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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 13,525
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,786

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
  • Traveling through history rather than time

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 11-04-17

Disappointing - waste of a great premise

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

This is not Mr. Clines best book, not by a longshot. The premise of the book was awesome, but Mr Clines developed it poorly. The story was confusing, the narration uneven at best. The characters were shallow, barely developed. The dialogue, which is typically a strong aspect of mr. clines’ books was at times downright annoying. The mythology was also barely developed. Overall this was a real swing and a miss in my opinion, a great idea with a lot of promise which was poorly developed. A real shame, and also disappointing because I had very much liked the author’s other works.
The book was well read, by the same reader who has performed mr. clines other books. He did his usual good job, but it was not his fault the book was sub-par. I think it’s barely worth a credit, if you have extra.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Contractor

  • The Contractors, Book 1
  • By: Andrew S. Ball
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367

The Earth is under siege - and no one knows about it because the invaders erase those whom they consume. A handful of men and women stand on the border between the mundane and the magical. They have a special spark of soul - not quite enough to be naturally gifted in spellcraft but greater than the average person, a tiny flame that can ignite incredible potential. They possess the ability to fight back against the Vorid: the ability to become a Contractor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where. Is. The. Sequel!!!!

  • By Brina on 07-21-16

Surprisingly good

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

I was more than pleasantly surprised by this book. I thought it would be campy, or juvenile. It was instead thoughtful with well developed characters showing good growth, an interesting and quite unique story and plenty of suspense. I was sad that it came to an end and I'm now looking forward to the sequel. I recommend it it's a well spent credit

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unremembered

  • By: Jessica Brody
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the 16-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage - alive - is making headlines across the globe. Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn't on the passenger manifest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Invested In the Tale

  • By K12mom on 09-17-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

The premise and approximately the first half of the book was intriguing, but then the book quickly devolved into silliness. To me it really felt like the author had the premise in mind and then didn't quite know where to go from there. The author didn't even try to build anything that sounded remotely realistic, and the plot twists could be seen coming from a mile away. In the end to me it seemed a book aimed at young teenagers and that's it because anyone older than that should have major issues with the story. I used to like Julia Whelan's performances but her male voices are really badly done and I thought her inflection was flat. Just not a great effort all around.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dragonbone Chair

  • Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book One
  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 33 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881

A war fueled by the dark powers of sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of Osten Ard - for Prester John, the High King, slayer of the dread dragon Shurakai, lies dying. And with his death, an ancient evil will at last be unleashed, as the Storm King, undead ruler of the elvishlike Siti, seeks to regain his lost realm through a pact with one of human royal blood. Then, driven by spell-inspired jealousy and hate, prince will fight prince, while around them the very land begins to die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice find.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-27-17

A Work of art

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

One of the best fantasy series ever written. An example to modern writers of what can be done within the span of a trilogy, where the writer actually finishes the last book even if it takes him a couple extra years (hear that Patrick Rothfuss?). I downloaded the audio version twenty years after purchasing the first edition of the book, and I was worried that it would not be well done. Well, i no longer have to worry. The reader does an exceptional job, the narration is superb, the pacing and voices are excellent. I was transported back to Osten Ard in a wonderfully immersive experience. To those of you that are picking it up for the first time, yes it does start slowly. The first 6 hours or so are slow as Tad Williams builds his characters and worlds with care, something which will pay off in spades later. And if you can invest the first few hours, once the action starts, it will not let up, through book two and the masterpiece that is the third and last book in the series. I read a couple of reviews from people who were encountering the book for the first time worrying about the character growth of Simon. Well, if you stick with it to the end, there are few series out there that do a better job of showing the growth and maturity of characters. This is a beautiful series, one of the handful of fantasy masterpieces, and this audio edition is everything I could have hoped for. Thank you Tad Williams and Audible for bringing it to us.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Death Cure

  • Maze Runner, Book 3
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,346

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends — the Gladers. But it's finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test. What WICKED doesn't know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it's enough to prove that he can't believe a word of what they say. Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He'll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all. The time for lies is over.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very young adult

