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  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31,426

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Is This Book Ever Going to End??

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

I have to agree with other reviewers. I have enjoyed a few other books by Dan Brown, in particular The DaVinci Code, but this was really 18 hours of tedium. I kept listening because, after all, who doesn't want to here the answer the author comes up with to: "Where did we come from? Where are we going?"

There is so much formulaic nonsense in here; Langdon is in an historic city, he teams up with a beautiful woman (are there any other types in these books?), there is a religious zealot killing people...and absolutely no action. Even the ultimate ending is rather predictable and I was able to guess it about 1/2 the way through.

Perhaps my greatest disappointment was the "great reveal" of Edmond's discovery. It finally comes about 16 hours in and then it reminds me of John Galt's interminable speech towards the end of Atlas Shrugged: It just goes on and on and on and is, quite frankly, boring as all get out. I, quite literally, fell asleep during what should have been the climax of the book.

Avoid this one!

  • The Ghost Writer

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Roger Rees
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 431

Adam Lang has been Britain’s longest serving—and most controversial—prime minister of the last half century. As pressure mounts for Lang to complete this memoirs, he hires a professional ghostwriter to finish the book. As he sets to work, the ghostwriter discovers many more secrets than Lang intends to reveal, secrets with the power to alter world politics - secrets with the power to kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too close to the truth?

  • By carl801 on 11-24-07

Slow first 8 hours but an interesting ending

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

I like Robert Harris' work and have listened to a number of his books (An Officer and A Spy is pretty great) so I looked forward to this one especially given the good reviews. Frankly, I was bored. I did finish it so I can say that the last hour may be worth the lead up, but overall I just felt it plodded along. At one point the "Ghost" just recites webpage addresses for what seems like a few minutes. Given the ending, I can maybe see why it was included but still...listening to "www.fill in the blank.com" over and over just gets dull to the listener.

Roger Rees does a great job reading.

The Audible definition of a 3 star review is "pretty good". That perfectly describes my thoughts on this book. It's "pretty good" but there are too many "really good" or "great" books out there to listen to instead.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 83,608
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77,530
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 77,173

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

You'll never look at Trevor Noah the same way

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

This is an excellent book (and I don't say that about too many)! I am a fan of The Daily Show and feel that Trevor Noah has really grown into that role. But, to hear his back story of growing up during the end of Apartheid and what he had to go through as a "colored" person - not black, not white, is to totally change your perspective on him.

This is a well told, well narrated story of perseverance and maternal love. Many parts are frankly pretty shocking especially to those of us who grew up in the US and only heard and learned about Apartheid peripherally from news stories or from what little we learned in school.

Listen to this book. You won't be disappointed!

  • The Nowhere Man

  • Evan Smoak, Book 2
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,082

Spoken about only in whispers, it is said that when the Nowhere Man is reached by the truly desperate, he can and will do anything to save them. Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Liked the original, moaned over the second!

  • By John on 01-24-17

3 decent hours and 9 boring ones

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

I was a fan of the first Orphan X book so was anxiously awaiting this follow up. I echo many other reviewers by saying I was extremely disappointed. The book starts out fine. The first hour is similar to book 1. Evan helping people with nowhere else to turn. Great. Then he is kidnapped and we enter what almost seems like watching the movie Groundhog Day for the next 9 hours. The story just drags: Evan is imprisoned in the chateau by Rene, he figures out a way to escape, kills lots of guards, is captured again, gassed to sleep, dreams of his mentor Jack, wakes up...and it all starts over again, and again, and again! 9 hours of this!

Without giving anything away, the last 2 hours improve greatly but by then I was already totally burned out and just wanted it to be over. The last sentence of the book sets up a Book 3. I will have to think long and hard and read a bunch of reviews, before I decided to spend the credit and time!

As always, Scott Brick does a great job in this genre (unlike the terrible miscasting of him in Dead Wake). There is a bit too much "angst" in this book though (when Evan things about Jack and his future) and Brick does angst a bit over the top.

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  • Night School

  • A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 21
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,372

It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom - an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor - a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Below average for the Reacher series. Not fun.

  • By Jane on 12-23-16

Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

My feelings about this book are summed up my many of the other recent reviews. I, too, am a huge fan. I get each Reacher book either on pre-order or the day it comes out. Unfortunately, this one is a total loser. Yes, it's a "prequel" so there is none of the "Reacher goes after the bad guy to help the innocent" that is the recurrent theme in most of the books. In fact, there is essentially no action at all. Reacher only "kicks butt" maybe 2 times in the entire book. It's all talk, talk, talk. That's NOT what Reacher fans want from their protagonist. Come on Lee Child...Give us what we want!

Is it possible that the very best entry of this 21 book series is still the very first: The Killing Floor? Sure there were other hits and a few misses throughout the series but, if you want the Reacher most of us have come to enjoy, go back to that first book; certainly not this one!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hypothermia

  • A Reykjavik Thriller
  • By: Arnaldur Indridason
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 877

Iceland’s best-selling novelist and a winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award, Arnaldur Indridason is an international phenomenon highly regarded for his engrossing crime fiction. In Hypothermia, Inspector Erlendur contends with personal demons while investigating a woman’s suicide. Although there are no signs of foul play, Erlendur gradually exposes a sinister plot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Fine Quiet Mystery!

  • By Silverhamr on 05-20-16

Kudos to Mr. Guidall!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

The story itself was OK. I certainly have listened to much better, more exciting police mysteries. This kept my interest but, frankly, barely.

I do want to congratulate George Guidall. Anyone who has listened to audiobooks for any period of time feel like we have a personal relationship with him: The man is just that prolific of a reader. We have spent countless hours in a car or plane with him. But, this book tops the list. I have been to Iceland and marveled not only at the scenic beauty but the impenetrability of the language. Place names are so long and with such complex spelling that it's impossible to even attempt to read them. Yet, in this novel it seems that the author went out of his way to string multiple place names together in a row just to tease whomever would read the audiobook! Enter George. He didn't stumble once. He just read name after name after name (of course I don't have the slightest idea if he read them properly or not). Anyone who can do that surely deserves a special Audie award!

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114,325

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Only got half way through

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

It is RARE for me to not finish listening to a book, but this was one of those times (Heck, I wasted over 47 hours of my life listening to 1Q84, just waiting for something to happen!!) I have to agree with a number of recent reviews that found this book just bad. There was not a single character with whom you felt any compassion. The three main women were all whiny and annoying. Even the performance was a bit sub par with all three sounding so similar it was difficult to tell them apart.

I had read so much great press about this book before I started to listen. It must hit a chord with many since it has topped best seller lists for months. It's just not my "cup of tea"...or in the case of this story, "can of gin and tonic".!

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 152,957
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 141,147
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 140,997

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

One of my favorite audiobooks....EVER

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

Reviewed: 01-30-16

I have been listening to audiobooks since they were called "books on tape". I can't count how many I have heard. The Martian now tops the list of one of my favorites of all times. The story and narration are top notch. It was one of the rare books where I actually didn't just listen in the car but had to finish it sitting at home just to see what happens in the end.

I can't recommend highly enough. Well done!

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  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel - Millennium Series, Book 4
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,822
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,795

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Sequel

  • By Lia on 09-21-17

Sorry, but a major disappointment

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

Reviewed: 11-07-15

I originally listened to the first three books back-to-back. I really enjoyed the character development throughout the books and the stories. I am a big fan of the thriller/murder mystery genre and felt that Lisbeth was one of the most intriguing new protagonists I had come across in a long time. Needless to say, I was excited when I heard about this new entry.

Unfortunately, other than in the narration with Simon Vance doing his usual excellent job, this book was a disappointment from start to finish. The story dragged. Other than a few text messages, there was essentially no interaction between Lisbeth and Bloomkvist (one problem with listening, I'm not sure of the spelling!). Lagercrantz moved most of the action and story forward through long "interviews" Bloomkvist or the police had with various people; for example the police interview with the "witness" who saw what happened during the shootout is the only explanation we get of those events. Why couldn't that have been told from Lisbeth's viewpoint? The only action or excitement occurs in the last 2 hours of listening.

I can't recommend this, even to diehard Salander fans

  • Naked Greed

  • Stone Barrington, Book 34
  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 418

Stone Barrington isn't one to turn away in the face of danger, so when he witnesses a tricky situation underway, he jumps in to lend a hand. He never expected, though, that this favor would lead to a mutually beneficial business deal with a prominent gentleman who requires the ever-discreet services of Woodman & Weld.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Not as Good as Previous Installments

  • By C. Lyons on 07-30-15

Worst Barrington book...EVER

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

No one will ever claim that the Stone Barrington series is great literature but, at least, they are usually fun listens. Not so with this one. The plot is totally disconnected from beginning to end. Stone has no apparent role in this story other than to but bed gorgeous (aren't they always) women. There is no action, drama and no suspense.

Maybe, after 34 entries, it is time for Mr. Woods to acknowledge he has nowhere else to go with these characters and put the series to bed.