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  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,670

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

Human nature.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

Ok, so if you were to ask one of the many audible reps who handle my frequent returns, what type of reader I am, you would learn I’m an extremely picky one. It takes a good one to hold my attention. Some of my other faves are “City of Thieves”, “Matterhorn”, “A brief history of seven killings”, and “A hand maids tale”. Now that you have context, I must tell you that This sweeping tale of human nature is now also one of my favorites. I don’t have the vocabulary, or writing skill to truly express what a talent Nathan Hill is. The raw human thought process he details, is both hilarious, and deeply moving. This book is really good. Don’t be afraid of it’s length, it’s entertaining all the way through. I could’ve listened for another 20 hrs. And the narrator, my god he’s amazing. A performance on par with Ron Pearlman and Claire Dianes. Get this book

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,815

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning about the ending

  • By Roger M. Young on 05-27-18

Same type of read as "wonder" but not as good

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

Its cute. The author does nail the narration, but its too kiddie-fied for me. Its a coming of age tale, I was expecting a little more darkness from. Shouldve researched it better. My bad

  • Extreme Ownership

  • How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
  • By: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Narrated by: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,088

An updated edition of the blockbuster best-selling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two US Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't read SEAL Books...

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-21-17

Read my review if your skeptical

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

Trust me. I almost didnt get it because I thought it was the usual GO MERICA' crap that always gets 5 patriotic stars, from the simple masses that review it. This is really really good though. Youd be surprised how the leadership tactics these guys learned with the seals translates to life and business. The war stories they tell at the beginning of each principle could be a novel in its own right. Im a blue collar guy starting an HVAC business, and I have found these principles extremely helpful and applicable. Every leader can gain something from it. 5 deserved stars, Required reading. I HIGHLY recommend

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,668

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Seems exaggerated

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Im sure if your not from good ole Appalachia, you might like it, but I live here. Asheville NC born and raised. Yes Asheville has progressed to a nice and progressive little pocket, but these people he describes still permeate the surrounding hills. I cant help but think the Mamaw and Papaw stories are the exaggerated nonsense Ive heard my whole life. I mean, attacking someone with a skillsaw for being called an SOB? Get real. Stories passed down and blown grossly out of proportion at each hand off, by drama seeking degenerates. People that like to say how honorable they are, but really aren't. People that may have liked to keep their business private to outsiders, until facebook was invented. I respect what J.D. was after, and am sure my opinion is skewed, but I couldn't dig it.

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,640

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

Dont be deterred that its the author of twilight

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This book is DAMN good. Its a top notch thriller, with superb characters. I picked it up in Barnes and Noble several times, then put it down after reading the letters CIA on the Jacket, thinking it was more generic crap. Its not. Its VERY smart and original. I also didnt know it was from the author of twilight until searching more books from the author because I loved it so much. Check it out.

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,900
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,812

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

It isn't you. Its me

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Don't mean to sound chauvinistic, but I think this is a borderline romance novel. If I heard about dreamy mark's perfection one more time I would hurl. Had to bail. The story builds curiosity, but its a beach read for women. Middle-class ladies dig in. Youll love it. I should've been more thorough in my review scan. My bad.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wolves

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,290
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,285

Ten years after the collapse, Huxley has built a good life again. He has a loving wife, a farm with fields of golden barley, and a daughter with a strange and wonderful gift. Then the slavers come. Working out in the fields during the attack, Huxley returns too late. His daughter has been taken, and his wife is bleeding out, her last whispered words about a man with a scorpion tattoo on his neck. Where do the slavers go? Huxley has no idea. He knows only that they head east, and so will he, setting out on foot across the desert of the Wastelands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant. I do have one criticism.

  • By Billy on 09-04-16

UGHHHHH. Typical. bail

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Like listening to a bad John Wayne impression. Cliche after Cliche. Like the Road but sucky

  • Level Five

  • By: William Ledbetter
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,185

In Level Five, the debut near-future thriller by Nebula Award winner William Ledbetter, AIs battle for dominance, and nanotechnology is on the loose. And all that stands in the way of the coming apocalypse is a starry-eyed inventor who dreams of building a revolutionary new spacecraft and an intelligence agency desk jockey faced with the impossible choice of saving her daughter - or saving the world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Techno thriller? Or hard science fiction? Either way, it’s excellent!

  • By Martin L. Shoemaker on 07-22-18

I HATE BOBIVERSE. I LOVE LEVEL 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

This read is one of the most addictive I've ever experienced. I've heard it compared to bobiverse, but it's not like that at all. Bobiverse reminds me of a smart a** 16-year-old giving gaming commentary. I hated it. Level 5 is SMART, very well researched, and seems possible. I really hope it is the start of a series. It's on the level of red rising for me. I couldn't get enough. The dialogue between humans and AI's is superb. The cautious and curious respect. Macleod Andrews hit a Grand Slam Give. me more!!!!!!! 5 well deserved stars

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,544
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,546

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me...

  • By Kristin on 08-30-12

If you liked "Paradox Bound" you'll like this.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Like "Paradox Bound", its good fun fantasy rooted in the physics and mysteries of our time. If it isn't obvious in my other reviews, I love Ray Porter. His Veek ( a female, Indian accented main character) is gut-busting hilarious. Home-run on story and performance. Had to use restraint to not give five stars.

0 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,984
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,971

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

Unrealistic human beings populate this novel

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Where is Brad Manuel from where humans aren't selfish, manipulative, and egoic, especially in times of crisis? Must be a different planet than I live on. I get the premise that the population was wiped out so fast that there is no scarcity, but these characters just aren't believable. Wheres the nastiness and brutality that comes with lawlessness? Wheres the bickering and hatred that comes with Alpha males fighting control, and showing off for the attractive women? Wheres the HUMAN NATURE? Maybe I didn't hang on long enough for the realism to set in, but I stayed in a good 10 hours before abandoning ship. This is written from a fantastical perspective where people always do the right thing and have the common good in mind. Where I'm from, people have themselves in mind most of the time, especially in a crisis, and get downright nasty, real fast, when the curtain of law and order is pulled back. If you want a good apocalyptic read, scrap this, and try "station eleven", "the end of the world running club", or "California". Scott Brick is always great