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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210,775
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196,388

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
  • perfection

  • By Dallas on 03-30-18

What a FUN book!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I got this book about a year after all the hype wore off... You see, I grew up in the 80's, I remember stealing quarters off my parents dresser to run down to the 7-11 to play Pac-Man. And I remember the Christmas when we got an Atari, I was ten. But being female, I eventually ended up at the mall and it was my brother and all his friends that really got into video games. So with that in mind, did I enjoy the book? Absolutely!

Put simply, this was a fun read. It's a treasure hunt, what's not to love? The 80's nostalgia is perfectly woven in and I am happy to say that I got about 95% of it.

This remains one of the top 5 books in my library I can re-listen to over and over again when there's just nothin' else to read, or waiting on credits. Narration is top notch.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,916
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,904

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

What Is It About This Book!?!?

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

What is it about this book? Other reviews are correct in saying that there are no real plot twists that we all expect from this genre. “Nothing happens!” The author doesn’t really give our characters much conflict to overcome. But when you step back and consider the realities of what would really happen if 99% of the world’s population suddenly (within a month) just died off – it makes sense. There technically isn’t much to run up against if you are 1 of maybe 300 survivors in the entire United States.

Personally I loved it! I dunno, there is something about this story that makes it so easy for me to listen to again and again. I am a bit of a hermit myself, and very comfortable being alone so it’s easy for me to really get excited about being the last person on earth and what I would do if it were me. And despite the lack of conflict (no hostile groups to overcome, no zombies trying to eat us), there IS conflict… but it’s more subtle – yet just as life threatening. Climate. Shelter. Food. Loneliness. These are all the things our characters must figure out.

Because we have nothing but time, we get to know our characters pretty well and see them struggle to find one another and survive until that happens.

The ending is very satisfying! The narration is perfect! If you are looking for a “relaxing” apocalypse story – here it is!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bloody Jack

  • By: L.A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,318

Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes it clicks

  • By Terry on 12-09-09

Yes, The Narrator is Really THAT Good.

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

Reviewed: 10-27-16

Any additional comments?

Bloody Jack is a pleasant surprise of good fun. I am happy to have found a new series to loose myself in. This is a slight step away from my usual reading lists, and honestly, I only got the book because it was on-sale and all the reviews just raved on and on about the Narration. The story grabs hold almost immediately and there is hardly a dull moment to be found. Our Heroine is so likeable that you can’t help but root for her the entire way. But the true gem of this story is Katherine Kellgren (with due respect to the author).

Yes, Ms. Kellgren is THAT good! She does for Bloody Jack what Nick Podehl does for The Name of The Wind (which up until now has been my all time favorite performance of a book I have EVER heard). It’s hard to explain. I cringe at calling it “narration” as anyone who listens will immediately realize it’s something more. And no, it’s not a “Dramatization” – it’s more subtle than that. It’s a gift. That’s the only way I can explain it. Listening to Ms Kellgran read this novel was an experience – a 7 hour thrill ride through the streets of London, and over the perilous sea.

As a seasoned Audio Listener I can appreciate what I have stumbled across here. I am excited again to have found a series worth getting sucked into – and I plan to!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Jolly Roger

  • Bloody Jack #3
  • By: L. A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106

In the third book of the "Bloody Jack" series, unlikely heroine Jacky Faber, a pirate at heart, returns to the sea in a truly swashbuckling tale filled with good humour, wit, and courage. After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston--under dire circumstances, of course - Jacky boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to find her beloved Jaimy. But things don't go as planned, and she is off on a wild misadventure at sea.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't judge a book by its cover...

  • By AudioAddict on 09-19-15

Yes, The Narrator is Really THAT Good.

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

Reviewed: 10-27-16

Any additional comments?

Bloody Jack is a pleasant surprise of good fun. I am happy to have found a new series to loose myself in. This is a slight step away from my usual reading lists, and honestly, I only got the book because it was on-sale and all the reviews just raved on and on about the Narration. The story grabs hold almost immediately and there is hardly a dull moment to be found. Our Heroine is so likable that you can’t help but root for her the entire way. But the true gem of this story is Katherine Kellgren (with due respect to the author).

Yes, Ms. Kellgren is THAT good! She does for Bloody Jack what Nick Podehl does for The Name of The Wind (which up until now has been my all time favorite performance of a book I have EVER heard). It’s hard to explain. I cringe at calling it “narration” as anyone who listens will immediately realize it’s something more. And no, it’s not a “Dramatization” – it’s more subtle than that. It’s a gift. That’s the only way I can explain it. Listening to Ms Kellgran read this novel was an experience – a 7 hour thrill ride through the streets of London, and over the perilous sea.

As a seasoned Audio Listener I can appreciate what I have stumbled across here. I am excited again to have found a series worth getting sucked into – and I plan to!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mordacious

  • The City Series, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438

Sylvie Rossi has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option. A nurse's offer of sanctuary promises Sylvie the supplies she needs to survive the zombies - it's the coexisting with people that might do her in. Eric Forrest will do whatever it takes to get into the dead city for his sister, including ending up dead himself. He's used to taking risks, but with every mile he travels death looks likelier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feel Good Zombie Apocalypse

  • By LD on 09-25-16

Feel Good Zombie Stories!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

Any additional comments?

Loved it! If you are new to this author, stop! Check out her trilogy + novella, Until The End of The World. Mordacious is a spin off of that series. It is not essential that you read Until the End of the World first to enjoy this book, but I recommend you do.

Do you like zombie / survival stories – but hate to get bogged down with endless tragedy and after tragedy? I love apocalyptic novels, but I am often turned off by plots that take the reader down a dark hole (evil humans, society at its worst, characters spending the entire book trying to find a way out of a hopeless and ugly scenarios). While Fleming’s novels include all these elements, her books center on the dynamics of the survival group. The plot is centered on her characters, their struggles, and growth – that happen to be in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

Fleming wrote the first “Feel Good” Zombie story I have ever read – and it was such a breath of fresh air! That is, when my heart wasn’t racing from fearing for my beloved characters well being and safety.

Narration: I am a narrator snob. I have loved Luke Daniels since “The Druid” series… he does a fine job here. I am new to Therese and thought she was a little better fit for the character she’s playing. The story is told from two points of view, so that is why we get a male and female narrator. When the two characters are together, the narrators get to play off each other, the narration really shines. I saw one negative review of the narration and I honestly don’t know what they are talking about. The narration is great.

Can't wait for the next installment!

32 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Until the End of the World

  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,010

Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved every minute of this

  • By Natalie Harris on 09-05-14

Get This!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-15

Any additional comments?

I loved this series. I mean, I really, really loved this series. I have read Zombie genre before, my favorite being JL Bourne’s Day by Day series, but what often turns me off is how depressing the plots can be. I mean, zombies killing off 90% of the human population is depressing – but some plot lines take us down a very dark hole and leave us there for most of the book. I get it that there are some mean-evil people out there, but come on…

Not this book! This book mainly focuses on the relationship between the survival group. Yes! There are zombies! Yes! Good people will die. Yes! There are evil-mean people. But what makes this book a little different is that the author doesn’t drag these obstacles out throughout the book. Justice is often swift and satisfying. The character development seems natural and believable. There are characters in the beginning that you will find yourself thinking “I sure hope this person dies soon”, only to find yourself really loving them towards the end.

I laughed, I cried, I freak out a little, I immediately downloaded the entire series. Once I finished the series, I immediately restarted – a rarity for me. If there is such a thing as a “Feel Good Zombie Book”, this is the one.

Narration is perfect. You really can’t go wrong – especially if you are new to the zombie genre – this is good one to start with.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Witching Hour

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 50 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,307

Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of four centuries of witches - a family given to poetry and incest, murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being called Lasher who haunts the Mayfair women....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU AUDIBLE!

  • By Wendy on 10-22-15

THANK YOU AUDIBLE!

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

Reviewed: 10-22-15

Any additional comments?

I have been waiting YEARS for an unabridged reading of The Witching Hour

Twenty years ago I picked up this book off my mother’s nightstand hoping to read a few chapters to help me fall asleep the night before a big college exam. Needless to say I was still completely immersed in the book when my alarm clock went off at 7:00am. I missed my exam, and the following two days of school because I could not put the book down.

This book centers on the Mayfair Family, but it is really a ghost story. In each generation of the Mayfair Family a daughter is chosen as the “Designee”. She is the Matriarch of the next generation, she is the “heir” to the entire Mayfair fortune, and most importantly, she is a Witch – for only a Mayfair Witch can see “The Man”. But who is “The Man”? Why has he haunted the Mayfair women for centuries? What is his purpose? Is he friend or foe?

To help answer these questions is The Talamasca – a secret society of historians with special powers of their own, self-imposed with the responsibility of watching – recording – and offering assistance to those with special abilities (mind reading, mediums, psychics etc.… ) to help control their powers, or to offer refuge to those being persecuted for having those powers. The Talamasca has been watching the Mayfair family from a distance for centuries, collecting every bit of data on “The Man” and the current Mayfair Designee available to them.

When the book opens, the current Designee is close to death and her daughter – Rowan Mayfair – is completely unaware of the Inheritance she is about to receive. Adopted at birth and whisked away to California, Rowan has no idea of her family in New Orleans or the history surrounding them. She is soon thrust into the Mayfair Legacy and she must – with the help of those close to her – find a way to overcome the tragedies that have claimed the sanity and lives of the Mayfair Witches that have come before her.

A few things to know:
Anne Rice is very hot/cold writer in my opinion. Her books are either great or horrible. Obviously, this book is great! But it is the first in a trilogy and the second book “Lasher” is not so great. But please don’t let that stop you from getting this book – I have read, and re-read this book many times as a stand-alone. I see that the next two books will be available on Audible and I still plan to get them. I have not re-read the second or third book in over 20 years, so I am interested to see how my 40ish year old brain interprets the story vs. my 20ish year old brain.

Anne Rice is very descriptive writer. Some see this as a negative – I disagree wholeheartedly! One of the reasons I love this book is because I feel completely sucked in. It’s a total immersion. I can smell the gardenias on First Street. I can feel the summer breeze, taste the coffee, and feel the prickle on the back of my neck. It the type of book where I find the transition from “book world” to “real world” very jarring and hard to reacquaint myself with the everyday details of my life.

I will address one of the frequent negative review complaints: It’s a big book – about 950+ pages in print, and 50 hours in Audio. Like I said, Rice is a very descriptive writer, and it works for this story. The beginning can feel a bit slow at spots… and just about when the plot really gets going and the reader realizes the enormity of the situation (that Holy &^!% moment), the story comes to a complete halt and the reader is given the complete history of the Mayfair family from the Talamasca. When I got to this part during my first reading I actually said out loud, “NO!!!” – it was 300+ pages of history I didn’t want to schlep through just when the story was getting very, very climatic. Trust me, some of the best parts of this story are within the History. We are taken back 300 years and guided through the history of each Mayfair Designee. When the story finally came back to “present day” I was saddened to leave such a rich and beautiful history behind.

Narration: This is my first experience with Kate Reading. I think she did a fine job. For the type of story it is – a slow and unfolding, unhurried and eloquent tale – she was a good fit. Some scenes I thought could have been done differently, but on a whole, I have no complaints. One thing that I found interesting – As I said in my opening paragraph, this book sucked me in so hard that I actually called in sick just to stay home and read. Since finding Audible, it has opened up the world of books to me because I can “read” while I do other things. I average about 4 books a month and listen while I drive, do housework, grocery shop, etc.… But even listening to this book, I found myself sitting down in my favorite chair and just listening… I still lost an entire weekend to this book – even in the audio format. So be warned! lol

For the easily offended: Pass on this book. Make no mistake, this is a beautifully written story – but it has its moments of being shocking, taboo, gross, and morally offensive to some.

197 of 203 people found this review helpful

  • Naked in Death

  • In Death, Book 1
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,119

Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!

  • By Felicity Fairchild on 03-10-12

"Bag of Chips" series

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

Reviewed: 11-26-13

Any additional comments?

Instead of doing a review on each book in this series I'm reviewing the series as a whole.

I'm not a Nora Robert's type of girl. In fact, I was proud of the fact that I'm not a "Nora Robert's type of girl". After reading the first 4 books of this series I looked up the author and... well crap - I guess I am a "Nora Robert's type of girl".

These books are like a bag of chips. You start out buying the first book - perhaps the second and third - and before you know it, all 35 books are in your wish list and the credits don't come fast enough.

I don't do plot summaries, but if you have gotten this far then you pretty much have a good idea of the story outline. If you're looking for a good long series this one is fun, fast paced, and her main characters get more and more developed as the books continue.

It's not crucial for the reader to start at the beginning of the series to understand what's going on. Each book has its own story line and plot - with the larger story arch (Eve and Roarke) moving through all books.

I recommend for light and fun reading...

34 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Speaks the Nightbird

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 30 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,273

The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!

  • By aaron on 06-05-12

Holy Plot Nightbird!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-13

Any additional comments?

This book has been sitting in my library for over 6 months. I attempted to start the book when I first purchased it, but I found it too slow to grab my attention. My second attempt was much more successful.

This is a book that you need to invest in a few chapters before the story really hits its stride. But once it does, oh man! Think, Sherlock Holmes set in Colonial America. I don't do plot summaries in my reviews, but I will say that its been a while since I have come across a book with such a twisting plot...it kept me guessing the entire time.

The narrator was outstanding and very well cast for this story. He's one of my favorites!

Credit worthy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,307

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
  • Overrated

  • By David on 04-03-13

Ray Porter Deserves A Grammy!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-13

Any additional comments?

Picked this book based on all the reviews. I loved it. A lot of people were thrown off by the ending, but for me it worked. You have to go into it no expectations - just let the story unfold and don't try to guess. (You will guess wrong).

But the best part of this book is by far the Narrator, Ray Porter.

Wow! There is so much dialog in this book and Ray does a fabulous job. I never wondered who was speaking - he gives each character their own voice and attitude. I don't think I would have enjoyed this book half as much if I had read it.

Great performance! (the story is pretty awesome too!) Solid listen!

4 of 15 people found this review helpful