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  • Spartans at the Gates

  • Book II of the Warrior Trilogy
  • By: Noble Smith
  • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

The Peloponnesian War has begun. An army of merciless Spartan invaders have arrived at the gates of Plataea, bent on obliterating the city and its inhabitants. Plataea's oldest allies, the Athenians, are spread too thin in their own campaigns to send help. Cut off and alone, the Plataeans dig in behind their high walls for the coming siege, while the ruthless Spartans gather outside. But on a rugged mountain road, a young Plataean warrior named Nikias rides to Athens on an urgent quest....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trilogy? Where's book three?

  • By Daved Baker on 06-16-18

Trilogy? Where's book three?

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

If you like ancient Greek history, you'll love these novels. But where's book 3? Its been 4 years! Make an audio version!

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 198,554
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185,390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184,993

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Wheaton should’ve sung the operative songs.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

Really an awesome book. People did it for the simple style and the pop culture themes. But in the distant future, this is the sort of thing our era will be known for. Cline captured it perfectly.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,784
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52,637

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Excellent 2d novel

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

A worthy follow up to the Martian. Lots of science!! That should be enough, but Audible is making me type more.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Titan

  • A Tale of Cataclysmic Discovery
  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle De Cuir, Stephen Hoye, Amanda Karr, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

Master storyteller Ben Bova continues his multi-volume "Grand Tour" saga chronicling humanity's exploration of near space with Titan, a fast-paced thriller focused on the first manned mission to the Solar System's most intriguing world. Skillfully blending high drama, passionate characters, and daring speculation with the latest discoveries from the current Cassini/Huygens probe of Saturn's moon, Bova has crafted a heart-stopping tale of epic adventure on mankind's next frontier.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great voice tallent wasted on a lame book

  • By J. Carpenter on 09-25-07

5 stars for Poncho Lane

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-06

Great sequel to Saturn, if not quite as engaging. Most of the thrills and adventure were already covered in Saturn as well as the scientific concepts. But fans of Poncho rejoice - she's back in a big way in this book!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Kite Runner

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,327

Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Goodness, What a Audiobook!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By Andrew Covington on 11-02-07

Stunning

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-06

Impossible to get out of your mind - I read it 6 months ago and can't stop thinking about it. The story is so very sad, yet what remains with me most is the theme of redemption - the chance for it even when it seems impossible. A similiar theme is explored in "A Changed Man" (Francine Prose), though the plot is less tragic.

  • An Atomic Romance

  • By: Bobbie Ann Mason
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

Reed Futrell is an engineer at a uranium-enrichment plant in heartland America. His father worked at the very same plant before him. Despite his father's death in a tragic accident at the atomic plant years ago, Reed stays on, proud to perform demanding and dangerous work for the benefit of the nation. As for the radioactive "incidents" he has endured, Reed prefers to think about other things, such as Hubble photographs of distant galaxies and Albert Einstein, his dog.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ho hum romance

  • By Daved Baker on 01-14-06

Ho hum romance

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-06

Good for a day when you want a short listen and have nothing better to listen to - kinda like watching a movie on the Hallmark channel.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wickett's Remedy

  • A Novel
  • By: Myla Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Myla Goldberg
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

In a multidimensional, intricately wrought narrative, Myla Goldberg leads us back to Boston in the early part of the twentieth century and into two completely captivating worlds. One is that of Lydia, an Irish-American shopgirl with bigger aspirations than your average young woman from South Boston.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • confusing to hear

  • By Nicole H on 09-20-07

Better as an audiobook

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-06

I haven't seen the printed version, but the unique way the audible reading is structured (as well as the competence of the orator) surely makes the listening experience superior to reading it. Though the story changes directions midway through and seems to get lost at the end, listening to it was a pleasure.

  • Son of a Witch

  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: Gregory Maguire
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 877

Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A veritable trainwreck of narration

  • By Kathleen on 07-30-08

Not quiet Wicked

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-06

In the interview at the end of this book the author says he wrote it for a teenage girl audience, unlike Wicked which was written for adults. Maybe that's why, after just having finished listening to Wicked, that I didn't find this more engaging.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Odd Thomas

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,124

"The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Doubting Thomas

  • By Denise on 12-11-03

ooops! didn't realize this was a horror novel

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-06

Had I done a little more reasearch I wouldn't have tried to listen to this - had to shut it off after a n hour because it was to gory for me. Interesting premise, though.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Before You Know Kindness

  • By: Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 77

For 10 summers, the extended Seton family met at their country home in New Hampshire to spend a week together playing tennis, badminton, and golf, and drinking gin and tonic on the homestead porch to celebrate the end of the season. But during the 11th summer, everything changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Read

  • By Pamela Harvey on 10-30-04

Engrossing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-06

This is a very rewarding novel that tackles the issues of gun control and animal rights so deftly and from so many points of view that you'll lose yourself in the inner workings of the characters and the plot, and not realize till you've finished reading it what the book is really about. The author leads you on a detailed journey through each characters inner and outer desires and motivations, interweaving story lines and perspectives seamlessly. If you liked "Behind the Scenes at the Museum" (Kate Atkinson) and "On Beauty" (Zadie Smith) you'll probably like this too.

Much like "The Kite Runner" (Khaled Hosseini) and "A Changed Man" (Francine Proset) there is also the theme of it never being to late to find redemtion, no matter the sins (real or imagined) commited.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful