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  • Forgotten

  • The Forgotten Series, Book 1
  • By: M.R. Forbes
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Sheriff Hayden Duke was born on the Pilgrim, and he expects to die on the Pilgrim, like his father, and his father before him. That's the way things are on a generation starship centuries from home. He's never questioned it. Never thought about it. And why bother? Access points to the ship's controls are sealed, the systems that guide her automated and out of reach. It isn't perfect, but he has all he needs to be content. Until a malfunction forces his engineer wife to the edge of the habitable zone to inspect the damage. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it a lot, very unexpected

  • By Rod on 06-24-18

The Fatal Flaw of "What if's"

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

This was a frustrating listen. The plot had so much potential but was derailed by the authors incessant use of "what if" narrative of Capt. Obvious questions. Removing all the sentences containing "what if.." would have made this a much better story. Excellent concept with unexpected plot twists, but in need of some serious editing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Last Call

  • By: Felice Stevens, Christina Lee
  • Narrated by: Kale Williams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

 Quinn Monahan and Grayson Page have been friends since high school. Despite their differences, they’ve been there for each other through thick and thin. Opening Last Call together, a bar tucked away in the small town of Heartsville, PA, seemed a natural progression - even if it makes it harder to live with the secret longing they’ve always had for each other.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • "Misfits" comes to America (but not in a good way)

  • By SteveK on 05-03-18

"Misfits" comes to America (but not in a good way)

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Anyone who's read Garrett Leigh's "Misfits" will recognize the similarities with "Last Call".
Misfits takes place in London and the urban setting works beautifully as a backdrop for a story about a nontraditional relationship involving 3 men. The guys seem very real and the plot believable.
Last Call is set in a remote town in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania. Two guys with a long history open a bar/restaurant and hire a 3rd guy down on his luck. Same basic plot and personality types, but less developed and not so believable. Emory's background as a circus roadie is just silly/stupid and the repeated references to his acts of desperation while down on his knees- annoying. This could have been a much better story if it included Quin and Gray's history together. The authors are good at writing steamy sex scenes, but the rest of the book is lacking.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tin Box

  • By: Kim Fielding
  • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

William Lyon's past forced him to become someone he isn't. Conflicted and unable to maintain the charade, he separates from his wife and takes a job as caretaker at a former mental hospital. Jelley's Valley State Insane Asylum was the largest mental hospital in California for well over a century, but it now stands empty. William thinks the decrepit institution is the perfect place to finish his dissertation and wait for his divorce to become final. In town, William meets Colby Anderson, who minds the local store and post office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Heather on 06-22-15

Skip the audio version

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

A decent story destroyed by the narrator. The voice he gives to Colby is just offensive.
I finished the story reading the Kendall version.

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,594
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,456

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to adopt the characters into my family

  • By yarginator on 11-27-17

For Serios Preppers Only

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

The chapters are character accounts of their experiences surviving the months following the CME and plague. Few details are provided on these events. The story picks up with how people met along the way. Entire chapters devoted to the advantages of one calabur of shell vs another. One entire chapter describes a chess game between Billy and Jake. If your expecting an action packed post apocalypse story, look elsewhere. My nomination for most tedious book of 2027.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murmuration

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

In the small mountain town of Amorea, it's stretching toward autumn of 1954. The memories of a world at war are fading in the face of a prosperous future. Doors are left unlocked at night, and neighbors are always there to give each other a helping hand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A well-realised fantasy and love story

  • By The Lovely Rod on 02-19-17

Brilliant (but fast forward thru the 1st 6 hours)

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

Don't give up on this book until you're heard the entire story! I admit the 1st 6 hours are a confusing mess of memories; different decades, different people, story line often changing mid sentence. The pace is painfully slow! Then, half way through, and in typical TJ Klune style, it all starts to make sense (wow-did not see this coming). I finished the book over a week ago and the story is still kind of haunting me.

  • The Third Twin

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

The study of twins and the genetics of aggression totally consumes research scientist Jeannie Ferrami. An accomplished and headstrong researcher, Jeannie has developed a sophisticated software program to identify identical twins reared apart. But Jeannie's breakthrough project is threatened by the appearance of a sudden impossibility - identical twins born weeks apart to different mothers at separate locations.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Still a Ken Follett fan - even after this.

  • By Dana Williams on 08-21-17

Couldn't Finish

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

Any additional comments?

This novel is so unlike Follett's historical fictions. Agree with the other Audible reviews. The story is implausible and not well researched from a science perspective. I gave up about 5hr into the book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,768
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,573

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, Funny, Clever... a Sci Fi must have

  • By Tim on 06-29-17

The Three Stooges In Space

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

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

I don't get the glowing 5 star reviews for this book. If you're looking for junior high slap-stick humor, you're come to the right place. Minimal character development or background science. Listeners are just dumped into this story in progress. (I thought I'd started with the wrong book at 1st.) The story slowly meanders along with frequent detours for reminiscing about past times. If you're struggling to get through the 1st couple hours, stop! It doesn't get any better.

Would you ever listen to anything by Craig Alanson again?

No.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zombie Fallout

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 1
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,601

This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much Fun!

  • By Roger on 05-07-12

The Apocalypse Isn't Funny

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This was an odd mashup of horror/humor that just didn't work for me. The zombie storyline was buried in a 10hr monologue of bad jokes and one liners. Michael is a homophobic, misogynistic ass. I ignored the 1st dozen or so slurs, but finally gave up after Micheal compared his revulsion of seeing the female zombie up close to seeing two men kiss.

What could Mark Tufo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Call me a purist, but I read zombie books to get scared, not pissed off.

What character would you cut from Zombie Fallout?

Pretty much all of them.
These characters are obnoxious idiots.

Any additional comments?

This book was so disappointing after reading and enjoying the Book of Riley series. I totally got the post apocalypse humor from a dogs perspective.

  • The Auschwitz Escape

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,764

A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!

  • By DebaDeb on 04-01-14

Disappointing- Couldn't Finish

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

Would you try another book from Joel C. Rosenberg and/or Christopher Lane?

There are much better historic fictions in this genre out there.

What was most disappointing about Joel C. Rosenberg’s story?

I was really moved by Kristin Hannah's "The Nightingale" and wanted more. This book isn't even close.
How could a story with the title "The Auschwitz Escape" be so boring? The pace is painfully slow and the plot unbelievable.

What character would you cut from The Auschwitz Escape?

I really wanted to at least like the protagonists, but found Jacob to be a blundering idiot.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Smoke & Mirrors

  • THIRDS, Book 7
  • By: Charlie Cochet
  • Narrated by: Mark Westfield
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

Life for Dexter J. Daley has never been easy, but he's always found a way to pick himself back up with a smile on his face. Taken from his home and the arms of Sloane Brodie, his boyfriend and THIRDS partner, Dex finds himself in a situation as mysterious and lethal as the Therian interrogating him. Dex learns what he's secretly believed all along: his parents' death wasn't an accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • i love this series

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-08-16

Family Baggage from the Past

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

What disappointed you about Smoke & Mirrors?

The 1st couple books in this series were awesome! I loved the humor, bantering, and strong character development. The more recent books have delved into unresolved family drama. It just seems out of character for these guys to have so many mommy issues. This story line tied itself in knots working in the varies threads from the past. The ultimate "insider" bad guy makes a brief appearance at the end, but don't blink or you'll miss it.

What could Charlie Cochet have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I was really disappointed with the book ending. Melodramatic, over the top grave side drama. Think of Barbra Streisand singing "Daddy can you hear me" from the movie Yentl.
Oye...

What about Mark Westfield’s performance did you like?

Mark's great!

What character would you cut from Smoke & Mirrors?

The Ethan Hobbs Character. An explosives expert with special needs makes absolutely no sense.