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  • Fly Girls

  • How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History
  • By: Keith O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi-day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Fly Girls recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For women, and dads

  • By Cecilia Avanelle on 08-08-18

Great stories, exceptional narration!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Wonderful story of remarkable women during aviations early, and often spectacular era. outstanding narration conveying just the right tone to these amazing aviators.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57,999

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Exceptional narration!!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

A great story, good characters, and I emphasize Ms. Dawson's exceptional narration!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Vanguard

  • The Genesis Fleet, Book 1
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,989

Earth is no longer the center of the universe. After the invention of the faster-than-light jump drive, humanity is rapidly establishing new colonies. But the vast distances of space mean that the old order of protection and interstellar law offered by Earth has ceased to exist. When a nearby world attacks, the new colony of Glenlyon turns to Robert Geary, a young former junior fleet officer, and Mele Darcy, a onetime enlisted marine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great begining of a new series

  • By Duncan R Campbell on 05-17-17

Tantalizing opener to a new series. More please!!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

Love the plot, the characters and unspoken connections across time and space to "Black Jack". If you enjoyed Lost Fleet, Beyond the Frontier and Lost Stars series, and/or the not to be overlooked JAG in Space books, I think you'll find Vanguard a compelling storyline that leaves you waiting anxiously for the next installment. As always, the exceptionally reliable Christian Rummel brings the characters to life with his well developed voicing and perfect pacing. Great job to all and highly recommended.

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,829
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,197
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,237

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

An outstanding read. Hard to stop once started.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

Excellent character development and compelling interpersonal relationships move the story forward along multiple lines to converge at an unexpected and emotional finish. I felt such deep empathy for some characters and bordered on hatred of others. Together they create a most excellent and entertaining story. Highly recommended. If you enjoy this I also recommend the writings under her alter ego, Robert Galbraith. The depth and breadth of Jo Rowling's work simply astounds.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66,204
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,006

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Interesting plot-line, excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

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

Yes. Fast-paced space adventures. Interesting take on future a.i. Can ring a bit hollow on some points, such as "whatever they need they just produce it, poof", but in fairness that's more a comment on the state of the advanced technology than holes in the plot line.

What did you like best about this story?

The approach is very interesting, summed up as, "here's what could happen when human creativity is linked to unlimited computing power/speed, unlimited resources, universal knowledge and, perhaps most compelling, immortality through digital replication of the underlying mind."

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No - but I will now seek him out. Excellent narration and voicing.

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

More like, subtle chuckles, lots of irony and sarcasm, which I particularly enjoy.

Any additional comments?

Good stuff. Waiting patiently for the next installment of the "Bobiverse".

  • Bunker Hill Part 1

  • A City, a Siege, a Revolution
  • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • White people killing Indians & other love stories

  • By Richard on 08-05-16

White people killing Indians & other love stories

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Troubling yet refreshing. The Puritans most certainly did not practice what they preached. I wish this kind of honesty was reflected in our schools. What an interesting conversation that might prompt.

  • The Road to Little Dribbling

  • Adventures of an American in Britain
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142

Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the best-selling travel books ever written. Now, he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed - and what hasn’t. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Bryson?? Alas, another disappointed fan

  • By Richard on 01-25-16

No Bryson?? Alas, another disappointed fan

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

Bryson without Bryson's voice doesn't work for me. As others have already detailed, his unique voice is essential in conveying the tone of his work. As a long-time fan, I just clicked on "Buy" as soon at this book was released without listening to a sample or paying attention to the narrator. That's my fault for "assuming". This one is being returned for credit. If reissued with Bill Bryson narrating I'll most likely purchase anew. Sorry Bill. I really tried but it just doesn't play properly without your narration.

75 of 78 people found this review helpful

  • The Time of Our Lives

  • Collected Writings
  • By: Peggy Noonan
  • Narrated by: Betsy Foldes Meiman, Rena-Marie Villano, Peggy Noonan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Peggy Noonan is one of the most brilliant and influential political thinkers and writers of our time. The author of five best-selling books ( What I Saw at the Revolution is now a classic), her column in The Wall Street Journal is a must-read for millions of Americans. Witty, incisive, and always original, Peggy Noonan is a conservative intellectual with wide-reaching appeal across the political spectrum. Now, for the first time, the best of Noonan's writing will be collected in one indispensable volume.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Background and insight on US social evolution

  • By Deloyce McKee on 01-24-16

Ronald Reagan is God. Who knew?

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

Reviewed: 11-20-15

Despite being a former military officer with a strong sense of flag-waving patriotism, this book struck me as an interminable rewrite, or at the least re-positioning, of history. Not unexpected based on having read the author's columns for many years but compacted in this format one risks overdosing on Reagan, religion and Republican self-aggrandizement. This one's going back for a refund.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

  • By: Sarah Vowell
  • Narrated by: Sarah Vowell, John Slattery, Nick Offerman, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,066

From the best-selling author of Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes, a humorous account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette - the one Frenchman we could all agree on - and an insightful portrait of a nation's idealism and its reality. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States is a humorous and insightful portrait of the famed Frenchman, the impact he had on our young country, and his ongoing relationship with instrumental Americans of the time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Already waiting for Sarah Vowell's next adventure

  • By Michael on 10-25-15

For those who "get" Sarah, another winner

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

Reviewed: 10-26-15

I am somewhat amused but more often disappointed to read reviews by readers that don't "get" Sarah Vowell. Apparently they were expecting something other than what we long-time Sarah lovers have come to expect. Those unfamiliar with her work might want to check out her many appearances on "This American Life" where her contributor page leads with this introduction: "Sarah's the author of several books and has a great, classic radio voice that sounds like no one else. Some of her most popular stories are in these episodes: 81, 104, 107, 118, 151."

What is often lost on those unfamiliar with Sarah's work is that the underlying tale of historic events and figures is carefully, nay painstakingly researched, woven into a compelling story format and delivered with her sharp wit, irony and signature "wise-guy" attitude. It's almost funny (but kind of sad) to read reviews expressing indignant outrage at the narration. That Sarah narrates her own book is indeed the point. Well done Sarah and company.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,724

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Exceptionally good. Most enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-14

Brilliant writing. Spot on narration. Excellent character development. A great read. Going on to book 2, "The Silkwork" straightaway. Bravo!