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  • Johnny

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 952

Aubrey St. James is in trouble. She's locked in a cell at a government black site. She doesn't know where that site is or how the hell she got there. But she knows that it has something to do with the stranger she rescued from the river. Someone - or some thing - called Johnny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • X Files on Acid

  • By DAVE on 08-16-18

Excellent writing

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Molles is an excellent writer. His attention to detail and character development create a believable and interesting world. The low story rating results from a poorly substantiated overarching theme of higher existence and what that means and how it should be implemented. I'm not sure if this isn't a political commentary or satire on current affairs, but I could not buy into the concluding ideology. Nonetheless, I will continue to read Molles' works.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,929
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,231

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Traveling through history rather than time

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 11-04-17

Ignorant

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

Enjoyed the book until it jumped on the PC, SJW "the world's been cruel to women" bus. Stopped listening at that point. As always, Porter does an excellent job.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blade Runner

  • Originally published as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,640
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,646

It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Asking the important questions 50 years on

  • By Ian C Robertson on 05-09-12

Thought Provoking

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

In depth evaluation of human interaction, the substance of faith and the age-old question concerning the meaning of life.

  • Word of Honor

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 28 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202

He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women. But a lifetime ago Ben Tyson was a lieutenant in Vietnam.There the men under his command committed a murderous atrocity -- and together swore never to tell the world what they had done. Now the press, army justice, and the events he tried to forget have caught up with Ben Tyson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This one's worth a credit!

  • By Mike on 09-08-09

Mature Balance

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

This is now my favorite DeMille work. The characters are believable, the settings are substantial, the plot flows naturally and the protagonists evoke empathy.

  • After It Happened

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1 & 2
  • By: Devon C. Ford
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,520
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,377

This omnibus edition contains Survival (book 1) and Humanity (book 2) of the After It Happened series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • After It Happened: Books 1-2

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-28-17

Soft Apocalypse

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

The story is okay, but the characters are not believable. To begin, no one questions what happened. No one considers that other regions of nations may have survived. This launch from page three to create a new society is a bit too much. Everything and everyone “fit” too well. A socialist’s utopia. I try to give stories a chance, but after about 2.5 hours I gave up.

  • Matterhorn

  • A Novel of the Vietnam War
  • By: Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,539

Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matterhorn

  • By Zachary on 04-20-10

Grit and Grime

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

I feel a bit guilty when I enjoy a story about an epoch such as the Vietnam War. Anyway, this is a well written story. The characters are real and relatable and the protagonist earned my empathy. Attention to detail and a lack of romanticism makes this one of my favorite reads/listens. I revere Vietnam Vets even more.

  • Wild Fire

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,157

The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Steven on 11-22-06

Ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

Entertaining action, but the plot is so far out of reality that listening to the book is incredibly difficult. This is odd because DeMille's other Corey works are enjoyable.

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,016
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,700
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,774

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Grateful

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

This is a great story written and performed well. I am grateful this story has been told: lest we forget.

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,492

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, but it gained momentum quick

  • By Jan on 12-15-17

Worth the Listen

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

This is an enjoyable read. The outcome is satisfying, and the characters are more developed than expected.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,518
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198,020

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

PC Culture + the 80's = ugh!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

Excellent narration. Decent story. Being a product of the 80's, I cringed often. Along with the hormonal and social derangement of teenage development, I am glad the 80's are in the past. They should stay there. Modern stories will never make it to the pantheon of Classic Literature until authors begin to write authentic, life-reflective tales without bowing to current sociopolitical correctness. It's time to throw out the cookie-cutters.