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  • Starship Troopers

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,017
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,295

Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book ever

  • By Michael on 06-28-06

Book is awesome. Narration was MIND-NUMBING

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

Reviewed: 08-13-16

This story is Heinlein's finest. The story that is written, is unlike the horrible Hollywood production. The book is so good. The movie not so much.
I wanted to love listening to it, HOWEVER, the narrator was one of the worst I've heard one audible. He has no emotion whatsoever in his reading. He pauses where there shouldn't be a pause. When there are moments you know it would be intense, he still just dribbles on in his boring-nonemotional-monotone voice. I had to shut it off because its basically unlistenable. If I could get a refund for this audio book I would.
So with that said, buy the book and read it yourself, don't get this audio version.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Walking Drum

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023

Here is an historic adventure of extraordinary power waiting to sweep you away to exotic lands as one of the most popular writers of our time conquers new storytelling worlds. Louis L'Amour has been best known for his ability to capture the spirit and drama of the authentic American West. Here, he guides listeners to an even more distant frontier -- the enthralling lands of the 12th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By Deborah A. Miller on 03-15-11

One of the best all time epics

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

What did you love best about The Walking Drum?

The history comes alive with L'Amour's writing. This isn't his typical book but it's definitely his writing style. So good.

What did you like best about this story?

Same question as above. Refer to previous answer.

Which scene was your favorite?

No spoilers.

If you could take any character from The Walking Drum out to dinner, who would it be and why?

L'Amour actually. I would love to hear why he wrote this and how long he researched it.

Any additional comments?

This was the first L'Amour books I ever read. It was the first really long book I ever read. And it is ultimately the reason I became a writer and love to read. I highly recommend this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crazy Love (Revised and Updated)

  • Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
  • By: Francis Chan
  • Narrated by: Francis Chan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,979
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,971

The God of the universe - the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor - loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn’t working harder at a list of do's and don'ts - it's falling in love with God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Blessing

  • By Red on 11-02-13

Pretty rudimentary.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was okay. I mean it's always good to have reminders about God's love. But the book was very elementary. It's written for new Christians I think.

Would you be willing to try another book from Francis Chan? Why or why not?

Probably not.

Did Crazy Love (Revised and Updated) inspire you to do anything?

Not really, which is why I was disappointed. I heard so many amazing things from people about it, that once I heard it, it was kinda boring.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Prodigal

  • A Ragamuffin Story
  • By: Brennan Manning, Greg Garrett
  • Narrated by: Daniel Butler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Jack Chisholm is 'the people's pastor.' He leads a devoted and growing mega church, has several best-selling books, and a memorable slogan, 'We have got to do better.' Jack knows how to preach, and he understands how to chastise people into performing. What he doesn't know is anything about grace. This year, when it comes time for the Christmas sermon, the congregation at Grace Cathedral will look to the pulpit, and Jack will not be there. Of course, they will have seen plenty of him already - on the news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By D House on 05-17-17

Brennan Manning is amazing as a writer.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

What disappointed you about The Prodigal?

The narrator.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Haven't even made it through chapter two the narration is so bad.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His fluxuations were off. He'd emphasis the wrong parts of the sentences. His voice would pitch at weird places. His voice is awesome but his reading is lacking.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yeah it Brennan Manning. It's awesome. It's just the narration is no good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,626

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Caught me by surprise, and held me till the end.

  • By Brian Perry on 07-21-15

Intense, engaging, suspenseful and fun.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

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

Absolutely. R.C. Bray does an amazing job.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fear the Sky?

No spoilers.

What about R.C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Everything he does when reading is fantastic. I have a auditory crush on the dudes voice.

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

It left me wanting more. I had to wait about six months for the second one to be done.

Any additional comments?

Anything by Stephen Moss and anything by R.C. Bray are bound to be epic. I highly recommend.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,905
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,361
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,199

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

R.C. Bray and Andy Weir = winner.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mark Whatney obviously.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Everything about R.C.'s reading was fantastic. I've heard several. Oops by him and this one is at the top.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book before the movie came out. So naturally I was disappointed with the film because they left out so many details that Andy made so incredible. And hearing R.C. First then seeing Matty Damon, well they didn't match. Matty was the wrong selection for the part. R.C. was perfect.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil's Fire

  • A Pirate Adventure Novel
  • By: Matt Tomerlin
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50

The waters of the Caribbean run red in this brutal tale of revenge during the Golden Age of Piracy. Katherine Lindsay, the pampered young wife of a wealthy ship captain, has left her leisurely life in London to accompany her husband to America. So far, their journey has been uneventful, even boring. But when ruthless pirates suddenly storm the ship to plunder her husband's riches, Katherine is one of the treasures they steal, sparking a bloody chain of events that will alter the course of piracy in the Caribbean forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • read and reread, listened and soon to listen again

  • By Kaela on 03-14-14

Basically unlistenable.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I think having someone else read this is a good place to start. I don't wanna hear a pirate book read by a woman's soft voice.

Would you be willing to try another one of Laurel Schroeder’s performances?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

A lot of disappointment.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Age of Iron

  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913

Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who has vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. Now Dug's on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join - and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ambercrombie style

  • By Stephen on 09-19-14

Really well done

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

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

Defintenly

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

Sean Barrett did really well at different fluxuations and tones in his voice for different characters. The speed of his voice changed in the right parts which added to fast and slow scenes.

Any additional comments?

Sean did really well and I will be looking for more books by him.

  • Bringing Up Boys

  • By: James C. Dobson
  • Narrated by: Wayne Shepherd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400

In Bringing Up Boys, Dr. James Dobson, America's most trusted authority on family issues, tackles these questions and offers advice and encouragement based on a firm foundation of biblical principles. Bringing Up Boys is a must-read book for parents, teachers, social workers, youth leaders, and counselors--anyone involved in the challenge of turning boys into good men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Janet Cleary on 09-15-15

Outdated

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

What disappointed you about Bringing Up Boys?

I found this, first off dry and second, outdated.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not anything by Dobson

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for books on kids look at Danny Silks, "Loving Your Kids on Purpose".

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The 10X Rule

  • The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
  • By: Grant Cardone
  • Narrated by: Grant Cardone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,664

Extreme success, by definition, lies beyond the realm of normal action. If you want to achieve extreme success, you can’t operate like everybody else and settle for mediocrity. You need to remove luck and chance from your business equation, and lock in massive success. The 10X Rule shows you how!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Set massive goals and take massive actions

  • By A. Yoshida on 04-06-16

Pretentious garbage

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

What would have made The 10X Rule better?

Not letting the author read it.

Has The 10X Rule turned you off from other books in this genre?

Definitely

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and anger

Any additional comments?

This was nothing more than a pretentious man reading his own book because he likes the sound of his own voice.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful