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  • Junk

  • By: Les Bohem
  • Narrated by: John Waters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,185
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,538
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,524

Set in present-day Los Angeles, Junk explores an epic conspiracy, one at work for thousands of years that involves total takeover of the planet Earth by aliens. In the wild, souped-up vision of Les Bohem - the acclaimed, Emmy-winning writer of the Steven Spielberg miniseries, Taken - the world is at the end stage of long-range plot that involves a gigantic genetic-engineering project. The aliens who have invaded us have no planet. No spaceship is coming. Instead, a small advance force comes, breeds, and dies - thus becoming an anomaly in our DNA that can’t be explained.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Junk

  • By glass1748 on 04-01-19

Awful writing

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

How do books like this get published. Horrible writing & unengaging storytelling. Couldn’t get beyond the first few chapters.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Magic

  • Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,979

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought it was going to be.

  • By Clinton on 08-06-11

Good story. Great voice acting.

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

This is a good story. The writing is average, but the storytelling (which is more important) is done well. The voice acting by Pinchot is fantastic.

  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,527

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless

  • By Celeste Albers on 05-24-17

Excellent All Around

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

Set in a different time, but excellent none-the-less. The story is emotional & gripping. The voice narration, outstanding.
Wish I could listen again for the first time.

  • Blood Meridian

  • Or the Evening Redness in the West
  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,031
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,018

Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Existential leavings

  • By Colin on 03-22-08

Good Writing, but....

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

McCarthy is a master of the language & it shows here. The writing is often beautifully rendered. However, most often the narration doesn’t fit the simple natures of the characters (all except the Judge).
Further, most characters were rather uninteresting & difficult to care about. The plot, or lack thereof, meandered all over & proved rather boring.

  • Going After Cacciato

  • By: Tim O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

Winner of the 1979 National Book Award, Going After Cacciato, a classic novel of Vietnam, captures the peculiar mixture of horror and hallucination that marked that strangest of wars. In a blend of reality and fantasy, this novel tells the story of a young soldier who one day lays down his rifle and sets off on a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shadow Sculpture Built out of War's Debris

  • By Darwin8u on 05-16-14

Not a Vietnam War Story

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

As much as I loved “The Things they Carried” by O’Brien, this novel falls far short. First, I feel cheated going in thinking it’s a Vietnam war story. It isn’t. Rather, it’s a story of a rag-tag groups intercontinental desertion trip. An exceedingly implausible tale that strains credulity. Further it’s disjointed, hard to follow, odd, & well...boring.
I really tried to get through it, but gave up with about 3 hours left to go.

  • The Things They Carried

  • By: Tim O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,345
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,311

Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy Load

  • By Mel on 10-28-13

LOVED this book.

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

Listen, I’m a harsh critic. I’m that guy that will not pick just any story, but I just can’t do it here.
Story = Excellent
Characters = Well dream & real
Writing & Style = Superb
Emotional impact = Riveting & genuine. Heartfelt

If you want to read an engaging story that bleeds with genuine feeling, and is well-written to boot, look no farther.

I’ll certainly be looking at more of Tim O’Brien’s work. It’s that good.

  • The Orphan Master's Son

  • A Novel
  • By: Adam Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,497

Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Went From Well Written To Pulitzer Prize Worthy

  • By Brigham on 12-15-15

Couldn’t get through it

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I really wanted to like this book & I tried to finish it. Just couldn’t make it. The concept of a citizen’s life in North Korea drew me, but that is the sole bright spot.
The plot is hard to follow. Characters are two-dimensional. Writing is average at best. These factors combine into a rather boring story.

  • Once We Were Brothers

  • By: Ronald H. Balson
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,939
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,716

Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5-Star Thriller with History and Heart

  • By Ella on 11-22-14

Wonderful story.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

I’m sparing in praise, but this story makes it easy. Great characters, an emotionally gripping tale full of ups & downs, & a top-rate voice performance.
This story affected me & I can’t say that about most.

  • The 13th Valley

  • By: John M. Del Vecchio
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 27 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

The 13th Valley follows the terrifying Vietnam combat experiences of James Chelini, a telephone-systems installer who finds himself an infantryman in territory controlled by the North Vietnamese army. Spiraling deeper and deeper into a world of conflict and darkness, this harrowing account of Chelini's plunge and immersion into jungle warfare traces his evolution from a semipacifist to an all-out combat-crazed soldier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the classic novels of Vietnam

  • By Michael E. on 07-05-17

Some aspects just ruined it.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

There’s a good story within the whole. Unlike others, I wasn’t trouble with the background lives for most of the characters.
My issue lies with Brooks, a potentially fascinating character, but the ranting that went on over his developing philosophy on war, coupled with his homosexuality, which bothered me only because it seemed to come out of nowhere, ruined an otherwise good story.
Toward the end, there’s other bits that seemed overwrought (like the spider when Eagan is immobile). Just over the top on all those accounts.

  • Matterhorn

  • A Novel of the Vietnam War
  • By: Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,535

Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matterhorn

  • By Zachary on 04-20-10

Good story.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Bittersweet tale with great characters who are easy to like. Not the best writing in the world, but the story is a good one and shines through.