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  • Out of the Soylent Planet: A Rex Nihilo Adventure

  • Starship Grifters, Book 0
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: J.D. Ledford
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Interstellar con man Rex Nihilo has a price tag on his head. Railroaded into smuggling a shipment of contraband corn to a planet short on food, Rex finds himself on the run from an insidious corporation named Ubiqorp, which reaps obscene profits by keeping the planet dependent on shipments of synthetic rations. When Rex and his long-suffering robot companion Sasha are sentenced to work as slave labor on a massive Ubiqorp plantation, they learn the terrible secret behind the corporation's products.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most I’ve laughed in a long time

  • By Richard on 04-13-18

the Narrator is amazing

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

If you are considering a Robert Kroese book, you are already moving in the right direction. They are hilarious and smart on many levels. For me, what makes these books even more amazing is the narrator, who magnifies the satire, silliness, and absurdity of the characters, the situations, and the story. If there were a nobel prize for narrating silly audio books, I would nominate J.D. Ledford without hesitation. She does what every great narrator does- take the book to a different level.

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  • The Fixer

  • Justice Series, Book 1
  • By: T. E. Woods
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,972
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,714
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,701

Never a doubt. Never a mistake. Always for justice. Never for revenge. She's the person you hire when you need something fixed-permanently. With a strict set of criteria, she evaluates every request and chooses only a few. No more than one job per country, per year. She will only step in if it's clear that justice will not be served any other way. Her jobs are completed with skill and precision, and never result in inquiry or police investigation. The Fixer is invisible - and quite deadly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Assassin with a morals and criteria...

  • By shelley on 12-30-16

a good suspense book...

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

solid and enjoyable... but as someone who had worked in a university setting for 20 years, there were some jarring details that broke the suspension of disbelief. the Provost character is variously referred to as executive provost, provost, and associate provost... and both the president and provost assert things that just are not realistic in a 20th or 21st century university. otherwise a solid and enjoyable listen

  • Skink - No Surrender

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 684

Classic Malley - to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard - he knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink - he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clinton Tyree is all time favorite

  • By Norman on 09-27-14

awesome narrator, decent story

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

its not the greatest Hiaasen story ever but the narrator really brings it to life...

  • The Serpent of Venice

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,189

Venice, a really long time ago: Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: The rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shakespear, E.A. Poe, and Pocket the Fool

  • By Sires on 05-11-14

Best narrator ever brings the story to life

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

Reviewed: 05-02-14

I have been a long-time audible member, and as I travel a great deal for my job, i consume audio books frequently. I read Christopher Moore many years ago in book form, and when I saw this new book had come out, I tried it.

For many books, the audio book version is about equivalent to reading the book in paper form (for me, anyway) except that I can drive while doing it. There are great narrators, and most of the books I have listened to are delightful.

This audio book is the perfect pairing of great, enjoyable story and narrator that seems to have been born for this part. Mr. Morton brought this wonderful story to life in ways that left me amazed. He is truly gifted and I will seek out his other books. You *MUST* experience this pairing. Words, alas, do not do the experience justice!

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  • Snuff

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 272

Cassie Wright, porn priestess, intends to cap her legendary career by breaking the world record for serial fornication. On camera. With 600 men. Snuff unfolds from the perspectives of Mr. 72, Mr. 137, and Mr. 600, who await their turn on camera in a very crowded green room. This wild, lethally funny, and thoroughly researched novel brings the huge yet underacknowledged presence of pornography in contemporary life into the realm of literary fiction at last. Who else but Chuck Palahniuk would dare do such a thing? Who else could do it so well, so unflinchingly, and with such an incendiary (you might say) climax?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It is worth the read.

  • By Dean on 01-17-13

Ugh. Great promise but I did not like it.

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

Reviewed: 01-26-14

I like offbeat books and this one was rife with promise. I have enjoyed other books from this author but NOT this one. It was difficult to follow, being told from the perspective of multiple individuals. It really wasn't very funny, and wasn't that insightful although the material really could have been worked to effect. I really could not recommend this to anyone. Sorry, Chuck. Love some of your other work...

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 203,645
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 190,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189,758

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Cannot wait for more from this author!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-13

The brief synopsis of this book doesn't capture the brilliance of Ernest Cline. As one who was a teenager in the 1980s, and who was a computer nerd and D&D fan, this book is a brilliant look at a character from the future who must immerse himself in OUR culture much more than we ever did.

It is a story about the unrestricted and frightening power of corporate entities, of the power (and downsides) of immersion in technology to the exclusion of reality, of first love and teen angst, and of course the David vs. Goliath fight.

I am a 45 year old professor of educational psychology now. I do not live in my mother's basement and I don't pine for the 1980s-- for my money, they are better left to nostalgia. You don't have to be a hacker, nerd, 1980s throwback, teenager, D&D aficionado, sci-fi buff, or video gamer to love this book. But if you are any of those, I suspect you will enjoy the book even more. It is SMART, and I didn't want to put it down.

The narrator is as excellent-- I have heard him do other books and he is just great here too. Listen to the book-- you won't be disappointed.

  • The Racketeer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: J.D. Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,188

Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Michael V. on 11-09-12

Solild Grisham

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

Reviewed: 11-27-12

Let me start by saying not everyone likes Grisham. Some people think he is too popular to be good. I used to have that same snobbish opinion. I am a Ph.D. and figured if he was so popular he could not be good. But going on vacation one year, I grabbed one and loved it. They are generally quite entertaining, and often are thought-provoking.

To date, I have read almost every Grisham book there is, and now that I commute a good deal, got this on audio. If you like Grisham, you should like this book. It is not his most profound, nor the most unique, but with this book he delivers a good story, some good characters, and the usual relatively entertaining plot.

What might be relatively unique about this book is the main character-- he is African-American, which IS unique in much of modern fiction, but that is not what I am referring to. I am not sure, but I think this book is the first time Grisham has his protagonist do the type of thing he does. I won't tell you more, as it would be a spoiler, but I think this might be the first time Grisham pulls this particular stunt with a main character.

The narrator is brilliant, and brings the story to life. Keep this narrator coming back!

The story is that of a struggling young lawyer in a rural town who is apparently unwittingly caught up in fraud, and is wrongfully convicted by the government. Halfway through his sentence, a federal judge is killed, and our protagonist knows who did it. He uses his deep knowledge of the law to earn his release, but then has to go into witness protection. The guy he ratted out is part of a drug family and they don't forgive or forget.

  • When Elves Attack

  • A Joyous Christmas Greeting from the Criminal Nutbars of the Sunshine State
  • By: Tim Dorsey
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

It’s ho, ho, ho time in this hilarious and wacky Florida holiday tale, featuring bighearted psychopath Serge Storms and his sidekick, Coleman. Like Santa, Serge knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. Few can give with the generosity and creativity of Serge, and as December 24 rolls around, he is filling up the Serge sleigh with an unforgettable bag of presents. But before that, it’s all a big free-range Christmas office party, where Serge will be spreading his special cheer. And there’s that last-minute go-for-broke spree at the mall (just beware of those attacking elves - they bite).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Don't Know about Joyous but Nutbars REALLY Fits!

  • By Susan on 11-06-11

Serge's voice!! Ugh.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-12

Would you listen to When Elves Attack again? Why?

I love Tim Dorsey and have read all his novels. This is the first one I listened to as an audio book as I commute to a different state during the week now.

Great crazy story as always-- we need alternative holiday books! The only thing I didn't like was Serge's voice. Sure he's manic and bipolar and whatever. BUt he is also a really large, strong, studly guy, and shouldn't have a weasely voice. He sounded more like bob newhart on speed than the Serge I had in my mind.

Excellent otherwise..

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