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  • Buy a Bullet

  • An Orphan X Story
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,872

The Nowhere Man is a figure shrouded in secrecy - a near legendary figure who helps those lucky few who are given the means to reach out to him. Before he was the Nowhere Man, Evan Smoak was a highly trained government operative known to a few as Orphan X. This is the story of Smoak's first outing as the Nowhere Man, where after completing a mission in Northern California, he happens to spot a young woman at a coffee shop....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Would Love to know someone like this!!

  • By shelley on 01-03-17

Pithy Nowhere Man

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

Reviewed: 01-21-17

Brief novella. Too short to merit a better review. The plot was adequate and Scott Brick never fails to elevate the experience of a recorded book.

  • Ashes

  • Project Eden Thriller, Book 4
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

The hammer has fallen. The deadly Sage Flu has been unleashed. The scramble for survival is in full force.

Martina Gable and her family escaped to a secluded mountain cabin in hopes of avoiding the death sweeping the desert valley below. But have they gone far enough? Dominic Ray, manager of a tropical, private island resort, has a dream job. The weather, the food, the drinks, the people - life couldn't be better. What he didn’t expect - what no one could have expected - was that his good life was about to disappear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • exciting the whole way through!

  • By Trudy Owens on 01-03-16

Ashes to Ashes

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

Reviewed: 01-03-15

Expectations were met. Some of the dialogue was repetitive and slow-paced. This installment was of sufficient interest that I will consider listening to earlier episodes if reader reviews are supportive.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Such Thing As Werewolves

  • By: Chris Fox
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 696

A pyramid predating all known cultures appears without warning. Its discovery throws into question everything we know about the origins of mankind. Inside lies incredible technology, proof of a culture far more advanced than our own. Something dark lurks within, eager to resume a war as old as mankind. When it is unleashed it heralds the end of our species’ reign.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Canines Rule

  • By Tango on 02-15-15

Unfinished cliffhanger ending

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

Reviewed: 01-01-15

Better than average until the book ended abruptly unfinished to entice purchase of another book that will also likely end unfinished. Rather dishonest way to sell a book that the buyer would anticipate to be a completed work.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,044

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook of the year!

  • By karen on 11-30-05

Exceptional writing and memorable characters

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

Reviewed: 04-14-14

If you could sum up The Potato Factory in three words, what would they be?

Full of surprises.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Isaac Simon, and his panoply of narcissistic, antisocial and paranoid character traits. Although they were modified at a glacial pace, he evolved over the course of decades, into an individual who was able to love, mourn, and lose more than a scintilla of his self-defeating character pathology. His intelligence permitted him to gain partial insight into the role that he played in the creation and influence of the vicissitudes of his life and of some of those he encountered during the course of his lifetime.

Which scene was your favorite?

Isaac Simon's search for "Sperm Whale Sally".

Who was the most memorable character of The Potato Factory and why?

Mary "Abacus", whose kindness and evolving willingness to forgive and to persevere in spite of severe, recurrent acts of cruelty, to which she was repeatedly exposed. She was willing to do almost anything in order to survive and assist those she loved.

Any additional comments?

I am planning to acquire the second book in this series, and then the third and final book in the series,

  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,490

From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Always a Sedaris fan, but this isn't his best

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-15

I cannot get enough of David Sedaris

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

Reviewed: 04-27-13

What made the experience of listening to Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls the most enjoyable?

We are able to count on having multiple episodes of side-splitting laughter when David Sedaris reads his own work . Neither my husband nor I have laughed uncontrollably for quite some time. I was afraid the neighbors might become annoyed with us. Mr. Sedaris writes well, and he is also a gifted narrator.

What does David Sedaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Having listened to David Sedaris since he read excerpts from his book, "Holidays on Ice" on NPR, I do not enjoy reading his work as much as I enjoy listening to him narrate. I still purchase all of his books anyway, in case he requires additional periodontal, orthodontics, or oral surgery.

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

I actually prefer to listen to his books punctuated with sufficient time to recover from diaphragmatic fatigue.

Any additional comments?

Mr. Sedaris is one of my favorite authors. I hope that he still does book tours, and will make an appearance in Northern California soon.

6 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The End of Your Life Book Club

  • By: Will Schwalbe
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 588

>"What are you reading?" That's the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less. This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book

  • By fred on 10-30-12

Pithy book reviews illuminate life of dying mom...

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

Reviewed: 03-17-13

If you could sum up The End of Your Life Book Club in three words, what would they be?

Bibliotherapy, living, dying

What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of Your Life Book Club?

For the most part, the book was positive and and did not idealize or malign anyone or anything. It demonstrated that life is for the living.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favorite?

The son, who devoted his time and love during his mother's experience with pancreatic cancer. The mother's voice was not pleasant, and I considered it the weakest link.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not so much a moment, but the series of events and books that framed the process of dying from pancreatic cancer. The epilogue is memorable, and moving.

Any additional comments?

The mutual reading and sharing of books as therapy for an incredibly accomplished and tireless mother and son pair. The major source of tension, which was by no means major, was the son's tolerance and pseudo-acceptance of his mother's reliance on Christianity as a crutch at the end. Fortunately, neither character was provincial and the book club related conversations (and great list of books to read or listen to anytime) were often captivating. The use of humor elevated the quality and enjoyment of this work. No easy task within the context of death and dying from one of the most malignant and difficult to treat types of cancer. It was fortunate that her course was relatively indolent.

  • Big Money

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Most of the big money belongs to Torquil Paterson Frisby, the dyspeptic American millionaire--but that doesn't stop him wanting more out of it. His niece, the beautiful Ann Moon, is engaged to "Biscuit", Lord Biskerton, who doesn't have very much of the stuff and so he has to escape to Valley Fields to hide from his creditors. Meanwhile, his old school friend Berry Conway, who is working for Frisby, himself falls for Ann--just as Biscuit falls for her friend Kitchie Valentine. Life in the world of Wodehouse can sometimes become a little complicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Dry Martini. Another Perfect Souffle.

  • By John on 11-05-12

Wonderful, unless laughing aloud is unacceptable

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

Reviewed: 05-21-12

What made the experience of listening to Big Money the most enjoyable?

British storytelling at its best, with a big dose of humor. A must read for anyone who believes, or once did believe, that dubious schemes to get rich without much effort will succeed. I plan to listen to it again soon.

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

Superb, one of the finest I have heard.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Where is that mine?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful