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  • Dead Wrong

  • By: Allen Wyler
  • Narrated by: Craig Jessen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

When a top secret program of implanting harrowing memories into innocent people comes to light, neurosurgeon Tom McCarthy is literally caught in the crossfire. While McCarthy looks forward to a three day weekend, his office is suddenly raided by two Department of Defense investigators bent on arresting him for a crime he didn’t commit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but.....

  • By Tina on 01-16-19

Good story, but.....

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

I enjoyed the story and it had well developed characters, but the narrator took away from the story for me. He's pretty monotone and tends to drone out the words. He had an unwarranted sad tone through out and lengthen the vowels. That's the drawback with audible books. the narrator has so much influence as to how much a book can be enjoyed. A really great story can be difficult to enjoy.
The story is a good one, but if there is the option to hear it with a different narrator, I would suggest doing so..

  • Signal

  • By: Tony Peak
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson, Natasha Soudek, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 53

They were sent to investigate the first extraterrestrial signal. What they found was beyond anything they could have imagined - or feared. On a voyage to a mysterious moon in the Alpha Centauri system, the UEA Centaurus meets with disaster. Only the quick thinking of the flight engineer, Rachel Terman, saves some of the crew. Crash-landing on the moon, trillions of kilometers from Earth, they struggle to carry out their mission and try to survive. But nothing has prepared them for what they will face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the voices, especially the Norwegian

  • By Annie Armstrong on 11-20-18

Teenagers in space?

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

It was a good story idea, but the characters seemed immature for their parts. The main characters kept making me think of teenagers and high school students. More hormones than brains and more emotions than sense.
The whole tragic backstory idea usually makes you feel closer and more invested in the character, but instead it made me think of her as whiny. "I'm in outer space on a special mission and the other astronauts don't like me. I just want to be loved." (That's not a quote from the book).
I think the author was going for a feeling of overcoming suppression and persecution, but it didn't take me there.
I read sci fi which usually has a little romance thrown in, but this was like a romance novel with a little sci fi thrown in.
I found myself anxious to finish it so I could go on to another book.
The narrator did a good job with the women's voices, but had this impending doom tone the whole book, even before it was impending doom. Even at the end. She was a little monotone. She seemed to struggle with the men's voices and that was a distracting.
I hate to give bad reviews when I know what it means to the author and narrator, but I use the reviews to select books, so I feel obligated and I cannot recommend this one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle

  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,218

After angering his father, Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the 4,000-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus' favor. But Apollo has many enemies - gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!!

  • By anne on 05-05-16

So hard to finish.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

My policy is to finish every book even if it's painful, because some books turn around. Sadly, this one didn't for me.The story idea is good, but the execution is lacking. Our main character can't decide if he's modern and up to date on the ways of the world or if he's been living in a bubble and totally ignorant of everything human. It doesn't work to swing from one to the other. Is he stupid or clever? The author is trying to create a character that is narcissistic and likable, but that takes a unique skill set that this author does not yet reach. The tongue in cheek humor lacks subtlety and is too blatant to work well in the story. I found it difficult to become attached to our main character or care about his problems.
The narrator had good voices and applied them well creating a vivid picture in my mind of the supporting characters, but as the main character, he sounded sleepy which did not help the problems this character already had.
Perhaps this was intended as a book for pre-teens. It that was the case, then it's probably right on the mark.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,567

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

It's an intricate web.

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

Very well done. I became so deeply involved with so many of Tchaikovsky's characters, that at some point I realized that I had no idea who I was rooting for. He moves seamlessly from altering view points, perspectives and time, never losing the reader.

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,987

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Distraction

  • By A. Musser on 06-03-16

Books like this should come with a warning!!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Any additional comments?

Those without extreme discipline will be distracted from their daily task and sleep will be lost.......because you can't bring yourself to turn it off.
Wow, a really good book.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,718
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,076

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

More! More! More!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

To here these stories told as a narrative, as the Norse must have told them instead of as a classroom explanation was awesome!

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,242

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

Have you listened to any of Georgia Maguire’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The narrator's voice and performance perfectly idealizes the main character and you can easily detect the change of characters without it seeming exaggerated and strained.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last line of the story.

Any additional comments?

This is not my usual genre, but I found it to be very intriguing. Skipping back and forth between past and present doesn't always work out smoothly, but Paris does it quite nicely. The emotions were well conveyed, both by the story and the narrator, but I felt a little like the dreaded evil place should have been a little more horrific somehow. Paris left no holes or scenarios for escape unanswered or untried.
It's always a wonderful book that has an ending that satisfies and a rare book if it also reverberates in your mind long after the story is over. This one does both.

  • Hard Luck Hank: Stank Delicious, Book 5

  • By: Steven Campbell
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,520
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431

Belvaille has cemented its place as the most important system in the galaxy and Hank is working as an official Factotum, negotiating deals between gangs and noblemen under the watchful eye of the Arch Minister. When his ever-capable butler, Cliston, is approached to become the General Manager of a Super Class glocken team, Hank is hired not only as protection, but as a player. Hank finds himself thrown into the most grueling bloodsport in the galaxy and tasked with finding out how and why players are being abducted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hank grew on me like a fungus; but in a good way

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-03-16

I love Hank!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

Campbell never fails to entertain me with Hank and each book is better then the last.
Owen is the perfect narrator and makes it really easy to visualize Hank and his expressions.
Great for light hearted entertainment. I'm waiting for the next one already.

  • Queen of Fire

  • A Raven's Shadow Novel
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 26 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,715
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,721

After fighting back from the brink of death, Queen Lyrna is determined to repel the invading Volarian army and regain the independence of the Unified Realm. Except to accomplish her goals, she must do more than rally her loyal supporters. She must align herself with forces she once found repugnant - those who possess the strange and varied gifts of the Dark - and take the war to her enemy's doorstep. Victory rests on the shoulders of Vaelin Al Sorna, now named battle lord of the realm. However, his path is riddled with difficulties.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Completion of the Collapse of Potential

  • By Joe Chad on 07-14-15

I'm glad I ignored the bad reviews!

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

Reviewed: 08-19-16

What about Steven Brand’s performance did you like?

I loved Brand's voice, but must confess that because he reads as a narrator instead of performing characters, I often had to re-wind to keep track of who was speaking. But his voice is beautiful and most of the time well fit to the story.

Any additional comments?

I almost didn't buy this book because of all the bad reviews, but I did and I enjoyed it very much. On occasion as I was listening, I pondered the bad reviews and I think I may understand why some people had trouble enjoying it. There are a lot of characters and a lot of story lines with difficult names to keep track of. Easier names would have helped.
Also, it would probably help considerably if the narrator used different voices.

I think I aided myself greatly in keeping all of the characters identified by listening to all 3 books one right after the other and yes, sometimes I had to re-wind a bit (okay, quite a bit) to keep it all straight in my head, but it was certainly worth it.

If you can keep all of the story lines straight and all of the characters identified then you'll find the characters to be well developed and easily imagined. One review complained about sooo many battles and sooo much fighting, but come on......it's war. If you have trouble with complexity, then this book is not for you, but if you make the mental investment, then you'll receive a boon.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Scattered, Smothered, and Chunked

  • Bubba the Monster Hunter, Season 1
  • By: John G. Hartness
  • Narrated by: Andrew McFerrin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618

Scattered, Smothered, and Chunked collects the entire first season of Bubba the Monster Hunter from his first graveyard-splattering adventure in Voodoo Children to the stunning cliffhanger at the end of Final Countdown! Fans of the rollicking redneck monster hunter will find plenty of value in this massive collection of monsters, strippers, beer, and bullets!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Picked it up by accident...

  • By Dave B on 01-06-16

(sigh) Oh Bubba

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

Reviewed: 06-17-16

Any additional comments?

I'm from Texas and I love Bubbas and rednecks and I anticipated lots of laughs, but Bubba and his number one associate both become very trite. I wish the stereotype had been a part of our hero and not all of our hero. I was smothered and covered in sarcasm and fight scenes. It's unusual for me, but I quit in the middle. I will finish it later and make another review if it changes my mind, but I had to take a break. I just couldn't become invested in Bubba.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful