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  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,470

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

Too boring to be able to finish

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I liked the idea and was intrigued by the different characters. But, after three and a half hours I can't take it anymore. I can't put my finger on it, but I just can't get into this book. I actually love the author's narration, but the characters are fairly one dimensional and I really don't care if they live or die. I can't see where this is going and have a felling that it just meanders through the entire book without any real destination. There's no underlying tension or feeling of adventure even though a discovery of a world under London should be the greatest adventure ever.

I've encountered this before with some of my favorite writers. I love Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight and Reckoners series, but could never finish Warbreaker or Elantris, I loved Terry Pratchett's Dodger, but quit on The Long Earth two thirds of the way through, Michael Crichton's TGreat train Robbery and Jurassic Park are two of my favorites, but Jurassic World took all of my will just to finish. I'm not sure if I'll ever try another Gaiman, but this one is just dull as can be.

  • Frankenstein

  • By: Mary Shelley
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,993

Narrator Dan Stevens ( Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Modern Prometheus

  • By Anon on 07-23-18

Incredible!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I really loved this book!

First of all, it was a surprise to me that it was nothing like the movies that have spawned from it. I realized that it would be much different, but had no way of knowing that it would be a completely different story than made in film.

Second, the writing is second to none. Shelley is able to bring ideas and emotions to life like very few writers I've ever read/listened to. The themes of pride and the destruction it causes, as well as guilt and shame and the despair that comes from being unloved and outcast are powerfully experienced through this story.

Third, the narrating was perfect. The story is basically written as a monologue (although from three separate characters' point of view), and the narration was perfect for it. I would definitely listen to books narrated by Stevens in the future.

  • The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter

  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Michael J. Sullivan, Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,582
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,267

When Gabriel Winter's daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution - the notorious Duster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By Mar! A brilliant addition to my favorite Chronicle

  • By Gina on 12-30-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

It was so good to have Riyria back! This book was well worth the wait and was one of the best of all of Sullivan's books. Tim Gerard Reynolds was fantastic, as always.

  • Watchers

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,436
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,154

On his thirty-sixth birthday, Travis Cornell hikes into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. But his path is soon blocked by a bedraggled Golden Retriever who will let him go no further into the dark woods. That morning, Travis had been desperate to find some happiness in his lonely, seemingly cursed life. What he finds is a dog of alarming intelligence that soon leads him into a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-23-18

Could have been so much better

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

I really enjoyed Lightning, so I thought I'd try another Koontz. This one had gotten a lot of great reviews and was recommended by a lot of Koontz fans. But, I was really let down by this one. The story of the genetic engineering and the dog and the outsider was great, but it's execution dragged on and by the end I had stopped caring about the characters.

I'm also not a big fan of psychopaths and getting into their heads, so there parts that I had to skip over and really didn't care for. I had seen where people had recommended this book to parents for their teens. I would never give this book to a teen.

  • The Lost World

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,786

It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end - the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public. But there are rumors that something has survived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dodgson! We've got Dodgson here...

  • By Cage on 05-17-12

This one disappointed

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

I was seriously let down by this book. After Jurassic Park, I had high hopes for this followup. But, it mostly felt like a cash in on the whole Jurassic Park franchise. Much like the movies, it felt like the plan was just to put a bunch of people (and kids) on an island with dinosaurs and then just let it go from there. The book starts out well enough, but as soon as they got to the island, it just bored me (hard to imagine being bored by dinosaur chase scenes, but there you go). I also got tired of the profanity as it seemed needless.

Crichton can also get a bit ridiculous in his fleshing out of a theory, and this time the whole "scientists theorizing about reall smart stuff" wore on my nerves. Not to mention his utter disdain for coordinating conjunctions! I think I need to take a break from Crichton for awhile.

The narration was average, which was also disappointing since I have loved Brick the other times I've heard his narration.

  • The Fifth Witness

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,291

Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable read

  • By Xavier on 08-17-11

Another solid Connelly

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

This was just another solid entry into the Lincoln Lawyer series. Not as good as the first, but solid and very enjoyable. Good plot twists and gotcha moments too! The narration was solid.

  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,230

Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, perfect narration!

  • By Coffee Lover on 09-08-11

Even better than the first book

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

I enjoyed the first book in this series, but wasn't sure if I really wanted to invest in the rest of the books. However, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this one! It moved at a better pace than the first and was filled with twists and turns. Much more of a thriller than the first book. The narrator was even better as well and she is spot on with several different accents. She really brings the book to life. I'm definitely going to go on to the next in the series.

  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,498

Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!

  • By Barbara on 01-14-12

Very good start to a spy series

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

I really enjoyed this blast from the past. The narration was very good and the characters really came to life. If your looking for a nice diversion this is a great book for it. It bogs down in a few places, but overall is worth the time. I like also that it's comparatively clean of profanity and gratuitous sex and violence.

  • Lightning

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,942

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable.

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 01-01-09

Loved every minute of it!

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

This was my first Koontz book and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish! He brings his characters to life and is able to bring the reader in to his world. I was emotionally attached to the characters and cared about their lives. On the surface, this was a story about time travel. But, at a deeper level, this was a story of survival and the character that it takes to take what life dishes out and keep moving forward. It examines what you need to be able to survive difficulties and tribulation and have a sense of humor and a healthy mindset. It was a great, great book! Christopher Lane did a good job of narrating as well. I would definitely check out another book by this author and this narrator!

One last thing, in a world of profanity and over-sexualized books, especially in the thriller/sci-fi genre, it was very refreshing to read a book that was more PG than R, or even PG13 when it came to language and sexual situations. Although there were occasional curse words, they were far and few between. And, although the subject matter at times was very adult (a child sex predator; many gunman and shoot'em up scenes), the writer didn't feel the need to go into graphic detail. He was still able to convey the intensity and fear without having to result to detailed subversion. I am thankful for that!

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  • The Heart Mender

  • A Story of Second Chances
  • By: Andy Andrews
  • Narrated by: Andy Andrews
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673

In 1942, German subs are dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to sink U.S. vessels carrying goods and fuel. While taking a late-night walk, Helen Mason - widowed by war - discovers the near-lifeless body of a German sailor. Enraged at the site of Josef Landermann's uniform, Helen is prepared to leave him to die when an unusual phrase, faintly uttered, changes her mind. In The Heart Mender, a small town must prepare itself for the worst the world has to offer, and Josef and Helen must reconcile their pasts to create a future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great story!

  • By Pat and Susan on 07-01-15

Very interesting story and great book

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I really enjoyed this book. It was very interesting to learn about the Nazi's activity in the Gulf. The story was well written, and it was emotionally moving in parts. I'm not sure why I didn't give it five stars, but it wasn't gripping enough to warrant that. I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure I would seek out the author again.

The author did a great job narrating the work, but again, he was good but not great. This book was definitely worth my time, but I'm not sure I would go out of my way to recommend it to anyone.