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  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,018
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38,018

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good start, then turned into a different story.

  • By Kelly on 10-05-13

The suspense is not worth the pay off...

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

And it’s hardly believable... people die for no reason at all- the white priviledge is dense and cloying: compromising a great rent controlled apt , quitting a job, damaging property that doesn’t belong to you a nonchalantly getting your neighbor killed with hardly a bit of remorse - I ignored all of that just to see what the payoff was... a new job for mediocre Nate.
Next time I’ll stick to my instincts and return crap right away.
The one bright spot was the narrator - ray porter was excellent even if the story sucked

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • The Baker's Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen P. Kiernan
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,647

Only 22, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at 13, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was likewise powerless to help when they pulled Ezra from his shop at gunpoint, the first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very eye-opening!!

  • By James W. Rossiter on 11-15-17

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

And mediocre- the narrator is good though- just a boring d day tale you’ve probably heard before

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60,450

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

If you're looking for a great story...

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

You've come to the right place.
It's very rarely that I find a great story combined with a great actor here on audible - I'm not one to dissect and compare- I come only to be entertained. Rosario Dawson is Amazing as Jas and all of the other characters- this book has way less math than the Martian but like I said I haven't come to compare-
I was well entertained and I've already listened to it twice- the last book I listened to more than once was Underground Airlines and The Warmth of Other Suns.
Great book, great performance- I'll be checking for Rosario in the future cuz she knows how to pick them as well as how to act them.

  • Who Fears Death

  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 854
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 761
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 759

In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A journey.

  • By Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on 11-15-10

Wrong Narrator for this work.

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

I love the premise- I actually love everything this author writes- Oh have such an invigorating and interesting intellect!!!
However I hated the narration and will be buying the book...
I wish whoever performed The Book of Phoenix would've narrated this one... I think it was Robin Miles who is also awesome

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Obelisk Gate

  • The Broken Earth, Book 2
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,499

This is the way the world ends, for the last time. The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun - once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger - has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power - and her choices will break the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miles is becoming my favorite narrator

  • By Jesslyn H on 08-29-16

Omg what a freaking waste of time

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

The protagonist is suppose to be soooo smart but she constantly makes stupid ass mistakes. Constantly saved by smarter people than her. The author fashions her as you as if **roll eyes**
A 9 ringer who can't control her emotions? Nah. Rather unbelievable AND but a waste of time
I would personally ask the author for my money back for BOTH books but I'll just return... just stupid can't believe it got 5*s

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Battle Hill Bolero

  • Bone Street Rumba, Book 3
  • By: Daniel José Older
  • Narrated by: Daniel José Older
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Trouble is brewing between the Council of the Dead and the ghostly, half-dead, spiritual, and supernatural community they claim to represent. One too many shady deals have gone down in New York City's streets, and those caught in the crossfire have had enough. It's time for the Council to be brought down - this time for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining!

  • By obsidian dusk on 02-13-17

Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

Where does Battle Hill Bolero rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my top ten audiobooks here on audible.

What did you like best about this story?

because this book was a part of a series, I loved that it was just as entertaining as the previous books, it wrapped everything up very nicely and it can stand on its own if you have not read the previous books

What does Daniel José Older bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings the essence of New York and the flavor of its characters.

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

Yes! if I only had the time...

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to this author's next work

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Golden Compass

  • His Dark Materials, Book 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, full cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,841

Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal - including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world. Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want. But what Lyra doesn't know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Terrific Book

  • By Arnold C. Macdonald on 01-28-04

Annoying performance

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

Whoever was acting the part of lyra is annoying as heck. Ruined the story for me. Just terrible, terrible. The narrator was pretty good thugg

  • Swan Song

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 34 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,477

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply an Amazing Story

  • By Amanda H. on 06-21-12

Mostly two dimensional characters.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-15

I read this book a long time ago and thought it was just good. But hearing it performed its main black character; how he was written - his actions and dialogue , sounded blindingly racist and canny. I've read other stories from this author, maybe he should stick to white characters.

  • Half-Resurrection Blues

  • Bone Street Rumba, Book 1
  • By: Daniel José Older
  • Narrated by: Daniel José Older
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 373

Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead's most unusual agents - an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind - until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death. One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He's summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they’re spreading through the city like a plague.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, Sharp Urban Fantasy

  • By Alex on 10-18-15

So many twists and turns!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-15

Carlos is such a badass!
Although I loved salsa nocturna , I loved this much more. Eagerly awaiting Older's next offering

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Innocence

  • A Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,022
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,034

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story dragged on and anti-climatic

  • By roz79 on 02-06-15

A surprisingly boring listen of the dictionary

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

Reviewed: 04-10-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A corpse

What do you think your next listen will be?

Definitely Stephen King

What didn’t you like about MacLeod Andrews’s performance?

Monotonous

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sleep

Any additional comments?

Dean Koontz is normally a superb writer but this must be a ghostwriter

0 of 1 people found this review helpful