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  • Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,857
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,849

I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had A Blast Listening To This One!

  • By Cheri on 08-11-16

Most fun I've had with a book in a long time!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

Would you listen to Where the Hell is Tesla? again? Why?

I would listen to it again in order to catch all of the subtle things I missed the first time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Where the Hell is Tesla??

Bobo is a show stealer. His "blink blink" moments are the best.

Have you listened to any of Rob Dircks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to his other work, but I will now. I enjoyed his performance in this book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When the world's greatest super genius is in trouble, it takes a couple of morons to save him.

Any additional comments?

This is a really well written book. Sure, it's in the form of a series of e-mails, but Dircks pulled it off well. He has a talent for dialogue and pacing. When you are getting tired of the same old stories, read this book and find yourself laughing out loud. It's well worth a credit!

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  • I Am Legion

  • By: James Hershey Jr
  • Narrated by: Milo Spires
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Darrion and Heather are vicious serial killers who have been torturing and murdering young women for years. It seems like nothing can stop them, until they catch the eye of an ancient demon who will stop at nothing to devour their souls. The body count continues to rise as the couple desperately races across the country to escape the unstoppable demon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am legion is awesome

  • By Jo on 11-21-15

Truly entertaining and bizarre

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

What did you love best about I Am Legion?

I loved that this was far from your typical story. The "heroes" were the serial killers. Or was it Legion? There is no protagonist. Only two joyous killers against a creature who has been doing the same things they have, but for centuries.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I have to say, I liked Darrion. He's a guy who loves his wife and enjoys his life to the fullest. He's smart, but not so smart that it's unbelievable. He reacts to a horror movie situation better than most characters do and I respect that.

Have you listened to any of Milo Spires’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've never read any of his other books... but I think I will check them out after this.

If you could take any character from I Am Legion out to dinner, who would it be and why?

What a strange question to ask about a book. If I could take one character to dinner, who would it be and why? Legion. In the narrative of this story... he's not truly a bad guy. He's been wronged and is out for revenge. I can relate to that. He's seen all of human history and I'm sure he could tell some interesting stories. Quite simply, he is a multitude of people and would be the best possible dinner guest... until he devours your soul.

Any additional comments?

The narrator has a very distinct accent. Inner city British type. If you are someone who can't stand that, then you may not like this reading... but I loved it. His voice lent the perfect quality to the adventures of two serial killers and an ancient creature from the dawn of time.

  • The First

  • First Series #1
  • By: Kipjo K. Ewers
  • Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 630

After spending four years on death row for the brutal murder of her husband, Sophia Dennison takes her final walk in the Mountain View Facility in Gatesville and is put to death by lethal injection at 12:00 a.m. Several hours after Sophia's execution, FBI agent Mark Armitage is called to investigate a serious disturbance at the prison. Upon arriving he finds the place a war zone. After being debriefed by his friend and partner, Dustin Mercer, he views the videotapes and learns that the source of the destruction is Sophia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The First...of a Series I will Surely Continue!

  • By Chris on 03-31-16

It's over 9000!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-16

What did you love best about The First?

I loved the concepts presented in this book and how they are handled. The idea of super humans has been tackled through natural mutation, alien genetic tampering and so on. In this book, sneaking suspicions we've all had about what is going on in secret rooms come to fruition and I like the results.

What did you like best about this story?

I didn't care for the heavy hitting feminist tone of the book. I love female heroes as much as I love male heroes, but this book seemed to make all men out to be horrible people and all women out to be victims of injustice. I looked past that and still enjoyed the story of a person who is no stranger to sci fi or comics coming into possession of powers they actually understood and enjoyed using. Most stories are about how the hero feels cursed... but Sophia feels cursed because of how she got the powers, not because of the powers. I like that.

What about Carla Mercer-Meyer’s performance did you like?

She has a sweet and endearing voice... and I tend to forgive her mispronounciations and little mistakes beacuse I like her moxy.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Each of the important characters faced a loss in this book... sometimes of their own making. It hit home with me and it turns out the author faced such a loss himself. He put his heart and soul in this book and it shows. Just about brought me to tears... the pain of loss.

