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  • Heads You Win

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 686

Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Confusing and depressing

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-26-18

I still don’t get the ending

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

This book is basically the Clifton Chronicles based in Russia but the ending still has me confused. That said, it was enjoyable and the very last line of the book is a redeeming quality all by itself. I feel a bit stupid for not realizing who that was all along.

  • After On

  • A Novel of Silicon Valley
  • By: Rob Reid
  • Narrated by: Sean Kenin, January LaVoy, Felicia Day, and others
  • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,891

Meet Phluttr - a diabolically addictive new social network and a villainess, heroine, enemy, and/or bestie to millions. Phluttr has ingested every fact and message ever sent to, from, and about her innumerable users. Her capabilities astound her makers - and they don't even know the tenth of it. But what's the purpose of this stunning creation? Is it a front for something even darker and more powerful than the NSA?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book with great performances!

  • By Amazon Kunde on 08-11-17

Awesome book with great narration

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

First, I loved the story. Incredibly fresh take on AI and relevant to someone like me in the software industry in Silicon Valley. Funny and serious at the same time. Most of the time books are better read than listened to, but not this one. The narrators were all great but especially January LaVoy. She was unbelievably awesome and truly made the novel for me. Outstanding job by everyone. Cannot recommend this book enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Final Day

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,851

The highly anticipated follow-up to William R. Forstchen's New York Times best-sellers, One Second After and One Year After, The Final Day immerses listeners once more in the story of our nation's struggle to rebuild itself after an electromagnetic pulse wipes out all electricity and plunges the country into darkness, starvation, and terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator didn't ruin it for me..

  • By shelley on 01-04-17

Worst of the 3

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

I guess you have to read it if you read the first two but it's mediocre at best. Predictable story, sanctimonious lecturing, and obscure historical references make it a bit of a bore.

  • The Year of the Flood

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,703

The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have survived: Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club, and Toby, a God's Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atwood at her very best!

  • By Linda Novak on 10-18-09

Good book

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

Nice 2nd book in the trilogy. You need to get past the first few hours to figure out how it ties to the first book. Only negative is the terrible singing, just fast forward through all of those parts.

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,757

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

Wasted a good story

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

Had I realized this was written by the Twilight author, I probably would have skipped it. The first third of the book was really good and packed with action. Then the Twilight in her came out and a huge portion of the remainder was filled with cheesy romance, flowery dialogue, and far from reality romantic scenes. I also didn't care for the forced hatred between Alex and Kevin...it really made no sense at all. Bottom line, if the book would have stuck with the thriller/action plot line it would have been much better.

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,142

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end sure does fall...

  • By shelley on 09-17-17

Missed the Mark

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

It's pitched as a thriller about a plane crash, but it's really a story about a bunch of characters that all happen to be on the same plane. I felt way too much was unresolved about each character and the ending was more abrupt than the plan crash itself. I wouldn't recommend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Homegoing

  • A Novel
  • By: Yaa Gyasi
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,481

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and will live in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising children who will be sent abroad to be educated before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the empire. Esi, imprisoned beneath Effia in the castle's women's dungeon and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, will be sold into slavery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An important story but terribly disjointed

  • By Joy on 12-07-17

It was almost great

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

I guess I'd say I ended up disappointed although I'd also say I really enjoyed the book. Each story tied together nicely in a way that told you a long history of two families. However, each story seemed to end without total resolution and leaving me feeling like something had always been left out.

11 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Everything Box

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 809

A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountaintop, surveying the world and its little inhabitants below. He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. And he should know. He's going to play a big part in it. Our angel usually doesn't get to do fieldwork, and if he does well, he's certain he'll get a big promotion.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Everything not for Everyone

  • By Mel on 05-12-16

When Bad Dialog Meets a Bad Story

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

Easily one of the worst books I've ever heard. The story was filled with unnecessary and silly banter between characters that only seemed to be there to make the book longer. The dialog between characters was awful and filled with similes and metaphors that made no sense. From the first minute to the last minute this was a waste of time.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,743

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

A Good and Fairly Light-Hearted Read

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

This book seems to follow the recipe for "old grumpy men dealing with death and remembering their past" stories, but it's still good nonetheless. Some of the dialog, especially in present day, is pretty forced and Ove is unnecessarily angry in really odd places. But the story is good and it's a pretty quick listen.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,032

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

Did I love it or hate it?

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

Reviewed: 04-11-16

I don't think I've ever been so conflicted on how I feel about a book. For td vast majority of it I didn't like the story and felt every character was unlikeable. But I have to admit there's something about the book in totality that resonated with me. It's not that the ending made the book, in fact the ending was more sad than anything else. My only recommendation is if you start it then make sure to see it thorough to the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful