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  • The Da Vinci Code

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,755

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Adjust Your Perspective...

  • By E. Baxter on 11-13-03

Extremely bad storyline, decently read

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

the authors habit of throwing away all of proved history, by making up false facts about everything, makes the book extremely hard to follow..

  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,939
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,815

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in the narrator

  • By Brent on 06-01-12

great story, average narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

loved the story. it's one of the great old one.

too bad the narrator is an author, he is better with writing his stories than narrating others.

  • Perilous Waif

  • Alice Long, Book 1
  • By: E. William Brown
  • Narrated by: Mare Trevathan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232

My name is Alice Long, and I've always known I was different. When I was little I used to climb up to the highest branches of the housetree at night, and watch the starships docking at the orbital stations high above. Forty meters off the ground, watching ships 30,000 kilometers overhead, with senses that could pick out radar pings and comm chatter as easily as the ships themselves. It all seemed perfectly natural at the time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS was fun!

  • By bluestategirl on 10-26-17

Original, good except the last part

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

Storyline: Surrealistic but really good.

Main character: Start as an "anime child" and goes to her late teens. Interesting to follow her progress through a part of her life.

..and then the author kill the story by letting the last six/seven chapters be boring and tedious definitions of the fascinating parts of the story.. It feels like watching the short movie version of a really long and good book: Disappointing.

I long for a Book 2, hope it's as good as Book 1 but do also hope the author let me visualize the concepts in my mind without killing them in the story (or the appendixes).

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,090

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best of Scalzi

  • By Gonzalo on 05-11-17

Thin storyline, profanities to "compensate"

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Overloaded with profanities, combined with a vacuum - thin storyline.

Both author and narrator have released good stories before, so they clearly wanted something different.. Too bad they have stooped to the level in this book.

It's one of the purchases I really regret.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Human Division

  • Old Man's War, Book 5
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,644

The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Middling Position

  • By linda on 05-23-13

Refreshing and joyable

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

This audiobook is just great - the author ties it together greatly, and the narrator sounds as he's playing with the book - bringing depth and color to it. it's one of the best I've ever listened to!

  • Illegal Alien

  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 433

When a disabled spaceship enters Earth's atmosphere, seven members of the advanced Tosok race are welcomed by the world. Then a popular scientist is murdered, and all evidence points to one of the Tosoks. Now, an alien is tried in a court of law -and there may be far more at stake than accounting for one human life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What more could you want?

  • By JMcB on 04-14-12

Trial stopping invasion.. Narrator did a good job

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

Narrators job did save the story, the story was slow at first, became really good in the middle but all threads got tangled in a mess at the end. It could have been a great story, but..

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Defender

  • Kris Longknife, Book 11
  • By: Mike Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537

Kris Longknife is back in the good graces of the brass - and to demonstrate that, they've promoted her to Admiral. Now her mission is to find the home base of the space pirates who are plaguing the fringes of the galaxy. But no mission is ever simple when your name is Longknife. And this time the complications range from the military to the personal, as Kris finds herself - reluctantly - having to make some command decisions about her future....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling, fast pace

  • By Jean on 05-23-15

great story

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

but sometimes I think the narrator does her job in a room with no dampening material. otherwise a great listen

  • Welcome Home/Go Away

  • A Kris Longknife Novella
  • By: Mike Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

An original novella in the "fast-paced, exciting military SF series" featuring Kris Longknife. Kris Longknife is back home from her galactic adventures, but her entire Fleet of Discovery has been annihilated. Now, humanity finds itself at war with an alien race more monstrous than anyone could have possibly imagined. General Terrance "Trouble" Tordon, Kris’s great-grandfather, is given the task of calming the panicked politicians, some of whom blame Kris for the disaster and would like to eliminate the ever-bothersome Commander Longknife.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • "Trouble"

  • By Jean on 04-08-15

flat voice. as if read in a barrel, good interlude

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

This story is really too short to be of interest, too bad Audible Inc value it as a whole story.

  • The Little Ships

  • Alexis Carew, Book 3
  • By: J.A. Sutherland
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

Newly commissioned lieutenant Alexis Carew is appointed into HMS Shrewsbury, a 74-gun ship of the line in New London's space navy. She expects Shrewsbury will be sent into action in the war against Hanover, but instead she finds that she and her new ship are pivotal in a Foreign Office plot to bring the star systems of the French Republic into the war and end the threat of Hanover forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Jean on 02-04-16

one of the best

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

Reviewed: 09-28-16

Bought this as a independent book, not part of series. It's excellent written, and read with a bit of feelings - making me listen and going back to see if I missed something. Truly a great work of both author and narrator!

  • The Spaceship Next Door

  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,922
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,925

When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while. Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun Sci Fi read with an Excellent Reader!

  • By bluestategirl on 12-30-16

the importance of a good mike

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

Reviewed: 08-27-16

the first 19 chapters were dull, then the narrator changed microphone and everything went much better

1 of 2 people found this review helpful