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  • Memory Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Decent book, bad narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-18-15

Meh. Do I really care how this ends?

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Slow story. McLarty is snoozy as a narrator. I love Orlaugh Cassidy (Who gets no credit in the description) but even her lovely tones can’t enliven the narration.
The story has potential, but unfortunately it just plods along. I lost interest in the characters about half way through and am a breath away from fast forwarding to the end.

  • The Bees

  • A Novel
  • By: Laline Paull
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,208

Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive, where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive's survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw, but her courage and strength are assets. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect nectar and pollen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book of 2014

  • By Em on 12-07-14

Creative and captivating

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

Like Watership Down for the bee world. Pulls you in to the apiary world. You’ll never look at bees the same.
And I always love Orlagh Cassidy as a narrator

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,871
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,229
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,247

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

Great premise

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

I love the concept Eggers was trying to address about the preponderance and insidiousness of the growing reach of technology in our lives. But the story dragged on and the conclusion was less than satisfying.

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  • The Disappeared

  • A Retrieval Artist Novel
  • By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 416

Retrieval Artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a Retrieval Artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All the elements of "stellar" fiction

  • By Tango on 03-28-15

Great premise. Wonderful story.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

More than sci-fi. More than a police procedural. Speaks to a universal story of understanding and interconnectedness.

  • Cinder Fella

  • Prince for a Day
  • By: Kevin Scannell
  • Narrated by: Kevin Scannell, Abigail Scannell
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Cinderella meets Les Miserable (that's if Cinderella was a dude, and Jean Valjean was a young woman). There is great unrest on the island-nation of Fiaba, which just happens to be the Italian word for fairy tale. After successful revolutions in America and France, citizens on the poor side of the island demand change. In an attempt to subdue the revolt, the king offers the princess's hand in marriage to a commoner. It is just a public relations scheme to placate the poor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really wanted to like the story

  • By zorabean on 12-30-14

Really wanted to like the story

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

Reviewed: 12-30-14

What disappointed you about Cinder Fella?

Went against my instincts and ordered a book read by the author. I collect cinderella stories and love alternative takes to the traditional storyline so I gave it a try.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin Scannell and Abigail Scannell ’s performances?

Not by Kevin Scannell. He doesn't have the right inflections. The story would have benefited from a skilled reader with an edited interpretation. Abigail was cute and poised but her voice was too young for the character

Any additional comments?

There is definitely a reason I avoid books read by the author. Unless it is Neil Gaiman it rarely ends well.

  • The Coroner’s Lunch

  • The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 1
  • By: Colin Cotterill
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,051

Laos, 1975: The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else: the rest of the educated class have fled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply Satisfying Listening Experience

  • By Elizabeth on 09-11-11

Really wanted to like the story

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

Reviewed: 07-31-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better reader. The reader is a snore fest with no inflection or cadence to the narrative. I was very interested in the story but kept getting bored with the delivery.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love the eponymous coroner. His dry humor and subversive way of dealing with The Party is charming.

Would you be willing to try another one of Clive Chafer’s performances?

Nope. I'm done with his delivery style.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I DID love the book. I didn't care for how it was delivered. Looks like I'll actually have to read this one myself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful