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  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,136

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I'd feared

  • By Isobel on 04-29-16

Don't waste a credit or your time.

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

Reviewed: 04-23-19

An unnecessarily long and overly complicated book which needlessly contains graphic descriptions of torture and inhumane treatment of its characters.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,377

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Adequate

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

Reviewed: 03-29-19

Not as powerful nor energizing as some of his other books, and far longer than it needs to be.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 108,327
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98,423
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97,888

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Behind every successful man is the woman who stands behind him. Sort of…

  • By Steve Kauffman on 07-04-19

Interesting story, but...

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Ms Obama's story is interesting and is indicative of what a person with the will to succeed and support of others, can accomplish today. I would suggest that if the book is ever recast, that a professional narrator be used. Ms Obama's presentation style is too flat and she sometimes sounds almost bored in parts of the book that should have shown more emotion, humor or flair. She is obviously a very accomplished professional woman, but book narration should not be on her resume.

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  • The Man of Legends

  • By: Kenneth Johnson
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649

New York City, New Year's weekend, 2001. Jillian Guthrie, a troubled young journalist, stumbles onto a tantalizing mystery: the same man, unaged, stands alongside Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and Gandhi in three different photographs spanning eighty-five years of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed every minute.

  • By G. Nightingale on 07-12-17

Good story if you can stand the narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

The story can draw you in, however the main, male narrator's halting, stilted, bizarre cadence and downright excruciating presentation style is so bad that I nearly returned the book. I increased the reading speed of the book so that the pauses and interruptions introduced by the narrator were less noticeable - but they were still awful! I'm sorry to say that this narrator ruined what could have been a terrific book for me. Maybe someone else will find his style helpful to the story, but I did not.
If I could give the Performance review less than 1 star, I would have!

  • Fata Morgana

  • By: Steven R. Boyett, Ken Mitchroney
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,313

At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling, and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world. Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book had it all

  • By Magnus on 10-14-17

Fantastic tale!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

A wonderfully written book, well "read" and among the best I've listened to in the past 6 years - no ifs, and or buts!

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  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,950
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,562

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

Triple your Audible enjoyment with this book!

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

This book not only kept my interest, but actually made my brain stretch itself in working to understand not only the supposed functioning of the glider, but the nuanced logic behind the book's premise. It challenged my imagination, intellect and humanity. A triple threat and then some! I highly recommend it.

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  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,539

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk desperately trying to get promoted when he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, is not only someone he knows but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of THE best audiobooks ever!

  • By Sarah on 05-22-16

A good story with lots of plot twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

This story was well written and showed interesting insights into the main characters' psyches; however, the narrator nearly ruined the entire experience for me. I started to return this book at least three times while trying to stomach his horrible, totally unnecessarily heavy - handed, or spoken Cockney accent. If you can stand that the book is okay.

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,754
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,505
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,459

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

More lecture than fictional book.

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Excruciating narration by Dennis Quaid! He may be a decent actor, but narrator he is not. The book is more pontificating than best-selling and unnecessarily long winded. The basic story line is good, but not the final product.

  • The Spaceship Next Door

  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,503

When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while. Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun Sci Fi read with an Excellent Reader!

  • By bluestategirl on 12-30-16

A fun tale lightly told.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

A fanciful tale of a visit to Earth by aliens and a space ship seen through the eyes of a 16 year old girl.

  • Astoria

  • John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
  • By: Peter Stark
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136

At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history's dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Daring, greedy men take on nature and natives

  • By Pamela on 06-20-14

Historical book, not novel

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

If you are an extreme history buff you may be able to drag your way through this pedantic, boring, repetitive excuse for a book. Otherwise, I suggest you not waste your time or credit with this tome. This "book" should have been described as a compilation of journals describing the Westward travails of group of people unfortunate enough to fall under the control and poorly thought out plans of a wealthy dreamer.

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