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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 158,650
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146,414
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146,255

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Could not stop listening to this one.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

Absolutely loved it. Entertaining from the start to the finish. Highly recommend this to any listener. I am rating this as one of my best listened to audio books. Can't wait to get other books by this Author now. Narrator was excellent as well and made it even more entertaining. Thanks.

  • Earth Thirst

  • The Arcadian Conflict, Book 1
  • By: Mark Teppo
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 17

The Earth is dying. Humanity - over-breeding, over-consuming - is destroying the very planet they call home. Multinational corporations despoil the environment, market genetically modified crops to control the food supply, and use their wealth and influence and private armies to crush anything, and anyone, that gets in the way of their profits. Nothing human can stop them. But something unhuman might. Once they did not fear the sun. Once they could breathe the air and sleep where they chose.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • couldn't even get to chapter 6. boring!

  • By Chris on 01-09-14

couldn't even get to chapter 6. boring!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

Any additional comments?

Can't stand the style of writing or possible plot. Gave up listening. Terrible book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pacific Rim

  • The Official Movie Novelization
  • By: Alex Irvine
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 421

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, rise from the sea, a war begins that will take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By jason on 07-17-13

372.13% better than the movie

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

Reviewed: 01-02-14

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your time with the movie, get the Audio book. Well worth it if you feel like a bit of Sci-fi.

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  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Newspeak, Doublethink, Big Brother, the Thought Police - the vocabulary of George Orwell's classic political satire, 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', has passed into the English language, symbolising the horrors of totalitarianism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I Expected & MORE!

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 11-24-12

Scary how much of this coming true now days

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

Reviewed: 01-02-14

Any additional comments?

Got on to this book after all the hype surrounding the NSA spying on everybody. Seems this Author had time traveled and gives us a very clear idea of what we can expect if we continue to allow governments to get away with this blatant abuse of power. I highly recommend this book to everybody in order to educate yourself on what tricks governments do to brainwash us. Its a book of fiction but sadly mirrors lots of what is happening today.

  • The Passage

  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tops

  • By Alan on 12-04-10

Nothing has beat this book yet in my library.

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

Reviewed: 12-29-13

What made the experience of listening to The Passage the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed this book and the following sequels. I usually pass these type of books up as not interested in the main topic (vampires). However this is not your ordinary vampire story. This puts an entirely new spin on vampires to the point of which they probably would be if ever real. Excellent characters and the book spans generations with some interesting outcomes.

What other book might you compare The Passage to and why?

The Remaining by D.J. Molles. Also worth a read. Not vampires but Zombies. Again, not a topic I usually listen too, but both of these Authors have come up with a unique portrayal of them. Very gripping.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, Scott Brick is a great Narrator and is how I got onto this. I often search for books based on others I have listened to by the same narrator. He is very good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Impossible, this book and the series are very long, but if I didn't need to eat, sleep and work I probably would have listened to it all in one go.

Any additional comments?

Don't let the topic of vampires put you off. Trust me, they're not vampires its not even close to vampires and thank god is absolutely nothing like twilight. This book is worth a read and would make an excellent mini series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Remaining

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,509

In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Die Hard Meets 28 Days Later

  • By G Wallace on 01-10-14

Very good. Hard to stop listening.

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

Reviewed: 12-29-13

If you could sum up The Remaining in three words, what would they be?

Must Read This

What other book might you compare The Remaining to and why?

I compare this somewhat to The Passage by Justin Cronin which is a series I also highly recommend. The Passage is very similar in the way it is the end of all humanity by humans who also become infected by a virus although the Passage ends up being vampires not Zombies. The Vampire thing put me off to begin with but they are very weird and not like any other portrayal of them ever published. I like the similarity between these two books, hence why I got the recommendation to read this one. And it is pretty good.

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

He really makes this book enjoyable. Excellent voices for the different characters and even acts out things like noises of pain etc during any combat scenes. Very good narrator would certainly listen to others he has done.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Was sad during one part (won't spoil it here), but you will know if you listen to it. The part where he (the main character, Lee) is most sad.

Any additional comments?

Little disappointed the author didn't portray Lee as a more hardened Special Forces type of soldier. Would be good if he was more lethal and harder to beat down.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • NOS4R2

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

Summer. Massachusetts. An old Silver Wraith with a frightening history. A story about one serial killer and his lingering, unfinished business.Anyone could be next. We're going to Christmasland . . .NOS4A2 is an old-fashioned horror novel in the best sense. Claustrophobic, gripping and terrifying, this is a story that will have you on the edge of the seat while you read, and leaving the lights on while you sleep.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The apple doesn't fall far from the tree...

  • By Fredrik Pettersen on 05-16-13

The most annoying and boring read ever.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Somebody who is deaf would probably enjoy listening to this. Then again I am sure they would be happy to hear anything.

What could Joe Hill have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have somebody else write it with different plot and certainly a different narrator too.

What didn’t you like about Kate Mulgrew’s performance?

I couldn't bare listening to her whining on any more. Fingernails down a chalk board would be easier to listen to.

What character would you cut from NOS4R2?

All characters should be removed.

Any additional comments?

Ok, so this one just wasn't for me. Wouldn't mind a refund but have a feeling that feature is now missing from the website. Nice one am Amazon, look at how much I spend with you.

I will sum up this book as... Well I can't really post what I want to say here. But compared to my massive library of audible books, this is certainly the worst so far.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Company

  • A Novel of the CIA
  • By: Robert Littell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,865
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,866

"If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says ( Publishers Weekly).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang on to your Hat

  • By Cynthia on 01-17-03

Couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 02-23-13

Where does The Company rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best audio books I have listened to so far. Very long, but gripping the entire time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harvey Torretti, really liked his casual style and could just imagine guys really being like him following the war. He was a no nonsense character that always came through.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I have. And he is really good. Often when I find a good narrator I will listen to other books they have narrated. 9 times out of 10 I find another winning series of books to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This would only spoil the novel for anybody listening to it. So no comment, but there is one part which is very sad.

Any additional comments?

Great book. You have to listen this one. I believe this should fit in the category of books that are a must read. I have since ordered the DVD mini series based on this novel.

  • One Good Dog

  • By: Susan Wilson
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, Rick Adamson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947

Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe.” He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cynic and a cynical dog - PERFECT!!

  • By Shelby on 12-30-10

I'm serious when I say you HAVE to listen to this!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-13

What made the experience of listening to One Good Dog the most enjoyable?

I loved the fact that the story is narrated from the human and dog perspective. Great having to narrators. The dog had such a great personality and seemed very real to understand his thoughts.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chance, the dog. I love dogs and understood his explanation of how he interpreted things.

What about Fred Berman and Christina Delaine ’s performance did you like?

I think the narrators names are confusing. Pretty sure both narrators where guys. But either way, they were both great.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Ok, i'll admit it. I got totally emotionally hoked on this one. The author did an amazing job of taking you on a journey that was full of highs and lows. I'm not afraid to admit as a grown man and truck driver, this did bring a tear to my eye. The message within the book is something everybody could learn from. It shows humanity at its worst and its best. A true book for dog lovers no matter who you are.

Any additional comments?

I guarantee, that if you listen to this, you will not be disappointed. Once I started listening to this I literally could not stop.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • I, Alex Cross

  • Alex Cross, Book 16
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Tim Cain, Michael Gervais
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Detective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that his niece, Caroline, has been found brutally murdered. Cross vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that Caroline was mixed up in one of Washington's wildest scenes. And she was not this killer's only victim.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good listen

  • By Lia on 02-23-10

BORING! Waste of money

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

Reviewed: 12-10-12

What would have made I, Alex Cross better?

Too slow to get going. Narrator was useless, hard to tell who was who. Never finished the book just couldn't get into it. I think after having listened to Michael Connelly's and Lee Child's books I now have high expectations of other authors. Really tried to get into this, but started to fall asleep. Far to slow. I wish Michael Connelly had more I could listen too but have got them all already.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Anything but James Patterson.

How could the performance have been better?

Narrator could have used a better variation of voices. Seemed a bit mono tone for me.

What character would you cut from I, Alex Cross?

Alex Cross. Get rid of him. Boring.

Any additional comments?

Annoyed. I was hoping this author would have given me another series to get into. But alas, too slow for me. shame,.