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  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,073

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

Not my cup of tea.

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

The second of my freebie Audible productions this week. Decided to try something else, as I do from time to time.

Bad idea. Bad match. The story and style might appeal to others, just not me. Apologies for the unhelpful review, though if I were to go into detail it would just read nasty and rude - something which, after all, I feel this author does not deserve as only a difference in taste makes me dislike it so.

  • 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 12,791
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,852
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,798

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
  • Captured the heart of the original

  • By Dayn L. on 03-08-18

Holy... did that go off the deep end in a jiffy!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Wow. And I say that with emphasis, and as a long time watcher of the show. Having not had anything to do with the X-Files for ages, I was happy to give this a go - though while I had no idea what to expect, I sure did not expect this!

Stephen King writes some pretty off-the-rocker stuff, yet he does it by starting out pretty regular like and then ramping up gently - so that by the middle of the book, totally weird stuff seems perfectly plausible.

Not here, though. This seems to assume the last thing done prior to hitting play on this production was binging the complete series. It goes from zero to batshit crazy in 10 seconds flat.

Some production value might have kept me in longer, though the acting is so campy it makes the show seem like Oscar material by comparison.

Guess I can best sum it up with the classic sentence ‘...the flak I just listen to?!’ and as for my recommendation, the equally proverbial ‘Stay the flak away!’

No joke. Stay away.

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  • Xenos: Warhammer 40,000

  • Eisenhorn, Book 1
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079

The Inquisition moves amongst mankind like an avenging shadow, striking down the enemies of humanity with uncompromising ruthlessness. When he finally corners an old foe, Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn is drawn into a sinister conspiracy. As events unfold and he gathers allies - and enemies - Eisenhorn faces a vast interstellar cabal and the dark power of daemons, all racing to recover an arcane text of abominable power: an ancient tome known as the Necroteuch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No one expects the Imperial Inquisition!

  • By Charlie M. on 11-13-17

Reads like a regular action movie

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Really cannot agree with the overwhelmingly positive reviews for this title. While I have great respect for Abnett, and credit him with more or less single-handedly keeping the Horus Heresy series afloat for the first twenty volumes or so, I also recognize that he has several turkeys - and this is one of them.

This reads like a regular Black Library publication, that is, shallow plot and loads of action (the so-called bolter porn). The story follows a tedious and recognizeable pattern of short dialogue and exposition parts separated by long segments of action. Add to that a dreary black-and-white plot and cast, with villains having no other motivation for being bad than being evil, and a world view of guns being the only way to get ahead and settle things, and you have a reicpe for a totally bland, forgettable and boring story that does not hold a candle to any properly written science fiction story. Really, it is even too boring and repetitive to be used as a pallet cleaner between more substantial books.

Even giving it an extra hour to get somewhere due to my previous experiece with Abnett and a very good performance by the reader could not make this work. That being said, friends have encouraged me to try the later books in this series and I might well do so - though for now I need a break.

Good if one loves bolter porn, I suppose. Otherwise, my advice is to stay well clear.

  • The Art of Conflict Management: Achieving Solutions for Life, Work, and Beyond

  • By: Michael Dues, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael Dues
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991

In 24 lectures brimming with practical tips, tools, and techniques everyone can use to better manage conflict in his or her professional and personal lives, gain the essential skills of conflict management. As presented by Professor Dues, these lectures will show you how to effectively deal with conflicts of all kinds, using the "win-win" model that has dominated the field for the past six decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Good

  • By Mary on 12-06-15

Interesting yet not intriguing

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

As the lecturer says, not a book that will magically resolve all your problems - yet contains a good, solid foundation of concepts and ideas that I really believe will help me in the future.

The lectures never become really riveting though, and pass at a dull, steady pace. Some of the chosen presentation techniques left me shaking my head. That being said, a decent lecture series.

  • The Automatic Detective

  • By: A. Lee Martinez
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,020

Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just cant catch a break.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Narration performance

  • By Windy on 04-19-11

Reads like a four-colour cartoon

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

The story feels like the script for a comic book, and, while somewhat charming from time to time, doublessly would have worked better in that format. While a standalone story, it appears to lay the groundwork for a series - one that I have no interest in following.

Droll. At times charming. Not really worth it though.

  • Manson

  • The Life and Times of Charles Manson
  • By: Jeff Guinn
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

Award-winning journalist Jeff Guinn's highly acclaimed Manson has won rave reviews and is a top-pick on must-read lists everywhere. This superb biography answers lingering questions about the Manson Family murders, while delivering stunning revelations about the life of America's most notorious psychopath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles Manson: Even worse than you imagined

  • By Ruby Dartz on 09-15-13

An extraordinary piece of history

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

If you are not from the U.S. yet have seen the name Manson pop up here and there and never understood its significance or the fascination relating to it, pick up this title. The line "The Life and Times of Charles Manson" not only perfectly encapsulate the contents of the book, but also explains why I was so taken with it - it appears as a snapshot of time, telling not only of the abnormal actions of this individual but also of the times that shaped him and the environment he existed in.

Reads like a thriller. Highly recommended.

  • On the Beach

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618

A war no one fully understands has devastated the planet with radioactive fallout from massive cobalt bombing. Melbourne, Australia, is the only area whose citizens have not yet succumbed to the contamination. But there isn’t much time left, a few months, maybe more—and the citizens of Melbourne must decide how they will live the remaining weeks of their lives, and how they will face a hopeless future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Personally a Tremendous Influence

  • By N. Rogers on 06-07-14

Awful, wonderful and still feels relevant

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

One sure sign of a five star book for me is one that I just cannot put down. This post-apocalyptic story needs no zombies, managing perfectly with just a slow, creeping realization that something is terribly, terribly wrong.

Riveting, sad, horrifying and highly recommended no matter what genre is normally preferred.

  • Nocturnal: A Novel

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 22 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,841

Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind. How else to explain the dreams he keeps having - dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? How else to explain the feelings these dreams provoke in him - not disgust, not horror, but excitement? As Bryan and his longtime partner, Lawrence 'Pookie' Chang, investigate the murders, they learn that things are even stranger than they at first seem.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • creative author dips into the unknown

  • By Lynn Wright on 12-30-14

Trash

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

One of my turnoffs in storytelling are girlfriends in freezers. Another is excessive, graphic violence. This book started out with hours and hours of both, and after the umpth chapter I realized that no matter what story potentially followed, it would not justify listening to another minute of this filth. Will be returned. Stay clear.

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  • The Primarchs

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 20
  • By: Graham McNeill, Gav Thorpe, Nick Kyme, and others
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong, Sean Barrett, Jonathan Keeble, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Created in the Emperor's own image, the primarchs had long thought themselves to be princes of the universe and masters of their own destiny - they led the Space Marine Legions in glorious conquest of the galaxy, and no enemy of the Imperium could stand against them. However, even amongst this legendary brotherhood, the seeds of dissent had been sown long before the treacherous Warmaster Horus declared his grand heresy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed bag

  • By Per on 06-25-18

Mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Four novellas centered around different primarchs. The first two are trash, the third average and the fourth excellent. Only recommended for dedicated fans of the series. Otherwise, borrow from a friend if possible.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gravity's Engines

  • How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos
  • By: Caleb Scharf
  • Narrated by: Caleb Scharf
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

We’ve long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Often billions of times more massive than the Sun, they lurk in the inner sanctum of almost every galaxy of stars in the universe. Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely different side to black holes. As the astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals in Gravity’s Engines, these chasms in space-time don’t just vacuum up everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best science books for non-scientist

  • By Gary on 08-20-12

Some interesting points, though mainly redundant

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

Read by the author, which is ok. Though his voice is not as appealing as some professional readers, it has its own charm.

Starts out extremely basic, and uses half the book to hash out ideas already covered far better in other books. This part, despite trying to use a red thread narrative, seems messy and out of focus and is often dull. It really starts to pick up after that though, in particular when the author narrows in on his own research.

Over all, there is more chaff than substance here though. I’d rather recommend A Brief History of Time by Hawking as an introduction, and books by Michio Kaku for more recent physics. This book would have been far better if it focused on more recent work rather than spending most of its pages treading old ground. What new material there is, is quite compelling however. YMMV.