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  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,592
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,976

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard Clines. Fun and forgettable

  • By Debra on 10-07-17

Terrible Voice

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

The female character’s voice ruins this book. The boys and men were fine. On balance, I am returning this book.

  • Canto Bight

  • Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • By: Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, and others
  • Narrated by: Sean Kenin, Saskia Maarleveld, Marc Thompson, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 871

Soon to be seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, welcome to the casino city of Canto Bight. A place where exotic aliens, captivating creatures, and other would-be high rollers are willing to risk everything to make their fortunes. Set across one fateful evening, these four original novellas explore the deception and danger of the lavish casino city.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fun group of stories with a few great moments

  • By Anonymous User on 04-18-18

Second Story Read by Mushy Mouth

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Add the poor acting, incessant, loud, rumbles, creaking and echo and I gave up. First story was fine.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Alienist

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,883

The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding on several levels.

  • By lyl on 12-30-12

Great Book Damaged by Randomly Repeated Chapters

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

So the performance and story were great. However, every few chapters you may discover that you are listening to a chapter you already heard but was numbered as the next chapter. Don't buy this book if you cannot cope with this sloppiness. Of course if this problem has been fixed, I have no way of knowing. I did not return this book.

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,602

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

  • By pat on 03-25-17

5 Stars Insufficient

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

The story is terrific with great characters, humor and twists. (I laughed out loud in places.) Also, thanks to Will Wheaton, who is superb, Please let there be more to this series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alert

  • By: James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
  • Narrated by: Danny Mastrogiorgio, Henry Leyva
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,319

New Yorkers aren't easily intimidated, but someone is doing their best to scare them badly. Why? After two inexplicable high-tech attacks, the city that never sleeps is on edge. Detective Michael Bennett, along with his old pal, the FBI's Emily Parker, have to catch the shadowy criminals who claim responsibility - but they're as good at concealing their identities as they are at wreaking havoc.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Moves at the Perfect Pace - Patterson is back!

  • By Vicki on 08-17-15

Brilliant, imaginative.

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

A police procedural, but the story moves effectively between warmth, humor, action mystery and terror. Well performed too.

  • The Bone Labyrinth

  • Sigma Force, Book 11
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650

A series of strange events throws the world into turmoil. As a manned Chinese rocket explodes upon launch, three American astronauts, each separated by thousands of miles, are murdered. Then an archaeologist in Croatia uncovers a new cavern system that reveals elaborate primitive paintings by a tribe of Neanderthals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good read from Rollins

  • By Kat Kruse on 12-26-15

Skipped over Many Parts

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

The story was a ridiculous rip-off of Dan Brown. This was the first Sigma Force book that I remember reading. It is also the last.

  • Island 731

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,916
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,915

Mark Hawkins, former park ranger and expert tracker, is out of his element, working onboard the Magellan, a research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But his work is interrupted when, surrounded by 30 miles of refuse, the ship and its high-tech systems are plagued by a series of strange malfunctions and the crew is battered by a raging storm. When the storm fades and the sun rises, the beaten crew awakens to find themselves anchored in the protective cove of a tropical island...and no one knows how they got there.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting fun story

  • By Rise on 01-24-16

Disgusting Imagery

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

If you want a book that moves from one gory image to one even worse, this is the book for you. The only saving was the narrator. I dropped the book halfway through.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Disappeared

  • Retrieval Artist, Book 1
  • By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 379

Retrieval artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a retrieval artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Universe Full of Morons

  • By Matthew on 07-15-08

Science Fiction with a Twist

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

Reviewed: 11-03-15

There is no labored explanation of the tech world in the distant future. It is just there, so it helps the story and does not interfere. The series sets up the beginning of this wonderful series and the end is so corporate human.

  • Masterminds

  • Anniversary Day Saga, Book 8 (Retrieval Artist Universe)
  • By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

The fate of the Alliance hangs in the balance as the masterminds behind the Anniversary Day bombings trigger the final stages of a plan decades in the making. A plan that will bring about the total destruction of every dome on the Moon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cool!

  • By M. Smalley on 06-21-15

What I Liked About This Series

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

Reviewed: 10-13-15

Let me mention first Jay Snyder did a masterful job in securing the tone of this author: a perfect balance of calm and expressiveness.

The author amazes me. SF can be ruined by delving into the physics of the distant future. She does not. Rather she describes the amazing things that are there, and in short order I came to accept that is the way it is, i.e. will be. Then there is the way she helps the reader keep track of the great characters over 8 volumes. As events swirl around the many characters, she helps the reader focus of the change in place, time and person. The segues when required are perfect.

Thank you KKR. I eagerly await your next effort.

  • The Target

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,158

The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun thriller, gets better as it continues

  • By Mark on 12-31-17

Indistinct Voices

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

Reviewed: 09-21-15

There were foreign female characters that were difficult to understand. Otherwise all male characters and american females were well done.