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  • What Have You Done

  • By: Matthew Farrell
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,013
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,798
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,793

When a mutilated body is found hanging in a seedy motel in Philadelphia, forensics specialist Liam Dwyer assumes the crime scene will be business as usual. Instead, the victim turns out to be a woman he’d had an affair with before breaking it off to save his marriage. But there’s a bigger problem: Liam has no memory of where he was or what he did on the night of the murder. Panicked, Liam turns to his brother, Sean, a homicide detective. Sean has his back, but incriminating evidence keeps piling up. From fingerprints to DNA, everything points to Liam....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but ramps up

  • By MARIA on 01-03-19

Nothing wrong with the narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

I just finished this book - read it in one sitting. It's a clever story, that kept the suspense up, without much gore or profanity. I'm not against either, mind, but it's worth mentioning since the LAST story I read by a DIFFERENT author was overly gory and I had to advance the audio to skip a few especially nasty parts.

I also read a review where the reviewer complains heartily about the narrator, Chris Andrew Ciulla. I disagree with that person, 100%. Yes, the narrator is dramatic at times--but those times were entirely appropriate. And, he did an excellent job with the various voices, the pace of the story, and in setting the mood of various scenes.

This wasn't a profound life-changing story. But it was well-written, the characters were interesting, and the plot developed nicely. All in all, a light read for a mellow weekend.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,461
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16,183
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16,103

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

Just don't call it an audibook

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I had a blast listening to this. But, this isn't an audibook in the classic sense - think more of a 21st century radio drama, with 21st century sound effects. If what you're looking for is an audiobook, with narrators reading faithfully from a text written to be read instead of performed, move along. If you have fond memories of being a child and listening to old radio dramas (or are looking to make new memories), stick with this.

The 4/5 rating is due to the sometimes-stilted and confusing voice acting. Not every great screen actor is a great voice actor. Duchovny, Anderson, etc. prove this in spades. Still, as a long-time X-files fan, this was a fun listen, (almost) X-files gold.

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  • The Jekyll Revelation

  • By: Robert Masello
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,386

While on routine patrol in the tinder-dry Topanga Canyon, environmental scientist Rafael Salazar expects to find animal poachers, not a dilapidated antique steamer trunk. Inside the peculiar case, he discovers a journal, written by the renowned Robert Louis Stevenson, which divulges ominous particulars about his creation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It also promises to reveal a terrible secret - the identity of Jack the Ripper.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • pleasantly surprised

  • By Genevieve Paquette on 04-17-17

Excellent Book, Narration Just a Bit Off

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

I picked up this book and could hardly put it down. The author does a fantastic job switching between mid 1800's language and modern American English. The intertwined stories and developing mystery make for an exciting, fast-paced read. I couldn't recommend this book enough for people who enjoy mystery, historical fiction, and fantasy.

If you're the kind of person, like me, who's very attuned to spoken language, you may find the narration a bit irksome. Mr. Lane tries to read all of Stevenson's words in a Scottish accent. Unfortunately, he misses the mark many times, making the renowned author sound like he's originally from India instead of Scotland. Lane does an excellent job of narration otherwise. So, this may be a minor point for most audible readers.

I'm very much looking forward to reading more books by Robert Masello. I hope you enjoy this story as much as have.

37 of 42 people found this review helpful

  • Killfile

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Farnsworth
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

John Smith has a special gift that seems more like a curse: He can access other people's thoughts. He hears the songs stuck in their heads, their most private traumas and fears, the painful memories they can't let go. The CIA honed his skills until he was one of their most powerful operatives, but Smith fled the agency and now works as a private consultant, trying to keep the dark potential of his gift in check - and himself out of trouble.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Familiar story but still worth it

  • By green ice cream garden on 08-24-16

Narrator is off this time around

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Another excellent book by Chris Farnsworth. Alas, not the best Bronson Pinchot has produced, by far. I've listened to him narrate a wide variety of stories, including Farnsworth's series, The President's Vampire. Unfortunately for this book, Pinchot's narration is all over the place - he switches the narrator's voice in unpredictable ways that aren't required by the text. The narrator sounds like he's got multiple personality disorder! If I were Audible, I'd have Pinchot re-do the book - he's capable of much better work!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight Crossroad

  • A Novel of Midnight Texas
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,126

From Charlaine Harris, the best-selling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It' s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Now a TV Show?

  • By Julie on 06-23-16

Poor Showing

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

Reviewed: 05-15-16

I have read the entire Sookie Stackhouse series more times than I can count and, on that basis, have always considered Charlaine Harris a good novelist. So when I heard HBO was considering adapting Midnight Crossroad, I figured I'd get started and listen to the first book in the series. I couldn't be more disappointed. With the exception of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, I've always thought the book, any book of the thousands of fiction books I've read in my life, was better than the TV or movie adaptation. Alas, Midnight Crossroad might join the exclusive Seth Grahame-Smith's club.
This book was so poorly written I thought perhaps it was an earlier work, were Ms. Harris was still learning about pacing, world-building, character development, and storytelling. That may still be the case, but it was published in 2014 so I expected better than what I got.
Save yourself time and aggravation, head somewhere else. As long as you don't read Grahame-Smith's book, you'll do better than this novel.

  • Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,086
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,088

At the heart of these stories, as with all the best of Lovecraft’s work, is the belief that the Earth was once inhabited by powerful and evil gods, just waiting for the chance to recolonise their planet. Cthulhu is one such god, lurking deep beneath the sea until called into being by cult followers who – like all humans – know not what they do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very atmospheric and creepy

  • By Kirsten M. Crippen on 10-30-11

Excellent Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 10-24-15

I have a variety of Lovecraft compilations - some of which also include the stories in this audiobook. The difference is that this narrator is incredibly good! If you're going to purchase Lovecraft stories, make sure William Roberts is narrating.

  • Ballistic

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,616

Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comparable to the first in this series

  • By Ed on 10-30-17

Great story...sad narration

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

Reviewed: 07-11-15

I have loved Jay Snyder's narration work for years. Alas, for the first time ever, I'm sorely disappointed by his lack of research before recording this book. Most of this book takes place in Mexico with both native Spanish speakers and Americans speaking Spanish throughout the story. Unfortunately, Jay's Spanish pronunciation is so abysmal, it makes it hard to concentrate on the story - especially when the "speaker" is a native Spanish speaker.

How does a professional manage to mispronounce "machismo" (a word that is so common in English!!!) and "virgen", among others?

This is another great Gray Man book. If you have even a passing knowledge of Spanish, listening to this narration will be painful - I suggest you do the actual reading yourself.

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  • The Bourne Identity

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,401

His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium -- maybe code words. Initials: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Robert Ludlum's Attention to Detail A++

  • By P. Shuart on 08-13-09

Some books don't stand the test of time

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

I am tempted to say my dislike for this books is in part due to the fact that it was written when I was 10 years old and I'm now 45. But I read a lot of fiction written across the span of 150 years, give or take. So, I know that some books are as fresh and exciting now and they were when they were written, regardless of age. Alas, The Bourne Identity isn't one of them.

I wanted to stop reading once Jason and Marie had the same conversation for the 5th time ("I believe you are a good man." "No, I'm not. I am a killer." "I don't believe it. You came back for me"). But I put up with it till they got to Paris and Jason started bribing the bank manager. After that, I just could stomach it no longer. Perhaps the good doctor becomes a three-dimensional character after that point, but I'm not willing to waste my time in an effort to find out.

As usual, Scott Brick did an excellent job at narration. I only wish he had been given better material to perform.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 165,620
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152,896
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 152,733

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

Every word...

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

Reviewed: 02-28-14

I laughed, I cried, I hung on his every word - hoping, wishing, rooting for Watney to make it. What an incredible ride. Thank you Andy Weir for a funny, scary, suspenseful story.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38,249

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
  • Great start, lame finish

  • By C&H on 05-04-16

You'll kick yourself if you miss this one

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

Reviewed: 02-19-13

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

Seriously. I barely didn't get this book cuz the plot summary was so vague. But I was feeling desperate for a new book and figured I could always return it if I it was a dud. Forty eight hours later, I'm done listening to it and think it's one of the best books I've read in a long while.

If you like LOST, you'll love this book.
If you like mysteries, you'll love this book.
If you like horror, you'll love this book.
If you like Lovecraft, you'll love this book.

Seriously. Don't judge the book by the summary. It's intentionally vague cuz disclosing too much of the plot gives away the book's mystery.

Seriously. Read this book.

And, Ray Porter's reading is a winning combination. On top of a fascinating book, it's accompanied by a stellar performance

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