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  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,664
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,924

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Christie

  • By Michael Andrew Kinkead on 08-06-17

Excellent version of this classic mystery!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Perfectly executed, voice, accents, just perfect, I'd gladly recommend this audio book to anyone who enjoys Agatha Christie's work. Enjoy!

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  • Penric's Fox

  • A Novella in the World of the Five Gods (Penric and Desdemona, Book 3)
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Some eight months after the events of Penric and the Shaman, Learned Penric, sorcerer and scholar, travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald. There he again meets his friends Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl. When the body of a sorceress is found in the woods, Oswyl draws him into another investigation, and they must all work together to uncover a mystery mixing magic, murder, and the strange realities of Temple demons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but $/minute ratio unattractive

  • By Kenneth on 07-08-18

Loved this installment!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

I really enjoyed this novella! Narrator is talented and voices various parts well. I'm looking forward to more by this author & narrator.

  • Penric's Mission: A Novella in the World of the Five Gods

  • Penric & Desdemona, Book 3
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369

Learned Penric, a sorcerer and divine of the Bastard's Order, travels across the sea to sunlit Cedonia on his first covert diplomatic mission, to attempt to secure the services of a disaffected Cedonian general for the Duke of Adria. However, nothing is as it seems. Penric is betrayed and thrown into a dungeon, and worse follows for the general and his kin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Penric and Desdemona continue

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-20-17

Really enjoyed this book!

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

I usually enjoy Lois Mcmaster Bujolds books, this is another enjoyable read. Can't wait to read the next in the series!

  • Memory

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,380

Dying is easy. Coming back to life is hard. Miles Vorkosigan should know - having done both once already. Thanks to his quick-thinking staff and the artistry of a medical specialist, Miles' first death wasn't his last. But it does take some recovery, a fact he has been reluctant to admit. When he makes the mistake of returning too soon to duty, he finds himself summoned to face the security chief, Simon Illyan. But Miles' worst nightmares about Illyan are nothing compared to Illyan's own nightmares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly my favorite Miles story

  • By I. Aleksandrov on 02-05-09

Love this book

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

The book is enjoyable, performance by Grover Gardner is superb. Lois McMaster Bujold's sense of humor is spot on, her chief protagonist continues on his personal journey with a wry self awareness and humor you just have to live. Excellent entry in the series.

  • The Long Cosmos

  • A Novel
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527

It's 2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day, a new society continues to evolve in the Long Earth. Now, a message has been received: "Join us". The Next - the hyperintelligent posthumans - realize that the missive contains instructions for kick-starting the development of an immense artificial intelligence known as The Machine. But to build this computer the size of an Earth continent, they must obtain help from the more populous and still industrious worlds of mankind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a beautiful farewell

  • By Alexander S. Nicolici on 12-27-16

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

Overall a good performance, though the reader has some ideosycratic pronunciation for some worDoes a fair job of changing the voices to differentiate between the various characters thiugh that is a little inconsistant.

  • Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis

  • The Vampire Chronicles
  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417

At the novel's center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat's undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Miss This Masterful Modern Morality Play!

  • By Liberty on 12-01-16

Latest entry is good

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

Good narration, Mr. Vance does an excellent job reading. kind of makes me want to re-visit the series again...

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,452

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Excellent offering

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

Reviewed: 11-05-16

The book was excellent, well read, the narrator did a great job, maintaining the tension throughout. I would be very happy to listen to another book written by the author or read by the narrator. Keep them coming!

  • The Happy Atheist

  • By: P. Z. Myers
  • Narrated by: Aron Ra
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

On his popular science blog, Pharyngula, PZ Myers has entertained millions of fans with his infectious love of evolutionary science and his equally infectious disdain for creationism, biblical literalism, intelligent design theory, and other products of godly illogic. This funny and fearless book collects and expands on some of his most popular writings, giving the religious fanaticism of our times the gleeful disrespect it deserves by skewering the apocalyptic fantasies, magical thinking, hypocrisies, and pseudoscientific theories advanced by religious fundamentalists of all stripes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By shawn on 11-04-16

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

The overall audio book is pretty good, though fairly light on facts, it does a pretty good job of presenting the arguements. Aron Radio did an excellent job narrating and actually improved the overall experience because he has a very natural way of reading the material aloud that made the whole experience much better.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Godless

  • How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists
  • By: Dan Barker, Richard Dawkins - foreword
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Dan Barker
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510

Part 1 of Godless, "Rejecting God", tells the story of how I moved from devout preacher to atheist and beyond. Part 2, "Why I Am an Atheist", presents my philosophical reasons for unbelief. Part 3, "What's Wrong with Christianity", critiques the bible (its reliability as well as its morality) and the historical evidence for Jesus. Part 4, "Life Is Good!", comes back to my personal story, taking a case to the United States Supreme Court, dealing with personal trauma, and experiencing the excitement of Adventures in Atheism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Never Too Late To Embrace Reason

  • By B. Bobberstein on 03-02-16

Excellent offering

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

very interesting examination of the writers journey. Reading was a bit stiff though, the reading could have been a bit more natural but otherwise top notch.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism

  • By: Aron Ra
  • Narrated by: Aron Ra
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 596

Religious fundamentalists and biblical literalists present any number of arguments that attempt to disprove evolution. Those with a sympathetic ear often fail to critically examine these creationist claims, leading to an ill-informed public and, perhaps more troubling, ill-advised public policy. As Aron Ra makes clear, however, every single argument deployed by creationists in their attacks on evolution is founded on fundamental scientific, religious, and historical falsehoods - all of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic listen!

  • By Ms. Gray on 11-06-16

Excellent overview of subject matter

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

Reviewed: 10-29-16

This audio book makes me want to download the E-book, and if I was going to debate on the subject matter I'd want the paper version on hand. Excellent coverage of the subject matter.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful