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  • Warbound

  • Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,778
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,318

Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started Strong-Finished Strong

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-07-13

All talk no action

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

It would appear the author is getting paid by the word and Brother can you ever tell. The closest this book gets to action by chapter 14 is talking about the action in the previous book. That may have gotten better by chapter 15 but by then I really didn't care
I've never had to do this before, but I'm tossing this one

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beggars in Spain

  • By: Nancy Kress
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 242

In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent, and one of a growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep. Once considered interesting anomalies, now Leisha and the other "Sleepless" are outcasts, victims of blind hatred, political repression, and shocking mob violence meant to drive them from human society and, ultimately, from Earth itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly Surprised

  • By CB on 09-23-09

Loose no sleep over this one

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

Reviewed: 11-15-11

Rapidly degenerated into a sea of aimless names (they could not be called characters) bobbing in and out of the story at random - an anonymous photo album - notable for its absolute lack of action - a monolog on the family tree all the way to the droning, sleepy end.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Hunger Games

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,539

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. Absolutely grating narrator.

  • By tcp100 on 12-27-11

Makes you hunger for more

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-11

Far more sophisticated than it's detractors realize, crafted to do just exactly what it does - engage hold and entertain. All the wonder I felt reading as a child found here again. As simply sumptuous as any I have ever read, ever.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The World of O. Henry

  • By: O. Henry
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Entertaining, sly, or poignant, the stories of O. Henry were - and remain - enormously popular. This collection, read by Frank Muller, contains the stories "The Gift of the Magi," "The Skylight Room," "The Cop and the Anthem," "The Last Leaf," "The Pimienta Pancakes," "The Furnished Room," "Whistling Dick's Christmas Stocking," "The Sleuths," "The Passing of Black Eagle," "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog," and more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Abysmal quality, superb literature

  • By Manasi on 02-11-07

Simply masterful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-11

Good, Simple, Fantastic. Sentences like plays, The best case of the short story ever written, even to this very day.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Startide Rising

  • The Uplift Saga, Book 2
  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 416

When Streaker - the first starship designed and crewed by dolphins - discovers a derelict ancient armada with evidence of the first sentient species ever, she sets off a war between dozens of galactic races eager to use the information for their own advancement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Getting Better

  • By Andrew on 10-23-08

Hardly uplifting

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-11

Perhaps I am spoiled, I crave imagery and plot. This has none of the former and precious little of the latter. The reader does what he can to rescue this unconvincing tome, but after all, a short story remains a short story, no matter how much landfill you pump in between the pages.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Accountant's Story

  • Inside the Violent World of the Medellín Cartel
  • By: Roberto Escobar
  • Narrated by: Ruben Diaz
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

In short, this is Pablo Escobar's story in the words of one of his closest confidants, his brother Roberto. It's all here - the brutal violence inside the world of the drug cartel, dealing with American drug forces and the CIA, the problems the Escobars faced when going up against the Colombian mafia, even Pablo's moments of kindness and compassion. As Roberto points out, although many people view Escobar as a monster, thousands still visit his grave every year to mourn him, and revere him as a savior.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • get the unabridged version

  • By Erwin on 08-13-09

an unfortunate purchase

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-09

I regret contributing to the authors income. There is very little for the listener here unless it is a clear view of grasping self preoccupation and self delusion. The book is shot through with the same unrepentant rationalizations and finger-pointing recriminations that seem to naturally flow from degenerates and sociopaths throughout history. The author never apologizes, never reflects on his actions except to brag and in the end the accountant never accounts for his own actions.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Canon

  • A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
  • By: Natalie Angier
  • Narrated by: Nike Doukas
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Buckle up for a joy ride through physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. Drawing on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists and her own work as an award-winning science writer, Natalie Angier does the impossible: she makes science fascinating and seriously fun, even for those of us who, in Angier's words, "still can't tell the difference between a proton, a photon, and a moron".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Science Booster Shot

  • By AKsmitty on 02-17-08

A Breath of Fresh Ear

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-09

The sensuous combination of the narrator, the narrative and the authors shamelessly sunny sWordplay serves up science like Dear Abbey serving a slice of warm apple pie. Gratifying, edifying and yes, absurdly entertaining. The authors Asimovian hand sweeps across the panorama of science, and lingers just long enough to elicit the oohs of fireworks and the ah ha of understanding.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Uprising

  • An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington
  • By: David Sirota
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Job outsourcing. Perpetual busy signals at government agencies. Slashed paychecks. Stolen elections. A war without end, fatally mismanaged. Ordinary Americans on both the Right and Left have had it with Washington politicians who belong to what David Sirota calls "the Money Party" and are organizing to change the status quo.

In his new book, Sirota investigates whether this uprising can be transformed into a unified political movement. Irreverent, insightful, and invigorating, The Uprising is an adventure that shows how the governed have stopped consenting and started taking action.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Tiresome

  • By Mike on 12-10-08

Tiresome

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-08

So many words, so few thoughts. Yawn inspiring and the narrators colorless reading does not help. Maybe it gets better at some point but I must admit I could not endure the entire 7 hours.

3 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Berserker Fury

  • By: Fred Saberhagen
  • Narrated by: Paul M. Garcia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Before George Lucas's Death Star, before Star Trek's Doomsday Machine, came the Berserkers, intelligent, space-faring killing machines whose sole purpose is to destroy all life. The Berserkers have developed a new trick: Berserker units that can pass for human-created androids. They're gambling on the advantage this gives them and massing for an all-out attack on human-held space.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical Berserker book...

  • By Robert on 04-06-10

Tedious

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-08

Two pages of transparent plot smeared over a mountain of senseless description. A thinly disguised WWII documentary reworked as science fiction. A long long tiring monotonic listen.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful