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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 198,823
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185,243

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

great for an 80s kid!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

excellent narration and engrossing storyline...if it matches your timeline. Tons of electronics nostalgia for me. I recognized and played with a lot of the systems it talks about because I was only behind the "Halliday" character by a few years. Bet the book isn't nearly as cool for 20-somethings who never programmed a Commodore 64 or had an Atari 1200, Colecovision, Intellivision, or ever pumped a million quarters into Galaga or Joust or Tempest or Robitron. I did, and I loved all the 80s trivia!

  • Blood Meridian

  • Or the Evening Redness in the West
  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,494
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,481

Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Existential leavings

  • By Colin on 03-22-08

Fantastic imagery...but what was the point?

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

McCarthy's prose is an endless and breathtaking cascade of stunning brutality that would probably defy description in the hands of a lesser author. However, I didn't find the story compelling at all when contrasted with The Road, so it got tedious quickly and my mind wandered. I never connected well enough with any of the characters to care much about what would happen to them, so the plot (what was it really?) just faded into the background, barely stringing together events. The Road is one of the best audible books I've ever listened to. Go there first.

  • Dune Messiah

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,696
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,716

The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice continuation

  • By Andrew on 01-06-09

A pale shadow, riding coat tails of the original

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

Reviewed: 10-27-16

Great voice acting, but the story seemed slow and plodding and full of holes compared to the original. Without the first book to prop it up, this would have been even less Interesting. It marks the end of my Dune journey.

  • With the Old Breed

  • At Peleliu and Okinawa
  • By: E. B. Sledge
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Joe Mazzello, Tom Hanks (introduction)
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,763
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,439
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,430

The celebrated 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific, winner of eight Emmy Awards, was based on two classic books about the War in the Pacific, Helmet for My Pillow and With The Old Breed. Audible Studios, in partnership with Playtone, the production company co-owned by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and creator of the award-winning HBO series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific, as well as the HBO movie Game Change, has created new recordings of these memoirs, narrated by the stars of the miniseries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the second audio book of Sledge's work

  • By Richard on 10-21-13

A heart-rending yet proud account of the madness

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

Like nothing I've ever read, it covers the emotional toll and all of the deprivations, inhumanity, and general nastiness of my profession while remaining proud of the accomplishments of the Marines in the Pacific Theater of Operations. No "dulce et decorum est" account, this is enough to make anyone question the madness and waste that is war. I appreciated the personal window into Sledge's internal conflict and terror as he underwent his baptism by fire, and as he fought through and observed the campaigns on Pelelieu and Okinawa.

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