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  • Record of a Spaceborn Few

  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

Hundreds of years ago, the last humans on Earth boarded the Exodus Fleet in search of a new home among the stars. After centuries spent wandering empty space, their descendants were eventually accepted by the well-established species that govern the Milky Way. But that was long ago. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, the birthplace of many, yet a place few outsiders have ever visited. As many Exodans leave for alien cities or terrestrial colonies, those who remain are left to ponder their own lives and futures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Science Fiction

  • By Daniel Cascaddan on 10-14-18

Not much ‘story’

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

An interesting idea, what’s it like to live in the fleet. Ow that there are planets. But no compelling plot or much plot at all. More of a day in the life that was interesting. So if you’re looking for a ‘plot driven adventure’ this isn’t that.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,970

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Highly over rated.

  • By Corey Mackenson on 09-07-18

Ok I guess

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Well the narration is ‘good’ I suppose but lots of shrill semi-hysterical dialogue that gets a little annoying after several hours. Also I kind of figured most of it out along the way so no big surprise really. And I found difficult to care much for the main character. Overall not a very compelling storyline.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Time Pebbles

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

Tekla, son of an ancient shaman, loses Ka Li when she is torn from his life by a brutal tribe of Denisovans in a Late Pleistocene kidnapping. Ka Li escapes but is unarmed and forced to flee across the Bering land bridge where she becomes hopelessly lost in the endless tracts of North America. Only Tekla cares enough to search for her over the years. As Ka Li survives fierce predators and scarce resources, she leaves behind a series of signal cairns to help Tekla find her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elegant parallels

  • By Playonwards on 06-13-18

Thoroughly enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

A most unusual story involving time. No discussions of time- and yet there are two distinct time flows that eventually connect in unexpected ways. This is surrounded by a really creative and compassionate imagining of humans as we were a long long time ago - like the Pleistocene. Well done and well read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,993
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,980

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

Lots of food...

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

So I love post apocalyptic and dystopian future stories. This was ok, but they seemed awfully lucky. And you will hear in great detail about every meal they make. Like every meal. Kind of weird. Lots of talking with each other for the last 1/2 or 2/3 of book. Not a lot of ‘problems’ that you would expect... meh

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mean Streak

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,180

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality.

  • By DogLover on 09-08-14

If you like a love story...

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Then you’ll like this. But otherwise meh. Not bad but really just an excuse for a woman to be saved from her crappy husband by a big tall stranger.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gray

  • The Complete Collection
  • By: Lou Cadle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,308

Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story - Superb Value

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 11-05-17

Great post apocalyptic tale

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Unique take on the end of the world. Great study in humanity - the humanity inside all of us, or is it?

  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,864
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,853

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry

  • By Russell on 12-21-16

Not a bad 'first encounter' story

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

A lie? Or a truth? Or..... not a bad story a little slow at times maybe but good character development.

  • The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

  • The Road to Nowhere, Book 1
  • By: Meg Elison
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,883

When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead. In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth's population - killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant - the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power - and the strong who possess it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Equals" = "Annoying"

  • By Lulu on 12-26-16

Great story well told

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

I really loved this writer. I was pulled I from the start. No focus really on how we ended up dead- beyond a mystery virus- but how do we live after. Very human story. Not an end of the world action 'flick'. More like The Handmaids Tale meets the Road but with a hopeful ending.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Figures

  • The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
  • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,680

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. Among these problem solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Black Herstory

  • By Morgana on 10-09-16

Great story lousy book

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

Bit a great amazing story buried in a mediocre, unfocused and disconnected book. How sad that a story that is such an important piece of lost American history was present teed in such a lackluster way.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116,509
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107,850
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107,333

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't live up to it's hype, for me.

  • By Mary Alice on 02-18-19

Ok

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Very self absorbed story. The most Interesting was the apartheid perspective but kind of a disjointed story- bumps back and forth in a slightly non-helpful manner.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful