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  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,593
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,606

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audiobook! Editing Clarification

  • By jeverett on 10-06-17

terrifyingly great.

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

from start to finish this book will have you pulled into the story. I had to sleep with a night light a few times.

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,965
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,693

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook I Ever Listened To

  • By Sam Clear on 07-13-17

Very entertaining listen

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

It's always great to hear the story on how an "overnight" success was actually 7 years in the making.

  • Fear the Future

  • The Fear Saga, Book 3
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,027
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,377

Piloted by a six-year-old girl, the godlike Skalm guards the Districts of TASC. Her family is long dead. Her adopted father is a synthetic copy of an alien, her nanny an artificial mind connected via subspace to every part of the globe, feeding the young girl information, finding prey to satiate her growing thirst. But the young girl is an innocent, a victim, one of millions the war has already claimed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An OK end to an otherwise great trilogy.

  • By Okkin on 06-08-16

great

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

Reviewed: 10-27-16

great end to a great series. Bray is an amazing narrator. slowed a little at times but a great story

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149,607
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 149,441

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

WOW, what a great listen

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

Reviewed: 03-15-16

I saw the movie first and then listened to the book. I'm really happy that I did. The book is amazing and witty. Bray does a wonderful job from start to finish

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  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47,777
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,700
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44,672

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

A storming good time

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

Great story that you don't want to put down. I can't wait for book three to come out.

  • Shadow of the Hegemon

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,553

Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, poor transfer

  • By Michael Kowalski on 09-24-08

Good book, great performance, awful production

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

Reviewed: 06-13-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow of the Hegemon to be better than the print version?

The audio production is very poorly edited, there are times where they sloppily clipped in voice overs of words and phrases. The interval music between chapters is out of place and annoying.

What did you like best about this story?

Bean's character development.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

I've listened to many books narrated by Brick and have enjoyed all of them. I'd probably shy away from production by Macmillan Audio with out looking through the reviews.

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

No, the sloppy editing made me want to take breaks out of frustration.

  • Creativity, Inc.

  • Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
  • By: Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,107

Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation - into the meetings, postmortems, and "Braintrust" sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture - but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, "an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen... If you speed up the player

  • By andrea gini on 10-06-15

Worth 2 reads

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

Reviewed: 03-17-15

A brilliant and inspiring look into Pixar. Some of the movie reviews brought back all of the joy that I had watching the movies.

  • The Singularity Is Near

  • When Humans Transcend Biology
  • By: Ray Kurzweil
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,166

For over three decades, the great inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everyone, but was for me.

  • By Gary on 05-21-12

Forced myself to finish

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

Reviewed: 02-17-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narration is slow and has a very choppy flow. I had to put the narration speed at 1.5-2X to make it bearable. Kurzweil does have some great insight but then repeats many of the same points over and over. The book could be abridged by a third and the reader wouldn't miss out.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Throughout the book, Kurzweil has "conversations" between Molly 2004 and Molly 2048 to rehash ideas, I started skipping these sections around chapter 3 and it helped with the pacing of the book.

What didn’t you like about George K. Wilson’s performance?

Wilson has a very slow and choppy reading of the book. Most of the time you feel as if a mediocre William Shatner impersonator is doing the narration.

Do you think The Singularity Is Near needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think the book could use a revision to bring many of the future examples in the book up to date. Also a change to scale of referenced bits to MB or GB would make the many of the storage numbers much easier for readers to digest.

If a revision is made, there could be a companion piece where Kurzweil puts in the original future concept, forecast-ed date, and then actual date of invention.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Insurgent

  • Divergent, Book 2
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,067
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,197

One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent but not as interesting as Divergent

  • By Lore on 03-08-14

Struggled to finish

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

Reviewed: 01-14-14

What disappointed you about Insurgent?

I'm not sure why the author tried so hard to make Tris so wishy washy and create exaggerated drama. I bought this book in order to see where she would go with the story and I found out it was a teenage angst melodrama.

Much of the book seems to be a stream of conscious which is confusing to know when Tris is speaking versus carrying a conversation in her own head.

I'll finish the book but avoid the third installment.

Would you ever listen to anything by Veronica Roth again?

Doubtful. the writing leaves me lacking for more.

What three words best describe Emma Galvin’s performance?

Struggled for depth

24 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,508

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Why didn't I read this sooner???

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

Reviewed: 10-21-13

What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

Stefan and Harlan do a great job with the narration of the book. You feel like you are there every step of the way with Ender but don't know what will happen next. I finished the book in three days, I couldn't put my phone down to stop listening.

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

Yes, I tried to, but this thing called my job got in the way. :)

Any additional comments?

I saw many of my friends in middle school read the book, but was not really into sci-fi at that time so I never paid much attention to it. I missed out. I'm sending a copy to my 13 year old nephew.