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  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,436

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Just incredible

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

This book has been heavily marketed on Audible for a very good reason: it's phenomenal. A unique take on the zombie apocalypse story, great narration, memorable characters and fungal ants. Use your credit already!
#zombies #creepy #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47,025
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,992
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,969

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

Sandersons Magnum Opus continues to delight

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

If you've read Way of Kings, I'm not sure why you're even wasting time reading reviews. This is an insta-buy. It's amazing!
#Roshar #Cosmere #IAmAStick #highfantasy #magicsystem #sweepstakes #tagsgiving

  • Oryx and Crake

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,681

The narrator of Atwood's riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he is sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. He searches for supplies in a wasteland where insects proliferate and pigoons and wolvogs ravage the pleeblands, where ordinary people once lived, and the Compounds that sheltered the extraordinary. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Scary Stuff

  • By Doug on 07-21-03

Haunting Near Future Dystopia

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Atwood is a legend for a reason. This series is her magnum opus for a reason. This was one of my first audible purchases and it didn't disappoint. Campbell Scott does an excellent job narrating this one.
#dystopia #Snowman #nearfuture #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,655
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,658

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck...

  • By Allyssa R. on 06-16-17

You will devour this audiobook

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Why are you even reading this? Scroll back up and use your credit. This book is amazing! Well worth the hype even if you don't go in for stories like the blurb would have you believe this is. There are twists and turns you'll never see coming. The narration is fantastic and the pace is lightning fast. Buy this. Do it.

#thriller #supernatural #unreliablenarrator #mindbending #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Fisherman

  • By: John Langan
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 378

In upstate New York, in the woods around Woodstock, Dutchman's Creek flows out of the Ashokan Reservoir. Steep-banked, fast-moving, it offers the promise of fine fishing, and of something more, a possibility too fantastic to be true. When Abe and Dan, two widowers who have found solace in each other's company and a shared passion for fishing, hear rumors of the Creek, and what might be found there, the remedy to both their losses, they dismiss it as just another fish story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Horror of Loss

  • By Jim N on 04-20-17

Slow burn creepy lovecraftian folklore goodness

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Exactly the book I was hoping for this fall. Creepy, lovecraftian weird fiction that gets under your skin. This book is great if you value dread over shock. Langan concocts the perfect fish story with all the nuance you would hope for. Even the negatives served the theme - kind of rambling and chock full of detail but "don't worry I'm going somewhere with this."
Langan does a great job at using a lovecraftian mythos/mythology elements but in a highly original way unlike many of his contemporaries. Phenomenal narration by Campbell!
I loved this book!
#creepy #lovecraft #folklore #monsters #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,098

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GREAT TRILOGY!!!

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-12-09

Sandersons' first epic trilogy will get you hooked

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I've been a Sanderson fan for only a few years and, embarrassingly enough, it took me a while to get to this gem. Now having read it twice, I can easily see how this is most people's gateway into this incredible writer.

Sanderson weaves a fantastically plotted and paced heist story with memorable characters. The magic system is amazing as always. Kramer is an excellent narrator (if a little slow; you can easily listen to this one at 1.5x).

This book is a must read/listen for any fantasy lover.

#epic #heist #mistborn #fantasy #greatnarration #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The City of Mirrors

  • A Novel (Book Three of the Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 29 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,571
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,978

The Twelve have been destroyed, and the 100-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew - and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted vampires, not college orgies

  • By Todd Harris on 08-08-18

Great conclusion to a perfect series

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Here's the thing: if you've already read the first two, you're automatically going to buy this and you should. It's incredible.
My only gripe is the backstory on Fanning was a little overdone and drawn out. Otherwise, this book was phenomenal. Scott Brick delivers, as always, the best narration available. Cronin proves you can do genre fiction with literary precision. Buy it. Use the credit. It's worth every second.


#apocalypse #vampires #creepy #heartfelt #dystopia #ChildProtagonist #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Twelve

  • A Novel
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,206

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • TWO IN THIS SERIES IS ENOUGH

  • By Randall on 06-15-18

Cronin does it again!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I was enamored with the Passage so I had high expectations for the Twelve. Cronin's writing is some of the best of our time. Every character is fleshed out in heart-aching detail. The plot is phenomenal, expounding on characters that were only touched on in The Passage. I cannot recommend a series more highly than The Passage trilogy.

#apocalypse #vampires #creepy #heartfelt #dystopia #ChildProtagonist #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • After You Believe

  • Why Christian Character Matters
  • By: N. T. Wright
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

We are all spiritual seekers, intuitively knowing there is more to life than we suspect. This is a book for anyone who is hoping there is something more while we’re here on Earth. There is. We are being called to join the revolution, and Wright insightfully encourages readers to find new purpose and clarity by taking us on an eye-opening journey through key biblical passages that promise to radically alter the work of the church and the direction of our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Spirituality

  • By Wayne on 04-11-11

A fresh perspective on character

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

NT Wright, as always, does a fantastic job on shedding new light on a topic readers might think they have all figured out. I read this book with a study group of guys and the discussion was great.
Wright balances being highly readable to the uninitiated and writes with a depth that seasoned readers of Christian literature will still reap greatly from. Loved this book. I recommend it highly!

  • Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day

  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

When her sister Patty died, Jenna blamed herself. When Jenna died, she blamed herself for that, too. Unfortunately Jenna died too soon. Living or dead, every soul is promised a certain amount of time, and when Jenna passed she found a heavy debt of time in her record. Unwilling to simply steal that time from the living, Jenna earns every day she leeches with volunteer work at a suicide prevention hotline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Story of Ghosts & Witches from a New Perspective

  • By Donna on 01-11-17

Great concept, forgettable plot and characters

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

I’ve felt Seanan McGuire is a little hit or miss and this one was a miss for me. Amazing structure and a new twist on ghosts but just didn’t care about the characters at all