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  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,951
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,096

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

Would listen to anything by this pair

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

Narration: excellent
Story: engaging, thought provoking, entertaining.
It was different than the Bobiverse series, funny and with many similar ingredients to make this offerings familiar yet unique.
I really enjoy this author’s writing and perspective. I couldn’t imagine another narrator doing his work justice.

  • The Veiled One

  • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 14
  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Concealed by a shroud of dirty brown velvet was what looked like a heap of rags. In a desolate subterranean car park of a Shopping Centre, Dorothy Sanders pulled back the velvet curtain revealing the grim discovery of a woman’s body. Inspector Michael Burden, for a while conducting the investigation without the help of Wexford’s intuitive genius, blunders down a number of blind alleys before uncovering the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5/5*

  • By Mark Miller on 05-29-15

I kept falling asleep while listening. I may get another!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Wexford was interesting & support characters well fleshed out. There was enough mystery and the narrator was pleasant to listen to. This series has enough going for it to encourage further investigation.

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  • Still Waters

  • Sandhamn Murders, Book 1
  • By: Viveca Sten, Marlaine Delargy - translation
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 522

On a hot July morning on Sweden's idyllic vacation island of Sandhamn, a man takes his dog for a walk and makes a gruesome discovery: a body, tangled in fishing net, has washed ashore. Police detective Thomas Andreasson is the first to arrive on the scene. Before long, he has identified the deceased as Krister Berggren, a bachelor from the mainland who has been missing for months. All signs point to an accident - until another brutalized corpse is found at the local bed-and-breakfast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narration

  • By Silvia Leis on 11-15-16

Narration is regrettable

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

The story tries to be too many genres. The foreshadowing is clumsy. However, the descriptions of the locations and people were very vivid. The characters could have been more fleshed out, because they like able and relatable, almost. I am glad I didn’t read the reviews, because the descriptions of the islands between Sweden and Finland made the rest of the novel worth slogging through.

  • The Wrong Unit

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082

I don't know what the humans are so cranky about. Their enclosures are large, they ingest over 1,000 calories per day, and they're allowed to mate. Plus, they have me: an Autonomous Servile Unit, housed in a mobile/bipedal chassis. I do my job well: keep the humans healthy and happy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Futuristic journey without a single misstep

  • By Julie W. Capell on 10-03-16

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

I can’t possibly say enough good things about this book and narrator. Lovable and relatable characters, action, comedy and all around great sci-fi.

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  • An Accidental Death

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,854
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,838

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Accidental Read

  • By Lulu on 08-29-16

A new favorite

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

Looking forward to spending more time with this series. The narrator fit perfectly with the characters and story. The author gives atmosphere and develops the story efficiently with an economy of adjectives. I listened at normal speed for the entire book. I really enjoyed every minute.

  • Make Your Bed

  • Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World
  • By: William H. McRaven
  • Narrated by: William H. McRaven
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,036

On May 21, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves - and the world - for the better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the YouTube video

  • By A. Yoshida on 01-31-18

Planning to listen repeatedly

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

Inspiring words read by the author in his unique voice. The stories that flesh out each point from his commencement speech form complete chapters that illuminate his concepts and make them concrete. I was entertained and challenged to review my own life and see the validity of his sage advise. I plan to apply this book going forward.

  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,260

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry

  • By Russell on 12-21-16

Sum greater than it’s parts

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

The simple and sweet tone set by the novel and amplified by the performance made listening to Not Alone at 1.0 speed a pleasure. I never wanted to speed it up or hurry through. The characters were not deeply analyzed or put through tests to reveal their nature, but we’re organically relatable. There was little language or violence, no romance, and no real ugliness. Despite there being villains, the view of humanity was hopeful. The length was welcome since I enjoyed my time spent with this story.

  • The Nowhere Man

  • Evan Smoak, Book 2
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,271

Spoken about only in whispers, it is said that when the Nowhere Man is reached by the truly desperate, he can and will do anything to save them. Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Liked the original, moaned over the second!

  • By John on 01-24-17

Another thrilling Orphan X

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Familiar supporting cast connect this episode , which predictably ends with an intriguing cliff hanger. The new villain is a bond like concoction of twisted evil. A new fair maiden and some damsels in distress round out a satisfying plot. Brick is consistently stellar in his narration, as he is in Jonathan Quinn and so many other series.

  • The Promise

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,716

Loyalty, commitment, the fight against injustice - these are the things that have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they keep it. Even if it could get them killed. When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case - until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defense contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "They Call K-9 When They Need Superpowers, Woof!"

  • By Empress Karen on 11-10-15

2 narrators worked!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

Luke Daniels has been a favorite voice for other books. I normally don't care for multiple voices, but in this instance I was pleasantly surprised. I will look for more Scott James & Maggie stories. They are kind of addictive.

  • Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079

Posing as a tourist, Emily makes her way to China with the job of protecting a CIA treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Nancy J on 07-13-13

Even better than the first in this series

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

A great travel adventure with the perfect amount of character development and setting descriptions. No language or sex scenes, just missions and plot. Very pleasant and appropriate narration.

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