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  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618

When itinerant cave diver James Tighe receives an invitation to billionaire Nathan Joyce's private island, he thinks it must be a mistake. But Tighe's unique skill set makes him a prime candidate for Joyce's high-risk venture to mine a near-Earth asteroid - with the goal of kick-starting an entire off-world economy. The potential rewards and personal risks are staggering, but the competition is fierce, and the stakes couldn't be higher. Isolated and pushed beyond their breaking points, Tighe and his fellow 21st-century adventurers must rely on each other to survive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Daemon Deja Vu in Deep Space

  • By James Heczko on 05-10-19

Good but predictable story

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

Reviewed: 06-22-19

Daniel Suarez is great at writing near-future sci fi. Daemon, for example, is a real masterpiece.

This book feels well-researched and tells a good story, but the story arch and a lot of the individual story beats are predictable. In this book, Daniel’s setups telegraph the upcoming plot twists, and the length of time between the setups and the reveals are so short that the twists don’t pack any punch.

I would recommend this book for anyone looking for realistic sci fi, but not as whole-heartedly as some of his other titles.

  • Against All Enemies

  • By: Tom Clancy, Peter Telep
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,489
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,499

For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. And then...news of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Against All Enemies is a hit with me

  • By Book and Movie Lover on 06-22-11

This is not a Tom Clancy book.

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

This book is terrible. Terrible dialogue. Terrible plot. None of the intrigue or suspenseful writing usually found in his usual books.

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  • By: Anne Marshall
  • Narrated by: Anne Marshall
  • Length: 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 194

This walking meditation guides you through twelve blissful minutes of deeply relaxing and focused awareness. You will find that this exercise is an excellent grounding tool, giving you a precious opportunity to step aside from your day to day activities and simply enjoy the pleasure of walking.Beginning with a close awareness of your body posture and sensations you will be guided to expand your awareness all the way to the vastness of the space around you and then back again.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not very effective...

  • By onairlady2001 on 06-07-13

Don't bother.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

Should be more accurately renamed "Standing Still Meditation". Pass this one up for a better book.

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  • Science Tackles the Afterlife
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Quigley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 899

In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die. She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out-of-body near-death experiences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ghosts with fake accents

  • By BirderMame on 09-22-08

Mildly interesting text, terrible narration.

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

This book isn't as interesting as Mary Roach's other books; this is base on old ideologies and history. While I can understand that some would find the content interesting, it just didn't capture my attention. Worse, the narrator is terrible, belittling the subjects the author writes about by over-emphasizing the wrong words, and doing terrible accents. Don't buy this audiobook. Sadly, the deadline has passed and I can't refund my copy.

  • 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 4,757
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,358

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging novel of Nazi horrors

  • By Mark on 02-26-18

Misleading book.

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

This isn't a historical story, it's a religious tome driving home the merits of Christianity.

There are a few exciting moments - the separate capture of the two main protagonists, parts of the escape, but most of the book is spent discussing the merits of religious beliefs, and the author keeps circling back to the positive points of Christianity. As another reviewer mentioned, he also gets a lot of facts wrong, which in my opinion is inexcusable in a book that's presented as historical fiction.

The narration is decent, but the accents are particularly fake and annoying. I would have preferred a narrator reading with more passion but without fake French accents.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,295

When the obituary of legendary computer game architect Matthew Sobol appears online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events that begins to unravel our interconnected world. This daemon reads news headlines, recruits human followers, and orders assassinations. With Sobol’s secrets buried with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed, it’s up to Detective Peter Sebeck to stop a self-replicating virtual killer before it achieves its ultimate purpose - one that goes far beyond anything Sebeck could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Great book, great performance.

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

Reviewed: 06-26-15

Fantastic book, and excellent performance by Jeff Gurner. This would have made such a better movie than Ready Player One will!

  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

  • By: Judy Blume
  • Narrated by: Judy Blume
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

Living with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or scribbling all over Peter's homework, he's never far from trouble. He's a two-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter's had enough.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not a waste of credits.

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 08-05-11

Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 09-16-13

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Judy Blume?

The author's read is terrible, constantly jumping between speaking so low she can't be understood, to reading so loud that the audio distorts. She also does not have a lot of range in the tone of her reading.

7 of 12 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 217,112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202,349

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

Awful, don't bother.

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

Reviewed: 07-13-12

What was most disappointing about Ernest Cline???s story?

Barely nostalgic, the book seems to be more a compilation of the texts on the backs of game packaging than an original story. Very lazy writing, predictable plot and unoriginal ending.

Any additional comments?

Do not waste your credits on this one, instead, Daemon by Daniel Suarez is a much better book, featuring an original plot and much more credible situation.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful