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  • Midnight in Chernobyl

  • By: Adam Higginbotham
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 151

April 25, 1986 in Chernobyl was a turning point in world history. The disaster not only changed the world’s perception of nuclear power and the science that spawned it, but also our understanding of the planet’s delicate ecology. With the images of the abandoned homes and playgrounds beyond the barbed wire of the 30-kilometer Exclusion Zone, the rusting graveyards of contaminated trucks and helicopters, the farmland lashed with black rain, the event fixed for all time the notion of radiation as an invisible killer. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A sad tale, well told.

  • By S. Johnson on 02-22-19

Midnight in Chernobyl is the book to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

I have been interested in the Chernobyl incident since it first occurred. My interest came from living less than 15 miles SW of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant at the time of that accident. Chernobyl was so much more than what was reported at the time because of the USSR secrecy. I have attempted to read or listen to one or two other books on Chernobyl. Higginbotham's is the one I finished and finished in a few days. The information is presented chronologically. People are identified with their name and their position in relation to the disaster. The book gives a short history of the USSR Nuclear history, including the other accidents that were never disclosed to the USSR populace. It also traces what happened to the people involved in Chernobyl in the months and years after. The author spoke to several survivors or family members as recently as a few years ago. Jacques Roy does a fantastic job narrating the book. He handles the Russian vocabulary with ease. This book is informative. It is by turns angering and heartbreaking. Midnight in Chernobyl is the book to read or listen to about the Chernobyl disaster.

  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

  • By: R. A. Dick
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Burdened by debt after her husband's death, Lucy Muir insists on moving into the very cheap Gull Cottage in the quaint seaside village of Whitecliff, despite multiple warnings that the house is haunted. Upon discovering the rumors to be true, the young widow ends up forming a special companionship with the ghost of handsome former sea captain Daniel Gregg. Lucy finds in her secret relationship with Captain Gregg a comfort and blossoming love she never could have predicted. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lucy is dutiful until . . .

  • By N. H. on 03-19-19

Lucy is dutiful until . . .

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I love the movie of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. I first saw it as a child. After repeated viewings, it never lost the sense of romance and magic I found on my first viewing. I was delighted to find the audiobook of the novel the movie was based on. The audiobook was as enjoyable as the movie although there are a few differences. The story follows Lucy a dutiful young woman of her age, late Victorian/Edwardian. Lucy was a good child, who married and was a good wife. She had two children and was a good mother. When her husband died, she found herself penniless because her husband had gambled with the stock market. Lucy, now a widow, is living with her husband's family who refers to her (to her face) as "poor. little Lucy). They make all her decisions including those for her children.

Lucy suffers a spell of rebelliousness and moves herself and her children to a house overlooking the sea near a village. The house she chooses is very inexpensive because no tenant stays more than 24 hours. The previous owner does not want new tenants. What follows is a lively story, at times full of joy and others heartbreaking but never, ever boring. Elizabeth Jasicki does a very nice job narrating.

  • One Way

  • By: S. J. Morden
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

It's the dawn of a new era - and we're ready to colonize Mars. But the company that's been contracted to construct a new Mars base has made promises they can't fulfill and is desperate enough to cut corners. The first thing to go is the automation...the next thing they'll have to deal with is the eight astronauts they'll send to Mars, when there aren't supposed to be any at all. Frank - father, architect, murderer - is recruited for the mission to Mars with the promise of a better life, along with seven of his most notorious fellow inmates. But as his crew sets to work, suspicious accidents mount up....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A New Twist on a Space Murder Mystery

  • By Brian on 06-06-18

One Way is a wild ride and a fun one.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

One Way was a fantastic book. Wonderful premise, a Complicated main character, so much action, and enough gray morality to staff a campaign for president. The main character Frank states several times, "Mars wants to kill you." But what is it is not only Mars trying to kill you? Where one mistake can cause your blood to boil off into the thin atmosphere. William Hope handles the narration perfectly. The voices are all wonderful. My favorite secondary character was Zeus. One Way is a wild ride and a fun one.

