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  • Jurassic Park

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,210

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CHAOS THEORY

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-30-16

Better Than Expected.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Obviously most people have seen the movie. Neither it, not it's sequels or reboots were very good, in my opinion, although some were brainlessly fun. The book is far better. It has some truly interesting themes dealing with the impact of our actions on our continued life as a species that go far beyond a simplistic environmental message. Sometimes it is silly just like the movie (why ARE there two kids on the island again?) And sometimes the movie does a better job humanizing the characters. Hammond, in particular, is almost a cartoon villian in the book. Overall this is a fun and thought provoking book. I am no fan of Scott Brick, he reads everything in that melodramatic sing-song of his but I didn't mind it enough to stop reading.


  • The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad

  • By: Joyce E. Salisbury, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Joyce E. Salisbury
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Spain has played a unique and essential role in Western civilization. To understand the unfolding of Spain's epic history is to come to terms with one of the West's great cultures, and to grasp its enduring presence and impact on the world stage. In these 24 accessible lectures, Professor Salisbury presents a broad and enthralling panorama of Spanish history, covering the centuries from the first prehistoric settlement of the peninsula to Spain's 20th century civil war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As much travelogue as history

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-22-17

Comprehensive History of Spain. A Bit Dry.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

My wife's family is from Spain so I was interested in learning more about its history This levcure series is a good intro covering everything from prehistoric caveman times to today. The lectures are divided in a brilliant way with awesome Spanish guitar riffs. I wish the lecturer had a better delivery. For all that her enthusiasm for Spain is apparent, her delivery is sometimes dry and monotone. Also, as an expert in Spain who has lived there and visited often, her pronounciation of Spanish words should be better. At times her lecture borders on cheerleading especially regarding recent history. Still she covers even contemporary issues I have heard my in laws talking about so that is nice to have in context.

  • Exiles at the Well of Souls

  • By: Jack L. Chalker
  • Narrated by: Peter Macon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Antor Trellig, head of a ruthless interstellar syndicate, has seized a supercomputer with godlike powers that could make him omnipotent. The Council offers master criminal Mavra Chang any reward she desires if she can stop Trellig - and horrible, lingering death if she fails. But neither Trellig nor Mavra has taken the Well World into consideration. Built by the ancient Markovians, the Well World controls the design of the cosmos. When the opponents are drawn across space to the mysterious planet, they find themselves in new, alien bodies and in the middle of a battle where strange races fight desperately.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better Than the First?

  • By Chris on 09-05-17

Overly complicated and slow plot.

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

One of those classic sci fi series that seems a bit dated due to very obvious anti technology attitudes. The series is very imaginative in terms of world building but the story is not centered enough to follow. Too many characters, too many comboluted subplots, and the complex nature of the setting means that the book has to stop often to describe extensively different species, places and the most pointedly unnecessary aspects of life (like how different species have sex, eat, sleep go to the bathroom...). it gets boring. I'm done with this series with this one.

  • The ABC Murders

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623

There's a serial killer on the loose, working his way through the alphabet and the whole country is in a state of panic. A is for Mrs. Ascher in Andover, B is for Betty Barnard in Bexhill, C is for Sir Carmichael Clarkein Churston. With each murder, the killer is gettingmore confident - but leaving a trail of deliberate clues to taunt the proud Hercule Poirot might just prove to be the first, and fatal, mistake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of AC's masterpieces

  • By Linda on 06-17-17

Great rendition of a classic.

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

The narrator does a wonderful job bringing the ABC murders to life. The book is course a classic and very entertaining mystery. I enjoyed it very much.

  • Midnight at the Well of Souls

  • By: Jack L. Chalker
  • Narrated by: Peter Macon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 484

At the heart of a bizarre planet lay the goal of every being that had ever lived.… Below average in height and unprepossessing in appearance, Nathan Brazil is an unassuming if cynical starship owner, carrying passengers and cargo for a living - hardly the sort of person to hold the fate of the entire universe in his hands. But when Nathan detours from his route to answer a distress call, a hidden stargate hurls him and his passengers to the Well World, the master control planet for the cosmos. Billions of years ago, a godlike race unlocked all the secrets of space and time and remade the universe according to their grand design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Step Through The Portal, And Be Changed Forever!

  • By Michael on 05-02-13

Well Crafted Story

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

This first book of the well of souls series definitely grabbed my attention. Great world building. The story sometimes drags and the characters can be hard to follow, there's a half dozen that get equal time and at least in audiobook at times I got lost and wondered which one I was following. Overall I anjoyed the book and the narrator's reading was good to listen to. I'm definitely going on to the second book.

  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear

  • By: Walter Moers
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

Playful enough for young adult readers, yet as intricate and engaging as any work of literary fiction, The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear has the plot of a novel and the spontaneity and humor of a vintage comic book, making it already an instant cult classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hillarious and fantastic book and great listen

  • By Paul on 03-25-11

A magical journey through another land.

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Absolutely the best narration by Brandon Pincho I've heard so far, the 13 Lives of Captain Blur Bear takes you on a wonderfully fun journey through the life of a magical bear who has pretty much done everything and gone everywhere.bit was a very entertaining read that never tired me. The only issue is that it is describes as a children's vstory but if so it's for older children as it is somewhat long and heavy on detail and minutiae for the very young. For adults though it is thoroughly enjoyable.

  • The Shroud Conspiracy

  • A Novel
  • By: John Heubusch
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 326

Throughout his career, forensic anthropologist and outspoken atheist Dr. Jon Bondurant has investigated many religious artifacts said to be real, but he knows better. So when he is invited by the Vatican to examine the Shroud of Turin, said to be the burial cloth that covered the body of Christ, he is delighted for the opportunity to prove once and for all that the shroud is a fake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jurassic Park meets the deVince Code

  • By L. Carr on 04-21-17

Please Advertise: Only a first part!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

I'm starting to have a real issue with books that are part of a larger story that are not described as such. So be forewarned, this ends in a cliff-hanger.

Now the book itself starts out as an investigation of the Shroud of Turin. In that sense its actually not a bad story, Definitely written from a believer's point of view, but there's nothing wrong with that. If you are a believing Christian you will appreciate that part of the story. The main character is an Atheist to begin with and is not shown in a very positive light. That actually creates tension when the author tries to make us like him even though he keeps acting like a real jerk. Atheists can be jerks just like devout spiritual and religious people can be, but just being an Atheist doesn't MAKE you a jerk.

Unfortunately the plot derails into a supernatural/pseudoscience conspiracy that goes way beyond what I expected from the description. It goes into the realm of pure fantasy and I don't mean into spiritual/religious fiction, I mean cheap fantasy melodrama. With illegal cloning. ridiculous coincidences and invented supernatural being (said to be in the Bible but not really). What it seems to be building up to is some rapture/second coming/Armageddon type story. If you're into that you may like this. I am done with it.

  • Ararat

  • By: Christopher Golden
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 501

Christopher Golden's Ararat is the heart-pounding tale of an adventure that goes wrong - on a biblical scale. When an earthquake reveals a secret cave hidden inside Mount Ararat in Turkey, a daring, newly engaged couple are determined to be the first ones inside...and what they discover will change everything. The cave is actually a buried ancient ship that many quickly come to believe is Noah's Ark. When a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark, they discover an elaborate coffin in its recesses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good story

  • By Shaymus on 10-19-17

Monster Fare

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

Christopher Golden's "Ararat" is a fun simple read with a pretty mediocre ending. It's a monster story pure and simple. Think "The Thing From Another World" or "Alien" and you're close to the mark. I made my expectations a bit high because of the biblical mystery angle to it but trust me, that's just background. The story is about the horned thing chasing down the protagonists just like the description says. There is a coda to the story which is unnecessary. It would have been better had it ended on the mountain. Well read by Robert Fads.

  • Origin

  • A Technothriller
  • By: J. A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,301

When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he's been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon. He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan. But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn't just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what a trip

  • By Christopher on 03-16-12

Not as interesting as it sounds.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Origin sounded like a fun read, got it in a two for one sale. But what this is, is a mediocre action book, with a lot of modern action cliches. Its also on the gross side. This whole book takes place in a secret underground facility in the desert where a creature is kept under surveillance after being found in the jungle. It looks like the devil. The mystery unravels from there. I won't tell you what the answer is but its not very creative at all. The characters are not interesting either. The most personally gratifying part of the book was the religious arguments of the rabbi and the priest. These characters speak to the interesting possibilities of the premise which the author completely give up turning it into a simple monster/slasher story.

  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,195

From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really, really fun

  • By Lovisa on 08-05-17

An Annoying Listen, and Don't Expect a Resolution.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

First off, the description of the book says nothing about this being part of a series, but it reads as one. The ending is a setup for further story which probably hasn't come out yet. The book was written in 2017 (at this wirting it is 2018). Unfortunately the ending is very unsatisfying as a standalone story. I was not inspired to read further either.

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. is about the Department of Diachronic Operations, a government organization dealing in cross-time operations designed to tweak the time-streams in the interests of the US government. This is done using “magic” for which the book provides a pseudo-scientific rationale. If this sounds semi-serious but the title sounds more like absurdist satire you're not far off, it could be either, it’s neither. That’s the problem with this book, the concept could have worked as serious fantasy/science fiction and it could have been a fun farce but the writers sadly don’t know which way to take it. Also, they’re not funny. The characters are fairly, well done. Some are stereotypical but for the purposes of satire, not because the writers can’t write convincing characters. The plot is also not terribly bad but, again, I would have appreciated it more if the writers had not been trying to be funny. The ending, as previously mentioned, is not satisfying at all.

Fundamentally, this book is a satire of bureaucracy and government organizations. Which is not what I was hoping to read from the description. Also, the Structure had big problems especially for an audio-book. If you want to read this book, I recommend reading the text. The story is told through the written accounts of various characters and the audio-book contains a whole “cast”. They all do their job very well, and I have nothing against any of the readers. But then, when part of the account is an email log and they are reading you the time-stamp and sender name for every single message (e.g.: 14 June day 345 email from So and So to So and So: “What happened?” ; 14 June day 345 email from So and So to So and So: “I don’t know.”) that just gets annoying. When reading the text you would obviously skip the descriptors which would only really be there for visual effect. Here you must listen to them. Imagine reading your e-mails or text messages and having to read the address bar out-loud every single time. And having to go through a whole back and forth conversation! Not to mention the fact that they often go through the same event several times from different points of view, one being a very dry report-style account, then a biased letter, then a narrative; I was just waiting for the story to move on! The book would have worked much better if it was just told as a straight narrative from one or at most, two points of view.

I don't recommend it, and if subsequent chapters come out I won't be reading them either.