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  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34,202

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Disappointed.

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

I was disappointed in the book. It was good at first but became a bit boring. It's as if Dan Brown is trying to come up with subjects that start conversations just to sell his books. That idea is smart but usually there are more facts to back up his writings and without them it became hollow and a waste of my time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Saint Odd

  • Odd Thomas, Book 7
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,377

Odd Thomas is back where it all started…because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them - as he's borne witness to humanity's greatest good and darkest evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I smiled as I again recognized his mannerisms

  • By Derek B. on 05-16-15

I smiled as I again recognized his mannerisms

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

Reviewed: 05-16-15

(slight spoiler alert) What a great book and an exciting end to a wonderful series. It was so nice to listen to Odd again. Right away I smiled as I again recognized his mannerisms and listened to some of the characters from his past books. I was excited to find that there MIGHT be a way to continue the books although they won't be exactly the same (dare I say maybe even more exciting). Everything seems to be in place for a new series with Odd and Stormy via Ozzie's computer. Thank you Mr. Koontz! What a great experience!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,160

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this style of King!!!

  • By Joyce on 07-07-14

Will Patton is the next Frank Muller!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-14

I will stay away from possible spoilers and try to give a slightly different kind of review.
Let me first say that Frank Muller was the best reader I have ever listened to but since he has moved on to a better place I am happy to know Mr. King has hired Will Patton to do these type of books. Stephen King has always had great readers but Mr. Mercedes needed a reader who easily brought passion, likeability and believability to the pages and Will Patton did it like only Mr. Muller has for me. Thank you Mr. Patton.
As far as the writing goes, well, if you love Stephen King then all you might need to hear is that this book won't disappoint you one bit. I found myself "into" the book during the first few pages and it only got better. Instant takeoff and classic King darkness guides you along during Mr. Mercedes' horrific ride.
If you are new to King then get ready for a writer who makes the unlikely seem very likely and who brings creepy out of the dark and into your head. Mr. Mercedes gets 5 stars all around from me!

40 of 57 people found this review helpful

  • Innocence

  • A Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,463
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,475

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books

  • By Michael on 01-02-14

A grand slam by Koontz!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-13

After a few books that fell a step below Odd Thomas, and many, many others which he also wrote, Mr. Koontz delighted me on a level that compared to when I finally closed Odd's first book. With this one, I was shocked, inspired, and gladely saddened it had ended. I got to read about wonderful people who had deepness of character which I rarely find in books. I felt for them on levels that could only speak of Dean Koontz' gift. A gift that has entertained millions. This book showed me that I do not need to wait for the next Odd Thomas story to be inspired by characters that truely affect me on a deep level, that make me wish I actually knew them, or someone like them who I could help in their hour of need. Thank you Mr. Koontz for showing me characters that have parts of the very best of society, and books that I wouldn't be ashamed to one day pass on to our children. This book was smart, entertaining, deep, fun, fast, and memorable. I am once more impressed!

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,745

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Gaiman might be the best reader I've ever heard

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

Reviewed: 07-25-13

The ONLY thing that disappoints me with Neil Gaiman's writing is that he does not do enough of it to satisfy me. I was so happy to find that he wrote a new book and couldn't wait to put it in my short stack of must reads. Not only is he a great writter, but he might have the most pleasing voice that I have ever heard read an audiobook. As you can see, I had high hopes for this book and I'm happy to tell you that it didn't take long before I was assured of it's greatness. WOW, was that a great read! There are GREAT characters, a GREAT plot, the story was level-fluid smooth, and the ending is genuinly worth remembering. Here's a person that knows how to escape reality with a worth while tale and he has the skill to share it with others. He does it without dipping into the swearing, sex, and violence pool, that main stream writting usually swims in. What a gift Gaiman has! "The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel" was well worth my time and now has a place in my stack of books that I am saving to one day pass down to my children. That is a special stack to me, and yes, the book is that good.

36 of 41 people found this review helpful

  • Deeply Odd

  • Odd Thomas, Book 6
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,428

How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Odd Once Again

  • By Don Gilbert on 05-30-13

Might be the best Odd Thomas book!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-13

In most Odd Thomas book's reviews, besides the first one, I'm never sure if a review is needed because odd fans know what to expect. This one is different, a review is needed! Until now the first book was hands down the best and I was shocked when I started liking Deeply Odd more. The characters, mostly the old woman, are one thing that stood out for me. That woman is a great character! A magical, gun carrying, filthy rich, kind and helpful, funny old woman who always knows someone who can help her and Odd, and a woman who drives over 100 mph almost anywhere she goes, is someone to keep writing about. There is so much to write about here, but I DO NOT WANT TO SPOIL SUCH A TREAT FOR ANY OF YOU!!! If you liked the other books then I am pretty sure you will love this one, it is special in my view.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Joyland

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,344

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great Stephen King crime/mystery

  • By Mark on 07-11-13

Realistic scary is better than blood & guts scary!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-13

For those of you, like my wife, who think that Stephen King is "just a gross horror writer," I ask you to read this book. I tell my wife, at least once a year, Mr. King is so much more than what you accuse him of being. She points to old movies and say's there's no character development and only blood and scary stuff. To my wife and to everyone else that consider his books no more, I offer you "Joyland" as proof that your wrong.
Joyland is a well written story about a young man's life in the 1970's. He is losing his first true love to another man, so he tries to lose himself in work at an amusment park. Helping him stay there are good friends, life lessons, and the promise from a palm reader that he will save a life or two if he stays longer. While there he finds an unsolved murder mystery that he tries to solve. It is a "who done it", wraped in a "realistic scary story" that's rolled up with "great characters." It is shorter than most of his past works, so it shouldn't scare off too many readers that fear long books. At around 8 hours I got a great read. One last thing, for me, keeping a horror story realistic, keeping me entwined in solid characters, is better and much more scary than making it based on a bunch of blood and guts.
Thank you Stephen King!!!

52 of 57 people found this review helpful

  • Inferno: A Novel

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,358

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Formulaic and Hard to Finish....

  • By Livia on 06-15-13

Six stars all around, if Audible let me!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-13

I downloaded Dan Brown's latest book as it was released, around 3:30 am, (FWIW, I'm not a bum, I have a spinal injury) and Immediately became absorbed in an utterly fascinating tale! The story is interesting, fast and fierce. I found the reader perfect for the parts and he did everything to bring me in farther. I do not want to spoil the book for any of you so I will only say, if you liked his other works then you will probably like or love "Inferno." I say this because they are very much the same type of books but at the same time very different. I wish all series writers could write that way. I hope you enjoy it as I have.
May God Bless!

44 of 75 people found this review helpful

  • Snow White Must Die

  • By: Nele Neuhaus
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,941
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,941

On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story

  • By C. Vincent on 01-27-13

Very entertaining book!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

I very much enjoyed my first Nele Neuhaus book and I hope to soon find more of her novels available in english. In the begining I was tempted by the name of the book but once I started listening I found myself deeply entertained and I wound up sitting and listening much longer than I had expected. It is a little different than my usual reads but it is probably even more entertaining (there's that word again!). I refuse to talk much about the story because I will probably destroy some of the beautifully woven pieces, so I will only say that, for me, it would be worth twice the credits that it cost. I say that because I think Nele must of spent a great amount of time weaving this novel and I don't mind paying more to experience it's beauty.
Thank's for reading my thoughts on "Snow White Must Die". P.S.: For those that want to know, there is not much bad language or graphic violence to be found. Sure there are murders and such but Nele included them just how this father of two kids prefers, with taste and respect. "Snow White Must Die" is a bit of a throw back to the older mystery writer days that produced so many great writers, less junk and more quality! Good job Nele, I would let my older teen read it, and that's not too easy to say these days.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Lost Things

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,600

High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: "Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For Those Who Enjoy Playing with Fairytales

  • By alison on 01-06-13

What a great story!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-13

I have read this book several times, I have 2 paper copies, 1 cd and now I downloaded it from Audible. I got it from Audible so I could bookmark it and so it would take up less room on the mp3 than the cd does. Anyway on to the review. How do I tell you how great it is without telling too much? Hmmmmm, well, I think I will try to tell you just a few of the things that I loved about it. This story grabbed me from the first page, yes the first page! No joke at all about that. The way the words spoke to me was different than most books, it was special. The stories pace was detailed but fast, to me it was just the right mixture to make me want to keep going without many breaks. As the story starts it is about an older boy whose Mom dies and he has to accept a new mom and a new half brother. Somewhere around there he starts to hear books talking to him, a "crooked man" starts coming around and he finds a door to a secret land/world.
When he enters the new world he finds one of the greatest and worst adventures that anyone could imagine. He meets some of my favorite characters that I have ever read in one book. Some of them befriend him while others scare him, lie to him, try to kill and even try to steal his soul. It is a coming of age book but also so much more. It is an adventure for some older teens but mostly for adults. It has a good ending so don't worry about that. All in all I believe most readers will find a reason to like this book. I usually read Koontz and Stephen King type of books but I now find this book among my all time favorites. The only thing that upsets me is that John Connolly has yet to write another story like this one! I will patiently wait.
I hope you give it a try.
Thank you for reading my opinion!

117 of 126 people found this review helpful