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Ilo B. Gassoway

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  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,691

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

I wanted it to be more ...

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I always like when the author reads their own work. Robert Bugoni did a pretty good job of it. I really wanted it to be more. And I wanted it to be less religious. It is a bit schmaltzy. It definitely pulls on the heartstrings and got me emotional. One reviewed compared it to coming close to John Irving. I don't think it is getting there, yet. I kept listening to see what would happen next and was it really going to go religion on me. I did listen all the way through and thought it was a good listen.

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,871

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Plenty of twists

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

Great writing and narration. Enjoyed it very much. The plot is excellent. I would highly recommend it.

  • Triplanetary

  • Lensman Series
  • By: E. E. 'Doc' Smith
  • Narrated by: Reed McColm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 247

From the atomic age in Atlantis to a world remote in space and time, two incredible ancient races, the Arisians and the Eddorians, are in the midst of an interstellar war - with Earth as the prize.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lensman Series is Still Fun

  • By DJM on 03-18-09

One of my favorite books.

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

Reviewed: 03-26-16

The reader was not great with alternate voices which made it a bit difficult to get into. But great space opera beginning.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Antarktos Rising

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 242

A phenomenon known as crustal displacement shifts the Earth's crust, repositioning continents and causing countless deaths. In the wake of the global catastrophe, the world struggles to take care of its displaced billions. But Antarctica, freshly thawed and blooming, has emerged as a new hope. Rather than wage a world war no nation can endure, the leading nations devise a competition, a race to the center of Antarctica, with the three victors dividing the continent.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable tale of apocalyptic disaster.

  • By Darren on 07-29-15

too much religion (Christian) for me

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

Would you try another book from Jeremy Robinson and/or R.C. Bray?

No

What was most disappointing about Jeremy Robinson’s story?

too much biblical references and plot hinges

What does R.C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

great characterization

What character would you cut from Antarktos Rising?

the biblical ones

Any additional comments?

too much religion for me

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tracker

  • Foreigner Sequence 6, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

First in a brand-new Foreigner trilogy by Hugo Award-winning author C. J. Cherryh. Tracker is the 16th installment of C. J. Cherryh's acclaimed Foreigner series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beginning of a New Series in the Foreigner World

  • By Sires on 04-15-15

Another great book in the series

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

Excellent as usual and a great addition to the series. Eager to read the next one

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,344

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

Better when read to me than when I read it myself

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

Great reading great story! Very detailed story with great imagination. Glad I read it again

  • Closer to Home

  • Valdemar: The Herald Spy, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

Mags was once an enslaved orphan living a harsh life in the mines, until the King's Own Herald discovered his talent and trained him as a spy. Now a Herald in his own right, at the newly established Heralds' Collegium, Mags has found a supportive family, including his Companion Dallen.Although normally a Herald in his first year of Whites would be sent off on circuit, Mags is needed close to home for his abilities as a spy and his powerful Mindspeech gift.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great transition for this series

  • By Ann Taylor on 06-22-15

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

Well written with great use of the English language. The whole collegium series is perfect for high school students and higher.

Great blend of story magic and life lessons.

Excellent! I have "read" 6 so far and will continue in with the story!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,614
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,618

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Jumps The Shark ... Too Late

  • By JayDub 1000 on 05-29-18

Marvelous story! Great narration!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-13

Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

The narrator for this story is amazing and really brings the story to life.

What did you like best about this story?

It was easy to get into the story - I really enjoyed the humor in the story as well as the intrigue of the building.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

He really brings the story to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes, I laughed out loud several times and as the ending drew near, I couldn't stop listening!

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,416

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

Gets better with each read!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-13

Would you listen to Dune again? Why?

Yes - I have read this many times, and it was great having it read to me! and loved the whisper sync between the Kindle app and the Audible book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was very captivating