, even if others think we're crazy. Great information about Walt, but even better is the connection the writer makes to the listener by turning Disney (both the park and the man) into much more than just a theme park.

What about Al Kessel’s performance did you like?

Perfect match of voice and text. Al's voice is excellent and very well suited to the material.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I, the Jury

  • By: Mickey Spillane
  • Narrated by: Mike Dennis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Here's Mickey Spillane and Mike Hammer in their roughest and readiest—a double-strength shot of sex, violence, and action that is vintage Spillane all the way. It's a tough-guy mystery to please even the most bloodthirsty of fans!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • read this one for what it is

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 07-08-16

Awesome Book, Great Writer, Amazing Narrator!!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-15

Would you listen to I, the Jury again? Why?

Yes, great story and read in a convincing style that brought the 1950's tale alive.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I, the Jury?

Hammer reenacting the scene of his friend's death in his mind as he put the pieces together to solve the crime.

What about Mike Dennis’s performance did you like?

I think he hit Mike Hammer's voice on the head, nailed it as they say.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

If you're going to commit murder, don't pick one of Mike Hammer's friends, you'll end dead real fast.

Any additional comments?

Mike Dennis did an awesome job, as good or better than Stacy Keach. Mike is a natural fit for parts like this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Alaska

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 57 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605

The high points in the story of Alaska since the American acquisition are brought vividly to life through more than 100 characters, real and fictional.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, More True than Fiction

  • By Basil Sands on 08-21-15

Great story, More True than Fiction

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

Where does Alaska rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As an Alaskan I love this story. The narrator is a bit slow, and not a dramatic reader, but for the material lends itself well for his style which sounds more like a lecture from a history prof. It works well, although I must admit I had to set the speed to 1.25 (sacrilege to some I know, but it is kinda slow otherwise). As the grandson of pioneers up here in Alaska, my kids are 4th generation born on the grands homestead, I can say I identify with so many aspects of this story it is hard to know where to start.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hard to say. Probably Missy, she reminds me of many sourdough ladies I know in real life. But there are so many who i could almost identify as people I've known. The Flatches are like many families I've known in the interior backwoods outside of Fairbanks. The Vims are much like many outsiders that see Alaska as only profits lining their pockets.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Nome gold discoveries. Always wish I'd been around back then. Also the interractions between Big Ears and the Vims family

Any additional comments?

It was obviously a remaster of the original cassette or cd version, and there were plenty of remnants of that original, original intros a la "Disk-4", repeated lines from original when the new disk was inserted, etc. Also there were a good amount of seriously mispronounced words, both Alaskan words and several location names that were actual American names. Otherwise, I felt like I was immersed in my own culture in a deep learning sort of way. Loved it.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Empty Throne

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,889

Britain, early 10th century AD: a time of change. There are new raids by the Vikings from Ireland, and turmoil among the Saxons over the leadership of Mercia. A younger generation is taking over. Æthelred, the ruler of Mercia, is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. The West Saxons want their king, but Uhtred has long supported Athelflaed, sister to King Edward of Wessex and widow of Aethelred. Widely loved and respected, Athelflaed has all the makings of a leader - but can Saxon warriors ever accept a woman as their ruler?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uhtred ages gracefully

  • By Drake Zimmerman on 01-11-15

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Excellent story by Mr. Cornwell. Excellent narration by Mr. Bates.
One of my favourite series.
Well done all around.

  • High Moor 2: Moonstruck

  • By: Graeme Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Chris Barnes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

The people of High Moor are united in horror at the latest tragedy to befall their small town. As dawn breaks, the town is left to count the cost and mourn its dead, while breathing a collective sigh of relief. John Simpson, the apparent perpetrator of the horrific murders, is in police custody. The nightmare is over. Isn't it? Detective Inspector Phil Fletcher and his partner, Constable Olivia Garner, have started to uncover some unsettling evidence during their investigations of John Simpson's past - evidence that supports his impossible claims: that he is a werewolf....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moral of the story- Don't piss off a werewolf.

  • By jami on 12-22-14

Yet again - werewolves done right.

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

As I said for the first book....powerful story, well chosen narrator. Makes me want to not step outside on full moon nights. Good listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful