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  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,726

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

I was sucked in from the start. Hainan creates such a rich and fascinating world. the characters were all engaging, the plot was gripping, just a wonderful story. Hainan reads it so beautifully too.

  • Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica

  • A Suboptimal Guide to Soccer, America's "Sport of the Future" Since 1972
  • By: Michael Davies, Roger Bennett
  • Narrated by: Roger Bennett, Michael Davies
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Soccer has been America's Sport of the Future since 1972. The Men in Blazers are two English-born, soccer-obsessed broadcasters who have savored the dizzying growth of the game along with millions of Americans, as if it was a rollicking, sporting telenovela playing out in real life. Written in such a way that fully immerses Americans in the history and culture of the world's game, their Encyclopedia Blazertannica relives the careers of such greats such as George Best, Maradona, Beckham...and Alexi Lalas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suboptimal Crap

  • By 311Chopper on 05-15-18

Complete Suboptimal Crap

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I loved every minute of it! a great companion to the print book. we'll worth a listen.

  • The Great Halifax Explosion

  • A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism
  • By: John U. Bacon
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

From best-selling author John U. Bacon, a gripping narrative history of the largest manmade detonation prior to Hiroshima. On Monday, December 3, 1917, the French freighter SS Mont-Blanc set sail from Brooklyn carrying the largest cache of explosives ever loaded onto a ship, including 2,300 tons of picric acid, an unstable, poisonous chemical more powerful than TNT.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a story!

  • By Samuel Shurtleff on 12-11-18

The best story I never heard of

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

This is a really interesting, very engaging story about a major event I had never heard of. I've read a lot of Bacon's work. I'm a University of Michigan fan, and he covers the school's athletics pretty extensively. While this book has one very minor connecting thread to Michigan, Bacon's reputation lead me to give it a shot. I'm really glad I did.

He tells the story of this horrific event by telling the stories of several people directly affected by it, and involved in the recovery efforts. It's a great way to really humanize it and make the whole ordeal feel very real. It's less about the number of tons of explosives, and more about the people.

Johnny Heller does an excellent job reading this. He smoothly slips into a flawless French accent when pronouncing the many French words and names, which really makes things flow nicely. He bring proper seriousness to a serious topic, but keeps the light moments light. A great pairing or reader and author here.

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  • Snow Crash

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,315

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Stephenson

  • By A. Tuck on 10-16-08

Promising Concepts, Disappointing Results

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

This book has some amazing concepts in it. The author spends some time deep diving those concepts at various points, and these are easily the best parts of the book. These moments of greatness are surrounded by a confusing, disjointed plot where things often come out of nowhere and characters do things for no particular reason. I found myself skipping backward to see if I had missed something more than I ever had before.

The action scenes are often awkward and hard to visualize. The dialogue bounces between wonderful and ridiculously immature. Descriptions of visuals swing from vibrant to bland. On the whole this feels like a first draft for what could have been an amazing book. I know it's a classic, and I'm not an author or literary critic by any measure. I just found this book really uneven and disappointing.

All this said, Davis does a great job on narration. I listened to all of it, but mostly because I didn't want to miss something wonderful from a classic of the genre. This is one I wont be revisiting.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68,741
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,386

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Completely Engaging

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

This book sucked me right in. I listened as much as possible until I had completed it. I was totally absorbed after about 5 minutes. This book is fantastic. I went and grabbed book 2 the second I finished book 1 and started listening right away.

  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)

  • An Oral History of the Zombie War
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,776
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,946

World War Z: The Complete Edition features 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED

  • By Kim Venatries on 05-22-13

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

Wonderful, thought provoking stories. well told, with fantastic voice acting. This book translates so well to the audio format. Even if you're not into zombies, this is worth a listen.

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  • Alan Turing: The Enigma

  • By: Andrew Hodges
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,431

It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fantastic Biography For The Patient Listener

  • By Sara on 02-22-15

Painfully Detailed

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

Reviewed: 10-20-15

Be warned, this book tells more than the story of Alan Turing. You get lectures on mathematical theorems, the history of other people's vaguely connected academic projects, and long wandering explanations of things that do not at all advance the narrative or teach you about Alan Turing. Had I been reading this in book form (not listening), I would have been skipping LARGE chunks of text. The additional information is so overwhelming that it drowns out some very interesting information about Turing.

The parts of the book that are about Turing are wonderful. It paints a picture of a complicated individual in a complicated situation. He truly was a uniquely fascinating person. So much of the technology we use today can trace its roots back to the mind of Turing.

This book is an education, and has some really wonderfully enlightening passages. Just go in fully aware that the 30 hr 44 min run time feels every bit that. This is not a book that will erase time.

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,711

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

A Vivid and Rich Story

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

Reviewed: 05-28-15

Sometimes when I listen to a book, I think about how it could be filmed as a movie. Anansi Boys had me thinking about how there is no way the visuals of this story could be captured on film in any way that could do justice to the source material. Gaiman paints such wonderfully intricate and changing images throughout the book. Lenny Henry is superb in his narration, which adds a welcome depth to the experience. Anansi Boys had me captivated from the moment I hit play. I finished listening to the book two days ago, and am still thinking about it. I definitely recommend Anansi Boys!

  • You Have to F--king Eat

  • By: Adam Mansbach
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,758

Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcom in the Middle) follows in the exasperated footsteps of Samuel L. Jackson, giving voice to the long-suffering father whose indifferent child will just not eat in this hilarious follow-up to Adam Mansbach's international best seller, Go the F--k to Sleep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another role that Bryan Cranston plays to a T.

  • By Darren on 11-12-14

Spot On

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

Reviewed: 12-03-14

If you have a toddler, or remember what your child was like as a toddler, you'll understand.

  • Influx

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,900

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid to Silly to Inane

  • By Craig on 05-15-14

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

Simply put: one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. Jeff Gurner does a wonderful job delivering Suarez's story. This book is incredibly well paced, the characters are engaging and believable, the plot is gripping... Simply fantastic. I've really enjoyed all of Suarez's woks, and am a big fan of Gurner. That said, this is unquestionably Suarez's best book (so far), and Gurner is the perfect voice to deliver it. A wonderful combination. The experience was simply outstanding!