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  • Footfall

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,145

They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best

  • By Flatlander on 06-24-10

An uncharacteristically optimistic view of aliens.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I was surprised that the book portrays humanity as a bit less ready to destroy alien invaders and more ready to believe they are brothers come from afar... it seemed unrealistic to me. I just couldn't believe it...the reaction to invasion and violence -I felt- would be magnitudes greater and more aggressive. That kinda ruined it for me. I did like the way you slowly understand where the aliens are coming from, and what they want to accomplish. It created a bit of suspense in an otherwise predictable plot.

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,433

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

Witty, and irreverent...

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

This book is witty, irreverent, and just what you'd expect from Gaimen. the dialog needs a close listen most of the time, but when you do listen there's a joke or funny commentary on every page. Keep up, keep up and it will run wild through your imagination. The narration here is good...a few annoying mispronunciations, but aside from that... fantastic.

  • Breakthrough

  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,461

Deep in the Caribbean Sea, a nuclear submarine is forced to suddenly abort its mission under mysterious circumstances. Strange facts begin to emerge that lead naval investigator, John Clay, to a small group of marine biologists who are quietly on the verge of making history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING!!!

  • By FocusedOnTheJourney on 07-22-17

Endless appeal for all readers!

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

I liked the scientific realms of this story more than the military stuff but there was somehow still room for a new romance, and of course a mystery. There's a little something for everyone in this book. It's entertaining, and original.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,190
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,756

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Comedy-Tragedy of Gods Giants Dwarfs & Monsters

  • By Jefferson on 02-24-17

This is a modern collection of ancient mythology.

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

Neil Gaimen makes them funny, but essentially these are the same myths that have been passed down orally, and collected Snorri Sturleson in poetic eddas. He makes Thor a bit of a idiot and some would say that's disrespectful, but I feel he doesn't go TOO FAR for the laugh. This is the real thing people, just modernized a bit for understanding. Some of the myths are weird for modern people to grasp, but I ask you... what's harder to understand Odin sacrificing himself TO himself, or Jesus coming back from the dead? Keep an open mind and ENJOY!

  • Malcolm X: The Last Speeches

  • By: Malcolm X
  • Narrated by: Malcolm X
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

"Any kind of movement for freedom of Black people based solely within the confines of America is absolutely doomed to fail." Speeches and interviews from the last two years of Malcolm X's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved hearing Malcolm's speeches!

  • By Leon on 02-18-15

The man, the myth, the legend. Get to know him.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

These are some of the most impassioned speeches Malcolm ever did. They include a speech that he obviously did after Haj. You can hear that his views on the Nation have changed a bit with his exposure to the pilgrimage and Mecca. He's exposed to a togetherness of people that he had never experienced in the U.S., and I'd like to think that this restores his optimize for the black rights movement here...but that's just my opinion as a blue eyed devil. Prepare yourself if you're white and you're listening to this. Malcolm's voice was a powerful one for change, a strong and angry one, and a reflection of the racism and violence that blacks in America face to a lesser extent to this day, but make no mistake the man was a racist. That's obvious in his speeches here and while I believe he was a great man, I feel that his views along "separate but equal" lines have no place in a modern world.

  • Shogun

  • The Epic Novel of Japan: The Asian Saga, Book 1
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 53 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,040

A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazingly well done!

  • By Ruby Dickson on 04-24-15

I get why it's considered a classic.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

I get it...there's a lot to be learned and explored here. it's a good introduction to Japanese culture of the period and includes ideas and beliefs that are still held in Japan today. You have to read between the lines a bit to understand that because it's written with the biases held by gaijin. There's part of the charm actually because we begin to see that the Japanese are just as biased...I have to say though that this book has one of the worst endings I've ever experienced. It takes it from a love story with adventure and a great presense of that renown Japanese honor to an absolute tragedy. I like happy endings so this almost ruined it for me. Also I feel like the author never does convey the deeper meaning behind the form of ritual suicide the Japanese practice. A modern reader can be left asking "why? why do they do it?" Despite these things it's a riveting book with behind the scenes machinations that JRR Martin obviously took note of.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,033
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,986

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

I want MORE!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

Compelling stories always leave you wanting to know more...this one feels like it could have a whole mythos built around it and you just want to know it all.

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  • Small Favor

  • The Dresden Files, Book 10
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,335
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,439
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,384

No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Missing 2 minutes of audio!

  • By Daniel Eggert on 12-15-15

An updated Sam Spade meets the magicians.

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

Who knew automated sprinklers could defeat evil fairies? Fantastic! Creative, and action packed but this one has more water stunts than your average water park.

  • Fool Moon

  • The Dresden Files, Book 2
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,865

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I've read in a long time!

  • By David Ziegler on 05-06-10

love this series!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

This is the kind of audio book you'll listen to over and over. There is non stop action, and the narration is awesome.

  • Promise Not to Tell

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer McMahon
  • Narrated by: Karen White, Kathleen McInerney, Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

A woman's past and present collide with unexpected results in this hauntingly beautiful debut novel set in rural Vermont. Forty-one-year-old school nurse Kate Cypher has returned home to rural Vermont to care for her mother who's afflicted with Alzheimer's. On the night she arrives, a young girl is murdered–a horrific crime that eerily mirrors another from Kate's childhood. Three decades earlier, her dirt-poor friend Del–shunned and derided by classmates as "Potato Girl" –was brutally slain.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • very so so

  • By Hannah on 12-16-16

Rubbish

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

With a plot as transparent as a ghost there is not much here to keep the listener engaged, unless of course you are a teenaged girl... In which case, proceed. If not, leave it in the store.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful