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  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,506
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,598
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,543

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

Meh.. it was ok but not great

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

David Duchovnys voice acting skills are about as lively as road kill. Not very impressed.

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  • Finders Keepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,730

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. "Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars for Will Patton reading Stephen King

  • By PlantCrone on 06-21-16

Absolutley amazing.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I didnt think that the second installment would leave me in a steady state of wanting to hear more but it did!

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,517

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

Eh

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Pro:
-The performance was not half bad.
- Nicely written ( organization, diction, etc)

Con
- predictable
- deux ex machina was absolutely horrid
- Lazily written (plot)
- Ending disappointing
- falls flat

  • Into the Wild

  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Philip Franklin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,839

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book that Never Left Me

  • By Craig Mitchell on 08-07-07

Very interesting read

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

I enjoyed every bit. it was well balanced and the writer was incredibly knowledgeable. I highly recommend it. It's very short but very addicting.

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 981

Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure. One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his stead.

The wish comes true, and Dorian soon finds that none of his wicked actions have visible consequences. Realizing that he will appear fresh and unspoiled no matter what kind of life he lives, Dorian becomes increasingly corrupt. Only the portrait grows degenerate and ugly, a powerful symbol of Dorian's internal ruin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Picture of You and Me

  • By John on 02-18-14

Absolutely Astonishing

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

The performance was superb and this classic still gives me the creeps. I've read it and hears it several times and every time I learn something about myself.

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,782

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

Absolutely Amazing!!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

Never have I been so enthralled by a book before. I felt like the kid on the never ending story with a sandwich in one hand and a news to listen to more of this great adventure. I felt sad when it was over.

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,891

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

About as exciting as seeing grass grow

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

I've seen more complex plotlines in an episode of spykids. I've had more interesting reads on the back of cereal boxes. The characters are flat. The love story is incredibly sappy. There are way too many 1980s macho quips. The novel reads very sophomoric and not worth anyone's time. I appreciate the effort and if it weren't for my odd and the need to have to complete a book 'til the end, I would have dropped after the 2nd or 3rd chapter. Good luck trying to chew through this dry and tough piece of writing.

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  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,396

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Nothing original!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-16

unbelievably cliché. The plot line has been seen and heard 1000 times over since the dawn of time. Very predictable. the first 50 chapters are intriguing but then it seems like the author ran out of ideas and just settled with the most mundane ending to what could have been a great book. The voice acting was decent but Ana's character was subpar. The author uses cheap tricks to make then novel more suspenseful but fails miserably to deliver. very unoriginal, trite and ultimately anticlimactic and pathetic.

  • Willpower

  • Power of Self Control - How to Master Your Emotions
  • By: Thomas Abreu
  • Narrated by: Forris Day Jr.
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Willpower is what pushes heroes and heroines through trials and tribulations. It gives them the ability to persevere and exert self-control irrespective of the trying circumstances that they are in. Whenever we listen to the stories of these incredible men and women, we marvel at how they manage to effortlessly control their circumstances and maintain a straight path without wavering. The secret lies in their willpower and how well they master their emotions.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing new.

  • By Luis on 09-24-15

Nothing new.

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

none of the information provided was novel. they were very rudimentary and nothing that you couldn't find on the internet. very little guidance is given and the first three chapters of the audio book are all devoted to copyrights. this book would be a mere introduction in another book on willpower

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,129

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

Sensory overload and ridiculous character development

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

Reviewed: 04-15-15

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

For starters, it would have been nice To have heard something other than the narrators same monotone voice for more than 16 hrs. The fact that the book is overflowing with metaphors, similies and other types of figurative language plus what I can only describe as a complete disdain for dialogue made this book about as enjoyable as a trip to the dentist. The author tried too hard to "paint" the images and scenes for me with the overly rich language. I get it. Shes blind but that doesn't mean that you have to describe every little detail to us either.

What was most disappointing about Anthony Doerr’s story?

It was very unrealistic. For instance, we are led to believe that the young boy is a genius with a knack for electronics but when he starts solving the mathematical formula simply from what he had taught himself (in an orphanage no less where a dearth of books is quite common), I simply took a deep breadth and pressed on. I've taken geometry and trig and unless you have someone teaching you, problems like the one presented to him would be nearly impossible to solve. He ain't no Newton either.

How could the performance have been better?

If the performer would have varied his voice from one character to another it might have salvaged a percentage of the story. The 99% of the book is already written in 3rd person narration; using the same voice with the character as that used to read the nArration is over kill.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Eh.

Any additional comments?

Sorely disappointed. A potentially great story line wasted.