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Rhonda Althaus

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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210,841
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196,451

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
  • perfection

  • By Dallas on 03-30-18

A story every 10+ will enjoy, and adults too.

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

My grandson wanted me to listen to this book. We talked about kids and their use of their devices. The idea of the world going to pot, and were life in a "game world" can be more pleasant and more real to some. The adventure that occurs is fun to listen too, and lends itself well to discussion of a present to possible future. We enjoyed the book, and the time in conversation later. A book that inspires kids to ask questions and opinions is always worth it! ( I am told there is a movie, but it is not nearly as good as the book. I have not seen it, but if that is the case, it would ruin this story.)

  • Spoonbenders

  • A Novel
  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,474

Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it's not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed but her mind - Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Why the hype?

  • By Shelly Dee on 05-24-18

Slow start,?? This is for you.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

this book had an interesting review which made me purchase it to start with. However, I found that the length of time it took for character development, and to really get into what the story was about, I was almost halfway through. By that time, I figured out the plot. After that point it was more fun to listen to, but as I said, I pretty much knew what was happening the whole time. the narration was fine, I'm not sure that I would recommend this book as highly as others did.

  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,909

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audible book ever

  • By Molly-o on 12-25-11

listening to sleep by

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

move up the pace

Has Middlemarch turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Juliet Stevenson?

I don't think the issue is her at all.

Any additional comments?

The book moves along so slowly, it is hard to concentrate on it. There is so much character development, it goes overboard, and the conversations between characters is often boring. I couldn't finish this book, and in the hundreds and hundreds I have read or listened too, I have done this 3 times.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Already Gone

  • By: John Rector
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112

Jake Reese is a writing teacher at an American university. He lives in a small brick Tudor close to campus with his art-buyer wife, Diane. His life is quiet - ordinary even. And he likes it that way. But it wasn’t always quiet. Jake’s distant past was a life on the streets, inflicting damage and suffering on more people than he can count. And now someone from his past, it seems, has come looking for him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My time is already gone!

  • By T.D. on 07-11-12

Good, but predictable.

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

Reviewed: 04-30-17

This is an easy listen . You can easily figure out what is going next.