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  • The Shadows We Hide

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941

Joe Talbert, Jr. has never once met his namesake. Now out of college, a cub reporter for the Associated Press in Minneapolis, he stumbles across a story describing the murder of a man named Joseph Talbert in a small town in southern Minnesota. Full of curiosity about whether this man might be his father, Joe is shocked to find that none of the town's residents have much to say about the dead man - other than that his death was long overdue. Joe discovers that the dead man was a loathsome lowlife who cheated his neighbors, threatened his daughter, and squandered his wife's inheritance after she, too, passed away....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Follow-Up

  • By MK on 11-25-18

This book is a nice read

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

This story has lots of twists and turns. It keeps you guessing and has its share of suspense. You would want to read the first book that really sets up the characters and storylines for this sequel. Overall I rated this book five stars. But part of the storyline towards the end I did not feel was realistic. I won’t go into detail since I don’t want to ruin the ending but it was not as good as I would have predicted. All in all it was definitely a book worth getting.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,107

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

What a great book!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I pick this book based on its ratings. I knew nothing about it other than it received positive reviews.

This is a bit of a murder mystery type book. Lots of interesting characters while constantly leaving me guessing at what is going to happen next. Constantly leaving you in suspense and wanting more.

  • The Land: Predators: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 7
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 46 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,633
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,979
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,922

In The Land: Predators, the Mist Village has harnessed its power. With core buildings, professional fighters, and now their own dungeon, the settlement is primed to grow into a kingdom of true power and magic. The path to power has not been without risk, however. The MistVillage has been noticed. Evil nobles from the Kingdom of Law, bloodthirsty goblins from the Serrated Mountains, an undead lord with a penchant for human sacrifice, and fanatical kobolds from the Depths all plot the village's destruction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Longer but not better...

  • By D. Nikitin on 08-07-18

Enjoyed it a lot

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

My review of this book is similar to the previous books in the series. The characters are very interesting and well-defined. The storyline takes you in numerous directions and you never know where you’re going to end up. The one negative comment that I would have with all of the books and especially this one is the never ending and long winded statistics that pop up again and again. I believe the book could be shortened by several hours and actually improved by minimizing these statistics.

With that said, I am looking forward to the next book in the series!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,499

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

  • By pat on 03-25-17

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

Love this book. Great story line. Love the characters. This book kept me very engaged throughout the entire story. Looking forward to the next book. Highly recommend this if you like science fiction and action adventure type books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,034

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

If you enjoyed Brokeback Mountain....

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18


First of all let me start by saying I did not read much about the storyline before I purchased it or I would not have.

This is a very difficult book for me to critique. It is a love story of two men. This is not my type of book. Listening as the author describe the feelings of two men touching each other is like listening to somebody describing my 70-year-old parents making love. I have nothing against them but the thought of it is a bit gross to me.

There were several times I was going to turn the book off and just go to my next one in my library. Instead I skipped through several minutes of it and found myself enjoying other part of the storyline.

I enjoyed the storyline of achilles and his journey to becoming the greatest warrior of all time.

If a good book with the theme of two male lovers winding Its way through the storyline is your cup of tea, then you will really enjoy this book. Otherwise I think there are several other alternatives that might be a more enjoyable read.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 53,269
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48,555
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48,588

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time

  • By Robert on 09-08-11

Really enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I really enjoyed this book. It is unique and unlike any other audiobook I listen to. It is one of those books back and make you late for work while you sit in the parking lot waiting to see how a chapter in. Lots of small stories within the larger story. Looking forward to book 3.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,387

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

Really enjoyed most of it.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

This book is one of the more unusual books to rate. There are parts of it that I would give a solid five stars and it kept me mesmerized. Then there are other part that drone on and on and I would’ve given it three stars.

I felt the beginning of this book started to lose my interest. As The lead character starts to tell his story it becomes a lot more interesting.

In my opinion 70% of the book was outstanding and I would give it five stars. With that said, it is good enough that I am going to move on to the second book in the series.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,737

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Long, Hard Slog Through Endless Despair and Heartache

  • By Morro Schreiber on 04-11-18

One of the best audiobooks.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I have listen to 40+ audiobooks and I’ve enjoyed most all of them. However this one would have to be towards the top of my favorite list. As a typical guy, I usually enjoy adventure and action packed themes. I don’t want a book that is predictable.This book did not disappoint. It kept me interested from beginning to end.

The main characters as well as the supporting characters were all well developed and all had unique personalities.

The suspense on what was lurking around the corner made it difficult to turn the audiobook off. I was late for work several times as I sat in the parking lot listening to the end of a chapter.

The very end of it was a bit of a tear jerker and took you on a roller coaster ride of emotions.That is typically not my preference. But it fit well within the storyline.

I would highly recommend this to friends and family.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,730
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,921

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

Lots of interesting short stories

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

This book includes lots of interesting short stories that all tied together. I can see people sitting around a fire and telling these stories a hundred years ago. They are all a bit childish and silly but it was a nice change from some of the other stories that I have read. Neil Gaiman is a great story teller and I really enjoyed how he present these. If I could have given this book 4.5 stars I would. But I don't think the stories as a whole rise to the 5 star level so I was forced to give it 4 stars.

I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

  • Ascend Online

  • Ascend Online, Book 1
  • By: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,634
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,177

Diving into a revolutionary new video game, Marcus and his friends escape a stagnant society, entering into a world that defies their wildest imaginations. But from the moment that he logs in, Marcus finds himself separated from his friends and thrown into a remote village under attack by a horde of goblins. Forced into battle, Marcus rallies the beleaguered villagers and, with their help, manages to drive off the invading creatures. With the village in ruins and their supplies spoiled, the villagers turn to Marcus for help in rebuilding the village.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Luke Daniels and a great LITRPG; enough said

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-07-17

Soooo similar to The Land: Chaos Seeds trilogy

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I finished reading (listening) to the The Land: Chaos Seeds trilogy by Aleron Kong shortly before I started this series. There has to be a connection between that author and this one since they are VERY similar in theme. With that said, they are both very interesting books and keep you glued to the story. I highly recommend that series as well as Ascend Online. However, I would recommend that you separate the two with a few other books in between so you don't get the plots confused.

I'm sure you'll this book as long as you like science fiction and have a good imagination.