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  • Obscura

  • By: Joe Hart
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 231

In the near future, a terrifying new form of dementia is affecting victims of all ages. Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the cutting edge of research and desperately determined to find a cure. She’s already lost her husband to the disease, and now her young daughter is slowly succumbing as well. After losing her funding, she is given the unique opportunity to expand her research. She will travel with a NASA team to a space station where the crew has been stricken with symptoms of a similar inexplicable psychosis—memory loss, trances, and violent, uncontrollable impulses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The troubles with the Fuzzies!

  • By Wayne on 05-14-18

Try to overlook the plot holes

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I really wanted to like this book. The main character is from Minnesota, which is always fun. However, once I started noticing the clear holes in certain areas (I don't want to give away the book), it became increasingly harder to ignore. There were even inaccuracies about small plot details - sage plant anyone? Additionally, though I understand this is a personal issue based on my experience, I was hugely irritated by the neuroscience-esque portions of the book. If I didn't have much knowledge on the subject I'm sure it would be fine, but it seems like the author thought repeating some Alzheimer's disease/memory buzz words (e.g. tangles, hippocampus) was a sufficient foundation for the story. At least consult with someone about how to make the research portions more palatable. I didn't take points off for that though, because I'm perfectly content to go along with impossible explanations of faster-than-light travel given my total ignorance of physics. Anyway, I finished the book, but was too distracted by these issues to enjoy it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,839

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mediocre

  • By erin george on 10-03-18

The magic wasn't there for me

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

I love Stephen King; he's one of my favorite authors, and King-Patton team-ups are usually thrilling (Dan Weaver anyone). That being said, this book lacked that something special for me. I felt like the typical ingredients for an awesome experience were there, but they didn't quite coalesce into something I couldn't stop listening to. Also, I found myself turning up the volume to hear some of the quieter parts, then suddenly being blasted by a drastically louder sentence. Ultimately, it was okay, but not what I've come to expect from Mr. King.

8 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • After On

  • A Novel of Silicon Valley
  • By: Rob Reid
  • Narrated by: Sean Kenin, January LaVoy, Felicia Day, and others
  • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613

Meet Phluttr - a diabolically addictive new social network and a villainess, heroine, enemy, and/or bestie to millions. Phluttr has ingested every fact and message ever sent to, from, and about her innumerable users. Her capabilities astound her makers - and they don't even know the tenth of it. But what's the purpose of this stunning creation? Is it a front for something even darker and more powerful than the NSA?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Keith Cuthbert on 08-05-17

Some good, some bad

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

Interesting story, but very slow at times. It was hard to stick with this the whole way through. Also, the plot was not as exciting as I had hope d based on the description, and some of the narrators' attempts at accents were pretty dismal. Nonetheless I appreciated the humor and tendency to poke fun and itself.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Feral

  • By: James DeMonaco, B. K. Evenson
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter, Brittany Pressley, Erin Spencer, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Allie Hilts was still in high school when a fire at a top-secret research facility released an air-borne pathogen that quickly spread to every male on the planet, killing most. Allie witnessed every man she ever knew be consumed by fearsome symptoms: scorching fevers and internal bleeding, madness and uncontrollable violence. The world crumbled around her. No man was spared, and the few survivors were irrevocably changed. They became disturbingly strong, aggressive, and ferocious. Feral.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Melodramatic YA

  • By Kate 33 on 05-02-17

Entertaining YA novel

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

I assumed that this book would be a horror novel because of the connections with the film, The Purge. While I've never actually seen The Purge, yhe previews make it look frightening. Well, you know what they say about assuming... Definitely not a scary book, and not an edge of your seat nail biter. It was an interesting, if subdued, plot that was obviously written for the YA audience.

  • Little Heaven

  • A Novel
  • By: Nick Cutter
  • Narrated by: Corey Brill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 955

From electrifying horror author Nick Cutter comes a haunting new novel, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and Stephen King's It, in which a trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral Effectiveness

  • By Michael on 02-07-17

A good story with lots of jittering

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

This is the first book I have listened to by this author. Reading the synopsis, I was not especially interested in it. I gave it a chance based on the reviews, and was pleasantly surprised. If you are interested in a dark tale that features well-written supernatural elements that "jitter" every few pages, then you might want to check this out. I plan to read more books by this author.

  • Lisey's Story

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Mare Winningham
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,345
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,347

Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vintage, Mature SK

  • By A. Jack on 07-03-07

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

A beautiful duet between Mare Winningham and Steven King. Absolutely flawless writing, a new favorite.

  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

From the author of the international best seller The Stone Man, short-listed for Audible UK's Book of the Year Award 2015. Here are the rules. Method: you can't use a gun. You can't use explosives. You can't use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don't have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Good of the Many is More Important...Or is it?

  • By JoanneG on 12-06-16

Thought provoking and suspenseful

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

This book got me thinking and imagining myself in the narrator's shoes, which is a great quality in a novel. I enjoyed the story arc and feel that the ending was fitting. The pacing was a tiny bit halting at times, but I am very satisfied and pleased to have experienced this story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tigerman

  • By: Nick Harkaway
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 244

Lester Ferris needs a rest. He's spent his life being shot at, and Afghanistan was the last stop on his road to exhaustion. Mancreu is the ideal place for Lester to relax. A former British colony, soon to be destroyed because of its very special version of toxic pollution. But Lester Ferris makes a friend: a street kid with a comicbook fixation who will need a home - who might, Lester hopes, become an adopted son. But in a place like Mancreu, just what sort of hero will the boy need?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start - but very touching

  • By Cath on 08-25-14

Not much of an ending

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

I enjoyed the story, but the ending felt rather abrupt. It seems unfinished. Not as good as I've come to expect from Harkaway.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gone-Away World

  • By: Nick Harkaway
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

There couldn't be a fire along the Jorgmund Pipe. It was the last thing the world needed. The Pipe was what kept the Livable Zone safe from the bandits, monsters, and nightmares the Go-Away War had left in its wake. Enter Gonzo Lubitsch and the Haulage & HazMat Emergency Civil Freebooting Company, a team of troubleshooters who roll into action when things get hot.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • i am a worm genetiscist.

  • By Annette on 03-21-10

Storytelling at its finest

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

This is a beautifully written book. The language is lush and expertly narrated. I didn't want this story to end.

  • The Origin of F.O.R.C.E.

  • By: Sam B. Miller II
  • Narrated by: John Pirhalla
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

The Chrysallaman Empire made contact in 1947. Their mission was simple: find a suitable planet for colonization. Rich with land, minerals and water, Earth - HG-281- could boast only of a primitive race of defenders known as Humans, bugs who could be easily squashed by the might of a single Chrysallaman's mind. When a Chrysallaman ship is unexpectedly brought down in Roswell, New Mexico, the aliens return to their home planet to regroup, leaving behind a broken ship and a young alien boy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From Roswell to the Present...ReImagined

  • By Mediocrates on 08-20-16

Don't bother

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

Reviewed: 09-17-16

Not very good. The characters are one dimensional archetypes. You've got your mad Scotsman, your egomaniacal scientist who literally shakes his fist and has hokey lines, and your chiseled leader. It's a fine idea for a story, but so poorly rendered that it's got a comic feel.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful