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  • The Overstory

  • By: Richard Powers
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899

The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable that range from antebellum New York to the late 20th-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. An air force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits 100 years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astonishingly powerful writing.

  • By Alexandria on 04-18-18

Abridge me!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

There is an important and powerful 12-hour story in this book... Unfortunately there are another 11 hours of florid ramblings which really need to be pruned. This is a book which would benefit greatly from abridgment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,992
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,925

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

Best new series I have read in many years!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

I seriously love this series. I have rarely had a series of books captivate my imagination so completely. In very plausible steps, Dennis Taylor takes the reader into colonizing the galaxy and making the Singularity a desirable goal rather than an obscure pursuit. Told with a great style and with compelling character(s) depending on how you look at it! ;)

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,395
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,112

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Bobs rocks

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Really enjoyable bock. One of the most plausible approaches to space colonization mixed with a great story!

  • Fools and Mortals

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

In the heart of Elizabethan England, Richard Shakespeare dreams of a glittering career in one of the London playhouses, a world dominated by his older brother, William. But he is a penniless actor, making ends meet through a combination of a beautiful face, petty theft, and a silver tongue. As William's star rises, Richard's onetime gratitude is souring, and he is sorely tempted to abandon family loyalty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TRULY astounding narration!

  • By Clayton on 01-14-18

I had no idea...

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

The book started "oddly" for a book by Bernard Cornwell... I had to check the author page a couple times to make sure I had the right book! It took awhile until you figure out what is going on. It had been some time since I purchased the book until I listened to it and forgot what the subject of the story was- made it more interesting actually. In the end the book made me care about the creation of the plays and players. Well done.

  • After On

  • A Novel of Silicon Valley
  • By: Rob Reid
  • Narrated by: Sean Kenin, January LaVoy, Felicia Day, and others
  • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,956

Meet Phluttr - a diabolically addictive new social network and a villainess, heroine, enemy, and/or bestie to millions. Phluttr has ingested every fact and message ever sent to, from, and about her innumerable users. Her capabilities astound her makers - and they don't even know the tenth of it. But what's the purpose of this stunning creation? Is it a front for something even darker and more powerful than the NSA?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book with great performances!

  • By Amazon Kunde on 08-11-17

be patient

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Very good story and some brilliant ideas shared here. But, be patient. There are some very odd storylines early in the book that if you don't know that they are going somewhere can be a serious turn-off. Just roll with it and after a while it makes sense and is justified- but don't dump it (as I almost did) because of the distractions. It is worth it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,639
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,262

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

Brilliant Audiobook!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

What made the experience of listening to A Gift of Time the most enjoyable?

The reader was perfect and the story was simply stunning. I didn't really know what to expect and was drawn in and couldn't put it down til the last moment. Brilliant.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Gift of Time?

When you realize that this isn't your typical time-travel novel... it suddenly becomes a wonderful tale about time not so long ago when the world was a very different place.

Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no but I will again anytime!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The preview will simply confuse you!

Any additional comments?

I have downloaded hundreds of books over the years and this one is going to stand out for a long time. An interesting story well told.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,488
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,818

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Traveling through history rather than time

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 11-04-17

Slow start great finish

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

I enjoy books by Clines so I was patient when the book built the necessary foundations. But boy was it worth it later as he built up to the spires. Well done Peter!

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,041

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

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

I read 14 by Peter Clines last year and really enjoyed it a lot. I read the Fold and was blown away by it- really good read.

Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

Ray Porter has this nailed- great reader.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This Summers Blockbuster!

Any additional comments?

Peter Clines- keep it up, love this emerging "series" :)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Business Adventures

  • Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street
  • By: John Brooks
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 748
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 749

What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting book

  • By Jason on 01-31-15

some good elements

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

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

sorry Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, this isn't that great a business book. The book is very well written and a good read. But a huge portion of the book is very seriously dated and while there are timeless elements, there is simply too much talking about 1960-era issues that become distracting. I would STRONLY encourage an abridged version of this book on Audible as with some thoughtful editing, this could be a very good book today.

  • A Town Like Alice

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,199

Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, beautifully told

  • By Mary on 03-27-11

great business book

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

Would you listen to A Town Like Alice again? Why?

I say this only tongue in cheek, its a lovely book and a well written story. The thing I loved about it was the way the "second act" of the story revolved around the economic revitalization of a small Australian town. Great book!