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  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,429

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Might be okay if you like gansta rap?

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

This book didn't work for me, but I suppose if you like rap, hip hop, etc. then you might be okay with this book. I suspect my kids would might like it.

I read the reviews and purchased this without listening to the preview. My mistake.

I did make it all the way through the book, though, so I have to give it 3 stars. If your interest is piqued by black culture and ghetto music, then you should take a second look. It might be right up your alley.

  • The Midnight Line

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,240

Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reacher doing what Reacher does!

  • By shelley on 11-07-17

Not the worst book ever ... but not great

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

It's not really a great Reacher book. I'm not sure what happened to the original character, but he is not the same. Dick Hill is, as always, great.

The story is a little weak. The dialog seemed stilted.There are a lot of back and forth discussions that are not natural or realistic. The story also seemed contrived. I think Lee Child is not having fun with Reacher like he used to.

Also, the technology discussions were not realistic at all. I get it, Reacher is not a tech guy, but that doesn't mean everyone in the book has to be clueless. I suggest that Child let someone who is a tech expert review the technology in the story so the tech discussions are not so so jarring.

I know if you're a Jack Reacher fan, you are going to get the book, but I'm telling you up front the only reason I finished it was due to loyalty.

(Confession: I even skipped about 4 chapters in the middle.*sigh*)

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  • Two Kinds of Truth

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,660

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drugstore where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bosch Survives Two Career Ending Threats

  • By Russell on 11-20-17

Another great story, exactly what you would expect

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

The only story better than a Bosch story, is a Bosch/Haller story.
This is just classic Bosch, and if you like Bosch you'll love this.

I really don't need to add anything else. Just get it.

  • First to Kill

  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,495
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,495

When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good

  • By Vida T. Yancy on 07-12-09

If you like toy army men, you might like this book

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

I spent the entire book rolling my eyes or gagging. Stilted dialog and cardboard characters sums up this book. I wanted to like Nathan, except he wasn't believable.

I'm trying to decide if I can get through the next few hours, or if I should just return the book. It's just awful.

I love Dick Hill... and that's really the reason I got the book. Oops.

  • The Forgetting

  • By: Sharon Cameron
  • Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671

Seventeen-year-old Nadia lives in Canaan, a quiet city in an idyllic world, hemmed in by high walls that are constructed of a material no one in her town recognizes. Every 12 years the people of Canaan undergo a collective Forgetting; in the days before, the town devolves into a chaos of bloody violence, and afterward the people are left without any trace of memory of themselves, their families, their lives. Nadia has never forgotten, however.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Singular Story

  • By L Swanson on 10-26-16

Girls from 12 to 24 Yes, Otherwise... not so much.

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

This book didn't work for me, but that doesn't mean it won't work for you.

Although the book didn't appeal to me, it doesn't mean that it's a bad book. I am giving it 4 stars because I think it would be a good book for young girls who like light romance. I'm deducting a star because of a few plot holes that were jarring, but I do not really think it would bother most teenagers.

This has some of the characteristics of the Hunger Games: A strong female character assuming a leadership role where the mother is weak, the father is not immediately present and the sisters impact the protagonist's decisions because the antagonist can pose a threat, so you can take that for what it's worth. Hmmmm....

But, I do think it would appeal to a younger crowd.

If you're a hard core sci-fi fan you might want to reconsider. That's why I got the book, and I was disappointed in that regard.

The narrator has a whisper style of speaking. Make sure you sample before you buy this. It was annoying, but I felt I could tolerate the delivery.

I usually don't write reviews on books unless I'm horribly put off, enamored or I disagree with the other reviews, but I wanted to explain what kind of book this is so you can decide if it's the kind of book you like.

  • The Spaceship Next Door

  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,503
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,504

When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while. Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun Sci Fi read with an Excellent Reader!

  • By bluestategirl on 12-30-16

Meandering, “cute”, distracted, boring

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

I could not finish this book.

It is littered with a flaw of starting a thought and then going in 10 different directions, only to return to the same point with nothing gained. It completely drove me insane.

Clever writing is fine, but not for the sake of clever writing.

