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  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

  • By: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,184

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Normal Life in an Abnormal World

  • By Arthur D. Rich on 08-26-17

Really fun listen.

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

This audiobook is a hoot. The narration is fantastic. I hope it is the beginning of a series. It would make a great movie.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Passion, Betrayal, and Killer Highlights

  • By: Kyra Davis
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 868

The last time Sophie saw sexy P.I. Anatoly Darinsky, he practically danced a jig when she waved goodbye; a normal reaction for a man who'd nearly bought the farm trying to protect her from her own foolishness. What are the chances he'd agree to take incriminating pictures of her sister's philandering husband? Or that he'd let her tag along, you know, for research?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Chick Lit Mystery

  • By Jessica on 04-16-10

Too stupid for me.

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

Just too stupid. The narrator did a good job with the Russian and Yiddish accents, but everyone else sounded like they were from New Jersey and it was supposed to take place in San Francisco.

  • Plague Pits & River Bones

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

London, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe. When Detective Stephen Lavender is called in to investigate a highway robbery and a cold-blooded murder, both the cases take a dangerous and disturbing personal twist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No One Is Smiling on Bowstreet Station

  • By Chuck on 03-12-18

Excellent Series

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Great everything. Can’t wait for the next one to come out. Great new series Wonderful narrator does great accents

  • Hungry Earth

  • Elemental, Book 2
  • By: Rain Oxford
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

Devon Sanders, a private investigator known for his efficiency and discretion, is determined to become a master wizard. He returns to the paranormal university ready to learn magic and uncover the history of the castle. Unfortunately, life at Quintessence is never that easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved every second

  • By Cindy Rice on 03-10-16

Hated the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

Any additional comments?

It is a good, fun story, but the narration drove me crazy. He was good at the lesser characters, but on his Devon voice, the inflection was all wrong. You'd think doom was coming at every turn.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mycroft Holmes

  • By: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,657
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,649

"When I say, therefore, that [my brother] has better powers of observation than I...I am speaking the exact and literal truth." (Sherlock Holmes). This story occurs when Mycroft, an athletic Cambridge graduate, assists the secretary of State. He becomes embroiled in a mystery in Trinidad based on actual history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a huge Holmesian, seven-foot-two tall, basketball's all-time leading scorer, and a US cultural ambassador. Anna Waterhouse is a professional screenwriter and script consultant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally a good Mycroft story!

  • By Sherlock Fan on 09-28-15

Really well done!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-15

What made the experience of listening to Mycroft Holmes the most enjoyable?

The story was engaging and the writing was very much in the spirit of Conan-Doyle.

What did you like best about this story?

The story really ran counter to any pre-conceived notions I might have had about it.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really hate these cookie cutter, fill in the blank reviews, don't you? Do I have to have a favorite scene? I enjoyed the whole danged thing!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I'm not going to be the one who gives away plot points gratuitously! It's really a good read!

Any additional comments?

I have to say that I'm as impressed by KAJ's writing skills as I was his basketball acumen. The co-writers really did a great job!

19 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Secondhand Souls

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,718

Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone - or something - is stealing them. No one knows where they are going or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • a snarky slapstick sequel to A Dirty Job

  • By withherownwings on 09-24-15

Nice followup to "Dirty Job"

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

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

This is a really nice follow up to Dirty Job. I'd highly recommend reading DJ before you read Secondhand Souls. And in fact the more of the San Francisco books you read by Christopher Moore the more characters tie in across the stories.

What other book might you compare Secondhand Souls to and why?

Dirty Job because it's a sequel and carries on stories of characters introduced in that fine book.

Which scene was your favorite?

There are so many...why choose only one?

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

Sorry we had to dumb down a great read to make this movie?

Any additional comments?

Christopher Moore is a treasure. Do yourself a favor and dive into his wonderful writing.

  • The Killer Angels

  • The Classic Novel of the Civil War
  • By: Michael Shaara
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,059

After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 12-27-09

Super book about Gettysburg and Lee's cockup!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

Would you listen to The Killer Angels again? Why?

To get a better grip on the players. There are a lot of divisions and bits of the battle that are hard to get first time around. I had the print book full of maps and it was a very rich experience.

What did you like best about this story?

Lee had a 'terms of surrender' letter from Jefferson Davis in his pocket to present to President Lincoln when the Rebels entered Washington, DC. They were that certain of victory over the Feds. It took a bunch of really pigheaded decisions by Lee to decimate his army on this battlefield.

What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

Great voice...well read...pleasant to listen to. Great job Stephen!

If you could take any character from The Killer Angels out to dinner, who would it be and why?

General Longstreet...he was a really intelligent man working under and for the 'Saint of the South', Robert E Lee. His good council was ignored before and during the battle...and then he was loyal enough to clean up Lee's mess after the disaster.

Any additional comments?

Love this book! This battle was the turning point of the Civil War. If it's available in whispersync I'd highly recommend it, because the maps are an integral part to understanding the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Douglas Adams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,739

Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, can uncover the mystery, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you miss him even more...

  • By Bruce on 07-02-12

Liked everything but.....

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

Reviewed: 06-13-15

Where does The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Oh good...a cookie cutter review.
I liked it...good story...terrible end however...it was so bad that I called Audible and asked if they'd check and make sure that it hadn't been cut off. Nope...that's how it ends.
Wowser...I mean ol' Doug can write with the best of them...but he's no finisher!

What other book might you compare The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul to and why?

Samari by Clavel...because the lack of an ending left me wanting to go find him and beat him up!

Which character – as performed by Douglas Adams – was your favorite?

Douglas Adams reading was wonderful..as was most of the story...great character voices, but I have to ask...where's the last 5 minutes of the book Doug?

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yep, I had a 400 mile drive down the 395 in California and nothing to do but enjoy the fabulous scenery and this wonderful book...

Any additional comments?

I recommend this author without hesitation. I'm intrigued to listen to some more of his writing because it's so witty and imaginative...and I'm dying to know if all his endings are like the guy who's winning the race only to break a leg at the finish line and run off the track!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,235

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Great story...great performance

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

Reviewed: 01-23-15

What did you love best about Anansi Boys?

I like the whole danged thing. It's really well written and engaging. The way it starts out you think, oh god another 'I hate my Father' book...but it grabs you!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Anansi Boys?

Too many to name.

Have you listened to any of Lenny Henry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I havent' and having heard 'American Gods' with George Guidot I was worried about the narrator...but I've got to say that Lenny was perfect for this book...absolutely perfect!

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

Sorry...I don't give away log lines.

Any additional comments?

I've read a bunch of Gaiman books and I absolutely put this one and American Gods at the top of my list. Seriously I think I've listened to this one a dozen times...it's that entertaining.

  • American Gods [TV Tie-In]

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,835

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming mystery, romance and epic

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-26-03

A Classic

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

Reviewed: 07-04-14

What made the experience of listening to American Gods the most enjoyable?

Guidall really makes Gaiman's imaginative story come to life...it's the meeting of two terrific talents!

What other book might you compare American Gods to and why?

Anansi Boys...that's way too easy.
Another classic.

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The Longmire series...he's guaranteed that I will never like the TV series. Lou P Diamond playing a 300 lb Indian? Ha, ha, ha, haaaaa!

Guidall is a pro...I'd probably enjoy listening to him read the phone book!

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

Get Guidall to help cast it...he's brilliant!