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  • Ash

  • By: Malinda Lo
  • Narrated by: Malinda Lo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet book :)

  • By JennyMarie on 12-18-13

Genuinely enchanting!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-16

I'm terrifically glad that this is my final book for the year! It's quite magical, and both heady and light at the same time. There was a dreamlike quality to the entire experience that really spoke to me, and I can't wait to read more by this author!

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

  • By: Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,924

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship - the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best novels I've listened to in years.

  • By Rain on 10-27-13

Exactly as great as advertised!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

Lin Manuel Miranda gave this beautiful novel the careful, loving treatment it deserved. I adore these boys more than I can possibly say, and I want to personally thank every single person who recommended this book. I'm crying, I'm dying, I'm so so so so happy. Please read this.

  • Through the Fog

  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 895

Two weeks after his 18th birthday, everything changes for Evan Nash. When he injures his head after being run down on his bicycle, he begins having strange, harrowing visions whenever he tries to sleep. He turns to psychiatrist Shannon Mayer for help. Mayer has troubles of her own: her daughter has been kidnapped, and she's desperate for answers. Though she's at first skeptical of Evan's accounts, it quickly becomes clear that his mysterious ailment may be the key to finding her child.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Remote Viewing

  • By R. Pontiflet on 10-18-16

Good performance of a lackluster book

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

Reviewed: 10-27-16

The only character I had any remote affection for was Evan. Everyone else was boring at best, and the ~mysteries~ the author kept shoehorning into every chapter gap just pissed me off. Not every chapter needs some flaccid cliffhanger just to keep readers from running away! And the answers to the questions presented in those cliffhangers were by and large disappointing, and usually predictable to boot. Plus, so much of the dialogue was overwritten and unconvincing. Every character talked the same (writing-wise, not the performance), and I rarely bought anything they were trying to sell. Only decent as a primer on shit to avoid while writing.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161,014
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,597
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,433

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

A hilarious & emotional read with high stakes!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-16

I loved Mark Watney so much more than I was expecting to. He reminded me viscerally of the character Doug Eiffel in the podcast Wolf 359, so obviously I adored him, and god am I a sucker for stories about a) the ingenuity of humans in desperate situations and b) people coming together to help each other against all odds. For the record, I cried.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Grave Suspicion

  • By: Aaron Mahnke
  • Narrated by: Terence West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 376

Sam Hawthorne has lived a nomadic life, wandering through small Midwestern towns for the past two decades. He is known among the people he meets as an oddity and a troublemaker. He has a secret, however; one that has given him the chance to help dozens of people over the years. But that secret has also created a trail, and now someone with violent intentions has begun to follow it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Longtime Lore Listener, Sorely Disappointed

  • By Tate Bredenkamp on 11-20-16

A fun, if unpolished, read.

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

Despite a charming and refreshingly emotional main character in Sam Hawthorne, this story suffers from dialogue that's not always natural or convincing, and noticeably repetitive word choice. I was drawn in by the mystery, but the resolution was incomplete, with a sequel hook that felt more frustrating than promising. Also, frankly, there was a disturbing lack of women in the story, and one of the two prominent women was characterized as a blabbermouth and caused trouble for Sam.

This sounds like I'm ragging on the book more than I actually intended. I did enjoy it! But the things I liked are a bit harder to pinpoint than the problems I had. Looking back, the whole story just seemed like it needed some more thorough editing and maybe some rewrites. I did absolutely love the metaphysical fun that happened, and I was intrigued by Roger's history and biology 'lessons'.

As for the actual performance, I was entirely thrown off by Terence West's reading. His cadences were bizarre, with dramatic pauses in inappropriate moments and emphasis placed on confusing words. Near the beginning, there were even a few moments where it was really obvious that they cut in the middle of a sentence, as if Mr West did two different reads and they needed to splice them together. It took me forever to get used to, and even then I was occasionally taken out of the experience by unusual moments, like how he frequently failed to give proper pause between description and dialogue. He did a good job with Sam's more emotional moments, but for the bad guys? His 'growly', menacing voice was embarrassing to hear, and not at all evocative of the intended feelings.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Something More Than Night

  • By: Ian Tregillis
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 355

Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A quantum theorists idea of heaven's mythology

  • By Catherine on 11-30-14

One helluva tale...

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

Oh man, this was an EXCELLENT choice for my first audiobook! Scott Brick is a genuine talent and his voice gripped me instantly. His transitions between the characters' perspectives and voices were fluid, but his inflection always made it gracefully clear who we were following at any given moment. Bayliss was by turns hilarious, fascinating, and infuriating, and Molly? Oh, oh goodness did I love Molly. Bayliss is a sucker for a cigarette and some cheap rye, and I'm certainly a sucker for gals like Molly. Give me a dame with a temper who'll make the hard choices and I'll be all hers. Make her a wlw too and I'll just about die.