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  • The Years of Rice and Salt

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 25 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 560

It is the 14th century, and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur - the coming of the Black Death. History teaches us that a third of Europe's population was destroyed. But what if the plague had killed 99 percent of the population instead? How would the world have changed? This is a look at the history that could have been - a history that stretches across centuries, a history that sees dynasties and nations rise and crumble, a history that spans horrible famine and magnificent innovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By dm on 09-07-15

Started off okay

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

The segue into the next chapter was juvenile in book one. Interesting story at first. Book two was so dry and boring I couldn’t stand to listen anymore.

  • The Black Book

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,853

Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy's tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there's nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state's attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself - who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT STORY!

  • By Artkeep on 07-03-17

Terrible Book

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

This book was so bad I could not listen to the stupidity anymore. Sometimes I don't mind a poorly written book for background noise as I am walking. This was so annoying I could not listen anymore. Sounds like a 10 year old wrote this.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,959
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,904

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Just a nice clean story

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

I really enjoyed this story. Well written, and very well read. My walk was made much easier while listening. Never got boring.

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87,174
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 87,101

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Excellent what more can be said.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-16

The performance is the best I have ever listened to. The story is never boring.

  • The Witness

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,665
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,276

Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, and a mixture of courage and fear gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn't dare reveal her true identity to the authorities. Instead, she plans her immediate escape. Her perilous flight begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Witness

  • By Wilhelmina on 03-18-10

The concept was okay

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

The story could have been better. It sounded like the author was in a crunch to finish a book. The performance was really bad. The performer had a pleasant voice but not for different characters.

  • Firstlife

  • An Everlife Novel, Book 1
  • By: Gena Showalter
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 563

Tenley "Ten" Lockwood is an average 17-year-old girl...who has spent the past 13 months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers but her refusal to let her parents choose where she'll live - after she dies. There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Would have been a Five-Star Read...

  • By Natalie C on 02-25-16

Boring

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

What would have made Firstlife better?

Nothing.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was okay.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation

Any additional comments?

I really tried to get into this story. But the longer it went on the worse it got. I was driving in a snowstorm and had to turn the book off because the longer it went on the more irritable I became.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,277

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Slooowwwww Moving

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

Reviewed: 03-21-15

This would not be high on my recommendations list. Actually it would be at the very end. Lots of twists in the plot, unfortunately, kind of predictable... But so slow and very dry. Might be best to listen to The Girl on the Train during a long ride through a snow storm. You can pay close attention to the road, not really hear what is happening for 5 or 10 minutes, and come back to listening again without missing a beat.

  • Cold Cold Heart

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,459

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Tami Hoag book I've had

  • By April on 01-27-15

Kept my interest

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

Reviewed: 02-27-15

Good audio. I really liked the narrators voice when she read as a woman. Meh, on the impersonation of males.

  • Someone Knows My Name

  • By: Lawrence Hill
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812

Aminata Diallo is the beguiling heroine of Lawrence Hill's Someone Knows My Name. In it, Hill exquisitely imagines the tale of an 18th-century woman's life, spanning six decades and three continents. The fascinating story that Hill tells is a work of the soul and the imagination. Aminata is a character who will stir listeners, from her kidnapping from Africa through her journeys back and forth across the ocean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich in history and moral messages

  • By Ariela on 10-14-09

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

This audio was recommended to me for a long ride. It lasted to and from my destination and several rides to and from work. I didn't want to leave my car. Absolutely Superb!

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,273

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

Nice change of pace

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

Reviewed: 01-17-15

Really nice story about a war torn dog and a broken street cop who are brought together and form an unbreakable bond.