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  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Feast for the Ears!

  • By Ellen H. on 11-01-18

Get the book and enjoy the feast!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I found myself really enjoying this audio book, not only does it delve into the history of the food that Twain enjoyed, it gives us a series of snapshots into Twain's personal life, careers (yes, that was indeed pluralized), and travels. Each new chapter reveals the next course of the meal (not necessarily for the faint of heart) that Twain wanted to eat when he returned to America, after his travels abroad. Then there's the dinner party hosted by Nick Offerman... a dinner party for a group of guest-foodies, and Twain scholars, all the while discussing the history of each dish, while serving up a (sometimes) amazing meal prepared by Chef Tyler Anderson... The book gives us a look at the man that came to be known as Mark Twain...
Each chapter talks about the changing socio-political climate happening in America that Mark Twain was navigating throughout his life... and every chapter blew me away with so much new, and rich information!
But, mostly I loved when they talked about the Literature, because any book about Mark Twain has to talk about his books, his use of then-current, colloquial, accepted language, and how his evolving political and personal views were represented in his writings.

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  • How My Brain Ended Up Inside This Box

  • By: Tom Lichtenberg
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

When I was born I was so small I was mistaken for a French fry. I was never an ordinary creature. My best friend was a seagull. I was strictly illegal. Artificially Intelligent Persons like me, commonly known as "apes", had been banned ever since that thing with the Twelve Elevens. Mother raised me for the black market. Buyers and sellers all had their plans, but then I grew a mind of my own. This is my story, the story of how my brain ended up inside this box.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story

  • By Martin Wilsey on 11-17-18

An odd AI story...

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I am always looking for my next favorite A.I. story, such as Martha Wells Murderbot Diaries, or Brandon Sanderson's new YA novel Skyward, with M-Bot, or even books like one of John Scalzi's Human Division duology, where an actual physical human brain is running the ship... and of course, Dennis E Taylor's Bobiverse series, where after his death, only Bob's mind survived intact, within an electronic matrix! These are very relatable characters. Relatable but with a side of "otherness"... that's what I hoped for when I picked up this story. But, what I got was actually more otherness than not. The story isn't bad, and after I caught onto what was going on, the character becomes more and more relatable to me as they "settle" into what they're meant to be. At one point I'd thought that coming of age book should be marketed to the YA crowd, but then in another part of the book, the language is so foul that even I raised an eyebrow! So, no... not a YA book after all...
Sometimes the narration on an audio book can just drive me Bug-Nuts, but such was not the case here, I'm happy to report!
All in all, I'm giving this audio version 3☆

  • 30 Days of Night

  • By: Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, R. S. Belcher (adaptation)
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla, Mark Boyett, Kevin T. Collins, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 979
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 918

An all-new, full-cast dramatization of the classic graphic novel. The isolated town of Barrow, Alaska, is plunged into darkness for a month each year when the sun sinks below the horizon. As the last rays of light fade, the town is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires bent on an uninterrupted orgy of destruction. Only Barrow's husband-and-wife sheriff team stand between the survivors and certain destruction. . By the time the sun rises, will they pay the ultimate price - or worse?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By Dan on 11-06-17

Fantastic Audible cast...

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I'm not necessarily fond of books in the horror genre... but it was Halloween, I needed a new book, and this one was on sale, plus I generally like full-cast books (like this one), so in a moment of weakness I gave into the temptation...
I found this audio adaptation of a Graphic Novel to be quite well done, yes, yes... you heard that right! I know it seems kinda almost impossible for it to be done right, but I gotta give kudos to both RS Belcher and the audible crew. They took a graphic novel, a mostly visual experience, and flipped it completely around, giving us a great auditory, and more cerebral experience!
If you like horror don't wait for Halloween to come around again. Get this book... and enjoy!

  • A Crafty Crime: A Stoneybrook Mystery

  • By: Eryn Scott
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Hadley James is finally living the life she’s always wanted: making jam and selling it at the local farmers market. When a cat-sitting job turns into a murder investigation, life no longer seems so perfect. Her twin brother, a deputy sheriff, is on the case but they’ve always done everything together and she can’t help but get involved. Following a trail of crafty clues, the James twins learn that their sleepy town might be harboring more darkness than they could’ve imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun, cozy story...

  • By Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore on 11-13-18

A fun, cozy story...

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

This is a really cute, fun, cozy story... the first in what I hope turns into a series! I absolutely loved it's sense of place... (Now that I'm thinking about the last couple of cozy mysteries that I've read, I realize that in each of them the protagonists are all pretty firmly grounded, maybe that's a rule for one of these stories...) but, I mention the place in this book because like Hadley, I've grown up in the Pacific Northwest. Also in the summer time, I've been known to haunt our own farmers markets, and the Cascades aren't that far away, so this story felt a little bit like home...
And boy oh boy, does Hadley and her twin brother (the local cop) have their work cut out for them when a woman is found murdered! There's plenty of murder suspects, because it seems the victim had seemingly gone out of her way to harass everyone in town.
Jennifer Jill Araya does a great job narrating this tale... and if your crafty you may feel the urge to knit, or make jam while you're listening to this one!

Considering the genre, I'm giving this one...
5 Cozy ☆'s ☺

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  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,160
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,061
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,062

From Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally best-selling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imagination and Brilliance

  • By Dogboy on 11-08-18

I can hardly wait for the next book!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Once again Brandon Sanderson shows us that he's a masterful story teller... He's already proved that he can write for just about any age. See: Rithmatist, Steelheart and Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians! We also know that he writes fantasy like nobody's business, and now we have Skyward, a YA Space Opera... and it's Awesome! Brandon Sanderson is Pure Gold!
There are so many things I love about this book... where to begin? hmmmm... I love Spensa (our protagonist), and her overall spunk and determination. Then there's her relationships with her family, her classmates, and her instructor in flight school... And I love her for not accepting the easy answers in her search to exonerate her much maligned father...
Spensa falls in with M-Bot, a broken AI, that's fixated on cataloging mushrooms, LOL! M-Bot is awesome, and dang-near everything it says makes me laugh.
... and then there's the Slug (This is my thing, I know, that not everyone embraces these, but how can you not love the lowly molluscs?)... once Spensa realizes that she probably shouldn't eat it, she names it Doom Slug!
Doom Slug (with the ability to mimic sounds) becomes M-Bot's mascot...
Suzy Jackson was simply the perfect choice narrate Spensa's story for us!
This is a sweeping, action-packed story, which comes to a completely satisfying end, and I for one can hardly wait for the next book in the series!

  • Boca Raton

  • Warmer Collection
  • By: Lauren Groff
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 28

During an eco-friendly cleanup at the beach, Ange finds something horrifying in the brush. The sickening, heartbreaking evidence of an irreversibly changing earth triggers dread about the future for her daughter. But as reasoned worries slide into paranoia, reality itself begins to untether. For Ange, there may be no stepping back from the destructive darkness of her sleepless nights. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not for me...

  • By Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore on 11-12-18

Definitely not for me...

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Well this is more like what I expected when I downloaded the Warmer Collection... All the doom and gloom wrapped up in a short story that only leaves the reader hanging, without resolution (one of my pet peeves!) I guess we're going to hafta assume it all went to sh*t... And really there wasn't anything the narrator could've done to fix this...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hillside

  • Warmer Collection
  • By: Jane Smiley
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 25

Now the Congress of Animals is in control, unforgiving, and debating the fate of the planet’s most reviled species. The popular ruling: Exterminate humankind without exception. But a curious mare, coming of age, is making a case for a seemingly gentle person she longs to save - a wish for mercy that could once again unbalance the new and righteous nature of the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing concept but very depressing,

  • By Amy on 11-13-18

I loved this powerful fable...

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

To think that I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy this dark collection. True this is the first story that I've listened to so far, so not a fair sampling yet, but I really loved this powerful fable... And the narrator Bahni Turpin was the perfect choice to tell us of Plucky' fate...

  • Strong Ending

  • A Journey from Combat to Comedy
  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Mary-Louise Parker
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,040

It’s always hard to make the crowd laugh - especially when joking about war, PTSD, and mental health. Strong Ending follows three military veterans as they attempt to turn their most painful stories into laughs by participating in a stand-up comedy boot camp. After joining the military, deploying to combat zones, and coming home fundamentally changed, Michael Garvey, Isaura Ramirez, and Patrick Harth challenge themselves to share their stories on stage and perform original stand up-comedy about their experiences for a packed house. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very moving

  • By Rayjean Carter on 11-03-18

I really enjoyed this...

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I surprised myself when I found that I really enjoyed this story while I listened to it. The tale follows three military vets as they try a novel approach at helping them deal with PTSD... by making jokes about it! Standing up on stage in front of a live audience, while exposing their rawest feelings in order to make people laugh, and it works! It works by putting what happened to them in a completely different perspective.
Mary-Louise Parker did a fantastic job of balancing narrative and interviews!
This is a short book and I actually wished that it could've been longer, maybe following more people and their stories... but, even so, it's simply a great book!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Mad Mick

  • The Mad Mick Series, Book 1
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 147

Conor Maguire nearly lost his daughter Barb when she was three years old, injured by the drunk driver that killed his wife. When the justice system failed him, Conor, the son and grandson of IRA bombers, retaliated against the driver in dramatic and gruesome fashion. For over 25 years, Conor designed and built custom weapons of death and destruction at his compound in the mountains of Virginia. Then a series of devastating terror attacks brought down the United States. Conor and Barb assumed they were safe in their secure compound. Then Barb was kidnapped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mad Mick is fierce!

  • By Darlene on 10-29-18

Fun story, lots of action...

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I really loved this action packed story, but even with all the action, we get plenty of backstory on who the main players are, and what makes Mad Mick, Ragus, and Barb tick without feeling force fed. The story itself is not new... a father's daughter is kidnapped, and he will do anything to get her back... Ragus is an added treat... a boy who's feels indebted to Mad Mick, and maybe, just maybe he's a little sweet on Barb, this is his chance to show what he's made of as he helps in the search... and Barb, well she's quite possibly more than the kidnappers bargained for. Is it geat literature? No, probably not... but who the hell cares? it's just so damn much fun!
This is the first time I've had the pleasure of listening to Kevin Pierce, and I love his voice... He joins the ranks of my top 3 favorite narrators... These are the narrators who could read a doctoral thesis on string theory and I'd actually enjoy it!

  • The Event

  • By: Nathan Hystad
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

Cities all around the world reported strange alien vessels descending. Some saw them as the heralds of a new age; others fired everything they had at them. All were taken as the beams lashed down and drew them into the sky. Dean was left behind, seemingly the last man on Earth. A trail of clues left by his dead wife guides Dean on a perilous journey across America and beyond to learn the truth behind the mysterious ships and save humanity from its doom.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book that pulls you in!

  • By Jaimee on 09-24-18

First contact might be the end...

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

Getting a copy of this book was kinda a no-brainer...
A first-contact story? Ummm... ✔
Whispersynced? Ditto ✔
Narrated by Luke Daniels... Yup! Yet another ✔
So I went ahead and grabbed it...
It turns out that this first alien contact maybe the end for the human race... For some strange reason, Dean wasn't taken by the alien's people-snatching beam! Dean teams up with his neighbors dog, and they find themselves rushing to Machu Picchu try to save the human race... The premise is a bit sketchy but there were enough twists and plot turns to keep me entertained... and I did enjoy the end of the adventure!
Luke Daniels, as per usual, did a great job on narration with this audio tale!