LISTENER

CKDexter

  • 29
  • reviews
  • 84
  • helpful votes
  • 73
  • ratings
  • Anomaly

  • By: Peter Cawdron
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

Anomaly examines the prospect of an alien intelligence discovering life on Earth. The technological gulf between humanity and the alien species is measured in terms of millions of years. The only way to communicate is using science, but not everyone is so patient. Humanity's first contact with an alien intelligence is far more radical than anyone has ever dared imagine. With a technological gap of millions of years, mankind is barely able to recognize the arrival of an alien space craft outside the gates of the United Nations in New York.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Human decisions strain credulity

  • By Bri Boe on 11-24-17

Problems with execution

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

Interesting and original central concept. Poor plotting and poor choice of protagonist, which necessitated everybody else be written less intelligently, so that the protagonist could be the smart guy in the room. And the ending did not deliver on the initial promise.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Instagram Marketing: A Picture Perfect Way to Strike It Rich!

  • By: Mark Smith
  • Narrated by: Steve Edwards
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Money doesn't just show up on your doorstep out of nowhere, and businesses have to keep publicizing themselves wherever their future customers are! If you don't know much about the world of social media (or feel like it is a bunch of nonsense) but feel like your business can't stay relevant in today's market without it, then Instagram Marketing: A Picture Perfect Way to Strike It Rich! is the book on the shelf that you need to grab now! Do you want to increase your sales now with very little work? Do you want to increase your visibility and have many people see what your company has to offer? You are able to do all of this even if you do not have experience with any social media website!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • straightforward and to the point

  • By Tara on 07-06-18

Simple, clear, actionable

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

This is a book for beginners. Everything is explained simply, with no redundancy. It is a 1 2 3, step plan that worked well in this short book format. No fluff here. But if you are an experienced Instagram user, look elsewhere. This is a beginners guide. I found it very helpful and well worth the few bucks I spent. Now I have to get to work implementing the suggestions.

  • The China Study, Revised and Expanded Edition

  • The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health
  • By: T. Colin Campbell PhD, Thomas M. Campbell II MD
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 997
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992

More than 30 years ago, nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell and his team at Cornell University, in partnership with teams in China and England, embarked upon the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease. What they found, when combined with findings in Campbell's laboratory, opened their eyes to the dangers of a diet high in animal protein and the unparalleled health benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but need PDF with exhibits

  • By Chris on 05-29-17

Words can’t describe

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

Simply the most thought-provoking, life changing book and I have ever read. My family has begun implementing a whole food, plant-based diet. I have lost 30 pounds. Her skin has cleared up. My issues with digestion have cleared up. All this in one month. Goodbye Atkins, Paleo, South Beach, Weight Watchers, calorie-counting apps.

  • King Solomon's Mines

  • BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: H Rider Haggard
  • Narrated by: David Sturzaker, Tim McInnenry, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Tim McInnerny stars as Allan Quatermaine in this dramatic full-cast BBC Radio 4 adaptation of H Rider Haggard's classic Victorian novel. A chance meeting with Sir Henry Curtis and his friend John Good leads professional game hunter Allan Quatermaine on a dangerous expedition to the uncharted, hostile heart of Africa.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent production

  • By CKDexter on 10-22-17

Excellent production

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

Another fantastic BBC dramatization. Held our interest during a long ride. Acting and sound effects are superb. We left out loud several times at the humorous parts. I wish BBC produced more of these.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,485
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33,392

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

The End of Religion is Nigh!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

This is a bloated, absurd story, but Dan Brown‘s name makes this moot. We start with a MacGuffin: an outspoken atheist scientist has made a discovery that will make all the world’s religions irrelevant, destined to disappear, poof! And as he is about to announce his discovery to the world, he is silenced, in a plot twist I won’t reveal. Then we must listen to 16 hours of bad science, bad theology, and clunky Catholic intrigue, before the MacGuffin is finally revealed in all its glory. I won’t spoil it, but it is absurd, which is probably the reason why it is hidden way, way back near the end. The science supporting it is vapor-thin, with ridiculous conclusions drawn by the main characters. Non-sequiturs abound everywhere, in the plot, its logic, and the treatment of the origins debate. 30% could’ve been cut out with no harm to the story. If you’re looking for a thought-provoking thriller full of ideas about life’s origin, this isn’t it. I listened to the unabridged audio version. The reader is acceptable, but voices the thinly-drawn female character as an annoying damsel in distress.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Full Wolf Moon

