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  • Downbelow Station

  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

Pell's Station, orbiting the alien world simply called Downbelow, had always managed to remain neutral in the ever escalating conflict between The Company, whose fleets from Earth had colonized space, and its increasingly independent and rebellious colony worlds. But Pell's location - - on the outer edge of Earth's defensive perimeter - makes her the focal point in the titanic battle of colony worlds fighting for independence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator kills that book

  • By K. Krieger on 07-11-12

A rich universe full of dull conflict.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Some really interesting ideas but it wasn't that engaging. It had a lot of promise and I kept hoping it would get more exciting but sadly it didn't.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,647
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,394

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

So much better than the movie!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Having come of age in the 80's, and being a computer nerd myself, this is such a compelling story.

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,392

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was swept away

  • By Crystal Midkiff on 02-04-17

wonderful grown-up fairytale

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

This was a wonderful book. Recommend to anyone who grew up with the Grimm's tales.

  • Night School

  • A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 21
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,047
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,015

It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom - an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor - a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Another disappointment

  • By Ed on 12-05-16

I feel like he's just phoning it in at this point.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

usually love a reacher book, but this one was so formulaic I could tell what was going to happen in the first 1/2 hour.

  • The Passage

  • A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,479

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

So Long Winded

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

English Majors who like a flowery passage and don't care that a story that could have taken 5 hours to adequately be told took 36

Has The Passage turned you off from other books in this genre?

I like post apocalyptic fiction, but if you want a well written book about a zombie outbreak, read/ listen to World War Z

Which scene was your favorite?

The Walgast and Amy at the carousel, that had some decent pacing and story line.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Passage?

See above, this book was so slow and had so many unnecessary back stories about characters who didn't add anything to the narrative. Did we need to know every moment of their lives? Especially the minor characters? No.

Any additional comments?

Based on the good reviews this book got from other readers it gives me pause to trust anything on this site.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Song of the Quarkbeast

  • The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 2
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

A long time ago magic faded away, leaving behind only yo-yos, the extremely useful compass-pointing-to-North enchantment and the spell that keep bicycles from falling over. Things are about to change. Magical power is on the rise and King Snodd IV of Hereford has realised that he who controls magic controls almost anything. One person stands between Snodd and his plans for power and riches beyond the wildest dreams of avarice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great storyteller!

  • By Leanna on 05-17-15

Another quirky, clever story ffrom Fforde.

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

Jennifer continues to impress and amuse. As with other books by Fforde the story is compelling and stuffed with clever references.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful