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  • How We Survive

  • Reclaiming Hope, Book 1
  • By: Michele Notaro
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

With the world in chaos around us, the only thing I could do was try to keep Felix safe as we searched for our older brother. We’d been traveling for over two years, searching Ministry camp after Ministry camp and trying to steer clear of the Rebels. I didn’t know what to do when we ran into a whole group of shifters with guns. But then the huge, gorgeous guy that found us did the unthinkable....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 3.5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 04-09-19

Nothing gay about this story.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

I always lower my expectations when buying romance novels. Specially gay ones. There were expected and obvious plot holes and plot drivers that made no sense. However, when I noticed the author was female I was intrigued. Could a woman write a gay romance? The answer is definitely No.

This is a straight romance and I was actually bored by the very limited sex portions. Though there were two guys in the relationship there was nothing gay about their interactions. The female character (I forget his name) was an emotional, needy person who trended into bitchyness. Their arguments were exactly as if they were a male/female relationship and the sex was the same.

Skip this if you’re wanting a story with a gay romance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Among Others

  • By: Jo Walton
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,192

Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Subtle Character Piece

  • By Eoin on 09-15-11

I made it all the way!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-19

This book became a challenge for me because instead of baling early I decided to read it all the way through. And I made it! But it was tough. Absolutely nothing happens in this book until the last couple pages. And that is over before it began. The heroin is a huge SF addict and the whole story revolves around her reading and interpreting SF. It never ends. You could boil down the entire novel to about 6 pages.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Casaundra Freeman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian North. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read, don't listen, to this book

  • By Kaylee on 02-24-19

This book grew on me

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

This is a women's book written for women so I was not the target audience. It really grew on me and I really liked the ending. There was one MAJOR motivational plot hole that you just have to learn to ignore to start enjoying the book. And once I did that things went well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fostering Faust

  • By: Randi Darren
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Savannah
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223

Alex is dead. Dead and apparently with a one-way ticket to a place that only the worst of the worst go. All for a simple choice he made about a product his company owned. Damned for all time. Luckily for him, he’s about to be given a chance. Another choice to make. He can instead return to the land of the living, though his soul would belong to another. Except the world he’s being sent to isn’t the same one he came from. It’s not even a similar period in time, but from something long past in history. The dark ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fostering Naughty thoughts

  • By Ray Johnson on 12-26-18

Wow, just an awful book

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

It's amazing this book rated so high. It was bad in every way. Narrator was awful, dialog was absolutely painful, plot managed to be both predictable and messy. I tried three times to listen to it and each time made it about 15 minutes. This book will be the first one that I returned to Audible.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stuff and Nonsense

  • Threadbare Series, Volume 1
  • By: Andrew Seiple
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806

Meet Threadbare. He is 12 inches tall, full of fluff, and really, really bad at being a hero. Magically animated and discarded by his maker as a failed experiment, he is saved by a little girl. But she's got problems of her own, and he might not be able to help her. Fortunately for the little golem, he's quick to find allies, learn skills, gain levels, and survive horrible predicaments. Which is good, because his creator has a whole lot of enemies …

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing tale you can't help but love

  • By Ray Johnson on 08-29-18

Kids book but I still enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

This is definitely a book written for a younger crowd. But this 53 year old still enjoyed it and will continue the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Necroscope II: Vamphyri!

  • Necroscope Series, Book 2
  • By: Brian Lumley
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

Not the end of life, Harry Keogh discovered - and not the end of his battle against the terrible evil of vampires. In a secluded English village, Yulian Bodescu plots his takeover of the world. Imbued with a vampire's powers before his birth, Bodescu rules men's minds and bodies with supernatural ease. He is secretly creating an army of vampiric monsters, things that once were men but were now walking masses of destructive hunger!   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy Horror at its finest.

  • By George Bradshaw on 07-29-18

It was better when I was a kid.

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

This is still a great series but my memory of it from 30 years ago was that it was amazing. Still the concepts are great and it is fun. Though I will admit that if the British E-Branch was put in charge of my safety and protection then I would be on the first plane out of the country. There ineptitude was historic and it made it hard to read the story sometimes.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Space Team

  • By: Barry J Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304

Cal Carver is having a bad day. Imprisoned and forced to share a cell with a cannibalistic serial killer, Cal thinks things can't possibly get any worse. He is wrong. It's not until two-thirds of the human race is wiped out and Cal is abducted by aliens that his day really starts to go downhill. Whisked across the galaxy, Cal is thrown into a team of some of the sector's most notorious villains and scumbags.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fonkin’ Terrific

  • By DobieChuck on 01-15-17

I was laughing

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Initially I found the lead character to be absolutely annoying but started getting some really good laughs. By the end I liked him and his crew and thoroughly enjoyed the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,719

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Neil at his best

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

This is actually my favorite story by Neil Gaiman. He is at his best with the fun ideas, characters, and twist. I read this story many years ago in paperback and loved it. By the time I listened to this audiobook I had forgotten pretty much everything and got the joy of listening to it again as if it was a new book. What a treat.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,745
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,567

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

Good start to an interesting universe

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

This book is very similar in writing and tone to the bobiverse. Maybe too similar. It took a while for me to care about these characters. There were lots of overly dramatic moralizing that just did not resonate with me. The emotions between the characters were also forced and unsupported by their interactions (if that makes sense). An example would be meeting a guy for the first time then acting like you would give up your life and billions of dollars for them. Then they all hated him which also seemed strange. What saves it is that it is an interesting universe and setup for some future books. However, I kept thinking that the main guy was truly dead. This intelligent copy was just that...an intelligent copy.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Secret Historian

  • The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade
  • By: Justin Spring
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Drawn from the secret, never-before-seen diaries, journals, and sexual records of the novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M. Steward, Secret Historian is a sensational reconstruction of one of the more extraordinary hidden lives of the 20th century. An intimate friend of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Thornton Wilder, Steward maintained a secret sex life from childhood on and documented these experiences in brilliantly vivid and often very funny detail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stark, Revealing, Honest, Sad

  • By Jeffrey on 12-17-14

Thought Provoking and a Touch Depressing

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I bought this book to get a feeling of gay life before Stonewall and it delivered. Following Sam Steward through his life was enlightening, thought provoking, and depressing. The book focused on his sexual appetites and I wish there was more about his daily life and friendships; however, the author worked with what he had.

Definitely an excellent read and I feel more rounded by having been exposed to each step of his struggle during very difficult times.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful