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  • The Code Within: A Thriller

  • Trent Turner, Book 1
  • By: S. L. Jones
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

For years, Trent Turner has worked in the shadows using his vigilance and determination to covertly defend his country. His anonymous days dispatching of the world's dark realities are interrupted when the unthinkable happens and sends him on a path that could destroy him. He finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy where political and financial powers collide when members of a hacktivist group are strong-armed into helping a sworn enemy of the United States rise to power once again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed this story

  • By cmw on 04-03-15

Unfortunately terrible

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I'd love to support this new author's debut work, but honestly I can't. I found the sorry to be awfully weak. The characters were one-dimensional and uninspiring. I think S. L. Jones is onto a winner with the theme, but there's nothing thrilling or riveting about this book. After reading positive reviews I forced myself to listen through the end, but it didn't really get particularly better.

The narration was clear and high-quality, except it had the personality of an interesting sheet of cardboard; the narrator would be excellent for a different genre, but I think he was an inappropriate choice for this book.

  • This Book Is Full of Spiders

  • Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It
  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,151

Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If You're Considering This... Go Ahead!

  • By Tracey Rains on 05-29-13

Absolutely one of the best

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

David Wong has created a masterpiece. I'm literally about to go through Audible and just buy all the rest of his work.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,062

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Fantastic narration, great story

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

Reviewed: 09-02-12

Davina Porter does a brilliant job narrating this brilliantly-written story. She does a very good job of the accents, as well as differentiating each character.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Princess of Mars

  • Mars Series #1
  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Jack Sondericker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

A young Arizona prospector, chased by Indians, takes refuge in a mysterious cave. A strange gas paralyzes him. His spirit leaves his body and travels to Mars where he becomes a warrior.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic of Action Fantasy

  • By Carol on 10-29-11

Enthralling story, dreadful recording

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

Reviewed: 04-14-12

Overall, this is an excellent book, and I intend to enjoy the entire series. The book itself is very well written. Others have commented on Edgar Rice Burroughs' "flowery" language, and I definitely agree. Listeners have to understand that this book is almost 100 years old, and yes language has changed somewhat in those years. This only adds to the story.

Jack Sondericker offered a good performance, and was a good narrator for John Carter, although there are regular unnecessary mid-sentence hesitations in the narration (you'll see what I mean). Audio quality is an issue: it sounds like it was recorded on a 1980's Sony Walkman. The production team has done a commendable job of remastering the audio and reducing clicks and distortions, but it's still very poorly recorded. However, it doesn't detract from the book too heavily.

From what I've read of the other reviews, I'm glad I bought this version instead of the others.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Religion for Atheists

  • A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
  • By: Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

The boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non-believers is finally moved on by Alain de Botton's inspiring new book, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are of course entirely false - and yet that religions still have important things to teach the secular world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator < Book

  • By Eric on 04-14-12

Narrator < Book

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

Reviewed: 04-14-12

I HEREBY DECLARE: This book is a "Must Read" for any atheist, particularly those who have read anything by Dawkins.

After dispensing with the "is God real or not" argument in the first paragraph of the book, de Botton spends the rest of the book explaining why so many religious rituals are valuable ANYWAY.

Existence of a deity notwithstanding, I have a new respect for religion and religious rituals. There are lots of aspects that I now have a much clearer understanding of, and I understand that I was unfairly denigrating the practices of religious people, because I didn't understand the reason those practices were created. I'm still a committed atheist, of course -- but now I'm a smarter atheist. And that's what atheism is all about, right?

Although I can't praise this book highly enough, I wish I could have reached through my headphones and slapped the narrator. I managed to make it all the way through the book, but it wasn't great. Two stars because the sound quality & production was superb, but that's all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventure of English

  • The Biography of a Language
  • By: Melvyn Bragg
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,470

This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many Of Course monments

  • By Leigh A on 10-21-05

An amazing linguistic journey of hundreds of years

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

Reviewed: 04-07-12

Robert Powell does a fantastic job of narrating this book, which surely must have been trickier than most. Throughout the story of English, we're treated to excerpts of older writings, clearly read in a long-past tongue.

I had to listen to this at 1.25x, because it was simply too much detail for me. I still found the book riveting, and felt like I was somehow quite lucky to be able to listen to the old pronunciations scattered liberally throughout.

Altogether, a great book for people who have an interest in linguistics and the path taken by a familiar language over the centuries.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970

Salander is plotting her revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must prove her innocence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fabulous Finale

  • By Olga on 12-04-09

Best series ever

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

Reviewed: 04-07-12

A simply stellar wrap up to the Salander series. In this book, everything seems to come together. I understand that the author died unexpectedly while he was writing the fourth story, but everything seems to be resolved at the end of this third book.

The Salander series is absolutely brilliant, and narrated wonderfully by Saul Reichlin. There are very few people that I'd rather listen to for twenty hours.

  • The Little Prince

  • By: Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Richard Howard - translator
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,017

A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. "Please," asks the stranger, "draw me a sheep." And the pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper... And thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed forever the world for its readers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • quirky sweet

  • By DENNIS on 08-15-12

Written for a younger audience, but a nice story

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

Reviewed: 04-07-12

A lovely story. I listened to this directly after The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which probably wasn't the best precursor... This book provides a rare chance to reflect on what really makes things special.

The book does an excellent job of putting forward some very deep ideas and concepts, in a way clearly written for the younger listener. However even as an adult this book was enjoyable... I just had to reflect on it before I realised that I liked it.

Very well narrated by Humphrey Bower, full marks there.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skeptical at 1st, Enjoyed every moment

  • By paul on 10-31-10

Specacular

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

Reviewed: 03-25-12

This story represents a movement of incredible courage demonstrated by a few people who were prepared to stand up in a little way and do something to reject the racism and segregation in the post-slavery days of southern USA.

This is the first book I've listened to where the narrators sound like they were specifically cast for each role. All the narrators were FANTASTIC, and it was great listening to the different chapters from the viewpoints of different characters.

Really enjoyed the skilfully written story, the backstories of all the characters, and the wonderful narration by all. Highly recommended.

  • Mere Anarchy

  • By: Woody Allen
  • Narrated by: Woody Allen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 301

For the first time ever, hear Woody Allen’s Mere Anarchy in the author’s own distinctive and hilarious voice. Here, in his first short-story collection since his three classics Getting Even, Without Feathers, and Side Effects, Allen has managed to write a book that answers the most profound questions of human existence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What can I say…?

  • By Diane on 07-03-12

Great performance - confused story

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

Reviewed: 03-06-12

This was the fourth Woody Allen book I've enjoyed from Audible. As always, Woody's voice is the best part about it; his narration is spectacular, and these books definitely benefit from his skilled reading.

The stories themselves are reasonable, with a healthy dose of nonsense thrown in. I found this strange style disconcerting for the other books, but by the time I reached this one, I was fairly comfortable with Allen's style.

There are a few absolutely outstanding lines; for example, when making a hasty retreat: "Now I really must be going. I have a raccoon at home that needs milking."