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  • Partials

  • Partials, Book 1
  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,808

The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials - engineered organic beings identical to humans - has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action! Romance! Science!

  • By Tabitha on 07-21-12

Long winded. Decent overall stories

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I loved Dan Wells book Zero G and jumped into the Partials immediately. I was a little disappointed though - Partials isn't a bad story at all. However, it drafs in places with extra, unnecessary details about tiny things. Compared to Zero G, this book plods along and getting to the point where some key information is imparted takes forever. All that being said, I can actually see this becoming a movie.

  • Mortal Engines

  • Mortal Engines, Book 1
  • By: Philip Reeve
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,098

Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities! Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon, London will feed. In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage - and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Creative but hard to stay engaged in

  • By Karissa Eckert on 11-26-17

Fine for a road trip, but not compelling

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

I wanted to love this, but in the end I am not going to continue the series. The narrator was very good and I would listen to another book narrated by Barnaby Edwards. He managed to distinguish each character and keep them easily identifiable by the listener.

The world building here is somewhat unique, but Dr Who has done the mobile super cities in a couple of episodes dating way back and relatively recently. That's fine, but the tv show versions were easier to grasp the concept of and the reasons why they exist. The plot here is pretty simple and easy to get ahead of. I liked this book, but that's all.

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  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,348

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Clever, fun and unique

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

I'm surprised by just how much I loved this short story. The Audible Originals with full casts and background sounds are quickly becoming my favorite way to experience a book. The narrator and backup voices are really well done here and I will definitely look for Emily Zeller again with other books.

The story is clever and moves along at a fast clip. I love the way Zero improvises weapons and defense plans with whatever he can scrounge up. The dialogue is not mature, but fits the way kids think and communicate. I liked Zero G enough that I just bought another book by this author whom I had never heard of before.

  • Magic Triumphs

  • Kate Daniels, Book 10
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,699

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She's made friends and enemies. She's found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be. Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything we hoped for...

  • By IreneMBBT on 08-28-18

Fitting end of the series

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

We've watched Kate grow up and into her powers for years. We've rooted for her as she rescued Grendel, Julie and countless others and was rescued by Currin's love. This final book gives us action, humor and adventure the fans can cheer and savor. They brought out a new bad guy who is full of surprises and slippery twists. I'm glad to see some loose ends tied up and some security brought to their world and new friends made - this was a fitting end to an outstanding series.

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,311
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,322

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

Deliciously creepy

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This is just a short story, but it feels like a book. The story is creepy without any more or overt violence. Scott Brick does his usual excellent job breathing life into the tale.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,708
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,568
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,493

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

No chemistry, tedious and I couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I thought this might revive the chemistry between the actors from the show and give us some fun new tales. Nope. The acting was phoned in and very much sounded and felt like they were just reading the script. Some of the Audible originals are fantastic. This just wasn't one of them. I ended up stopping about a quarter of the way through and deleted it.

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  • Maisie Dobbs

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Rita Barrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,404

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful discovery

  • By Lori on 08-07-09

Wholesome mystery without graphic violence.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I have to admit that Maisie Dobbs is a departure from my usual reading choices. This is not a modern style mystery full of graphic violence, sex or extremes of any type. It's a tale of quiet mystery and thoughtful movements through a very different time and place. The setting is the same time period of Downton Abbey if you enjoyed that and the little details are well thought out and noted throughout.

There are some slow spots, but on the whole, this story moves along and is quite interesting. The narrator has a lovely English accent and a soothing voice that matches the pace perfectly. If you're looking for action and nail biting thrills, this isn't going to be your book. However, as a wholesome respite between the zombie tales and what not, this is a really nice palate cleanser.

  • Zombie Road II

  • Bloodbath on the Blacktop
  • By: David A. Simpson
  • Narrated by: Eric A. Shelman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436

The people that tried to kill the world almost succeeded. They were fiendishly clever but they didn't take into account the vets, the truckers, and the two-fisted fighters who didn't know how to give up. Gunny and his band of survivors continue their journey along the Zombie Road, saving as many as they can along the way. They power through the undead hordes with their modified semi-trucks to beat the ticking clock of nuclear meltdowns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT ADVENTURES IN ZOMBIE LAND!

  • By Tracy P. on 08-01-18

Fun, common sense choices

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I am really enjoying this series through Audible - the audio version is a lot of fun in the truck. This book picks up exactly where book one stopped and moves forward at a realistic pace. The issue of Lacey being stuck in the office building in Atlanta is addressed and Jesse with his teen friends find themselves with some new problems.

The group setting up a town in Lakota is structured well and the set up there doesn't scream fantasy only. The author has thought about stuff and it shows. I do appreciate the addition of the trains in this story - it's something that I haven't read before in a zombie tale and it's a cool change.

For those bemoaning the author's choice of enemies, well, it's his story to tell and you can always write your own and set it up with any politically correct bad guys you feel comfortable using. I for one, think this series is lots of fun.

  • American Pharoah

  • The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
  • By: Joe Drape
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,498
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,181

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't buy it, free download

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-14-18

Lovely story about the horse, too many people

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I didn't love the narrator here, but he wasn't terrible either, just a little bit monotonous here and there. I felt like some sections of the story called for more emotion than he had to offer.

The overall story about American Pharoah and his blood lines, his weanling and yearling years was well done and set the tone for his upcoming gallop into history. The in-depth background information on the owner and his financial shenanigans was just more than I wanted to know - I actually found all of those people distasteful and somehow not worthy of this amazing colt. The real deal horse people - the groom's, riders, jockeys, and trainers and how they thought, interacted with and believed in American Pharoah, that's where the real story was. I'm glad I listened to this book.

  • Zombie Road

  • Convoy of Carnage
  • By: David A. Simpson
  • Narrated by: Eric A. Shelman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564

After decades of planning, the contagion was unleashed, and overnight hundreds of millions died and came back as rampaging, undead monsters. The living that had been lucky enough to survive the first day of carnage, lucky enough to be in the right place, and lucky enough that some of them had the skills to survive soon found out there was much more to worry about than just zombies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well that was a suprise!

  • By Scott on 08-12-17

Fun, Fast, Politically Incorrect Goodness

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

The narrator here is new to me and I will say that I it took me a while to get used to his cadence and patterns. He's a little slow moving for genre, but as the book moves forward, things settle into a reasonable rythm.

I love a good Zombie outbreak tale and the early days survival struggles as things get going. This book has a few things that are different from the usual Zombie story right from the start that make it interesting. We're dealing with cross country truckers and their equipment. Very nice change of pace. These aren't a bunch of preppers with arsenals stashed in the secret basement room just waiting on the apocalypse - they're just a group of folks at work when it happens. Additionally I liked the idea of the bad guys causing the apocalypse being portrayed as this generation's current bad guys in real life. Folks focused on whether or not the book is politically correct or not have missed the entire point. It's about the element that's declared and literally acted out war upon us in a variety of ways for over a decade being portrayed as the bad guys in a fictional story about.... ZOMBIES. I am ok with this.

However, I will say that I could have done with fewer over the top, silly nicknames for a lot of the characters - Stabby, Firecracker, etc etc etc. Come on. I know a number of actual truckers and most are legit former military vets, but none use CB handle type nicknames in real life. There are a few other plot issues that bothered me a bit, but I'm assuming they will be addressed in book two. Which I started listening to this morning.

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