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FREDERICK, MD, United States
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  • The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

  • The Road to Nowhere, Book 1
  • By: Meg Elison
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,745

When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead. In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth's population - killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant - the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power - and the strong who possess it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Equals" = "Annoying"

  • By Lulu on 12-26-16

Excellent Story

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

I normally don't write reviews; however, I wanted to say this is one of the best books I've read this year.
The unamed midwife, is truly a unique story, that kept me riveted throughout the entire book.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117

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

Good Story

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

This book had a good story, and I would have given it 4 or 5 stars, had it not been for the politics.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Unleashed

  • A Sydney Rye Series, Book 1
  • By: Emily Kimelman
  • Narrated by: Sonja Field
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 168

One of Joy Humbolt's dog walking clients turns up dead and she begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity and then out of anger. As she digs deep into the secrets of Manhattan's elite, Joy gets too close to the killer with disastrous consequences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I hope the sties is as Interesting as Book 1.

  • By stephen on 08-16-16

Bought the book for it's cover

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

Yep. I bought this book for it's cover, ( I have husky's) and ended up really enjoying it. I will listen to the next one in the series.

  • Call Me Tiffany

  • By: Kris Rafferty
  • Narrated by: Rachel Butera
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

When I picked up Ryker in that bar, I had an endgame in mind. I'd use him to get out of the colossal mistake I'd made getting mixed up in the con at the mansion. The sex was just a spectacular perk. I got him as far as my car, heading for the border and freedom. A crash. Then blackness. I've woken with a stiff of a husband, a surly, sexy bodyguard - Ryker - and no memory of either of them. I wouldn't say I'm the type to sleep with the help, but Ryker can't keep his hands off me - and the feeling is deliciously mutual.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bump on the Head and Bam.....

  • By Susan on 10-10-15

Bump on the Head and Bam.....

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

Reviewed: 10-10-15

I really enjoyed this book. The story was engaging and was cleverly written.
The Narrator really made the story come alive. She was very, very good.

It's a fun listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wolves of Paris

  • By: Michael Wallace
  • Narrated by: Rosemary Benson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64

Set in 1450 Paris, this thrilling supernatural suspense novel follows the harrowing journey of an Italian merchant and the beautiful widow of a French duke as they battle wolves and the Inquisition. From Wall Street Journal best-selling author Michael Wallace, The Wolves of Paris has been hailed for its superb plot and gripping, pause-resisting action scenes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Ole' fashion Werewolf Story

  • By Susan on 10-01-14

Good Ole' fashion Werewolf Story

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

I loved this story. The story was set in Paris around the year of 1450.
There were no sexy werewolves trying to climb into bed with any humans to seduce them.

These werewolves are of the Devil, and this story runs true to how people believed in the 1450's. They are evil and have human cunning. Actually, kinda like the Catholic Church and it's clergy of that time. Which actually makes for a great story, as the normal lay person is caught in a world of how to be clever enough to defeat the werewolves, without having the church condemn you as a Witch, or Satan worshiper.

So, yes we have all read the old stories of the werewolf, but again this was a great story, and I truly enjoyed my listen.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Burning Paradise

  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92

Cassie Klyne, 19 years old, lives in the United States in the year 2015 - but it's not our United States, and it's not our 2015. Cassies world has been at peace since the Great Armistice of 1918. There was no World War II, no Great Depression. Poverty is declining, prosperity is increasing everywhere; social instability is rare. But Cassie knows the world isn't what it seems. Her parents were part of a group who gradually discovered the awful truth: That for decades - back to the dawn of radio communications - human progress has been interfered with, made more peaceful and benign, by an extraterrestrial entity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not much for science fiction, but....

  • By Eliot and Jamie on 11-15-13

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 09-07-14

What did you love best about Burning Paradise?

I'm a fan, so I loved everything about the story. I think Wilson has a fantastic imagination, and then weaves that into words.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Leo and Ethan. Mr. Wilson seems to have a difficult time with developing female characters.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Scott Brick is not one of my favorite narrators. His voice is a combination of Eeyore (very mournful) and William Shatner (dramatic pauses)
I compensate for this by kicking up the narration speed to 1.25.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Great North Road

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 36 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,838

A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family - composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies. Or maybe not so friendly....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get the Timeline and Cast of Characters

  • By Don M on 02-03-13

Best book I've read all year

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

Reviewed: 10-08-13

What did you love best about Great North Road?

First of all for me, Peter Hamilton is one of my favorite sci-fi writers. But I have to say, this book might be one of my all time favorites by him.
I loved all the clones, and a murder mystery that took place on two different planets. I loved the main characters, and how fleshed out they were. Of course this is easy to do, when the book is Ginormous.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Great North Road?

Just finding out all about Angela.

Which character – as performed by Toby Longworth – was your favorite?

I don't think I had a favorite character, however Toby did a great job with the accents. Even had the vowel sounds, spot on for an American midwestern flat accent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Angela, and Rifka.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight Riot

  • Peter Grant, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,131

Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE this Book!

  • By Nancy J on 02-26-13

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 10-08-13

What made the experience of listening to Midnight Riot the most enjoyable?

This book is as great as all the 5 star reviews says it is. Very funny and extremely well written and well performed.

Which character – as performed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – was your favorite?

Peter

  • A Bridge of Years

  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

A secluded Pacific Northwest cottage becomes a door to the past for Tom Winter, who travels back to the New York City of 1962, followed by a human killing machine that he alone must stop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absorbing, excellent narration

  • By Shellbin on 10-05-09

Such an Interesting book

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

Reviewed: 09-24-13

What made the experience of listening to A Bridge of Years the most enjoyable?

I believe in any audible book that the narrator can make or break a book. Jonathan did a fantastic job.

What did you like best about this story?

Like all of the books I've read by Robert Wilson, his main characters are well thought out, and are believable.
The story was great! I love the concept of having a home, that is in fact a time machine.
Also, when Tom went back to 1962, I really felt like I was in New York 1962.

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

Everything!

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

Yes. But I have a life, and have to quarantine time to listen to audio books :-)

Any additional comments?

I read or listen to books for fun. I am able to dispel my reality, and get into stories that are as good as this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • NOS4A2

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,640
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,631

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping performance by Kate Mulgrew....

  • By Leslie on 05-06-13

Exciting ride the whole way through......

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

Reviewed: 05-08-13

I've been waiting awhile for this book to come out, and I was not disappointed.
Kate Mulgrew was excellent in her performance of each character in the book.

Get ready for a wild ride, and keep your arms and legs in the vehicle at all times.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful