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  • Doctor Who: The Secret in Vault 13

  • By: David Solomons
  • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

The Doctor has been summoned. The galaxy is in terrible danger, and only a Time Lord can save it. But to do so, she must break into the ancient Galactic Seed Vault. And at its heart lies a secret: Vault 13. The vault has remained unopened for millions of years and is located on a remote and frozen world - from which nobody has ever returned alive.... Can the Doctor and her friends Yaz, Ryan, and Graham uncover the shocking secret in Vault 13?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • narrator rocks!

  • By S. J. Ripley on 06-07-19

narrator rocks!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

Sophie, I love you as Ace and you are amazing at being Jodie in this production!

  • Doctor Who: Scratchman

  • 4th Doctor Novel
  • By: Tom Baker
  • Narrated by: Tom Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

In his first-ever Doctor Who novel, Tom Baker’s incredible imagination is given free rein. A story so epic it was originally intended for the big screen, Scratchman is a gripping, white-knuckle thriller almost 40 years in the making. The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island when their holiday is cut short by the appearance of strange creatures - hideous scarecrows who are preying on the local population. The islanders are living in fear, and the Doctor vows to save them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrated and Written by THE (4th) Doctor!!

  • By NM on 01-31-19

Tom Baker's still got it!

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

The Doctor writing and performing a Doctor Who story?? Yes please!! Tom Baker is just as much the Doctor today as he was back in the 70s, yet this new adventure has all the excitement and pizzazz of the modern series. Highly recommended to any Whovian!

  • Shout

  • By: Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Narrated by: Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Best-selling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about and advocates for survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published 20 years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Honest and Deep

  • By elizabeth williams on 03-30-19

Vulnerability and power are synonyms

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-19

Speak was put into my hands by a collage professor 17 years ago. It led me first to pick up a pen, then to begin to feel, then to slowly start speaking all that was within me to say. Today, I can laugh and sing with a joy and freedom I'd never known before! When I heard that the author was publishing a memoir I immediately preordered the audible edition, narrated by Laurie herself. I was so gripped that I stayed up far too late, unwilling to silence her even for a few hours. And of course, the next thing I did was pick up my pen again. Inspiring, visceral, eloquent, vulnerable, and above all, powerful.

  • Half a Heart

  • By: Karen McQuestion
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298

At nine years of age, Logan Weber knows the routine. Keep quiet, make the food last, and don’t ever cause trouble. He’ll do what it takes to evade the rages of his troubled, violent father. Even though he’s only a child, Logan already knows too much - has seen too much. So when the opportunity presents itself, Logan runs. He has no idea where his journey will lead, or that the grandmother he’s been told is dead is desperately searching for him. Alone with no home of his own, Logan looks for a safe place to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Grandmother's Quest

  • By Elaine M. Panzeter on 05-28-18

Good, but not going to be the next big thing.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Fairly predictable, but still enjoyable. the wide host of characters as a bit confusing at first, but eventually they all tie together.

  • What the F

  • What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves
  • By: Benjamin K. Bergen
  • Narrated by: Benjamin K. Bergen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 940

Nearly everyone swears - whether it's over a few too many drinks, in reaction to a stubbed toe, or in flagrante delicto. And yet we sit idly by as words are banned from television and censored in books. We insist that people excise profanity from their vocabularies, and we punish children for yelling the very same dirty words that we'll mutter in relief seconds after they fall asleep. Swearing, it seems, is an intimate part of us that we have decided to selectively deny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Encylopedic

  • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 04-22-17

Fan-f***ing-tastic!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

As a linguist by trade and a closet cusser, this book was fascinating to me. Bergen relays the history, grammar, stigmas, physiology, and varieties of profanity across the world. It is accessible and entertaining enough for the less scientific and still portrays enough facts and data for those with a scientific bent. He is professional and straightforward, but allows for the occasional tongue in cheek joke to entertain the reader as well. I learned so much and can't stop talking about it!!

  • The Edge of Lost

  • By: Kristina McMorris
  • Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,691

On a cold night in October 1937, searchlights cut through the darkness around Alcatraz. A prison guard's only daughter - one of the youngest civilians who lives on the island - has gone missing. Tending the warden's greenhouse, convicted bank robber Tommy Capello waits anxiously. Only he knows the truth about the little girl's whereabouts and that both of their lives depend on the search's outcome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible story.

  • By GB on 04-06-16

captivating story

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I lost sleep over this one- I couldn't wait to find out what happened next!

  • Soldier Dogs

  • The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes
  • By: Maria Goodavage
  • Narrated by: Nicole Vilencia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405

A leading dog-blogger offers a tour of military working dogs' extraordinary training, heroic accomplishments, and the lasting impacts they have on those who work with them. Maria Goodavage here tells heartwarming stories of modern soldier dogs and the amazing bonds that develop between them and their handlers. Beyond tales of training, operations, retirement, and adoption into the families of fallen soldiers, Goodavage talks to leading dog-cognition experts about why dogs like nothing more than to be on a mission with a handler they trust.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More like a textbook

  • By Mr. Lloyd, Esq. on 06-28-15

I learned so much AND was enthralled!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-17

The author does a wonderful job of offering factual information in the context of stories. You don't just learn about how military dogs came to be; you get to know the earliest soldier dogs. Same for the current training methods and qualifications. You meet real dogs and their handlers. The author also compares her dopey lab to the working dogs, as of course I was doing with my little choodle!

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,833
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,825

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • that was awesome

  • By C. Jones on 07-06-19

Funny, but kind of dumb.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

I listened to this while doing menial tasks at work and it kept me from being bored out of my mind, which was all I needed it to do. there are several "laugh out loud" bits, but I wouldn't rush out to buy another Tom Stranger book. I got it for free, and I got what I paid for.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Bruiser

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,147

Tennyson: Don’t get me started on the Bruiser. He was voted “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty” by the entire school. He’s the kid no one knows, no one talks to, and everyone hears disturbing rumors about. So why is my sister, Brontë, dating him? One of these days she’s going to take in the wrong stray dog, and it’s not going to end well.BronteMy brother has no right to talk about Brewster that way — no right to threaten him. There’s a reason why Brewster can’t have friends — why he can’t care about too many people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars! A deeply touching emotional story!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-02-15

Very interesting story!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

Great story! I finished it in one sitting as I was so compelled and drawn in. Having multiple narrators was absolutely key in effectively relating this tale. I wasn't especially thrilled with the voice of the younger brother, Cody, but it wasn't distracting from the overall experience.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fight Club

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Jim Colby
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,035

When a listless office employee (the narrator) meets Tyler Durden, his life begins to take on a strange new dimension. Together they form Fight Club - a secretive underground group sponsoring bloody bare-knuckle boxing matches staged in seedy alleys, vacant warehouses, and dive-bar basements. Fight Club lets ordinary men vent their suppressed rage, and it quickly develops a fanatical following.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reads Like You're Watching the Movie

  • By Jonathan Love on 09-12-16

Why didn't I read this sooner?!?

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

Absolutely great story, wonderful narration. I was unfamiliar with the story, but had heard enough references to it that I decided to find out what it was all about. Better than I ever thought it would be! I had to stay up past my "bedtime" to finish it tonight!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful