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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61,160

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

Enjoyed it immensely!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

It's not the Martian but it was still a great story. Reminded me a lot of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,534

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk desperately trying to get promoted when he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, is not only someone he knows but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of THE best audiobooks ever!

  • By Sarah on 05-22-16

Lengthy British legal drama keeps you captivated

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

What made the experience of listening to The Verdict the most enjoyable?

Narration was terrific and the insights to the British legal system. Much like a Grisham novel, but longer and more involved.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, it's all about Terry. He has spunk, morals, and drive plus a flawed past which he has to overcome.

Which scene was your favorite?

Those with the grizzled detective were great.

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

Hardly, it was 20 hours long! But I did "binge" a bit to get through it.

Any additional comments?

The ending was a bit of a disappointment, unrealistic and it felt rushed to clear up all the details. Otherwise an interesting page-turner.

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  • Find Her

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,404

Flora Dane is a victim. Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. Flora Dane is a survivor. Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who's never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she's become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who've never made it home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, so damn good.

  • By Christine on 02-12-16

Gruesome story with slow moving plot

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

A very dark and depressing story wrapped inside a police procedural. The ending seemed to drag on forever and was a bit implausible. Well read however.

  • Near-Death Experiences

  • The Rest of the Story: What They Teach Us About Living and Dying and Our True Purpose
  • By: P. M. H. Atwater
  • Narrated by: Tantor Studios
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Real-life stories of out-of-body experiences, encountering a special light, greeters from the afterlife, life reviews, tunnels, and 360-degree vision - are all part of this intriguing look at near-death experiences (NDEs) by one of the world's noted authorities, P.M.H. Atwater. Atwater shares her amazing findings, based on her sessions with more than 4,000 adults and children, and over 40 years of research; a breathtaking culmination to a successful and controversial career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Big Picture look at NDE's meaning and humanity

  • By Diana on 04-27-17

Needs fact-checking

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

Reviewed: 02-02-16

Would you try another book from P. M. H. Atwater and/or Tantor Studios?

While the subject is fascinating and provocative, the author reaches too many conclusions, stating them as facts when they are not facts at all. This created for me a lack of trust in the other material presented in the book. But the sheer number of cases which the author states that she has researched makes for a compelling case for NDE's as a real phenomenon. But the overstatement of many of her conclusions left me hard pressed to know what to believe and what not to believe.

Has Near-Death Experiences turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but I may remain skeptical because of it.

What about Tantor Studios’s performance did you like?

Competent and well-spoken.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The large number of cases of NDE's (over 3000?) that the author claims to have researched was a surprising number and lends some credibility to the phenomena.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 217,013
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202,257

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Great page-turner YA story, Hunger Games for Geeks

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

Reviewed: 05-03-12

Very enjoyable, compelling story. Couldn't put it down and hated when it finally ended. It has much of the appeal of Hunger Games, except it's about geeks living in an online world to escape the reality of their bleak, post-apocalyptic reality. It has a bit too much reverence for 80's pop culture for me. But I could relate to it even so. Warning! If you haven't played computer/video games very much, or at all - especially many of the games from the 1980's - you may not enjoy or relate to this aspect of the book.
Wil Wheaton performs a great narration and I enjoyed the novelty that he is actually mentioned in the book by name. I wouldn't imagine that that happens very often!

  • A Conflict of Interest

  • A Novel
  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,561
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,938
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,939

Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A man with no character seeks revenge...

  • By Chip Atkinson on 05-02-12

Good first novel, but not great

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

Reviewed: 01-04-12

It was interesting to read this first novel shortly after reading Grisham's The Litigators, as the stories are fairly similar. This novel delves more into the emotional challenges to the protagonist's life - infidelity, guilt, revenge, retribution - than Grisham does. But in some ways it is a less compelling story. In the end I was left wondering what was the point (of the story) as the plot seemed fairly implausible. Perhpas it was to show the arc of the realization of life priorities - a common occurrence for someone reaching their 35th birthday as does the main character.

I didn't care so much for the reader who needs to work on his pacing (he often rushed phrases of dialog) and to better differentiate his portrayal of characters, especially women. I can't give this book the highest rating, but it kept my interest throughout the story. I look forward to reading the next effort by this new author - perhaps with a different reader.

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  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,184

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not my Favorite King story

  • By Ronald Garey on 02-11-19

Best Stephen King in years

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

Reviewed: 12-04-11

What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

Very good story. Intriguing, thought-provoking, unexpected. At 30+ hours and knowing Mr. Kings propensity to go on and on - I always felt his books would be much better with a good editor keeping his excesses to a minimum - I was prepared for many boring sections. But even when the story dragged, it was still interesting and then it moved on to something interesting.The narrator's performance was exceptional and personally I enjoyed the voices of Burt Lancaster, Jimmy Stewart and John Houseman as many of the characters. Lots of emotion and pathos in the reading.

What did you like best about this story?

Well, I bought the book because I've always been fascinated with the JFK assassination and while that part was pretty interesting, the overall time travel adventure was much better than I expected. That said, I would have done things much different than Jake. Especially his calamitous methods of raising money. I had some trouble with the

What about Craig Wasson???s performance did you like?

Just great, is all I can say. Very well done and always kept my interest up.

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

Are you kidding! No way! Too long for anything like that. But I enjoyed taking my time with the whole thing and letting the story unfold in its own sweet time.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Native Star

  • By: M. K. Hobson
  • Narrated by: Suehyla El-Attar
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86

The year is 1876. In the small Sierra Nevada settlement of Lost Pine, the town witch, Emily Edwards, is being run out of business by an influx of mail-order patent magics. Attempting to solve her problem with a love spell, Emily only makes things worse. But before she can undo the damage, an enchanted artifact falls into her possession - and suddenly Emily must flee for her life, pursued by evil warlocks who want the object for themselves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bold, inventive, well-written first novel

  • By Zooomer on 08-26-11

A bold, inventive, well-written first novel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-11

As a previous reviewer, noted, the first half of this novel was more interesting than the second half which felt a bit manipulated to keep the suspense alive. It felt like an old Saturday matinee with each cliff-hanger miraculously topping the previous one. But the novelist's world of magic is inventive and interesting, reminding me more than a bit of the Harry Potter stories. I would recommend this novel and am looking forward to reading the next in the series.
I found the narrator to be interesting and she made it easy to differentiate the characters which is their number one goal in my estimation. As with most female readers, her male characters weren't as realistic as the female characters, but they were all distinguishable from one another.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Alone

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,914
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,338

As a sniper with the elite Massachusetts State Police SWAT Team, Bobby Dodge saved a woman and her young son by shooting her armed husband. But vicious rumors begin to circulate the next morning when Bobby loses his gun and his privileges. It turns out the dead man was the son of a prominent Boston judge and had accused his wife of poisoning their son.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, annoying characterizations.

  • By Jacqueline Dolata on 03-06-13

Decent story, weak narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-11

Having listened to several other (later) Lisa Gardner books, I have to rate Anna Fields a C-. She's OK on the female voices and even exceptional on the child voices, but the male voices are a joke and very distracting from the story. It takes more than speaking in a low-pitched voice to sound like a man would speak!

By contrast the recent Love You More read by Kirsten Potter and Katie MacNichol is very well-done and Hide (the "sequel" to Alone) with Maggi-Meg Reed is also good. The book itself is good and typical of Lisa Gardner - twisty plots, manipulative women, and fast-paced. So far Love You More is my favorite LG novel though,

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Witness

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,592

Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable read

  • By Xavier on 08-17-11

Mad as hell

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-11

OK, does anybody think the ending of this book is either plausible or satisfying?

**** Spoiler alert - a discussion of the ending of this book is to follow ****

Why go through all the effort to read this story and then jerk the rug out from under the reader, by making the plaintiff the murderer? It seemed like a last minute twist added for twisty-ness sake!

1. Why would the murderer bring a balloon to the garage to get the victim to "look up" so she could conk him on the top of the head? Did she think that risky tactic would somehow divert suspicion from herself? what if he didn't look up. What if he looked around instead? Seems like a lot of extra trouble for very little gain. Did she have it with her in the coffee shop before the murder?

2. Why would she toss the hammer into a bush to get rid of it!? She had a bag to carry it home. Why not dispose of it properly? It HAD to have forensic evidence on it!

3. Why would she wear gardening shoes to the murder and then casually put them back into the garage? (OK maybe slightly plausible).

4. Why drag the Aparizio red herring though the whole story and then just walk away from him? What a let down! The only thing worse was letting Dahl off the hook for getting Mickey beat to sh-t!

And finally...
5. Why would Mickey Haller, a guy who works out of his car, has no office, staff, or other responsibilities EVER want to run for DA? Totally not plausible!

I really liked the book until the end of the trial and then was left feeling annoyed and dissatisfied.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful