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Wilkes Barre, PA, United States
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  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,067
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,057

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hollywood Agent Represents Stinky Aliens

  • By Bryan on 04-22-11

A delightful listen!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-12

Wil Wheaton is my new favorite narrator, and I'm definitely going to be downloading more John Scalzi audiobooks. Agent to the Stars is what I consider light reading; pure entertainment. Mr. Wheaton's narration adds color (and texture?) to the story, and the result was 100% fun. This audiobook would be perfect to listen to on a long drive.

  • Bag of Bones

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,985

Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best I've read by Stephen King.

  • By Joseph on 11-06-08

How did I miss this one?

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

Reviewed: 05-18-12

Don't know what I was doing back in 1998 that made me miss this Stephen King book, but I'm rather glad to have the chance to listen to it now in 2012. Hearing King read the book was both intimate and chilling. Although the plot is supernatural (which I can't quite believe in), the characters are credible and I thoroughly enjoyed the listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32,099
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27,225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,858

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really 2.5

  • By Kd on 05-16-12

Holy Crap, I listened to the whole thing!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-12

After all the hype, I was expecting some unique plot twists. Sadly, this isn't the case. Without the mature content, the plot wouldn't be strong enough to stand on its own. And the mature content ...well, let's just say it's been done better (Anne Rice's Beauty trilogy, anyone?). It does seem to be striking a chord with readers though - it remains one the top downloads, and everyone seems to be talking about it.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,309
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,080

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Not what I expected - better!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-11

I downloaded this book on the basis of a recommendation on BoingBoing - knowing it would be interesting at the very least. Never did I expect it would be one of my top listens so far for the year! Wil Wheaton won me over as the narrator, and the story had me sitting the driveway long after I got home waiting for a stopping point. It will make a great movie!

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Edge

  • A Novel
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Skipp Sudduth
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

Behind the well-known U.S. security organizations - the FBI and CIA among them - lies a heavily guarded, anonymous government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection. Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless “lifter” hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling book with reasonable narrator

  • By Ramon on 11-07-10

Exciting, fast paced and worth a credit!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-11

I was a little wary about this one, especially after reading all the comments about the narrator. What a surprise! This was one of the most enjoyable books I've listened to in awhile. The narrator does a fine job. I had no trouble differentiating between characters, in fact it seemed to me that a story written in the first person voice SHOULD be read by a single narrator. And I rather enjoy Mr Deaver's detours from his regular characters!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Rites

  • The Dresden Files, Book 6
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,327
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,201
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,145

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, takes on a case as a favor to his friend Thomas - a vampire of dubious integrity - only to become the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the wait!

  • By Hakes on 04-14-10

Worth the wait!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-10

I was determined to listen to the Dresden series in order, so it was a pleasant surprise when books 6 & 7 became available months earlier than expected! Blood Rites features a fairly new and interesting character, Kincaid the bodyguard of the Archive. I'm looking forward to hearing more of his story in future books. Love the addition of Mouse!

James Marsters sounds more polished and "edited" than in the earlier books, but the books are becoming more complex and polished as well. It's still a fine matching of narrator and author.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Scat

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: Edward Asner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Mrs. Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, was last seen during a field trip to Black Vine Swamp. The school's headmaster and the police seem to have accepted the sketchy, unsigned note explaining that her absence is due to a family emergency. Theres no real evidence of foul play. But still, Nick and Marta don't buy it. Something weird is definitely going on.

Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald and is the author of many best-selling titles, including Sick Puppy, Nature Girl, and The Downhill Lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not just a kids book

  • By Vicky on 07-05-09

Narrator was great!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-10

I loved Ed Asner's narration; it was like listening to a beloved grandpa tell a story. The story, on the other hand was mediocre. It was well-written and somewhat engaging, but I found my mind wandering. Also, I was constantly adjusting the volume on this book (something I don't need to do on other Audible downloads). All in all, it wasn't a terrible listen, but I sure wish I'd downloaded it from the library for free instead of using a credit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • UR

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 776

Reeling from a painful break-up, English instructor and avid book lover Wesley Smith is haunted by his ex-girlfriend's parting shot: "Why can't you just read off the computer like everyone else?" He buys an e-book reader out of spite, but soon finds he can use the device to glimpse realities he had never before imagined, discovering literary riches beyond his wildest dreams...and all-too-human tragedies that surpass his most terrible nightmares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!

  • By doG ma on 02-18-10

Too short

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-10

Reading a Stephen King book is always a sure thing for me. I know I'm going to be absorbed by the story. UR was no exception, but it felt like the story hadn't been developed enough, that it should have been longer. The ending felt sudden and unexpected, as if Mr King only had an hour left to finish the book. Regardless, I enjoyed the listen and look forward to the next journey with Mr King.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • My Horizontal Life

  • A Collection of One-Night Stands
  • By: Chelsea Handler
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,033

You've either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend's irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social rite as old as sex itself and as common as a bar stool.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chelsea, You are HYSTERICAL!

  • By Kathryn on 12-10-08

Sick and Amusing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-09

Chelsea Handler is not for everyone, but if you can get past her uninhibited frankness her books are hilarious. This narrator sounds very much like Ms Handler, and had no problem at all conveying her dry humor. For me, this fell into the category of light listening. It wouldn't have held my interest on a long drive, but it was perfect to listen to while painting the bedroom. I recommend listening with earbuds...you don't want kids (or your 80 year old mother) to hear this!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful