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J. T. Carter

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  • The Cement Garden

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64

One of the world's most acclaimed novelists, New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan has earned the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. After their parents die, four children are left alone in the family house. They are free to live however they choose, but they must preserve their terrible secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • (Almost) unbearably dark

  • By Zoe Brookes on 10-01-04

A little naughty - but good story

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

I thought the book was probably pretty close to what would actually happen if similar decisions were made by suddenly orphaned children living alone - at least most of it. Narrator was top notch.
~ JTC ~

  • When the Air Hits Your Brain

  • Tales from Neurosurgery
  • By: Frank T Vertosick Jr. MD
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,624

With poignant insight and humor, Frank Vertosick, Jr., MD, describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, including a six-week-old infant with a tumor in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, and a minister with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of Vertosick's patients and unsparing-yet-fascinatingly detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, When the Air Hits Your Brain illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sensitive and Enlightening

  • By Largactil on 02-03-17

Refreshing Peek Behind the Scenes!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I really enjoyed hearing about the learning.experience of this neurosurgeon's and the sometimes terrifying and sometimes touching stories behind some of his more memorable cases and patients. Not boring at all and even though it has many medical terms, it is not difficult to follow and really is not very necessary to remember since the context of specific terms are woven into the story so that you can picture it. Nice job! ~ JTC ~

  • The Changing Lives of Joe Hart

  • By: Shawn Inmon
  • Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Before Joe Hart can stop the murder of John Lennon, he must die himself. When Joe Hart dies after leading a wasted life, he chooses to use his second chance to make the world better. Even when he thinks he knows what is coming, changing the past is difficult. What would you do, if you could do it all again?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite in the series.

  • By SK1 on 12-20-18

Time Travel Masterpiece #6

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

I love this series! even though the types of events, people, places are typical across the country (except for the actual rebirth/reincarnation-like event itself), these books do not get boring at all. I like that almost everything (except as previously mentioned) is believable. The author makes you care about the characters - even those that need more "time" to learn how to be people you want to care about. I also like how the various characters from different books in the series cross paths from time to time and share nuggets of wisdom.

I'm so excited about the next book about Scott from this book. ~ JTC ~

  • Commune: Book Three

  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,997
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898

Having been bolstered with the supplies sufficient to carry them through the winter, the survivors of the Jackson commune must now hunker down and endure the bitter Wyoming snows, while to the south, factions are beginning to form, coalescing from the ashes of the dead world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best series in sci-fi for great characters.

  • By TK2.0 on 11-19-18

Best One Yet! More!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

The story and cast of characters that continue in this third installment are on their own level when compared to just about every other post apocalyptic series. The people have heart and you will care about them and their struggles.

R.C. Bray is an amazing narrator. I think he was born to narrate audiobooks. He doesn't just narrate - he elevates the experience. He gives a unique voice personality to the characters the author has created.

I can hardly wait for the finale! ~ JTC ~

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  • Mavericks

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,081
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,337

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Trouble on Paradise pt. II

  • By Kurtis Karr on 09-27-18

MORE! MORE! MORE!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I enjoyed this book a lot. I thought the separate but eventually merging stories between the two groups was well done. Please never stop this series!
~ JTC ~

  • The Listener

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,667

It's 1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and breadlines grew in many American cities. In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small-time confidence scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New Orleans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Fried Horror Done Right

  • By Ila in Maine on 03-05-18

: - ( Sad This Book Ended!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Few stories touch the soul as deep as this one did me. It is now in my top ten all time favorites.

Great characters - you will care for them and wish you could step into the story to encourage Curtis.

Great story - you will cancel appointments, call in sick, sacrifice sleep and avoid horizontal nude activities in order to remain in the rhythm of the story.

Great narration - you will form a mental picture that will accompany the book's characters descriptions based on the unique (but NOT over the top) accent and tone of this master narrator.

You will enjoy this work of art immensely! I sure did!

~JTC~

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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,424

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By LadyReadsAlot on 06-04-18

~ Should Be Required Reading!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I suspect some reviewers quit listening when the author bumped up against a topic too close to home. Not all topics were comfortable for me to hear either. *BUT* I found that the author revisited those difficult statements later in the book, revealing that he is indeed understanding and not without his own hardships to draw from as experience. His words are like that of an extremely wise mentor who is not afraid to speak truth.

He quite thoroughly shreds the justification for most excuses, while still displaying understanding for the hardship or circumstances that may have lead to the addressed feeling, result, etc.

I found the book refreshing! I will be listening to it multiple times.

When you hear a part that is all too real, don't stop listening. The book needs to be taken in full context. ~JTC~

  • Swan Song

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 34 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,826

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply an Amazing Story

  • By Amanda H. on 06-21-12

Amazing Story!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

This is now one of my favorite books. Reminded me of Stephen King's "The Stand" in many ways, but is still completely original.

I loved this book and even after 35 hours I didn't want it to end. The narrator did an amazing job. He is now one of my favorite narrators.

The characters became like friends and you really care about their plight. GET THIS BOOK!!! You will not regret it! ~JTC~

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,446
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,077

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

DID NOT WANT THE BOOK TO END!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

I can hardly think of the right words to properly describe how enjoyable this book was. It is one of those books that stays with you. I loved the characters, the story, the scifi, and the concepts that were described to satisfy the 'mechanisms' of the story. Never boring, in fact I lost sleep finishing it because it was so good, I could not hit the pause button.

The narrator was top notch!

Worth at least a credit! I am only disappointed it is over.

If you are trying to decide, stop and just purchase and listen now!
~JTC~

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  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,834

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monkeys kick A**, but......

  • By Beachcombers on 02-14-18

"You're a regular Crocodile DumDum" ~Skippy to Joe

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

This is my favorite book of the series. Heck, this is my favorite SciFi series! I like the books in the series, but Skippy the Magnificent and Joe's dialogue had me spewing soda all over my steering wheel at one point after a particular sarcastic beer can insulted Joe - again. I am about 45 minutes from the end, but hope it is not the last book.

Awesome characters!
Awesome story!
Awesome narrator! R. C. Bray is the ultimate SciFi/Action narrator.

Thank-you, Craig Alanson for such a wonderful series. ~ JTC