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  • The Water Knife

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Almarie Guerra
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,909
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,903

In the American Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, and California skirmish for dwindling shares of the Colorado River. Into the fray steps Angel Velasquez, detective, leg breaker, assassin, and spy. A Las Vegas water knife, Angel "cuts" water for his boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert, so the rich can stay wet while the poor get nothing but dust.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The fight for water in a drought fueled apocalypse

  • By Lore on 09-24-15

Empty, soulless and dry

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

Hated this one. About an hour into it. Yuck.

Couldn’t suspend disbelief.

Characters are shallow and meaningless. So emotional attachment to the people or the story.

Just words more arid than the plot.

  • Island

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 839

In his final novel - which he considered his most important - Aldous Huxley transports us to the remote Pacific island of Pala, where an ideal society has flourished for 120 years. Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala, and events are set in motion when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman named Faranby, is shipwrecked there. What Faranby doesn't expect is how his time with the people of Pala will revolutionize all his values and - to his amazement - give him hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great narration for a great book.

  • By AndrewL on 09-21-16

Liberal Atlas Shrugged

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Hated every moment of this book. Tried hard to finish it. Couldn’t.

If Pala is the Liberal utopia, I hope to die first. The place is horrible. The people are sanctimonious.

Not a like able character in the book.

Western Civilization is BAD. Christianity is BAD. Families are BAD. They have answered ever one of life’s issues. And like any Liberal, they list drone on about it.

  • The Man on the Mountaintop

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Susan Trott, Libby Spurrier - adaptor
  • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Clare Corbett, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,761

The Man on the Mountaintop tells the story of Holy Man Joe, an ageing and unassuming man who lives in a hermitage on top of a mountain. During the summer months, thousands of hopefuls line the path leading to his door, seeking his wisdom. From bombastic, wealthy nobles intent on cheating their way to the top to drunkards who gradually build the physical and mental strength they need to quit their addiction, The Man on the Mountaintop is a rousing tale full of humour, wit and life lessons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple - which is all you really need

  • By Solunari on 02-01-19

Cliche

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Only Joe was a fully fledged character. The rest were just scenery.

Tuchi was great. Joe was OK. The rest of the voices were as weak as the characters.

The sound effect were terrible. Scenery chewing from the Sidelines. Overproduced and distracting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,279
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,878

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO well done!

  • By Tracey Ellen Frances on 11-05-18

Nauseating Audible Ipecak

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Makes me want to put a q-tip in my ears and scratch until the pain stops.

No amount of big name talent can rescue this pile of terrible writing.

Even for free this was HORRIBLE.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,679

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Home Alone set in Space

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Ok kid book.

Hated the sound effects.

No amount of extra production will add enough to cover for the writing.

  • Trustee from the Toolroom

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558

Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hologram of a Decent Man

  • By Jim In Texas! on 05-28-12

Gem of a story.

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I thoroughIy enjoyed this story. I bought this book because it was on sale for $5 or $6 before a long business trip. One of the best books I read in 2108. Great way to finish the year as it is 12/31/18 today.

All of the characters are well developed and the story pulls you in immediately.

  • The Devil's Half Mile

  • A Novel
  • By: Paddy Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Seven years after a financial crisis nearly topples America, traders chafe at government regulations on Wall Street, racial tensions are rising, and corrupt financiers make backdoor deals with politicians.... 1799 was a hell of a year. When young lawyer Justy Flanagan returns to prove his father's innocence, he exposes a massive fraud that has already claimed lives, and one the perpetrators are determined to keep secret at any cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I was expecting...

  • By Sondra on 11-28-18

21st Century Characters set in 1792.

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Almost unable to finish this book with a 21st century beta male protagonist.

Nothing to make you care about any of the characters.

Boring and empty and no fun.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One Summer

  • America, 1927
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,051

One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why 1927?

  • By Mark on 10-18-13

Bill Bryson Trivial Pursuit Edition of 1927

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Pro: Bill does a good job of weaving a story out of many disconnected historical snippets.

Con: Lacks the wit and charm of other Bryson stories.

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,551

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

None of the character ring true.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Very difficult to finish. Supposedly set in the sixties and seventies, but dialog all was 2015.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,450
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,177

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

God Awful and Anoying

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Got perhaps 5 minutes into this one. Zero chemistry in the voice s. Badly chopped together.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful