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  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,420
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,009

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO well done!

  • By Tracey Ellen Frances on 11-05-18

Nicely done

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

This was a lot more serious than I expected, but it was also funny and heartwarming and uplifting. The funny moments outnumbered the serious, and the humor always came at just the right time. The story even managed to surprise me a few times. And I think this it surprised a few audience members, too, as I heard more than one gasp of shock. The production was very nicely done, with wonderful voices and acting. I wish I could have seen it instead of just heard it, because you could tell that it would have been even funnier to see the actors expressions and movements. A very nicely done Audible Original.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Space Force

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer, Emily Woo Zeller, Machelle Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

 

Five years ago, the US Space Force became a reality. And while those writing the checks took things very seriously, the other military branches did not. As a result, Space Force was populated by undesirables: men and women who made too many mistakes, didn't follow the rules, or...slept with the wrong general's daughter. Three times. On camera. It was a mistake, okay? My name is Captain Ethan Stone, a decorated member of SEAL Team Six turned Space Force "recruit". 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Like The Army or Navy But For Space

  • By Cyphers Fallen on 02-27-19

Entertaining and fun

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

You know that fine line between something being silly funny and silly stupid? Well, this book walks that line, sometimes being on one side, sometimes the other. It’s crude, hyper self-aware, and very not PC, but it’s also pretty darn funny (except for those times when it’s stupid, but even then it’s entertaining). The audio version was fun. I preferred Emily Woo Zeller’s narration over Jeffrey Kafer’s (who I think always sounds a bit melodramatic), but both were still good and did a great job with all of the different voices. Overall a fun read.

  • Lucky Suit

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,315

I'm breaking up with setups. No more “you should meet my son, nephew, grandson, the butcher, the guy down the street who mows my lawn.” People mean well, but machines know better, so I'll rely on the great dating algorithms of the web to find my ideal man, thank you very much. Soon enough, it looks like I’ve found him - his screen name is Lucky Suit, and he’s hilarious, quick-witted, and full of heart. But when we finally get together in person, I have the distinct feeling I’ve met him before. Funny enough - he says the same thing about me. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved

  • By Thai on 02-06-19

Didn’t like the narrators

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

Got this Audible Original as one of my free monthly selections. The story is light and cute, but the narration is not good. Neither reader is good at doing different voices of the same sex (opposite sex voices at least sounded different). I got confused when two characters of the same gender were talking because the voices weren’t different enough to distinguish between them. The male narrator was slightly better with this than the female, but he still wasn’t great. Their voices for each of the main characters were fine, but since there are always multiple characters in a book, that’s not quite good enough. Given that, I’d recommend trying the novella in print instead of audio.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Calculating Stars

  • A Lady Astronaut Novel
  • By: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102

On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the East Coast of the US, including Washington, DC. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the Earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space and requires a much-larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s drive to become the first lady astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Super impressed

  • By Mean Jane on 07-27-18

Entertaining alternate history

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I really enjoyed this alternate history story. It’s a world that’s not all that different from our’s. The characters are dealing with the same racism and sexism, the same sense of shame over having anxiety and using medication to help control it. All these issues are set against the burning need to get into space— to build colonies on the moon and Mars— before the Earth becomes uninhabitable due to weather changes after a meterorite hits the planet. In my opinion this is a slower paced novel. It definitely has its moments of tension but I wouldn’t say it’s full of action. Despite that, it’s a compelling and quick read. As a side note, I will say that I wish the author had forgone the “sex” scenes between the main character and her husband. There is nothing too graphic but the descriptions leading up the intimate moments and the sexual euphemisms weren’t necessary. I read plenty of explicit romance novels and am not shy to descriptive scenes, but even those tamer scenes felt awkward and out of place in this book.

The audio narration was good but not great. I’ve listened to Kowal read other books before and have enjoyed her performances a lot, however, I wasn’t as thrilled with her performance on this book. The voice she chose to use for Elma was overly sweet and sounded forced, in my opinion. I’m sure it was a choice based on her polite, sweet Southern Belle proper character, but it was a bit much for me. Her voices for other characters and for the general narration, however, were solid. Not sure yet if I will listen to the next book or read it in print, but I definitely want to keep reading this series.

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,870

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Excellent novella

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

Wow! This was surprisingly excellent. It’s not that I didn’t expect it to be good; I just didn’t think it would be as good as it was. A unique premise (at least to me) and excellent writing had me enthralled. A nice blend of science fiction and mystery. I wish there was another novella with the same characters. (Something that happens in this story opens up the possibility of another. One can only hope.) The audio is narrated very nicely by Zachary Quinto. He does a very good job with the different voices. His pacing is spot on. I didn’t even have to increase the playback speed at all.

  • Sawbones

  • By: Melissa Lenhardt
  • Narrated by: Suehyla El-Attar
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Wrongfully accused of murder, Dr. Catherine Bennett is destined to hang...unless she can disappear. With the untamed territory of Colorado as her most likely refuge, she packs her physician's kit and heads west. But even with a new life and name, a female doctor with a bounty on her head can hide for only so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Yeah!

  • By SydSavvy on 05-04-17

Intense western historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

This was one intense, and at times brutal, book. While the story and characters drew me in and held me captivated, I certainly could have done with a bit less brutality and a bit less of the graphic descriptions of violence. This book definitely pulled at my emotions (though not in a Nicholas Sparks, grab a box of Kleenex kind of way). It was frustrating and heartbreaking yet it was also compelling and interesting.

The audio was nicely narrated, though it might have made the whole experience slightly more intense, as I couldn’t “skim” through the most brutal parts. If I do continue with the series, I may try the next one in print.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

A well-crafted mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Horowitz has written an exceedingly well-crafted mystery using a very unique setup. As mentioned in the blurb, there are definitely parallels between him and Hawthorne and Watson and Holmes, which adds another interesting layer to the book. I didn’t really end up growing to like Hawthorne all that much, but the mystery itself was so complex and well-done, that I still really enjoyed the book. It was, however, a little slow to start for me, but I’m not sure if that was the book itself or the reader of the audio, who was good but not spectacular. His overall narrative voice and the one he used for Hawthorne were certainly strong, but he didn’t do the best job distinguishing between all of the ancillary characters.

  • Solitude

  • Dimension Space, Book 1
  • By: Dean M. Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,269

A mysterious wave of light wipes humanity from the planet, leaving only one person in its wake. After months of desperate isolation, Earth’s last man discovers he’s not alone. The last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela - the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity's disappearance - survive until he does? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What. A. Story.

  • By Brian on 06-16-17

Exciting sci-fi thriller

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

This is an exciting sci-fi thriller and quite the “page turner”. The audiobook is excellently narrated by R.C Bray and Julia Whelan who bring Vaughn Singleton and Angela Brown to life. The last man and last woman on Earth scenario is somewhat predictable but no less exciting and interesting for it. I’m curious to see where Cole takes the story in the sequel. I only hope there is an audio for it because Bray and Whelan added something extra to the story.

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  • Rogue Protocol

  • The Murderbot Diaries, Book 3
  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209

Sci-fi's favorite antisocial AI is back on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah's SecUnit is. And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good. Martha Wells' Rogue Protocol is the third in the Murderbot Diaries series, starring a humanlike android who keeps getting sucked back into adventure after adventure, though it just wants to be left alone, away from humanity and small talk.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Murderbot Keeps On Keeping On

  • By Michael Hicks on 10-19-18

Great series!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I’m just tearing through these novellas because they are so thoroughly enjoyable and addicting. The sense of humor this AI has is endearing. It doesn’t want to give a damn but it can’t help itself. This installment in the series is the least favorite of the three so far, but I still completely enjoyed it. Be sure to read them in order. Once again, wonderfully narrated by Kevin Free. I highly recommend this series.

  • Exit Strategy

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,119

Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah - its former owner (protector? friend?) - submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit. But who's going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue? And what will become of it when it's caught?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New favorite series! Best I've read in YEARS!!!

  • By Jaime on 10-02-18

Great ending to the series!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

This was a fantastic ending to this series of novellas. Normally I’m not a fan of novellas as I feel they just aren’t long enough to develop a character and relationships but this series worked perfectly as connected novellas. I absolutely love the unnamed SEC unit (also known as Murderbot). I love his/her/its (?) sense of humor and personality, especially as portrayed by Kevin Free in the audiobooks. I am excited to hear that a full length novel is being written and that this isn’t the last we will see of Murderbot.