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  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,250

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My First Completed Stephen King Novel

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 02-20-12

Good book but Looooong

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Stephen King apparently added 600 pages to the story, but I honestly think it probably could have done without them. there are a few points where I wondered if a portion of the story was necessary and then, it doesn't come up again, so obviously not.

Overall, though, it's a pretty good story, better than some others. I can see that it is obviously the template many post-apocalyptic stories use, which is a point its favor.

The voice actor is pretty good, but its clear that the task MAY have been a bit too large, and basically anyone in the story that is from the midwest or the south sounds the same. Otherwise, I thought he did a pretty good job.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,898
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,983

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

It may not be a perfect retelling of the Norse myths, but Gaiman's twist brings the characters to life, makes them relatable, and does a good job of making easy for the laymen to remember the tales.

  • Year One

  • (Chronicles of The One, Book 1)
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,367

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sub-par fantasy novel written by a great romance author

  • By Nate P. on 02-28-18

Meandering Apocalypse Love Story

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

While I knew that Nora Roberts is a romance writer, I thought this was an attempt to step out of her element and write something Sci-Fi/Supernatural. I was mistaken. I'm not sure if she lost the story notes halfway through writing, or if her Editor decided it needed more spice, but what started as a decent apocalypse tale turned into a book with undeveloped and forgettable characters, some of whom seem to get over trauma far too quickly to be believable.

In all honesty, the book starts off pretty strong, but somewhere about the middle, the book forgot that it was a doomsday novel and became "Swiss Family Robinson meets Faeries." I actually might have enjoyed that book better than this one, because at least in that one I wouldn't have to listen to awkward teenage-level flirtations, some of which don't even make sense. At least all the female characters appear to much better at seduction than the men.

Anyway, the biggest problem of the novel is that once it got passed that halfway mark, it completely lost the plot. There's no more build and tension, no more progression, just people walking around falling in love and talking about survival. Talking, mind you, as they keep finding supplies whenever they get low (not really a spoiler). I guess you can worry about whether or not the guy in your caravan likes you or not when you apparently don't really have to worry about whether or not you are going to be eating that day.

If you are wanting to find a survival story, there are a whole lot more. If you want to read about people making babies while the world dies, then I guess you should get this one.

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  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,711

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

Another expert novel from Gaiman

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

At first I thought the choice of narrator was a mistake as Gaiman often reads his own works, but this was masterfully done. The author lives up to the Gaiman standard and makes the work enjoyable.

  • Wicked Portland

  • The Wild and Lusty Underworld of a Frontier Seaport Town
  • By: Finn J.D. John
  • Narrated by: Finn J.D. John
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

In its youth, Portland, Oregon, was a bit like a rough-and-ready logging camp with a gritty, hard-punching deep-water port. Lusty lads dallied with hard-eyed beauties in dark alleys, and captains forked over “blood money” to buy men for their crews from shanghai operators. From the seedy waterfront to the notorious North End, Portland's sin sector offered vices packaged in pint glasses and perfumed corsets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Polished & Pleasing

  • By James Schick on 07-19-15

Great Book Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

This book, like the others by Finn JD John is a great work. It's content is beneficially to every Portlander and PNW historian alike.

  • Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights

  • By: John E. Finn, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John E. Finn
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

The civil liberties and constitutional rights possessed by our nation's citizens-not only in theory, but in the courtroom, where the state can be forced to honor those liberties-are a uniquely American invention.And when we were taught history and learned about the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, we were always made aware of that uniqueness, of the extraordinary experiment that gave to every citizen of this new nation a gift possessed by no others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great overview of the Bill of Rights per the Law.

  • By Kristi R. on 10-05-15

Great Lectures

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

These lectures are great if you want to understand how Supreme Court decisions formed the basic rules of our Constitutional Democracy

  • Denver Run

  • Endworld Series, Book 8
  • By: David Robbins
  • Narrated by: Damon Abdallah
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

The last vestige of civilization is under attack by a horde of savage fighters determined to plunge the world into total darkness and ignorance. Undermanned, outgunned, and overmatched, the Warriors of the Home desperately need help. But help is hundreds of miles away in Denver, and only one man has the courage and strength to accomplish the impossible. If he fails, the Home will perish; if he succeeds, it might be his last act of heroism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My all time favorite post apocalypse series

  • By Mary Karowski on 09-25-18

Love this story

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

The entirety of the Post-Apocalyptic tale of the "Family" is an awesome relaxing tale reminscent of 1980s action films. It is a great purchase for sci-fi and action/adventure fans alike

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,504

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

AMAZING!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

WARNING: This is an audio drama, not an audiobook, but it was still amazing. The voice acting was superb

  • Ghost Fleet

  • A Novel of the Next World War
  • By: P. W. Singer, August Cole
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,036
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,049

The year is 2026. China has taken over as the world's largest economy, while the United States, mired in an oil shortage, struggles to adjust to its diminished role. Then, a surprise attack throws the US into a chaos unseen since Pearl Harbor. As the enemy takes control, the survival of the nation will depend upon the most unlikely forces: the Navy's antiquated Ghost Fleet and a cadre of homegrown terrorists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unusual war story

  • By Mike From Mesa on 09-06-15

great story, great narration

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

Reviewed: 01-15-17

It is a well written story with both humor and facts, a story that, while fiction, is a plausable course of future events.

The Maltese Falcon
    
    
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        Eric Meyers
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    2,808 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • The Maltese Falcon

  • By: Dashiell Hammett
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,595
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,598

Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, first serialized in a magazine in 1930, is best known through the iconic Humphrey Bogart film of 1941. But it was the book that created the classic "noir" genre with its tough private detective threading his cool way between the criminals and the law. Sam Spade, the private eye solving the mystery of the Maltese statuette, was the template for Philip Marlowe and a host of others…. but they come no more shrewd and cunning with Hammett peppering the text with one-liners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding American classic!

  • By Kathi on 03-07-13

Not the greatest tale

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

There were some random unnecessary moments in the story that I thought detracted from it, but the voice acting was still great.

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