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  • Junk

  • By: Les Bohem
  • Narrated by: John Waters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,739
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,531
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2,525

Set in present-day Los Angeles, Junk explores an epic conspiracy, one at work for thousands of years that involves total takeover of the planet Earth by aliens. In the wild, souped-up vision of Les Bohem - the acclaimed, Emmy-winning writer of the Steven Spielberg miniseries, Taken - the world is at the end stage of long-range plot that involves a gigantic genetic-engineering project. The aliens who have invaded us have no planet. No spaceship is coming. Instead, a small advance force comes, breeds, and dies - thus becoming an anomaly in our DNA that can’t be explained.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Consider the narrator, and buckle up

  • By D. L. Fields on 03-05-19

Thank goodness it was free!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

Now if only I could get a refund on the time I wasted trying to listen to this...

Good stories need subtlety, this was artless junk.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Murder in an Irish Pub

  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

The small village of Kilbane is hosting a poker tournament at the local pub, and card sharp Eamon Foley, a tinker out of Dublin, is set to win the tournament. But when Foley is found at the end of a rope, it’s time for the garda to take matters into their own hands. Macdara Flannery would lay odds it’s a simple suicide, but Siobhán suspects foul play, as does Foley’s pregnant widow. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3 and a half maybe 4

  • By Beatrice on 03-10-19

A bit too cozy for me

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

This is a pretty light-hearted read and for my personal taste had a bit too cozy a feel to it.

Also I wish the author had learned a bit more about poker before making it a central theme.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Journeyman

  • Matt Miller in the Colonies Series, Book One
  • By: Mark J. Rose
  • Narrated by: Mark J. Rose
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

American scientist Matt Miller is torn from his own century and dropped into Colonial America with nothing except a backpack. His phone, his money, and his identity are all useless and he quickly finds that he is foreign and alone in his own country. Matt must meet the challenge to survive in a newly forming society where he seemingly has no relevant skills and no one he can count on. He suspects that his 21st century knowledge of science and technology could make him a king in the New World, but he quickly finds that 18th-century America is a dynamic place where nothing is guaranteed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually cringe when I see that the author is also the narrator...

  • By D on 10-12-18

Forgettable light sci-fi romance wish-fulfilment

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

This is an easy, mildly entertaining read. Nothing challenging or particularly captivating. The sci-fi angle is pretty light with a bit of time travel, once we're at our destination then it basically turns into a romance with a dollop of wish-fulfilment thrown in.

My biggest gripe is that it's all very convenient for the protagonist, there is no real jeopardy. Any time that he is lacking for something, the plot provides it without consequence or effort on his behalf.

Additionally, it's always a red flag when the author is also the narrator. In this case, the narration was passable but the listening experience would definitely have benefitted from a more skilled narrator.

If you can get this on special then it's probably worth it, but I'd pass otherwise.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: John Joseph Adams (editor), Robert J. Sawyer, Christopher Roden, and others
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 414

A modern short story collection featuring the great detective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Improbable and Incredible.

  • By Shannyn Campbell on 03-28-10

Introductions are incredibly annoying

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

This is just garbage. Who ever thought it would be a good idea to have an introduction preceeding each story was incompetent. I cannot listen to another word of this.

Do not waste your time or money!

  • The End of Eternity

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,262
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,852

This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superior Time Travel Story

  • By C. A. T. on 08-27-12

Don't give up!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

You need to be prepared to slog through the middle of this book to get the pay-off. It's hard work but moderately rewarding.

  • Rewinder

  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,008

You will never read Denny Younger's name in any history book, will never know what he's done. But even if you did, you'd never believe it. The world as you know it wouldn't be the same without him. Denny was born into one of the lowest rungs of society, but his bleak fortunes abruptly change when the mysterious Upjohn Institute recruits him to be a Rewinder, a verifier of personal histories. The job at first sounds like it involves researching old books and records, but Denny soon learns it's far from it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poul Anderson's Time Patrol meets Jumper

  • By Bob on 01-23-15

Interesting, but some pretty big plot holes

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

The concept is interesting, the universe is well constructed, but there are some ridiculously convenient moments towards the end as well as a few characters that make poor choices at critical moments. My biggest problem is the inconsistency with the basic time travel rules.

Worth a credit, but won't be continuing the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Springfield Confidential

  • Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons
  • By: Mike Reiss, Mathew Klickstein
  • Narrated by: Mike Reiss
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

Four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss - who has worked on The Simpsons continuously since episode one in 1989 - shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America’s most iconic cartoon family ever. Reiss explains how the episodes are created and provides an inside look at the show’s writers, animators, actors, and celebrity guests. He answers a range of questions from Simpsons fans and die-hards and reminisces about the making of perennially favorite episodes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • D'oh

  • By Lucas on 08-14-18

The Narrator Is Just The WORST!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

While the writing style may have been a bit droning, the narration was terrible.

I was hoping for an easy, entertaining listen with some comedy, but the authors appear to be afraid to go out on a limb (even a tinsey-winsey one), which is required to not feel like everything is padded in cotton wool. In addition to this, by choosing to narrate this himself, Mike Reiss, has shown us the height of folly and an inability to be realistic about the nasal annoying drone of his monotonous voice (Mike, I'm sure it's fine in conversation, just totally unsuited for an audio book). There are plenty of good narrators out there, there is no excuse for this.

Very disappointed, returning after less than 30 minutes. Don't waste your time or a credit.

  • Blackout

  • Still Surviving, Volume 1
  • By: Boyd Craven III
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

Westley Flagg isn't your usual lawbreaker. He's a poacher, a moonshiner, and a prepper, out of necessity. Despite trying to live on the straight and narrow, he knows the law can turn things on you in a heartbeat. When Wes has to come up with money for his Grandpa's surgery, he gets involved with an unsavory group. Living deep in poverty for most of his life, he's become resilient and flexible, but college education can only take him so far. A solar storm sends the northern lights as far south as Texas, and cascading failures in the grid cripple the nation. Now, without communications, Flagg has to prove he has what it takes to still survive. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but not worth the money

  • By Jack Bean on 01-25-19

Half a book

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

The ending to this is pretty abrupt, and while not quite a cliff hanger it is in the middle of an unresolved situation.

Also, the constant dog references did become kinda annoying. The dog manages to get a mention in every other sentence and is imbued with a pretty remarkable intelligence for a dog...

Not sure if I will buy the next one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Birds Without Wings

  • By: Louis De Bernieres
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kay
  • Length: 27 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Birds Without Wings tells of the inhabitants of a small coastal town in South West Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman empire: the local Potter and fount of proverbial wisdom; a Christian girl of legendary beauty; childhood friends who play in the hills above the town, and the two holy men of different faiths, who greet each other with the words 'infidel efendi'.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Overly verbose, too tedious to finish

  • By Alex on 01-13-19

Overly verbose, too tedious to finish

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

I think I would have liked this if the same plot had been condensed down to half the length. I keep zoning out while listening and am going to give up with 3 hours to go.

  • Valor's Choice

  • By: Tanya Huff
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482

In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation - at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Good!

  • By Shelby on 04-07-09

Enjoyable but forgettable

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

Another novel that while enjoyable is also quite forgettable. I won't be continuing the series.