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  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33,109

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacked the freshness of Ready Player One

  • By Chad on 01-08-16

Yes, it's no RPO, but all-in-all it's entertaining

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

Reviewed: 09-17-15

I almost didn't give this a chance because of all the negative reviews; but I did. I didn't think it was as bad as some reviewers complained. It could have been better, it could have been worse. I do agree it wasn't as good as RPO, but it was entertaining and in the end isn't that what a reader wants?

Like RPO it is very video game centric as well as full of pop culture snippets, some that worked, some that didn't. It did mash-up a bunch of different plots from a bunch of different stories, all of which he worked into the story. If something that happened was just like an episode of the Twilight Zone, or Star Trek, or 2001, it was actually talked about and referenced; and ultimately part of the mystery.

I won't go into story details, you can read other reviews for that, I just wanted to relay that it actually is a good read (and an even better listen thanks to Wheaton). If this were Cline's first book I would guess that the reviews would have been a lot better. But Ready Player One was really good and would have been hard to top. Maybe if the style wasn't so much like RPO it wouldn't have been compared so harshly to it. Hopefully for his next book Cline moves on from the pop culture / video game plots.

I bet that people that didn't read RPO may actually like this book more. My thoughts...

22 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Island in the Sea of Time

  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 25 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759

During a perfect spring evening on Nantucket, a violent storm erupts and a dome of crawling, colored fire blankets the island. When the howling winds subside and the night skies clear, the stars appear to have shifted. The mainland has become a wilderness of unbroken forest, where tools of bronze and stone litter the beaches, and primitive natives scatter in terror.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to this before "Dies the fire"

  • By Kevin McLaughlin on 11-26-08

Cool Alternate History Book

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

I listened to this over a year and a half ago and just noticed I never did a review. What I recall the most is the realism the author painted of an alternate history. I'm not totally sure if alternate history is the exact fit but is probably the closest. An island and a ship get sent way back in time and they must figure out a way to survive. The island (Nantucket) is mainly tourist cottages and summer homes for the rich. The island is nowhere near self sufficient which becomes painfully evident when it is suddenly thrust back a few hundred years B.C. They lost their power and their supply chain of food and petroleum. The gas stations have what gas they had in their tanks but no way to refill when it runs out. No source for Coffee, milk, produce, etc. You get the picture. Now they need to find a way to survive until they return to their own time - if they ever return. Forget any type of "prime directive" in terms screwing up the time-line, they are screwing with it... and bad. They figure they have to in order to survive. They didn't ask for this to happen and they are doing what they must.

It drags on a little in some places but all-in-all is a good read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • And Then There Were None

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,107

Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Stevens is genius

  • By Markie Ross on 09-17-15

my first AG book.

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

a nice diversion from my favorite genre of SciFi. I liked it and it was fun hearing queer used so much.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Visitors

  • Pathfinder Series, Book 3
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Emily Rankin, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,876
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,874

Rigg’s journey comes to an epic and explosive conclusion as everything that has been building up finally comes to pass, and Rigg is forced to put his powers to the test in order to save his world and end the war once and for all.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really wanted to love this book

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-04-14

Better than book 2

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

I actually didn't realize this was a 3 book arc until I hit the end of book 2 and heard the music and was like,"Hey, what, what a minute!" Book 2 I thought was drawn out. This final book felt that way too a few times but not as much to me. There were some side stories of exploring the wallfolds that really was just padding, but I guess those could be considered stories within a story.

The time travel aspects are once again well thought out and explained, almost too much. I didn't really care for the mice much. I liked how it ended up for the most part, except the "show down" with mother and General Citizen. That seemed uncharacteristically rushed and unsatisfying. There was also a lot of detail about this great army they were training and I was hoping for an ass kicking battle but alas that was merely a mention.

So I guess in general I liked the ending but it just seemed he missed some opportunities.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,898

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Not for this guy!!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

I skipped getting this a few times because of the few bad reviews but I finally gave in because of the good ones. But boy, maybe you have to be a woman to like this - I don't think it is for me. Some reviewers warned about the shallow characters and I should have listened. I haven't even made it to the murder yet.