  • No Way

  • By: S. J. Morden
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

They were sent to build a utopia, but all they found on Mars was death. Frank Kitteridge has been abandoned. But XO, the greedy - and ultimately murderous - corporate architects of humanity's first Mars base made a costly mistake when they left him there: they left him alive. Using his skills and his wits, he's going to find a way back home even if it kills him. Little does he know that Mars isn't completely empty. Just over the mountain, there's another XO base where things are going terribly, catastrophically wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want more please.

  • By N. H. on 03-09-19

I want more please.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I really enjoyed One Way, the first book is S. J. Morden's Frank Kitteridge series. I purchased No Way, book #2, the day it came out. I just finished it. So much action and surprising twists. Just excellent. It is very hard to comment on this book at all without giving away the major points of the first book. S. J. Morden and William Hope created another "cannot stop listening" audiobook that I truly enjoyed.

  • Bitten

  • Women of the Otherworld, Book 1
  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Aasne Vigesaa
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,730

Young, beautiful, and successful, Elena Michaels seems to have it all. Her happy, organized life follows a predictable pattern: filing stories for her job as a journalist, working out at the gym, living with her architect boyfriend, and lunching with her girlfriends from the office. And once a week, in the dead of night, she streaks through a downtown ravine, naked and furred, tearing at the throats of her animal prey. Elena Michaels is a werewolf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Audio title

  • By Autumn on 07-15-08

The entire book, romance & werewolves is fantastic

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

I have recently begun reading books in the romance genre. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong was highly recommended by several members of a Facebook audiobook fans page. I thought if the romance angle was overdone or poorly written, at least there were werewolves. I needn't have worried. The entire book, romance, and werewolves is fantastic. The action is often fast-paced. When it is not, it is weighted with dread and foreboding waiting for the next strike to come. The main characters were enjoyable although some of them had anger management issues. The villains ranged from intelligent to evil idiots. The sexually explicit passages are just a few and are part of the story, not just gratuitous sex added. Aasne Vigesaa does a nice job narrating. She handles the male and female characters well as well as a multitude of accents including Ontario, Lousiana, and New York to name a few. As long as I can find books of this quality, I will continue reading in the romance genre.
Note: There is a consent issue but it does not involve sex.

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  • Dead Moon

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,841

In the year 2243, the Moon belongs to the dead. The largest graveyard in the solar system, it was the perfect solution to the overcrowding and environmental problems that had plagued mankind for centuries. And the perfect place for Cali Washington to run away from her past. But when a mysterious meteor crashes into one of the Moon’s cemeteries, Cali and her fellow Caretakers find themselves surrounded by a terrifying enemy force that outnumbers them more than a thousand to one. An enemy not hindered by the lack of air or warmth or sustenance. An enemy that is already dead.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why did you do this? Just why?

  • By Veronica on 03-02-19

The Moon is trying to kill you.

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

I was excited to see what Peter Clines's next book in the Threshold series was. I really enjoyed 14 and The Fold. As I began seeing reviews for Dead Moon, I was dismayed by negative reviews with references to zombies. I downloaded it to my Audible account and started listening. I finished the audiobook in less than twenty-four hours. The connection between the first two Threshold books and Dead Moon is not revealed until the last third of the book but it is incredibly fun and exciting getting there. The book takes place over two hundred years in the future so the cast of characters is all new. I loved Cali and Jake and the rest of the crew from Osiris Cemetary. The mayor of Luna City reminded me what my 7th-grade teacher said when I gave her my book report on Jaws, "The shark isn't the monster." There are several monsters in this book, including very original zombies. Ray Porter's narration is terrific. He gives distinct voices to the characters. He also conveys the fear, frustration, and humor. Keep in mind that in Dead Moon, the moon itself is trying to kill you, not just the zombies.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Providence Rider

  • A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 4
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,652

The Providence Rider is the fourth installment in the extraordinary series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem solver. The narrative begins in the winter of 1703, with Matthew still haunted by his lethal encounter with notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter. When an unexplained series of explosions rocks his Manhattan neighborhood, Matthew finds himself forced to confront a new and unexpected problem. Someone is trying - and trying very hard - to get his attention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a fun series

  • By bionichands on 06-05-12

The nastiest group of villains

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

The Providence Rider is the fourth book in McCammon's Matthew Corbett series. Matthew is astounded to find his name painted on walls near where buildings have been blown up. His latest refusal to Professor Fell was not graciously received. Matthew is told that the bombings will continue until the town is destroyed or Matthew accepts the professors "invitation" to visit him in the Caribbean. When Matthew decides he has no choice but to accept, he reluctantly sets out to board the ship. What Matthew finds in Professor Fell's domain is the nastiest group of villains. He must fulfill the professor's demand for help and survive the other guests. This book is part spy and part historical fiction. The Providence Rider is enjoyable but not as enjoyable as the previous books in the series. Edoardo Ballerini is a terrific narrator. He helps bring the story to life through his wonderful accents and distinct voices. This story had a huge range of accents.

  • You're Going to Mars!

  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988

Living and slaving in Fill City One, you get used to the smell. We call it the Everpresent Stink. But every once in a while, on a spring day with a breeze, it clears away enough to remind us that there is something more out there. Most Fillers' wildest dreams would be just to get past the walls and live in the mainland. But my dream? It’s a little bigger. I’m going to Mars.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Author nails it again!

  • By @newhaven265 on 11-14-18

5 Stars in every category

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Rock, Paper, and Scissors. It is not just a game anymore. The triplets all have their different dreams but Paper is the one with the biggest dreams. She wants to go to Mars. She makes her own rockets from scraps and for homemade contraptions, they fly well. Paper has read everything she can find on space and Mars. She should be in college but instead, she is in Fill City, a massive dump on what used to be Staten Island. She cannot leave.

Along comes a contest for participants to compete on TV to win the only open seat on a trip to Mars. Millions of red scarab pendants are sold. Only thirty contain the winning message. The contest is sponsored by Zach Larson, the richest man in the world. Think Bezos and Musk but much cooler and actually in touch with the lives of common people. The contest will be like all reality shows, the lowest in each round goes home.

Paper just has to find a winning scarab, escape Fill City, get to California before the competition starts and win the competition. All without anyone finding out that she is a Filler. Easy peasy, right?

Khristine Hvam is a marvelous narrator. Her snark is so strong, she could have grown up in my family. This is the first title I have listened to narrated by her and it will not be the last.

My husband, who does not usually listen to audiobooks, joined me for the last 75% of this book and loved it. Andy approved - 5 Stars.
I would listen to it again. Repeat value - 5 Stars.
Marvelous narrator - 5 Stars

I won a copy of You're Going to Mars from the Dab of Darkness (https://dabofdarkness.com) and Rob Dirks, the author. I have written an honest review of the title.

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  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,531
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16,541

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scott Brick Rivals Vincent Price

  • By Forgettable Woman on 10-17-18

Do not listen on a rainy, windy night.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

This was a very good and terrifying short listen. Scott Brick is a wonderful narrator and Lullaby is a good example of his work. Jonathan Maberry spins a horrifying story of a house that is allegedly haunted. The couple who buy it are expecting a child in the very near future. Listen to this little story about a lovely little family and the allegedly haunted house they bought. But not on a rainy, windy night.

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  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,437

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless

  • By Celeste Albers on 05-24-17

A classic of the post-apocalyptic genre

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I have loved apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction since I was a young teen. I do not know if it is because I am a child of the cold war era or not. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank is a classic of the genre. It was written in 1959. If you keep that 1959 mindset in mind, it seems like a plausible story of determination and survival. Of course, compared to what we really know about nuclear detonations, the story seems naive and overly optimistic.

You do not read Alas, Babylon for scientific accuracy. You read it because it is a classic of American Literature, a classic in the post-apocalypse genre and because it is a well-written story. Before "The Day", Randall Bragg is a lawyer but not a very ambitious one. He lives in his family home and makes it with the earnings from his small citrus grove. His older brother, Mark, is a Colonel in the Air Force. The story follows how Mark, his family, Randall, and his neighbors meet the challenge of surviving in central Florida.

I had read the book several times over the years since I was a teen. After acquiring the Audible version narrated by Will Patton, I listen to it at least twice a year. It is an excellent story in Mr. Patton's hands. His narration is smooth. He conveys the emotions well and handles the accents well. I am not doing it justice but if you like the post-apocalyptic genre, be sure to check out this classic.