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  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,349
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,330

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes' worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By Greeny on 05-29-18

Fascinating!!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Well-researched and well-written. I love true crime, and although this was a very different type of crime, it was just as riveting!

  • Silence Fallen

  • A Mercy Thompson Novel, Book 10
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King, George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,738

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form Mercy escapes - only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe. Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BAD PENGUIN.

  • By bluestategirl on 07-15-17

Mercy Fans Will Enjoy it, Despite Problems

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you're listening to the 10th book in the Mercy Thompson series, you're obviously a big fan. Anyone who is already hooked on this series will like this book, even though it's a mess in a number of ways.

It was ridiculous of them to have a different narrator for the parts of the book not narrated by Mercy, since Lorelei King has been doing all of those voices for 9 books now. The male narrator might not have been terrible- I don't know. It's too hard to adjust to the different voices. It really detracted from the story, especially Adam and Stefan's voices. But, it was still listenable.

Worse than the narrator was Patricia Biggs' story structure. The story was such a mess that she had to even give a disclaimer in the beginning about how it might be confusing, it's not always chronological, and she had to add a little intro to most chapters to orient the reader. She should've just re-organized and revised things to make it more coherent. Within each chunk of the story, however, it was great, just like any good Mercy Thompson novel.

Lastly, (I have to try to explain this without giving anything away), while the surprise near the end was a good one and was clever, it doesn't fit with tons of the things Adam thought during his sections. If it was just things Adam did and said, it would be fine. But, Adam's thoughts - or the narrator's statements about his thoughts - don't line up with the twist at all. I think Patricia Briggs tried to walk a fine line with it, but she didn't quite make it. The narration needed to have been written differently to make it fit with the twist at the end.

All that being said, it was still mostly a good story, just because I love the characters etc. It's a sloppy book with a new narrator for half of it who doesn't match the previous narration - but it's the 10th book in a series with loyal fans who will still listen and enjoy it. At least half the book is narrated by Lorelei King!

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Have Lorelei King narrate the whole thing and have Patricia Briggs fix the organization.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The new male narrator was a distraction and took away from the book, since Lorelei King already has all the voices established.

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  • The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero

  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,786

After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own.... In a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they'll need the help of some familiar demigods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Story New Characters New Narrator

  • By Joel on 11-30-10

Narrator needs to learn pronunciation!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

Would you listen to The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero again? Why?

I admit that I prefer Jesse Bernstein's narration, and it's jarring hearing someone else voice many of the same characters, but Joshua Swanson often puts the emPHAsis on the wrong syllAble. I winced every time he said ChiRON. The worst though was him pronouncing Gaia as Gia. The word seemed to crop up every five minutes or so, and I wanted to yell at him each time. I can't believe he didn't learn basic pronunciations of key ancient Greek mythology figures!

Once I get past my Gaia/Gia rage, it was a pretty good book. Not as good as the original Percy Jackson series, but I liked the characters and I'm glad to be back in the Camp Halfblood world. If this was the first book of all the demigod books, I don't know that I would have liked it as much, since it's just not quite as enthralling as the earlier ones; knowing that I'll get to hear more about Percy and his crew helps keep me interested.

Would you be willing to try another one of Joshua Swanson’s performances?

I hope that he fixes his pronunciation issues for the next book!

  • Nightlife

  • By: Rob Thurman
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 384

In New York, there's a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side. Of course, most humans are oblivious to this, but Cal Leandros is only half-human. His father's dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares - and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent debut for promising new series

  • By Tracey on 03-28-13

Review for the Whole Series

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

What did you love best about Nightlife?

This book was narrated by a different narrator from the rest of the series. It was fine, but the narrator for the next 9 books really makes the characters his own (and corrects a lot of mispronunciations that the first narrator made.) It took me a little while to get into this book and get to know and care about the characters, but it was worth it. There are tons of books in the series and the characters continue to evolve and develop. I've enjoyed the series, and I'm waiting for book 11 to come out!

  • Nevermore

  • Cal Leandros, Book 10
  • By: Rob Thurman
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

The Vigil, a group devoted to concealing the paranormal from humanity, has decided Cal has stepped out of the shadows once too often, and death is the only sentence. They plan to send a supernatural assassin into the past to take down the younger, less lethal Cal. But things change when The Vigil makes one last attempt on Caliban's life in the present - and end up destroying everyone and everything he cares about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, just WOW!

  • By Tracy64 on 12-08-15

Half a book!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

What disappointed you about Nevermore?

Argh. I've really enjoyed this series up until now. My mind wandered a lot during this book, and then - it just ENDED. I hadn't realized it was on the last chapter, and the book was nowhere near resolving the original conflicts. It ended with a big "cliffhanger" (even though we all know how it will turn out in the next book), right in the middle of the story arc. Totally just half a book, and half of that was sort of meandering.

Would you ever listen to anything by Rob Thurman again?

Yes, I'll stick with the series even though I was really disappointed in this book.

  • 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 32,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,319

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

Surprising, touching, and thought-provoking

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

Reviewed: 04-27-15

Where does The Girl with All the Gifts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a fantastic listen! I was a little skeptical about a "zombie" book, but that's not really what this is. It's really about humanity, what makes someone human, what makes someone good or evil, what makes us love and hate... A very compelling story with unexpected twists and turns.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Melanie, the little girl. Can't say why without giving away spoilers!

What about Finty Williams’s performance did you like?

