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  • Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 1

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450

Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science-fiction and fantasy works. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near-future scenario: a new American Civil War. The American Empire has grown too fast, the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point, and the war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good pace, weak premise

  • By Andrea on 01-01-07

Not my favorite OSC, but my favorite in a while

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

Loved the premise. The narration made it 5 stars for me. Stefan Rudnicki is my favorite narrator of all time.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,938
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34,829

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

I NEVER write reviews but...

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

I never write reviews but in this case I absolutely couldn't resist. What an amazing book! The characters were rich and well-developed, the storyline was engaging and enigmatic and had me on the edge of my seat! The ending was no disappointment which was good since the entire book had me hungry for the ending. Amazing read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,858

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel to the book; not the movie

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-28-13

King at his best

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

This book was not as scary as some other King classics, but it was so damn good! The narrator was outstanding - every single character had a distinct voice and the creepy parts were even creepier because of the raspy, harsh, whispering voice the narrator used. A must listen.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Defense

  • By: Marcia Clark
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,422

Samantha Brinkman, an ambitious, hard-charging Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, is struggling to make a name for herself and to drag her fledgling practice into the big leagues. Sam lands a high-profile double-murder case in which one of the victims is a beloved TV star - and the defendant is a decorated veteran LAPD detective. It promises to be exactly the kind of media sensation that would establish her as a heavy hitter in the world of criminal law.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Middling Legal Drama by Famous Prosecutor

  • By Dubi on 10-06-16

Unsatisfying

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

I kept waiting for it to get interesting.... It never did. Confusing, disjointed, boring.

  • Huntress Moon

  • By: Alexandra Sokoloff
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,775

FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is closing in on a bust of a major criminal organization in San Francisco when he witnesses an undercover member of his team killed right in front of him on a busy street, an accident Roarke can't believe is coincidental. His suspicions put him on the trail of a mysterious young woman who appears to have been present at each scene of a years-long string of accidents and murders, and who may well be that most rare of killers: a female serial.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent FBI Crime/Serial Killer Novel

  • By Patricia on 06-29-14

Great! Thoroughly enjoyed this.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

Not going to continue the series though. Didn't suck me in that much to want to stay in that world.

  • Treason

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,347

Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft. But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entirely enjoyable

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 11-12-09

I love Orson Scott Card but....

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

This book was disjointed and hard to follow. It seemed like a collection of short stories all mashed together into one novel. I usually love everything Orson Scott Card writes but I did not enjoy this particular book. I've read dozens of his books, even his Stone Tablets, and loved them all. This is the first one I haven't loved.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,026
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,979

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

Anticlimactic, disappointed

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

Reviewed: 11-19-15

Started out really promising, then tanked. No real climax, far too many loose ends. Not enough character development. Also several technical glitches.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157,763
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145,585
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 145,430

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Original, engaging, brilliant

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

Reviewed: 09-12-15

A must have for your collection. Phenomenal. Wonderfully surprising, deeply human and introspective. Loved it.

  • Shadow of the Hegemon

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,356

Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, poor transfer

  • By Michael Kowalski on 09-24-08

Great Story, Terrible Production

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

I love the Enders books, this one is no exception; however, the production was terrible and took away from the story. Too much music for one thing, and every so often you get a word or phrase dubbed in by a completely different voice... such a terrific book deserves a much better presentation. Glad it cost me a credit instead of 35 bucks.