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  • FIRST THREE FREE CHAPTERS: Amok

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, and others
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 192

This was to be her last day alive. The renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin prepared her suicide thoroughly. The death of her eldest daughter had weighed too heavily on her conscience for her to carry on and she yearned for one last drink to raise a toast to oblivion. Her morbid plans are interrupted and she is called in to negotiate a gruesome hostage situation at a radio station where a psychopath is playing a morbid game. While the show is on air, he calls people from the phonebook at random. If they pick up the phone with a certain slogan, a hostage is set free. If they don’t, then the hostage is unceremoniously shot.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ok

  • By Slim on 03-09-16

Amok First three chapters

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

Would you listen to FIRST THREE FREE CHAPTERS: Amok again? Why?

No, it's not my kind of story. It flows more like a spy thriller, so if people enjoy those types of books, I think they will enjoy this.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes

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  • Dead Ex

  • By: Harley Jane Kozak
  • Narrated by: Deanna Hurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122

When David Zetrakis, the producer of a popular soap opera, is found shot to death, Wollie Shelley finds herself caught up in the murder. Zetrakis was one of the many Mr. Wrongs in Wollie's career as a serial dater, and her friend Joey has emerged as the media's prime suspect. A hot-tempered celebrity who had dated Zetrakis and was fired from his show some years ago, Joey has inherited a million-dollar Klimt painting from him. But Joey is not the only potential suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Shay J. on 09-27-07

a fun read

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Ex to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version. I did enjoy the audio version and I thought the narrator did a good job with the characters, especially the main character, Wollie.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Ex?

There were several memorable moments, but without any spoilers, I will say that I enjoyed many of the zany characters and the way Wollie interacted with them.

Which scene was your favorite?

The car ride with her uncle Theo, her brother and Apollo.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were some tense moments, but most of the book made me smile.

Any additional comments?

I thought this book was fun and enjoyable. I agree with the comparisons to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, although I think Wollie seems more down to earth and relatable than the Stephanie Plum.

  • How Dogs Love Us

  • A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain
  • By: Gregory Berns
  • Narrated by: LJ Ganser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 815

How Dogs Love Us answers the age-old question of dog lovers everywhere and offers profound new evidence that dogs should be treated as we would treat our best human friends: with love, respect, and appreciation for their social and emotional intelligence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very slow going

  • By AMG on 11-27-15

Interesting, but could have been edited

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, for the most part. For the first half of the book, I wondered if the author was ever going to answer the question raised by the title, "Do dogs love us?" and "How"? By the time I finished the book, I felt he had answered the question. However, there is a lot of detail about how he came up with the idea and how he trained the dogs to get into an MRI and remain still for the scanning, how he designed the research and got approval, etc. Although that part of the book is interesting, I felt it went on too long.

Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

The concepts in the book were easy to follow. The author makes the information very accessible.

Did LJ Ganser do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

no

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

maybe

Any additional comments?

I think this book would be interesting to dog lovers, although if you could just read his paper and the results, you would probably get almost as much out of them as you would from the book with the extra material.

I loved the way the author treated the dogs as his research partners, and I could relate to how much he loved dogs.

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  • Caliban's War

  • The Expanse, Book 2
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,134

James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No sophmore slump as both plot and writing improve

  • By A reader on 09-17-12

I really enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 09-11-13

Where does Caliban's War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my favorite audio books of the audio books I have listened to so far.

What other book might you compare Caliban's War to and why?

I don't think this book has increased my interest in science fiction. I really enjoy science fiction (and other books) when they have interesting, well developed characters. I really liked the characters in this book and felt that I had gotten to know them through the book.

Have you listened to any of Jefferson Mays’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't believe I have listened to any of May's other performances, bt I really thought his reading brought the characters to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

nothing

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book, it had good action and character development and I really look for both plot and character in a book. We are reading this for book club, so I read if before the first book Leviathan Wakes. I plan to go back and read Leviathan Wakes next, and then read the third book in the series. I really enjoyed this pair of authors writing style.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 45,523
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,221

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

The cast is wonderful

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

Reviewed: 09-09-13

What did you love best about American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)?

It's a toss up between the story, which I loved. It was complex but not overly difficult to follow. I also loved the full cast and the voices of the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked Shadow, he's so human and not your typical hero. As he goes through the book, I really wanted things to turn out well for him.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As a full cast production, the narrators make the story come alive. I thought the voices for Shadow and Mr Wednesday were particularly good.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It's a battle between the old gods and the new gods, with Shadow somehow caught inbetween.