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  • Zoo

  • By: James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,420

All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really very good

  • By Trina on 08-10-16

Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 10-21-16

This was my first James Patterson book. I hated it. The writing was dreadful. Plot points were introduced then dropped. There was absolutely nothing credible about the story. I have no problem suspending disbelief but the situations in this story and the responses of the people to their environment were utterly unbelievable.

I would recommend this book to no one. It's possible that crazy, conspiracy theorist, nut jobs with no understanding of science might enjoy it.

If you did like this book then you may also like "Cyberstorm" by Matthew Mather.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Naked

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,664

Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the current mania for the memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview, a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Sedaris

  • By Christine on 02-07-05

Abridged Title

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

Reviewed: 07-24-13

Any additional comments?

Audible clearly labeled this book as abridged but I missed that designation. David Sedaris was as funny and reflective as ever. I enjoy the fact that he reads his own work. I was disappointed that it was abridged - but that was my own fault.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shambling Guide to New York City

  • By: Mur Lafferty
  • Narrated by: Mur Lafferty
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city - for the undead! Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can't take off her resume - human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Pleasantly Different Urban Fantasy

  • By Trick Brown on 06-04-13

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-24-13

What did you love best about The Shambling Guide to New York City?

The Shambling Guide was a purely fun story. Entertaining and engaging.

Did Mur Lafferty do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Not all authors can narrate their own books. Mur Lafferty was... OK. It was certainly a passable job. I think the story would come across even better and stronger in the voice of a trained actress.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Clockwork Prince

  • The Infernal Devices, Book 2
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Ed Westwick, Heather Lind
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,136

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street - and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. The special Collector’s First Edition will include a never-before-seen letter from Will to his family!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Written.

  • By Aimee on 01-08-12

No more love triangles!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-13

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This audibook used two narrators, one male and one female. The female reader was OK, though I found a few of her voices over exaggerated. My bigger concerns was that there was no logic to the two narrators. They seemed to switch at random. You never knew who would be reading the upcoming chapter. As they each had slightly different takes on some of the characters, it required a slight mind shift each time the narrator changed. This is passable on LibriVox, but on Audible it seems like a lack of attention to detail on the director's part.

Any additional comments?

I did not care for the first book in the series but I pushed on because my students assured me this one was better. This story is better. It's an interesting world with good characters. I would have liked the story much more if there was not a teenage girl angsting over another love triangle. I rolled my eyes through those parts and enjoyed the rest of the story. I do not plan to complete the series, however. I want to know how it all turns out but it does not seem worth investing the time in the reading. I'll take a summary of the events and move on to something different.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Swamplandia!

  • By: Karen Russell
  • Narrated by: Arielle Sitrick, David Ackroyd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 519

The Bigtree alligator-wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park, formerly number-one in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes Brilliant, Sometimes Disappointing

  • By Suzn F on 02-05-11

Unique

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

What did you like best about this story?

This story was entirely unique. I can't say I've ever read anything quite like it.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The female narrator was OK, perhaps a little lacking in emotion but she portrayed the character well. The male narrator, while clearly a good reader, just did not sound like a 17 year old boy. I would gladly listen to another book by that reader, but I don't think he was the right choice for this role.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • By: Zora Neale Hurston
  • Narrated by: Ruby Dee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,371

Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ruby Dee is amazing

  • By Jennifer on 04-20-13

Ruby Dee is amazing

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

Reviewed: 04-20-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone, particularly the audio book. Not only is this an amazing story beautifully written, but Ruby Dee takes the words and the story and breathes a life into them that I'm not sure I could have managed with my own imagination.

What does Ruby Dee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ruby Dee can read the dialect of the characters in a natural and beautiful way that pulls the deepest meaning and emotion out of their words. The language is poetry to begin with but Ruby Dee adds beauty and emotion to the already powerful words.

60 of 61 people found this review helpful