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  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,679

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

Exquisitely written and performed!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I think this is the best book of the year! I would normally pay no attention to such a bland book cover. How happy I am that I did.
The phrases, descriptions read like the tender dew drops on grass blades.
This is the best book of friendship, love, the giving of ones self to the point where sacrifices are an honor.
THIS is the love all mortals dream of. The difference s between mortals and gods are insignificant, we feel anger, jealousy, inadequacy; we can not fix everything to our liking.
I’ve never read Greek mythology, but this is so very much more!
The emphasis is on human strengths and weaknesses, on how to truly love another and it culminates with a battle won on the shoulders of two young men. One man is mortal, self giving, underestimating his strength, the other man is mortal/god with manly strength unrivaled yet his friend is stronger in spirit uplifting the mere man/god till the end when both are equal.
Without giving away the surprise in the story; I can only say I can’t imagine anyone reading this without coming away a better, happier person.

  • Twisted

  • By: Andrew E. Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 643

Dr. Christopher Kellan spends his days at Loveland Psychiatric Hospital, overseeing a unit known as Alpha Twelve, home to the most deranged and psychotic killers imaginable. His newest patient, Donny Ray Smith, is accused of murdering ten young girls and making their bodies disappear. But during his first encounter with Donny, Christopher finds something else unsettling: the man looks familiar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mind Blowing!

  • By Deborah on 05-07-15

Just awful in my opinion

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

It started out good, within four or six chapters it turned into story telling. Do you realize the difference of being told a story and listening to a story? If you do you’ll realize you are being told, he went here, I went there, I felt scared, I am confused etc.
A good book uses active adverbs and adjectives so you can live the story. This turned into, what felt to me, “ see spot run, see Jane, run spot run”.
The last 2/3 of the book were hardly any dialogue. I got disinterested. It just kept repeating phrases of confusion, fear, etc.
I think: if I can say this without sounding condescending, I felt like I was reading a 7th grade book.
I like some B movies because they deliberately don’t take themselves seriously. I don’t like B books because I just don’t feel involved. I didn’t care what happened to the main character and I should have. Books rated below B, which I feel this one is, feel like someone is telling you about a story THEY read.
I hope my review helps.
I try to review constructively and not just say a book sucks. Someone might find this enjoyable. I found it sophomoric.

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,406

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Believable Multiverse

  • By Michael L. Moore on 02-18-17

WOAH!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

The best book in over a year! Thrilling, non stop energy and action. There isn’t a place you can stop and catch your breath, eat dinner or pee!!
I write very few reviews. I only write when I am completely blown away!

This is ingenious! Every time I thought to myself “ that’s not possible “, the writer made it possible.
This would be a great movie. He’ll, I guess I should see if it already is.
This isn’t back to the future, but more like across the many different “Me’s” out there in parallel timelines.
This has a medical thriller/slight sci-fi/ action adventure. The writer lets the characters take over instead of telling us what’s going on. I enjoy first person writing styles for this reason.
I felt fear, tension, anxiety and intense love for this average man with an exemplary love for his family above all else.

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  • To Serve and Protect

  • Onset, Book 1
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073

When vampires attack David White's small town, only luck, firepower, and the intervention of an elite government task force saves his life. The aftermath of the attack leaves him in the middle of the world's biggest secret: the existence of government agencies that regulate the supernatural. They insist that David's "luck" is actually a supernatural gift, and he's immediately recruited into ONSET, the most shadowy part of America's thin blue line of police protectors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent multi genre story with plenty of action!

  • By Chris Miller on 01-18-18

Surprised me!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I can appreciate great classic literature, horror, historical fiction, but I prefer books of this genre.

Well written, NOT a repeat of all the apocalypse books out there. Yet if you enjoy the Monster Hunter series ( hell who wouldn’t ) or the Joe Ledger books, oh and Zombie Fallout series, you love this.

It has the potential to be a very long series. The emphasis is on the people that fight the supernatural and the plans they make to bring it to them.
Make no mistake though you’ll get plenty of demons, elvans, elves, vampires etc.
this isn’t about Zombies but about fighting the supernatural beings in the world.
Thoroughly enjoyed this. I blasted through it in 18 hours!

Pick it up if you relish a good vampire hunt, police procedural, well fleshed out characters, faux military. This is just a really good book to get lost in!

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,081
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,086

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST AUDIBLE BOOK EVER .....GRIPPING and UNEXPECTED

  • By Trisha on 03-06-18

Just WOW!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Do Not believe anything about the ending being awful!! Look at the 10K reviews and the near 5 stars. This isn’t paranormal, just lucid dreaming taken a little too far.
Lucid dreaming isn’t paranormal, it is a very true and practiced phenomenon. I can only think the negative reviewers don’t realize this.
The ending is complained about. I can’t understand! This is a thriller and it delivers!!

I didn’t expect the ending at all. But as soon as I hit the ending everything fell into place.
Please rate my review as helpful so we can get those awful reviews down further. A good review, a review praising this book needs to be placed on top of the list because this thriller is everything and more than I’ve ever read!

You’ll not be disappointed by the ending of this book. It comes up and you’ll say, ” Ah Ha! NOW I understand why she lived at the gym, know I get why ' it wasn’t how she liked it’”!

I can only beg you to read this book, love this book, take the adventure with the characters. The characters are fully fleshed out, your questions are answered all along in the book, and the ending will leave you with chills and satisfied!
I don’t like female narrators. Matter of fact I have only four books out of 300+ with female narrators. But I took a chance and this isn’t an amateur, this narrator ROCKS!

On the fence? Buy it. Ten thousand reviewers loved this book!

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  • Mindhunter

  • Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
  • By: John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,184

Discover the classic behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ 25-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals - the basis for the upcoming Netflix original series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much ego

  • By Kourtney on 01-27-18

Truest respect for these pioneers!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Could not put this book down. I often wondered how accurate the portrayal of FBI profilers were. Well, now I know!

Over and above all I most enjoyed the tricks, tests, traps, used to catch these killers! All of these techniques come from the profiles, which then proceed with understanding the personality traits of the killer to provide fodder to catch these people.
The narrator is perfect for this book!!

Bravo!

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,616
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,790

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic with a Top-Notch Performance!

  • By Nicole - Audible on 06-19-17

The author surprised me!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

I’ve never read “It”. I’ve never read any of King’s books.
I’ll tell you I devoured this book, lost sleep, I’m exhausted today as I had to finish the last four hours.
Most books this long have a period that requires patience. I’m not a patient person; to my dismay. But “It” grabbed me immediately and not one single moment did I feel a lag, a slow period, a ‘leading’ up to the actual good parts.
From start to finish I was on a wonderful trip!
The narrator sample gave me huge doubts. I thought he wasn’t the right person for a horror book. But truthfully this did not feel like horror. I wasn’t scared. I was moved, a couple of times I cried for the love between the characters.
I laughed for the hilarious voices, the simple minds of kids, the ability to see and feel joy when one was young.
These kids were dealing with problems just like us adults. Some were small, some large, but to them the one thing that made them different than adults was their belief they could do anything and how much more resilient they are.

I don’t think this book should be under the horror category. It’s just a wonderfully written literature action and adventure book with a malevolent IT in the town...with a few bloody and stinking creatures.
I can tell you one thing. You won’t be bored.
Oh wait; two things. The second being you’ll feel joy, love, friendship, the meaning of desire and want.
I’ve never read something this intimate!
There is so much honesty and vulnerability in these tweens; as soon as they feel acceptance even when each has their own desire to hide their shortcomings.
Just a very good listen!

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,941
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,722

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to adopt the characters into my family

  • By yarginator on 11-27-17

R C Bray is a God!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

I’ve read a lot of ‘End of the World books. This one ranks right up there with the Arisen Series. I’m not easily impressed with mediocre books. I’ve returned dozens of listens. So when I tell you I devoured this book you can damn well believe I mean it!

This is a character driven book. And oh my, after this I feel like I know and love these people. You can’t listen without feeling their pain, accomplishments and minor victories. Let it be said, this is also a book with a theme that “you CAN pick your own family”! Thank the universe on that one; my own personal family...well that’s another story.

Let me just say, no one listening to this masterpiece can walk away disliking it. It’s just that good. Be prepared to loose sleep, burn the roast or forget to take a pee break yep, THAT entertaining
It grabs you asap and won’t let go! The emotions and dialogue compelled me and drew me in, in the most pleasant way!

I thought I wouldn’t be so attached to these people without the usual Zombies in this genre Holy Cow was I wrong.

Pick it up, it’ll make your day! No not your week-your day. Because I dare you to put it down to sleep!
R C Bray...I want you giving my eulogy at my funeral; you’re just that good!

  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,429

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

Boring

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

I couldn’t get past the plodding, it was slow. Like walking through mud. I wanted so badly to love it. Maybe I needed to listen longer. But I couldn’t get past the 8th chapter.

  • The One Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Andrew Gross
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,445

It's 1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendel and his family are trying to flee Paris when they are caught and forced onto a train along with thousands of other Jewish families. At the other end of the long, torturous train ride, Alfred is separated from his family and sent to the men's camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life's work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You gotta have a STRONG stomach.

  • By Richard Delman on 09-22-16

Great story, not the best narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

I've read many books narrated by Ballerini. I've enjoyed them all. But this time I didn't think he was a good choice for the book.
Needless though, this book is very good. It kept me coming back everyday to hear more about this part of our history!

I'd pick this gem up if I were you. Yes, it's a drama, but a thrilling adventure too.

I just didn't like the narrator 100%. But I've heard much worse! Ballerini didn't do a poor job at all. I just think a narrator with a bigger repertoire of emotions and inflections would have been better. Ballerini is a soft spoken man. I would have loved this more read by a more exciting narrator.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful