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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 838
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My least favorite so far

  • By Jeff Koeppen on 10-05-18

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 711
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 648

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?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's a good story, even if the tone is a bit dry.

  • By Michael Hicks on 10-26-18

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.

  • Her Final Breath

  • The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 2
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,765

Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister's killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life. A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspenseful, with an admirable protagonist

  • By The Whole Truth on 10-07-15

An edge of your seat mystery

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

Another exceedingly well-crafted mystery by Dugoni. This one was even better than the first in the series, though I still do highly recommend that one. You don’t need to have read the first to be able to follow this book, but I recommend starting there nonetheless, as it is an excellent book and it gives the reader more insight into what drives Tracy as well as her relationships with other pivotal characters. (There may also be a few spoilers in this book as regards the first one, so reading them out of order might ruin the excitement.)

The audio is well-narrated, with the reader giving unique voices to every character (and there are quite a few). I turned the speed up to 1.25x for perfect narration. The book is so exciting I didn’t want to stop listening and in fact found myself staying up way too late into the night with my headphones plugged into my ears, reluctant to turn it off. This is well worth the Audible credit (as is the first in the series).

  • My Sister's Grave

  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,586

Tracy Crosswhite has spent 20 years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House - a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder - is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite good...

  • By Rebecca on 10-18-15

Well-crafted mystery

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

A well-crafted, complex and gripping mystery. I can honestly say I was surprised by the whodunnit. I would definitely be interested in reading more about Tracy Crosswhite. The audio was nicely narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith. She did a nice job with the various voices, though I did have to turn the speed up to 1.25x to get the right pacing.

  • The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Series, Books 1-3

  • Justice Calling, Murder of Crows, Pack of Lies
  • By: Annie Bellet
  • Narrated by: Folly Blaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 388

This is the omnibus of the first three books in the urban fantasy series Twenty-Sided Sorceress, collected together for the first time in one convenient volume.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most Impressive

  • By Binder38us on 05-04-16

Maybe better in print?

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

This collection of the first three books in the series started off strong but somewhere along the way it started to feel old (for lack of a better word). Maybe it was the narration which I think started off decently and then got weaker and weaker. I’m tempted to try book 4 in print format and see if it is better that way. Jade and Alek’s relationship felt rushed. I didn’t feel the bond or attraction between them. Jade herself was an interesting character with a pretty good attitude. The books were entertaining but overall nothing fantastic and I’m not sure I can recommend them on audio. I ended up turning the narration up to 1.5x speed just to get the cadence of her speech right, but even then, some character voices sounded stilted and not quite right, especially the male voices.

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,610
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,630

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

Entertaining as always

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

David Sedaris does not disappoint with this wonderful collection of poignant yet often hilarious essays about his family, his life at home and on tour. He has a way of inserting humor into even the most serious of topics and yet it works so well for him. Of course, the best way to read Sedaris is actually to LISTEN to him. Once you listen to him read his own work, you’ll never want to “read” him any other way. He is brilliant. A few of the essays in the audiobook version are actually live performances. He shines even brighter when he’s performing live. I have had the pleasure to see him once and it was a fantastic experience. I highly recommend listening to the audiobook version of this book. You won’t be sorry.

  • The Sacrifice

  • By: Elicia Hyder
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

"Hello, Praea." There's only one being on Earth who calls Sloan Jordan by that name - her biological mother, a demon named Kasyade. So why did she answer Sloan’s best friend’s phone? When Sloan reaches Adrianne Marx’s apartment to investigate, she finds evidence of abduction. The reason? Ransom. The price? Sloan’s unborn daughter, the most powerful angel in all of history. But hell can’t rival the fury of an angry mother protecting her child, and until the baby is born, her incredible power is Sloan’s to wield.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please, say it’s not over!

  • By Leigh on 11-09-18

Another entertaining installment

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

This book was a great addition to the series. I thought it was the last one, but now I’m not sure. I see that there is a 6th book from Nathan’s POV but not sure if that continues the story or rehashes what happened in this one. Anyway, this book does finish the story arc and is definitely meant for readers who have read the first four in the series. Once again, very nicely narrated by Brittany Pressley.

  • The Hollow of Fear

  • The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 3
  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761

Under the cover of "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective", Charlotte Holmes puts her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. Aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, Charlotte draws those in need to her and makes it her business to know what other people don't. When the estranged wife of her dear friend Lord Ingram is discovered dead on his estate, all signs point to him as the murderer. With Scotland Yard closing in, Charlotte goes under disguise to find out the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series

  • By Jane on 10-02-18

Fantastic series! Fans should love this one too

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Once again, I can say that I managed to be shocked. No small feat. Brilliant story, writing and audio narration. This is truly a standout series. Well worth the Audible credit.

**Don’t start the series with this book. Start at the beginning. It is well worth it. Much will be lost if you pick the storyline up here.**

  • The Siren

  • By: Elicia Hyder
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347

All the missing victims of North Carolina's deadliest serial killer have been found, all except Rachel Smith. When the FBI produces a photo proving Rachel is alive and well in Texas, one case is closed but another one is opened. Either this is a case of mistaken identity, or there are more people than just Sloan Jordan and Warren Parish who seem to walk the earth without a soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this Series

  • By Lynnz on 10-11-17

Not as exciting as the first but still good

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Not as enthralling as the first book but still enjoyable. It started off really, really slow. I was beginning to doubt anything was going to happen. Stuff happened and questions were answered, which was good, but it was still lacking something. I’m still not loving the love triangle or her choice. Hope that doesn’t drag on too long but after reading the blurb for book 3 and a review or two, looks like it’s going to drag on longer. I really do like the audio narration by Brittany Pressley. Will likely continue with the next in the series when I finish other audios in my “to be read” pile.

  • The Soul Summoner

  • By: Elicia Hyder
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505

Blessed or cursed with a connection to the souls of others, Sloan Jordan can see the best in people...and the worst. With nothing more than a glance at a photograph, she can judge the living from the dead and the good souls from the evil ones. For 27 years she's kept her ability a secret, but 11 young women have been murdered in the mountains of North Carolina, and Sloan may be the only hope of finding their killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Ashlynde on 07-24-17

Great start to series!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I could not put this book down. Not sure if it was actually the story itself or the excellent audio narration by Brittany Pressley, but either way, I was completely drawn in. I really like Sloan and the mystery behind her strange abilities is intriguing. The serial killer mystery is solid. The only thing I did not like was the love triangle. Or maybe it’s not really a love triangle since she does make a choice between guys (and as of the end of this book, I wasn’t happy with her choice). Hopefully the relationship angle will grow on me, but right now, I’m just not feeling it. (Some readers will likely disagree with me.) Other than that, I really really liked it. It’s a promising start to the series.