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  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

  • A Novel
  • By: Hank Green
  • Narrated by: Kristen Sieh, Hank Green
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,731
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,578

The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., 23-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship - like a 10-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor - April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads Online. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world - everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires - and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense media spotlight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grape jelly in the void

  • By Marissa on 09-27-18

Fun the first time through

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

Reviewed: 04-26-19

I enjoyed most of this book the first time I read it, but when I read it the second time in between credit books I was really let down. The arguments between the anti carl and pro carl groups were just too tiresome. I would have liked it much more if the author had handled the public arguments as tastefully as he handled Aprils love scenes.

The narrators did an excellent job.

  • An Easy Death

  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

After the assassination of FDR in the 1930s, the US collapses and is picked off by the UK, Canada, Mexico, and Russia. Gunnie Lizbeth Rose tries to piece out a life, running security on runs from Texoma across the border to Mexico, where work and prospects are stronger. When two Russian magicians come looking for a man named Alex Karkarov, they hire Lizbeth, but there are problems: The man they're looking for is dead, but he has a daughter they now need to find, as an ever-growing set of sorcerers and gunnies do not want them to succeed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • cowboy and magic

  • By Shannon on 11-10-18

It doesn't really grip me

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

I kind of like this story, but I don't get any strong feelings about the characters or the action scenes. I'm not sure why this is so. The narrator is good, but maybe it's partly her fault. There's plenty of action and the whole idea of the alternate history seems interesting, but the story just doesn't grab me. I would really like to hear from somebody else who could explain it better than I can.

One example of the story that won't really give anything away. Somewhere in the late middle part of the book, the gunny and the male wizard spot an old woman apparently looking for them. She is one of the boss wizards of the male wizards group, so she is super powerful and super dangerous, and she's a possible ally if she is who she looks to be. They meet in a hotel room and after short discussion the gunny stabs her in the heart. She dies. Now, wouldn't you think that would be a gripping scene? It wasn't. It was just kind of "oh well, here we go again".

Post Submission Addition:
I originally gave this book two stars down the line, I have now upgraded it to three stars since I liked the book enough to finish it. After finishing the book and thinking about it I might have an idea why I was underwhelmed by it. I think maybe it was because it was written in the first person. If it had been written in the third person there would have been much better descriptions of the gunny throughout the book. Consider that if Stephen King had written the tower series in first person Roland might have come off looking like Forest Gump.

  • All Systems Red

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,138

All Systems Red is the tense first science fiction adventure novella in Martha Wells' series The Murderbot Diaries. For fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie's Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. Banks' Culture novels. The main character is a deadly security droid that has bucked its restrictive programming and is balanced between contemplative self-discovery and an idle instinct to kill all humans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE MURDERBOT

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 11-06-17

Wow! A book with well developed characters.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

I am usually pushed into writing a review because I'm so irritated by poorly developed characters in a novel. A personality flaw that I have been trying to deal with. So I am pushing myself to write this review for the opposite reason. This story is so well written that the main character almost grows right out of the pages (or earbuds), what a treat. What fun! Thank you Martha Wells, and thank you Kevin Free, and thanks to the whole production staff. This book is a fine example of why I have loved reading since I was a little boy in Florida before Elvis was the king. Of course I will continue the series with my fingers securely crossed in the hope of a continued voyage of discovery. So, enough talking, I'm off to the stars with Murderbot. Wish me luck on book two!

  • Prominence

  • By: A.C. Hadfield
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 364

They tried to destroy our planets. Our way of life. They tried to send us into extinction. But we, the Coalition, fought them and won. That was a decade ago. They’re known as the Host: a cabal of aliens seeking to dominate our sector of space. And they’re back - with help from a powerful new enemy. We’re outnumbered and unprepared. But there is hope. An ancient race of long-dead but technologically advanced aliens called the Navigators have a ship called the Blackstar that could potentially turn the tide. That is if I, Kai Locke, a humble ship racer, can find it and learn how to harness its power in time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Newly found love.

  • By L. Rampey on 03-22-19

I couldn't take even an hour of this book

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

Introduce a character and his of her sidekick for a couple minutes, then let the combat begin. Rinse and repeat. Pretty hard for me to care about the characters with no story line to base anything on.

You say, maybe I should have stuck with it for a while, I say there are better things for me to do (and read, and listen to).

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  • Back Blast

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,504
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,603

From the number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels comes an all-new explosive thriller featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man.... Court Gentry was the CIA's best agent. Until the day the agency turned against him and put out a kill-on-sight order. That's when the enigmatic international assassin called the Gray Man was born - and Court has been working for himself ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent GRAY MAN book - I can't wait for more...

  • By shelley on 02-17-16

On and on and on

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

Do not take this as advice, it's just a reminder to me
Never listen to another gray man book
Characters are all cardboard cutouts, two dimensional, very little depth of character
Might have made an okay short story, but I don't like short stories anyway
Could not finish
Please don't bother to rate this review, it's just a note to myself

  • Reset

  • By: Brian Andrews
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,074

Deep in the Afghan mountains, Sergeant Michael Pitcher discovers an object with powers that defy explanation. After interacting with it, he suffers a traumatic seizure and is flown home for evaluation. Cleared by the doctors, Michael goes home to his relieved wife, Josie. But he’s a changed man. The once-loving husband is now coldly withdrawn. When a team of scientists connected to Sergeant Pitcher vanishes without a trace, CIA agent Dean Ninemeyer comes to him for insight - only to find that the recovering soldier has also disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll never see it coming

  • By Angela M Bacon on 05-02-18

a bit preachy

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

The book is okay, and certainly well read by Ray Porter. But too damn far out, and too damn preachy. I gave up reading/listening in chapter 52. At that point I didn't even care how it ended, so I ended it myself.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • High Profile

  • By: Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

When the body of controversial talk-show host Walton Weeks is discovered hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Paradise, police chief Jesse Stone finds himself at the center of a highly public case. When another dead body, that of a young woman, is discovered just a few days later, the pressure to solve the crimes becomes almost unbearable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Parker in a while

  • By hwhhwh1 on 02-23-07

for my own reference

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Pretty good book, not one of the best, but I enjoyed it. However, the narrator did not fit my idea of a voice for Jesse Stone and company. He did a fine job though, I guess I'm being unfair.

  • Naked Prey

  • Lucas Davenport, Book 14
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288

In Naked Prey, John Sandford puts Lucas Davenport through some changes. His old boss, Rose Marie Roux, has moved up to the state level and taken Lucas with her. In addition, Lucas is now married and a new father, both of which are fine with him: He doesn't mind being a family man. But he is a little worried. For every bit of peace you get, you have to pay - and he's waiting for the bill. It comes in the form of two people found hanging from a tree in the woods of northern Minnesota. What makes it particularly sensitive is that the bodies are of a black man and a white woman, and they're naked....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meet Letty West!

  • By Ruth on 11-01-12

for my own reference

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

here's where we meet Nettie, kind of like a high water mark in the series

  • One Doctor

  • Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine
  • By: Brendan Reilly
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353

An epic story told by a unique voice in Ameri­can medicine, One Doctor describes life-changing experiences in the career of a distinguished physi­cian. In riveting first-person prose, Dr. Brendan Reilly takes us to the front lines of medicine today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Brilliant

  • By Jan on 06-20-14

Be advised, very depressing

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

Just like the title. Interesting, until you follow it for a while and it becomes so depressing. Did it improve later? Hell! I don't know I quit reading it. I've got enough depressing reality in my life without listening to this book for entertainment. I read (listen) to be entertained.

To be totally fair? This book was well done in all aspects.

  • The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 1
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,797
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,625

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable series

  • By George on 04-14-19

Don't you know how to label a book YA (childish)

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

If I was fifteen I would have loved this book, maybe. I'm 70 and I like computer games but this book is juvenal to the point of being childish. So there you go let's start a new book designation as childish. I've got no problem at all with childish books, but I would like to be warned before I commit my money or credits to a book that is so juvenile in scope and creativity. The narration (from what I was able to listen to) was however excellent. Kudos to Nick Podehl, without a doubt the best part of this book (from an adult perspective).

Look, from my perspective, I feel like I should at least be warned that a book is written for ten year old kids by the management of the company so I don't have to rely on the wobbly reviews included for the book. Or you could include the age of the reviewer to the review (not how long they have been a member). I am not talking about author profiling, for Gods sake, just work a little bit with your dedicated audience.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful