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  • The City of Mirrors

  • A Novel (Book Three of the Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 29 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,207
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,637

The Twelve have been destroyed, and the 100-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew - and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't wait for the end

  • By Gberdan on 09-14-18

a maddening pompous foolish book

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

Reviewed: 09-18-16

Oh God I couldn't make it to chapter 5. I've never read a more self important prose.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Twelve

  • A Novel
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,760

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A pale,disjointed sequel to"The Passage".

  • By Michael on 08-22-18

a waste of time

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

Reviewed: 09-18-16

This book was clearly written only because he needed three to make a trilogy. "The Twelve" don't even appear until the last pages.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Passage

  • A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,446

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

meh

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

It's pretty good, and I'll probably finish the trilogy, but a few things really bugged me. 1. Get this man an editor. Way too long with too much text that just didn't matter. 2. The way he imagines language change is ridiculous. I guess he gets props for even thinking about language change. But why would this community lose the word "child?". Fat chance. 3. Like a lot of narration, this one is terrible. He's just so mopey. 1.5x speed helps. Plus, can someone please tell this idiot that a small community that's totally isolated for almost 100 years would not retain ethnic dialects? I'm pretty sure there would not be Indian or southern accents.

But that focuses too much on the negative. It's at least worth downloading the second.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,411
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,398

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

good performance

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

I wish I had something good to say about this. It started really well, but it reads like a ninth grader imitating Douglas Adams. I am glad that I did not waste a credit.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494

Integrated approaches to teaching Greek and Roman history are a rarity in academia. Most scholars are historians of either Greek or Roman history and perform research solely in that specific field, an approach that author and award-winning Professor Robert Garland considers questionable.In these 36 passionate lectures, he provides and impressive and rare opportunity to understand the two dominant cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world in relation to one another-a relationship that has virtually no parallel in world history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent content with some caveats

  • By Mountain K9iner on 08-12-14

Good...content...author...speaks... ... ... slowly

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

Reviewed: 10-13-15

Who's brain can work at this pace? I caught about 40% of this book because the author has to take a big dramatic pause after every word.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

  • By: Leslye Walton
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 289

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga. Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and Haunting Fairytale

  • By FanB14 on 07-24-15

Great narration

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

Reviewed: 05-06-14

So the vocal performance of this book was pretty good. As for the book itself, well, I probably wouldn't have bought it if I had realized it was in the "Young Adult" genre. So that colors my experience in a negative way.

Still, it was a cool story with a few bad points in execution. I found the whole bakery sub theme to be distracting and annoying. Why was it set in a bakery? Why all the lengthy expositions on baked goods? Listen, I love a bakery as much as the next guy, but at points I felt like enough was enough. The bakery is decadent. It contrasts with the angel wings. I get it. Please don't describe another chocolate cake.

In fact, I couldn't help but think in the back of my mind the whole time that the story was set in a time period that was death for American bakeries. Post war food industrialism killed neighborhood food artisans, one of which the protagonist's grandmother is supposed to be. The small bakeries that survived from the 1950s onward did so by replicating Americans' taste for cheap, chemical products during this era. In a story filled with ghosts and a girl born with wings, the item that prevented the suspension of my disbelief was the crappy historical sociology.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • 1177 B.C.

  • The Year Civilization Collapsed
  • By: Eric H. Cline
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,668
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,522
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,512

In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh’s army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to Like... And Did!

  • By Brett M Miller on 09-12-14

Poor narration kills the experience

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

Reviewed: 05-06-14

This didn't seem like a bad book. The subject matter is fascinating. Cline's prose wasn't particularly imaginative. He didn't seem to providing a unique or create synthesis of the available evidence - really he just reviewed a few hypotheses and used a middle-ground "they're all true" sort of construction. That's not a terrible structure for a popular audience book aimed at lay people. In fact, it may even be the ideal lay-audience structure.

The real problem with this book was the narration. Oh my god is Caploe terrible. He reads like he's performing story time to the preschool crowd at the local public library, with all sorts of over exaggerated tonal inflections. In an expository reading like this one, it's completely distracting and nearly impossible to follow the prose. I nearly gave up 10 minutes into the book. I stuck through it because the topic is really cool, but I probably absorbed less than half of the material.

I may listen to another Cline book at some point. I will never buy another book narrated by Caploe.

68 of 76 people found this review helpful