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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 62,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,088
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57,943

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

Super weak first half. Fantastic end.

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

If this were only the final two hours or so of the book it would be amazing. I just didnt find any of the set up compelling at all. I also feel like the tone wasn't exactly right. A lot of the environment was poorly described/explained too.

Its hard not to compare this to The Martian. A lot of the information and science here just felt like footnotes/exposition. Where as The Martian felt like you were thinking along with Mark.

The only part i was compelled to listen to was the final 2 hours or so. Perhaps the first parts were more descriptive.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,894
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,898

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite what I expected

  • By K. Allen on 10-17-14

Fantastic little mystery. Ending was too loony.

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

Clines is excellent at setting up and writing through problems feasibly. He is a master of pacing. His writing feels very lean in that he doesn't linger on inconsequential detail. It's all about keeping you thinking and keeping you in the story. VERY character driven. The conclusion of this one was a bit too loony for my taste but beyond that it was just excellent.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Enemy

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,444

New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Made me really admire Reacher

  • By CBDC on 09-30-09

Climax dragged a little. Fantastic detective novel

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

Not a low or a high point for the series. It was good in its meticulous detective work and realism. However it lacked that insane tension the Jack Reacher series is known for and the climax was a hard exhale instead of an explosion.

I also liked that it touched on things such as mortality and sexuality without dragging on about it or losing focus on the main plot.

Also most of the books work as stand alone works with minor references or nods. However there is a sub plot in this book that really does nothing for the story but greatly fleshes out Reacher.

  • Persuader

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,402

Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!

  • By Joanna on 06-19-09

A high point for the series. Wow

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

The first chapter was such an incredible set up. The last sentence hooks you and doesnt let you go til the end of the book. This book is filled with everything you love about the Reacher books. The detective work, the gambles, the heroism and the intelligence. Reacher manages to feel larger than life but still very grounded and human. The environment and the flow of events also feels plausible. The cast of characters here are all very interesting and all play a part. It is a very efficient story. Ties up a little abruptly but believably. The action is not Child's strong point but he does such a good job setting it up that i forgive him completely. Definitely one of my favorites in the series. I dont think ive enjoyed them this much since book 2.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ex-Isle

  • Ex-Heroes, Book 5
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Mark Boyett, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219

The heroes are overjoyed when they discover another group of survivors living on a manmade island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But there's something very, very wrong with this isolated community and its mysterious leader - a secret that could put every survivor in the world at risk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The superheroes head out to sea.

  • By Lore on 04-09-16

Another solid entry.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

It is important to note that Clines has a knack for writing a compelling and enthralling story. Superheroes and Zombies are rarely the focus in these books. The focus is a fantastic story. Some how he always manages to make these people feel real. There's always complex problems that are realistic and believable instead of happenstance and bs. Its incredible how efficient and well paced it is. It dwells long enough to let you think and become invested but it moves fast enough to stop it from being stale. I missed a lot of my favorite characters but it still feels like returning to family with each entry.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Digger’s Game

  • By: George V. Higgins
  • Narrated by: Mark Ashby
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Jerry "Digger" Doherty is an ex-con and proprietor of a workingman's Boston bar, who supplements his income with the occasional "odd job," like stealing live checks or picking up hot goods. His brother's a priest, his wife's a nag, and he has a deadly appetite for martinis and gambling. On a trip to Vegas, the Digger finds himself in the sights of a loan shark known as “the Greek.” Luckily--if you call it luck--the Digger has been let in on a little job that can turn his gambling debt into a profit, if only he can pull it off without getting himself killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So real feeling.

  • By Terrance Ferguson on 04-09-17

So real feeling.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Its crazy how grounded Higgins manages to make his characters and worlds feel. It always feels like youre sitting RIGHT there. I always feel like i know these people by the time its over.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hannibal Rising

  • By: Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by: Thomas Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 705

Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him. Hannibal’s uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle’s beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki. But Hannibal’s demons visit him and torment him. When he is old enough, he visits them in turn. He discovers he has gifts beyond the academic, and in that epiphany, Hannibal Lecter becomes death’s prodigy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Catherine on 12-12-06

Interesting but took away from the character

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

It was well done and believable. However i feel that part of Hannibals allure is his mysterious and almost mythical presence. This made him "human" and honestly took away from the character. The TV show is also a prequel of sorts but he is still already Hannibal. Digging into the past makes the now less intense. He is less of a monster and more of a ... result of his circumstance. i am forever grateful that i read this book LAST.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cogan's Trade

  • By: George V. Higgins
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Crackling dialogue, mordant humor, and unremitting tension drive the suspenseful stakes of the game higher in Boston's precarious underworld of small-time mobsters, crooked lawyers, and political gofers as George V. Higgins, the writer who boiled crime fiction harder, tracks Jackie Cogan's career in a gangland version of law and order.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So intense.

  • By Terrance Ferguson on 03-07-17

So intense.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

I like how 99.9 percent of the book is just conversation. Very little action. It makes it more realistic for me. You hear about things. There's all this planning. This build up. Then it explodes. Excellent. It felt like you were sitting right there talking to the guys.

Also I am shocked Tarantino didn't direct the film or anything else written by Higgins.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Psycho

  • By: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Narrated by: Pablo Schreiber
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,359
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,368

Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fanntastic book but maybe not for everyone....

  • By So Fain on 03-27-11

Distasteful and ugly in exactly the right way.

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

Reviewed: 02-21-17

The book definitely began to drag for me. There is not really any escalation. There are some peak points in the "Action" but over all it was just the same thing over and over past a certain point in the book. This helped the book for me. The way the violence became dull gave the story a PERFECT feel for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Without Fail

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,887

Skilled, stealthy, and anonymous, Jack Reacher is the perfect man for the job: to assassinate the vice president of the United States. Theoretically. The head of a high-level Secret Service security detail wants Reacher to find the holes in her system - and fast. A group of desperate men already has the vice president in its sights. And it will stop at nothing to realize its objective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the series so far

  • By Lily on 07-11-16

VERY well written. Ending was a let down.

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

Reviewed: 02-21-17

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

No. There are much better books in the series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Without Fail?

When one of the major characters is shot in the neck. Very jarring.

Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Only as reacher. I enjoy yhim.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Something something Duty. Something something in the shadows.

Any additional comments?

Just incredibly written. Such a great thread but once the mystery is revealed it is disappointing. Was not as bad as the end of Running Blind/The Visitor which was pretty unbelievable but this was just... far fetched? If it wasnt for that, this one would be one of my favorites.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful