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  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,848

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly Delivers Everytime

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-19-17

Good story, not good narrator.

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

The narrator, who plays Bosch in the series, does not do different voices well. Apart from this the book is amazing!

  • The New Strong-Willed Child

  • By: James C. Dobson
  • Narrated by: John Fuller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

Dr. James Dobson has completely rewritten, updated, and expanded his classic best-seller The Strong-Willed Child for a new generation of parents and teachers. The New Strong-Willed Child follows on the heels of Dr. Dobson's phenomenal best seller Bringing Up Boys. It offers practical how-to advice on raising difficult-to-handle children and incorporates the latest research with Dr. Dobson's legendary wit and wisdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Answer to my prayers!

  • By JG on 03-04-16

Very disappointed

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

I didn't finish the book. It went on and on about examples of strong willed children and interviews with parents without anything on how to deal with them- which is why I bought the book. Also there are a lot of religious references- I didn't know this was a religion based book.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hold Tight

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,234

Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Maria on 06-25-08

So boring...

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

Multiple subplots, many unrelated. Too many characters muddled the sory.

Very good narration by Scott Brick.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • An Anthropologist on Mars

  • Seven Paradoxical Tales
  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812

To these seven narratives of neurological disorder Dr. Sacks brings the same humanity, poetic observation, and infectious sense of wonder that are apparent in his bestsellers Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. These men, women, and one extraordinary child emerge as brilliantly adaptive personalities, whose conditions have not so much debilitated them as ushered them into another reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SACKS IS AN ABSOLUTE JOY !!

  • By Jeff on 09-22-13

Boring

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

The cases are interesting, but the author's description and analyses are long, wordy and boring.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Andromeda Strain

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,888
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,898

The United States government is given a warning by the preeminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best science + biology fiction book I have read

  • By Ryan Johnson on 07-31-15

Excruciatingly detailed and boring documentary

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

What disappointed you about The Andromeda Strain?

The story is boring and unnecessarily detailed. Extremely slow paced.

Has The Andromeda Strain turned you off from other books in this genre?

I'd think twice before buying Michael Crichton again.

What aspect of David Morse’s performance would you have changed?

This should have been a performance production like AMOK

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

No

Any additional comments?

Can I return it?

  • Amok

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,596

This was to be her last day alive. The renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin prepared her suicide thoroughly. The death of her eldest daughter had weighed too heavily on her conscience for her to carry on and she yearned for one last drink to raise a toast to oblivion. Her morbid plans are interrupted and she is called in to negotiate a gruesome hostage situation at a radio station where a psychopath is playing a morbid game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping to the extreme!

  • By Simon on 05-20-15

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

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

Yes. It's a very good story and was wonderfully performed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Amok?

The initial thriller portion.

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

This is the first.

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

Desperation calls for desperate moves

Any additional comments?

No

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid

  • By: Jeff Kinney
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,070

Sixth grader Greg Heffley doesn't understand his annoying younger brother, obnoxious older one, or well-meaning parents. But he knows enough to record his daily thoughts in a manly journal - not some girly diary. In a unique novel brimming with laugh-out-loud moments, Greg chronicles his first turbulent year of middle school.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You need the cartoons!

  • By Catherine on 04-17-08

Not bad, but mostly for teenagers, I think.

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

Reviewed: 11-22-15

Would you listen to Diary of a Wimpy Kid again? Why?

No. I already know the story.

Would you recommend Diary of a Wimpy Kid to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Like I said, it seems to be written for teenagers.

Which character – as performed by Ramon De Ocampo – was your favorite?

The protagonist.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

None at all.

Any additional comments?

None at all.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,598

I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely hilarious

  • By Lomeraniel on 11-08-17

Average

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

Reviewed: 11-22-15

What disappointed you about Where the Hell is Tesla??

The story was bland and predictable.

What was most disappointing about Rob Dircks’s story?

The story was bland and predictable.

Which scene was your favorite?

None at all.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Where the Hell is Tesla??

None at all.

Any additional comments?

None at all.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Short Stay in Hell

  • By: Steven L. Peck
  • Narrated by: Sergei Burbank
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777

An ordinary family man, geologist, and Mormon, Soren Johansson has always believed he'll be reunited with his loved ones after death in an eternal hereafter. Then, he dies. Soren wakes to find himself cast by a God he has never heard of into a Hell whose dimensions he can barely grasp: a vast library he can only escape from by finding the book that contains the story of his life. In this haunting existential novella, author, philosopher, and ecologist Steven L. Peck explores a subversive vision of eternity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully unsettling

  • By Ryan on 08-23-14

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-15

This is a truly original and brilliant story. Very well written and read. Highly recommended.

  • Once Upon a Time

  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas
  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: John Rhys-Davies
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

Janitor Woodrow Mulligan escapes to the future thanks to his employer's time-helmet invention. Once there, though, he's not so sure the future is all that it's cracked up to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A time travel story

  • By THoward on 12-22-15

Not for a mature audience

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

It was like listening to a show of the Three Stooges. Not that great. Performances were good.