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  • A Pail of Air

  • By: Fritz Leiber
  • Narrated by: Mark F. Smith
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

An errant encounter with a passing star has flung Earth away from its old Solar System into the dark and cold of deep space. With the entire atmosphere frozen as chemical snow dozens of feet deep, one last family struggles to survive. But what are they to think when they see figures moving in the city ruins? Are Earth's dead coming back to life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story

  • By Old Sub Sailor on 12-05-18

A great story

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I enjoyed this reading and this is the first time that I have heard the performance of the actual book. I was surprised by what appears to be a southern accent, however. I read it next for fun now that I have found it in an ebook.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this performance, but I do prefer the x-minus one radio version more. Perhaps that’s because I grew up listening to radio stories (no TV in our neck of the woods back then).

  • Forget the Alamo!

  • Lone Star Reloaded Series, Book 1
  • By: Drew McGunn
  • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

After the explosion, Will didn't expect to wake up again, especially in the past. Alive is good. Except he finds himself at the Alamo in 1836 in the body of another man doomed to die. If history repeats itself, Santa Anna is coming soon, and the Alamo will fall, along with himself and 189 others. In a race against time itself, Will uses his knowledge of the future to change the past. He will use every means necessary, even if it means abandoning the fort. He is determined to forget the Alamo!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History rewritten

  • By Goose on 01-14-19

Performance hurting a bit

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I enjoyed the story concept and line. However the performance, for me, was ruined by Mr. Snow’s evident unfamiliarity with how to pronounce certain words.
For example, the word Bexar, is NOT pronounced with an X sound, but rather an H sound, Behar; or even Bear would have been acceptable. He also missed on the town of Refugio, and other terms.
Perhaps he should also GTT to research Texas a bit more.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Queen of Demons

  • Chaos of the Covenant, Volume 7
  • By: M. R. Forbes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Series finale! The universe is on the brink of disaster, and the fate of the galaxy rests on Queenie and her Rejects. Too bad they're stuck in enemy territory light years from home. Too bad their ride was stolen. Too bad Satan is the one who took it. Too bad for the bad guys, that is. All rise for the queen!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good end and a promise of a new beginning

  • By Sailfish on 02-04-18

What’s with “the ground”?

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

The stories were fine, but really. . .
Is English a second language for Forbes, or does he not have editors?
Every time someone or something is knocked down, regardless of where it is, a building, a Ship or other structure, they are knocked to the ground, not floor, or deck or platform, but the ground.
There are other inaccuracies in the stories, but this is one that verges on the point of stupidity.

  • Fire and Brimstone

  • Chaos of the Covenant, Book 2
  • By: M.R. Forbes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

Queenie is pissed. You would be too if you had been blamed for something you didn't do, given something you didn't want, and changed into something else. She still isn't even quite sure what that else is. The one thing she does know? Things are getting messy, and this is only the beginning. Gant is gone, Captain Mann has been captured, her so-called team is ready to make a run for the stars, and she's pretty sure the gift that saved her life is no gift at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great addition to the series

  • By superstardrifter on 08-15-17

The ground, really??

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I like the story line just fine.
One of things that really bothers me is that the author calls the decks of a ship or even the floors in a building “the ground “. What the heck is that all about?
He messed up other ship terminology, but this ground stuff is just awful.

  • The Android's Dream

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,699

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams

  • By James on 07-26-11

FUN

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

Another fun book by Scalzi, plus excellent performance by Wheaton.

Stupid word number requirement by amaz errrr Audible. No wonder so many ratings dont include comments.

  • Herodotus: The Father of History

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Witness the "works and wonders" of the ancient world through the eyes of its first great historian in this sparkling series of 24 lectures from a much-honored teacher and classical scholar.Herodotus (c. 484-420 B.C.E.) was a Greek who was born in what is now the modern Turkish resort town of Bodrum and who died, so tradition says, in the south of Italy. In between, his tirelessly inquiring mind took him from one corner of the known world to another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Loved It

  • By Betsy on 09-15-13

This is the lecture only

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I enjoy the lectures by Professor Vandiver, however, this purchase does not include the Course Guide which I feel is necessary for the complete experience ( which includes the additional references )

  • The Iliad of Homer

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 664

For thousands of years, Homer's ancient epic poem the Iliad has enchanted readers from around the world. When you join Professor Vandiver for this lecture series on the Iliad, you'll come to understand what has enthralled and gripped so many people.Her compelling 12-lecture look at this literary masterpiece -whether it's the work of many authors or the "vision" of a single blind poet - makes it vividly clear why, after almost 3,000 years, the Iliad remains not only among the greatest adventure stories ever told but also one of the most compelling meditations on the human condition ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Audible Fan on 11-29-15

Chapters

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

I find the clapping that starts and ends each chapter to be annoying. It’s not even real, but some canned junk.
The Great Courses people will not even reply nor justify this amateurish action on their part.

  • Stiger

  • Tales of the Seventh, Book 1
  • By: Marc Alan Edelheit
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 433

A nobleman from an infamous family, Ben Stiger finds himself freshly assigned to Third Legion, Seventh Company as a lowly lieutenant in the opening stages of war between the Empire and the Kingdom of the Rivan. Third Legion has been tasked with pursuing a retreating Rivan army back to the border where the Empire can take the fight into enemy territory. However, a major obstacle stands in Third Legion's path: the river Hana.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • TALES OF THE SEVENTH?

  • By Old Sub Sailor on 07-24-17

TALES OF THE SEVENTH?

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

This is a prequel to the Chronicles series, so I don't know why it is referred to as book 4 of that series, which it clearly is not as far as I am concerned. Rather it stands on its own.
It is a good story, and I liked the ending.

I'm not all that happy the the prequel was written/published while Stiger is in some sort of time warp chasing an evil, dark minion.
However, seeing as how it was, where is part 2? Is Edelheit going all Weber/Ringo-ish on us i .e. That is starting multiple story lines/arcs at the same time rather than finishing one before starting another? Minus 2 stars for pulling that sorry stunt.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Point of Impact

  • By: Stephen Hunter
  • Narrated by: Beau Bridges
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 539

He was one the best Marine snipers in Vietnam. Today, 20 years later, all Bob Lee Swagger wants is to be left alone. But a shadowy military organization seduces him into one last mission for his country - unaware until too late that the game is rigged. The assassination plot is executed to perfection until Bob Lee Swagger, alleged lone gunman, comes out of the operation alive, the target of a nationwide manhunt, with his only allies a woman he just met and a discredited FBI agent.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beau Bridges ruined it for me...

  • By Dawn on 05-07-15

This is about the Audible version

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

For some reason, audible produced an abridged version of the book and wasted memory by using needless sound effects.

Then to add further insult, they used Bridges, a gun control advocate, in a book about shooters and shooting. Shame on audible.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Timeline

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,030

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator

  • By Charles Stembridge on 06-26-07

Movie vs Book

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

Over all, I liked the book more. However, I did like the very ending of the movie more. In particular the figures holding hands, and the message on the crypt.