Any additional comments?

If you like overpowered heroes who constantly take it to the next level... this is your book. Superman versus Goku...? They better run and hide because Sophia Dennison could probably take them both down in round 3.

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  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Christy Romano
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,871

In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called The Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile a young girl is caught in the middle and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous. Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a reluctant trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father died in a mysterious yet spectacular way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Insufferable characters and disjointed themes

  • By BadAndy on 04-10-17

Great book... less than great main character.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

What other book might you compare Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits to and why?

This book is one of a new kind of genre. I'd call it comic book novels. Imagine all of the comic book story, but no art. To many, that's a bad thing, but when you put the story into a novel, rather than have to tell it in a series of pannels, you open the story up to be so much better. So this book is like Ex-Heroes or D-List Supervillain.

Have you listened to any of Christy Romano’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have. She's a great voice artist. She has that commitment to her work that makes you think she enjoys it as much as you do.

Any additional comments?

I love David Wong's work. I think John Dies at the End is one of the best books I've ever read...... but the female lead in this book was... a little disappointing. I know he tried to recreate the anti hero, devil may care, 4th wall cracked (but not broken), meta characters of his previous work... but those worked because he based them on himself and his friends. This character fails because she just doesn't want to be in the story at all. She hates every moment of it and spoils it the whole time. The other characters have a firm grip on the world they live in and want to get things done, but Zoey just wants to demonstrate her indipendance SOOO much that she blocks every attempt to make things work out for the better. She is actually the villain in the story, so it makes the read kind of painful at times. The over all story is great, but Zoey is so annoying that you just want her to die at let the story focus on someone else.
The writer wanted to make a strong, female character, but he only made a belligerent one. She isn't skilled or smart or prepared. She only survives because of the people she has around her... people she foils at every attempt. The book is still worth the read. I just don't like Zoey at all. Maybe you will. I was just hoping for "more" from David Wong.

  • Aftermath: Star Wars

  • Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • By: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,870
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10,850

The second Death Star has been destroyed, the emperor killed, and Darth Vader struck down. Devastating blows against the Empire and major victories for the Rebel Alliance. But the battle for freedom is far from over. As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance - now a fledgling New Republic - presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy's scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy's strength is unfolding.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing and Frustrating

  • By Jason on 09-08-15

Not as bad as I was expecting...

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

What made the experience of listening to Aftermath: Star Wars the most enjoyable?

Marc Thompson is the bright spot at the center of this universe.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bones. I can't say much about him without giving him away... but his dialogue and simple virtue made him the best part of the story. In a shoddy immitation of a Star Wars novel, Bones made me feel okay for enjoying the book.

Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

Bones. It gave Marc Thompson an excuse to cut loose.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I have to say that the look into what the Galaxy looked like in the aftermath of the fall of the Empire was nice. It rewrote Star Wars EU, but it was a nice approach. Not every aspect of the Empire was bad. They DID bring order and seeing moments where the Rebel Alliance/Republic was actually just as bad made it more real. In some ways... that wasn't good. It stops us from feeling like there are clear good guys and bad guys. That's reality and shouldn't play any place in a Star Wars novel... but it worked here.

Any additional comments?

I hate the idea that all the great stories we've read and loved have been thrown in the trash for this Star Trek style reboot. You hate it too. But this book is not as bad as it could have been. Sure, the writer didn't do his research into SW profanity and uses real profanity instead. Sure, the writer's shortcomings are very evident to anyone who reads Star Wars... but it wasn't a bad book. It just wasn't the greatness we've gotten used to. Maybe this book will serve as a guide post for future writers to do better. Either way... it wasn't bad. That's the best I can say.

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  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,644

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

A perfect melding of different folklore...

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

Reviewed: 05-15-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend the book to a friend for sure. It is well written, the characters are well thought out and the story is as unique as you can get these days.

What other book might you compare The Golem and the Jinni to and why?

I wouldn't compare it to any other book. That's one of the reasons I like it so much. It stands on it's own.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were so many relatable instances in this book. I really identify with all of the characters and how they each struggle to find their way in the melting pot of New York.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Jinn and the Golem both find themselves at the peril of their own nature, but are determined to be who they choose to be and that moves me. Despite what the world has made of them, they forge their own path, their own choices.

Any additional comments?

It really is a perfect melding of not only Jewish and Arabic folklore, but all the various traditions of the world. For a book about two distinct religious icons, it does a great job of putting all religions in their proper place as equal. It was nice to be immersed in their traditions and lifestyles for a bit. It was charming and eye opening.

  • Dimension of Miracles

  • By: Robert Sheckley
  • Narrated by: John Hodgman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,134

Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily The Best Title I've Encountered on Audible

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 07-02-13

Need more Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? This.

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book made me laugh uncontrolably while among strangers in a crowded room. That means it's good.

What did you like best about this story?

While it was written many years ago, it's still very well suited to the modern reader. It is funny and pretends to take itself too seriously while doing totally the opposite. The main character is actually quite likable, unlike Arthur Dent, whose suffering you actually enjoy.

What does John Hodgman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hodgeman knows humor. Something in the way he combines serious and flippant nails it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud several times, causing people to stare. I'm normally pretty reserved.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shiver

  • By: Karen Robards
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 785
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 693
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 694

If driving a piece-of-crap tow truck through the seediest part of town with a Smith & Wesson beside her means putting a roof over her son’s head, then Samantha Jones is going to be the best damn repo woman on the books. The streetwalkers, the drug pushers, the bands of looking-for-trouble punks haunting the mean streets at midnight don’t intimidate her. These are her people. The guy she finds bound and bloodied in the trunk of her latest conquest, a flashy new BMW, is a different breed entirely.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gave Me Shivers!

  • By Kimberly on 12-09-12

Worst book I've ever listened to.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-13

What disappointed you about Shiver?

The writing was sub par, using cliche after cliche, going on and on about the very same subjects over and over and ultimately offering no real substance for a cohesive story. I didn't know I was buying a romance book, but I'm sure they are better written than this. The books description made it out to be some kind of thriller. It wasn't, but I was still willing to give it a chance until about 1/3rd of the way through, when I just couldn't find anything enjoyable. I listened all the way through, but it never got better, only worse.

Would you be willing to try another one of Shannon McManus’s performances?

Shannon McManus wasn't too bad, but I don't think she really wanted to read this book either. I wouldn't avoid her, but I have no reason to seek out a performance by her because of anything in this book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

This book had no redeeming qualities. As I said, it wouldn't even be good as a romance novel. The interplay between characters was forced and unrealistic. There was no romance, no substance, only a writer doing a poor job of filling space to pad a book.

Any additional comments?

I don't like to bad mouth art. I like to keep it positive and find the good in everything. Sometimes people like weird things and more power to them... but I honestly don't know how anyone could like this book. Listening to it was like having teeth pulled... from my brain.

  • John Dies at the End

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,966
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,984

STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-19-12

This is what I'd write if I could write my dreams

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

Reviewed: 03-25-12

Would you listen to John Dies at the End again? Why?

I'm already planning on listening to it again before the sequel comes out. Can't wait for the movie, though I know it will have to leave out a lot.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The characters in this book are slackers, but not stupid. They are realistic people put in a world our sci-fi horror culture has prepared us for... which is what I've always said. You want to survive the coming apocalypse? Watch a lot of movies! David Wong and John are basically my friends and I summed up. Very relatable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book is equal parts funny, thrilling, profound and witty. It doesn't take itself seriously until it catches itself taking itself too seriously, then it steps back, thinks about that mistake and walks away with moral indignity, grumbling something about a chili dog. In the end, it's a modern day take on H.P. Lovecraft. If there were ghosts and goblins... this is what they'd be and this is how it would go down.

Any additional comments?

I love this book. The narration was also very well done. They picked the perfect voice for David Wong.