I hated this book. I'm deciding whether to return it. I gave it two stars because I think that if you LIKE this kind of "meandering" writing, it would be fine. Some people do like this sort of thing. But beware, if you like a story that has a point, you might want to skip this book.

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  • The Revenant

  • A Novel of Revenge
  • By: Michael Punke
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,628

The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, movie better?

  • By A. D. HEMINGWAY on 05-09-16

I actually got muscle aches from this book

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

This book allows you to experience the raw brutality of the American frontier in the 1820s and what kind of person you needed to be to survive on the frontier. The depictions are vivid and often disturbing. I found myself making faces as I continued with fascination as Hugh Glass survives not simply due to skill, or luck, but because he is too damn angry and stubborn to die.

This is colorful historical fiction, a page turner and a well written book. It's also just a great story.

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  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,677

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not perfect, but worth a listen.

  • By ShySusan on 10-01-11

Whimsical, entertaining, all over the place

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

You kind of have to be a Stephenson fan to enjoy this book. I realize that may not be the case with everyone. If you like a kind of "stream of conciseness", fly by the seat of your pants, 10 different directions, crazy world that this book paints, then you'll love this book.

All the different story lines eventually collide, but at times you'll not really think it's going to happen.

I do technology for a living, and I specifically work on software. So maybe this book was more interesting to me than the average person. But I think that it was crazy and fun. If that's what you're after, then you should feel fine about getting this book.

Hey, it's Stephenson, pandemonium is what he does best.

  • The Haj

  • By: Leon Uris
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 21 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 598

Leon Uris retums to the land of his acclaimed best-seller Exodus for an epic story of hate and love, vengeance and forgiveness. The Middle East is the powerful setting for this sweeping tale of a land where revenge is sacred and hatred noble. Where an Arab ruler tries to save his people from destruction but cannot save them from themselves. When violence spreads like a plague across the lands of Palestine - this is the time of The Haj.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A sweeping saga of Arab/Israeli conflict

  • By DIANE on 06-13-14

This book changed my mind

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

This book lets you become part of the conflict and experience what it is like to placed into this environment. It is an astounding book.

The characters are very developed and you will know and feel as they do. And most importantly, you'll see the world from their perspective instead of the political perspective that has been injected from the media and politicians.

This book is not just well written, researched and historically accurate, it depicts the perspective of the Palestinian people.

Whether you agree or disagree with the politics, you cannot understand the politics until you empathize with the participants. That's what this book will allow you to do. You will be horrified. It is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. But you'll also be entranced and you'll not be able to quit listening.

When you're done, your political opinion will likely not change. But your understanding will probably change. This should be required reading. The book is amazing.

  • The Religion

  • A Novel
  • By: Tim Willocks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

May 1565. Suleiman the Magnificent, emperor of the Ottomans, has declared a jihad against the Knights of Saint John the Baptist. The largest armada of all time approaches the Knights' Christian stronghold on the island of Malta. The Turks know the Knights as the "The Hounds of Hell." The Knights call themselves "The Religion".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This captured me

  • By Bonnie on 07-03-07

An Epic Adventure and Outstanding Performance

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

This was recommended to me by a friend. At first I was reluctant, but I do like historical fiction and so when it came up on my "Wish List" I got it.

I was not disappointed.

This is an astoundingly good book. It has all tension, plausibility, good time line fit, well developed and interesting characters whose backstory fits perfectly like a puzzle piece into story at large, action, romance, historical accuracy, a page turning ending, a well developed protagonist as well as a despicable antagonist.

I think what I really enjoyed most was the psychological interplay between the leaders of the attacking army and the leaders defending against the attack. The book depicts how the people on both sides are methodically persuaded to forfeit their lives. Ultimately it portrays the futility of religion and how it is was used to incite war for political and material gain.

I cannot say enough good things about this book. I've read some comments about the bloodiness. I do not think it is overdone at all. The gore is always done for the sake of the story, not the gore itself. FACT: When you strike someone with a sword or shoot them with a cross bow, there will be blood.

If you like historical novels it would be a mistake to avoid this book.
If you DON'T like historical novels, you should get this anyway.

You'll opinion will likely change. This is an amazing story.

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