It all just flowed perfectly, and I got lost in the story.

Any additional comments?

I can be VERY picky about my Audible listens, and I 100% recommend this one! It's dark but also full of hope.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Politics

  • Blood Destiny, Book 4
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886

You'd think that life would finally be dealing Mack Smith a kind hand. Living in London and with the opening of the new and improved city version of Clava Books mere days away, things appear to be settling down. Other than the terrible nightmares about dragons, that is. Or the fact that she's being constantly tailed by a string of mages, shifters, and faeries, all of whom are constantly demanding her attention. And that's without even bringing the temptation of Corrigan, Lord Alpha of the Brethren, into the equation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • hmmm, Not really thrilled... Thoughts?

  • By Robert on 08-18-14

Disappointing - Quality Sacrificed to Create Drama

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

Reviewed: 08-23-14

What would have made Blood Politics better?

I think the author knew that she wanted certain things to happen in the end, so she came up with events that would lead to that conclusion- BUT, the events were out of character for both Mac & Corrigan. Corrigan goes from being mr. understanding and patient to mr. unreasonable and irrational, and it doesn't make any sense. There were two main instances where he got angry, to different degrees, with Mac for prioritizing saving lives over whatever was going on with them. Has he MET her? And, seriously, he's the leader of the entire shifter world, like he doesn't know about that kind of sacrifice? I don't blame him for being upset or disappointed or whatever, but it made no sense for him to be mad at her, especially the time towards the end of the book (won't give it away, don't worry). It was totally obvious why Mac did what she did, and although I wouldn't expect him to be happy about it, I WOULD expect him to understand. The fact that he didn't understand makes me just not like him very much. He was being a selfish jerk, yet Mac is the one who is apologizing. Also, it's one thing for him to be mad, but another thing for him to act the way he did etc. That was just ridiculous, and I found myself rolling my eyes. Mac also did things totally against her character. She's pig headed and stubborn and doesn't give a crap what other people say or think, yet suddenly towards the end she lets another character bully her into a ridiculous situation that was so contrived. I get why she agreed to what the other character wanted, but not the manner in which it was carried out. The author tried to give a reason or why she went with things that way, but it fell flat. Plus, both of them were total idiots in the park while waiting for the threat to arrive, like they knew when or how or where it would come? Seriously? I know that the author is trying to keep the tension and drama going, but it just didn't really work. It was too extreme and, well, it just annoyed me. The events were just too obviously plot devices to achieve certain goals, instead of events that made sense within the context of the story and the characters.I will, of course, listen to the next book whenever it comes out because I'm totally attached to the characters. If it's as ridiculous as this one though, then it will be my last.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Bloodrage

  • Blood Destiny, Book 3
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031

Mack begins her training at the mages' academy in the hope that, by complying, the stasis spell will be lifted from her old friend Mrs. Alcoon. However, once there, she finds herself surrounded by unfriendly adults and petulant teenagers, the majority of whom seem determined to see her fail. Feeling attacked on all fronts, Mack finds it harder and harder to keep a rein on her temper. Forced to attend anger management classes and deal with the predatory attentions of Corrigan, the Lord Alpha of the shapeshifter world, her emotions start to unravel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still keeping it interesting

  • By Robert on 08-08-14

Edge of My Seat

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

Reviewed: 08-20-14

If you could sum up Bloodrage in three words, what would they be?

Wow. Just wow. I'm so sad about certain things, but it was a totally riveting story. Sad things have to happen sometimes when you have a hero like Mac, since that's what makes her what she is. I just downloaded book 4 and am ready to get started. I wish there were 10 more!

  • Bloodmagic

  • Blood Destiny, Book 2
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184

After escaping the claws of Corrigan, the Lord Alpha of the Brethren, Mack is trying to lead a quiet lonely life in Inverness in rural Scotland, away from anyone who might happen to be a shapeshifter. However, when she lands a job at an old bookstore owned by a mysterious elderly woman who not only has a familiar passion for herbal lore but also seems to know more than she should, Mack ends up caught in a maelstrom between the Ministry of Mages, the Fae and the Brethren.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It had so much potential.

  • By Jonathan on 09-05-14

Even better than book 1!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. Great series! Read the first book before this one for sure though. I'm completely hooked!

  • Bloodfire

  • Blood Destiny, Book 1
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,688

Mack might be, to all intents and purposes, a normal looking human, but she lives with a pack of shapeshifters in Cornwall in rural England after being dumped there by her mother when she was just a young child. She desperately wants to be accepted by her surrogate family, not least because a lot of them hate her for merely being human, but for some reason her blood just won't allow the transformation to occur.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally a real heroine

  • By Steven on 07-31-14

Great undiscovered series!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I am a huge fan of kick-ass female lead series, like the Night Huntress, Jane Yellowrock, Mercy Thompson and so on. I'd been having a hard time finding a new series that I like, till I found this one! I'm already through books 1-3, after just a few days! There are parts of the first book that are a bit obvious and easy to figure out, but the actual plot/ending etc was definitely a surprise, in a good way. The characters are really compelling, and I got invested very quickly. There were a few things I didn't like about each of the books, little things that I thought didn't quite make sense or something like that, but that's pretty much true in all books. I'm kind of nit-picky. :)

It's also just a charming story, the narrator has a great accent, and the Scottish & English settings make it appealing.

I DEFINITELY recommend this.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES

2 of 4 people found this review helpful