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  • 36 Hours

  • The Blackout Series, Book 1
  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137

This is not the story of preppers with stockpiles of food, weapons, and a hidden bunker. This is the story of Colton Ryman, his stay-at-home wife, Madison, and their teenage daughter, Alex. In 36 Hours, the Ryman family and the rest of the world will be thrust into the darkness of a post-apocalyptic world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "Pre-Apocalyptic" book with tons of action

  • By Brian on 09-14-16

Too short for a credit

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

There are 6 books in the series, but each is only 5+ hours of audio. Perhaps Akart should consider combining 2 books for a credit (like Grisham did with some of his books)

A good book, but not good enough to burn a credit considering it's length.

  • The Swarm

  • By: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Vikas Adam, Stephen Hoye, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,790

The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces and the Chinese army. China has been devastated by the Formic's initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement. The Scouring of China struck fear into the other nations of the planet; that fear blossomed into drastic action when scientists determined that the single ship that wreaked such damage was merely a scout ship. There is a mothership out beyond the solar system's Kuiper Belt, and it's heading into the system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely happy

  • By Katy Troe on 08-09-16

Not great, but worth a credit if you're invested

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

If you have read every other book in the Enderverse, then, by all means get this book. But be warned that it goes on for 18 hours and there is little substance. Its mostly character building, which can be substance, but I felt the character building was rather basic.

The think I like about many Enderverse books is how people are put into extremely difficult situations, and by using their minds, flourish. While this happened once or twice, they were short lived.

I was disappointed.

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  • The Crossing

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,998

Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it's a setup. Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner, Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just loved this book; every last bit of it

  • By Michele B on 11-10-15

Not a Mickey Haller book!!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

While I enjoyed this book, I prefer legal (mostly courtroom, but legal thrillers are good too) over detective novels. I downloaded this book because Audible listed as book 6 in the Mickey Haller series (which are great). I would say Harry Bosch is in this book 100X more than Mickey Haller. It's not even close. This is a Harry Bosch book, with a few cameos by Mickey Haller. Disappointing.

The book itself is enjoyable. Not too complicated, which makes it an easy listen (a good thing sometime!).

Titus Welliver did a good, but not great job with the narration.

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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 206,207
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 192,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192,112

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Fun read, but very light.

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

Reviewed: 08-27-15

While I enjoyed listening, and Will W. Did an awesome job, I could only give the story 3 stars as the writing was simplistic and at times, just drivel. But if you're looking for a fun read, and you grew up in the 80s (like myself). It's worth the credit.

  • Earth Afire

  • By: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,378

One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is why I enjoy Orson Scott Card's work

  • By SAMA on 07-17-13

Beware: Part 1 of ???

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

Reviewed: 07-07-13

I want to reiterate that this book is (or at least I hope so) part 1 of series. And I'm very disappointed that OSC did not make that clear. As others have said, it ended just as it was getting good. Translation, as a book standing on it's own, it was just ok.

And for those not used to an ensemble case reading OSC's books, you better get used to it, or just by the real book. On numerous interviews he has stated he feels his books are best enjoyed being listened to instead of read. And I think he loves the idea of a full cast.

  • No Easy Day

  • The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
  • By: Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,361

From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear

  • By Darwin8u on 09-04-12

ok, but here's how to save a credit...

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

Reviewed: 03-03-13

I heard about this book after watching the 60 Minutes special a couple weeks ago. I wanted to learn more details, but you know, turns out the 60 minutes special was pretty complete. Sure the book had more details, but not a whole lot more.

Also note that you only learn about what the author experienced. He doesn't explain what the others did. Clearly he did not interview all those involved to write a complete timeline. Maybe if I knew that going in, I would not have bought this book at all.

Lastly, I wish he didn't ask us to donate money. This is a major pet peeve of mine. I think people forget that we (non-military) pay the entire military budget out of our taxes. And there are many, many worthy charities that exist.

  • The Panther

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,054
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,043

Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Corey and Brenner--it doesn't get any better!

  • By Janels on 11-01-12

I'd recommend the abridged version

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

Reviewed: 11-20-12

First off, the book's length is ok, it's just that nothing happens! and there isn't enough suspense to carry you through the long plodding plot. I have read all of the Correy books, and they have been great. The Lion had me on the edge of my "seat" due to it's great action and suspense. But this one is a real dud.

Trust me, you could listen to the first hour or 2, as the plot develops, catch a about 1 hour of action in the middle, and then skip to the last couple hours and not miss a thing. Well, as some others have said, you would miss about 5000 wise cracks. That's about 1000 for each of the characters. Does everyone have to be a wise a$$? Ridiculous! Even Kate gets in on the games. I'm no writer, but if I wanted my main character to stand out, I wouldn't surround him with 4 more copies of himself.

So what is the other 16 hours about? You too can become a Yemen expert. Well, I suspect not in the true sense, but in the "Yemen is just a breading ground for corruption and deceit."

I did give it 1 more star than I normally would because John is still John, and he's a fun character to read. A a thumb's up for Scott Brink, he was great as usual!

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,555
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,561

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • meh....

  • By H. Woodward on 04-09-15

Should be 2012 Hugo winner

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

Reviewed: 10-05-12

If you, like me, love to read books where everyday people get thrown into extra-ordinary situations, and have to first come to an understanding that something paranormal (I don't mean ghosts) is going on, then this book is for you. For me, the discovery part is what I love. Most books of this genre wrap up the discovery 1/4 of the way through the book. But with 14, it takes over 1/2 of the book before things start to reveal themselves, and even more before becoming fully understandable.

Clines has set such a high bar, I'm almost afraid to read any of his other books.

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  • Mockingjay

  • The Final Book of The Hunger Games
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,774

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Conflicting Emotions

  • By Sumit G. on 08-28-10

OK ending, but overall, just ok

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

Reviewed: 03-28-12

After reading many rough reviews, specifically about the ending, I didn't even get this book until months after reading #2. (and oh yeah, because #2 was just a repeat of #1)

Well, surprisingly, I thought the ending was fine. So many reviews spoke poorly of it's ending that perhaps I was expecting the worst. Well, it wasn't that bad. However, the overall book was. It really wasn't about a revolution, or how governments are build. It was just about one person, and her life. How can someone help her enemies, and hate her best friends?...ridiculous. And too many characters spend too much time in a drug educed high.

If you have read the first book (really good) and just need to read the series, go for it. It's not a total waste of time. Just don't expect the same quality. You'll be disappointed.

  • Small Favor

  • The Dresden Files, Book 10
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,778
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,834
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,779

No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Missing 2 minutes of audio!

  • By Daniel Eggert on 12-15-15

Best so far....by far

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

Reviewed: 10-22-11

I just finished book 10, and this is by far the best of the series. Some of the earlier books, although they have a good story, the characters are not so great. Honestly, I was sick of hearing Harry say "I wanted to do the bad thing", when you know he would always end up doing the good thing. Predictable and just not good writing.

But this book, wow. Great story, you cared about the people, especially Ivy.

If you are getting tired of this series, please listen to this one, it will get you hooked again!