I got through two of the narrators (didn't ever hear the 3rd), the first narrator (for Rachel) did a good job, maybe too good! I know some people that are like this in real life and I avoid them like the plague; so why would I subject myself to the inner mind of this main character. Then the second narrator (for Megan) wasn't as good, but the character was just as neurotic and pathetic.

If you like female drama from neurotic, jealous, spiteful, and brainless women then get this book.

I'm going out on a limb here, but if you are a straight male then you probably will not like this book.

I'm not going to say it's a bad book, it all boils down to personal taste. This one did not taste good to my pallet so I'm cutting my losses early.

41 of 59 people found this review helpful

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,915

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

A nice diversion from my typical genre of SciFi

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

A nice clean quick story. Set in a town that I would never want my kids to grow up in. Some said the ending was predictable, and perhaps part of it was, but the actual killer did elude me. Now with hindsight in my favor I'm not sure how I didn't suspect it early on, but I didn't. But I don't do too many mystery/thriller books so maybe that was it.

3 of 4 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 28,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,218

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

I was ran over by this book!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

I loved the characters, the plot, and the suspense. Mr. King proved again that he can write more than just horror. This has some horror elements but all believable - as in - no supernatural. It is just a good story about a psychopath, an ex-cop that loved getting drawn back into "the game", and some other interesting characters that round out a well told story.

This was my first book narrated by Will Patton. I didn't even know he narrated books but he has done a boatload. The first few minutes I wasn't so sure about his raspy voice but now I couldn't imagine it read by anyone else and his character voices were all great. He did a wonderful job IMO.

Bravo!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,552
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,317

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Gaiman weaves a good tale!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

The previous book I listened to took me about six months to get through as it just didn't beckon me to listen at any chance I could get. I would listen here and there but many times music on the radio won out.

Not with this book!!

Gaiman hooked me right away and I wanted to listen every chance I could get. American Gods was only a tad shorter than my previous book, but I whipped through this one in about 10 days (and I mainly listen in my car and during workouts.) But I did add a few hours here and there with longer lunches or listening while doing dishes, etc.

I'm usually more a SciFi guy vs. Fantasy, but I've likes all of Neil Gaiman's book that I've read so far.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Neverwhere

  • A BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,241

A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Perfect Casting

  • By Jenn on 09-23-13

Radio production missing what's best about a book

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

The voice acting and sound production was great and it was a good story but it took a lot of work to visualize it sometimes. It reminded me of driving my SUV with the kids in the back watching a DVD. I could hear the movie but not see it. So I got a sense of the story but sometimes didn't really know what was going on as I couldn't see what was happening.

I was assuming it was just different voices speaking the parts but that all the narration would be there - it was not. I guess I didn't notice "Adaption" in the title. If you were already familiar with the story that would help, but I was not, so there were times where I just didn't know what was happening.

After this I moved on to American Gods and gasped when I noticed that it was "a full cast production." I feared the same issue with a 20 hour book. Much to my delight that one had the full narration with the different voices. That was awesome and is what I was expecting here.

So - I liked the story but I would probably steer clear of a similar production in the future.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Against the Tide of Years

  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 21 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497

In the years since the Event, the Republic of Nantucket has done its best to re-create the better ideas of the modern age. But the evils of its time resurface in the person of William Walker, renegade Coast Guard officer, who is busy building an empire for himself based on conquest by technology.

When Walker reaches Greece and recruits several of their greater kinglets to his cause, the people of Nantucket have no choice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I've Finished the entire series

  • By B. Bozeman on 09-29-11

Okay story but it dragged for me

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

Reviewed: 02-04-15

This is hard to put into words... The story was pretty good but I guess it just dragged on too long. It wasn't interesting enough to make me want to listen to it every chance I could get. It is long to begin with, about 21 hours; but it look me over 6 months to finally listen to the entire book as I would find myself not really caring if I listened to it vs. music in my car.

This became more evident to me after finishing this book as the next book I listed to (from OSC) I zipped through in a week. Then another, and another, as I was more compelled to listen - and found I wanted to listen to these next books; while driving, doing dishes, late at night, etc. This wasn't the case for Against the Tide of Years unfortunately. So I guess I'm bailing on the 3rd book. The thought and detail that went into the story is amazing and I liked the premise. I'm not saying it's bad, but for me it just didn't keep me on the edge of my seat.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful