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  • Junk

  • By: Les Bohem
  • Narrated by: John Waters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,977
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,346
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,332

Set in present-day Los Angeles, Junk explores an epic conspiracy, one at work for thousands of years that involves total takeover of the planet Earth by aliens. In the wild, souped-up vision of Les Bohem - the acclaimed, Emmy-winning writer of the Steven Spielberg miniseries, Taken - the world is at the end stage of long-range plot that involves a gigantic genetic-engineering project. The aliens who have invaded us have no planet. No spaceship is coming. Instead, a small advance force comes, breeds, and dies - thus becoming an anomaly in our DNA that can’t be explained.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Junk

  • By glass1748 on 04-01-19

Appropriate title

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

I had to force myself to finish this dystopic book. Violent, disturbing, confusing plot, muddled messages, unlikeable characters, waste of my time.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • What the Wind Knows

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time. The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best story I've read in years...

  • By Beth N. on 03-04-19

Enchanting time travel story

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

This will remind readers of Outlander, but in early 20th century Ireland instead of 18th century Scotland. The novel's chapters are bracketed by apt quotes from the poetry of Yeats. A very satisfying read!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Courtlight Series Boxed Set (Books 1, 2, 3)

  • By: Terah Edun
  • Narrated by: Ashley Arnold
  • Length: 27 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

> Sworn To Raise Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire's seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder - intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations. Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companions Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not Sci-Fi & Fantasy, More like bad Mills and Boon

  • By david on 12-23-14

Extremely predictable and irritating story

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

This fantasy series is one of the most annoying I've ever read. It is sloppily written, full of historical anachronisms, and replete with grammatical errors. The editors seem to have been asleep on the job. It also reads like an adolescent mash-up of every other fantasy on the market, since the author features an endless list of magical and legendary species with little regard to their place of origin.

The story centers on Ciardis, a young orphaned novitiate who is learning the ropes of the magical world and making many critical mistakes along the way. Perhaps the only departure from the time-worn theme is that the protagonist is a female. However, she is flighty, flippant, and impetuous and asks some of the most ridiculously obvious questions imaginable. She and her companions go from one horrendous situation to another at an unrelenting pace especially in the third book. The author revels in constant plot twists and character revelations, but they were totally predictable and way too frequent. I felt I was always one step ahead of the author and that the complications were being added to prolong the story rather than enrich it.

There are far superior fantasies than this one. I won't be reading books 4 and up.

  • The Library Book

  • By: Susan Orlean
  • Narrated by: Susan Orlean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,443

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual false alarm. As one fireman recounted later, “Once that first stack got going, it was good-bye, Charlie.” The fire was disastrous: It reached 2,000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a new narrator

  • By Jessica on 01-17-19

Fascinating story!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Iif you are a lover of books and of libraries, you will be spellbound by this volume. the author skillfully weaves the story of the unresolved mystery behind the burning of the Los Angeles Central library in the 1980s with the larger history of libraries in general and the burning of libraries in specific.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unsheltered

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,997
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,995

Brilliantly executed and compulsively listenable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred - whether family or friends - and in the strength of the human spirit. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Spring for a professional narrator, please!

  • By Gail Dragon on 11-05-18

Fabulous book!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

As always with Barbara Kingsolver's works, meticulous writing, careful research, and absorbing characters. A sublime read.

  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,894

The first book in the landmark Expanse series, now a major television series! Leviathan Wakes is James S. A. Corey's first novel in the epic New York Times best-selling series The Expanse, a modern masterwork of science fiction in which humanity has colonized the solar system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started a love affair with hard sci fi

  • By N. H. on 07-30-17

"The Expanse" is truly expansive!!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

great way to learn more about the characters on which the Sci-Fi TV series is based

  • Imago

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Barrett Aldrich
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085

Human and Oankali have been mating since the aliens first came to Earth to rescue the few survivors of an annihilating nuclear war. The Oankali began a massive breeding project, guided by the ooloi, a sexless subspecies capable of manipulating DNA, in the hope of eventually creating a perfect starfaring race. Jodahs is supposed to be just another hybrid of human and Oankali, but as he begins his transformation to adulthood he finds himself becoming ooloi - the first ever born to a human mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Lynnette on 10-16-16

Outstanding end to the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Tthose who have followed the story until now will be delighted with this powerful ending

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 54,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,102

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 10-04-18

Enthralling story

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I couldn't stop listening to this story. Anyone who loves the natural beauty of Carolina coast will surely love it, but even those who've never been there will identify with the protagonist's passion for her marsh.

  • 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 46,231
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,883

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

A most unusual story!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

I could not stop listening to this story It has all the good elements of a murder mystery, a love story, a road trip, a fantasy, a superheroes epic.

  • The Shape of Water

  • By: Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,194

The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By E. Chadwick on 03-29-18

Great story but strange narration

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

I truly enjoyed this story; however, my enjoyment was disrupted by the inconsistent accents employed by the narrator.