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  • The Speed of Sound

  • (Speed of Sound Thrillers, Book 1)
  • By: Eric Bernt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546

Harmony House is more than a “special place for special people.” It’s a think tank where high-functioning autistic savants harness their unique abilities for the benefit of society. Resident Eddie Parks’s contribution: an “echo box” that can re-create never-recorded sounds using acoustic archeology. All Eddie wants is to hear his late mother’s voice. But what he’s created is inadvertently posing a threat to national security. To Harmony House’s shadowy government backers and radical extremists, the echo box is the ultimate intelligence asset - an end to the very concept of secrecy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting...

  • By shelley on 06-02-18

The Speed of Sound is Nonstop

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

I listened to this Non Stop and would of used a credit on book 2 had it been available! The Speed of Sound succeeds where many books with an outlandish premise fail because it has great characters, developed concisely while keeping the story moving at the speed of sound.

I hope Christopher Lane does The Sound of Echoes (book 2) and it will be available very soon.

  • Atomic Marriage

  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Diane Lane
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,262
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,249

All marriages are hard. Many of them fail. Brock Lewis, an evangelical businessman turned self-published author, has the answer. Follow his international bestselling book’s 12-point “Atomic Doctrine” - make eye contact with your spouse? Always! Use the bathroom in front of them? Never! - and you, too, can build a marriage that thrives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but lacking any real oomp at the end

  • By Kingsley on 01-04-19

Pointless

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

2 cliched characters spend a day together scratching surfaces.uncover little and then return to their cliched lives.

  • Alien: The Cold Forge

  • The Alien Series
  • By: Alex White
  • Narrated by: Michael Braun
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 475

With the failure of Hadley's Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating setback - the loss of the Aliens they aggressively sought to exploit. Yet there's a reason the Company has risen to the top of the food chain. True to form, they have a redundancy already in place: the facility known as "The Cold Forge". Remote station RB-232 has become their greatest asset in weaponizing the Xenomorphs. However, when Dorian Sudler is sent to RB-232 to assess their progress, he discovers that there's a spy aboard - someone who doesn't necessarily act in the company's best interests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story line

  • By Anonymous User on 10-08-18

Skip this one

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

Alien books are like Pizza even if its bad it still good!

Most of the Alien books come in under 8 hours but this one at just under 12 hours which is 4 hours too long!, the problem is those hours are spent listening as the predictable evil corporate antagonist sabotages the crew for his twisted delight until our unlikely hero throws a wrench in his plans. , I knew the whole time how this book would end and found myself hitting the fast forward button to get past some of the redundant and predictable parts.

This version lacks the ensemble cast and Alien sound FX from the movies like the others in the have but the narrator does a fine job on his own.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rosewater

  • By: Tade Thompson
  • Narrated by: Bayo Gbadamosi
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 333

Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry, and the helpless - people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumored healing powers. Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome and doesn't care to again - but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realization about a horrifying future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Just wow!

  • By Debra Harris on 09-28-18

Maybe the worst book of the year

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Someone from Audible picked this as the best Sci Fi of the year and that will be the last time I listen to someone from Audible! Rosewater is a real stinker, The story follows the unlikable protagonist Kaaro through 3 decades of his life where he accomplishes little and is very annoying. There is also an Alien that has set up a Bio dome in Nigeria where strange and marvelous things happen but the author would rather waste hours following the antics of the bumbling and annoying Kaaro. I got 2/3rds of the way thru Rosewater and decided I could not take anymore of this irritating and boring book!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Spoonbenders

  • A Novel
  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,339

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the Right Amount of Everything!

  • By JILL CAVANAUGH on 07-02-17

Didn't Want it to End

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

This may be my favorite book of 2018 it hooked me from the get go and almost seemed like it was too short at 14 hrs . The Telemachus clan are quite a remarkable and entertaining bunch that hopefully soon will be a TV series on one of the streaming networks.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,976

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

No need for a Sequel

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Some books are so good that I constantly look at how many chapters are left because I don't want it to end, Children of Time is not one of those books! in fact it was a bit of the opposite, I kept checking to see how much longer until it ends! Main reason for my lukewarm review is I don't like spiders, especially smart ones!

  • Prey

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,721
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,738

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but picks up lots of momentum

  • By Michael Kellogg on 05-06-05

NAY!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Maybe the dumbest and most annoying book in my library. In reality this book would of been a short story about a group of scientists that were being terrorized by a swarm of nano monsters and end up getting saved by 3 landscapers with leaf blowers!

  • FantasticLand

  • A Novel
  • By: Mike Bockoven
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332

Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where "Fun is Guaranteed!" But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absurd...But awesome

  • By T.J. on 11-12-17

Fantasticbook

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This is one of those listen in 1 day books that gets you absorbed in the first 5 minutes. Complied of 20 or so survivors interviews detailing a fictional event, the story is spun in such a way that the author creates a very real and frightening scenario in which you can imagine yourself in and what would you do to survive. The author does a great job creating a plethora pf characters that any reader should be able to find 1 that they can identify with.

  • Down the River unto the Sea

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,966
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,960

Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Claudia Peebler on 03-03-18

Watching the watchers watch the watched

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Walter Mosley is my kind of writer,and his protagonist Joe King Oliver is my kind of dinosaur (still uses AOL), Joe is a life hardened ex cop turned PI from the mean streets of NY who reads Hess ,drinks Cognac and wants to bang every woman he meets! Mosley is a writer who doesn't tap dance around issues with PC jargon, his characters talk and act like they should in the environment the have come from. The story is a well paced investigation that has connections to his troubled past filled with
many memorable characters as well as quotes i.e. the headline. this book never had me rolling my eyes and the narration is perfect for this story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Duma Key

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 21 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,906

A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Play the Book and Let the Book Play You

  • By OldDog on 11-09-09

Much a Duma bout nothing

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I never have trouble getting sucked into a Steven King book but Duma Key may have been the first. After some grueling hours about a man recovering from a horrible accident , the story finally starts to PU after the protagonist moves down to Florida to a fictitious isle named Duma Key, and starts to draw and paint pictures that have a supernatural connection. The book eventually dissolves into a typical ghost story that was never really scary or thrilling, This book probably doesn't make King's 50 best list.