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  • Life Expectancy

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743

Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the first and last time since his stroke.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New life for Koontz

  • By MarDin on 09-05-05

A Minus

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-05

This is without question the most awful book I have ever tried to listen to. It was so badly written that I quit in mid-book. I wish I could rate this book with a minus.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil in the White City

  • Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,890

In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to stop listening

  • By Michael on 05-26-12

Four Stars

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-04

Seldom does an Audible choice provide such a complete package: great writing, outstanding reader, and a story based on real events that reads like fiction. Larson brings characters from the Gilded Age to life. They'd all - even Holmes! - be very pleased with Larson's "resurrection." Four stars.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Falls

  • By: Joyce Carol Oates
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

A man climbs over the railings and plunges into Niagara Falls. A newlywed, he has left behind his wife, Ariah Erskine, in the honeymoon suite the morning after their wedding. "The Widow Bride of The Falls", as Ariah comes to be known, begins a relentless, seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clean Out Your Ears

  • By Harry I. Shuman on 07-26-05

Oates at her other-worldly best

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-04

This master story teller has fashioned a plot that is frightening in its intensity; shocking with its twists and turns - and peopled it with characters who are as dark, brooding and unpredictable as the Falls are wild, chaotic and life-threatening. A strange, lovely, don't-let-it-end kind of book: Oates at her other-worldly best.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Airframe

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Frances Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267

Airframe is nonstop Crichton: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton hallmark since The Andromeda Strain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Try it, you'll like it.

  • By Robert Solomon on 04-04-03

Don't waste your time

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-03

I selected this book after listening to "Prey" thinking that another book by Crichton would also be suspenseful and well-written. Big mistake. This is a terrible book. To add insult to injury, the narrator is lousy. To preserve his reputation, Crichton should remove this book from distribution. I'm sorry I wasted my money and my time. I wish I could give this book a zero.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Prey

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,023
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,043

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive. It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour. Every attempt to destroy it has failed. And we are the prey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but picks up lots of momentum

  • By Michael Kellogg on 05-06-05

Terrifying

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-03

As a rule, I'm not a big Crichton fan. This book changed my mind. Well written. Well researched. Terrific plot of a terrifying possibility. The icing on the Crichton cake? The book's narrator. Why can't every book have such a perfect reader?

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Memoirs of a Geisha

  • By: Arthur Golden
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,662

In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Linda on 02-01-03

A Masterpiece

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-03

Plot. Writing. A strange culture brought to life. Page after page of poetic storytelling. This book has it all. The characters rise from the page to live with you throughout the entire book and linger in your thoughts long after the book is finished. I have only one complaint: that the book had to end.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful