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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 38,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,336

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • By Stacey D. on 05-25-18

stop before the ending

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

Reviewed: 01-16-16

it was going well, the book comes to a sort of conclusion, and then it all goes out the door, the book loses all sense. honestly it ruined the story for me. also the one fairly pointless unsexy sex scene

I would definitely listen to something from the same reader, Clive and Tim, Veek and Andrew were a little too close in voice for me, but everything else was really well done.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

  • By: The Great Courses, Kathleen M. Higgins, Robert C. Solomon
  • Narrated by: Kathleen M. Higgins, Robert C. Solomon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802

Who was Friedrich Nietzsche? This lonely and chronically ill, yet passionate, daring, and complex man is perhaps the most mysterious and least understood of all contemporary philosophers. Why are his brilliant insights so relevant for today? How did he become the most misinterpreted and unfairly maligned intellectual figure of the last two centuries?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect entry point for understanding Nietzsche

  • By Charley Yeager on 03-09-15

asthmatic and boring

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

I am very interested in the topic. But the delivery in this instance leaves much to be desired. He sounds asthmatic, and that almost entirely ruined the course before the end of the first lesson. Those shallow gasps for air make him very hard to listen to. Secondly he isn't very good at capturing or retaining attention. She's much easier to listen to, but by the point I gave up at she hadn't covered very many of the lectures. Thirdly, I bought this to learn about Nietzsche, and this course requires at least a beginners understanding of him and his works, preferably a misunderstanding as a number of the lectures are to clear up misunderstandings. I plan to buy another book on Nietzsche as I'm still interested, but not one that has me searching for an inhaler and a cup of coffee.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347

Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flo Gibson Reads You Stories

  • By Rachel Kapila on 02-14-13

It was free and that was too much

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

Reviewed: 03-05-13

Wow - horrible awful terrible performance. I could picture this reader reading a story starring an over the hill, life long smoker, from New Jersey or Florida. Elizabeth Bennett? Not even close. I cringed the entire car ride home and deleted it off my phone the second I pulled in my driveway (no red lights, go figure). It would probably help more if I didn't have Emily Gray's voice in my head from the last book I listened to.

I love Pride & Prejudice. It's the only book I own where I've bought multiple copies and online copies and movies and not had issues with it because the story is fantastic. I'd use caps but that would be rude.

A quick review indicates that there are many other versions read by British women who would likely be a better fit, I might purchase one of those to cleanse my brain.

  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,618

Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally! Thank you Audible!

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 10-20-12

Can't think of anything bad about this

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

Reviewed: 02-23-13

I just went to see the first film by Peter Jackson when I picked this up. I had picked up a live play version earlier, but had not enjoyed it as much as I thought I would. This version definitely made me understand some of Peter Jackson's choices given how much goes on in this book. I definitely liked Rob Inglis's reading of it and felt that I got to know the characters well and didn't feel like I was missing anything going from seeing the movie to listening to the book.

  • Notorious Nineteen

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,685

After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old

  • By GH on 11-22-12

Good reading, fun fluff story

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

Reviewed: 02-23-13

I really like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum stories and have read most of the books in the series if not all. The characterization and plot has gotten a little thin the further along the series moves. It feels a bit like Evanovich's joy of writing Stephanie Plum has waned a great deal. This book is better than the last one I read (which may have been 18) which literally felt like she threw down her pen write before the ending in the middle of a sentence and paragraph and said no more. Lorelei King definitely makes the listening pleasant. I downloaded this in the middle of a bout of horrendous traffic (so bad that I felt completely at ease locating and downloading an audiobook) and it served it's purpose well as a cotton candy low stress book that served me very well in the hour it took to get to my location two miles away and in my commutes following.

  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,803
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,860

The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb! Love Alan Cumming

  • By Katheryne on 01-03-13

Decent

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

Reviewed: 02-23-13

I had picked up the entire Sherlock Holmes narrated by Charlton Griffin series on Audible when this was offered as a Christmas freebie. I obviously enjoy the story however I had gotten used to Charlton Griffin's story telling and the way he performs the characters that I felt that Alan Cumming fell a bit short on character creation. It more felt like he was reading it than really acting it out. I do however enjoy his voice and did not feel that he dropped the ball. It made for a pleasant ride to work.

  • The Colour of Magic

  • Discworld #1
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,421

The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Start in any of seven Disworld books

  • By Joel Getzendanner on 12-24-03

Great story, horrible audio quality.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-12

What did you like best about The Colour of Magic? What did you like least?

The story is imaginative and well fleshed out. The characters are completely imperfect and the more loveable for it. The chest alone is a character worth reading about. There isn't much about the story I don't like. It's just the audio quality that kills this audio book.

What other book might you compare The Colour of Magic to and why?

Any other Terry Pratchett book and the Jasper Fforde books.

What didn’t you like about Nigel Planer’s performance?

There are huge parts of this audio book that sound like they are being read in a tin can. I almost can't recommend it at all due to the quality as it's nearly unlistenable. I'm sure they had sound studios when this book was recorded, but you certainly wouldn't be able to tell from this recording.

Any additional comments?

I really hope that there's a newer audio version that someone who can't read will be able to get to hear so that they'll have the chance to enjoy Terry Pratchett's works.

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,028

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches

  • By Neal on 04-17-14

Feels unfinished

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

Reviewed: 03-27-12

What did you like best about A Discovery of Witches? What did you like least?

My favorite thing about the story was that there wasn't a character you didn't get to know. You never spent time asking yourself who is that again. The characters are all fairly fleshed out. I did like that it was long and gave me plenty of listening time in the car.

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

The ending certainly isn't in this book and it feels like it. It's a huge book but it's not standalone and feels like it's been cut.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator had a lot of accents to cover and a lot of voices to cover, however a lot of them ended up sounding same-ish. If two characters shared an accent, chances are they weren't given a unique voice.

  • Dead Until Dark

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,328

Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Vampire Said ....

  • By Pamela on 07-24-08

A decent story with a decent reading

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

Reviewed: 02-12-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Until Dark to be better than the print version?

I wouldn't necessarily consider the audio version to be better than the print version which I did read. But the audio performance was decent and there were distinct enough voices for the characters.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot isn't nail biting as if you are paying attention you can figure out who the killer is fairly early on. But it's an enjoyable read and an enjoyable listen.

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

I haven't listened to any of Johanna Parker's other performances before so I can't compare it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did not have an extreme reaction to this book.

Any additional comments?

This is a pretty good (not great) story and a pretty good reading to go along with it. I do recommend it as an easy fun listen while commuting.