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  • The Dwarves

  • By: Markus Heitz
  • Narrated by: Matthew Wolf
  • Length: 22 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277

For countless millennia, the dwarves of the Fifthling Kingdom have defended the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Many and varied foes have hurled themselves against the portal and died attempting to breach it. No man or beast has ever succeeded. Until now... Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith labors contentedly in the Kingdom of Fifthling the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. Although he does not want for friends, Tungdil is very much aware that he is alone - indeed, he has not so much as set eyes on another dwarf. But all that is about to change.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Welcom to Girdlegard

  • By Rhonda L. B. on 04-28-13

3 star story with 5 star narration.

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

Not sure what to say about this one...it kept my attention but wasn't very engaging, much of it was pretty good and some parts weren't so great. I was able to stick it out to the end but and wasn't disappointed but won't be following the series any farther.
Narration was first class, solid and consistent voices, good emotion, good accents and no over-acting... an enjoyable listening experience.

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,877
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,180

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Traveling through history rather than time

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 11-04-17

Fantastic story, performed flawlessly

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

Ray Porter is one of my very favorite narrators, excellent voice, excellent delivery always.
This story is rich and complex, and it only grows better as it goes along.

  • The City & The City

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,260

When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genre defying conspiracy fiction

  • By Carl on 09-11-12

John Lee made it a fun listen

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

Struggled with the story premise, but within the confines of the storyline, the story is well done enough.

  • What the Buddha Felt

  • A Buddhist Psychiatrist Points the Way to Uncommon Happiness
  • By: Mark Epstein
  • Narrated by: Mark Epstein
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Where do we find the tools we need to heal - and then go further - to create a life of uncommon and authentic happiness? The answer, teaches Mark Epstein, may lie in the insights of one of the world's greatest psychologists - the Buddha. What the Buddha Felt uncovers a quiet revolution occurring in the West today: the merging of modern psychotherapy and ancient Buddhist meditation techniques to help us face even the most challenging emotional obstacles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read

  • By Tiffany on 06-15-17

Couldn't get past the narration

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

I've heard great things about this book, guess I'll have to get the written version if I want to read it, because Mark should NOT have narrated this...

  • Exit Strategy

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,211

Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah - its former owner (protector? friend?) - submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit. But who's going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue? And what will become of it when it's caught?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New favorite series! Best I've read in YEARS!!!

  • By Jaime on 10-02-18

Perfect ending to a Fantastic Story

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

Loved this from start to finish. Kevin R. Free brings MurderBot to life in a beautiful way.
The ending is perfect because it makes you wish there was more without feeling like it wasn't a complete story.

  • Rogue Protocol

  • The Murderbot Diaries, Book 3
  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,388
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287

Sci-fi's favorite antisocial AI is back on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah's SecUnit is. And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good. Martha Wells' Rogue Protocol is the third in the Murderbot Diaries series, starring a humanlike android who keeps getting sucked back into adventure after adventure, though it just wants to be left alone, away from humanity and small talk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but...

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-03-18

MurderBot rocks.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

This story is fun and engaging, just like the ones I read first to get to this one.
Kevin R. Free *is* MurderBot, absolutely.
As good as the story is, I don't think anyone could make the audio version as amazing as Kevin does.

  • Artificial Condition

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935

It has a dark past - one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself "Murderbot." But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don't want to know what the "A" stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4 stars for story..

  • By R. Maines on 08-23-18

Kevin rocks this.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

This series is great fun...well written, interesting and engaging.
That said, I am of the opinion that Kevin *is* MurderBot. I don't believe anyone could bring this book to life in the way he does. Great job, Kevin!

  • United as One

  • By: Pittacus Lore
  • Narrated by: Neil Kaplan, Devon Sorvari, Bruce Thomas
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,155

The Mogadorians have invaded Earth. Their warships loom over our most populated cities, and no country will risk taking them head-on. The Garde are all that stand in the way, but they'll need an army of their own to win this fight. They've teamed up with the US military, but it might not be enough. The Garde need reinforcements, and they've found them in the most unexpected place. Teenagers from across the globe, like John Smith's best friend, Sam, have developed abilities.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So much promise!

  • By Moving Forward on 04-03-17

Made it through Kaplan...<sigh>

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

A really fun story, but... Neil Kaplan's voice characterizations are so painful. This story would be so much better if he just stuck with the Number 4 voice instead of trying to give each character his own interpretation of the way he thinks they sound.
Sam sounds like a nerd with a permanently stuffed up nose. The girl voices are so very very bad. Number 8 isn't done well but it's the least painful of his characterizations. Number 9 growls more than talks. And for a time, his Number 9 shifted into what sounded like an attempt to sound like Tommy Chong. It's a rough go when Neil is reading...but the other narrators do a great job all the way through.

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  • The Revenge of Seven

  • Lorien Legacies, Book 5
  • By: Pittacus Lore
  • Narrated by: Neil Kaplan, Devon Sorvari, Almarie Guerra
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003

The worst was supposed to be over. We were reunited after a decade apart. We were discovering the truth about our past. We were training and getting stronger every day. We were even happy. We never imagined the Mogadorians could turn one of our own against us. We were fools for trusting Five. And now Eight is lost forever. I would do anything to bring him back, but that's impossible. Instead, I will do whatever it takes to destroy every last one of them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not done?

  • By Theodore on 02-01-15

Fun story with one painful narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

A really fun story, but... Neil Kaplan's voice characterizations are so painful. This story would be so much better if he just stuck with the Number 4 voice instead of trying to give each character his own interpretation of the way he thinks they sound.
Sam sounds like a nerd with a permanently stuffed up nose. The girl voices are so very bad. Number 8 isn't done well but it's the least painful of his characterizations. Number 9 growls more than talks. It's a rough go when Neil is reading...but the other narrators do a great job all the way through.

  • The Rise of Nine

  • By: Pittacus Lore
  • Narrated by: Neil Kaplan, Devon Sorvari, Marisol Ramirez
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,242

Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I'd been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive. Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others.... I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we're looking for the others - including John. But so are they....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Story

  • By Christopher on 08-25-12

Neil is close to ruining this...

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

A really fun story, if you ignore the writing style and focus on the story, that is on the borderline for me. Neil Kaplan's voice characterizations are so painful. This story would be so much better if he stuck with the Number 4 voice.
Sam sounds like a nerd with a permanently stuffed up nose. The girl voices are so very bad. Number 8 isn't done well but it's the least painful of his characterizations. Number 9 growls more than talks. It's a rough go when Neil is reading...but the other narrators do a great job.

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