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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,382
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197,890

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Welcome to the 1980's

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

As a grad student and a newly-wed in 1981, I have fond memories of the decade. Ready Player One was a fascinating look back at an era in which my husband and I would head to the arcade in the evening to drop a few quarters on our favorite games. The book captures the feeling of the 80s from the pov of a dystopian future filled with fast-paced full-on gaming fun. I love Wil Wheaton's reading, too!!

  • Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,916

Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS is why I read SciFi! Scalzi gets into your head (be it on or off)

  • By C. White on 04-17-18

I Love Wil Wheaton!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I really enjoy the combination of Scalzi's writing and Wil Wheaton's narration. While this novel is not my favorite of Scalzi's work, I would recommend it to science fiction fans.

  • Irena's Children

  • The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto
  • By: Tilar J. Mazzeo
  • Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909

In 1942 one young social worker, Irena Sendler, was granted access to the Warsaw Ghetto as a public health specialist. While she was there, she began to understand the fate that awaited the Jewish families who were unable to leave. Soon she reached out to the trapped families, going from door to door and asking them to trust her with their young children. She started smuggling children out of the walled district, convincing her friends and neighbors to hide them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So worth reading...

  • By Jan on 10-07-16

Very Good Look into a Very Dark Time

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I could not put this "book" down, meaning that I listened to it on my phone virtually without stopping. Great writing, great reader. Heartbreaking look into the horrors of WWII that the world must never be allowed to forget.

  • The Button

  • By: Wednesday Martin
  • Narrated by: Wednesday Martin
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

For millennia, the woman’s most sensitive part has been maligned, misrepresented, and cut out entirely from medical texts, our culture, and our general understanding of female sexuality. Not anymore. Join Wednesday Martin in the “cliteracy” movement - a stimulating quest from ancient Greece to medieval Europe to the Costa Rican rain forest to rediscover the significance, the symbolic power, the cultural history, the intimidation, the scandal, the vast terrain, and the pleasure of “the button”.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relatable. Honest. Hot.

  • By marina kapralau on 08-02-18

Serious Body Positivity

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this little selection. I plan to listen to it again! Great look at the way an important part of human anatomy has been overlooked or condemned down through time.

  • The Woman in the Strongbox

  • By: Maureen O'Hagan
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 329

In this tantalizing true mystery of a stolen life, an acclaimed reporter and an identity theft investigator follow a series of incredible revelations about the actual identity of a wife, mother, and friend turned perfect stranger. Days after Lori Ruff’s suicide, her family discovered her hidden strongbox containing stunning evidence that her entire life had been invented. Her real identity was buried so deep it would take five years to unearth. Who was Lori Ruff?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth is stranger than fiction. Very interesting.

  • By Delah on 08-12-18

DNA Solves Another Mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

Very well written and read. Flowed well with a minimum of high tech jargon. I recommend it!

  • Death on the Nile

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything ... until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: 'I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger." Yet in this exotic setting, nothing was ever quite what it seemed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, yes, yes!

  • By Craig on 01-25-13

I Love David Suchet!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

One of Agatha Christie's best, read perfectly by Hercule Poirot actor David Suchet! If you've never read Christie before, this is a great place to start.

  • White Rose, Black Forest

  • By: Eoin Dempsey
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125

December 1943. In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber family’s summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, as deep drifts of snow blanket the Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless. Fervor and brutality have swept through her homeland, taking away both her father and her brother and leaving her with no reason to live. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. One big annoying problem with the narration.

  • By W. Macindoe on 03-18-18

Great Read, Highly Relevant Today

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is a very good novelization of a true story from WWII. The reader was excellent, and the story moved along in a moving and poignant way. In these turbulent times in American politics, it showed just how evil ordinary people can be and, equally, how amazing they can be.

  • Three Blind Mice and Other Stories

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Joan Hickson, Hugh Fraser, David Suchet, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

A blinding snowstorm - and a homicidal maniac - traps a small party of friends in an isolated estate. Out of this deceptively simple setup, Agatha Christie fashioned one of her most ingenious puzzlers, which in turn would provide the basis for The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in history. From this classic title novella to the deliciously clever gems on its tail (solved to perfection by Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple), this rare collection of murder most foul showcases Christie at her inventive best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joan Hickson IS Miss Marple!

  • By MMW on 02-03-15

Classic Agatha with marvelous readers!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I read all the Agatha Christie books I could find when I was in high school (a long time ago), and now that I'm retired, I'm rediscovering her work again. The three readers in this little collection are all quite good, but the Ms. Marple reader was spot on.

  • Vanished

  • By: Kendra Elliot
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,382
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,090

When an 11-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn't waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces - he's related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying narration.

  • By Kathleen on 06-30-16

A Fun Mystery with a Good Twist

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The story moved nicely. The bit of romance was a nice addition. The readers struck me as a bit inexperienced, but I basically liked them. I would happily listen to the next book in the series.

  • Wife by Wednesday

  • Weekday Brides, Book 1
  • By: Catherine Bybee
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,880
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,882

Blake Harrison: Rich, titled, and charming…and in need of a wife by Wednesday. Blake turns to Sam Elliot, who isn’t the businessman he expected. Instead, Blake is faced with Samantha Elliot, beautiful and feisty with a voice men call 1-900 numbers to hear. Samantha Elliot: Owner of matchmaking firm Alliance and not on the marital menu…that is, until Blake offers her ten million dollars for a one-year contract. And there’s nothing indecent about this proposal. The money will really help with her family’s medical bills. All Samantha will need to do is keep her attraction to her new husband to herself and avoid his bed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Romantic love story

  • By J on 04-29-15

Sort of predictable

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Fun and sexy romp - saw the ending coming from a mile away. Nice reader.