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  • The Last Dog on Earth

  • By: Adrian J. Walker
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris, David John
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

It's the end of the world, but Reg won't mind the peace and quiet - after all, he's always lived a solitary life. And his happy-go-lucky dog, Lineker, is ecstatic to spend more time with his beloved owner. Together, they plan to wait out the impending doom in their second-floor apartment, hiding themselves away from the riots outside. But when an abandoned orphan shows up in the stairwell of their building, Reg and Lineker must leave their place of safety and accompany her into the ruins of a fallen city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dystopian from man and dog

  • By Carianti on 06-19-19

Dystopian from man and dog

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

Reviewed: 06-19-19

I cannot remember when I last enjoyed a book from start to finish. Starts in a dystonian London and the experience of a lone man and dog who have hidden away for three years without so much as talking to another human. Enter a young girl who completely upends that existence.

The story, narrated by both the man and dog, could not have been presented better. The dog, by the way, has an endearing Cockney accent which only adds to his charm.

So much to describe and no words to give it enough credit. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the narrator both did a fabulous job! Highly recommend!

  • The Loudest Meow: A Talking Cat Fantasy

  • Cats of the Afterlife, Book 1
  • By: Wendy Ledger
  • Narrated by: Kae Denino
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

What happens to cats when they die? For Jem, a calico cat, it's a catastrophe. She knows she's not meant to be in the afterlife. Not yet. She's certainly not ready to face the cats she knew before. Not now. Maybe not ever. Clearly, a mistake has been made. Surely, it can be corrected, and Jem can return home to her life on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Light-hearted, adorable fun

  • By MasterTorian on 06-02-19

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 06-15-19

Since I am an avid animal lover, I look for books such as this. This was a unique story line so that was also intriguing! I must say, this was an interesting journey. Many times I had to remember this was a band of cats! I enjoyed this very much and hope there is a continuation as things got a little fuzzy nearing the end.

  • Next Time I See You

  • By: M.J. Bell
  • Narrated by: Shelley Reece
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

College student, Kat Chambers, lived a charmed life that would rival any princess, until the night the man she planned to marry was murdered. In that moment, her beautiful dream turned into her worst nightmare, and her true love was gone so there was no one to wake her from the horror. Sixteen months later, a chance encounter with an intriguing stranger leads her to the discovery of a time machine.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe good for teens

  • By Carianti on 05-27-19

Maybe good for teens

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

Reviewed: 05-27-19

I love time travel books so listened to this with high hopes. Unfortunately I was disappointed. First of all, I'm willing to accept much of works like this to be fantasy but there just has to be realism too. This one just stretched that far beyond what I found acceptable. Also, the story felt like it had been written by a teenager. This young woman who was supposed to be intelligent seemed to not have a viable brain! Last, the constant and repetitious references to "the Universe" was just beyond the pale. I personally do believe in the Universe as an energy but it isn't something you barter with (as she did) or treat lightly.

Not my cup of tea.

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  • A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: C. A. Fletcher
  • Narrated by: C. A. Fletcher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

My name's Griz. My childhood wasn't like yours. I've never had friends, and in my whole life I've not met enough people to play a game of football. My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs. Then the thief came. There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me guessing. Wonderfully told!

  • By Renee's Bookcase on 04-26-19

Everything I wanted and more

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

Reviewed: 05-20-19

This will be one of the top five books I've received from Audible. I was drawn in initially because of the title as I'm a huge animal lover but once I read the description, I was excited to listen to it. What an amazing journey it was! It had great character development and terrific story line. Everything was covered.....love, trust, friendship, fear, laughter, angst and being true to yourself.

Little did I know there would be unsuspected surprises at the end! OMG!

Since the author, C. A. Fletcher, narrated, I was a little cautious about that as my experience with authors who narrate their own books has not been a good thing. I was more than pleasantly surprised to find his voice was just perfect to tell this tale. Obviously he knew his characters very very well and it came out beautifully.

I cannot recommend this book more highly. I think you will be surprised and pleased with it as I was. Bravo!

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  • The Worldship Humility

  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Colin Morgan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824

It’s been 120 years since the 50 or so worldships containing the few million survivors of the human species set off after the planet Earth was destroyed by a meteor. On the Worldship Humility, Sam, a 30-year-old Airlock Operative, is bored. Living in space should be exciting and full of adventure, except it isn’t, and he fills his time hacking 3-D movie posters and holographic adverts outside the stores in the retail zone. Petty thief Yasmine Emile Dufont is also from the WS Humility, but she is not bored....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Good, Bad, and Overall...

  • By GovContractor on 03-30-19

Got me addicted!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-19

This is a very long book but once I was hooked, I literally turned off the TV and just listened and listened and listened. The characters were well thought out, if not a little too repetitious about their quirks, but you really get to know them and get involved in their story. The narrator was perfect! How can he do so many voices?! Even the female voices sounded natural!

Finally got to a satisfying ending but still some stories were left open-ended......a good clue there will be more of this story to come.

I only wish Audible had a switch you could engage to let you know when a sequel is available! By the time that happens, I'll have forgotten about this excellent first installment!

  • The Wall

  • A Novel
  • By: John Lanchester
  • Narrated by: Will Poulter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Ravaged by the Change, an island nation in a time very like our own has built the Wall - an enormous concrete barrier around its entire coastline. Joseph Kavanagh, a new Defender, has one task: to protect his section of the Wall from the Others, the desperate souls who are trapped amid the rising seas outside and are a constant threat. Failure will result in death or a fate perhaps worse: being put to sea and made an Other himself. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Are there chapters missing?

  • By JFCincy on 03-08-19

Surprise!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

I did not expect I would like this book but the reviews were positive enough that I thought I'd give it a go. I was much surprised and pleased to find it quite a bit more interesting than I thought it would be. The main character was well developed and his experiences multi-faceted...exciting, tender, introspective and reasonable, under the circumstances.
There were a couple of times when things happened that were totally unexpected, which was another excellent positive to the story.

Alas, it had to end and I was left adrift afterwards. (No pun intended since being adrift in the sea is a big part of the story.) Frankly I wanted more story! It felt like we were left without a proper ending....possibly a sequel afoot? Hope so.

Highly recommend.

  • The Wreck of the Titan

  • By: Morgan Robertson
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Robertson's story, written 14 years before the historic event it presaged, parallels the descriptions and fate of the Titanic with psychic precision. His tale, however, doesn't end with the passengers' watery demise; rather, it chronicles the detective work instigated by members of Lloyd's of London, embroiling Scotland Yard, when word comes in that the heavily insured ship has sunk to the bottom of the ocean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gifted but forgotten writer

  • By MARK on 07-29-11

Difficult to hear

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

Reviewed: 04-27-19

I have heard so much about this book in regards to the Titanic tragedy so I decided to listen to it. It certainly did have some similarities to the Titanic but the story was the bigger part of the book. It was rather difficult to understand and get used to the narrator's "high English" but what made it even more difficult was the audio kept fading in and out! I had to constantly adjust the volume control on my stand-alone listening device. I finally put on a headset (which I prefer not doing) in order to fully hear what the narrator was saying.

All and all, a ho-hum story and rather a disappointment as the story was rather bland. The narration style and audio problems also put this one in the do-not-reread category.

Good luck with that!

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,770
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,473

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Sitting on the edge of my seat!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

This book was terrific! Gave me a good look into the workings in the White House as well as politics in America....like it or not. I thought the characters were extremely well thought out and the various narrators did a top-notch job of representing their voices and emotions. The countdown near the end had me sitting on the edge of my seat! Could have gone either way! OMG! I finished this just before turning in for the night. Let it be said it took awhile to settle down enough to sleep after listening to this book!

Thoroughly enjoyed the story and presentation. Highly recommend!

As a note, I do not understand why so many people did not enjoy Dennis Quaid's narration. I thought he was terrific! A good, strong and masculine voice yet still able to express the softer side. I will be searching for more audio books that Mr Quaid has narrated.

  • Incident at Devil's Den

  • A True Story
  • By: Terry Lovelace Esq.
  • Narrated by: Terry J. Lovelace
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

I'm a 64-year-old retired lawyer and former Assistant Attorney General with an unusual story to tell. Every word of it is true. It happened in a state park known as Devil's Den. For fear of losing my job and damaging my reputation in the legal community, I never spoke about the incident. If it hadn't happened to me, I'd be skeptical too. In 1977, I was an active duty NCO in the USAF. A friend and I planned a two-night camping trip to explore the wilderness. We drove deep into the forest until we came to a high plateau. There on the horizon sat a perfect triangle of three very bright stars....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breathtaking facts you can't unknow.

  • By Daniel Martin on 12-08-18

Sure got my attention!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

I've been fascinated by UFO's since I was a kid and that's a lot of years! I've read just about everything I could get my hands on but this book got my attention in a way none other have. The fact that this man suffered with visitations and molestation's by these creatures was appalling! I cannot even imagine the degree of hurt and suffering he and his family have had to deal with.

Terry's voice was perfect for narrating the story. Not only because he was a regular person but it was his life he shared with us. As a Veteran myself, his treatment by the Air Force was unforgivable. Not surprised but this was 'way over the top. He sure didn't deserve all that flak.

His writing was fantastic! Very realistic and sure kept me riveted to listening.

I can only hope these aliens leave Terry and his family the hell alone in the future!

  • There There

  • A Novel
  • By: Tommy Orange
  • Narrated by: Darrell Dennis, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Alma Ceurvo, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,067

Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle's death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle's memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gorgeous, white-hot debut

  • By Kat - Audible on 06-12-18

Loved it! Until the ending........

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

At first I wasn't sure I was going to be able to keep track of all the characters but somehow, as I slowly got caught up in the excellent writing and performance, I managed to retain who was who. Despite heir lives, which were sadly beyond dreary and scary, some still knew love and wanted to contribute to life. My heart broke as I read of their lack of hope and confusion over their heritage. Still, their stories were so well presented I simply could not put the book away. I had to go along with them....I actually began to care......I began to hope.

Until the end. As many other reviewers have stated, the ending was a terrible disappointment. To simply be left without truly knowing the fate of characters who had become dear to me was beyond frustrating. Some met their deaths and that was obvious but we were left hangin about the rest!

Tommy Orange obviously has great talent in presenting his stories and making them real to the reader. Why then did he just stop? We all wanted to know!

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