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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,941
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52,795

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Rosario is a voice artist.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

A fun ride! Starts off a little slow, but once it got rolling I couldn't stop listening. It's more personal interactions with a touch of intrigue than The Martian, but you still get the sass and bits of falling in love with describing science. Jazz is a deeper character than she presents herself, and I wanted to know what had happened in her past to get her where she is, and where she was going to go.
Also a specific shout-out to Rosario's performance, it was fantastic. Feels like she's really Jazz sitting down to tell you her story over a pint. There's a wide cast of characters with many accents and she makes them all individual.

  • Alex, Approximately

  • By: Jenn Bennett
  • Narrated by: Amy Melissa Bentley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Classic movie buff Bailey "Mink" Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by "Alex". Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush. Faced with doubts (what if he's a creep in real life - or worse?), Bailey doesn't tell Alex she's moved to his hometown. Or that she's landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she's being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth - a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great But Don't Read the Synopsis!

  • By Lorna on 09-26-17

Character development! Trauma recovery! Consent!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

A book I'll definitely return to! Not only does Bailey fall in love, but she grows as a person, deals with trauma, and learns how to be a good friend & daughter. She has a whole world around her.
Also I really want to eat churros on the boardwalk now.
My main gripe with the narration is sometimes it's hard to tell whether Bailey is thinking something or saying out loud, which can be awkward, but usually you can figure it out from context.
Also don't judge it by its weird cover, which has nothing to do with anything.

  • Pacific Rim

  • The Official Movie Novelization
  • By: Alex Irvine
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 416

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, rise from the sea, a war begins that will take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By jason on 07-17-13

Excellent additions add flavor to universe

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

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

Yes I would recommend it and I have! The text itself gives a lot of extra backstory and that they didn't get to lay out in the movie. Scenes were expanded, revealing things like how Raleigh was responsible for naming Danger. More characterization for the Russian and Triplet teams. Things about Pentacost's history. The voices are really well acted and unique for each character; it's like a one-man play.

What does Christian Rummel and Jay Snyder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The voices are great, none of them stood out to me as awkward. Sometimes male readers make the female voices weird and/or breathy, and Mako made out pretty well in that respect. Having a different voice for the in-universe clippings or dossiers was a nice touch that helped them feel separate from the narrative.

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

You do want to get through the plot, but it's not a breezy listen. There's a lot of info to chew on. I liked spreading it out over multiple listenings because I got to digest the new info I got and savor the new developments.

Any additional comments?

Sometimes the writing goes off on almost stream-of-consciousness tangents about what the characters are thinking, which slows down the pacing of the dialogue. But since a lot of the acting in the movie is shown on their faces rather than spoken, especially with Raleigh and Mako, it does help to hear what they might be thinking in those pauses. And the actor does a good job differentiating between what's spoken and what's thought.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • By: Alexander Freed
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,994

As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate...and a threat that may be too great to overcome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the movie!

  • By Acts238preacher on 12-19-16

For those who enjoyed the movie and wanted more

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

Does a nice job filling in some of the motivations that the perhaps too subtle acting of the movie fell a bit short to convey.
Narration was good, he was very good at doing all the individual voices. My only gripe is how much weight he gave to absolutely everything; it is a downer sort of plot, but it did get exhausting sometimes.