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Lindsey Soliday

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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70,031
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65,736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,602

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

A Handmaid's Tale with Robots

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

Less than an hour in and already disappointed. This could have been a really fun, intriguing story, but the author seems to be more interested in bashing right wing politics and Christianity. Some ring wing religious extremists have taken over the world and made their own version of the Republic of Gilead, here called FAITH. FAITH is totalitarian and communication/information is strictly controlled. The only difference is that the "handmaids" are people who have been cryogenically preserved and for some reason this ring wing totalitarian religious government has stripped cryogenically preserved people of their human rights and apparently sold them into slavery.
If that's your cup of tea, power to you.
As for me, all the right wing Christian bashing got really old really fast. Returning at earliest convenience.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Demon Next Door

  • By: Bryan Burrough
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,961
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17,085
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17,021

Best-selling author Bryan Burrough recently made a shocking discovery: The small town of Temple, Texas, where he had grown up, had harbored a dark secret. One of his high school classmates, Danny Corwin, was a vicious serial killer. In this chilling tale, Burrough raises important questions of whether serial killers can be recognized before they kill or rehabilitated after they do. It is also a story of Texas politics and power that led the good citizens of the town of Temple to enable a demon who was their worst nightmare.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Odd narration choice

  • By Amanda Fredericks on 03-08-19

Not sure how I feel about the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

The story is intriguing, a murderer who is largely unknown and all but forgotten. I Googled him and the one and only website that mentions anything about the case, a few minutes before the writer mentioned said same website (that was a weird coincidence). Not sure how I feel about the narrator. He seemed a little too enthusiastic for the subject matter.

78 of 87 people found this review helpful

  • When Death Becomes Life

  • Notes from a Transplant Surgeon
  • By: Joshua D. Mezrich
  • Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52

At the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Joshua Mezrich creates life from loss, transplanting organs from one body to another. In this intimate, profoundly moving work, he illuminates the extraordinary field of transplantation that enables this kind of miracle to happen every day. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Memoir and history, beautifully written

  • By Bonny on 01-22-19

Excellent! Very Informative!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I started reading this book the day after my stepmom had a double-lung transplant, and I found it really helpful and informative. In several chapters, he talks about the organ procurement stage and prepping patients and it really helped me understand all the things happening in the background that we weren't aware of while waiting (for the better part of 13 hours) for my stepmom's new lungs to arrive. It all happened so fast that none of us had time to process what was going, but reading this book really helped me process everything, and it gave me a deeper appreciation for the art and miraculousness of organ transplantation. Dr. Mezrich gives his narrative the same attention to detail as his surgery patients. He brings a sense of humor to his work, admits his shortcomings, and explains how each of his cases has helped him to grow as a surgeon. He also provided an excellent account of the fascinating history behind varioud types of organ transplantation. And while he describes the surgeries in detail, at no time did it feel gratuitous and it never made me feel squeamish. I highly recommend this book!

  • 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 4,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,331

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

...What?

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Let me start by saying the voice cast is phenomenal! And I've read other works by Neil Gaiman and really enjoyed them. But for some reason I had a lot of trouble getting into this one. Maybe it's because I'm not familiar with the story, but it took me forever to figure out who was who and what was going on.

  • Ancient Civilizations of North America

  • By: Edwin Barnhart, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edwin Barnhart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118

For the past few hundred years, most of what we’ve been taught about the native cultures of North America came from reports authored by the conquerors and colonizers who destroyed them. Now - with the technological advances of modern archaeology and a new perspective on world history - we are finally able to piece together their compelling true stories. In Ancient Civilizations of North America, Professor Edwin Barnhart, Director of the Maya Exploration Center, will open your eyes to a fascinating world you never knew existed - even though you’ve been living right next to it, or even on top of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different perspective - civilizations not tribes

  • By Steve Goppert on 07-26-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

This course was a lot of fun, especially since I live in the southwest and have had the chance to visit quite a few of the sites discussed in those particular lectures. Gave me a deeper understanding about my local history as well as for Native American history across the country.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Greyhound

  • By: Steffan Piper
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251

Sebastien Ranes’s single mom and her feckless boyfriend can’t be bothered to take care of a stuttering 12-year-old. Banished to live with his grandmother on the far side of the country, the boy can barely understand a bus schedule when he gets dumped at the Greyhound station in Stockton, California. Given $35 and a one-way ticket to Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sebastien must cross the country - alone, without a clue how to fend for himself. Filled with youthful anger and naïveté, Sebastien heads out into the "Morning in America" of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warm Story of Fragility and Friendship

  • By Gillian on 06-29-16

Pleasantly Surprised

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I've listened to a few other books read by this narrator and couldn't stand him, so I was a little nervous to give this a try but it was on sale and the premise sounded interesting so I was like, "What the heck?" I was pleasantly surprised by the narrator's excellent performance of this book. And the story was intriguing and heart-wrenching and beautiful. Would highly recommend!

  • One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

The dentist was found with a blackened hole below his right temple. A pistol lay on the floor near his out flung right hand. Later, one of his patients was found dead from a lethal dose of local anaesthetic. A clear case of murder and suicide. But why would a dentist commit a crime in the middle of a busy day of appointments? A shoe buckle holds the key to the mystery. Now - in the words of the rhyme - can Poirot pick up the sticks and lay them straight?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does Agatha ever disappoint?

  • By Anastasia on 12-20-14

Another Excellent Poirot!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

This is another excellent Poirot mystery, masterfully written by Agatha Christie and expertly preformed by Hugh Fraser. Excellent in every way! Highly recommend!

  • The Broken Girls

  • By: Simone St. James
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,869

Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants - the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it's located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming - until one of them mysteriously disappears.... Vermont, 2014. As much as she's tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding in Every Way!

  • By Alexis on 03-21-18

But then there wss a ghost

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

I had the same thoughts about Stephen King's IT as I do about this book: It was a good story...but then there was a ghost.
I apparently missed the part about this being a ghost story and made the mistake of listening to it during a graveyard shift. If you work overnight, don't listen to this at work.
Writing isn't particularly special, but parts of the story were intriguing and keep me reading. The subplot about the girl who survived a concentration camp was particularly interesting (but I'm a WW2 history nut). I'm not a huge fan of ghost stories, but the author tied it into the story well towards the end. Narrator was good.

  • Infernal Devices

  • Mortal Engines, Book 3
  • By: Philip Reeve
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138

The mighty engines of Anchorage have been rusted and dead for years. The derelict city no longer roams the Ice Wastes, but has settled on the edge of the land that was once America. Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw are happy in the safety of a static settlement, but their daughter, Wren, is desperate for adventure. When a dangerously charming submarine pirate offers her a chance to escape, Wren doesn't think twice about leaving her home and her parents behind. But the pirate wants something in return - Wren must steal the mysterious Tin Book.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible in the best way

  • By Nancy D. on 01-08-18

Ooof! That Ending!

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

Another fun chapter in the Mortal Engines series. But, ooof! That ending! My heart still hurts. So glad there's a Book 4, because I really need to know what happens next.

  • The Wizards of Once

  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280

Once there were Wizards, who were Magic, and Warriors, who were not. But Xar, son of the King of Wizards, can't cast a single spell. And Wish, daughter of the Warrior Queen, has a banned magical object of her own. When they collide in the wildwood, on the trail of a deadly witch, it's the start of a grand adventure that just might change the fabric of their worlds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Teresa on 11-03-17

Great Fun!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Great Cressida Cowell/David Tennant collaboration, as always! Lots of fun! Very relieved there will be more books in this series because I absolutely love these characters!