  • By: Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 787

The New York Times best-selling author of The Forgotten Room and Deep Storm is back with a new thriller that follows the trail of a killer who cannot exist...featuring Jeremy Logan, the renowned investigator of the supernatural and fantastic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So disappointed

  • By Dianna Sanford on 07-02-17

Dumb and satisfying

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

If you’re bothering to read these reviews, then you’re prepared for a B-movie monster yarn. Which this is. And it is kind of dumb. But it is also very well written, tightly plotted and edited. Lincoln Child is an excellent writer, which is why I had to keep listening to it to the end. A satisfying, if short, werewolf romp. Recommended for readers of this genre.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Terminal Freeze

  • By: Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 886

In this riveting new thriller, Lincoln Child weaves together a stunning Arctic landscape, a terrifying mythic creature, and a pervasive mood of chaos and fear. With Terminal Freeze, Child demonstrates why he has become a major best-selling author, and why his novels electrify and enthrall so many.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a gourment meal for us lovers of horror fiction

  • By Lee on 02-25-09

Great narration, meh story

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

Love a good monster tail, but this one kinda fell flat. Hooks you in the beginning, but poor plot structure and a lack of focus on any particular protagonist mire the story. The creature was interesting, but who am I supposed to follow here? I thought Jeremy Logan was supposed to be the protagonist, but he is completely passive in the story. Not only is he relegated to observer status, but he is completely forgettable in most scenes he is in, only occasionally participating in conversations. Although he has the last word in the book, he feels like he was tagged onto the story later. As if Child wrote this novel a long time ago, and then inserted Logan into the narrative to build out the Jeremy Logan series of books. A weak entry, at best.

  • Dragon Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Sherri Crichton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,946

The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America's western territories, even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. In much of the country, it is still illegal to espouse evolution. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils while surveilling, deceiving, and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book but technical issues

  • By mikeinLA on 06-07-17

It's Crichton

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

Reviewed: 09-17-17

After struggling through the first quarter of Micro, and finally giving up on it due to its failure to hook or to even feel like a Michael Crichton novel, I was hesitant to start another "discovered" posthumous novel. But this one truly is in Crichton's voice and has his unique style and quirks. But it is vintage Creighton. This is frightening before Jurassic Park. It is a mixture of his great train robbery and timeline style. You can feel his passion and interest for his subject matter, here. And his love of boyhood western adventure. It dragged a little at the three-quarter mark, but it picked up toward the end and had a satisfactory conclusion. If you love Crichton's novels, you will appreciate this. But keep your expectations realistic. I believe this was written before the Andromeda strain, Sphere, and definitely before Jurassic Park, as his wife reveals in the afterward. So the pacing is a little more relaxed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Moby-Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,354

Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Had No Idea Melville Was So Funny

  • By Dave on 05-09-12

Fantastic reader

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

This is a giant slow book read with great drama, clarity, and emotion. The reader performed miracles with this text.

  • I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980

  • I Survived #14
  • By: Lauren Tarshis
  • Narrated by: Sonja Field
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

It was one the most beautiful mountains in America - Mt. St. Helens in Washington State. But what many didn't know was that this peaceful mountain had an explosive past. Eleven-year-old Sally Tanner knew the mountain well, and, like many, she never imagined that this serene wilderness could turn deadly. But on May 10, 1980, Sally finds herself in the middle of the deadliest volcanic eruption in US history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent for pre-teens

  • By CKDexter on 08-30-17

Decent for pre-teens

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

The stories make long drives much more pleasant. And they are educational. Sometimes they are a little heavy on background and slow in action, but this one has a little more action than most.