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Poulsbo, WA, United States
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  • Summit

  • A Novel
  • By: Harry Farthing
  • Narrated by: Harry Farthing
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,463

In the autumn of 1938, Germany's reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, is growing frustrated at the British using their regional power in India to block the passage of an SS expedition to Tibet. Determined to spite them, he plots to steal something the British hold dear and have failed for the seventh time that spring to achieve: a first summit of Mount Everest. Seventy years later, seasoned mountain guide Neil Quinn's ninth visit to the top of the world's highest mountain, this time in charge of the 16-year-old son of a Long Island billionaire, begins to unravel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction at its Very Best!

  • By Paula on 08-23-16

Good and evil<br />

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

a great read by the British author adds to this worthwhile novel of heroism in the time of Hitler. A classic story of challenge, conflict and redemption, good vs. evil. Told through 2 story lines, one in 1938-1940, the other in more recent times.

  • Critical Failures

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,683
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,669

Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape. One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Studio...More Please!

  • By M. Maryanow on 02-01-15

Too juvenile.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Scatalogical humor and gratuitous profanity ruined it for me. Apparently aimed at a narrow audience of 14 year old boys.

  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners

  • By: Larry Correia, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,895
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,632

With New Orleans out of control, Chad Oliver Gardenier, one of Monster Hunter International's premier hunters, has been dispatched from Seattle to reinforce the beleaguered members of MHI'S Hoodoo Squad in their fight against the darkness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Humph

  • By Walter W. Chu on 02-23-17

Very Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Some other reviewers have said this is not really boring but not as developed or gripping as the original, I will go a bit further and say boring and unimaginative. Oh, don't get me wrong, the sheer numbers and variety of monsters is impressive, but the story is without significant plot, character development or tension. Its a sophomoric effort. Hundreds of people killed by dozens of different kinds of monsters and its all covered up with a simple blurb in a local newspaper, written off to hysteria or drug wars, Pleeeeease! This series asks us not just to suspend belief (as is fair for any fantasy story) but to also to suspend thinking entirely and lower your level of sophistication to that of a 14 year old. Very disappointing.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Authorities

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,476
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,470

Sinclair Rutherford is a young Seattle cop with a taste for the finer things. Doing menial tasks and getting hassled by superiors he doesn't respect are definitely not "finer things". Good police work and bad luck lead him to crack a case that changes quickly from a career-making break into a high-profile humiliation when footage of his pursuit of the suspect - wildly inappropriate murder weapon in hand - becomes an Internet sensation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun book by Scott Meyer

  • By Matt on 11-04-17

Great start to what I hope is a new series

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Very creative, fun and easy listen. Imagine Elon Musk meets law and order. A new squad of crime solvers put together by a billionaire. A quirky group, brilliant, odd, funny and satisfying.

  • The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110

The town psychiatrist has decided to switch everybody in Pine Cove, California, from their normal antidepressants to placebos, so naturally - well, to be accurate, artificially - business is booming at the local blues bar. Trouble is, those lonely slide-guitar notes have also attracted a colossal sea beast named Steve with, shall we say, a thing for explosive oil tanker trucks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very funny, but perhaps not for everyone

  • By Chris Robbins on 07-19-10

Standard Christopher Moore Fare, top notch

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Zany characters, funny dialog, hints of social comment without offending, this is what I expect from Christopher Moore and he successfully delivers. Whats not to like about a stoned local cop, a crazy B movie actress, saucy old bar owner, crooked sheriff, prescription happy mental health therapist and pharmacist, an insecure biologist, a town in the throws of sexual urgency, oh, and a 100' creature from the ocean.

  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,046
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,866

It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Dangerous Gamble

  • By John on 03-21-14

Among the most reliable good authors in my library

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Once again I am taken back to the period known as "The Troubles" in Ireland and am reminded of the Intense violence, stress and anxiety that was part of that time. I personally really enjoy the authentic Irish brogue Gerald Doyle brings to the book. Another journey into the police vs. IRA, the north vs. south, British vs. Irish rule, Catholic vs. Protestant and the personal toll it took. Imagine being a police officer and having to check under your car each morning to be sure no one planted a bomb under it, or entering a city that held constant threats to your well being. Wrapped in a mystery these books offer very colorful description of the Troubles.

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,514

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Improves on American Gods

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

This book is a backstory of one of the characters introduced in American Gods, so it is helpful to have read that book but in no way a requirement. Short of a little background I think it stands on its own fairly well. The narration is great and the humor and story line combine for an interesting and original tale. The story captures the British humor Gaiman often shows in his work along with the sing song, proverbial nature of the main characters of African descent. It is the humor that raises this book above American Gods, in my eyes, or ears.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,079

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Almost great

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

First let me recommend one of the follow ups to this novel, "The Anansi Boys" which takes a thread from this novel and details it in a much lighter more captivating manner. After reading this book I was left wondering what I was supposed to think, rather than having a strong like or dislike for it. Am I supposed to understand that America has created its own gods that are less relevant or important than ancient gods? Or should I think that all gods are equal, should I be offended that the writer thinks Americans are shallow, blind? I don't think any of these things are true. Every country I have lived in and visited is filled with sophisticates and dullards, workers and users, kind hearted and shiftless, god fearing and pragmatically scientific. The story was too jerky to feel comfortable to me and held just a hint of elitism that was off putting. I suspect the fact that I missed the overall point, if there was one, is indication that I was not Gaiman's target, but I still enjoy many of his other works.

  • Locker Nine

  • A Novel of Societal Collapse
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212

Grace Hardwick's dad is a science fiction writer who makes his living destroying the world. When Grace decides to go away for her first year of college her dad, Robert, can't help but think of all of the potential ways that society could collapse and strand his daughter hundreds of miles from home. Then, near the end of her freshman year, it happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, very real, and right now.

  • By Mark on 10-18-16

So hard to write a great prepper book

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

This was a 3.5 and after many reviews I really would like to see audible make it a 10 point rating, some lesser books, like this, are worth the read but just not up to the 4 star stuff.
I really enjoyed the first part of the book, young girl in peril, smart and lucky enough to have been acquainted with the outdoors and survival. The second half of the book, more intense but somehow less satisfying. It was filled with action sequences but they didn't delve enough into what some the characters were thinking, the action didn't flow well.

The narrator, Kevin Pierce , was not bad, but not good enough to really draw you into the story. A little more emotion during action scenes, a little better differentiation of voices would help along with a more appropriate voice for the antagonist.

Overall I would give it 3.5 and I may read book 2 depending on reviews I read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sniper Elite: One Way Trip

  • A Novel
  • By: Scott McEwen, Thomas Koloniar
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394

The President of the United States can’t decide how to respond to a classified video showing the Taliban’s brutal treatment of their captive - a female helicopter pilot of the Army’s elite Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Afraid that a botched rescue will further destabilize foreign policy and end his presidency, the Commander-in-Chief falters. But when the Special Ops community learns that one of their own is being tortured and will almost certainly be killed, no executive order will stop them from attempting a rescue mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I NEED A CIGARETTE!

  • By David on 07-30-13

Lots of action, storyline pushes credibility

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

good time overall action ride. not enough angst to compare with the best military thrillers and the protagonists crossed so far over the reality line it lost my attention part way through.