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  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,169

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everybody

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 09-24-18

Hideous narration

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I couldn’t do it. I tried. I couldn’t listen to that constipated, affected narration for another minute. The story may have been interesting... I couldn’t tell. Definitely not for me. Unprofessional and monotone yammering that made no sense.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Locke & Key

  • By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Narrated by: Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,589
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,145

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill ( NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really tried to like it

  • By Candy M Tuttle on 08-28-18

Not a fan

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

Whining children, grunting and sighing teenaged angst, atrocious segue music (why why why???). The story falls flat even at 1.5x speed. The noises are enough to make me quit listening after five chapters. Maybe I’m just not meant for the “full cast” thing. Ugh.

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,262
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,589

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performances, moving story

  • By Roger on 09-11-14

Boring and pointless

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

I kept listening. Kept waiting for something to happen. I'm not sure why I even finished it. They say there's nothing new under the sun.... Well, this book sure wasn't. Performances were lovely. The was no annoying transition music or unintelligible accents. Just an already been told to death story.

  • Insomnia

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Eli Wallach
  • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,575

Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please no more music tracks.

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-09-09

What is with the horrible cheesy guitar???

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

There's a random, repetitive, and extremely annoying guitar rhythm that plays over and over with no logical reason (foreshadowing, end of chapter, etc). It's horribly distracting, annoying and ruins the beautiful voice of the narrator. Why do they ever think this is a good thing? My paper books are gorgeously music free. So where does this horrible idea come from?

  • ACLS Provider Manual: Study Guide for Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

  • By: MSN, Jane John-Nwankwo RN
  • Narrated by: L. David Harris
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

What you will learn from this book: team resuscitation concepts, what actually happens in mega codes, BLS and ACLS surveys, acute coronary syndrome management, stroke management, and recognition of basic dysrhythmia.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible and incomplete

  • By tara pastal on 08-12-15

Horrible and incomplete

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Actually addressing issues to pass an ACLS exam. You can't discuss heart rhythms in a audiobook. You can't read charts in an audiobook. You CAN discuss treatment plans including pharmacology and mitigating factors.

What could MSN and Jane John-Nwankwo RN have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make it appropriate and effective for passing ACLS

How could the performance have been better?

Someone familiar with medical terminology and better cadence should have done the reading.

Any additional comments?

Seriously, how can you write an ACLS manual without a single word about pharmacology and twenty minutes about BLS???? Where is capnography and hypothermia???? Ugh. All useful study points are absent from this utter waste of time.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,186

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

Educational?

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who is doing some doomsday prepping and wants the specs to build a spaceship? Someone not interested in character development and more interested in descriptions of the environment.

What was most disappointing about Neal Stephenson’s story?

Sooooooo much technical detail. It was brain numbing trying to visualize all of it. And not in a good way.

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

It somehow has managed to keep my interest all the way to the end, even if I did zone out for huge verbose technical spaceship specifications and explanations of complex science and astro-physics concepts.

  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Douglas Adams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,736

Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, can uncover the mystery, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you miss him even more...

  • By Bruce on 07-02-12

Huh?

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

Reviewed: 06-13-15

This is the book I was listening to as I fell asleep at night. I really feel as though I must have missed something vital. Hugely enjoyable. Made no sense

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,662

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Enjoyed a lot

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

Reviewed: 05-29-15

Mesmerized from the first... Perfectly read. Good story, if a little unbelievable. Fully entertaining though. Highly recommended

  • The Starling Project

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina, full cast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,432

Audie Award, Original Work, 2016; Audie Award Finalist, Audio Drama, 2016. An aborted raid targeting a major arms dealer. A hostage standoff at a bank that may not be what it seems. A plot to spring a former African dictator from prison. What is the threat that connects them all? And just who is the mysterious mastermind, The Starling? From Mexico to Washington – from London to Marseille to Prague – war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his team of Volunteers risk their lives to follow the trail of clues. But how can they stop The Starling – when he always seems one step ahead?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a DRAMA, not a book!

  • By Writrix on 11-25-14

Weird transition music

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

Reviewed: 04-15-15

Nice short listen. Great for the twenty minute drive or workout. Some accents a little annoying, but the book was short enough to not make me want to scream. I love Jeffery Deaver's writing.

And ya. This is the first time I've listened to a "full cast" performance and i was a little taken aback by the strange transition music.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful