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  • Duma Key

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,584

A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Play the Book and Let the Book Play You

  • By OldDog on 11-09-09

Easy listening like most of King’s work

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

The story is a bit slower paced than most of his work though not hard to listen to. The main character is an easygoing guy who has been through a lot and can be an ass as a result. The story does have that brush with the supernatural I’ve come to expect from the author and the characters are believable. As for the narrator: Even though the label clearly says “John Slattery” all I hear is Tom Cruise. Every nuance, timbre, and break belong to Cruise. This isn’t The Stand but if you enjoy King and have run out of things to read it does beat Eyes of the Dragon.

  • Chasing the Moon

  • By: A. Lee Martinez
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 651

Diana's life was in a rut - she hated her job, she was perpetually single, and she needed a place to live. But then the perfect apartment came along. It seemed too good to be true - because it was. As it turns out, the apartment was already inhabited - by monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Douglas Adams on Acid

  • By Karen on 08-22-14

Mary had a little lamb on acid

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

This story goes from a potential intriguing journey to a deep children’s book in about 3 chapters. Nothing is really explained. We the readers are just expected to accept all the bizarre happenings as normal to everyone who is in the know about the universes. Kinda how we just accept that animals talk in fairytales. While I enjoyed the trip I just felt disconnected from the story as it seems to be told from Little Bo peep’a point of view.

  • Don't Touch the Blue Stuff!

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?, Book 2
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692

Something called the “Blue Juice" is coming. For all of us. Luckily, me (Chip Collins), Pete, Nikola Tesla, Bobo, and FBI Agent Gina Phillips are here to kick its ass, and send it back to last Tuesday. Maybe. Or maybe we'll fail, and everyone in the multiverse is doomed. (Seriously, you might want to get that underground bunker ready.) Either way, I've got to get home to Julie and find out – woah, I'm not about to tell you that right here in the book description! TMI, dude.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another home run for Dircks

  • By Julie W. Capell on 10-30-17

Dialed to a perfect fun ride.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

I read and enjoyed the last book though it felt like experiencing a great day with a pebble in my shoe. The language was too blue. It seemed as if every other word was the F word. In this installment of this wonderfully crafted story the author dialed back the language to a perfect fit. I laughed out loud several times during both books and hated for this one to end. I hope there will be more in this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • New Frontiers

  • The Expansion Wars Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360

The Phage War had been a devastating conflict for the Terran Confederacy. Even with the destruction of their terrifying, implacable foe, humanity is still reeling. Political alliances are crumbling, and their mighty fleet is in tatters. There is nothing to celebrate, even after such a complete victory. They soon learn that there are other stellar neighbors - and they've been watching the conflict with great interest. One species comes with an offer of friendship and alliance, but humanity is weary and distrustful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An auspcious start to a new trilogy

  • By Sailfish on 04-13-17

Generic basic forgettable

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

I really enjoy Sci-fi and I love Mark Boyett's performances. This, however, is unfortunate in that it makes no attempt to character build. The plot is very thin. It seemed to me that the whole story was; An alien race attacked, we won, politicians are vying for position, throw in an AI box that doesn't know anything and a cloned war hero that misses his family. Then add some other alien races that may or may not be enemies. Describe the aliens even less than the characters. There. You've read this book. PFFT!

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Metro 2033

  • By: Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,702

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms. A few score thousand survivors live on, not knowing whether they are the only ones left on Earth....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost gave up, glad I finished

  • By Amazon shopper on 05-04-17

Ooo scary tunnels.

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

This is just one long difficult to follow and unresolved trek down inexplicably scary dark tunnels. Then it seems the whole point is to find a book that never gets found in a library full of monster librarians that remain unexplained. Oh and bullets are so rare they are used as currency but let's all keep our fully automatic machine guns on full auto blasting everything and missing worse than a drunk storm trooper.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Easy Street (the Hard Way)

  • A Memoir
  • By: Ron Perlman, Michael Largo
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575

A classically trained actor who cut his teeth in the East Village's off-Broadway scene, Ron Perlman - a Golden Globe winner with starring roles in the Hellboy, Drive, Pacific Rim, and Sons of Anarchy - has traveled an offbeat path to showbiz success. His story involves rising from New York's tough Washington Heights neighborhood, enduring incredible hardships, and ignoring the naysayers who taunted him for his distinctive looks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ron Perlman is an amazing man

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-29-14

Liberal turd

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

This guy loves to tell us how hard he had it, then brag on all the people he acted with, and then to top it all off rants for twenty minutes on how great Obama is just to please his wife.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,521

I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had A Blast Listening To This One!

  • By Cheri on 08-11-16

A wild ride with a foul mouth

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

Reviewed: 12-03-15

What did you love best about Where the Hell is Tesla??

I enjoyed the nonstop weird action and humor.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Tesla. He has the same perspective on the main character as I.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the scenes in the hallways.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Matrix meets Dude Where's My Car.

Any additional comments?

I get that bad language has its place in writting and I don't really consider myself a prude however the amount of cursing in this book was off putting. The book would only be about half as long without it. I still enjoyed this book quite a lot though I kept thinking why muddle a really good story by using the "F" word four times in each sentence?

  • Invasion

  • Alien Invasion, Book 1
  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,558

They are coming. The countdown has begun. First visible only as blips on a telescope image, the discovery of objects approaching from Jupiter's orbit immediately sets humanity on edge. NASA doesn't even bother to deny the alien ships' existence. The popular Astral space app (broadcasting from the far side of the moon and accessible by anyone with Internet) has already shown the populace what is coming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what I was looking for!

  • By Michael on 08-28-15

Space Balls! No, seriously. SPACEBALLS!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I did enjoy this book and would recommend it however, I would temper my recommendation by explaining that the book is just the beginning and not to expect many resolutions or answers in this addition.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

"Crap! I hope book two is available or maybe it should be called the rest of book one."

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

This is my first. I felt he did a great job and could easily listen to him again.

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

I did actually listen straight through on this one.

Any additional comments?

I want an alien bunker.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 400 Things Cops Know: Street-Smart Lessons From a Veteran Patrolman

  • By: Adam Plantinga
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649

400 Things Cops Know shows police work on the inside, from the viewpoint of the regular cop on the beat - a profession that can range from rewarding to bizarre to terrifying, all within the course of an eight-hour shift. Written by veteran police sergeant Adam Plantinga, 400 Things Cops Know brings the listener into life the way cops experience it - a life of danger, frustration, occasional triumph, and plenty of grindingly hard routine work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you, Adam Plantinga!

  • By Alexis Ward on 05-30-16

It's like a "ride along" for a career.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I think everyone can benefit from a little insight into police life.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

It was straight forward as if the author was simply telling of his experiences without anything getting in the way.

Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favorite?

The author / officer was portrayed very well as a respectful individual who was also very human flaws and all.

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

When the author explains the suicide rate for retired officers it became evident just how much these men and women really give up.

Any additional comments?

If you ever get the opportunity to go on a real ride along, jump at the chance.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bassam and the Seven Secret Scrolls

  • Bassam, Book 1
  • By: Paul B. Skousen
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 468

This is the story of the last holder of the scrolls, an old chief named Zafir. Worried that his life was nearly spent, Zafir chose young Bassam to be his heir to the scrolls. Was Bassam ready? To prove the young man Zafir took him on a caravan trek with the intent of teaching him the scrolls. And then, partway into the trip, a startling surprise changed everything. The scrolls are timeless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't get out of my car

  • By Freedom on 12-04-14

I really enjoyed this story but feel a little cheated.

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

Reviewed: 08-27-15

This tale follows a young man being taught how to be a good man and more. What the "more" is is not defined. The story causes the reader to do some soul searching as it emphasizes what really matters in a life. The man mentoring Bassam is guiding him through seven scrolls that are rumored to give unimaginable wealth.
That is all well and good. I even loved the lessons being imparted however the book ends at the sixth scroll! Come on! Do not name a book "Bassam and the seven secret scrolls" and only deliver six!

Obviously this is the first installment to a much larger story however I need a little closure here. It's as if the author hit his deadline and just said "Oh well I'll just turn in what I have".

The narrator was good and the book is very uplifting. Just know the whole adventure is nowhere near completed in this volume.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful