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  • Spaceman

  • An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
  • By: Mike Massimino
  • Narrated by: Mike Massimino
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,754
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,750

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Likable guy, great storyteller

  • By Joy Woller on 10-09-16

Pleasant surprise!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

I have a bad habit of leaving certain books unread in my library for too long, all because of how I expect them to be. (ie: too scary, dry, slow, tonally off for my current existential turmoil, etc) I'm sure that's not unique to me, so if you're doing the same and own this book: START LISTENING RIGHT NOW YOU FOOL.
I am so glad I made an effort to listen from the bottom of my library and get through some of these dusty audiobooks because I have found some gems. This was interesting, informative, well-read, well-written and absolutely heartbreaking at times. It's my newest recommendation to anyone I know, and I'm still kicking myself for letting it sit unread for so long.

  • The Kiss of Death

  • Demons' Muse, Book 1
  • By: Auryn Hadley
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

I always imagined Death's final kiss would be cold. It wasn't. Four years later, I can still remember the exact shade of his skin: a blue so pale it looked like moonlight. I dream of his touch. Mostly, I paint the man under the heavy cowl, including those perfect lips that ruined mine for anyone else. I'm obsessed with him. The doctors say he's nothing more than a hallucination caused by a mixture of head trauma and emergency pain medications. Now, something's changed, and my drawings are taking on a life of their own. Death is back. He wants another kiss. And he's not alone. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story and performance!!

  • By Lys M. on 06-04-18

Narrator is super weird!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I agree with the other reviews that the narrator almost killed this for me. She has the unique downward inflection at the end of each sentence that is specific to particularly annoying people; think a less whiny/nasal Miranda Sings. Truly I laughed out loud listening to some of the steamy scenes because the narration was so awkward. That said, the aforementioned steamy scenes are written in a bit of a weird way that doesn't tonally match the rest of the book either. If the pointless insertion (lol) of sex scenes in books makes you roll your eyes, then this is maybe a pass for you. But the narration is unintentionally funny so hey, maybe you'll warm up to it.

But I have to be honest, I finished it. The lore and magic system is interesting, and it made me feel kind of disappointed that I almost DNF'd it because of the narrator. If there's a sequel to this I might actually grab it, but in any other contexts I will definitely avoid this narrator. Just so weird. (I put the playback speed at 1.3x and that helped some! Not enough, but some!)

  • Station Breaker

  • Station Breaker Series, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 961
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 894

Astronaut David Dixon's first mission to space goes horribly awry when a gunfight breaks out on a Russian space station. He finds himself making an emergency landing from orbit and becomes the most wanted man on Earth. Desperate to unravel the plot he's found himself in, he takes his pursuers on a wild chase from space to the backstreets of Rio and beyond. Dixon's survival relies on his skills as a pilot and willingness to do whatever it takes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but frustrating

  • By Fred G. on 12-21-17

It grew on me

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Listening to the first short chapter, I'm not going to lie, was a struggle. The narrator sounded like an alien trying to learn how to be human, but kept sticking weird inflection everywhere and I put it on 1.3x speed to get through it. Then, when the David Dixon chapters started the narrator actually found a great character voice somewhere in that awkwardness. I happily finished the rest & will come back to continue the series I'm sure.

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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,386
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197,894

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

Well crafted, but just ok for me...

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I'm giving this 5 stars across the board because it would be unfair to do otherwise. This was well written, well researched, and well performed... but this genre I guess just isn't exactly for me. I listened happily but it definitely isnt the type of thing I would obsessively recommend to friends and freak out about the film adaptation. If you arent sure if you like this video gamey genre this is definitely the best I've found so far, so definitely try it out. I definitely dont feel like i wasted my time or credit, but I just wasn't blown away. (And I was also a kid raised on video games and 80s junk, so this isnt a generation gap issue, just a preference thing.)

  • John Dies at the End

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,016
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,034

STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-19-12

Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

This... ok, firstly, I just want to say if I ever write a book, I would want the audiobook of said book to be narrated by Stephen R. Thorne. The narration MADE this book for me and there were times I knew I would have slapped this weird ass book down and buried it under some couch cushions for a few hours if I had been reading a hard copy. But I did not, because the narration is really good. Now for the actual book part of the book... it kind of had a Dirk Gently vibe at the beginning but morphed into something else as it went on. It's kind of like Douglas Adams took a rough first draft of a side project and then gave that draft to his gross but brilliantly intelligent son and said "perhaps you can improve upon this." And he did.

The humour was vulgar and crude without being overly sexual and it was really my style. If you dont think poop is funny and gore bothers you, definitely don't bother with this... but if you like a kind of intelligently written twisted adventure then this is great. Sometimes when I'm reading something and enjoying it, there's a moment where I realize that whoever wrote this is smarter than I am. Like, that sucks, but I'm not even mad because I'm looking at something very specific and witty and great. This is definitely one of those things. Would definitely recommend.

  • Forensics

  • What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,741

The dead talk - to the right listener. They can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crime Seen

  • By Mark on 09-02-16

Worth a listen!

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

If you have even a basic interest in forensic science, you will enjoy this. I did find some "chapters" skimmed the science of certain things a little bit, but it's impossible to cover *everything* in-depth in this kind of book. The narrative voice is casual and really nice. I actually really loved this book, & enjoyed getting through it and learning a bit along the way. The narrator's scottish accent actually suited the voice of the writing and I didn't mind it... HOWEVER: she kept trying to do a different accent for anything she read which was a ''quote''! Instead of just using a different voice, higher or lower, just to differentiate them, she kept doing accents she COULD NOT DO. It was really weird trying to listen to a fake american twang still mispronounce every other word. It was strange, like she didn't practice any of these voices beforehand. It makes me wonder if production made her do it, because I can't imagine someone literally choosing to make themselves look incompetent & detract from the final product at the same time. I actually had to listen to one quoted part in the middle of the book 3 times, just to figure out what a certain word was, because it was so mangled with accent weirdness. (Her Irish accent was passable though... ish.) And don't get me wrong, her voice is melodic and lovely when she is just READING, and I liked those parts the best. (I've been trying to think of a piece she could read without trying to do voices! Something with no other characters? I actually really want to nose around to see if she has read anything else, to see if it was this production misguiding her so terribly or just her own idea to do voices that way. So frustrating because her natural voice is so nice to listen to!) Anyway, if awkward/bad accents bother you, though, this definitely won't float your boat.

TL;DR - I would definitely listen to another book by this author. The narrator... maybe not.

  • Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line

  • By: Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
  • Narrated by: Kristen Bell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,794

The first book in an original mystery series featuring 28-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of old friends - Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas - Veronica is ready to take on Neptune's darkest cases with her trademark sass and smarts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mars Attacks, succeeds!

  • By Alison on 03-30-14

If you liked the show, this is a safe bet!

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

I blasted through this in about 3 days. I always know when I like a book, because when my commute is over and I'm finally home after working all day, the earbuds stay in and the book stays on. This was a good story, well-formulated, and yes a bit of melodrama sprinkled throughout just like the tv series this is based on. I really enjoyed the book, it was interesting and the end wasn't too predictable so I'm not mad at it.

Kristen Bell narrating just made this for me; she IS Veronica Mars. I'm really disappointed to see the next book after this one doesn't have her reading it. Based on how good this one was, though, I might pick up the next one anyway.

  • A Wretched and Precarious Situation

  • In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier
  • By: David Welky
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

A remarkable true story of adventure, betrayal, and survival set in one of the world's most inhospitable places. In 1906, from atop a snow-swept hill in the ice fields northwest of Greenland, hundreds of miles from another human being, Commander Robert E. Peary spotted a line of mysterious peaks looming in the distance. He called this unexplored realm "Crocker Land". Scientists and explorers agreed that the world-famous explorer had discovered a new continent rising from the frozen Arctic Ocean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating!<br />

  • By enya keshet on 08-04-18

it all comes together at the end

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

This was a pretty good, well-researched book. It has a lot of characters so that gets a little confusing as the book goes on. I'm glad to have finished it but I dont know if I got the most out of it, because the same events seem to happen a number of times and it is very easy to lose track of the narrative. That said, I found myself riveted to the last third of the book. (ok maybe the last quarter) since the list of characters was thinning out and made it a bit more simplified. I dont mean to imply the book is poorly written - it is a miraculously well-woven book and I can't imagine it having been done better while still including so. much. information. I do think, however, if it had been maybe two thirds the length, it could have been condensed to the most juicy & fascinating events and I would have finished it a lot faster. Then again it was written a lot more like a giant (sometimes dry) essay almost, so it seems clear the goal was more facts and backstory rather than being juicy and easy to read. I liked it a lot more once I finished it, because everything really wraps up nicely in the end.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,549
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,551

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me...

  • By Kristin on 08-30-12

Whatever, I loved it.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

I can't believe how harsh some of these reviews have been! This was a really engaging book for me and I had put it off because of the reviews/the spooky genre, but this one really surprised me and was actually one of my favourites of the year. To be honest, if you don't like tongue-in-cheek kind of plot or story, then you're not going to like this. It's insane, and I can definitely understand some people feeling bored if you weren't interested in the style to begin with. Yes some of it was weird, but tbh it's probably one of my favourite Peter Clines books, his characters are so well-developed. If you don't like the spooky movie brand of logic (internally: why did you go in there?! why aren't you running away?! what the actual heck are you doing?!) then you'll be annoyed by this book. If you don't much care and are here for a kind of silly suspense-y sci-fi story, great narration and solid characters, then this is worth a try.

And it's worth mentioning: the narration was fantastic even if some words were hilariously mispronounced (hologram, warp), and frankly the narration MAKES this the gem it is. Everyone has a unique and perfect voice. Even if the book is not for you, it is well-crafted and it's well-read. This was my first Peter Clines book and I'm not sorry! Would love to see more with some of these characters/in the same universe, like The Fold.

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  • Warcross

  • By: Marie Lu
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,119

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn't just a game - it's a way of life. The obsession started 10 years ago, and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Camile Souza on 10-17-17

Another dumbed-down YA novel...

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I was really into the premise/summary of this book and snapped up the audiobook pretty quickly. I was quickly disappointed. This is your typical mary jane character + inexplicably besotted billionaire/popular guy in a YA sci-fi, and both main characters got on my nerves. The main is not at all humble or realistic, and literally thinks the decisions everyone makes are because of her. (They usually are, which is also weird.) Kind of reminds me of Twilight. If you liked that kind of thing, maybe this will float your boat. I was hoping there would be a magical plot twist + resolution that would explain and justify half of the dumb decisions/weird illogical jumps these characters made, but the ending is very abrupt and explains very little. The only pLoT tWiST is pretty obvious and very hastily revealed. This is very clearly written with a sequel in mind, but from a plot standpoint this book does not stand on its own.

It might have been easier to overlook the plot if it were written a bit better, but some sentences/phrases were just a disaster and you could tell they were awkward for the narrator to say. Very unimaginative language and the writing itself is kind of... bad. Like, I'm pretty sure any tween with an interest in books could churn out a similar masterpiece. Gems like ''it jars me, hard'' and ''my fists tighten'' are all over the place. At first I thought it was the narration making the writing seem dumber than it actually is - it sounds like it's read by Nancy Drew, and the end of nearly every third sentence is read out like it's a cliffhanger. It's not, it's not even the end of the chapter. And it is done with super inane details which makes it kind of weird. While I do think it would be way less frustrating to just read the book, since the different accents and voices actually detracted from the experience, I'm not sure I will pick up the inevitable sequel. The other elements do not redeem it, and I don't care enough about any of the characters to find out what happens.

Overall, I'm disappointed. It was a quick read/listen but after that ending I feel like I wasted my time.

13 of 18 people found this review helpful