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  • Empire's End: Aftermath

  • Star Wars
  • By: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,174

Following Star Wars: Aftermath and Star Wars: Life Debt, Chuck Wendig delivers the exhilarating conclusion to the New York Times best-selling trilogy set in the years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • meh

  • By RC on 03-09-17

Just not Star Wars...

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Overall the story was too political with mostly forgettable characters. The only one memorable was the repurposed B1 Battle droid, Mr. Bones. I didn’t find myself caring about the others like I typically would in Star Wars lore. Gay characters and references only seem to be there to meet a diversity quota and non-standard gender pronouns just add to the confusion.

The performance, sound effects and music were great, as usual, but those are the only parts that really made me feel like this was the Star Wars universe.

  • Star Wars: Life Debt - Aftermath, Book 2

  • By: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,085

Set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the never-before-told story that began with Star Wars: Aftermath continues in this thrilling novel, the second book of Chuck Wendig's New York Times best-selling trilogy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly better than the first one

  • By Mathew on 07-29-16

Jumbled and mostly forgettable

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

As much as I’d love to love the new novel it just doesn’t catch my imagination. The characters are mostly forgettable and the old favorites feel unlike themselves. The only memorable and unique character is the modified battle droid, Mr. Bones, who doesn’t get enough time in the story to help. Sexual references are thrown in to make it edgier and unnecessary LGBT characters are thrown in for no other apparent reason than to meet a diversity requirement. Both of which just distract from the story.

The performance, music and audio effects were great, as usual, but the story just wasn’t that enjoyable.

  • Runner's World Complete Book of Running

  • Everything You Need to Run for Weight Loss, Fitness, and Competition
  • By: Amby Burfoot
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

The sport of running is ever changing, be it the shoes we wear or the goals we set, the training methods we use or the role models we emulate. But there is one constant: For 40 years, Runner’s World magazine has been recognized worldwide as the leading authority on running. Now the collective wisdom of the most savvy running writers, coaches, and editors can be found in Runner’s World Complete Book of Running.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great comprehensive book for running beginners

  • By Sunil Mumbai on 01-06-16

A cheap way to make an audiobook...

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

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

This book is a compilation of articles taken from Runner's World magazine. The good thing is that there is a lot of good information contained in all of the articles that are read. The downside, though, is that it lacks a cohesive nature. As you would expect, articles written by different authors contain different content and are relaying that author's particular style/method/best practices. Unfortunately, these do not always mesh with one another (conflicts across articles) and when they do, you listen to the same content repeatedly (repetition across articles). I was hoping for a good detailed immersion into running. That detail is definitely there, but you have to pick it out from the repetition and conflicts.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Scoundrels: Star Wars Legends

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,291

Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han's got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he's deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There's a bounty on Han's head - and if he can't cough up the credits, he'll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king's ransom. Or maybe a gangster's fortune?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I ROLLED MY CHANCE CUBES AND WON ON THIS BOOK!

  • By The Art of Fun on 01-02-13

A great listen in the classic Star Wars style

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

What made the experience of listening to Scoundrels: Star Wars the most enjoyable?

The scoundrels always seem to be jumping from one scheme to another, barely keeping up with costs and ahead of the law. A once in a lifetime opportunity for a score causes Han and Chewie to pull together the best of the worst they can find to pull it off. The group has to break into an impenetrable fortress and get out with their lives and the loot! Things go right and things go awry, so they've got to play it loose. Twists and turns abound with a well known helment sneaking in at the end.

A great listen!

  • The Unopened Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: John Taylor
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow, Nicky Henson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Here are six extraordinary adventures, never revealed before, starring Simon Callow as Sherlock Holmes and Nicky Henson as Dr Watson, written by John Taylor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good stories, but not by Arthur Conan Doyle

  • By Shawn on 08-05-09

Good stories, but not by Arthur Conan Doyle

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-09

I am a Sherlock Holmes fan and enjoyed the uniqueness of the 6 mysteries included in this collection. While most of the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories keep me wondering right to the end, these seemed to be a bit easier to figure out before the final "reveal", though.

I would recommend the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories first, also available through Audible. Don't be misled as I was, though. There has been an error and the author is listed as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but it is not. These are not any of the original 56 short stories. They are based on the characters by ACD, but the stories are actually written by someone else.

Enjoy, but be aware...

15 of 15 people found this review helpful