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  • Mother Bruce

  • By: Ryan T. Higgins
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But then his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings and they are convinced he's their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can't seem to rid himself of his new companions. What's a bear to do? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Missing Something

  • By Marisa Benke on 10-28-18

Missing Something

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

We have all the Mother Bruce books and they are family favorites! I bought this audio version expecting to love it, but it is definitely missing something without the illustrations. The narrator does a great Bruce voice but a lot of the humor is missing. Without the pictures it is just ok.

  • Halfway to the Grave

  • Night Huntress, Book 1
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,707

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Total Guilty Pleasure!

  • By Wendy on 04-19-12

Ughh..

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

I've made it a third of the way in to this and can't continue. The story is okay but the narration is horrible, I just can't take it anymore. The voice used for the main character is super whiny and immature and the accent for the male lead is beyond horrible.

I'm actually on the waitlist to borrow the e-version from my library so I can finish it. I want to see how it ends but I just can't listen to it anymore.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55,535

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Just Ahh..

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

I give this one 2.5 stars.

Listening to the audio version of this was a slog! If I’d know how much I was going to have to force myself to keep listening I might have opted for the print book. (or skipped it all together!) On the plus side Rosario Dawson was an awesome narrator.

I’ll start by saying I haven’t read The Martian so I didn’t have that to compare it to in my mind, probably a good thing from what I hear. I won’t rehash the plot others have already done that. The biggest problem with this if Jazz Bashira. For large chunks of the book she is flatly unlikable. She’s annoying, abrasive and ridiculously immature to the point that I thought she was a teenager at first.

The first half of the book is a slow set up to the eventual action. Often times a slow set up builds tension and such, not in this case! It drags and was really boring, this is where I had to force myself to finish. The last quarter of the book picks up a bit and it at least wraps everything up.

  • Out of the Soylent Planet: A Rex Nihilo Adventure

  • Starship Grifters, Book 0
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: J.D. Ledford
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Interstellar con man Rex Nihilo has a price tag on his head. Railroaded into smuggling a shipment of contraband corn to a planet short on food, Rex finds himself on the run from an insidious corporation named Ubiqorp, which reaps obscene profits by keeping the planet dependent on shipments of synthetic rations. When Rex and his long-suffering robot companion Sasha are sentenced to work as slave labor on a massive Ubiqorp plantation, they learn the terrible secret behind the corporation's products.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most I’ve laughed in a long time

  • By Richard on 04-13-18

Space!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

After listening to and loving the first two Rex Nihilo stories I was excited to give this one a try. I'm glad to say that it did not disappoint!

In this book 0 installment of the series we are treated to the original meeting ad first adventure of Rex and his trusty robot Sascha. It proves to be just as zany and entertaining as the previous books!

I definitely recommend giving it a try.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  • By: Eric Carle
  • Narrated by: Mike Ferreri
  • Length: 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

A hungry little caterpillar eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • favorite story

  • By Ava on 07-01-11

Enjoyable Classic

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

My children love the book version and are very familiar with the story so I thought they'd like the audio version as well.
It's a great story and well narrated, but would have benefited from the synchronized pictures that some other kids audible books have. The beautiful illustrations are what made the book so popular to begin with. Listening to the story without the pictures feels like something is missing. Indeed at the end my daughter asked me where the butterfly picture was, and was disappointed when told this one didn't have pictures.

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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,811
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,069

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HHTGH - Lightly Fried

  • By J. Medany on 05-08-05

Brits in Space

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I love books set in space and have always heard people raving about this series so I gave it a try. Perhaps my expectations were too high, as I liked it but didn't LOVE it as I had expected.

The oddball story and Brit humor were a little too much for me at times. lol And as within the story I'm sort of wondering what the entire point of it is? I guess I'll have to listen to the next ones and find out.

The narration by Stephen Fry was excellent. I find his voice perfect for books, and am a little disappointed he doesn't do the entire series.

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

  • By: Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle
  • Narrated by: Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Length: 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

With more than 7 million copies in print in various formats and languages, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Is one of the most treasured children's books of all time. Now, more than 40 years after its first printing, this classic is finally available as an audiobook. The narration, provided by Academy Award winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, comes from a Grammy-nominated recording, which is sure to bring warmth and humor to children and parents alike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect first audiobook for kids1-5

  • By Renske on 05-28-12

Kid Loved

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

Another classic book that the kids love to listen to. A fun, repetitive story that my kids like to hear over and over. I find Gwyneth Paltrow's narration just okay, but the kids really like it and thats what matters.

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  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

  • By: Simms Taback
  • Narrated by: Stuart Binder
  • Length: 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

An old favorite as you've never seen it before! Everyone knows the song about the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, and even worse - but who's ever heard what's going on inside the old lady's stomach?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My 3 year old loves this!

  • By Cynthia on 04-12-13

A Favorite!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

My kids LOVE this one. The silly story and over the top narration make them laugh every time. It works as a great distraction when they get whiny in the car:)

  • Aye, Robot

  • A Rex Nihilo Adventure - Starship Grifters, Book 2
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: J.D. Ledford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

After interstellar con man Rex Nihilo hijacks a cargo freighter on a whim, he decides that he, and his long-suffering robot sidekick Sasha, have found their calling as space pirates. But when the ship's cargo turns out to be a cryogenically frozen religious fanatic who holds the secret to a vast galactic conspiracy, Rex and Sasha find themselves on the run from real pirates - as well as agents of the oppressive Malarchy, crazy space cultists, and the Ursa Minor mafia. If Rex is going to get out of this jam alive, he might just have to save the galaxy - again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story with Bonus Novella, Recording needs review.

  • By Todd Bowman on 08-25-17

Space!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

What a fun story! I really enjoyed the continuing adventures of Rex Nihilo and Sasha. After listening to the first book and LOVING the narration by Kate Rudd I was initially disappointed with the narration from JD Ledford, but as the story went on it grew on me more. Though I still hope they get Rudd bak for the next book. Either way I'm looking forward to more space adventures with Rex and crew.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Corduroy

  • By: Don Freeman
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Don Freeman's classic character Corduroy is even more popular today then he was when he first came on the scene over thirty years ago. This favorite is ready for another generation of children to love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kids loved this!

  • By lnf81 on 02-25-15

A Classic

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Who doesn't love Corduroy? It's a great classic story that everyone likes. The narration on this one is solid, not bad but nothing special either.