  • By Paula on 01-15-15

Disappointing effort

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

I got the feeling that the target age for this series went backward with every book. And the story went with it. What had been a tight story in the Maze Runner completely devolved with this book, a pattern that had been started with the second book but became just unbearable with this one. I thought the second book was just the typical "middle book boring cross-over" that would still set up an interesting finish but it was not to be. It actually got worse. While in the second book there were scenes that at least poignant there is nothing like that here.Characters do things that don't make any sense in this book, there are constant contradictions, they go to places for no good reason, we spend inordinate amounts of time taking about what to eat, and every scene just feels so contrived. The language itself gets more simplistic, along with the scenes and the by now non-story. The narrator, not a great one to start with, does the best he can nonetheless, but even trapped in a truck on a drive from dc to anchorage I still got bored and irritated. Just a really disappointing development of a story that had started quite well in my opinion. If you haven't read the second book I would recommend saving your time and the credits for the second and third book and just stick to the maze runner

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gasp

  • Visions, Book 3
  • By: Lisa McMann
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

After narrowly surviving two harrowing tragedies, Jules now fully understands the importance of the visions that she and people around her are experiencing. She's convinced that if the visions passed from her to Sawyer after she saved him, then they must now have passed from Sawyer to one of the people he saved. That means it's up to Jules to figure out which of the school shooting survivors is now suffering from visions of another crisis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable but still enjoyable

  • By Andre on 10-16-15

Predictable but still enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-16-15

I liked this series. Like her previous series it was innovative and interesting, with well depicted characters and brisk pacing. Unlike her previous series it was not thoroughly depressing in the end. My only issue with the third book is that I saw every turn in the story come from a mile away. And there was much that could have been developed so much more. But of course that's the problem with YA stories in general. Overall however I still enjoyed the book, it kept me interested and entertained, and it was a good conclusion to the series. She's a good writer with unusual ideas which she develops well. I look forward to her next effort.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,770

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

Excellent, even though similar to 14

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

I really enjoyed the book. I knew the author from 14, which I enjoyed immensely. I wish his books were a bit longer, the characters are really interesting and the story really could be fleshed out so much more. However it's just as good as 14, great story, funny dialogue, plenty of suspense, great pacing. I highly recommend it. The reader also read 14 and he does a superb job for this type of story. If I have to have any negative notes, it's that in the end there are a lot of similarities to the 14 underlying story. Clearly it's a concept that intrigues the author and I can't blame him, it fascinates me as well. I think this is a credit well spent

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Departure

  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,455
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,432

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind. Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The start of a new series I suspect..

  • By Matthew on 02-24-15

Uneven

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

Started well, good characters quick story, really good narration. The second half in my opinion was much weaker than the first. The ideas are ridiculous, even for someone like me who has no trouble suspending disbelief. And in my mind the final part of the book and the romance final really didn't deliver. In the end fell flat. The performance by both readers is excellent but the book I think is not worth it.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Red Storm Rising

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 31 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,672

When Muslim fundamentalists blow up a key Soviet oil complex, making an already critical oil shortage calamitous, the Russians figure they are going to have to take things into their own hands. They plan to seize the Persian Gulf, and more ambitiously, to neutralize NATO. Thus begins Red Storm, an audacious gamble that uses diplomatic maneuver to cloak a crash military build-up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, Good Narrative, Good Book!

  • By Pat on 04-11-12

Excellent!!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

I don't care that it's dated and things have changed. It is a great book. I read the book when it came out as a much younger person, and for a few years after I would retread it every so often. Then put it away, as things completely changed. After a decade or more I saw it in audible, and took a chance on the credit. I truly enjoyed it, way more than I expected. The audio version, coupled with the time and space distance, really made me appreciate what a tour de force this book was. I don't know of another book that told a full modern war story this completely, in this much detail, and so well. I found myself driving around for an extra hour just so I could keep listening to the next chapter. Yes, it is dated. But you will not get a better explanation of what easily could have been. When this book came out none of it was farfetched. In fact it was almost too accurate, based on my recollection. But aside from all that the story telling is excellent, the pace perfect, the story compelling, and the audio performance superb. I was never a Tom Clancy fan but after finishing the book this time I was really impressed with his story telling abilities. In this book, he did everything right. I highly recommend it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Crucible of Souls

  • The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1
  • By: Mitchell Hogan
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,199

When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Took a chance, hit a home run!

  • By Mike on 01-14-15

Not good - messy and inconsistent

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

Interesting idea but really badly developed. I'm a petty easy reader as long as it has a semi interesting story and the reader is not awful, I'm ok with it, but this book really came up short. First half is ok but second goes downhill and the end of the book is unbearable. The characters act inconsistently, too much time wasted on side character story that were not really that relevant, tons of time on characters waking the streets or looking for other characters, just overall messy and badly executed. I downloaded it because of the many positive reviews but I feel mislaid. The reader is pretty good, actually the best and most consisted part of the good. I would say avoid this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful