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  • Firefight

  • The Reckoners, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,148
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,207

Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a cherry on top of a Sundae in the North Pole

  • By Zenpaca on 01-16-15

Very good, but the first one was better

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

This one had more of a young-adult feel to it. Still worth a listen, but the first one was better. It's still worth l8stenibg to.

Looking forward to the third one.

  • Freehold

  • Freehold, Book 1
  • By: Michael Z. Williamson
  • Narrated by: Molly Elston
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn't matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow ! great story and homage to Heinlein

  • By Jon on 04-09-15

Really fun book. Great reader.

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

I've read this book before, but the reader really added a new dimension to it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,823
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,153

Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Paula A Ford on 12-13-09

Great performance of a great book

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

Reviewed: 04-04-14

There is something special about an author reading his own book. He understands the work, he feels it's emotions, and (if he has the reading talent) he can sometimes present it better then a third part ever could.

This is one of those cases.

Its a great book. Well worth reading. Even better as an audiobook.

  • The Puppet Masters

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 710

At key points throughout North America, an invasion force is taking over communications, government, industry, and people's bodies. And the nation is helpless to stop it, because the invaders multiply far faster than they can be destroyed, controlling the mind of every unsuspecting person they encounter. Enter Sam Cavanaugh, a can-do intelligence officer for the United States' most secret service. Cavanaugh is the only man who can stop the invaders. But to do that he'll have to be invaded himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An old favorite, but poorly narrated

  • By Mike From Mesa on 03-15-13

A great book that's just painful to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 03-29-14

This is a really good book that I have read several times. The performance of Mr Wiener is annoying enough that I have to listen to this book at 1.5 speed just to keep myself from quitting. For some reason, the reader felt that it would be appropriate to treat every comma and period as an excuse for an unreasonably long pause. Between sections some of the pauses are so long that you might suspect the book has stopped. Listening at 1.5 speed improves the experience, but its still quite annoying.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,877
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,855

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

Great book slightly let down by Codas

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

Reviewed: 09-09-13

As always, John Scalzi delivers a great book and Wil Wheaton reads it very well.

I would say that the the last two Codas are a bit of an anti-climax, somewhat long-winded and don't really add to the book. I still consider this to be a five-star book, but it you get to the codas and feel like skipping them, you won't miss anything important.

  • Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!

  • More Magical Tales from the Author of 'God, No!'
  • By: Penn Jillette
  • Narrated by: Penn Jillette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156

Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. Don’t believe it? Well, consider this: For nonbelievers, every day you’re alive is a day to celebrate! And no one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette - the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn & Teller - whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! will entertain zealots and skeptics alike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, he curses

  • By Marc on 11-16-12

One of the best Audiobooks I have ever listened to

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

In terms of content, this is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. In terms of quality of narration, its is far and away the best. Some autobiographies can be narrated by anyone, but this one was so much better because Penn was reading his own work.

I liked this book so much that about half way into it, I purchased Penn's other book to listen to next.

  • Les Miserables

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822

Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book - one of the best of all time

  • By Sher from Provo on 06-30-10

Too Many Words

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

Reviewed: 10-19-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would like to recommend this book. Its obviously a classic for a reason. The problems is that as you are reading it, it's pretty clear that Victor Hugo was being paid by the word. No one is ever just happy. They are always "happy and joyful". Similarly, no one is sad, but instead "sad and miserable". Despite that, I was loving the book. And then I wasn't. The problem was the Hugo sometimes stops the action of the story to add in some digression that is - at best - peripherally related to the story.For example, there are two hundred pages on the Battle of Bordino that are completely unrelated to the story. Finally, after 196 pages of French history, the character of Th??nardier is introduced. I got through about three quarters of the book, but after the third or fourth very very long digression, I just gave up.I love a long novel (The Count of Monte Cristo is my favorite), but this book needs a lot of trimming.

If you???ve listened to books by Victor Hugo before, how does this one compare?

About the same. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame contains long pointless descriptions of Parisian architecture that do nothing but pad the book's word count.

What about Frederick Davidson???s performance did you like?

Mr Davidson is fantastic as always.

Was Les Miserables worth the listening time?

Not really. This might actually be better listened to in abridged form.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Callahan Chronicals

  • By: Spider Robinson
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

This omnibus edition contains the trio of books that introduced the world to Mike Callahan, Jake Stonebender, Doc Webster, Mickey Finn, Fast Eddie Costigan, Long-Drink McGonnigle, Ralph Von Wau Wau, and the rest of the regulars of Callahan's Place, in the stories that helped Spider Robinson to win both a John W. Campbell Award and a legion of fans.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm sorry but this just kept losing me ...

  • By Dann on 08-28-14

A bit too sickly sweet for me

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-04

I really enjoyed these books when they first came out, but that was a long time ago. I tried to listen to them now, and I gave up after an hour or two. Everybody loves everybody, and everyone takes care of everyone. The author never lets a real storyline get in the way of the general lovefest. I finally stopped listening, because I was afraid I was going to get diabetes from all of the sugar.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • Part I
  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Fred Williams
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

The Count of Monte Cristo is the tense and exciting story of Edmond Dantes, a man on the threshold of a bright career and a happy marriage, who is imprisoned in the island fortress of the Chateau d'If...

  • out of 5 stars
  • A MUST READ CLASSIC

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

Great Reading of a great book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-03

This is one of the greatest novels of all time. I have read it at least once a year for the last twenty years. I liked it so much that I gave my son the middle name "Dantes".

I purchased this book a couple of years ago, and I have listened to it several times. The reading is very powerful and complements the material very well.

Get it, you will not be sorry.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful