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  • The Children's Crusade

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Packer
  • Narrated by: Cotter Smith, Frederick Weller, Thomas Sadoski, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 295

Bill Blair finds the land by accident - three wooded acres in a rustic community south of San Francisco. The year is 1954, long before anyone will call this area Silicon Valley. Struck by a vision of the family he has yet to create, Bill buys the property on a whim. In Penny Greenway he finds a suitable wife, a woman whose yearning attitude toward life seems compelling and answerable, and they marry and have four children. Yet Penny is a mercurial housewife at a time when women chafed at the conventions imposed on them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow poignant storytelling

  • By Beth Anne on 07-20-15

A First Person Character Story

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

This book was not for me. Because of this, I can't state that it was bad or good; I can only state that I did not like it. The story unfolds through the eyes of a melancholy man that looks to his past and present while describing what he has seen, sees, and feels.

The problem is that it is not very enjoyable to see life through the eyes of a desolate man.and reading a chapter in a desolate man's voice becomes a sing-song drone. I only made it through three hours. The book may have gotten better as the main character got better, but I just could not listen any longer.

  • Tesser: A Dragon Among Us

  • A Reemergence Novel, Book 1
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,566
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,564

Imagine for a moment that you are a Dragon. A creature of unimaginable power, unending intelligence and strength, and you've just woken from 10,000 years of slumber. Worse yet, you've awoken underneath a city: Boston, an alien and strange place that defies everything you've ever known. Your last memories are of primordial forests, erupting volcanoes sculpting a developing world, faeries, witches, vampires, krakens, and monsters that feared where you turned your eyes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a credit and your time!

  • By Kelleefornia on 02-17-16

Good to Be Da' Dragon

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

This was an enjoyable listen and worth the credit in my opinion. The narration is fantastic.

Some of the women sexual dialogue would never be spoken by any women I know.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Foreign Agent

  • Scot Harvath, Book 15
  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schulz
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,375

Terrorism in Europe has spun out of control. The United States has decided on a dramatic response. Now, the CIA needs a very special kind of operative. Scot Harvath has exactly the skills the CIA is looking for. He's a former U.S. Navy SEAL with extensive experience in espionage. Working for a private intelligence company, he will provide the CIA, and more important, the President, with absolute deniability.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What just happened?!?

  • By Jesse Gerspach on 06-28-16

Not His Best - Might Just Be Me

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

I love this series and Mr. Thor's other books, but this story bored me. I know it is a hero romp and the formula is the same story to story, Bond is always bond right? So I might be tired of the genre.

  • Flowers for Algernon

  • By: Daniel Keyes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,686

Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal Classic

  • By FanB14 on 03-22-13

I Became the Protagonist

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

This will be long so I will give my summary in the first paragraph.

This is a classic written by a comic book writer and marvelously narrated making the original prose a 3 dimensional reality for the listener. On its own the book is a must read/own but this audio version is also a must have. Are you still with me? Is the book in your library yet? Go get it now and come back.

I wish I had a book club that read this because I am bursting to discuss all of the elements of this title. It is a very in-depth look into people, motivations, wants, desires, and more. How could so much be tucked away in this short prose; I have no idea, but it did and will keep me thinking about many of the aspects for some time to come.

Reading this story and watching the film as a teenager I was moved, but I missed much of what was within the pages. It must be my age that gave me better understanding now as I understand what it is like to have not, gain much, and have not again. I remembered the story was good but I wanted to go back to it. I had an extra credit so I decided to get the book here at audible.

A few minutes ago I sat in my work's parking lot riveted to the last chapter. It was impossible for me to go into work until the book was finished because it held me fast and unbidden tears were streaming down my cheeks. You see, I was not simply watching Charlie, I was Charlie. The author and narrator had done the very rare transportation of my soul into a character's reality. The narrator's part in this process is not to be dismissed. Never have I heard all characters in a story, including minor characters with no lines, so absolutely real and recognizable. How Woodman did this I don't know, but I will seek him out again and again. and I will read the author's other works even though I am sure they will be far lesser than this work.

The perfect timing to read this book is with your child in the summer prior to the first year of high school and then at the stage of life where life has been lived and strength and mind starts to falter. Read with your child and discuss the story to open all of its richness as you would do with a bottle of wine at a wine tasting party. It will motivate as you learn that one's intelligence is precious, learning is precious, and nothing completes the person without the heart. You learn that time is precious and you should not waste a moment of it.

The last thing I will say here is that most books have endings that let me down. I am very critical of endings. This is not the case here.

I will bring flowers to Algernon in my mind each day for many days in my mind.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Oryx and Crake

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,800

The narrator of Atwood's riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he is sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. He searches for supplies in a wasteland where insects proliferate and pigoons and wolvogs ravage the pleeblands, where ordinary people once lived, and the Compounds that sheltered the extraordinary. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Scary Stuff

  • By Doug on 07-21-03

A Short Story Stretched to Fill Pages

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

The story was fine. The premise was slightly interesting. The characters were boring.

AS A BOOK

That was the problem. The book should have been a short story or novella at best.

The story was uniquely told from the protagonist point of view as the pre-problem person, and a changed post problem person. The current time depends on which person is speaking. The post problem person looks back and comments on what has been done or said a few pages before as his old self.

There are some interesting things that happen along the way. I found it frustrating that much of the surroundings are left vague. Are their still nations or a world government? Have companies taken over the world while leaving nations alone to handle the lesser people?

Bottom line, it was a tedious but interesting YA read. It could have been done much better as a book and would have been great if reduced to a short story.

  • The Long Walk

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,477
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,478

In the near future, when America has become a police state, 100 boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is 16-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules - keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you're out - permanently.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Overall good story, Bad recording

  • By Kent R Carlberg on 06-04-18

Hinting at Dystopia

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

Reviewed: 03-29-16

I will start with the pro
As always King comes through with interesting characters and the characters may well make the book worthwhile for you.

Con
I did not mind that I purchased the book, but I would not do so if I had it all to do over again. I purchased the book because I like dystopian fiction and this story is dystopian, but it only hints at the dystopia. We are in America in present day, but people are disappeared for hinting at opposition to the status quo and for some reason the long walk occurs every year.

I am afraid of adding spoilers so I will leave it at that. The story contains insights into humanity that you find in the Hunger Games and Running Man. It really added nothing new or interesting to these books.

I realize that the author left many things unsaid on purpose. We can all wonder why he chose to do this, but in the end I felt it left too many why questions left for the reader at the end of the book. If those questions are not that important I can definitely say that the plot was not enough to hold the book together. I can state that life can be meaningless and that people like looking at car wrecks without the need to build a book.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Carol: The Unabridged Classic Narrated by Chandler Craig

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Chandler Craig
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 357

An illuminating reading of the greatest Christmas classic ever written: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Narrated by Chandler Craig.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true classic treated perfectly

  • By James Lee Walker on 12-24-14

Is the Book Better than the Movies?

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

I have loved the video and stage presentations of a Christmas Carol, but I had never read the book. So I decided this season I would pay a credit and listen. I am very glad that I did.

There are so many different versions of A Christmas Carol out there. I compared this listen to my wife's favorite rendition of the story: Scrooge 1970 with Albert Finney. This is a musical and quite delightful. I found there was very little difference between the book and the movie. Some elements are expanded in the movie, and some are only barely touched upon.

When you watch Scrooge you are getting a fair retelling of Dickens story.

What you won't get by watching A Christmas Carol in play or movie form is the marvelous use of language by Dickens. It is a work of art beyond story. Often poetry lacks the feeling of Dickens' prose. If you love the art of a great wordsmith/poet in prose form I highly recommend reading or listening to this book.

There are also many Christmas Carol audiobooks available on Audible. I have not listened to them and cannot compare this one against them. Chandler Craig did a great job with the narration, and he allowed the spectacular prose of Dickens flow without getting in its way.


I consider this a great listen and will be getting a hardback copy of the book as well.

God bless us, every one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,024

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sucks

  • By Jeff on 04-08-19

Is this Really Good?

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

Hello all,

Let's start by saying that I don't read detective novels very often and can't compare this work to other detective novels. That said, let's get go to the review.

The book started out with a bang and then fell to mediocrity over time. One of King's strengths is his ability to make even small part characters real to the reader. In the first few chapters this book was no different, but over time I saw a lack of character development. In the end King focused on the four main characters in the story and the fourth character is insufficiently developed.

The story itself is fairly pedestrian. It is not bad, but it is not a 'must-read'. I found the suspense that I was obviously supposed to feel in different scenes to be completely missing. Finally, the story is not knew or different than TV shows I have watched, and a book should be so very much more.

The narration was terrific, and the book is worth a listen just for Will Patton's performance.

Most people seem to love this book so please read those reviews to balance out my opinions. Will I read the second book of the series or recommend this book to others? No I am afraid is the answer.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,533
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,535

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me...

  • By Kristin on 08-30-12

You Never Know When You Are Being Interviewed

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

This book started slowly for me, and I found it hard to get into that world. I actually put the 'book' down and did not get back to it until several months had gone by. Now that I have finished the book I wish I had not delayed the listening.

You find yourself in a great building with a cheap rent and utilities included. This is in LA so this is a great find. Many tenants are living on minimum wage and just getting by, but they are good, and intelligent. A new tenant comes in and the mystery begins.

This is a sci-fi mystery story. The characters do not have depth, but they have enough story to make you relate to them and their points of view. Each character is given an obvious key role, and all are interesting in their own way.

I would label this as a young adult book not because it wasn't a fun read for this 50 year old but because it was clean. There is a cartoon that is spoken of prominently and in a large way the story fits the analogy very well. If you are looking for a fun book that will motivate your non-reading 13-17 year old child I think this would be a good pick.

The book was a fun read. Part of my enjoyment was based on bringing in historical figures and wrapping them together into this plot in a fairly believable fashion. You will not find the meaning to life, or an angst against the world. It is not fluff exactly, but it is simply a good, fun read.

Who do I think will enjoy this book?

People that love a strange mystery.
People that enjoy a story based on lore.
People looking for something fun in the way Dr. Who, X Files, and Men in Black are fun.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Bird Box

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Malerman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,479
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,471

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: 20 miles downriver in a rowboat blindfolded with nothing to rely on but Malorie's wits and the children's trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't look!

  • By Lesley on 05-22-14

Only Thing Scarier than Unknown Is Man

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

Reviewed: 10-29-15

This was a very unique story at least for me. What if you could not look outside, but did not know why? This is the story. The story is fantastic if you participate with the characters and empathize tightly with the characters. If you read the story like you would watch a TV show the book will be tedious. The story is terrifying if lived. It is terrifying because the villain is unknown and necessarily unseen unless of course it is man being evil to man.

At times the story was slow. I would not call this a page turner. You have to absorb the environment and that takes time and thought.

The narrator does a fine job. I find that female voices are not well suited to doing male voices, but you could tell the voices were male even if you could not always differentiate many male characters by voice alone. The story is told mostly through a female's point of view which made the narrator perfect for the reading.

A suspenseful story of survival that does not feature zombies is perfect for a Halloween read or listen.