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  • The Accidental Alchemist

  • By: Gigi Pandian
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,806
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,786

Unpacking her belongings in her new hometown of Portland, Oregon, herbalist and reformed alchemist Zoe Faust can't help but notice she's picked up a stowaway. Dorian Robert-Houdin is a living, breathing three-and-half-foot gargoyle - not to mention a master of French cuisine - and he needs Zoe's expertise to decipher a centuries-old text. Zoe, who's trying to put her old life behind her, isn't so sure she wants to reopen her alchemical past... until the dead man on her porch leaves her no choice.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously?

  • By James on 10-04-15

Interesting concept

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

The concept of a live gargoyle in your packing boxes that needs help because it is turning to stone makes the book pretty interesting, However, at times it seemed like an advertisement for the vegan diet and way of life. The book would have been just as good without the advertisement.

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Anubis Gates

  • By: Tim Powers
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,108

When Brendan Doyle is flown from America to London to give a lecture on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, little does he expect that he will soon be traveling through time and meeting the poet himself. But Brendan could do without being stranded penniless in the teeming, thieving London of 1810.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yesterday… All My Troubles Seemed So Far Away

  • By Doug D. Eigsti on 06-21-16

Good concept but hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

The story line should have been a winner, but I found it hard to follow. I usually listen while driving and the story jumped around just enough to lose me on a number of occasions. The story was just too disjointed to follow the plot without doubling back, and that isn't possible when driving.

  • Solving the Procrastination Puzzle

  • A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change
  • By: Timothy A. Pychyl
  • Narrated by: Timothy A. Pychyl
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 671

The new audio edition of the self-published hit, offering powerful strategies to end procrastination!

Why do we sabotage our own best intentions? How can we eliminate procrastination from our lives for good? Based on current psychological research and supplemented with clear strategies for change, this concise guide will help listeners finally break free from self-destructive ideas and habits, and move into freedom and accomplishment.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Procrastinator at Work Right Before Your Eyes

  • By Sara on 12-03-14

Author Procrastinated Writing the Book

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

There might be some good advice in the book but after about 15 minutes of the author thanking everyone who ever helped him (possibly including the dog), I gave up on listening.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1

  • By: James M. McPherson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144

James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • volume1

  • By chris on 08-26-10

Historical causes of the Civil War

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

Reviewed: 01-23-15

If you want to know what led to the Civil War this is the book for you. It's a little dry since it explores the political aspects starting in 1840 and through 1862. Slavery might have been the ultimate cause of the war, but there were a lot of underlying factors that helped divide the nation on slavery. These factors are discussed in depth. It also sets forth the logistical aspects that affected the conduct of the war, and how the North eventually won this war of attrition. This should probably be required reading for any History degree. I think it won a Pulitzer.

  • Presumed Innocent

  • By: Scott Turow
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,567

Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of crimes. Prosecutor Rusty Sabich is transformed from accuser to accused when he is handed an explosive case - that of the brutal murder of a woman who happens to be his former lover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book, Gripping Entertainment!

  • By Glen on 04-16-10

Starts slow and gets slower

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

Reviewed: 09-25-14

Maybe its the performer, maybe its the story. I've listened to 2 hrs 10 min and it's time to cut my loss. I was hoping that the story pace would pick up, but that doesn't seem to be happening. My real regret is that I bought the follow-on book and I've passed the time when I can return one or both.

  • The Rook

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel O'Malley
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,111

Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tale of Two Myfanwy's

  • By Tango on 03-18-13

Good, but jumps around some

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

Reviewed: 07-21-14

Interesting story line and well performed. This is a story of the supernatural, and the main subject has the ability to read body functions and thus control others. The main subject discovers there is a traitor, knows she will survive without any of her memories, and proceeds to write instructions for her future self. The story bounces between the current and previous occupant of the body. Because of this, it is sometimes a little hard to tell which of the two body occupants is in the action. Overall, it was an interesting story and worth the listen.

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    Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    2,685 ratings
    Overall 3.0
  • METAtropolis

  • By: Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
  • Narrated by: Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2,685
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,340
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2,394

Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Painful

  • By AmazonCustomer on 07-29-13

Free but not worth the time

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

Reviewed: 02-04-14

You'd will probably love this if you if you're an environmental Nazi. Communism has proven itself unworkable on nearly every level, but listening to this book seemed like an indoctrination rather than entertainment.

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,598

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

An EMP attack, not climate change could destroy us

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

Reviewed: 08-24-13

Absolutely chilling because it is absolutely possible. This book masterfully lays out the possible effects of a total collapse in our society. We talked about the possibility of a nuclear strike when I was in the Army and the results of the electro-magnetic pulse (EMP), but didn't really do much about it. Hopefully the suppliers are hardening the military electronics. I am pretty sure that can't be said for any civilian electronics, and everything we use in the USA today seems to be tied to electronics in some way or another. Just imagine the loss of all electricity, communications, and transportation. We ALL depend on the National Emergency Broadcast System, but what if our radios no longer worked, or if their transmitters no longer worked. What if we were reduced to walking, riding bicycles, riding horses, or dragging carts? Does anyone know how to grow, harvest, and preserve food, particularly meat? We have all grown to believe that the USA is the land of milk and honey, that food is plentiful and readily available, but what if all means of getting it from the farm to the consumer were wiped out? How long would it be before entire communities were starving? We all depend on the "government" to rescue us from disasters. Look how long it took before aid could get to Katrina victims. That would be miraculous speed given an EMP strike. Some believe enemies should be "bombed back to the Stone Age", and that the USA is immune to this. Simply look at our reliance on electronics and you can see the folly. An EMP strike would instantly stop everything in the areas affected, and that area could be very extensive given a nuclear blast above the atmosphere where line of sight touches everywhere. So WHY are we worried about "climate change" which may or may not be occurring, and whose affects will take hundreds of years rather than an instance?

  • A Drink Before the War

  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,178

With novels like Mystic River and Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane has dramatically altered the landscape of the crime thriller—while boldly overstepping the boundaries that have long separated mystery from literature. Now two of his sensational early novels have been combined in a single volume—two gritty and mesmerizing masterworks of suspense featuring the private eye duo of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great beginning to thriller series

  • By L. O. Pardue on 11-23-11

Don't let the title fool you - It's a gang war....

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

Reviewed: 07-23-13

Fairly good story and performance, but the title implies that the book is tied to military "War", not gang violence.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,259

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Move Over Jack Reacher

  • By Ed on 03-25-17

Wow! Non stop action

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

Reviewed: 08-23-12

What did you love best about The Gray Man?

The main character never rested. The action was non-stop. One action scene right after another.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The action started at the very beginning, and never let up. It didn't take long before I was wondering how will the Gray Man get out of this mess.

What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

It seemed like the reader was actually the main character. Great performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have listened to the book in one sitting, but had other obligations.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful