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  • Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Danny Robins
  • Narrated by: Danny Robins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,618
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,825
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,808

This is the story of one of the greatest records ever made - Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison - and its shocking and tragic aftermath. Join award-winning journalist Danny Robins on the 50th anniversary of the album as he takes you on a road trip back to 1968, a pivotal year in US history, to investigate the dramatic and unlikely friendship between Johnny Cash, American icon, and Glen Sherley, armed robber and Folsom inmate, and how that friendship was violently torn apart. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing.

  • By Margaret on 02-04-19

really poor

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

Well, that is two and a half hours of my life that I will never get back. The narration was extremely overly dramatic, as though trying to keep the attention of dull children. It was necessary because the content was not remotely interesting. It seems like something made for least-common-denominator television. I expect more intelligent content of Audible. It was worth what I paid for it. I am finding that about every other one of the free monthly bonus titles are good. I loved the Man on the Mountaintop free title this month. I recommend that one instead of this one.

  • The Martian Chronicles

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205

Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great, empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars...and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Original. Great Stories, Great Narrator.

  • By Troy on 04-05-16

one of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I dearly love these stories. This is not my first time reading it. Not even my first time reading it with my ears. It is wonderful and brilliant.

  • Stand on Zanzibar

  • By: John Brunner
  • Narrated by: Erik Bergmann
  • Length: 21 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

Written in a way that echoes John Dos Passos' U.S.A. Trilogy, Stand on Zanzibar is a cross-section of a world overpopulated by the billions and society is squeezed into hive-living madness by god-like mega computers, mass-marketed psychedelic drugs, and mundane uses of genetic engineering. Though written in 1968, it speaks of our present time and is frighteningly prescient and intensely powerful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible Prescience

  • By Stephen on 10-07-11

visionary

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

I must have rechecked three times, during the reading, that it really was written around the time I was born. This could have been written yesterday. In science, for theory to be considered valid, it must exhibit predictive capacity. And of course, great science fiction is the same. This novel is brilliant in its social predictive capacity. I am sorry to be redundant, but I must write it again. Brilliant! I even bought a copy for my favorite student. I am, dying to see what sar thinks of it.

  • Star Trek, The Next Generation: Relics (Adapted)

  • By: Michael Jan Friedman
  • Narrated by: James Doohan, LeVar Burton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

The U.S.S. Enterprise™ discovers the wreckage of a starship upon the monstrous surface of a Dyson sphere, an artificially constructed habitat built around a star; and preserved in a weak transporter pattern is Starfleet engineering legend Montgomery "Scotty" Scott. Mr. Scott boards the Enterprise to find himself lost in a world that he barely recognizes, a world that has passed him by.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly Odd Reading

  • By J.E. Cotrou on 10-10-17

for STOS fans

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

This episode of STNG is highly appealing... possibly only to we die-hard STOS fans. But if you loved the original series, you will love the episode. This novelization did not have much additional content, as I was led to believe. Mostly it had some things which were different from the episode, and frankly not as good as in the episode. It was nice to listen to James Doohan's voice, my his sweet soul rest in peace, but "all in all" I did not really enjoy this audiobook. I recommend rewatching the TV episode, instead.

  • Everything Is Illuminated

  • By: Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman, Scott Shina
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 812

Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with great tragedy, and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a brilliantly original work!

  • By L. Berlyne-Kovler on 12-19-08

Funniest Holocaust Story Ever...

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

Okay, this is the only funny holocaust story I have ever read, but I greatly appreciated the humor to offset the tragedy and terror of these stories. When I was younger I used to be stunned that human beings could actually commit such atrocities. In my older age, I have come to think that most people are just clever, bipedal animals, and I am amazed that things like this don't happen all the time. Especially when I hear the things that come out of the mouths of so many horribly xenophobic Americans, and the fact that so many of them are so willfully ignorant as to have voted for that moronic bully and real estate con artist only increases my surprise that such things have not been common in this country in decades. Of course, it will probably not be long now until we get to experience life in that kind of country, repeating the mistakes of history through ignorance and bigotry. But if you have to face it, then it is nice to be able to see it in such a funny way that this author has with the character of the translator. I still don't know what his use of "spleen" was supposed to mean, but it was very amusing. Thank you, Safran.

  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,761

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Great Good Fun! YAY! :)

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

I really enjoyed this title! I am about to go searching to find others by this author and with this wonderful cast. I hope that there is a full-length title (and a series of them) about Zero and Nix on their new planet, and the starting of the colony. I had recently finished listening to a really good book about the 1918 influenza pandemic, which was horribly depressing. I needed something light and fun, and this certainly "filled the prescription" for happy. :)

  • Out of My Mind

  • By: Alan Arkin
  • Narrated by: Alan Arkin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,895
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,867

In this Audible Original “mini-memoir”, the Academy Award-winning star of Little Miss Sunshine and Argo looks back on his life as a series of philosophical turning points, learning experiences, and a-ha moments. Drawn from a collection of seemingly inexplicable stories and encounters from Arkin's 84 years on this planet, Out of My Mind is a candid, relatable and delightfully irreverent take on how one man went searching for meaning and ended up discovering himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing journey into Alan's self!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-18

delusional twaddle

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

There should be some kind of warning on this. I love his acting, especially his role as the bombardier, Yossarian, in Catch-22, which I first saw in the dining hall after my first dinner in the dorms at the University of California, when I was eighteen years old. I immediately read the book. I have loved his acting in many other things as well.

I had no idea that he is one of these people who are so profoundly capable of deluding themselves into believing anything they want to, that he tries to convince others that "psychic surgery" is reality. I only listened as far as his bizarre description of his problems with tennis, following the nonsense about psychic surgery, when I gave up on this title.

I want my monthly credit back to choose a different one of the "originals" titles. I absolutely loved the other title I chose, this month. But this one is just nonsense. Very disappointing and terribly frustrating.

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  • The Great Influenza

  • The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
  • By: John M. Barry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358

No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating medical who-dun-it

  • By Annie M. on 07-30-13

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

It is rather dark and depressing, but excellent. I had known that the military was devastated by the flu in Europe during the war, but I had not known how badly it had devastated the civilian population at home, and really in the whole world. I also had not realized what an utter despotic tyrant was Woodrow Wilson.

I am trying to acquire the afterward from the publisher for use in the classroom. It is a very interesting political/bureaucratic problem, and how we never bother to "close the barn door until after the horse has gotten out."

Plan to read something light and uplifting after this. I read an adolescent science fiction story after this, to cheer myself up. ;-)

  • The Face of the Unknown

  • Star Trek: The Original Series
  • By: Christopher L. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

Investigating a series of violent raids by a mysterious predatory species, Captain James T. Kirk discovers that these events share a startling connection with the First Federation, a friendly but secretive civilization contacted early in the USS Enterprise's five-year mission. Traveling to the First Federation in search of answers, the Enterprise suddenly comes under attack from these strange marauders. Seeking refuge, the starship finds its way to the true home of the First Federation, an astonishing collection of worlds hidden from the galaxy beyond.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Boldly go with a fun Star Trek story

  • By cbspock on 12-29-16

exceptional narration

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Usually, the narration is the greatest shortcoming of audiobooks for me. That being said, this guy was great! I grew up watching STOS, before STNG was even a thought. And this narrator did such a good job of the characters that I could easily picture each of them as he spoke, rather than the usual stiuation of being distracted by somebody trying to sound like these people. Obviously nobody can have the same voice as six different people, but he captures their inflection and style so well that it is much better than having someone who kind of sounds like each of their voices. That is both the harder thing, and the one that is a question of skill rather than happenstance.

The story was decent too. You could tell the author is prolly a "J school" person, and that style of writing annoys me, but it does not seem like publishers choose people with actual science and engineering backgrounds as science fiction authors anymore. RAH is flipping over in his grave!

But the story was not bad. The issue I have is my own pet peeve, and should not play into anyone else's decision to choose this title. If you are a STOS fan, you will likely enjoy this book.

  • LARP Night on Union Station

  • EarthCent Ambassador Series, Book 14
  • By: E. M. Foner
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

While Kelly struggles to come up with a research project to apply for sabbatical, the role-playing craze reaches Union Station, and the Open University offers a for-credit LARP. Dorothy finally finishes her wedding dress with a technical flourish, and Jeeves plots to recoup his costs. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Only One More :(

  • By Daniel Cascaddan on 11-23-18

Only One More :(

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

I am going to be really sad when I get to the end of the next one, and there are no more of these EarthCent Ambassador books. They have given me a lot of joy, in the last couple of years. I will no doubt start at the beginning and listen to the whole series again, in a couple of years. In the mean time, if you have not read them, I highly recommend starting with book one (Date Night on Union Station) and reading the whole series in order. They are an awful lot of fun, and make me feel happy. They are a warm, soft light in the bleak darkness.

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