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  • Dead Moon

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,917
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,916

In the year 2243, the Moon belongs to the dead. The largest graveyard in the solar system, it was the perfect solution to the overcrowding and environmental problems that had plagued mankind for centuries. And the perfect place for Cali Washington to run away from her past. But when a mysterious meteor crashes into one of the Moon’s cemeteries, Cali and her fellow Caretakers find themselves surrounded by a terrifying enemy force that outnumbers them more than a thousand to one. An enemy not hindered by the lack of air or warmth or sustenance. An enemy that is already dead.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why did you do this? Just why?

  • By Veronica on 03-02-19

More than sort of out of his genre here..

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

If ever there was an example of a book saved by the performer, this is it. Seriously? I want to be a spoiler here, but notwithstanding this is more than a mess. The material is well out of Cline's category, several of the characters are cartoonish in the extreme, and the overall concept is garish. I have a hard time even believing Clines wrote this one, and I am sure it was never edited ( at least, for repetition and flow ). Overall, aside from the usual Ray Porter brilliance, this is an offering to avoid, sorry to say.

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  • Out of the Dark

  • An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak, Book 4)
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,454
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,333
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,324

Taken from a group home at age 12, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as part of the Orphan Program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the Program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man, a man who helps the truly desperate when no one else can. But now Evan's past in the Orphan Program is reaching out to him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just some comments

  • By Wayne on 02-01-19

Orphan X is still in business...

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

OK Hurwitz and Brick rock once again, and this series continues that rocking. An impressive outing by these team, and it continues to move this story arc forward. It's an intense, at times violent arc, but compelling in all aspects. Many of the open-ended items from previous versions are tied up, and new arcs start. Well worth the credit, in particular, if you are as addicted to this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Contact

  • Alien Invasion, Book 2
  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 776

Find the missing. Fear the found. Three months have passed since the aliens' arrival, but little has changed in the skies. Motherships still hover, impervious to attack and communication. Spherical shuttles ferry about with unclear intentions. But the abductions of select humans have ended, and most of those taken have been returned - dazed, incoherent, and prophesying glory or doom, but home where they belong. Still, nine seemingly unconnected people remain missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wait....what just happened???

  • By Rob Thomas on 02-10-16

The drama continues with Ray Porter leading

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

Another tour de force by Ray Porter reading the alien invasion drama. Lots of conflict in this installment, with our heroes battling themselves as well as the aliens. No spoiler here, but this series is becoming more operatic as it unfolds. As usual, Ray Porter does his absolute best to bring these characters to life, and, for the most part, succeeds. This is a powerful book 2, and is well worth the credit to continue on the saga.
highly recommended.

  • Alter

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Stranded in the Amazon rainforest, a lost man fights for survival and discovers that the root of evil doesn’t just reside in the world’s darkest corners, but inside the hearts of all mankind. Dr. Gregory Zekser is on a mission to visit the furthest reaches of the Amazon, providing medical aid to recently contacted tribes. As a general practitioner and food pantry director, his life in Massachusetts can be chaotic, but serving people is what he does best, and he doesn’t mind sacrificing his personal life to help others, at home or half way around the world.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing glimpse into the dark heart of humanity

  • By Alex on 02-12-19

If you could talk to the animals...

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

OK the combination of Robinson and Daniels historically is powerful and entertaining. This offering certainly is entertaining, and, frankly at times, highly compelling. Daniels voicing of bush tribes is unique and creative. The overall idea of this novel is original and does go places many books in this genre generally explore.
So why is it just "very good?". I honestly can't say...just something missing..energy..something intangible. Maybe it was just my attention span or something...I can't honestly say. I will say I enjoyed Daniels performance a great deal.
Recommended.

  • Time Frame

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

Lee Cargill is the head of Q5, a secret organization that can send objects a split second back into the past. And while this seems utterly useless, it turns out to be the most powerful capability the world has ever known. Those who control it can transform civilization - or destroy it entirely. When Cargill sends Aaron Blake, his most formidable operative, on an unauthorized mission to destroy Kim Jong-un, all hell breaks loose. As Blake battles for his life, his chances of thwarting the North Korean tyrant plummet. But they're about to get far worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent book from an amazing author

  • By A Diaz on 02-23-18

Meh

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Pedestrian, full of cartoon characters, and overwrought. Not his best effort, and while not "bad" per se it seems to be derivative of previous efforts.
In all candor, unless you received this offering for review purposes for free as I did, I can't recommend this for credit use.

  • The 7th Jackal

  • By: J.L. Davis
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

In 1993 at a top secret facility conducting telekinetic research, something dangerous escaped. Now the government wants it back. Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, is a quiet little tourist town where nothing exciting ever happens. All of that changes when a young woman is found brutally murdered and a local boy vanishes without a trace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspenseful supernatural thriller

  • By Rabid Reader on 02-17-16

Sort of Meh.

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Overall, there isn't much to get excited about this offering IMHO. It meanders, often stumbling, and smacks of a YA at times. That said, it isn't so much "bad" as it is "not great". JSB is not at his finest either, which doesn't help when the material is not stellar.
Overall, I would not recommend this to anyone but the most ardent category enthusiast.

  • The Warning

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Willow Nash, Jonathan Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 238

Three years ago, nurse Zoe's son Ethan was found drowned in a muddy river by their home, along with his best friend, Josh. With no witnesses, their deaths were ruled a tragic accident. Heartbroken, Zoe and her family move away from her home. They’re just beginning to get back to some kind of normality when, out of the blue, Zoe receives an anonymous email: "You need to find out the truth about what happened to your son. Don’t let this rest. Don’t believe the lie." Shaken, Zoe starts an obsessive hunt for the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing, Twisty Mystery Will Enthrall Fans

  • By Brett on 12-26-18

Consistent with all the other reviews...but...

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Mystery..check. Classic English performers and settings..check. Plot twists and surprising resolutions...check.

All the boxes are checked...and yes, it is very solid. All that said, it seemed like take-out food..filling yet unfilling. Something was missing at its core. But, it is a very solid mystery, with outstanding characters, some of whom I will recall for a long time. However, it is often messy and frankly needs some serious editing.

On balance, however, strong rec, with caveats that you listening for the scenarios, not the story arc. Enjoy.

  • Living Proof

  • By: Peter J. Thompson
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In a top-secret complex surrounded by miles of Texas scrubland, the United States military is working on a new form of germ warfare. Taken from homeless shelters and prisons, the subjects, discarded men and women of America, serve their country as unwilling lab rats. Ramon Willis didn’t commit the murder that put him on death row. But he’s guilty of something worse - surviving the virus and escaping his captors. Knowing he can’t take on the corrupt system alone, there’s only one person he can turn to - Lena Dryer, the reporter who covered his case and watched him die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile debut stand alone...

  • By shelley on 12-31-18

Got us through the journey

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

OK, performance was solid, and the characters and plot arc were solid. That said...it just seemed to drag, esp the last few hours. I enjoyed the underlying concept, as well as the majority of the presentation, but it just seemed to diffuse out at then and have a non resolution resolution. It's a solid thriller/mystery, with solid storytelling, just needs to be tweaked.

Recommended with reservations.

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  • When You Find Me

  • By: P. J. Vernon
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 165

Visiting her family's South Carolina estate, socialite Gray Godfrey wakes from a night out to an empty bed. Her husband, Paul, is gone, and a thrashing hangover has wiped her memory clean. At first, she's relieved for the break from her tumultuous marriage; perhaps Paul just needed some space. But when his car is found abandoned on the highway, Gray must face the truth: Paul is gone. And Gray may not want him found. Her life is unraveling. When a stranger named Annie calls claiming to know Paul's whereabouts, Gray reluctantly accepts her help. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening!

  • By TiredinPittsburgh on 10-11-18

Weird and wonderful

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Southern gothic suspense with lots of twists. Brilliant performances, well drawn characters. Well worth the credit!
One of the best of the year.

  • Bandwidth

  • By: Eliot Peper
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 201

A rising star at a preeminent political lobbying firm, Dag Calhoun represents the world’s most powerful technology and energy executives. But when a close brush with death reveals that the influence he wields makes him a target, impossible cracks appear in his perfect life. Like everyone else, Dag relies on his digital feed for everything - a feed that is as personal as it is pervasive, and may not be as private as it seems. As he struggles to make sense of the dark forces closing in on him, he discovers that activists are hijacking the feed to manipulate markets and governments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What. A. Ride. Peper’s Best Yet!

  • By Brian on 05-01-18

Never quite clear where this was going..

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

This offering is at times great, at times maddeningly messy, and at times meandering. It is certainly a thoughtful piece, intended for listeners who want to make a difference ( even if they don't know it yet ). The performance, at times inconsistent, is strong for the most part, and Ochlan continues to show his chops as a diverse character creator.
On balance, I liked this offering, and wanted to give it a higher rating, but just couldn't. All that said, I do believe most listeners who enjoy "my kind of books" will enjoy this one as well. Recommended with slight caveats.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful