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  • Carte Blanche

  • The New James Bond Novel
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 749
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 555

Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary. The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week: casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth The Time

  • By britishbob on 06-15-11

Low-energy narration, questionable pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

The narrator is far more lethargic than would seem best for an action novel. Having heard all the Grey Man novels, I find the contrast marked and unfortunate, as the source material is stylish. This book's narrator is British, which is, of course, desirable, but may be the cause of at least one pronunciation that seems curious. I am only a novice with guns, but I've always heard .40 caliber (calibre in the book, naturally) simply pronounced "forty caliber" or "forty cal;" the narrator says "point-four-oh calibre." Maybe the narrator's pronunciation is the right one for England (I live in the USA), but if not it seems like a glaring error for a book where guns are so important as to almost be characters. This is especially true for the iconic Walthers, notwithstanding that in Carte Blanche, for the first time, Bond carries a .40 Walther PPS instead of the PPK helped to fame by its appearance in most of the Bond films.

  • Clean Meat

  • How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World
  • By: Paul Shapiro, Yuval Noah Harari - foreword
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Paul Shapiro gives you a front-row seat for the wild story of the race to create and commercialize cleaner, safer, sustainable meat - real meat - without the animals. From the entrepreneurial visionaries to the scientists' workshops to the big business boardrooms - Shapiro details that quest for clean meat and other animal products and examines the debate raging around it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ingenious, terrific and prophetic book

  • By Anonymous User on 04-10-18

Changed my life

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Partly because of this book I chose a molecular and cellular grad program. I am inspired. Via sync, I’ve gone through the print and audio versions several times and will do more. It’s a favorite. Get it, or get the Kindle version for just 99 cents and then add the audio, as you’ll often want to jump on a device, see passages, and search to see more for yourself. IV is the bleeding edge; the first clean meat conference was just two weeks ago. Get this.

  • Evolving Ourselves

  • How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth
  • By: Juan Enriquez, Steve Gullans
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Why are conditions like autism, asthma, obesity, and allergies exploding at unprecedented rates? Why are we living longer, getting smarter, having far fewer kids? If Darwin were alive today, how would he explain this new world?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fascinating ideas and science

  • By Joel on 07-04-15

Imperfect but provocative

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

A lot of potentially great ideas. A few errors somewhat undermine the authors' credibility, but overall it's fantastic.

  • The Neon Lawyer

  • By: Victor Methos
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,778
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,765

With money and hope in short supply, newly minted attorney Brigham Theodore decides it’s time to lower his standards. He joins a seedy fly-by-night firm in Salt Lake City out of desperation. After he loses his first case - a speeding ticket - he’s convinced his career is over. But to his shock, his boss hands him a slightly more complex case: capital murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • HERE'S THE DEAL

  • By John on 02-02-15

Turned out to be virtuosic.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

It’s a bold story, but what puts it among the best is the performance. Get it.

  • 5 Steps to Surviving Chemistry: Tips for Understanding a Challenging Course

  • 5 Steps Series, Book 3
  • By: Julie C. Gilbert
  • Narrated by: E. Roy Worley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Do you struggle in chemistry class? You’re not alone. It’s easy to get lost in the technical language. Enhance any course textbook with these step-by-step instructions to help with your homework and classwork sheets. Master the material and perhaps even have some fun along the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best on audible

  • By Peter P Joseph Jr on 12-02-18

Disappointing, but with potential.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

The narrator reads entire urls and tables (and he also often reads elements by their abbreviations instead of just saying their names), although he has a listenable voice and perfect delivery. Reading tables and urls fluffs the already-minimal content; beyond the fluff, there is probably only about 3 hours of content, which isn't enough to merit paying a credit. However, that content is incisive and helpful. The author has good insight, so I would love it if she updated and expanded this book and/or created more chemistry audiobooks (such as on biochemistry), and I would probably buy them.

  • The Decisive Battles of World History

  • By: The Great Courses, Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131

Throughout history, military engagements have altered the course of historical events. In these 36 dynamic lectures, Professor Aldrete leads you in discovering the military conflicts that have had the greatest impact in shifting the direction of events and defining our world. Across 4,000 years of history, you'll explore nearly 40 key military engagements, from the milestone battles of Western civilization to their counterparts in the Middle East, India, and Asia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Course- Needs Battle Maps

  • By IRP on 05-23-14

One of the best credits I've spent!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

I have no connection to this person; I just love his stuff. I hate that I've heard almost all of this, but after I've finished I'm going to listen to it again. Each part is immersive, like movie scenes, but also illustrative of various larger points. And I see that the same person has three other titles on Audible, so I'll probably check out some or all of those. The only reason I didn't give this five overall stars is that it doesn't promote the political positions I do, but for what it aims to do it couldn't be much better.

  • The Starling Project

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina, full cast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,607
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,453

Audie Award, Original Work, 2016; Audie Award Finalist, Audio Drama, 2016. An aborted raid targeting a major arms dealer. A hostage standoff at a bank that may not be what it seems. A plot to spring a former African dictator from prison. What is the threat that connects them all? And just who is the mysterious mastermind, The Starling? From Mexico to Washington – from London to Marseille to Prague – war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his team of Volunteers risk their lives to follow the trail of clues. But how can they stop The Starling – when he always seems one step ahead?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a DRAMA, not a book!

  • By Writrix on 11-25-14

Impressively cool.

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

I would love more of these. The full cast treatment is absorbingly immersive (and the hero of The Chopin Manuscript even plays a little Mendelssohn at one point).

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  • Back Blast

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,480
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,581

From the number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels comes an all-new explosive thriller featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man.... Court Gentry was the CIA's best agent. Until the day the agency turned against him and put out a kill-on-sight order. That's when the enigmatic international assassin called the Gray Man was born - and Court has been working for himself ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent GRAY MAN book - I can't wait for more...

  • By shelley on 02-17-16

Labyrinthine, in the best way.

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Like a brilliantly designed puzzle box, this is invigorating to engage, with every step pleasurable and linked to the next.

  • Dead Eye

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,031

Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fits well into the series

  • By Julius Butcher on 12-16-13

Rocks.

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

This is superb--the narrator provides deep immersion in a fully engaging epic. I have savored three books in the series (this is the third volume) and look forward to more.

  • The Dracula Tape

  • The New Dracula, Book 1
  • By: Fred Saberhagen
  • Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

The never-before-told story behind the legend of Count Dracula! The story of the Count’s greatest love, Mina Harker, and the bloodthirsty vampire hunters whose cruel pursuit drove the master of the night to actions ever more ruthless. The Count Dracula sets the record straight.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FINALLY!

  • By Amanda Pike on 03-03-13

Get this now. It's fantastically good.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

The narration is masterful. The story is enshrouding. I give it four stars only because I consider all fiction inferior to nonfiction, but this novel is superb. Get it now.