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  • The Belial Stone

  • The Belial Series, Book 1
  • By: R.D. Brady
  • Narrated by: Leslie Wadsworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

innocent discovery on a Montana ranch two years ago, sets off a series of events that may very well change the world . . . if it doesn't end it first. Professor Delaney McPhearson's life is turned upside down when her best friend, archaeologist Drew Masters, is found dead. Before she can deal with the heartbreaking loss, she is viciously attacked in her home by a man with inhuman fighting abilities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FUN! I'm looking forward to the next-in-series!

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-24-15

Really wanted to like this, couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 04-30-17

I watch a lot of shows and read books about Atlantis, so this sounded very promising. However, turned out that wasn't the case. The author unfortunately kept getting on her political soapbox when such a thing is completely unnecessary for this sort of story. And also ironic, given that she doesn't appear to know much about how government works.

There are also many mistakes about how weapons work. A Beretta handgun doesn't use a "clip". Also, if you're in a helicopter and you're firing a missile at something on the ground, it isn't a surface-to-air missile. Those are fired from the ground at something in the air, hence the name surface-to-air missile.

The narrator did a good job, but there were so many mispronunciations. I don't blame her, no one can know every word, but it seems like someone should have caught those at some point.

  • Thy Neighbor

  • A Novel
  • By: Norah Vincent
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 66

At 34, Nick Walsh is a broken, deeply cynical man. Since the violent deaths of his parents 13 years earlier, he has been living alone in his childhood home in the suburban Midwest, drinking, drugging, and debauching himself into oblivion. A measure of solace is provided by his newly found relationship with Monica, a mysterious woman who seems to harbor as many secrets as he does. Obsessed with understanding the circumstances surrounding his parents' deaths and deranged by his relentless sorrow, Nick begins a campaign of spying on his neighbors via hidden cameras and microphones.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing

  • By Kris on 09-01-12

Gave Up

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

Reviewed: 11-04-15

I'm three hours into this book, and aside from an egging and a scene involving a coffee enema that I didn't really need to hear about, not much has happened. Nearly the entire "story" so far has been the main character talking about his dead parents and his 42 year old neighbor an excruciatingly long amount of time. Maybe this thing eventually goes somewhere, but I will never know. The narrator is great, I would definitely listen to him again.

  • Rush

  • The Game, Book 1
  • By: Eve Silver
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Miki Jones' carefully controlled life spirals into chaos after she's run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby - pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game in which she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Every moment of the game is kill or be killed, and Miki has only the questionable guidance of Jackson Tate, the team's alluring and secretive leader.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm in!

  • By Tajmoni on 07-29-14

Can't Finish It

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

I really wanted to like this book, but I'm about halfway through, and I'm done. The story is interesting, but I just can't take the writing. The similes and metaphors in this thing are just awful. I almost quit at "horror congealing like day old bacon fat", but I kept going. But when I got to "I replied with all the grace and elegance of a plane crash", I couldn't go on.

The narration was fine, but I don't think any narrator could have gotten me to finish this thing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pharaoh

  • Jack Howard, Book 7
  • By: David Gibbins
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

1351 BC: Akhenaten the Sun-Pharaoh rules supreme in Egypt... until the day he casts off his crown and mysteriously disappears into the desert, his legacy seemingly swallowed up by the remote sands beneath the Great Pyramids of Giza.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The worst book out of the Jack Howard Series

  • By M. Moody on 02-08-15

Tried To Finish, But Gave Up

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

Would you try another book from David Gibbins and/or James Langton?

I've heard David Gibbins writes great stories, but this isn't one of them. The narrator was fine, it's the book that's boring.

What was most disappointing about David Gibbins’s story?

I'm at the halfway point, and from the synopsis and cover, I expected to be reading about Akhenaten, but he's barely even been mentioned up to this point. However, if you're interested in the minutia of British rifle cartridges from the 1880's, this book is for you. Nearly the entire book thus far has been about Britain's participation in the Sudan during the Mahdist War. Which is not what I was looking for. I'm a huge Egyptology buff, and was expecting something about... oh, maybe a Pharaoh. It's barely keeping my attention, and I have to keep going back because I find I have zoned out from boredom. At this point, I'm not even sure what's going on with the 1880's storyline, I've completely lost interest over the last hour.

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

First book of Langton's. As I said, he did a good job, story is the problem.

What character would you cut from Pharaoh?

The British officers all seemed to blend in to each other, I can't even recall any of their names.

Any additional comments?

I will try a different Gibbins novel, I have heard that others are much better than this one.

  • King and Maxwell

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,624

It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!

  • By JR Parrow on 11-27-13

Usually a Baldacci fan, but not this time

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

Reviewed: 12-18-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I did not enjoy this book at all. The dialog was just terrible and didn't flow at all, felt like it was written by someone in high school. And the plot involved actions taken to produce a result that the Mythbusters busted years ago. And if you know anything about how computer systems actually work, there were cringe-inducing moments.

Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

Yes, I usually like Baldacci novels, especially the Camel Club series.

Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

They always give a good performance.

Any additional comments?

Overall the book feels like there was a deadline approaching, and it was just thrown together to get something out the door on time.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,204

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
  • Overrated

  • By David on 04-03-13

I loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-12

I used to live in the vicinity of where this story takes place, so I was curious to see where the author would go. The story is compelling and really sucks you in, I had a hard time "putting the book down" as they say about print books.

It would be difficult to say too much about the story without spoiling someting, it's got intrigue, some supernatural elements, topless blue haired girls sunbathing on the roof, and one of my favoirite scientists of all time winds up in the story as well.

Great book, highly recommend.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Gideon's Corpse

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: David W. Collins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,232

A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff. A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before. Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Yawn! Preston & Child can do MUCH BETTER!

  • By G.Monie on 07-24-13

Boring and Predictable

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

Reviewed: 06-07-12

I've been a Preston and Child fan since I read my first Pendergast novel years ago, and I've liked nearly everything they've written, both individually and as a team, up until about three or four books ago. They've haven't been as good, but I thought this book was terrible.

You could guess the romantic entanglement a mile away, and when it happend it was awkward and not at all believeable. Also, it was extrememly easy to figure out who the antagonist was going to be. And the dialog? It sounded like they farmed it out to a sixth grader. People don't really talk like that, it felt forced and unnatural all throughout the book.

And if you're going to make computer hacking part of your story, you should probably do the tiniest bit of research. If they had, they would know that if you you can log into a unix system as the root user, you wouldn't have to crack any passwords on the system, you can just reset them to whatever you want. Also, there is no Microsoft Office for unix. Sure there are clones, but they specifically said Microsoft Office.

It feels to me like they've just gotten lazy. It didn't feel like they put any effort or imagination into this story at all. I didn't really like the first Gideon story, but I though maybe this one would be better. I was wrong.

I hope these guys get back on track with the next book, because I'm one more bad novel away from giving up on them.

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,797
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,771

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

Didn't Need To Be That Long

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

Reviewed: 03-21-12

This was my first Muakami book, and I think I will try another. The story was very interesting, but seemed to drag on unnecessarily. Things were rehashed over and over ad nauseum. I also felt like some things were left unresolved at the end.

Also, Allison Hiroto was a terrible narrator. She read like you would read something to a kindergartener who you think might not understand, extremely slow and almost condescending. I don't know if she's always like that, or it was just this particular book. I played her sections at 1.5x speed and it helped. The male narrators were fine.

  • The Swan Thieves

  • By: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Erin Cottrell, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 982
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 417

Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Such Potential Wasted

  • By Sara on 08-13-14

Less Than One Star

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-10

I really enjoyed "The Historian", so I was looking forward to this, but it was perhaps the most boring thing I've ever listened to. She goes into ridiculous levels of detail about things that have no bearing on the story. I started to give up after the first of three parts, but didn't. I should have. Also, this is the first book I've listened to narrated by Treat Williams. I guess he's an OK actor, but I don't think he's much of an audiobook narrator.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,558
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,656

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with books again

  • By Paul on 01-31-10

Can I Have My Credit Back?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-09

Wow, this was terrible. Plot was weak, and the story went on and on after the climax. I just kept wondering when it would end. Don't waste your money on this.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful