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  • The Buried Book

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,782

It's 1952, and Jasper isn't allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He's lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle's good graces. No one knows where his mother went or whether she's coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Truth Hurts

  • By Charles Atkinson on 01-30-18

OK, but Disappointing by Comparison

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

So this book was purchased because of another book "The Dead Key" by the same author. Both are stand alone books. While this book was ok it lacked the same level of suspense and mystery of story within story that existed in the previous work. Perhaps I'm wrong to compare the two, but I did and am left with disappointment.
Now specifically for this book. The Story was ok. Someone goes missing and boy is desperate to find this person. It paints a very vivid picture of life in early 50's both City and Country around Detroit. It brings to light many struggles that faced poorer working class families. You are exposed to some unsavory events dealing with abuse and crimes, but these topics are not detailed to the point of being offensive (in my opinion), uncomfortable at times but only within the context of the story and applying today's standards. By the end of the book the pieces all fall into place and there is an ending even if it is not as happy as you want it to be. But life isn't always happy.
Luke Daniels did a great job with the voices most of the book is from the perspective of a 9 year old boy and that voice was excellent, as were the adults in the story. I would listen to his voice(s) again on other works.

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,678
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,707

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • out of 5 stars
  • PREDICTABLE

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

A Father Son Trip.... Maybe

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

It's a very short story, but keep in mind I personally enjoy books that are 20 plus hours long. I found the overall book to decent, but nowhere close to the best thing I've listened to. The book is written in a very bleak world, with little or no happiness. There were parts of the story that made me question as to weather or not this was actually happening or if it were only in the mind of the Father. The book starts with no reason why our characters are in their current situation and never really explains what happened or why. The ending is just a open ended, giving no real explanation. Not recommended if you are in a good mood.

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  • Amok

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,626

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping to the extreme!

  • By Simon on 05-20-15

Difficult to Rate

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

I have very mixed feelings about this book.
The story itself wasn't bad. I felt like the main narrator did a good job. I could actually focus on the story when he was reading.
For the most part the actors playing the parts did a good job as well. However, parts of their sections were so over the top dramatic to the point of taking away from the actual story. I can't really fault the actors on this because they were being directed and there were producers involved.
But my main reason for a 2 star rating was all of the distracting background noise. There was simpering, sniffling, coughing, shuffling feet, shuffling papers, clinking, creaking, sirens, alarms, ringing phones and so much more annoying sounds that took away from the story. And worse still was the awful music between chapters. you really could knock an hour off the book time by removing the music. It added nothing to the story in my opinion.

  • The Atrocity Archives

  • A Laundry Files Novel
  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,968
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,969

Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen for IT People

  • By Raymond on 06-16-13

Looking forward

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

I really enjoyed this book. What happens when you take a Desk Jockey IT guy employed by a Secret British Government agency and put him "In The Field"? Well "The Field" in this case deals with demons and occult. It is an enjoyable ride, in my opinion. Many other reviews say you have to be in the IT field to understand. I don't believe that to be true. I'm sure that I missed some of the inside jokes of the IT world, but I still got some of them. This was a pleasant little gem and I can't wait to continue the series.

  • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,297

A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it's the singer not the song*

  • By Maynard on 11-09-13

Found I Didn't Care

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I know, I know its a classic. I know, I know its Charles Dickens. But what it boils down to for me is that I just don't care about the events of the French Revolution. I found everything to be so over the top dramatic and yet somewhat boring at the same time. I generally like Simon Vance as a narrator, and he did his usual good job, but I just couldn't get into the subject. But at least this one is off the bucket list.

  • Wicked

  • The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,449
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,853
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,903

Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's not easy being green

  • By Kathleen on 07-30-08

A Bit Too Political (for me)

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I'm weirdly picky about alternative takes on beloved classic stories. On one hand it can be refreshing to see a different perspective of a world. On the other hand I don't like that perspective to be so far from or try to change what is known from the classic. I found getting through this book to be taxing. The story spent too much time on religious and political issues within the lands of Oz. I found it to be very confusing and I didn't like how it tried to change Glenda's, The Wizard, Dorothy & Toto's and even The Munchkin's personalities & histories to match a backstory on why The Witch of the West was Wicked. Perhaps because I did not care for the tone of the story I found the narration to be slow and drawn out. I increased the speed and this made things slightly more tolerable. I'm glad that I'm finally done with this book and wouldn't listen to it again.

  • Tabula Rasa

  • By: Kristen Lippert-Martin
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 883
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 789

The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this action-packed debut thriller with a Katniss-esque heroine fighting to regain her memories and stay alive, set against a dystopian hospital background.

Sarah starts a crazy battle for her life within the walls of her hospital-turned-prison when a procedure to eliminate her memory goes awry and she starts to remember snatches of her past. Was she an urban terrorist or vigilante? Has the procedure been her salvation or her destruction?

The answers lie trapped within her mind. To access them, she'll need the help of the teen computer hacker who's trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, and a pill that's blocked by an army of mercenary soldiers poised to eliminate her for good. If only she knew why…

"This is a snap-the-whip story, dark and fast. The sparks of humor in the voice won me over. Bottom line: I think the cocktail of suspense and believable smart-assery adds up to an addictive dose of reader appeal." —Blythe Woolston, author of the William C. Morris Award winner The Freak Observer

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely YA

  • By Tango on 04-27-15

Great for Familes with Teens/Pre-teens

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

The book was overall a good one, but as an adult I found it to be a bit simplistic. It would be a great book for a family road trip where the children were 10ish to 15ish. There is enough to keep an adult interested. The children, I feel will find it more entertaining and suspenseful.

  • Shady Cross

  • By: James Hankins
  • Narrated by: Bon Shaw
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,479
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,470

In one hand small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else's money--$350,000 of it. In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the money. On the line a little girl he doesn't know asks, "Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them the money, they'll let you take me home."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced, very entertaining

  • By shelley on 03-14-15

More Suspense than Thrill

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

Overall it was a good solid story with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. The plot was mostly believable without a lot of holes. It's a great stand alone read where all the issues of the story are resolved by the end. The ending was not what I had expected it would be, but it fit and was satisfying.
I liked that the flaws of the central character were not hidden. Even he, by his own admissions, knew he was flawed. But even a flawed person can do what needs to be done when necessary.
Bon Shaw did a great job with a wide range of characters. I don't believe I had heard a book with his narration previously, but would listen to another one without hesitation.

  • A Doll House

  • By: Henrik Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Calista Flockhart, Tony Abatemarco, Tim Dekay, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,006

A new recording of Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece, starring Calista Flockhart. Nora Helmer has everything a young housewife could want: beautiful children, an adoring husband, and a bright future. But when a carelessly buried secret rises from the past, Nora's well-calibrated domestic ideal starts to crumble. Ibsen's play is as fresh today as it was when it first stormed the stages of 19th-century Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinarily High Quality Theatre 🎭

  • By Gretchen SLP on 12-10-16

Better Seen than Heard Sometimes

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I really enjoyed this play, however something was missing by an Audio Only version. As an example as banter between husband and wife was occurring there was laughter from the audience. As a listener it was obvious that physical actions of the characters were causing the humor, however I had no idea what they were doing. Overall the actors & actresses did a superb job or relaying the feelings and emotions of their characters that it wasn't necessary to "see" them.
I also found it quite interesting that a play written in 1879 still has so much relevance in 2019. Apparently issues that cause marital strife have not changed much in 140 years.

  • Trekonomics

  • The Economics of Star Trek
  • By: Manu Saadia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 611

What would the world look like if everybody had everything they wanted or needed? Trekonomics, the premier book in financial journalist Felix Salmon's imprint PiperText, approaches scarcity economics by coming at it backward - through thinking about a universe where scarcity does not exist. Delving deep into the details and intricacies of 24th-century society, Trekonomics explores post-scarcity and whether we, as humans, are equipped for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amusing & Practical Analysis of Fictional Ideas

  • By Lost In The Wash on 09-19-16

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat is what I felt

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

So the description of the book tells me we are going to explore the possibilities and practicality of Economics in Star Trek ever becoming reality. And, yes this is what the book does. However I felt there was way too much repetition to make the points. It was way more Economics with Star Trek references occasionally thrown in. I like Star Trek, but am not obsessive about the show, so when the book starts referencing episode # blah, I must say I didn't really care what episode # it was. I found that the examples from the show were repetitive and many times the book went off topic to tell me about some other Sci-Fi writers, books, theories that were used as a basis or inspiration for Trek. I found the book got better when I listened to it at a faster speed. I'm glad that I picked this book up during a sale and did not pay full price. I'm not sure now after listening to the whole thing that I would purchase it again.