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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 160,953
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,539
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,375

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Enjoyed the movie. Loved the book!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

I saw the movie first. Thought it was very good. I was ready for the book to be anticlimatic. Not so! There were enough differences between movie and book to make both entertaining.

There is a lot (but not too much, I think) of fascinating science and engineering used for problem solving (survival) in the book. The personalities of the characters (especially Mark Watney) really shine through. I had a lot of "laugh out loud" moments during the main character's log entries. The writing and narration are really excellent!

If you liked the movie, then I highly recommend you listen to the book. If you have not experienced either, then watching the movie to determine whether or not to listen to the book should prove to be a good process.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,042
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,798
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,747

Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW. I'm stunned!

  • By JD on 04-27-10

A Tale of Two Parts

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

Reviewed: 09-14-12

The second part/half of this novel is EXCELLENT! The first part/half of this book is what brought my rating down a star. I thought the story dragged at times during the first 7 hours. In hindsight, I thought there were some unnecessary characters and interactions/"scenes" during that first half.

However, if you have been a reader and/or listener of the Harry Dresden Files, you definitely want to get this book. This might be the best story in the series.

  • The Lost Gate

  • Mithermages, Book 1
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,029

Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Card doing what he does best.

  • By joshua on 01-05-11

Did Not Enjoy this Story or Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-05-12

I listened to the entire story. One of the problems I had was with the characters. I just couldn't get interested in their goals or challenges. None of them were appealing to me. In the end, I didn't care about them. So, I don't feel a desire to continue following the story in a sequel.

I enjoyed Ender's Game, which is science fiction and military strategy. I understood that The Lost Gate was something very different: a story that contained magic, fantasy, and a mingling of different worlds. I can enjoy those kind of stories. For example, I am about to listen to the third book in Terry Brooks' Magic Kingdom of Landover series.

The Lost Gate never engaged me emotionally. It tried to engage me mentally with the concept of "gates." But I found that the topic just wasn't that interesting to me.

The primary narrator is the same one from Ender's Game. He has a very deep voice. I don't remember that bothering me for the military setting of Ender's Game. For The Lost Gate, though, I had a problem. The main character is a young teenage boy. There are a number of female characters. I thought his voice was too deep for most of the characters he voiced.

My ratings for books are usually very close to the overall average. I only choose to listen to books that have an overall rating of at least 4. Rarely do I give a rating this low. So, I'm not with the majority on this one. And in looking at the ratings, there are a significant number of listeners that rated this book at a 3 or lower.

So, not everyone agrees with the many overly positive reviews you see written on The Lost Gate. I did not find the story "fun" or "amazing." But I'm happy other people enjoyed the listen and I wish Orson Scott Card the best with the series.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hero

  • By: Perry Moore
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,803

In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, Typhoid Larry, and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give it a listen!

  • By Robert on 10-25-10

LOTS of Teen Drama!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-12

I thought I would like Hero. However, the longer I listened to this story, the more I disliked it. Towards the end (and I did force myself to go all the way to the conclusion), I found myself hitting the fast-forward button to skip over a few minutes here and there.

You're inside the head of a teenager. You will be listening to a teenager's thoughts and feelings. For a teenage listener, this will probably be entertaining. For an adult listener, you may find this experience "uncomfortable."

I can find pleasure in reading a young adult novel or comic book story. I've enjoyed seeing The Avengers movies. But there were too many times during Hero that I had thoughts like "This conversation (with another character or with himself) is stupid." And there were fight sequences where the way heroes used their powers made no sense.

If you're a young adult, I think you'll probably like the story. If you've moved beyond the teenage years, you may not find the story or writing mature enough for you.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,576

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully nostalgic

  • By Barry on 07-29-15

Not My Type of Story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-11

I would give the author and narrator 4 stars. However, my appeal for this story was 2 stars. So, I give an overall average of 3 stars.

I can see why some people liked this book. However, from my perspective, the story was too slow, too Bible-oriented, and too church-oriented. I also got "disoriented" with the constant jumping forward and backward in time. About a third into the second part (around 8.5 hours total invested time) I decided that I was not enjoying this series of short stories enough to keep listening. I was ready to move on to another book.

This might be categorized as a "faith-based" novel that would remind some people of The Mitford Series of books by Jan Karon. I found At Home in Mitford much more entertaining than A Prayer for Owen Meany.

So, I would only recommend this book for listeners that find this kind of writing enjoyable. It's a long ride. Not everyone will find the seat comfortable.

29 of 42 people found this review helpful

  • Consent to Kill

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,166
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,766

For years, Mitch Rapp's bold actions have saved the lives of countless Americans. His battles for peace and freedom have made him a hero to many, and an enemy to countless more. In the tangled, duplicitous world of espionage, there are those, even among America's allies, who want to see Mitch Rapp eliminated. They have decided the time has come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Stories I've Ever Heard

  • By Timothy on 06-23-08

One of the Best Stories I've Ever Heard

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-08

I've been an Audible customer a long time and have listened to a lot of stories. This novel kept my interest the entire way. I thought the writing and narration were GREAT!

I'm one of those guys that has a very difficult time crying. My eyes were very wet at the end of this one, though. That's how emotionally involved I got with these characters.

"Consent to Kill" was my first Mitch Rapp novel. I could tell I had missed a lot of "history" and wished I had read some of the previous tales before this one. But my limited knowledge of Mitch's past didn't really create a problem. I still enjoyed the novel VERY much.

31 of 31 people found this review helpful