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  • Jurassic Park

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,600

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CHAOS THEORY

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-30-16

nostalgic!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I have been on a Jurassic Park binge lately. I free watched all the movies and decided it was time to finally listen to the book. I've never read or listen to it before. I have enjoyed my experience so much that I never wanted it to end. The narrator is fantastic with a soothing expressing just enough emotion without going over the top. I would definitely recommend this book and this narrator to my friends.

  • Video Game Plotline Tester

  • Dark Herbalist Series, Book 1
  • By: Michael Atamanov
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,918

Would you be prepared to work for free? How would you like to bust your hump for a large corporation 60-plus hours a week without a wage or a single day off for the vague promise of some mysterious perks in the distant future? You'd refuse point blank, wouldn't you? But what if the job in question was playing a state-of-the-art fantasy MMORPG game? And what if this was the only thing you're really good at? Especially considering that your in-game partner is someone really special to you - and this person already lives a virtual life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different and Good LitRPG

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-15-18

fantastic

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

this book was fun and i loved every minute of it. The narrator was fantastic and the storyline was great.

  • Cross

  • By: D.A. Roach
  • Narrated by: Jeff Olyarnyk
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Ray Cross was born with a genetic disorder, resulting in a fragile body; his organs and blood vessels will rupture with any hard impact, so standing up to his best friend's controlling boyfriend could kill him. Ray's life in Midland, MI, gets decimated when his parents reveal they are not his real parents, and his real father, a king from a secret land hidden in the far north of Canada, is dying and wishes to meet his son. With his doctor and newly-met twin, Ray travels to the forgotten village of Yardis, where magic, myth, and corruption are abundant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!

  • By Anna Hazelrigg on 06-09-18

fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

I'm in this book a few months back and I fell in love with it. I heard it was coming out on Audible and I freaked out. I love audiobooks and I love the story so it was a perfect combination for me. I was over all impressed with the narrator. I thought he did a decent job for it being his first book. I look forward to listening to more of the books he narrates and listening to him grow as a voice actor. the story was absolutely amazing. the world-building and the character building 4 top notch. You quickly become attached to these characters and you fall in love. You cheer for the good guys and you boo the bad guys. I'm a huge fan of this author and this book is one of my favorites she has written. I am excited to read any book she writes next.

  • The Fame Game

  • By: Lauren Conrad
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

In Hollywood, fame can be found on every corner and behind any door. You just have to know where to look for it. Nineteen-year-old Madison Parker made a name for herself as best frenemy of nice-girl-next-door Jane Roberts on the hot reality show L.A. Candy. Now Madison's ready for her turn in the spotlight and she'll stop at nothing to get it. Sure, she's the star of a new show, but with backstabbing friends and suspicious family members trying to bring her down, Madison has her work cut out for her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best narrators I've ever heard!

  • By Kimberly Vanderbloom on 05-09-17

One of the best narrators I've ever heard!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

I was a fan of LA Candy series so when I stumbled across this on Audible I thought I would give it a go. I was so impressed with the narrator that it is going to be hard to listen to another one. She was so good. I just can't get over it. I found the characters to be well developed and easy to relate to. My favorite character was Madison because I feel like she went through the most change. It was nice to see all the sides of her. I feel like this story is just heating up and I can't wait to find out about the fallout of all the events that happened towards the end. I would recommend this series to anyone who wants a little closer look behind the scenes of reality tv. I know that some of you love it (even if you won't admit it).

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  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,836

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

It demands your attention!!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

It took me this long to read this book. I knew basically what it was about and I was never in the mood to be sad. After a conversation with my book soulmate, she found out that I haven't read it yet so she made me read it because I'm making her read another series and it has a super long fight scene that last nearly 200 pages so I made the deal.
"You will love it" she said.
"I didn't even cry" she said.
"It is hilarious" she said.
"Once you finish you have to watch the movie" she said.

I hate her right now. Here are the ways she was right. I loved it but I began crying about halfway through the book and never stopped. I had to hide in the bathtub to not scare my little one with I bathed in my tears. I hate her right now. Yes it was a wonderful read and the characters were well developed and they felt real but I really hate her still. I'm actually glad I read it because it cleared out my sinus' which I guess is a good thing. Maybe it wouldn't have affected me so bad if I didn't listen to it on audio. Seriously you had the best female narrator ever Kate Rudd who shows more emotions in her words than anyone I have ever heard. I mean come on how much can I take of that without breaking down?

My favorite moment was the egging moment because it was freaking hilarious and heart felt and you get a real sense of the connection between all these characters. My favorite character is Hazel because it is her story and it was written so well that I will never forget her. I will also never forget Augustus and Isaac.

I'm just going to go back to the bathtub because thinking about these star crossed lovers and their friendships is making me teary again. Cheers to you Hazel Grace.

  • Savage Drift

  • Monument 14 Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Emmy Laybourne
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Dean, Alex, and the other survivors of the Monument 14 have escaped the disaster zone and made it to the safety of a Canadian refugee camp. Some of the kids have even been reunited with their families, and are making tentative plans for the future. Then, Niko learns that his lost love, Josie, has survived! Or is it? For Josie, separated from the group and presumed dead, life has gone from bad to worse. Trapped in a terrible prison camp with other exposed O’s and traumatized by her experiences, she has given up all hope of rescue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great ending

  • By Evelyn Jimenez on 02-15-17

A perfect ending

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

I can't believe it is over. I'm not ready to say goodbye to these characters. They were just perfect even the ones I wasn't so fond of (Jake). I was impressed the way in concluded because it wrapped everything up nicely. Most of all the story lines were covered and it left a little bit open so you could use your imagination. I wish there was more but unfortunately their story is done. The characters I will miss the most is Dean and Max. We didn't get too much of Max in this book but he was such a big personality that it will be hard to forget him. I loved the added touch of Jocie's point of view because her story line was fantastic and fascinating. It was so different from the others. I have been looking for a story that pulls you in this since I read the Gone series and now I have finally find one. I just can't get over how thrilled I was with this series. I did decide read each book a different way. The first book I read on my Kindle. The second book I read the paperback and the third book I listened to on Audible. I have to say that the narrator did a great job. He captured the emotions and voice of both Dean and Jocie.

  • Little Birdie Grows Up

  • By: Wanda Luthman
  • Narrated by: Alexia Dox
  • Length: 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Little Birdie Grows Up is a delightful rhyming book about a little blue bird who pecks his way out of his shell and into the hearts of parents and children. He meets his Mama and yearns to fly up in the sky. His Mama reassures him that one day he will be able to fly. His first attempt is half-flying, half-falling out of the nest. But, when he finally does learn how to fly, well, it's time to say good-bye. Come along on the journey of Little Birdie Grows Up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great narrator and a great read!

  • By Kimberly Vanderbloom on 12-13-16

A great narrator and a great read!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

I'm not sure what took me so long to review this story because it is one of mine and my little one's favorite bedtime story. It is really cute story about a bird who grows up. You get to quickly experience life in the egg until flight. My little one giggles so hard when it talks about eating worms. I would recommend this to anyone with a little one. We absolutely love listening to it on audio as well. The narrator did a fantastic job.

  • Roof

  • By: John Gregory Hancock
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

In the near future, the world has hardened. Opportunities are scarce and dwindling. Society has increasingly changed, and not for the better. Every day robots and machines replace humans in the workforce, not just in the most menial jobs, but also throughout the cubicles of the corporations that dominate the cities. Peter Harkness is one of the few humans lucky enough to still have a job, but automatons have infiltrated his workforce. How long will his own job last? What did his roommate tell him? Oh yeah: "Nothing is ever not possible," Brutus said. "We're making processors smaller and smaller. Code is becoming intensely complex and powerful. The sheer bulk of those executable shells can shed strands of isomer code fragments. Even if something seems not possible now, it will certainly be possible in the future. I see no reason why code can't seek its own level, form its own connections, relays." What secrets do the roofs of the city have waiting for Peter? He is left wondering who his allies truly are in this near-futuristic dystopian world, reminiscent of Asimov, Heinlein and the goldenage of science fiction. And yet, there may be hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very interesting listen

  • By Cyn on 08-06-16

Fantastic!!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

I was supposed to be reading this with a group but I decided that I was going to start it early and listen to the audio book. It normally takes me a few weeks to get through an audio book because I just don't have the time to dedicate to it. It was addicting and I listened to it in one sitting. The narrator did a fantastic job and really grabbed my attention and never let it go. I feel it is best when you listen to the audio because it gives you the full experience.

The story was absolutely fascinating. I couldn't stop listening. I wanted to know what happened and how each character was going to react. I loved the character Robbie. He was an unlikely hero and I slightly love him. Peter was the perfect point of view for the story. He was kind and smart. I really enjoyed his voice and loved the story line.

My favorite moments of the book was Robbie's jokes. They made me smile and know that something was different. It gave you a new perspective of him.

I look forward to reading more work by this author because I love his style.

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  • Bruiser

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,117

Tennyson: Don’t get me started on the Bruiser. He was voted “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty” by the entire school. He’s the kid no one knows, no one talks to, and everyone hears disturbing rumors about. So why is my sister, Brontë, dating him? One of these days she’s going to take in the wrong stray dog, and it’s not going to end well.BronteMy brother has no right to talk about Brewster that way — no right to threaten him. There’s a reason why Brewster can’t have friends — why he can’t care about too many people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars! A deeply touching emotional story!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-02-15

WOW!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

My experience is based off the audio.

This book was recommended to me by my booksoul mate. She said I would really enjoy it and I sure did. The characters in it were amazing. My favorite character was of course Bruiser. He has such a unique soul. His journey really pulls on your heart strings.

The narrators did a fantastic job. They blew me away and I will be listening to more of their audios.

I would recommend this book to all of my YA loving friends who are ready for journey that you will never expect.

  • Lichgates

  • Book One of the Grimoire Saga
  • By: S.M. Boyce
  • Narrated by: Kara Kovacich Stewart
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

When Kara Magari uncovers a secret door in the middle of the forest, she discovers (and trips through) a portal to a hidden world full of terrifying things: Ourea. She just wants to go home, but the natives have other plans for her. She clashes with immortal shapeshifters, is carried off by a dragon, nearly dies on several occasions, and somehow becomes the master of an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire. Every time she thinks she's safe, her new "friends" show their true colors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A twisting tale

  • By James on 11-19-15

A great beginning

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

I won a signed copy during a Facebook event but because I didn't want to ruin it I bought an ecopy and upgraded it to audio. My experience is based on the audio.

First I have to say that I was super excited to win a signed copy. There has been buzz around the internet about this series and I was thrilled to give it a go. I was listening to it at work and in the beginning things got a little confusing. I had to restart and go through the beginning and decided that I needed to listen to it at home. Once I got home and could completely concentrate it was a really good story. The narrator did a fantastic job and brought much emotion to the words. The writing was smooth and strong. I enjoyed the characters and the world building. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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