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  • The Never Hero

  • The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs, Book 1
  • By: T. Ellery Hodges
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,090
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,802

Reclusive college student Jonathan Tibbs wakes in a pool of blood, not a scratch on him. His life is about to undergo a massive shift. A violent and merciless otherworldly enemy unleashes slaughter in the streets, calling out in a language only he understands. And it is seeking its challenger. In order to defeat the threat, Jonathan must become a temporal weapon...while remaining completely anonymous. Unfortunately, harnessing off-world powers has its own special challenges...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tip: clear your schedule first.

  • By rhodry on 06-12-17

I feel dumber for having listened to this!

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you enjoy every small detail being spelled out in unnecessarily long, and unrealistic ways, this book might be for you. I couldn't get past Johnathan's lack of knowledge about anything at all and how he kept acting like he wasn't an adult yet we're told he's 22 and in college? I hope this dude dies in battle, I don't want him running a company some day!

What could T. Ellery Hodges have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I don't think that's possible. I actually felt myself getting angry as the narrator rambled on and on about how this person was thinking. If everyone thought the way Johnathan did in this book we'd wake up, attempt to pick out clothes for the day, and then snap out of our head to realize it's time for bed!

Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Barnett’s performances?

I don't think the narrator was really to blame for this turd. I'd like to hear him read something else and then make a decision.

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

No, not so much.

Any additional comments?

I'm sorry, I haven't read/listened to a book on Audible yet that has made me this angry or prompted me to really write a review. If I really liked a story I would try to at least rate it and from time to time write a review, but this book hit a nerve I guess because here I am spewing on about how crappy it is. Please don't take this personally Mr./Mrs. Hodges, you can't please everyone and I'd bet that there are plenty of people who liked, or even loved this story. I'm just not one of them!

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Awaken Online: Catharsis

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,717

Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life. Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is more of a YA novel than reviews indicate

  • By John on 11-11-16

I wasn't sure...

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

Reviewed: 10-17-16

... If I would enjoy this type of book but after finishing it and immediately wondering if book 2 was available yet I realized that I loved it! Good character development, very good plot and I thought it was executed great!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 153,019
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 141,205
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 141,054

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

One of the best!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

I've listened to this multiple times and it never gets old. I still find myself cracking up and really enjoying the story as if it were the first time hearing it.

To me, everything in this story is perfect. The characters behave as you would expect. The science and math involved are off the charts and refreshing. It really shows me that if I were to switch places with Mark I'd be dead within a month!

R. C. Bray is one of the best narrators I've had the pleasure of listening to. He always does a great job and this was no exception!

This is a hands down 5/5 story and performance!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Spaceship Next Door

  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,687
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,689

When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while. Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun Sci Fi read with an Excellent Reader!

  • By bluestategirl on 12-30-16

Very Good & Funny Story

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

What made the experience of listening to The Spaceship Next Door the most enjoyable?

The story is very clever and it's very well written. I could relate to the characters and they spoke and acted in a way that made them believable. I guess maybe Amy was a little over the top, at times she reminded me of a young Einstein but her wit and sense of humor are very similar to mine and I really enjoyed her character.

What about Steve Carlson’s performance did you like?

I thought Steve was fantastic! He brought the characters to life! He also reminded me of Casey Kasem a little.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

I wasn't sure how all these different genres would work together, but they did, and it turned out pretty terrific!

27 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,997
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,986

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry

  • By Russell on 12-21-16

Very Enjoyable and Full of Twists!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

What made the experience of listening to Not Alone the most enjoyable?

Engaging characters that felt relatable, and a pretty interesting story too! I also really liked the narration by James Cronin.

What other book might you compare Not Alone to and why?

I can't think of any off the top of my head.

Have you listened to any of James Patrick Cronin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, but he did a great job with this story.

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

We are not alone; wait, yes we are; wait, no we're not!

Any additional comments?

I think this story is well worth listening to.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Spell or High Water

  • Magic 2.0
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,680
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,584

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator!

  • By D. Murdock on 03-13-17

Another great story!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

I love these stories and the whole concept behind them. The performance was amazing as usual! Now I'm on to the third book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful