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  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,702

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Caught me by surprise, and held me till the end.

  • By Brian Perry on 07-21-15

Interesting take on response to alien invasion

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

Reviewed: 09-29-15

What did you like best about this story?

The mechanics of thwarting an invasion

Any additional comments?

The narrator reminded of old-time newsreel reporting...an insistent voice throughout which tired my ears. The book and style of narration reminded me of watching "Victory at Sea" back in the 1950s. Blow-by-blow reportage of who did what and when. Fans of combat details and combat hardware will like those parts. It did keep me interested, but don't know if I'll wade through the rest of the series if Audible ever offers it. Maybe.

  • Dragonfly in Amber

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 38 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,644
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,388

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FOR GUYS AS WELL

  • By Jeff on 05-14-12

Huge disappointment

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

Reviewed: 10-17-14

Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

No

Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

No

Any additional comments?

The story is even slower than Outlander but without any redeeming interest. Hours of listening between plot points. I don't listen to romance novels but liked Outlander for the trip back in time. This sequel is just a self-indulgent romance.

  • The Lion's Game

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,634

To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and engaging

  • By CoCo on 12-26-02

Brick entertains

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

Reviewed: 08-06-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Scott Brick's narrations are all over the place--some just awful, some really great. This is one of the great ones, along with Plum Island. Fun listen. Oh, and the story is good too.

  • Mister Slaughter

  • A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,041
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,866

. Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic series!

  • By Cheryl on 07-14-12

Too dismal, though I loved some of the characters

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

Reviewed: 08-27-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I enjoy McCammon's style of writing immensely. But this is an arduous saga without relief. I had a hard time finishing it because of the relentless downward spiral.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Mr. Ballerini has a plaintive quality to his voice that made the story even more depressing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Company

  • A Novel of the CIA
  • By: Robert Littell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,830

"If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says ( Publishers Weekly).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang on to your Hat

  • By Cynthia on 01-17-03

Hungarian freedom fighters

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-11

I remember the heartache we felt when the communists rolled their tanks back into Budapest in 1956 and crushed the rebellion. Later I met a Hungarian freedom fighter and listened to many stories. But this book gave me a deeper understanding of the things he couldn't bear to tell me.

The book as a whole has shaken me...the forces and counterforces that depend so much on chance and timing and brilliant maneuvering...all shaping the world we live in...there's a lot of food for thought. Chance and timing resulted in 30 more years of repression in Hungary. This is much more than a book about the CIA. I'm focused on Hungary here, but the book covers many more plots within plots.

Yes, it's long and lags in places, but I put it in one of the top 10 must-listens for a taste of our history.

Scott Brick: WOW! This was some performance, and I say "performance" rather than "narration." I've criticized him in the past for being overly dramatic, but he has become a masterful reader. The research he must have done to pull this off is admirable. There were so many accents and attitudes that gave me clues throughout the 40 hours. Occasionally I would get lost trying to figure out who was who, but that was fairly rare. I'd love to know how many sessions and takes were involved in producing this epic.

  • The Fifth Witness

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,541

Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can't put this one down

  • By Dan on 05-10-11

Suggestion for narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-11

The percussive consonants, especially the "t's" and "d's" makes listening a bit tiring to the ears. A good start would be to move the mic away from his mouth.
All sentences are delivered with maximum impact, rather than with subtlety based on the rhythm of the story. This reader would be perfect for commercials. I felt like I was being "sold" through the entire book.
Good story, tiring narrator.

23 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Jay Fernandez
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,955

On New Year's Day, Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good read

  • By Pamela on 11-09-03

Narrator puts me to sleep

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-11

Question: Do narrators have control over the pacing, or is it the editors?
The silences between each and every sentence left so much room it was easy to get distracted and lose the thread of the story. I think if the editing had been better the narrator might have been ok, but as presented this story loses a lot of its punch. Even with those caveats this isn't one of Connelly's better stories. But I love Harry Bosch and will put up with almost anything to get more of him. Get Dick Hill back!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Case

  • A Barbara Holloway Mystery
  • By: Kate Wilhelm
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Controversial author and scholar David Etheridge is not the kind of company an aspiring politician wants to keep. But ambitious senator Robert McCrutchen has a history with Etheridge that he's desperately trying to keep under wraps: 22 years ago, both men were investigated in the still-unsolved death of a young coed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I can not believe I listened to all of this book

  • By Nathan on 08-25-08

Terrible reader, bored Wilhelm

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-11

First, the reader...she does male voices well, but makes all the women sound perky, lightweight, trite. Just awful.
The story has a lot of cut-and-paste descriptions from previous books. Can authors really get away with this? No current-time authenticity. It's really too bad, because there's a great cast of characters here. One more "Bailey glowered" and I'll scream.
Barbara can't find her way with this case, and neither can I. A story about endless frustration and dead ends...well, I think it describes how the author felt writing this.
Then there's the faux romance. Tacky and tiring, and doesn't belong to a character who began with such an edge.
I have downloaded all the Barbara Holloway novels and enjoyed the twists and turns.
Kate Wilhelm, I hope you find your way again...you have avid fans.

  • Utopia

  • By: Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 824

Rising out of the Nevada canyons, Utopia is a theme park so technologically advanced as to be awe-inspiring. But serious mishaps are starting to cause concern, and things turn from bad to worse when a group of mercenaries infiltrates the park's computerized infrastructure, holding the entire park hostage. The engineer who designed the park now must find a way to save it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Utopia (unabridged)

  • By Patti on 10-01-03

Scott Brick

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-10

Does anyone else find Scott Brick overly dramatic? Every sentence is laden and breathless, whether needed or not. Works well when the action ramps up, but otherwise is silly. He reminds me of the 1950's over-actor, Jeff Chandler.

The story's OK, not the best, but a good diversion and the amusement park's rides sound wonderful.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Brutal Telling

  • A Three Pines Mystery
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,100

As autumn descends upon Three Pines, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. What past did he leave behind, and why has he buried himself in this tiny village?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying but sad

  • By Marie on 04-03-10

Very satisfying

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-10

Hearing this book prompted me to order and listen to the rest of the Three Pines mysteries--from the first book "Still Life" to this, "The Brutal Telling", the 5th in the series. I didn't want to miss a thing about these characters. More importantly, I didn't want to miss a word of this author's work--she's that good.

I also bought the paperback versions because my husband prefers to read rather than listen. Louise Penny is a keeper in our library!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful