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  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,046
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34,989

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great unless you are expecting Ready Player One

  • By Tyler J. on 02-11-18

My new favorite book!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-16

This is my new favorite novel, I have to see the movie, but I know they'll just ruin it like they always do. So I'll just dream about how good it would be.
Ps. I vote Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Lexi...

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 216,984
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202,228

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Top 5 books!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-16

One of the best books I've read this year. I have 200+ audible books and this is in the top 5 favorite ones.

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29,515
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,511
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27,456

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It doesn't get much better than this!

  • By Audre on 03-24-16

Amazing!!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

One of the best books I've read in awhile.
I wish George R Marten would read this epic series. You don't have to kill off every beloved character to make a great story.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,670
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,459

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Simply amazing!!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

It's been a while since I've had so much fun and even though it's long the time just flew by.

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,410
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,045

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator?!

  • By D. Hawkins on 07-24-17

I finally made it!!

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-16

The story was great but the narration made it so hard to get through but I finally made it!
It's like running a marathon all up hill.
I'm glad it's done and never wish to do it again.
I kind of thought the company was punking me at first, and at the start I did get used to her accent but mid story when more characters show up it gets almost unbearable.
So if you can't handle it at the start I'd say to just get your credit back because it gets way worse. I'm really not sure what the company was thinking??

  • Influx

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,988

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid to Silly to Inane

  • By Craig on 05-15-14

Amazing!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-16

He is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors thanks to books like this and his daemon series.
I have well over 200 audio books so that's a big mountain to climb.

  • The Sun Also Rises

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: William Hurt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,105

The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great actor, terrible reader, kills classic

  • By Kerry on 09-14-14

No need to waterboard people anymore...

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-16

I have well over 200 audible books and this has to be in a race with "Catch 22" for the worst all around book! Both story and narration are equally horrific. There is not one character in this book that you ever care anything about and at no time is there anytime in the story where you can't wait to see what happens next?!
How can books like this be considered old masterpieces? Is it the George Lucas effect were we all say "well he created the genre so it has to be good" why do we always do this over and over with everything? But if you read the other reviews there are people that hail this as a masterpiece? Who are these people?
If you really must read this book I implore you to hit the preview button first, because that droning sound is what you are going to get for hours on end...
Ps. If you work for the CIA and want people to talk, you don't need to waterboard people just play this book for them. I guarantee after an hour they will tell you anything.

  • The Longest Ride

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,807

91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story

  • By Bj on 10-13-13

Great book.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-15

His usual formula but still works for me.
Wish I had a little bit more of an ending but still gives me what I need.

  • There's No Place Like Here

  • By: Cecelia Ahern
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon, Aidan McArdle
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Since Sandy Shortt's childhood classmate disappeared 20 years ago, Sandy has been obsessed with missing things. Finding what is lost becomes her single-minded goal and her life's work becomes finding people who have vanished from their loved ones. Sandy's family is baffled and concerned by her increasing preoccupation, and she pushes them away further by losing herself in her work. She gives up her life in order to offer a flicker of hope to devastated families...and escape the disappointments of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brill!

  • By Anonymous User on 08-01-17

Great story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-15

Her books always leave me wanting more and this one is the king of them all!

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  • Thanks for the Memories

  • By: Cecelia Ahern
  • Narrated by: Sile Bermingham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

How can you know someone you've never met? That's the question haunting Joyce Conway these days. Recovering from a terrible accident and with her marriage in pieces, Joyce is suddenly plagued by an overwhelming sense of déjà vu that makes her feel as if the life she's living is not her own. During the day she has vivid memories of things she's never seen - such as cobblestoned Parisian streets she's never visited - and at night she dreams of a little girl she's sure she's never met.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This narrator is awful

  • By Read In Colour on 02-03-15

Second only to ps. I love you.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-15

My favorite story of hers only second to her epic debut book.
I love that it's not the same old Hollywood ending that you'd expect.