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  • The Sweetest Thing

  • By: Jill Shalvis
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

Best-selling author Jill Shalvis has won raves from both fans and fellow authors for her sterling, heartfelt romances. In The Sweetest Thing, Tara returns to Lucky Harbor, Washington, her life in shambles. Helping her sisters renovate an inn, she looks to start anew - and meets a handsome sailor who changes everything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Decent Story With a Few Problems

  • By TR on 10-12-13

Did not finish

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

I tried but could not stay with this one. I think it is the narration. I couldn't believe either of these guys could possibly care a filp for this woman. She must be so good looking they don't care. But that doesn't come across in the story.

  • Red Dragon

  • By: Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,828

An innocent family are the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness. All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer's tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Police Procedural of Our Time

  • By Charles Atkinson on 06-21-15

Quite a thriller

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

Reviewed: 04-02-16

I read this when I learned it is on David Foster Wallace's unusual top ten list. It is quite a thriller. It is set in the 70's. Hannibal Lector appears as a side character and helps, in a way, to catch another cannibal murderer. The reader has a clear resonate voice but gives intimate exchanges between romantic partners an irritating pleading whine I associate with children instead of adults. The story has enough narrative drive to overcome that bit of the performance.

  • The Voice from the Edge, Vol. 1

  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
  • By: Harlan Ellison
  • Narrated by: Harlan Ellison
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450

Harlan Ellison has won more awards for imaginative literature than any other living author, but only aficionados of Ellison’s singular work have been aware of another of his passions…he is a great oral interpreter of his stories. His recordings have been difficult to obtain…by his choice. In 1999, for the first time, he was lured into the studio to record this stunning retrospective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wholly unexpected and surprising narration!!

  • By Brian on 04-30-12

Very dark

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

"I Have No Mouth..." is a perfect, horrific story. All of these stories are dark, some downright nihilistic. I loved these in my youth, but now see many of them as ugly jewels. Still, a fascinating read. The audio recording doesn't serve Ellison well. It should have been equalized to even-out the broad range of highs and lows. Ellison moves from a whisper to a shout, often in the same sentence. The performance is energetic and compelling; the recording is problematic. It is best to listen over a speaker, rather than earbuds, due to the dynamic range.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

  • By: Walter M. Miller Jr.
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,601
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,262

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Introibo Ad Altare

  • By richard on 03-20-13

Better in print, I believe

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

Reviewed: 10-03-15

Confusing story. I missed that the book time shifts 600 years into the future - twice. I understood that the story moved ahead, but 600 years!? I think part of the confusion is the narrator's limited character voices, so it sounds like the exact same people in the different eras. After reading reviews on Goodreads I understood and liked the book much more.
This is not the best way to read this classic of science fiction, I think.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Doc

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Doria Russell
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777

The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great writing and narration

  • By Dennis on 06-02-11

Excellent character study of Doc Holliday

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

Reviewed: 08-03-15

Many of the reader's voices are cartoons or just don't fit the character. In particular, I kept imagining a 65 year old "gypsy" instead of a young seductive Kate. But I liked this beautifully written character study of Doc Holliday.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,585

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Jumps The Shark ... Too Late

  • By JayDub 1000 on 05-29-18

Movie Script

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

This reads like a grade B Sci-Fi movie script. I like that sort of thing and enjoyed this despite the very slow build up. It picks up around 60%.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Me, Myself, and Why

  • Searching for the Science of Self
  • By: Jennifer Ouellette
  • Narrated by: Karen Saltus
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

A fascinating survey of the forces that shape who we are and how we act - from the author of The Calculus Diaries. Following her previous tours through the worlds of physics ( Black Bodies and Quantum Cats) and calculus ( The Calculus Diaries), acclaimed science writer Jennifer Ouellette now turns her attention to the mysteries of human identity and behavior with Me, Myself, and Why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • biography-science mashup

  • By serine on 04-06-16

Light Science

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

Reviewed: 11-07-14

Half memoir, half science of the self. The memoir seemed off topic. The science half is interesting.The reader's voice was too sweet and breathy for the material and had some odd ticks that threw me out of the story. She would make a great reader of children's books but seemed mis-matched for this.

  • Range of Ghosts

  • The Eternal Sky, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Bear
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Multiple Hugo Award winner Elizabeth Bear enthralls fans with this compelling first book in the Eternal Sky series. In a world where wizards are unable to procreate, Temur, heir to his empire’s throne, flees to avoid assassination. Once-Princess Samarkar, formerly heir to her own empire’s throne, gives up everything to seek the wizards’ magical power. Drawn together by fate, Temur and the Once-Princess must stand against a cult inciting strife and civil war in all the empires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bite down solid fantasy.

  • By Christa on 08-31-12

Detailed World building

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

Reviewed: 02-13-14

The world building is detailed, exotic, and unique. The writing is beautiful. But I found the language daunting and hard to attach names to characters. This is an interesting fantasy book if you like Mongolian Steppe culture and are good at remembering foreign names. Those were problems for me.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Parasite

  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 580

A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You Want To Put A What... Where?

  • By Kim Venatries on 12-04-13

Not an adult thriller

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

Reviewed: 01-16-14

This is more of a YA book with a good premise and poor execution. The big reveal is obvious very quickly, and not stated until the very end of the book making it very anti-climatic. A very young reader might enjoy it. And a young reader might excuse the unrealistic behavior by all characters throughout the book.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • I, Claudius

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

Physically weak and afflicted with stuttering, Claudius is initially despised and dismissed as an idiot. Shunted to the background of imperial affairs by his embarrassed royal family, he becomes a scholar and historian, while palace intrigues and murders surround him. Observing these dramas from beyond the public eye, Claudius escapes the cruelties inflicted on the rest of the royal family by its own members and survives to become emperor of Rome in A.D. 41.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An..An..Ancient Rome comes to life, brilliantly

  • By Robert on 04-29-11

Unlistenable

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

Reviewed: 10-29-13

I suspect there is a good story here but, after an hour I could no longer tolerate the narrators tone of voice and the prospect of listening for endless hours more is intolerable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful